NATAS - Student production award

Extending the Link's 8th film Obbasa Ain Gállit was nominated in for a production award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Ethan Wittrock, a member of the CSB/SJU Media Services Staff, nominated ETL for the second year in a row. 

On March 4, 2016 Extending the Link received news that it is an official nominee for the second consecutive year! Stay tuned for the results of the official award ceremony on April 10, 2016.

Our nomination is C07: College non-fiction

Bakers' Acres

On September 20th, some ETL members had the opportunity to help harvest at Bakers' Acres Farm with CSB alumna Lisa Baker 🍏🍊🌽

ETL Week 2015

September 14th through the 18th was ETL's designated "ETL Week" in which we released our topic, women in agriculture, and location, Rwanda, as well as had many events around campus! Photo booths, carrot games, Rwandan themed zumba, walks to the St. Joseph Farmers Market, partnerships with local business's such as Kay's Kitchen and Sliced, as well as volunteering at the Common Ground Garden were just some of the events aimed at launching us into our next documentary! 


Extending the Link (ETL) is a student-founded and run, non-profit structured, documentary film organization at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. Each year, ETL selects an under-reported, global, social justice issue to report on in a documentary film format. After choosing an international location, thorough research and diligent preparation the ETL team spends their January break filming abroad. Upon returning team then works collaboratively with the information, footage, and stories collected – with the goal of ultimately producing a documentary film that inspires action.

By applying each documentary as a vehicle for social change ETL strives to not just create awareness about an international situation, but to empower local organizations to develop sustainable action to address that issue. ETL sees these documentaries as just the first small step towards the increased awareness and inspired action that our world needs.

The 2014 ETL documentary focused on Karen refugees in Thailand and Minnesota. In order to Act Locally with this film ETL is excited to offer merit-based scholarships for Karen students who are in pursuit of higher education. Students who are awarded this scholarship will receive a one-time award of $500 to be used towards their education during the 2015-2016 academic year. 

*Application is open from March 1, 2015—May 15, 2015. The scholarship money will be awarded by the end of September 2015.  

Applicant must meet all of the following criteria:  

  • Be a student of Karen ethnicity that is attending school in Minnesota  
  • Enroll as a full-time student for the 2015-2016 school year at a two-year or four-year college 
  • Complete the scholarship application (including the required essay - details below) and enrollment verification. 
  • If selected, submit a picture of themselves and permit the Extending the Link team to publish a brief biography on their website

Please send your essay and information to: with “Karen Scholarship Application” in the subject line 


Include the following information in the body of the email: 

  • Name:
  • Home Address: 
  • Date of Birth:
  • High School:
  • GPA:
  • Higher education institution that you will be attending in Fall 2015: 
  • Extracurricular activities: 
  • ESSAY 
    •  In 500 words or less, create a clearly written essay about ONE of the topics listed below. Consideration will be given to both your interaction with the topic and the way in which you present it.
      • Leadership: In what ways have you been a leader? Please tell us about your leadership experiences in high school and your plans to carry on your leadership skills after high school. 
      • Diversity: In what ways are you committed to issues of equality and diversity? What will you do in the future to inspire equality and diversity in the world around you? 
      • Overcoming Adversity: What hardships have you overcome in order to be successful in your life? Please share the ways that you have overcome adversity, and the ways that adversity has shaped your ambitions for the future. 

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