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“Not Shmacked” Media Contest

Tell us what you do for fun on weekends. A positive message could win you $200!

We know there is more to IUP students than getting wasted. Many students either chose not to drink or do so responsibly. Show us, through a video or poster, what you do for fun. Your entry should inform other students about what there is to do on campus while showing the message of how you are socially responsible. We don't want you to use scare tactics—just the truth about what you do and why it is fun!

Entry Guidelines

  • Contestants
    • Contest participants must currently be enrolled in and actively attending a Pennsylvania State System university.
    • An individual student or a group of students may submit a video and/or poster.
    • More than one video and/or poster submission is permissible.
    • To increase your chances of winning, contact Ann Sesti (annsesti@iup.edu), or call 724-357-4798 to talk about your theme and message. No scare tactics wanted.
    • Submissions must be made by April 2, 2012, by 4:00 p.m. and must include:
      • Entry form (print out and complete)
      • Link to video or poster file in JPEG format
      • Media Release Form (print out and complete) signed by anyone whose image is used in the production
    • Contestants must be willing to make minor adjustments if deemed necessary and as specified based on feedback from the judges. In order to be eligible to receive the cash prize, contestants must acknowledge and make the necessary corrections within 15 to 30 days of notification.
  • Video Production
    1. Upload an original video (no more than two minutes in length) to YouTube and e-mail the link to Ann Sesti (annsesti@iup.edu) with the subject line “Not Shmacked Video Contest.”
    2. Complete the entry and release form and submit it to Ann Sesti, G-57, Suites on Maple-East.
      Videos submitted without a release form cannot be considered for the contest. 

      Video cameras are available for loan from the IUP Media Circulation Department at the library.
    • Videos must be developed by students for a broad student audience. Professional (paid) assistance may not be used in production of the video or poster and will be grounds for disqualification. Note: Faculty may advise and offer support, but may not edit material.
    • Minimal credits (limited to 10 seconds) are allowed (but not required) at the end of the two minute or less videos.
    • Credits should not be included on 30-second PSAs.
    • Video submittors should be able to submit a word document (.doc) or text file (.txt) upon request so that closed captions can be added.
    • Videos should be uploaded to YouTube with a private setting. The link must be submitted via e-mail with the submission materials.
    Please Note: Video submissions must be either a 30-second or two-minute maximum clips. 
  • Poster Guidelines 
    • Subject matter may be about general alcohol use safety, or focus on one specific topic.
    • Content must be generic; i.e., no specific school or application or vendor names should be referenced. Keep in mind that your audience is all students in the PASSHE* system.
    • Content should have a fairly long shelf life—can be used over the next two years.
    • Each poster entry must be original artwork by student(s) for a broad student audience. Professional assistance is not allowed and will disqualify any entry.
    • Digital resolution of each entry must be sufficient to be printed at a maximum of 24 inches by 36 inches without print scaling (minimum 300 dpi).
    • Poster submissions must be submitted electronically in the JPEG format. The artist is responsible for conversion to digtial format.

*PASSHE = Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, made up of these universities: Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock, and West Chester

  • Content
    • Must stick to the theme: positive messages about alcohol use and safety. Preference will be given to messages using humor.
    • Must use correct and consistent spelling, punctuation, grammar, and capitalization in all submissions.
    • Must be generic (do not reference any specific college or university, applications, or vendors).
    • Must be in good taste and appropriate for multicultural college and university populations.
    • Must be original and not infringe upon any copyright, trademark, or other proprietary right.
  • Deadline
    • *To qualify, all videos and posters must be submitted to Ann Sesti (annsesti@iup.edu), or they can be dropped off in Room G-57, Suites on Maple East, by Monday, April 2, 2012 by 4:00 p.m. The campus winner(s) will be selected and announced by April 15, 2012, and submitted to the PASSHE Media Contest Committee.
    • The PASSHE Media Contest winner will be announced on Monday, April 30, 2012, by 5:00 p.m.

Guidelines for Selection of Winning Materials

  1. The materials will be screened by the Media Contest Committee for compliance with the guidelines.
  2. The Media Contest Committee will select finalists based on the videos and posters that best convey positive messages about weekends and alcohol use safety.
  3. All campus winners will be submitted to othe PASSHE Media Contest Committee.
  4. The PASSHE Media Contest Committee will select the PASSHE finalist(s).

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Program

  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Program
  • Center for Health and Well-Being
    Suites on Maple East, Suite G59
    901 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-1265
  • Fax: 724-357-4457
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.