Student Awards & Accolades

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Dear Professor Waterman,

So as I told you earlier, I joined the panther games group at Chapman and helped create a game that got into the finalists at the Imagine Cup competition in Seattle.  We just got back from the trip, and it was absolutely amazing!  We got 4th place in the windows phone competition, and every finalist got lots of amazing gifts such as a new laptop and a cellphone from sponsors. The whole trip was packed with events and we got to tour around Seattle a bit.  We even presented our game at booths for high school students.  We got to stay in a very high end hotel and everything was paid for by Microsoft.  They really went all out on us.

Our game is a stealth based adventure game only on windows phone where you play as a child trying to escape from the rebel army in Uganda.  We picked that topic because the competition required that we address a United Nations world issue.  Our game is going to be released some time next month for download on the windows marketplace, but it is for windows phones only, which is a very small market.  Our team does have plans for future projects though.  Thank you for making all of this possible for me!

Here are some screen shots of the game, all the textures are from photos I took, and I used CAT to animate the walk cycles for all the characters :)

Several students enrolled in Santa Ana College's 3D Modeling & Animation Certificate Program were awarded three major awards in a county-wide competition this last Saturday through an event hosted by Vital Link, called the DMA showcase! 
Here are the awards:
•	3rd Place for the category of Digital Imagery was awarded to Ron Hazelwood for "Pathways" 
•	1st place for the category of Animation/Video was awarded to Jesse Zacarias (lead), Jose Casillas, Alfredo Alfaro, Jacob Aguire and Robert Villa for "Journey Home" 
•	Best in Show for All Categories was awarded to Jesse Zacarias (lead), Jose Casillas, Alfredo Alfaro, Jacob Aguire and Robert Villa for "Journey Home"
A link to the winning entries is here:!i=1772153
Way to go, Ron!
We won again!! 
To Jesse Zacarias
Creator, Director
"Journey Home" animated short

Dear Jesse,
Congratulations! Your animation has won "Best 3D Animation" in the 2012 Cypress College Student Film Festival. The film festival premiere will be at 6:00PM on Thursday, May 10th. The awards ceremony will follow the screening. I hope you will attend. Feel free to bring crew members (Jose Casillas, Alfredo Alfaro, Jacob Aguire and Robert Villa), family, friends, and Professor Waterman who can share in your trophy presentation.
We will be projecting all winners on a larger screen in our theater. It's always great to see your work up big. I hope we see you there!
Ian Holmes, Professor
Department Coordinator
Art Computer Graphics Department
Digital Cinema Program
Fine Arts Division
Cypress College
9200 Valley View St.
Cypress, CA 90630

(714) 484-7000 x48206
About Imagine Cup:  It's open to all students world-wide. There were hundreds of games entered. (Don't know exactly) Andrew's team is listed on this page seen below. They won 4th place. (Apparently, on this page, they have only listed the top 3 winners, and then all the finalists.When you go to the link,  do a PAGE SEARCH for Santa Ana College and you will find them listed. )

On the Imagine Cup  website, they are now doing a "People's Choice" award competition.
Team poses with trophy that they received for "Best 3D Animation" in the 2012 Cypress College Student Film Festival! From left: Jacob Aguire, Jose Casillas, Jesus Zacarias.& Alfredo Alfaro. (Robert Villa not in photo.)
I’m happy to announce that my awesome students enrolled in SAC’s 3d Modeling & Animation program scooped up 9 awards at last week-end’s 2013 Vital Link Digital Media Arts Showcase! (This is a digital media arts art competition open to all students in Orange County)
Game Team for SAC’s 
Finite Tower 2016: James Rocha, Ricardo Servin, Jose Diaz, Marsha Ramirez, Bryan Khong, Timothy Lai, Brandon Khong, Chase Laux, Zach Cieszinski, Juan Carlos Rangel, Theresa Jasso, Hoa Pham, Miguel Dualan, Tyler MacDonald (Not shown: Jamie Sugarman, Nathan Loy, Cristian Flores and Sharon Nunez)

This “win” represents a historical moment in time where the power structures are shifting in the billion-dollar video game industry. Historically, only computer programmers
could be the leads in game development while the artists would simply hope to be “employed” to help develop them. Emerging software technology, which Art Professor, Patricia Waterman, has introduced to her art students, has now made it possible for “non-programmers” to make commercially viable games on the same scale as many other games made today; many that earn millions! 

Hoa Pham and Miguel Dualan (shown in photo), both designed the game. Hoa also served  as the programmer andMiguel as art director. During the spring 2016 semester, Professor Waterman organized the course curriculum for Art180 “3D Game Art and Interactive Media” around their game. Each week Miguel and Hoa made a list of things that needed to be done and then, during class the tasks were assigned to the various students, and lessons were delivered on the necessary topics. Enthusiasm grew as the project developed and students from other classes joined in to help. Students organized week-end work sessions on campus, with Professor Waterman’s assistance.

SAC was the only community college participating in the annual student computer game competition. The other teams were all from UC schools (including Chapman, UCI, CSUF, and USC) and were lead by computer science students.  In 2015, Santa Ana College 3D art students teamed up with UCI computer science students and also placed in the top 10!
SAC’s Animation Team for “Graff Life”, shown in photo: Marsha Ramirez, Hoa Pham, James Rocha, Juan Carlos Rangel, Miguel Dualan. 

The story concept was developed by James Rocha, and the models and animation were created by the team in two courses: Art196A "3D Modeling", and Art197A "3D Animation". Santa Ana College was the only community college to receive an award for the Orange County region annual competition, held at the O.C. Fair in May. (See the animation here:
"Peoples Choice " Award! 2016
Santa Ana College’s 3D Modeling & Animation Program has proven, once again, to be the true leader! 
The ONLY community college to rank as a “Top 10 Contender” for IEEE GameSig’s prestigious video game competition!

Competing alongside the finest of universities the SAC team stood tall and proud. When the votes were tallied, SAC’s game, “FiniteTower” won by a landslide for the “People’s Choice” award!
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