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Former Speech Writer Favreau to Speak at WTAMU

Feb. 11, 2014

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

Former Speech Writer Favreau to Speak at WTAMU’s Communication Week

CANYON, Texas—The Department of Communication at West Texas A&M University will host its annual Communication Week Feb. 17-19, with a full schedule of events, including a presentation by Jon Favreau, former speech writer for President Barack Obama.

Communication Week celebrates the diversity of communication, and three days of activities focused on the theme “Find Your Voice” have been planned. The activities are designed to unite all students, faculty and staff from every corner of the communication field including advertising/public relations, broadcast journalism, electronic media, communicaJon Favreaution studies and the graduate program.

The highlight of this year’s Communication Week is the presentation by Favreau at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Legacy Hall. Favreau joined the White House at age 27 as the second-youngest chief speech writer in United States history. He will share anecdotes from a career spent working alongside the Commander in Chief on the two most pivotal presidential campaigns in recent history. Favreau’s presentation will convey his own life experiences, his aspirations to balance idealism with the reality of politics and insights to inspire others to consider public service and develop their skills as future leaders. His visit to campus is free and open to the public and made possible by funding through WTAMU’s Distinguished Lecture Series, the Prairie and the Department of Communication.

Other activities marking Communication Week at WTAMU include students and teachers participating in a game show similar to “The Voice,” at noon on Monday, Feb. 17 in the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex, Recital Hall. Five communication faculty members will be seated onstage with their backs to the audience, and based on what a student says or sings, the faculty members have to turn their rolling office chairs around and guess the student’s identity. Broadcasting electronic media major Bri Leeper of Amarillo will serve as the game show host.

An Alumni Table Talk event will follow at 5:30 p.m. in the Grand Lobby of the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex. Current students will have the opportunity to mingle with media professionals who have graduated from WTAMU. Featured alumni include Kirk Scarbrough, internal communications director for Teach for America; Galdino Griego, master’s candidate in communication at University of North Texas; Paola Albarran, news anchor for Telemundo; Meredith Keller, morning show host for KVII; Matt Hamilton, sportscaster for KFDA; Maegan Seymour, Laura Bush Institute; Amie Rosson, sales manager with Fronk Oil; Kris Tooley, Choice Media; and Maria Molina, master’s candidate in communication at New Mexico State University.

On Tuesday Feb. 18, students can Sing for your Lunch. This is a mingle-and-greet opportunity, and the first 200 students to arrive receive free pizza.

On Wednesday, Feb. 19, Communication Week concludes with Project Runway at 12:15 p.m. in the foyer of the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex. Professors in the communication department, portraying celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Kanye West, Madonna, Dolly Parton and Lady Gaga, will promenade to music as a panel of judges determine who gets the crystal pumpkin for the best portrayal.

For information about Communication Week, contact Dr. Trudy Hanson, 806-651-2800 or thanson@wtamu.edu.



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