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Peggy Southerland, B.A.

Professional-in-Residence, English and Communication Arts
Program Coordinator, Animation


  • B.A., Theatre (Technical Emphasis), University of Maryland
  • Certified to instruct in such software programs as Wavefront, Alias, Chyron, MAYA, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere

Honors and Awards

  • Dove Award, "Doodles' Crew," 2000
  • National Register's Who's Who in Executives and Professionals, 2000
  • National Emmy for Technical Team Coverage of CBS Sports Post-Season Baseball, 1991
  • Most Celebrated Alumnus Award, UMBC. 1991
  • National Emmy for Technical Team Coverage of ABC Sports, Winter Olympics in Calgary, 1988
  • New York Film Festival Silver Medal for Children's Program, "Kaleidoscope," 1986
  • National Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement for ABC Sports Coverage of NCAA CollegeFootball, 1982
  • Outstanding Edited Special, Indianapolis 500, ABC, 1982
  • Special Award for Engineering Development, Dubner Computer Systems & ABC for the Dubner CBGGraphics System, 1982
  • Outstanding Live Sports Special, 1981
  • Kentucky Derby - ABC, 1981
  • Outstanding Edited Sports Special, ABC's Wide World of Sports 20th Anniversary Show ABC, 1981
  • News & Documentary Program, "Post -Election Special Edition," ABC News Nightline, ABC, 1980
  • Outstanding Live Special, Winter Olympics Games, ABC, 1980
  • Outstanding Live Series, NCAA College Football, ABC, 1979

Classes Taught

  • ANIM 100: Fundamentals of Animation
  • ANIM 103: Introduction to Digital Art
  • ANIM 112: Fundamental of 2D Computer Based Animation
  • ANIM 203: 3D Animation
  • ANIM 213: Character Design, Rigging and Animation
  • ANIM 218: Advanced 2D Animation
  • ANIM 310: The Business of Animation
  • ANIM 413: Television Graphics
  • ANIM 450: Special Effects for Film & Television
  • ANIM 480: Special Projects
  • ANIM 496: Culminating Project
  • CTV 645: Tools of the Trade
  • CTV 646: Special Effects Editing
  • CTV 650: Special Effects for Film & Television
  • CTV 638: Advanced Motion Picture Production

Research Interests

Researching how to implement the "One Laptop per Child" education system for the South African education system in conjunction with the ANC.

Teaching Philosophy

Because the function of all art is to show God's glory to His people, my philosophy is to help each student mature as a Christian as they mature as artists. Helping them to see God at work through their work is my goal. I feel that my role is to be a mentor until they become colleagues, to help them learn to deal with a world that thinks of being a Christian is limiting rather than freeing. I want to help them find the freedom to be a functioning Christian artist in today's world. I do this through reading, discussion and questioning as we work on honing their skills as animators.


I was born and raised in the Baltimore, MD area where my mother still lives. I have 5 brothers and 1 sister. I have 1 daughter, Kristine, and by the time this is published will have welcomed my first grand baby into this world - Dawson Wade Murchison. I like movies, animation, cooking and reading mystery novels.

My Undergraduate degree is in Theatre from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. My emphasis there was in the technical areas of set and lighting design. After graduation I worked at WJZ-TV in Baltimore for 3 years as the resident set designer and member of the art department. From there I went to New York to work at ABC-TV as a member of their technical engineering staff. I worked in a variety of jobs - sound assistant, camera operator, cable kicker, floor manager, Chyron operator, teleprompter operator, technical director and graphics operator/coordinator. My favorite was, of course, graphics operator/coordinator. In that position I was able to create graphics (and new Emmy winning graphics systems) for such shows as 20/20, Good Morning America, ABC Nightly News, NCAA College Football, Monday Night Football, Monday Night Baseball, several telecasts of World Series, College Bowl Games, Super Bowls, 5 different Olympics, Election and Convention coverage, Kentucky Derbys, Indianapolis 500s, Wide World of Sports, etc. I also learned the art of animating while working on promos for all the above mentioned shows. I have travelled to 46 states and 7 foreign countries while doing this work.

I left ABC to work for a Post Production company in Dallas, Texas so that I could become more proficient in computer animation. I produced graphics for music videos for people like Leon Russell, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. In 1992 I moved back to Baltimore to teach at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. While there, I helped set up the Imaging Research Center and their in-house internship program where we worked on projects like additional animation for the Discovery Network's 5 part series on the brain. From there I came to Virginia Beach to take the job of Animation Director for the Family Channel. I had my own animation company for several years and then folded its assets into Regent University to create the Animation Department here on campus. I teach classes in the areas of Animation Business, Television Graphics, Editing, Special Effects, Maya and basic Tools of the Trade.

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