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Emmy awarded for UT-focused science and technology show

WGTE Executive Producer Darren LaShelle, left, and Segment Producer Darin Hohman won Emmy Awards for

WGTE Executive Producer Darren LaShelle, left, and Segment Producer Darin Hohman

A two-season-old partnership between The University of Toledo and WGTE Public Media is earning accolades for television excellence.

The monthly student-hosted and reported science-and-technology-focused, magazine-style program, “Plugged-In,” earned an Emmy Award in the informational/instructional program series or special category June 19 from the Lower Great Lakes Chapter of the organization.

“Plugged-In” explores the latest innovations in technology and research in northwest Ohio and airs the third Wednesday of each month on WGTE. Each episode presents four stories, with UT students presenting all aspects of the program.

Darren LaShelle, executive producer, and Darin Hohman, segment producer, received the award.

“This program is a great vehicle to not only show off the talent of our UT students, but also share the expertise and innovation of our UT faculty with the region,” said Lawrence J. Burns, vice president for external affairs and interim vice president for equity and diversity. “This award is proof positive that we are on the right path in terms of how we demonstrate the relevance of The University of Toledo to the outside world.”

UT students Jennifer Mondelli and Shaun McDonald

UT students Jennifer Mondelli and Shaun McDonald

“This program is a perfect example of the great things that can happen through partnership and collaboration,” said Tobin J. Klinger, associate vice president for university communications and marketing operations, and UT lead on the project. “And that collaboration extends beyond University Communications and WGTE. It includes the faculty who take the time to participate in the segments, the colleges and departments that support it financially, and the students who bring it all together each month.”

Support for the program also comes from UT’s College of Engineering, Office of Research and Development, College of Business Administration, College of Health and Human Service, and the College of Nursing. LAUNCH, a technology-based business incubation program of the Regional Growth Partnership, also provided support for “Plugged-In.”

To view previous segments from the show, visit youtube.com/utoledo and click on the “Plugged-In” channel along the right side of the page.