Feb. 7, 2018

CONTACT:    Dr. Trudy Hanson, 806-651-2800,

COPY BY:     Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129,

University’s Annual Communication Week Full of Activities


CANYON, Texas—An Alumni Table Talk, game show, movie screening, Distinguished Lecture presentation and more are planned for Communication Week Feb. 19-23 at West Texas A&M University.

The annual event is a week of activities devoted to bringing together students from each of the programs housed within the Department of Communication—communication studies, broadcast journalism, advertising/public relations, broadcast media and graduate students. This year’s Communication Week is following the theme, “That’s Entertainment.”

On Monday, Feb. 19, planning committee members Kyle Hubbard and Hope Holman will host a game show in the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex, Recital Hall from 12:15-1:20 p.m. The competition judges for the event are Paula Schlegel, instructor, and Johnny Story, broadcast engineer.

That evening, a movie screening of “The Intern” is set for 6 p.m. in the Jack B. Kelley (JBK) Student Center, Legacy Hall.

On Tuesday, Feb. 20, the WTAMU Distinguished Lecture Series, in conjunction with Communication Week, will host alumna Jill Whitfield in a presentation at 6 p.m. in the JBK Legacy Hall. Immediately following will be an Alumni Table Talk at 7 p.m. Table guests will include Stephanie Williams Turkowski, a Texas Tech doctoral student; Tre and Emily Calvin,  students at Asbury Theological Seminary; Kaitlin Johnson, a digital content executive producer for KFDA; Charlie Keys, a youth minister at First United Methodist in Canyon; and Brittany Castillo, a communication specialist with the Office of Communication and Marketing at WTAMU.

“Comm Week has always been something almost every Mass Comm student looks forward to, and I think this year will be no different,” Chase Mardis, senior broadcasting and electronic media major, said.

On Wednesday, Feb. 21, students are invited to participate in a 12:20 p.m. Celebrity Dress-up. There also will be a book drive in the Fine Arts Complex at noon. The children’s books collected will be taken by communication students to Cape Town, South Africa as part of their study abroad experience during spring break.

 On Thursday, Feb. 23 the ever-popular Project Runway returns with six teams of students dressing faculty members as various celebrities. As the faculty members promenade to music in the Branding Iron Theatre, a panel of judges will determine who gets the crystal pumpkin for the best portrayal. Project Runway models will include faculty members Kim Bruce, Nancy Garcia, Tanner Robertson and Mary Liz Brooks.

“COMM Week 2018 will feature several new events and activities and more interactivity on social media, McAfee said.  “The COMM Week celebration always draws students together, and this year stands out to me because participants will learn from others' stories but are also encouraged to share their own.”

The final event of the week is an outreach effort aimed at area high school students interested in careers in communication.  Students will have the opportunity to view an award-winning documentary produced by WTAMU students, tour the media communication facilities and hear several students speak about the opportunities available through WTAMU’s Department of Communication.

The 2018 Communication Week Planning committee members include:
• Emma Eickhoff – graduate student in communication;
• Jonathan Espinoza - broadcast journalism major;
• Halle Hebbel - advertising public relations major;
• Hope Holman - corporate communication major;
• Kyle Hubbard - corporate communication major;
• Will McAfee - broadcast electronic media major;
• Megan Nelson - advertising public relations major;
• Audry Palmer – graduate student in communication;
• Allie Smith - broadcast journalism major;
• Sarah Young - advertising, public relations major;
• Dr. Mary Liz Brooks, assistant professor of mass communication; and
• Randy Ray, associate lecturer of mass communication and director of broadcast engineering.

For information, contact Dr. Trudy Hanson at 806-651-2800 or


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