ITS student worker receives Y-Work award

May 2, 2019

Congratulations to TJ Noel-Sullivan, SY ’20, who was one of ten undergraduate students workers selected as a winner of the second annual Y-Work Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student Employees. The Y-Work award recognizes dedicated and driven student employees who take the initiative to make Yale a better place through their work.

TJ was nominated for the award through his work with the Center for Collaborative Arts and Media (CCAM) through the Student Technology Collaborative (STC)’s Media Tech program. Noel-Sullivan’s extensive equipment and film-making knowledge stood out to both clients and his peers. When the center acquired new equipment, he volunteered to both create and lead new trainings on its proper usage. To date, he has personally trained every user who is allowed to take out advanced equipment.

Noel-Sullivan’s initiative really shone during the previous summer, when he volunteered to both refresh the equipment and propose a new advanced film kit for purchase. Thanks to his diligence, the entire 200+ piece equipment checkout was streamlined and redistributed into more usable kits. Furthermore, he identified a gap in more advanced equipment for film majors. TJ took the initiative to research and design a full camera package, as well as provide a budgetary and use report to justify the purchase. Thanks to his work, students interested in making movies on campus are free to focus on their art instead of the various technical necessities. TJ’s initiative and willingness to share his expertise has made movie-making at Yale much more accessible and high-quality, making him an exemplary Media Tech.