Bethany College to Welcome Award-Winning Media
Professionals
for 50th Annual Communications Week

BETHANY, W.Va.  — The Bethany College Department of Communications and Media Arts announces the schedule for the 50th annual Communications Week, themed “COMM WEEK 50: Shaping Communications for 50 years.” Communications Week will be held March 26 - April 1.

The series of events will feature presentations and workshops from prominent Bethany College alumni and professionals working in a wide variety of positions in communications and media arts. The program is designed to help students better understand the diverse and quickly evolving world of media communications, take advantage of the wide array of potential experiences as undergraduates, and move through their undergraduate years and into their professional careers successfully.

“This year’s edition of Comm Week is especially meaningful because not only will it celebrate what our department has accomplished in the last 50 years, but also highlight where we’re headed in the next 50,” said Department Chair M.E. Yancosek Gamble.

A highlight of Communications Week will be a workshop presented by Faith Daniels ’79, former network news anchor, on how students can hone their on-air presentation skills. Although Daniels has been back to her alma mater many times, this will be her first workshop.

Another highlight will be the Bethany College Society of Collegiate Journalists (SCJ) chapter induction for 12 new student members Friday evening, March 30, at Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights, the President’s Residence. The Bethany chapter was chartered in 1947, making Bethany’s one of the ten oldest chapters in the nation. There will be an important announcement regarding Bethany College and SCJ at the induction ceremony.

Because of a gift from the Driehorst Family Foundation events will be webstreamed on http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/bethanywvadmin.portal#. One may also find many of the events on WVTX, Channel 14 on the Bethany, West Virginia cable system, and WVBC internet at http://www.stretchinternet.com/flash/player/bbn.php .

The schedule for Communications Week is as follows:

Monday,March 26
8:00 p.m. — Johnny Cupcakes Success, Philips Hall, co-sponsored by SAC, Bethany College Chapters of Public Relations Student Society of America, PRSSA and SCJ, The Mass Media Club and Bethany College Career Week. 

Tuesday, March 27
8:00 p.m. — Digital and Corporate Media: Now and Into the Future, Dan Lohman ’98, Pikewood Creative; Jay Phillipone, Priority Communications; Mike Bothwell, WTOV 9.  Moderator:  Dr. Pat Sutherland, Professor of Communications. Renner Art Gallery, Bethany House. Co-sponsored by Bethany College Chapters of PRSSA and SCJ, The Mass Media Club and Bethany College Career Week. 

Wednesday, March 28
James “Jim” W. Carty, Jr., Day honoring the founder of the Bethany Communications Department, 1962.

10:30 a.m. — “50 Ways to Succeed in Front of the Camera,” workshop by Faith Daniels  ’79, Bethany Broadcast Network (BBN) Studios, Bethany College Television Station, Johnson Visual Arts Center.

7:00 p.m. Comm. Week 50 Reception, sponsored by Bethany College Communications and Media Arts, hosted by Marc ’78 and Joyce Dumbaugh-Chernenko ’78 and Art ’77 and Vicky Stimac Musicaro ‘76, celebrating Prof. Carty’s influence in students’ lives and careers these past 50 years, Renner Art Gallery, Bethany House.

8:00 p.m.Political Communications: Where Will We Be in Another 50 years?” George Manahan ’85, The Manahan Group; Chris Stalman, The Manahan Group, Renner Art Gallery, Bethany House. Co-sponsored by Bethany College Chapters of PRSSA and SCJ, The Mass Media Club and Bethany College Career Week.

Thursday, March 29
E.E. Roberts Day, honoring the founder of the Public Relations and Journalism Department, 1929.

5:30 p.m. — Etiquette Dinner, Harder Hall.

7:00 p.m. — Communications and Media Arts Awards Ceremony, Renner Art Gallery, Bethany House, refreshments served, sponsored by the Communications and Media Arts Department and hosted by Joyce Jefferson ’77 and Wilbur Jones, Jr.  Scott D. Miller, Ph.D., President of Bethany College, will present the awards. A special Chair’s Award will also be presented.

8:00 p.m. — Integrated Media Communications – Where Will We Be in 50 years?” Margy Lang ’80, Sportive Inc., E1Fit; Larry Meltzer ’81, MM2PR; David Allinder, In Wheeling Magazine. Moderator: M.E. Yancosek Gamble, chair of the Department of Communications and Media Arts. Co-sponsored by the Bethany College Alumni Council, Bethany College Chapters of PRSSA and SCJ, The Mass Media Club and Bethany College Career Week.

Friday, March 30
4:00 p.m. — Society of Collegiate Journalists (SCJ) Induction  at Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights, the President’s Residence, ceremony by President Scott D. Miller, Dr. Mort Gamble, co-advisors of the SCJ Chapter. Journalism in 50 – Park Burroughs, Executive Editor, Washington (PA) Observer Reporter, address to inductees. An important announcement about Bethany College and the SCJ will be made; sponsored by the Bethany College SCJ Chapter.

6:00 p.m. — 50 Hours of WVBC as a tribute to Comm. Week 50.

For more information, contact M.E. Yancosek Gamble (Chair of the Department of Communications and Media Arts) at 304.829.7710 or megamble@bethanywv.edu.

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