May 24, 2021
Orlando International Film Festival
Dr. Robert S. Littlefield is the Founding Director of the Nicholson School of Communication and Media at the University of Central Florida, where he leads programs ranging from film and digital media to journalism, public relations, and human communication. After beginning his career as high school teacher and director of forensics and fine arts in the Barnesville (MN) Public Schools, Littlefield worked at high school and collegiate levels in North Dakota until 2016, when he joined the faculty at UCF. In addition to coaching, he revitalized the Communication, Speech and Theatre Association of North Dakota and actively planned and coordinated its convention and speech clinics for high school teachers and students for more than 20 years. In addition to his service on national boards and committees, Littlefield's research, development, and publications in scholastic journals and instructional workbooks has been extensive. Littlefield is the author of over 85 refereed publications and several books, receiving recognition from state, regional, and national organizations for his scholarly activity. As a member of Lions Clubs International, Littlefield joined the Fargo Lions Club (ND) in 1984 and has been a member ever since. In 2014, he was elected to serve a two-year term as an International Director of Lions Clubs International, and he continued as an International Trustee of Lions Clubs International Foundation from 2016-2019. He has been recognized with numerous awards for his leadership and service to the Association, including the International Leadership Medal and the International President’s Award. He is a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow. He is scheduled to be inducted in the National Federation of State High School Associations in June 2021, in Orlando, Florida and will be honored in the Performing Arts Category. Littlefield was recognized as one of the top speeches and debate coaches and educators in North Dakota and nationally for over 45 years. During his time coaching at Shanley High School in Fargo, Littlefield revitalized the program and had individuals and teams regularly placing at regional, state and national competitions for over a decade. In 2012-13, he coached the Shanley debate team to the International Public Policy Forum World Championship sponsored by the Brewer Foundation and New York University.
Dr. Lisa Mills
Dr. Lisa Mills is an Associate Professor of Film at the University of Central Florida where she teaches screenwriting, documentary production, film theory and media history. She is the Program Director of the Master of Fine Arts in Feature Film Production program in the Nicholson School of Communication and Media. Dr. Mills makes documentary films that she hopes will inspire viewers to interpret current events through the lens of historical narratives. Three of her films are co-authored with Dr. Robert Cassanello in UCF’s history department, and her films explore the history of Florida’s civil rights movement, women’s fight for academic freedom and Florida’s purge of LGBT citizens at state universities in the 1960s. These films are produced with students at UCF and have aired on public television stations and screened in film festivals all over the world.
Richard Marsoun currently serves as the Engagement Program Specialist for the Lions Clubs International that meets the needs of local communities and the world. The Lions Club International provides a variety of service to 1.4 million men and women in 210 countries and geographic areas. Their programs conducts vision and health screenings, builds parks, supports eye hospitals, awards scholarships, assists youth, provides help in time of disaster and much more. Among the four target areas of the Lions Club International are: vision, childhood diabetes, childhood cancer and environmental issues. Prior to his outstanding service to the Lions Club International, he led operations of the YMCA where he served as the Associate Executive Director of the Cleaver YMCA and oversaw the day-to-day operations . In that capacity he recruited volunteers to be a part of the Community Impact Board, managed and supervised part- and full-time staff, trained new staff and launched the pioneering Togetherhood Program.
Dr. Robert S. Littlefield