Updated: March 13, 2017

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Feb. 23) – A gala event at the Riggs Alumni Center honored professional and student award winners during the NATAS (National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter) Gold and Silver Circle Awards Dinner and Ceremony March 4.

The ceremony followed the annual student broadcast seminar Face Time with the Pros hosted by Merrill College earlier that day.

Pillars and certificates for “Outstanding Achievement in Student Production” winners  were awarded during the program in between Gold and Silver Circle Award winners. There were Merrill College winners throughout.


The highlight of the event for Merrill College was the awarding of a Silver Circle Award to CNS Broadcast Bureau Director Sue Kopen Katcef.

Lecturer Josh Davidsburg and senior Michael Stern put together a wonderful video highlighting Sue’s Career:

Sue’s speech was heartwarming and down-to-earth:

A complete list of NATAS Student Award winners:


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