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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 2015: Judy Carter, Leigh Browning, Charly Martin, IV and Virginia Myers. The 2016 Communication Hall of Fame takes place on October 21, 2016.

The Buffalo Advertising Team placed second in the National Student Advertising Competition held at Disney Land, June, 2016

Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honor Society is hosting the UK Debaters on October 10 and 11, 2016.  Last year’s event brought Chessy Wahlen and Matthew Wilmore to campus for a lively debate with members of WTAMU’s Forensics Team.
Mass communication students were awarded 6 Silver Addys and 3 Gold Addys at the 2016 American Advertising Awards—Amarillo banquet.
Miguel Soto, a senior Corporate Communication major, and Bri Leeper, a senior Electronic Media Major were named Man and Woman of the Year at the University Honors Banquet in May.
Filmmaker and former Canyon native, Will Bigham was the featured speaker for 2016 Communication Week which featured an alumni table talk event, a Reel Talk Through your Lens video contest and WT’s own version of Project Runway.
The new Multi-Media Journalism Lab is now open and ready for students to conduct podcasts and other live broadcasts.
Dr. Kris Drumheller and Dr. Amy Von Lintel co-taught a faculty-led study abroad experience in Athens and London during May, 2016.  The course focused on issues of cultural heritage through studying the Parthenon Marbles.
The WT Bateman Team raised awareness of the needs of student veterans through their project “Connecting with Heroes.”
Prof. Carolyn Baum, working with High Plains Public Radio, produced a public performance, “People of the Plains,” at Palace Coffee featuring 18 students sharing personal narratives they had collected from people in the Panhandle.
The Panhandle Storytelling Guild sponsored the annual storytelling festival, featuring Grammy Award winning musician and storyteller, David Holt.
WTAMU’s prizing winning One Sessions brought the band Mount Ivy and the soloist Blues Boy Willie to campus for performances.
Electronic Media students brought home a record number of awards from the National Broadcasting conference, International College Radio competition, Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence, and Broadcasting Education Association.
Four members of Lambda PI Eta, Miguel Soto, Madison Mangum, Tre Calvin, III, and Ben Wentz had their rhetorical analyses accepted for presentation at the Southern States Communication Association’s Undergraduate Honors Conference.
For a full account of the many activities of the Department of Communication, read our Communication Magazine.