Integrative Media Senior Kevin Schiel Earns Honors
Wilkes University does more than get students ready for their careers. It helps students get noticed in their fields before graduation.
Senior integrative media major Kevin Schiel is proof. He won the College Tabletop Award at the Pennsylvania Consortium on Video Games. Schiel, a Wyoming, Pa., resident, designed a tabletop card game
Schiel also won the Gold Award in the 2016-2017 American Advertising Awards – Student Division – AAF District Two for “Animated Infograph” in the category of Television Advertising. He created an animated graphic video, which outlined the process a drug goes through to win Food and Drug Administration approval. The two minutes video was made as an informational guide for Pfizer Inc., one of the world’s premier biopharmaceutical companies, and will most likely be featured on their website.
Both of these award-winning projects began as assignments in his Projects II class for integrative media.
“The integrative media curriculum is more than just design and media,” Schiel said. “A lot of the classes that are necessary are business classes and entrepreneurship classes. It is very well rounded.”
Schiel describes his tabletop game as “Magic: The Gathering meets Uno.” It is a strategy card game that two to five people can play at once. Players deplete their enemy’s resources and capture their planets as they draw from one deck while they are creating another at the same time. The first to collect six conquered planets wins the game. He designed each card to allow players to attack, defend and conquer the planets in the universe he created.
“You draw from one card source, so no one player has an advantage,” he said. “That was always a problem for me with strategy games. People get so involved in it and build these $200 decks. I wanted to make a game that was for both strategy players and social party gamers.”
Schiel began his design career path at Luzerne County Community College. After two years, he transferred to Wilkes where his designing got “put on steroids.”
“Through these Projects classes, you are given the freedom to experiment and do what you want,” he said. “But at the same time, they reign you in with telling you in. Wilkes gave me the opportunity to do something like this, whereas I don’t think I would have had the opportunity.”
Not only does Schiel balance a full course load at Wilkes, but he also works 30 hours a week as a cook at the Checkerboard Inn in Shavertown. However, his busy schedule doesn’t stop him from putting school first.
“Just be passionate about what you do,” he said. “This was months of obsession and nitpicking. Wilkes gave me the opportunity to do something like this, whereas I don’t think I would had that opportunity.”