During a community brunch for students, faculty and staff on May 1 to commemorate the inauguration of California State University, Dominguez Hills president Willie J. Hagan, winners from the â€œAmerica Happens Here: Reflections on Making it Realâ€ contest were recognized for their work.
Student essays, art compositions, poems and videos about how the university was a catalyst to help peopleâ€™s dreams come true and further the essential American themes of â€œlife, liberty and the pursuit of happinessâ€ were presented during the brunch in Loker Student Union.
While many students were honored for their work, junior music technology major Bronson Buskett took the grand prize for his four-minute video, â€œThe Sky Below,â€ which according to him is a â€œmusical and visual narrative of CSUDH and its legacy.â€
The video was broadcast to a rapt audience, as Buskett took the stage to collect his award.
â€œIâ€™m humbled by all of the positive feedback,â€ he said. â€œSuch an emotional response is the greatest thing a composer could ask for. Iâ€™m tremendously inspired by this.â€
The video was put together entirely by Buskett, including the original musical composition, which he wrote. Using pictures from the universityâ€™s Facebook page and website as well as footage he collated from around campus, he created a video that showcases the rich history of CSU Dominguez Hills and highlights the universityâ€™s â€œnative element of diversity and community.â€
Buskett says that though the video celebrates the university as a whole, the videoâ€™s title has a deeply personal meaning to him.
â€œâ€˜The Sky Belowâ€™ is not only symbolic of how far Iâ€™ve come with my artistic passions, but also in life,â€ he said. â€œTo see what I once understood as the sky above now below is the gift Iâ€™ve beenÂ given through my education and hard work at CSUDH.â€
The video featured nostalgic pictures of the construction of the university, multicultural events on campus and pictures of recent graduates during commencement. Â According to Buskett, â€œit visually celebrates all that CSUDH has furnished its surrounding communities with for the past 54 years.â€
He added that the university is unique in that it places such a premium on service to the community. According to Buskett, CSUDH is a â€œvehicle for progression and advancement; illustrating the euphony of higher education, community, diversity, and opportunity.â€
Watch the entire video below: