WTAMU Communication Week Invites Author and Consultant Annette Simmons


Jan. 30, 2019

CONTACT: Dr. Trudy Hanson, 806-651-2800, thanson@wtamu.edu

WTAMU Communication Week Invites Author and Consultant Annette Simmons

CANYON, Texas--The department of communication and distinguished lecture series at West Texas A&M University welcome author Annette Simmons to serve as keynote at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Legacy Hall.

Simmons is a consultant, vibrant speaker and author of four books: “Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins,” “Territorial Games,” “Understanding and Ending Turf Wars at Work, A Safe Place for Dangerous Truth” (AMACOM, 1998) and “The Story Factor,” which was named as one of The Best Business Books of All Time. To start off her career, Simmons earned a business degree from Louisiana State University in 1983 and then spent ten years in Australia in international business. She came back to the United States to attain a master’s degree in education from North Carolina State in 1994 and later started Group Process Consulting in 1996.  Annette Simmons, renown author and consultant.

This presentation is part of WT Communication Week, which takes place Feb. 18 - 22 and includes a Game Show, WT Alumni Table Talk, a Video Showcase and a COMM Factor Competition, which features professors competing.  “COMM Factor” is the theme the entire week and was inspired by the competition reality series “Fear Factor”.

On Monday, Feb. 18, Planning Committee members Jay Mudge and Kylee Douglass will host a game show in the Fine Arts Complex Recital Hall from 12:30-1:15 p.m.  The event will be their version of the games that occur on late night television. Simmons will also be conducting a faculty workshop in JBK Maroon (Room 37) the same day at 1:30 p.m.

A group of WT alumni will gather to meet informally with students at the Alumni Table Talk Event held at JBK, Legends Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m., with appetizers provided by the department of communication and the Communication Alumni Network. During the Table Talk event, students will have the opportunity to visit with Tiffany Saunders, assistant media services coordinator at Austin ISD for AISD.TV; Wilson Lemieux, creative director and producer at Lemieux Company; Abbey Coufal, attorney at Sprouse Shrader Smith PLLC; Lisa Schmidt, assistant news director and evening anchor at KVII; Jason Crespin, academy director at Amarillo Little Theatre; Elizabeth Brown, a captain at the Amarillo Police Department; and Hayden Gibbs, a probationary firefighter for Amarillo Fire Department.

At 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, students are invited to participate in Comic Book Character Dress-up Day.  There will be a book drive held in the Fine Arts Complex foyer at noon.  The books received for kids ranging from ages of 4-15 years old will be donated to the WTAMU Communication Disorders program that recently moved to its new location in the Harrington Academic Hall - WTAMU Amarillo Center. In touring the facility, a communication faculty member noticed the need for children's books for pediatric clients and approached the Communication Week Planning Committee about putting together a book drive for Communication Disorders.

At 3:00 p.m., The Prairie will host a reception celebrating 100 Years of News in the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex Newsroom, room 268. Senior advertising and public relations major, Hannah Nelson said, “I’m really excited about the 100 Years of News. It’s really cool to be a part of something so impactful and we got to hear from a lot of people who have been part of The Prairie in the past century and it’s really inspiring.”

On Thursday, Feb. 21 at 12:30 p.m. faculty members will compete in a COMM Factor Competition similar to the reality competition series that inspired the theme. Six faculty members will create their own COMM Factor persona and have designated fans in the audience to cheer them on. Faculty members who are competing include Dr. Noah Franken, Professor Connie McKee, Professor Carolyn Baum, Dr. Nancy Garcia, and Dr. Jessica Mallard, dean of the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities. As the faculty members compete in the Branding Iron Theatre, students will vote after the final leg of the contest to determine who gets the crystal pumpkin. 

The final event of the week is a COMM Factor meal, when students can have breakfast for dinner Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the Live Lounge.  Food will include coffee, orange juice, bacon and donuts with plastic creepy crawlies on them as a nod to the shiver-inducing eating challenges of past “Fear Factor” competitions.

All throughout the week, students are encouraged to keep an eye out for squishy buffalo toys placed around campus. The student who finds the buffalo first and posts a picture of it on with the hashtag #COMMWeek2019 wins a cuddly, stuffed buffalo toy.

              The 2019 Communication Week Planning committee:

              Sarah Huddleston - Communication Studies

              Khashari Wilson - Communication Studies

              Tessa Davis - Communication Master’s Program

              Savannah Wesley - Broadcast Journalism

              Alyssa Gonzales - Broadcast Journalism

Kelsey Kilburn - Advertising Public Relations

Melissa Hailey - Advertising Public Relations

Ashley Jones - Advertising Public Relations

Kylee Douglass - Digital Communication

Jay Mudge - Digital Communication

Dr. Mary Liz Brooks, Assistant Professor of Mass Communication

Prof. Randy Ray, Associate Lecturer of Mass Communication and Director of Broadcast Engineering

For information about any of the events or Annette Simmons’ presentation, contact Dr. Trudy Hanson at (806) 651-2800 or thanson@wtamu.edu.