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Feb. 17, 2014

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

Change in Speaker for WTAMU’s Communication Week

CANYON, Texas—The Department of Communication at West Texas A&M University has announced a change in speakers for its annual Communication Week presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 18 in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Legacy Hall.

WTAMU alumnus Kirk Scarbrough will take on the presentation duties at 7 p.m., filling in for scheduled speaker Jon Favreau. The former speech writer for President Barack Obama is ill with the flu and unable to travel to Texas for the presentation. Scarbrough, director of internal communication for Teach America, will be the keynote speaker and share a multi-media presentation at the Tuesday evening event. He is a former WTAMU student body president and member of the University’s forensics team. Scarbrough earned his bachelor’s degree in communication studies and now travels across the United States attending conferences and interviewing Teach for America teachers and students.

“We are so fortunate to have one of our talented and successful alumni as our featured speaker for Communication Week,” Dr. Trudy Hanson, head of the Department of Communication, said. “Kirk Scarbrough has ‘found his voice’ in helping communicate powerful   messages for Teach for America.”

Communication Week celebrates the diversity of communication, and three days of activities focused on the theme “Find Your Voice” have been planned. The activities are designed to unite all students, faculty and staff from every corner of the communication field including advertising/public relations, broadcast journalism, electronic media, communication studies and the graduate program.

Other activities marking Communication Week at WTAMU include students and teachers participating in a game show similar to “The Voice,” at noon on Monday, Feb. 17 in the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex, Recital Hall. Five communication faculty members will be seated onstage with their backs to the audience, and based on what a student says or sings, the faculty members have to turn their rolling office chairs around and guess the student’s identity. Broadcasting electronic media major Bri Leeper of Amarillo will serve as the game show host.

An Alumni Table Talk event will follow at 5:30 p.m. in the Grand Lobby of the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex. Current students will have the opportunity to mingle with media professionals who have graduated from WTAMU. Featured alumni include Scarbrough; Galdino Griego, master’s candidate in communication at University of North Texas; Paola Albarran, news anchor for Telemundo; Meredith Keller, morning show host for KVII; Matt Hamilton, sportscaster for KFDA; Maegan Seymour, Laura Bush Institute; Amie Rosson, sales manager with Fronk Oil; Kris Tooley, Choice Media; and Maria Molina, master’s candidate in communication at New Mexico State University.

On Tuesday Feb. 18, students can Sing for your Lunch. This is a mingle-and-greet opportunity, and the first 200 students to arrive receive free pizza.

On Wednesday, Feb. 19, Communication Week concludes with Project Runway at 12:15 p.m. in the foyer of the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex. Professors in the communication department, portraying celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Kanye West, Madonna, Dolly Parton and Lady Gaga, will promenade to music as a panel of judges determine who gets the crystal pumpkin for the best portrayal.

For information about Communication Week, contact Dr. Trudy Hanson, 806-651-2800 or thanson@wtamu.edu.



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