Putting Immersive Industry Experiences Within Reach

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Putting Immersive Industry Experiences Within Reach Of All Ohio University MDIA Students

Because confidence leads to success, Ohio University’s School of Media Arts and Studies’ Immersive Industry Experiences focus a lot on boosting students’ confidence in themselves. These experiences push the boundaries: MDIA students’ learning is never limited to the classroom and opportunities for one-on-one interactions with industry leaders are plentiful. A natural result of this approach is that students find those important connections that foster career advancement.

However, an immersive industry experience is not within reach for all students. Often times, the cost of the experience is beyond what an MDIA student can afford. Not only does this impact the student’s hands-on learning, but also who they know and what their industry and alumni network looks like. It certainly effects their confidence too – watching through social media posts as their peers experience those life-changing opportunities.

To remedy this and be a position to help more student in the future, we’re asking for donations to The Ralph J. Bitzer Memorial Advancement Fund. This unique fund allows the School of Media Arts and Studies to assist students with scholarships, to assist with internship expenses, and overall, to enhance the quality of learning for students. 

The fund was established in honor of Ralph J. Bitzer who graduated from Ohio University in 1946 with a degree in electrical engineering. His company designed and constructed many radio and tv stations throughout the US. He was a strong advocate of education for young people.

Ralph J. Bitzer (Sandusky, OH) in 1946 Athena yearbook


The future of MDIA is immersive, and we want all students to be ready. Immersive experiences transform the ordinary into an unforgettable adventure. They capitalize on students’ years of classroom and academic learning and help convert that knowledge into resume-boosting proficiencies. These experiences also help students retain what they’ve learned in new ways.

School of Media Arts & Studies’ Immersive Industry Experiences

All of these experiences help prepare students to be well-rounded, proactive individuals who think critically, act creatively, and practice ethically in a global media society. The Ralph J. Bitzer Memorial Advancement Fund is uniquely positioned to help students pursue these once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

  • South by Southwest (SXSW)
  • OHIO-in-LA
  • Ireland: Screenwriting and Documentary Storytelling
  • Storytelling, Technology and Digital Media in Theme Parks
  • Bonnaroo & Forecastle Festival — Music Industry Masterclass
  • MDIA Music Mixing Masterclass Series: NYC with Michael Brauer
  • MDIA Music Production Masterclass Series: Austin, TX with Jim Eno at Public Hi-Fi Studio
  • Spain: Screenwriting and Documentary Storytelling
  • WOUB Public Media Gladden House Sessions at Nelsonville Music Festival
  • Animation and Culture in Tokyo

All donations from this campaign will go toward helping OHIO put immersive industry experiences within reach of all Ohio University MDIA students. Thank you!

Be sure to watch the video included at the top of this page to hear directly from Andie Walla, Roger 'Coop' Cooper, Josh Antonuucio, Beth Novak, and others! 

Whether you're a grad from TCOM or MDIA, parent of a current or former student, or just passionate about helping students get a great experience, your gift now will help students have immersive industry experiences that will impact them for years (and years!) to come. Thanks for your support!

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