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Department of Communication

Success Stories

The Department of Communication launched the new Video Wall in the lobby of the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex on April 24, 2018.  The video wall features brief video segments about the five departments housed within the College of Fine Arts and Humanities.

Lambda Pi Eta (National Communication Honor Society) inducted 10 new members and sponsored the UK Debaters visit to campus in October, 2017.

Three Communication Studies undergraduates (Katie Rowan, Kiersten Newton, and Karis Stephens) presented their research at the 2018 Undergraduate Honors Conference (Southern States Communication Association) in Nashville, TN.

PR1910, WTAMU’s student-run public relations firm gained national affiliation status from the Public Relations Student Society of America, one of 25 firms in the United States to receive this status.

Communication Week 2018 focused on the theme of “That’s Entertainment” and featured DLS speaker Jill Whitfield.

Irish American Storyteller and Musician Tom McDermott was the featured teller for the 2018 WTAMU Storytelling Festival which featured performances by 13 graduate students.

The National Broadcasting Society chapter won Chapter of the Year, Model Chapter and Best Multiple Activity Participation Community Service Award. Both Randy Ray and Emily Kinsky won Honorable Mention as Advisers of the year.  Anna Parsons was named a student governor of the national NBS Board. WTAMU also hosted the South Central Broadcasting Society conference on the WTAMU campus.

Ad/PR Society members Makayla Barrientos and Liz Moore were on first and second place teams at the Houston Advertising Federation competition.

WT Forensics traveled to Canada for international competition in March, 2018.

One Sessions featured Country Music nominated artist Lionel Cartwright from Nashville.

Dr. Enyonam Osei-Hwere, Associate Professor of Media Communication, and Johnny Story, Broadcast Engineer, led a study abroad experience to Cape Town, South Africa in March, 2018. Twenty graduate and undergraduate students worked with 3 different non-profits producing media content while in Cape Town.

Associate Lecturer Paula Schlegel’s majors-only section of the basic public speaking class presented Artifacts COMM Alive at the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum in November.

Assistant Lecturer Carolyn Baum produced the People of the Plains performance on November 29 featuring 18 undergraduate students.

Buffalo Advertising, coached by Assistant Professor Mary Liz Brooks, placed 4th in district competition.  Erin Westermann earned the award for the best presenter at the competition.

The Bateman Team created a powerful public relations campaign for Kids with Cancer.

Prairie Staff members, advised by Assistant Professor Nancy Garcia, earned 5 awards at the Texas Intercollegiate Association Conference and the Eternal Flame magazine, advised by Associate Lecturer Kim Bruce, earned 6 awards at TIPA.

Kristina Burgin, Hope Stokes and Shea Johnson attended the national PRSSA in Boston in October, 2017.

Amanda Brookhart (Communication, Masters) and Carlos Perez (Comm Studies Undergraduate) both won awards at the 2018 WTAMU Student Research Conference for their rhetorical essays.

The Live Lounge in the KWTS Lobby kicked off its initial performance on April 24, 2018.  Each Thursday during the fall and spring semesters, student performers will be featured in this space and broadcast live on KWTS.

Associate Professor of Media Communication Emily Kinsky is serving as the editor of the Journal of Public Relations Education and will be traveling to the UK in the Spring of 2019 in her role as a Fulbright Specialist.

For more details on all of these great successes, check out Expressions Magazine.