April 13, 2023
UCF Rosen College receives $52,000 technology donation in support of Entertainment Management degree program.
The Entertainment Management students at UCF’s Rosen College received a gift in excess of $52,000 in new technology for video streaming and recording along with new theater equipment and support. Entertainment Technology Partners (ETP), a valued community supporter of RCHM, presented the generous donation to help students have access to the latest tools in their studies.
“This type of technology aligns with our goal to be more accessible and inclusive. No matter where you are in the world, you can join in and hear from industry experts, social leaders, and Rosen College faculty”, said Jessica Wickey-Byrd, M.S., EdD Doctoral Candidate. “Already the new video streaming and recording equipment allowed us to record the recent session on Ending Human Trafficking in Central Florida and share the live YouTube link with the local high schools, and the new lighting made us look great!”
Entertainment Management students Elerie Rosengarten, Samantha Schneider, and Sydney Hayes all volunteered their time and talents to learn and operate the video, audio, and lighting equipment for the broadcast. “So many Rosen students dream of going into the live entertainment industry and learn the business side in class, but not the tech side.” stated Elerie Rosengarten, a freshman in the entertainment management program. “By making this equipment available to students, we can learn what goes into a live show and get a better understanding of how the tech works.”
“Providing students with access to technology that they can operate themselves for events not only breaks down the idea that technology is overwhelming and confusing, but it also instills confidence in the students that they can comprehend the workflows involved and effectively manage technicians in those positions in the future.” stated Lauren Sigmund, ‘19MS Alum and adjunct professor at Rosen College.
The three students are also helping to launch a new technology club at Rosen College and hope to see many more events like this one in the future. “It is a gift to receive hands-on experience with real-world technology that helps students build up our skillset and prepare to become the talented future leaders of the industry.” stated Samantha Schneider, a junior in the entertainment management program. “We are so grateful for ETP and all their generous donations!”
“We are very honored to support the entertainment management students with this technology donation. It is very rewarding to see these students first use the equipment for live streaming on such a worthy cause,” stated David John ETP’s Chief Operating Officer.
The donation included automated NDI 4k Panasonic cameras and hardware, a portable digital video switcher production rack with recorders, web pro presenter, Mac computer, digital storage, a new theatrical lighting console, wireless intercom system along with a theatrical lighting refresh in the auditorium.