News from the Department of Communications (2013):
*The Center for Media Arts and Production (C-MAP) is now open in the Performing Arts Center (see below).
*Theatre plays – collaboration with the Circle Players for “The Color Purple” while also producing “Seven Guitars” and “Simply Heavenly” (see below)
*Forensics wins – 101 awards this year to date with AFA and NFA nationals pending, 2,388 in the last 16 years
*New faculty hires –one in Mass Communication, two in Communication Studies, started this year (more below)
*iAMM – grant approved for integrated Art, Media and Music $1.5 million grant to create new concentration
*Accreditation – Mass Comm will seek ACEJMC accreditation while Theatre will see NAST accreditation
*Graduate Program – program discusses collaboration with the College of Education to a Masters degree in Education with a concentration in Communication.
*Finalizing a Journalism articulation agreement with Volunteer State Community College
*Mass Comm is considering applying for Kappa Tau Alpha Honors Society Chapter
*The Department is considering implementing a minimum 2.25 gpa admission standard
*SEJC –WTST, TV-98 and student news director win four awards
*AP – student TN Associated Press awards -6 awards, 3 first place, 3 second place
*SPJ – student Society of Professional Journalist awards – Quinn Panganiban 3rd place Radio News
*NBS In the National Broadcasting Society annual competition, TSU's Kelli Volk was a national winner while TSU was a finalist in three other categories which included student Quinn Panaganiban.
*New link on our website: "Give" to TSU. You can support the many wonderful things happening with the Department of Communications with a donation to the Communications program via its Foundation
account. Click on the tab and tell TSU you wish to support Communication with a donation specifically through the Communication Foundation account. We thank you for your support. Then, for that actual tab, include the link to TSU's main 'giving' page. http://www.tnstate.edu/supporttsu/
Multimedia Center opens
Our new $1.4 million media convergence center is open. We are calling it the Center for Media Arts and Production. Officially naming C-MAP as a “Center” is going before the Board of Regents. The Center brings together WTST radio, master control of TV 98, a converged newsroom, PAC House Production, the Tenn State Integrated Marketing Communication Agency, the BluePrint magazine along with faculty offices, an editing classroom and edit suites. Special thanks to Melissa Richie as principal author and Joe Richie for major contributions.
The Department of Communication began year one of a $1.4 million grant called, iAMM. The interactive Art, Media and Music collaboration funded new equipment and research to travel to create a new concentration of study. Year one includes research and travel to see best practices. Dr. Likes was the first to travel in January when he went to the Poynter Institute for Media Studies for a seminar entitled, “A new curriculum for a new journalism.” Dr. Tameka Winston will travel to Poynter in June for the “Teachapalooza” workshop. Melissa Richie and Joe Richie also have travel planned as part of year one in the grant.
HBCU Radio Program
We are creating radio program content for the new HBCU radio network. Dr. Tameka Winston and Mr. Joe Richie are working sending pilot episodes this spring to Howard University, the host institution, who will upload these programs to a channel on Sirius/XM.
Also, TSU collaborated with MTSU and the Tennessean on an immersion reporter project: Jer’Mykeal McCoy is TSU’s first participant in the student reporter program with the Tennesseean, spring ’13 while Ce’Dra Jackson was selected to participate in fall ’13. With a lack of coverage of the federal courts, MTSU began this program to have students report full-time using the Tennessean’s facilities. MTSU professor Wendel Rawls reached out to Dr. Terry Likes to see if TSU would want to participate. Students work full-time during the semester, earning 12 hours of credit for the journalism experience.
Mr. Sean Laflin, tv operations manager, was able to oversee many student produced tv newscasts this year along with several other shows including one produced by student Miya Jefferson called, “One Shot,” a dating show. Professor Sheryl Morris also debuted a new class designed to produce an entertainment show, which had several airings in the fall semester.
WTST Operations Manager, Joe Richie, collaborated with local radio host, Genma Holmes, to produce several radio programs including one with first lady Haslam.
TSU Hosts BEA/NATPE
TSU served as the host for the regional Broadcast Education Association regional conference (fall 2012) and held a career fair sponsored by the National Association of TV Program Executives (fall 2012).
In the spring of 2013, the student Integrated Marketing Communication team, led by Professor Celeste Stein, held a spring career and fashion show.
48 hour shootout
This year during the fall semester we hosted our third 48 Hour Shootout. Melissa Richie says there were five teams of about 5 - 6 Mass Communication students participating in the challenge that required them to compete for who could make the best short film in 48 hours. This weekend experience challenges students to use the skills they learn in class in a fun collaborative process. Films are screened and judged at the end of the 48 hours for the best film. This year some of our students worked in collaboration with Ohio University Media Arts students on their senior capstone project. This project was a short narrative film set in Nashville circa 1940. The films script, written by TSU Mass Communications major Antoine Rucker, is an adaptation of the short story "How John Boscoe outsung the Devil" by African American author Arthur P. Davis. Rights were secured and the film was shot in March 2013. TSU Mass Communication major Tervell Smith built and designed the animation for the opening and closing of the film. Other students participated in different stages of production. This was the first of hopefully other creative collaborations with Ohio U.
Finally, Mass Communication will begin preparation for an ACEJMC pre-visit for accreditation during 2013-2014 with an accreditation application and site team visit in 2016-2017.
The fall play consisted of a partnership with local theatre group “The Circle Players” to produce “The Color Purple” in TSU’s Cox-Lewis theatre. The spring play, directed by Marc Payne, “Seven Guitars” ran in early April. Payne also directed the first-year production of “Simply Heavenly” in February.
TSU is also converting PAC 127 into a Theatre black box.
Theatre also held its first Advisory Board meeting in spring 2012 and plans a follow-up meeting soon.
Theatre also brought in Dr. Peter Fields to teach Stage Movement and Aria Durso in Costume and Makeup. Both are adjuncts who bring professional expertise to the program.
The addition of Professor David Brandon, in technical theatre, proved to be a real asset for our fall and spring theatrical productions. He worked closely with Mark Collino in all three of this year’s plays.
We have entered the play “Seven Guitars” as a participating production for the 2013/2014 KCACTF Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. We had two adjudicators attend the Saturday evening performance and at the conclusion held a brief dialogue with the cast and crew. They will then decide on whether we are recommended for the festival in Feb. 2014. If we are selected we will then receive an invitation to attend the conference and compete with five other universities in our region. However if the play is not recommended we can still send three nominated students to compete for the Irene Ryan Acting Competition. These actors are nominated by the judges and the director for a total of three nominees. Each acting participant must choose a partner from the university that will act as their partner during the festival.
Finally, Theatre will begin preparation for a NAST accreditation.
Communication Studies, formerly Speech Communication, has been officially approved.
Murrell Oratorical Contest
in the fall played host to the annual Robert N. Murrell Oratorical Contest. Much of the work producing this event is conducted by Dr. Jacqueline Mitchell along with a Communications faculty committee to support and serve as judges.
Two new professors joined Comm Studies this past fall, Dr. Ray Harrison and Dr. Kim Johnson. With a larger core group of faculty, many new courses are now being taught including Research Methods, Organizational Communication and Crisis Communication, to name a few.
Forensics underwent a change this after its Director of Forensics, Kimberley LaMarque left TSU to get married and move to the northeast. The team was led by Ms. Shaunte’ Caraballo on an interim basis. After a national search, for which Drs. Page, Tang, Idoye and Harrison served, Ms. Caraballo was named the permanent DOF in March 2013. She will start her new duties full-time on August 15, 2013. Special thanks to Dr. Ray Harrison for his assistance with the team this year. Also, special thanks to Clarence Ball during this time of transition.
At the final event of the year, ten members of the TSU Forensics team qualified to attend the National Forensics Association's national tournament and competed against students from 78 colleges and universities across the country. Senior, Chanel Lake and Junior, Artrisa Fulton were semi-finalists in Duo Interpretation and Freshman, Staja Jones was a semi-finalist in Poetry Interpretation. These wins, along with the high scores of the other team members allowed the team to win 1st place in the President's III Division (small team).
The Department is beginning discussions with the College of Education to explore opportunities for a collaborative graduate program with a Masters in Education (MA., Ed.) with a concentration in Communication.
Dr. Sandra Holt, tenured Communication Professor and long-time director of TSU’s Honors program has retired. New President, Dr. Glenda Glover, appointed Dr. Coreen Jackson to take Dr. Holt’s place.
-Dr. Terry Likes serves on ETSU and MTSU Journalism advisory boards
-Dr. Don Page served on TTU academic audit team
-Dr. Likes and Dr. Idoye served on the TSU College of Business Dean’s search committee
-Joe Richie, Melissa Richie, Sean Laflin, Dr. Don Page and Dr. Tameka Winston served on the Engineer search committee.
-Drs. Don Page, Ray Harrison, Qi Tang and Patrick Idoye served on the Director of Forensics search committee.
Dr. Terry Likes earned two national fellowships:
- The Poynter Institute: “A New Curriculum for a New Journalism,”
- National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Faculty Fellowship recipient
Committee Chair, Joe Richie and his team, including Diana Scales, Kim Johnson and Marc Payne have put together a plan to recruit top students, including metro’s seven academy high schools that have a communication-related specialty pertaining to theatre, media or entertainment. Sheryl Morris has been busy producing several videos for recruitment purposes.
Under the umbrella of CAMA, the Community Academy of Music Arts, mass comm. will hold a two week summer camp for high school students, led by Joe Richie and Sean Laflin. Theatre will hold a one week camp for younger students.
- Terry Likes, Journalism Educator of the Year, Southeast Journalism Conference, 2013.
- Terry Likes, 1st place, Broadcast Education Association, Faculty Sports Competition: Sports Radio Award of Excellence, “Headache to Heartache.” A radio documentary about the call to action to reduce the estimated four million sports concussions each year. (2013). Aired by: Tennessee Radio Network.
- Terry Likes, 4 Tennessee Associated Press awards
Dr. Winston revised her materials for the 2nd year of her new text for COMM 2200 Public Speaking.
Refereed Research Publications, Presentations
Likes, Terry. (under review, 2013, September). “Does Anyone Care? The State Of International News Coverage Among U.S. Media. Electronic News, Sage Publications, Volume 7 Issue 4, 177-182.
Likes, Terry. (under review, 2013, June). “We Will Rock You: Music Branding in Sports. Essay and documentary on how sonic branding within sports programming has become big business. Electronic News, Sage Publications, Volume 7 Issue 3, 177-182.
Harrison, Ray. Harrison presented two papers at the Southern States Communication Association in Louisville, KY in April 2013. The first paper was in the Applied Communication Division, "Humor, cynicism and resistance in modern organizations." The second paper was top paper in the Rhetoric division, "Oppressive and Violent: Representations of Southern Men…"
Johnson, Kim. Dr. Johnson presented at NCA National Communication Association (in November) -- African American Communication and Culture "Top Paper" Panel.
- Likes, Terry. (2013). “"An Outgrown Paradigm: Are the Core News Values of Yesterday Still Applicable in our Digital Age?" Broadcast Education Association conference, Las Vegas, NV.
- Booras, Tommy. (2013). Booras will present as part of a panel discussion at the Broadcast Education Association annual conference. The topic is "Save Our Studios!"
Creative Scholarship Published:
- Likes, Terry. “We Will Rock You: The Branding of Sports Music is Big Business.” Audio documentary. Aired by: Tennessee Radio Network.
- Likes, Terry. “The Music of News: How Societal Events Spark Memorable Music.” Audio documentary. Aired by: Tennessee Radio Network.
- Ball, Clarence - “Looking over Jordan: African-Americans and the War,” a documentary honoring the 150th commemoration of the American Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation, premiered on Nashville Public Television on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. The production, the result of a partnership between TSU professor and producer Clarence E. Ball, and NPT, is the network’s “foremost effort” to observe Black History Month.
-Society of Professional Journalists regional conference: Dr. Tameka Winston
-National Communication Association annual conference: Drs. Don Page, Qi Tang, Kim Johnson, Ray Harrison
-Broadcast Education Association annual conference: Drs. Don Page and Terry Likes, Mr. Sean Laflin, Mr. Tommy Booras
-NADSA, KCACTF, TTA, SETC annual conferences: Dr. Lawrence James
-Southern States Communication Association: Dr. Ray Harrison
-Southeast Journalism Conference: Dr. Terry Likes, Dr. Don Page, Mr. Sean Laflin
Other faculty news:
Prof. Tommy Booras
is completing his fourth year as chair of BEA's Sports Division Festival of the Arts Student Sports Competition. He solicited academics and working radio and TV professionals from across the country to judge student work in five different radio/TV sports categories. He will present the winners with their awards at the annual BEA convention in Las Vegas this April.
Dr. Coreen Jackson
chaired the assessment committee for the Department of Communications and was able to oversee the ongoing assessments for Mass Communication, Communication Studies and Theatre areas while managing the Compliance Assist Data for the Department. Dr. Ray Harrison will take over Dr. Jackson’s assessment coordination as Jackson takes over the Honors program.
Prof. Sheryl Morris
produced several spots highlighting TSU Alumni of the describing how their education experience at TSU played a role in their successful careers. She also updated Comm Studies and Theatre videos. These will be placed on the Communication website.
, Engineer, left TSU in December to return to WSMV-TV. A national search for a replacement is underway, chaired by Joe Richie. Also serving on the committee is Melissa Richie, Sean Laflin, Dr. Don Page and Dr. Tameka Winston.
Prof. Joe Richie
served as the liaison to the Athletic Department in establishing the TSU Sports Network for radio coverage of football, the football coach’s show, game coverage of men’s and women’s basketball, and coverage of women’s softball.
Dr. Lawrence James
has worked diligently to improve the THTR 1020 course through assessment and implementation of a standard syllabus and policies. He Chaired the Theatre Scholarship Committee and assisted in scheduling theatre activities, courses and recruitment. James also chaired the Redd scholarship committee (see below) and serves as a Play respondent for KCACTF.
taught a new course in screenwriting. She also taught a collaborative course between Art and Communication that studies the art and meaning of film and more specifically, Black Film. Lastly she will be working independently with students on a collaborative project with Ohio University in producing a short film with their students.
Student news, awards and scholarships:
: 101 awards
- 3rd Place, Society of Professional Journalists, Radio News Reporting, Quinn Panganiban
- 2013, 1st Place, Tennessee Associated Press Student Competition, Best Radio Public Affairs, Kelli Volk
- 2013, 1st Place, Tennessee Associated Press Student Competition, Best Radio Newscast, Kelli Volk
- 2013, 1st Place, Tennessee Associated Press Student Competition, Best TV Feature Story, Quinn Panganiban
- 2013, 2nd Place, Tennessee Associated Press Student Competition, Best Radio News Story, Quinn Panganiban
- 2013, 2nd Place, Tennessee Associated Press Student Competition, Best TV News Story, Quinn Panganiban
- 2013, 2nd Place, Tennessee Associated Press Student Competition, Best Radio Feature Story, Kelli Volk
- 2013 National Finalist, National Broadcasting Society, Audio News Package “TSU Shooting” Tennessee State University- Quinn Panganiban
- 2013 National Finalist, National Broadcasting Society, Audio News Package “TSU is Blowing Smoke” Tennessee State University - Kelli Volk
- 2013 Winner, National Broadcasting Society, Audio Feature Package “False Alarm” Tennessee State University – Kelli Volk
- 2013 National Finalist, National Broadcasting Society, Audio News Program, TSU News Network, Tennessee State University — Kelli Volk
- 2013 1st Place, Southeast Journalism Conference, Best College Audio News Program, TSU
- 2013 1st Place, Southeast Journalism Conference, Best College Radio Station, TSU
- 2013 3rd Place, Southeast Journalism Conference, Best College TV Feature Reporter, Kelli Volk
- 2013 3rd Place, Southeast Journalism Conference, Best College TV Station, TSU
- 2013 1st Place, Society of Professional Journalists, Radio News Reporting, Quinn Panganiban
Scholarships: Lawrence N. and Betty Morrow Redd Scholarship
Committee Chair, Dr. Lawrence James reports, last year we had 3 applicants who were awarded for academic year
2012-13 as follows:
(All mass comm. Students)
Ian Smith $750.00 December 2012 Graduate
Amber Sanders $1,500.00
Jer'Mykeal McCoy $1,500.00
For next year, according to Dr. James: “The Department of Communications is pleased to announce that Ms. Ashley D. Parmer has been awarded the Lawrence N. and Betty Redd Scholarship for 2013-2014 in the amount of $4,000.”
For more information or to make contributions, suggestions, please contact:
Dr. Terry Likes, Department Head
Department of Communications Tennessee State University 3500 John Merritt Blvd. Nashville, Tennessee 37209
Phone: (615) 963-7992 FAX: 615-963-5805 e-mail: tlikes