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Department of Communication Success Stories

Department of Communication

Success Stories

The Department of Communication inducted four outstanding alumni into the Communication Hall of Fame in 2014: Gary Beagle, Steve Cornett, Andy Magnum, and Lisa Schmidt. For the 2015 Communication Hall of Fame, three new awards will be presented: The Rising Star, the Community Partner and the Eternal Flame.

 

British Debaters Alice Huntley and Kate Brooks debated with partners from the WTAMU Forensic Team to a standing room only audience in October, 2014.

 

One Sessions DVD's produced by our Electronic Media students earned 13 Telly Awards.

 

One Sessions with Deep Diver won 2nd place in the Studio Category at the Broadcast Education association convention.

 

The Buffalo Advertising Team placed 7th in the nation in the National Student Advertising Competition.

 

Communication Studies major Benjamin Wentz was selected for a summer internship with Congressman Mac Thornberry's office.

 

Four Electronic Media majors earned 4 Addys at the American Advertising Federation - Amarillo in the cinematography category.

 

WTAMU's Forensic Team competed internationally in Barcelona, Spain, winning two international championships. Additionally, the Forensics Team placed 17th in the nation in AFA competition.

 

The university newspaper (The Prairie) and the university magazine (The Eternal Flame) earned 21 awards at the Texas Intercollegiate Association Conference.

 

The Communication Freshman Seminar class conducted a fundraiser for Adam Braun's Pencils of Promise, resulting in $600 in donations.

 

NBS co-sponsored the 48 Hour Film Project and hosted a fall media festival. Four NBS members (Teresa Herrera, Avery Taylor, Heath McCarty, and Garret Eggleston) produced a documentary for the Citadelle, focusing on Army veteran Travis Mills.

 

The annual WTAMU Storytelling Festival hosted Grammy Award Winner Bill Harley for the 2015 festival, bringing over 400 elementary school children from across the Panhandle to campus.

 

Communication Studies major Cailey Crist was named WTAMU Women of the Year and Communication Graduate student Reid Copelin was named WTAMU Man of the Year.

 

Dr. Cain was one of the hosts for Fulbright Scholar, Jin Nishikawa who spoke to students about nuclear waste management in the US, Japan, and Europe.

 

Three Ad/PR majors, Katy Christy, Valeria Perez, and Natalia Molina were on the first, second and third place teams in the Houston Advertising competition.

 

The Department of Communication continues to emphasize community service, assisting the following community organizations: ACE Giving Day, Operation Christmas Child, Eveline Rivers' Sunshine Cottage, High Plains Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Pencils of Promise, Downtown Women's Center, and Family Support Services.

 

The Advanced Video class produced the documentary, Steps to Promise for the Downtown Women's Center.

 

Thirteen students traveled to South Korea with Dr. Butler Cain and Professor Kim Bruce in a faculty-led study abroad experience.