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Shannon Weiss of Seabrook Island, S.C. is Salutatorian of the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University Class of 2009


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University

Shannon Weiss of Seabrook Island, S.C. is Salutatorian of the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University Class of 2009Brookville, N.Y. - Shannon Weiss of Seabrook Island, S.C., a film major and award-winning film producer, is the salutatorian of the Class of 2009 at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University.

Weiss has a grade point average of 3.98, has been a resident assistant and is active in the Film Department at C.W. Post, with responsibilities including managing the equipment room. She spent the summer of 2007 studying filmmaking in Australia, and said the experience enhanced her course work in the C.W. Post School of Visual and Performing Arts.

“The real-world experience I gained overseas reaffirmed my convictions as an independent artist,” Weiss said. “The diversity of my classroom-based studies provided me with a rich context through which to view the world.”

Weiss is the producer, director, and editor of “The Long Way Home," which won the award for Best Editing of a Short Film at the Long Island International Film Expo in 2008.

“The judges were shocked to learn that this was a student film and she won out over 100 films,” said John W. Mainente, technical director of film and an adjunct professor at C.W. Post. “There was no student category for editing. Her film beat out professionals. I must say, without hesitation, that in my twenty-five years of teaching at Long Island University, Shannon Weiss has been my most talented, dedicated student ever.”

An Honors Program student throughout her four years at C.W. Post, Weiss was praised by her professors as a hard-working and gifted scholar.

“Shannon produced critical and analytical writing of far-reaching scope and understanding, from insights into the myths and psychology influencing the artistry and expressionism of Weimar Germany and Fritz Lang’s films, to exposés of the contemporary problems of homelessness and AIDS in New York,” said Susan Zeig, director of film at C.W. Post.

The salutatorian is selected by a committee comprised of faculty and administrators. Candidates for salutatorian are nominated by faculty members and judged on their G.P.A., number of credits taken in residence, a personal essay, recommendations and an interview with the selection committee. The C.W. Post Campus’ Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 10, 2009.

Posted 03/31/2009

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