'Incredible accomplishment'

Dual triumph: Two recent CAM Digital Design graduates win Heartland Emmys

August 21, 2015

CU Denver graduates win Heartland Emmys
CU Denver graduates Haylee Powers, left, and Mollie Rolf with their Heartland Emmys.

A pair of 2012 graduates of the Digital Design Program in the College of Arts & Media (CAM) took home awards at the recent Heartland Emmys ceremony.

Haylee Powers, a news production designer at KCNC-TV CBS Denver (Channel 4), won an Emmy in the News Promo – Single Spot/Same Day category for “Wave Turbulence.” Mollie Rolf, a graphic designer at Gannett Graphics Group-Denver, won for Graphic Arts – Program “Gannett Sports Package.”

“It is a pretty incredible accomplishment — two alums, one year, different firms,” said Michelle Bauer Carpenter, associate professor and area head of Digital Design in CAM. “I can’t express how proud I am of these women!”

Both Powers and Rolf were part of teams that won awards. Also contributing on “Wave Turbulence” was Jillian Oppegard, producer. Joining Rolf on the “Gannett Sports Package” team were designers Toby Sjolander and Wiley Goodman.

CU Denver graduates win Heartland Emmys
CU Denver alumnae Mollie Rolf, left, and Haylee Powers with their Heartland Emmys.

CU Denver Digital Design graduates go on to pursue careers as creative directors, art directors, designers, motion graphic artists, web designers, UX/UI designers, animators, illustrators, video artists and many other exciting jobs in the field of electronic design.

“I think the most important thing I gained from the Digital Design program was preparation for a professional setting,” Powers said. “I came into my first job knowing a lot already. I was also very challenged in the design program, and I think that has contributed to my success so far.”

Rolf likewise said the Digital Design program did an “incredible job” preparing her for a career in motion graphics. “Their heavy focus on fundamental design methodology gives their graduates a key competitive edge and a jumpstart on professional practice,” she said.

Rolf said her graphics group created a modular graphics package that any of Gannett’s markets could use for sports shows outside of the newscast. A local example is KUSA-TV’s “Broncos Tonight” and “Broncos Huddle.”