MSU Media Summer Camp Team

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Troy Hale

Specialist

Work Phone: (517) 432-5128

Troy is a 22-time Emmy Award winner and has been nominated over 50 times for his work as a Documentary Film Director and television journalist. He has been teaching and directing documentary films here at MSU for the past 10 years. His most recent film was picked up by Vision Film Distribution and is now available…Read More

Troy is a 22-time Emmy Award winner and has been nominated over 50 times for his work as a Documentary Film Director and television journalist. He has been teaching and directing documentary films here at MSU for the past 10 years. His most recent film was picked up by Vision Film Distribution and is now available on Amazon.com, Itunes, Vudu, Xbox, and many other platforms.  His film work has screened at over 15 film festivals around the country. He was nominated for Best Short Documentary at the Orlando Film Festival, he has won 7 Remi awards at the Houston International Film Festival, and has 2 audience choice awards. 

Before working at MSU, Troy worked as a Reporter for Press Pass TV out of New York and as an Investigative Journalist with KMSP Fox 9 Television in Minneapolis, MN. Troy has had stops at WSVN Fox 7 in Miami, ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus Ohio. ABC 24 in Memphis and NBC 25 in Hagerstown, MD.  Along the way he has picked up an Edward R. Murrow award, 2 Associated Press awards, 3 National and 10 regional NPPA awards. Troy is known through the industry as a creative visual storyteller and a perfectionist. Troy is the Director, Editor and Cinematographer for his own company Tricky Hale Films. 

Awards, Honors and Recognitions
22-time Emmy award Winner 1 Edward R. Murrow Award 6 Telly Awards 6 Worldfest Film Festival Awards 2 AP awards MAB Best Documentary Award 1 CINE Golden Eagle

Courses
TC341 Film Style Production TC491 Film Funding TC491 AVID Editing CAS490 Reality TV Production JRN306 Broadcast News JRN300 JRN403

Key Research Interest
Documentary Film Television Production Film and Television Advertising

Special Projects
Current Film Projects: Spare Parts: Human Organ Trafficking in Bangladesh Missing Moon Rocks Space Balloon Project Imported From China

What are three things you want your students to know about you?
We are producing films all the time. Please stop by if you would be interested in being part of our crew. We have sent students on international shoots all over the world.

Describe in one sentence what you hope your students learn from you, your scholarly work or teaching
How to be a television/film professional.

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William Jeffery

Academic Specialist and Instructor

William Jeffery is an Academic Specialist and Instructor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. He also serves as the Curriculum Director for the MSU Media Summer Camps and manages the Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) Lab. William completed both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Michigan State, specializing in…Read More

William Jeffery is an Academic Specialist and Instructor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. He also serves as the Curriculum Director for the MSU Media Summer Camps and manages the Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) Lab. William completed both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Michigan State, specializing in Video Game Design and Development. His focus is to improve and expand the video game design program by developing new courses and assisting students in identifying their areas of expertise.

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Luke Kane

Outreach Specialist

Work Phone: (517) 432-9841

Luke Kane is an Outreach Specialist in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. He is the Director of the MSU Media Summer Camps. His focus is to expand the pre-college program offerings in Game Design, Filmmaking, and Web Design, coordinate research in these areas, and further develop their curricula.…Read More

Luke Kane is an Outreach Specialist in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. He is the Director of the MSU Media Summer Camps. His focus is to expand the pre-college program offerings in Game Design, Filmmaking, and Web Design, coordinate research in these areas, and further develop their curricula. Luke has worked with youth for 10 years, doing research, instruction, and mentoring. His area of interest is in examining whether the experience of designing games has a positive impact on students’ computational thinking skills.

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Casey O'Donnell Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Work Phone: (517) 884-4538

Casey O’Donnell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. His research examines the creative collaborative work of videogame design and development. This research examines the cultural and collaborative dynamics that occur in both professional “AAA” organizations and formal and informal “independent” game development communities. His…Read More

Casey O’Donnell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. His research examines the creative collaborative work of videogame design and development. This research examines the cultural and collaborative dynamics that occur in both professional “AAA” organizations and formal and informal “independent” game development communities. His research has spanned game development companies from the United States to India.

His first book, “Developer’s Dilemma” is published by MIT Press.

Casey’s research publications can be found on his personal website.

Casey is also an active game developer, releasing “Osy,” in 2011, “Against the Gradient,” in 2012, “GLITcH” in 2013 and “Sparks of Eternity,” in 2014. Other games can be found on his website.

Casey’s work has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Health (NIH).

Research Interests:
Game Design and Development, Serious Games, Digital Anthropology and Qualitative Research Design

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Valeta Wensloff

Outreach Specialist & Internship Coordinator

Work Phone: (517) 432-5669

Valeta evangelizes for the department by disseminating information about faculty projects, grants, and classes. She provides website, graphical, and branding support for departmental events, the Meaningful Play conference, minors (such as Serious Games and Information Technology) and Media Sandbox-related projects. In addition, she is the Internship Coordinator and facilitates for-credit internships. She received…Read More

Valeta evangelizes for the department by disseminating information about faculty projects, grants, and classes. She provides website, graphical, and branding support for departmental events, the Meaningful Play conference, minors (such as Serious Games and Information Technology) and Media Sandbox-related projects. In addition, she is the Internship Coordinator and facilitates for-credit internships. She received her M.A. from the Department of Media and Information (formerly Telecommunication, Information Studies & Media) at MSU, with an emphasis on Digital Media Art & Technology, and received her B.S. from Ferris State University in Television Production. She currently teaches CAS 204: Web Design and previously taught CAS 207: Media Animation, as well as undergraduate and graduate-level Independent Studies (MI490 and MI890, respectively).

She’s currently overseeing production of courses for a new, College-wide fully-online Master of Arts program (Strategic Communication – stratcom.msu.edu).

Valeta also provides voice-overs for accommodated versions of state tests and other productions.

Roles & Responsibilities

Awards, Honors and Recognitions

  • 2017 Silver ADDY for Invisible Wounds in the Integrated Advertising Campaigns, Consumer Campaign, Local category: Amol Pavangadkar (Producer/Director), Archit Batra (Associate Producer), Ian Courtney (Associate Producer), Valeta Wensloff (Designer)
  • 2017 Bronze ADDY for Meaningful Play Conference Materials in the Integrated Branded Content, Local or Regional/National category: Valeta Wensloff (Designer), Andrew Dennis (Illustrator), Ricardo Guimaraes (Illustrator)
  • 2017 Bronze ADDY for Beyond Bollywood Poster in the Illustration, Single category: Ricardo Guimaraes (Illustrator), Amol Pavangadkar (Producer), Valeta Wensloff (Producer)
  • 2016 Bronze Addy for Beyond Bollywood Study Abroad materials (with Amol Pavangadkar)
  • 2015 Bronze Addy for Meaningful Play Conference Materials (with Andrew Dennis)
  • Walter and Pauline Adams Academy for Instructional Excellence and Innovation Fellow
  • 2014 Silver Addy for MSU Media Summer Camps materials
  • 2013 Silver Addy for Meaningful Play Conference Materials
  • 2012 Silver Addy for Media Sandbox Website (with Henry Brimmer)
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Lisa Whiting Dobson

Instructor

Work Phone: (517) 281-3147

Credentials:
M.A. in Telecommunication. March 1989. Video production emphasis. Michigan State University.
B.A. in Telecommunication. June 1984. Graduated cum laude. Michigan State University.
B.S. in Psychology. June 1981. Women’s Studies Thematic. Strong business background. Michigan State University.
A.A. in Dance. August 1984. Graduated magna cum laude. Lansing Community College.

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Credentials:
M.A. in Telecommunication. March 1989. Video production emphasis. Michigan State University.
B.A. in Telecommunication. June 1984. Graduated cum laude. Michigan State University.
B.S. in Psychology. June 1981. Women’s Studies Thematic. Strong business background. Michigan State University.
A.A. in Dance. August 1984. Graduated magna cum laude. Lansing Community College.

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Brian Winn

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor

Work Phone: (517) 353-5497 Work Fax: (517) 353-5498

Brian M. Winn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Information and Director of the Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) Lab at Michigan State University. Winn designs, creates, and researches interactive media design, including game design, digital game-based learning and interactive health communication.

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Brian M. Winn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Information and Director of the Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) Lab at Michigan State University. Winn designs, creates, and researches interactive media design, including game design, digital game-based learning and interactive health communication.

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