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Video Production Lead Kyle Fossé Honored with Two SUNY CUAD Awards for Excellence in Video

Kyle Fossé, SUNY Cobleskill’s Video Production Lead, has been honored with two SUNY Council for University Advancement (SUNY CUAD) Awards, recognizing his work as some of the very best produced across the SUNY system in the last year. In its annual Excellence in Video awards, given in June 2023, SUNY CUAD recognized two of Fossé’s recent projects as “Best in Category: 1-5 Minute Video” and “Best in Category: Over 5 Minute Video.”

“History Goes Home: Family Reunited with Portrait of World War II Solider” took top honors in the Over 5 Minute Video category. Fossé documents the significant role the College’s Advancement Office played in reuniting a painting of an American military officer with the officer’s living relatives. It was a lengthy process involving a lot of research and a little bit of luck. While some aspects of the painting’s history may remain a mystery, Kate Weaver, the Advancement Office’s administrative assistant, was able to track down the officer’s family while forming new bonds among strangers, all united in finding the painting a home.

Fossé’s second award came for his video on “K9 Reyes,” which introduced the SUNY Cobleskill community to its newest officer at the time, a nine-month-old German Shepard. The name Reyes celebrates the tradition within law enforcement of naming K9 officers after fallen heroes. It is a tribute to former University Police Officer Angel Reyes, who passed away in 2017 following his 30-year career in public service, 14 of those years being at SUNY Cobleskill. K9 Reyes has since completed training and received certification from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services in explosives detection alongside his partner, Officer Carlianne Ferretti.

“We are very lucky and grateful to have Kyle and his talent on our team,” said Anna Miarka-Grzelak, Vice President for Strategic Enrollment and Innovation at SUNY Cobleskill. “His creativity adds incredible depth and quality to the College’s stories, making them even more impactful when told through his eyes. I couldn’t be prouder of his accomplishments, and his recognition by SUNY CUAD is so well-deserved. His work speaks for itself.”

In addition to the 2023 SUNY CUAD awards, Fossé was honored with a Judge’s Citation in 2022 in the Category of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, for his video commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Day.

In his high school in Kenya, Fossé studied photography while creating music videos for friends and short films for class assignments. “It’s just been a gradual progression ever since,” he says. “I studied film and theater in college and fell in love with the medium’s ability to communicate the humanity of a story and to bridge cultural gaps through the power of visual storytelling.”

Fossé’s wife grew up near Cobleskill, and the family moved to the area from Arkansas following the birth of their first child. “My role at the College perfectly blends everything I’d learned before, along with new challenges. I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into, but it has been an incredible journey.”

What he enjoys most, professionally, is that all days are unique; filming long-form videos, flying drones, creating motion graphics, and traveling the region interviewing alumni. “Much of the content I create feels like documentary filmmaking, which I love. I’m always looking forward to my next project.”

 

 

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