Alumni Newsletter

          

NOTEWORTHY FACULTY ACHIEVEMENTS

 

Below you will find news about the various programs, faculty and student achievements and more.

  Headlines from the Academic Year 2013-2014)

*Accreditation pre-visit by ACEJMC for Mass Communication – occurred Dec. 2013

*Graduate program – proposing 18 hour concentration within CLA MA program – in progress

*Naming for the Center for Media Arts and Production - C-MAP – in progress

*Dr. Karen Dunlap, former faculty member and past President of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, will join the faculty as an adjunct fall 2014 and scholarship in the name   of former Head, Dr. Jamye Williams – in progress

*Increased push for awards – 27 AP, SEJC and NBS awards for students in Mass Comm, 53 in Forensics

*Implement new tenure track faculty, Director of Forensics – Shaunte Caraballo, two ass’t Forensics coaches

*PAC 127 black box conversion – in progress

 Partnership:

*Signed articulation agreements with Vol State in both Journalism and Visual Storytelling.

*Signed agreement with Hillsboro high school as one of the 7 local academies – they have 150 students interested in media.

 Grant

*Year 2 of the $1.4 million, Tennessee State University, iAMM, interactive Art, Media and Music brought discussions about starting a new concentration and brought more         equipment to the program.

 Collaborations 
*We are creating radio program content for the new HBCU radio network.  Dr. Winston and Mr. Richie are working on sending 80 programs to Howard University, the host institution, who will upload these programs to channel 142 on Sirius/XM.

 Research Forum for the Arts

*Work continues with the Art and Music Departments for a Research Forum for the Arts, held each semester over the last five years. The fall research forum is in November.   Spring forum in April.

 Forensics

*Continue tradition for a national award-winning program. Will implement a TSU Public Speaking Lab as a service component.

*Team wins 53 awards in 2013-2014.

 New hires:

*New tenure track hire: Director of Forensics: Shaunte Caraballo

*Two new Assistant Directors of Forensics/faculty: Jeremy Coffman and Adam Key.

*Replacement hires: Ray Harrison left TSU, Dr. Coreen Jackson is the new Director of the Honors Program

          *Dr. Emily Bergen and Ms. Karen Russell are temporary one year hires.

*Hired Morgan Ginther in the Harrison line. Search will continue fall 2014 for the mass comm. hire.  

*New media engineer: Dave Wilson

 Conferences attended since last May:

*AEJMC (Ass’n for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication: Likes, August 2013

*TN Association of Broadcasters Conference: Page, Laflin, Wilson, August 2013

*NCA Fall 2013 Page, Tang, KJohnson

*SETC – James

*BEA – Likes, Page, MRichie, Morris, Booras

*ASJMC – Likes

*TCA: Page, Caraballo, Morris, KJohsnon

  Theatre: Fall Play

-Race by David Mamet November 7,8,9 at 7pm November 10 at 3pm.
               " An explosive new drama from the multiple award winning playwright David Mamet, RACE tackles America's most   controversial topic in a provocative tale of sex, guilt, and bold accusations. Two male lawyers are called to defend a wealthy         white client charged with the rape of a black woman, while their female associate betrays an agenda of her own."

-DreamGirls production collaboration with Circle Players: Mark Collino, David Brandon, Marc Payne

-Spring play – joint musical with Dep’t of Music – Trial by Jury.

  Forensics

The Forensics team won 53 awards in 2013-2014 and:

1. Started TSU's first International Public Debate Association (IPDA) team with 8 students and 2 new coaches.

2. Successfully hosted a debate tournament that was attended by approximately 120 competitors from 6 schools in the region with               over 90 TSU students volunteering to judge. 

3. 3rd place team at the TN State Championship

4. Attended the IPDA National tournament where 3 students, Michael Thomas, Barbra Dudley, and Artrisa Fulton were Double-          Octofinalists.

5. Senior, Artrisa Fulton, placed in the top ten novice speakers at the IPDA national tournament.

  Faculty Awards

               Terry Likes

  • 1st place, Broadcast Education Association, Faculty Audio Competition: Best of Competition. (2014).
  •     “It Was 50 Years Ago…The Beatles: Legacy. Audio documentary. Aired by: Tennessee Radio Network.      http://youtu.be/bjBVGSKBFeY
  • National Finalist. Documentary. National Broadcasting Society (2014). “It Was 50 Years Ago…The Beatles: Legacy. Audio documentary. Aired by: Tennessee Radio Network. http://youtu.be/bjBVGSKBFeY
  • National Finalist. Audio News. National Broadcasting Society (2014). “We Will Rock You: Music Branding in Sports.” Audio documentary. Aired by: Tennessee Radio Network. http://youtu.be/C9bhHAnsVZE
  • National Finalist. Educational/Promotional. National Broadcasting Society (2014). “In Our memory, the Soundtrack to News:  How News Events Shape Music.”  Audio documentary.  Aired by:  Tennessee Radio Network. http://youtu.be/i3qhZj8H3O8
  • 1st place. Best Light Feature. Tennessee Associated Press (2014). “It Was 50 Years Ago…The Beatles: Legacy. Audio documentary. Aired by: Tennessee Radio Network. http://youtu.be/bjBVGSKBFeY
  • 1st place. Best Sports Feature. Tennessee Associated Press (2014). “We Will Rock You: Music Branding in Sports.” Audio documentary. Aired by: Tennessee Radio Network. http://youtu.be/C9bhHAnsVZE
  • 1st place. Best Use of Sound. Tennessee Associated Press (2014). “In our memory, the soundtrack to news: How news events shape music.” Audio documentary. Aired by: Tennessee Radio Network. http://youtu.be/i3qhZj8H3O8
  • 2nd place. Best Use of Sound. Tennessee Associated Press (2014). “We Will Rock You: Music Branding in Sports.” Audio documentary. Aired by: Tennessee Radio Network. http://youtu.be/C9bhHAnsVZE

               David Brandon

  • Awarded Excellence in Design from Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Region 4 for Set Design of 7 Guitairs

    Student Awards

  • 2014 Southeast Journalism Conference, 4th place, Best Radio Hard News Reporter, Brandi Giles
  • 2014 Southeast Journalism Conference, 2nd place, Best Radio News Feature Reporter, Kelli Volk
  • 2014 Southeast Journalism Conference, 5th place, Best College Audio News Program, Kelli Volk
  • 2014 Southeast Journalism Conference, 5th place, Best Radio Journalist, Chantell Copeland
  • 2014 Southeast Journalism Conference, 3rd place, Best Television Journalist, Chantell Copeland
  • 2014 Southeast Journalism Conference, 6th place, Best Television News Feature Reporter, Quinn Panganiban
  • 2014 National Broadcasting Society, Finalist, Audio Feature Package, Kelli Volk
  • 2014 Tennessee Associated Press, Finalist, Best Use of Sound, T S U Radio, Miya Jefferson
  • 2014 Tennessee Associated Press, Finalist, Best Use of Sound, T S U Radio, Brandi Giles
  • 2014 Tennessee Associated Press, Finalist, Best Radio Reporter, T S U Radio, Brandi Giles
  • 2014 Tennessee Associated Press, Finalist, Best Radio Reporter, T S U Radio, Miya Jefferson
  • 2014 Tennessee Associated Press, Finalist, Best Radio Reporter, T S U Radio, Chantell Copeland
  • 2014 Tennessee Associated Press, Finalist, Best Newscast, T S U Radio, Chantell Copeland
  • 2014 Tennessee Associated Press, Finalist, Best Newscast, T S U Radio, Brandi Giles
  • 2014 Tennessee Associated Press, Finalist, Best Feature Story, T S U Radio, Chantell Copeland
  • 2014 Tennessee Associated Press, Finalist, Best News Story, T S U Radio, Brandi Giles
  • Other Southeast Journalism Conference awards
  • *Best Opinion-Editorial Writer: Patrick Lewis
    *Best Magazine Page Layout Designer: Brittney Bodden
    *Best Advertising Staff Member: Ashli Beverley
    *Best Journalism Research Paper: Jer’Mykeal McCoy
    *College Journalist of the Year: Ce’Dra Jackson
    *Best Multimedia Journalist: Alicia Bailey
  • The college categories include TSU winning:
    -Best Public Service Journalism:    LaToya Pickett
    -Best College Video News Program:    Blue Sapphire awards show           
  • -Best College Newspaper:     TSU Meter
    -Best College Web Site:       TSU Meter
    -Best College TV Station:     (TSU newscast)

Teaching

CLA Teaching Award nominations

Adjunct: Harriet Vaughan-Wallace

Temporary: Sheryl Morris

Tenured/tenure-track: Melissa Richie

-All faculty completed the D2L university training

-Melissa Richie earned a national fellowship from the National Association of TV Program Executives.

-Celeste Stein taught University 1000 and the President’s Bootcamp and participated in community service learning projects
-Celeste Stein developed a community service learning component in Health Communications where students shadow in the offices of local healthcare providers to learn about how interdisciplinary healthcare teams operate.

-Tommy Booras developed and taught a new course, Sports Broadcasting, in the fall 2013 semester.  Twelve students enrolled in it. The class primarily focused on producing sportscasts for TSU-TV News 98 newscasts during the semester.

-Joe Richie - Created New Course:  The Business of Entertainment: Spring

-Jacqueline Mitchell - completed a weeklong certification in Buffalo, NY, via Compton PESL, for "Accent Reduction" to help international faculty communicate effectively with students.

-Melissa Richie - Is doing some innovative teaching, as she presented at BEA, with her Wix created website that houses her course materials for student access.

-Melissa Richie - Is collaborative teaching a Black Cinema course with the Art Department.

-Celeste Stein -Implemented a community service learning component in Health Communications. Students shadow a practice for a half day to learn about how interdisciplinary health care teams work in an office or hospital setting. Last semester’s class, did extensive research and surveys on the Affordable Care Act and we have published websites on the findings of the 5 groups who      were assigned the project.

-Tameka Winston attended the Poynter Institute for Media Studies "Teachapalooza" multimedia educators workshop summer 2013.  

-Tameka Winston - Newswriting is offered on-line (hybrid) for first time this semester.

-Tameka Winston introduced a new course Fall in Social Media.

Service Learning

-Celeste Stein - Implemented a community service learning component in Health Communications. Students shadow a practice for a half day to learn about how interdisciplinary health care teams work in an office or hospital setting. Last semester’s class, did extensive research and surveys on the Affordable Care Act and we have published websites on the findings of the 5 groups who were assigned the project.

Research/Creative

Refereed Research Publications

  •    Likes, Terry. (2014, October). “We Will Rock You: Music Branding in Sports.”  Journal of Media Education.
  •    Likes, Terry. (2014, March). “Does Anyone Care? The State Of International News Coverage Among U. S. Media.       Electronic News, Sage Publications, Volume 8 Issue 1, 64-67.             
  •    Likes, Terry. (2013, December). “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. (2013, September). “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. 
    •    Johnson, Kim. Received an extension on the "Womanist" definition for the Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and     Sexuality Studies.
  • Key, Adam. Recently notified that both papers he submitted for presentation at the SSCA convention in New Orleans were accepted.
  • Key, Adam. Article in the Journal of the International Public Debate Association and two presentations including the screening of his documentary at the IPDA Convention.
  • Key, Adam. Rhetorical criticism paper was accepted for presentation at the International Communication Association  conference in Seattle.
  • Tang, Qi. Manuscript for a chapter in the 6th edition of the book, Our Voices: Essays in Culture, Ethnicity and  Communication will soon be published by Oxford University Press. The book will come out in fall 2014 or  spring 2015.

 Refereed Presentations 

  • Likes, Terry. (2014).   "A tenure roundtable: I wish I knew then what I know now." Broadcast Education Association  conference, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Johnson, Kim. (2013, fall).   “Agents of Change” in the Women’s Caucus Division at the National Communication Association  99th Annual Convention.
  • Caraballo, Shaunte.   "Representations of Identity in Oral Interpretation" at NCA on a panel regarding Pedagogy and Instruction of Interpretation Events.
  • Morris, Sheryl. Panel discussion at the Broadcast Education Association conference discussing the role of her class in sports production, along with that of TSU Athletics, in the production of Ohio Valley Conference sports productions.
  • Richie, Melissa. “Using websites built for use in place of books and to support the flipped classroom concepts.” Broadcast Education Association conference, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Richie, Melissa. “Developing interdisciplinary programs through collaborative teaching and collaborative learning.”  Broadcast Education Association conference, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Richie, Melissa. “Creating a creative and collaborative short film project with Ohio University Media Arts students.”    Broadcast Education Association conference, Las Vegas, NV.

  Creative Scholarship Under Review

  • Likes, Terry. (2014, January). “$ports + Money = Recession Proof.” Audio documentary. To be aired by: Tennessee Radio Network.   http://youtu.be/82AgW0R7Ihk
  •   Likes, Terry. (2014, January). “The Alarm Clock For Your Favorite TV Show: TV Theme Songs.” Audio documentary. To be aired by: Tennessee Radio Network. http://youtu.be/1PPZN1_SteE
  • Richie, Melissa. Completed production on the documentary "Voices of War". Students participated in the pre-production, production and post-production of the film. Currently, in talks to have the film air on NPT.
  • Richie, Melissa. Completed the Traveler’s Rest Documentary.

  Creative Scholarship In Progress

  • Likes, Terry. (TBA). “Copy and Paste: The Perils of Plagiarism in Higher Education.” Audio documentary. To be aired by: Tennessee Radio     Network.
  • Likes, Terry. (TBA). “Pay for play: Unionization and Paying College Athletes.” Audio documentary. To be aired by: Tennessee Radio     Network
  • Winston, Tameka. Two radio series for Sirius XM Radio, plus two radio documentaries.

Service

Department of Communications Committees :

  • Jackson replacement: MRichie chair; Page, JRichie, Winston, James
  • Harrison replacement: Tang chair; Mitchell, KJohnson, Page, Stephens
  • Tenure/promotion committee: Chair: James; Page, Idoye, Mitchell
  • Murrell committee-Chair: Mitchell; Tang, Bergen, Johnson
  • Promotion/recruitment/retention/publicity committee: Chair: Winston; JRichie; Johnson, Scales; Payne
  • Curriculum: Idoye, Tang, Page
  • Assessment: Chair: Johnson; Page, Idoye, Tang
  • Summer camp/workshops: Chair: JRichie; Laflin, Collino
  • Redd Scholarship: Chair: James; Page, Johnson

  Mass Comm specific committees re: accreditation

  • Curriculum: Chair; Page, JRichie, Winston, Stephens
  • Technology: Chair; Page; MRichie, JRichie, Laflin, Wilson
  • Tenure/promotion committee: Chair: Page,
  • Syllabi committee-Chair: MRichie;

   College of Liberal Arts Committees:

  • Tenure/Promotion: Don Page
  • Assessment: Kim Johnson
  • Advising/Retention: Tameka Winston
  • Public Relations & Recruiting: Diana Scales, Celeste Stein
  • Faculty Awards: Qi Tang
  • Research: Kimberly Johnson, Celeste Stein
  • International Studies: Melissa Richie, Lawrence James

-Terry Likes, Consultant: Chair, Graduate program review committee, Jackson State University, 2014

-Terry Likes, Member, Middle Tennessee State University, School of Journalism Advisory Board, 2012- present

-Terry Likes, Member, Lipscomb University, Department of Communication Advisory Board, 2013-  present

-Terry Likes, Reviewer, requested by the University of Mississippi Meek School of Journalism Dean, Will Norton, to review the promotion portfolio of Dr. Brad Schultz, considered for full professor, 2013

-Don Page, Reviewer, TBR Academic Audit Review Team, Austin Peay State University, 2014

-Tommy Booras continued service as an officer in the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Sports Division. For the 2014 convention, he served as recording secretary during the Business meeting. He also completed my fifth year as a chair of the Sports Division's student and faculty awards contest. For four years, I served as solo chair; in 2014, I served as a co-chair.

-Sean Laflin, along with students, produced seven live newscasts this semester, two productions from our  Sports                Production class and debuted two new shows: a talk show “The Lounge” and a talk/fashion show “Mirror, Mirror.” 

-Laflin produced the Health Sciences Department’s “YAMS” summer camp videos and the TN Human Rights                Commission’s interviews for their statewide project.

-Celeste Stein served on the Honors Advisory Board since Fall 2013 (2 year term)
-Celeste Stein produced 2 Documentaries for the University Honors Program Luncheon honoring McDonald Williams and the Convocation with former CNN correspondent Soledad O’Brien.            (http://youtu.be/muAY_yu6RBM  and http://youtu.be/vmEYgMI0upc)
-Celeste Stein served as MC for Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover’s Presidential Gala and produced written copy for the remarks made

-Celeste Stein assisted Sean Laflin in Supervising and critiquing the student run newscast-Assisted James Stephens with a video project for the 15th Avenue Baptist Church and it’s community   development corporation                (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2exfQU3EpM)
-Celeste Stein assisted Sheryl Morris on Producing 4 videos to promote the Department of Communications.

-Harriet Vaughan-Wallace increased our printing frequency from a few times fall and spring semester of the 2012-2013 school year to every two weeks in the 2013-2014 school year.
-Vaughan-Wallace had team coverage of Pres. Barack Obama's visit to Nashville in March
-Vaughan-Wallace landed a TSU student news exclusive interview with Ndileka Mandela, the eldest granddaughter of Nelson Mandela.

-David Brandon - Designed scenery for The Great Gatsby at Pascall Theater

-David Brandon - Designed scenery for theatre program fall production of Race by David Mamet.

-David Brandon - Technical Direction for the production of Dreamgirls presented by Circle Players in collaboration with TSU Theatre Program.

-David Brandon - Design for theatre program/music department spring musical, Trial by Jury.

-Lawrence James -University: Served on President's Inauguration Publicity Committee

-Lawrence James – Served on CLA International Studies Committee

-Lawrence James – Coordinated update of general education course--Appr of Drama

-Lawrence James – Coordinated Theatre Performance Scholarship program and students

-Lawrence James – Chaired Scholarship Committees: Theatre, Redd , & Sherman Scholarships.

-Lawrence James – Chaired: Departmental Promotion and Tenure Committee and Faculty Annual Reviews

-Lawrence James – Served on departmental Search Committee.

-Joe Richie - Served on recruitment committee
-Joe Richie - Covered for the chair when the chair was out of town
-Joe Richie - Served on iAMM grant committee
-Joe Richie - Served on graduate program planning committee
-Joe Richie - Served on production faculty search committee
-Joe Richie - Worked with Career Dev. Office in planning the Entertainment Summit & Dreamworks visit

-Adam Key - Is on the editorial review board of the Journal of the International Public Debate Association and a reviewer for multiple sections of the ICA 2014 conference including Popular Comm, GLBT Studies, and Instructional & Developmental Comm.    

-Adam Key - Was also elected Secretary of the Southern Argumentation & Forensics Division of SSCA.

-Jacqueline Mitchell - Coordinates the annual Murrell oratorical contest, serves on numerous committees and advisory boards including the Presidential Inaugural committee, COMM tenure/promotion committee.  

-Jacqueline Mitchell - Also serves half-time at the discretion of the President via retention work as Director of Interdisciplinary Academic Retention Strategies

-Sheryl Morris -Produced TSU Alumni Testimonial spots to help promote the Communications Department.                 

-Sheryl Morris -Produced sports programming for TSU TV 98.

-Marc Payne - Directed two plays this year, "Race" in the fall, the first year production in the spring

-Marc Payne - Served as a faculty liaison to the Circle Players production of DreamGirls.

-Marc Payne - Works with off campus groups such as Junior Esquires as a youth volunteer.

-Melissa Richie – Initiated a partnership with Hillsboro high school, one of the local academies in media - featuring 150 students interested in media.

-Melissa Richie – Is the iAMM grant principal author, $1.4 million Title III grant approved for development of new concentration.

-Melissa Richie – Is now part of the Nashville Film Television & Transmedia Council.  

-Melissa Richie – Serves on the International Study committee for the College of Liberal Arts.

-Melissa Richie – Continues to work with Belcourt Theatre to bring special guests from the Film Industry to speak with students.    

-Melissa Richie – Serves on various committees, chairing the Mass Comm faculty search committee and others including equipment and contest committees and the CLA PR committee and international committee. --Melissa Richie – Served the Music Department on its faculty technology search committee.

-Karen Russell worked with Melissa Richie and PAC House production students.

-Qi Tang – Chaired search committee for new Comm Studies faculty member.

-Qi Tang -Chair: CLA faculty awards committee.

-Qi Tang –Also served on: Murrell, curriculum, scheduling, and assessment committees.

-Qi Tang –Helped redesign the COMM 2200 basic course policies and implement the assessment for the 2200 course.  

-Qi Tang –Developing new rubrics for COMM 2200 assessment.

-Qi Tang –Coordinated the advisory board meeting for the area.

-Tameka Winston - Produces two radio series for Sirius XM Radio, plus two radio documentaries.

-Tameka Winston --TSU contribution to the Howard University and Sirius/XM channel is part of Dr. Winston's service to TSU.

-Tameka Winston -is the Chair of the Karen Dunlap sponsored "Dr. Jamye Williams scholarship."    

-Tameka Winston -Co-Chair of TSU NABJ chapter and had several meetings to get the chapter started.

-Tameka Winston -Attended a CLA Council meeting for the Chair

-Tameka Winston -Represented the Chair at a Civic Engagement seminar.

-Tameka Winston -COMM rep at the Spring Preview Day.

-Tameka Winston -Chair of the COMM recruiting committee

Faculty News:

  Terry Likes:

 Refereed Research Publications

Electronic News is a quarterly journal devoted to advancing knowledge and understanding of news as disseminated through   electronic media platforms. It is the official journal of the Radio-Television Journalism Division of the AEJMC.

  •    Likes, Terry. (2014, March). “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. (2013, September). “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.
  • Booras, Tommy. Play-by-play manual will be used by Focal Press on a companion website for a soon-to-be-published book, "Total Sportscasting", by Marc Zumoff and Max Negin. The book is scheduled for release in August 2014.

Creative Scholarship Under Review

  • Likes, Terry. (2013, December). “It Was 50 Years Ago…The Beatles: Legacy. Audio documentary. Aired by: Tennessee Radio Network.
  • Likes, Terry. (2013, January). “We Will Rock You: Music Branding in Sports.” Audio documentary. Aired by: Tennessee Radio Network. http://youtu.be/C9bhHAnsVZE
  • Likes, Terry. (2013, January). “In our memory, the soundtrack to news: How news events shape music.” Audio documentary. Aired by: Tennessee Radio Network. http://youtu.be/i3qhZj8H3O8

Creative Scholarship In Progress

  • Likes, Terry. (TBA). “$ports + Money = Recession Proof.” Audio documentary. To be aired by: Tennessee Radio Network.
  • Likes, Terry. (TBA). “Can’t get you out of my head: TV Theme Songs.” Audio documentary. To be aired by: Tennessee Radio Network.

 Tameka Winston:

http://tnstatenewsroom.com/archives/13100

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – Subscribers to SiriusXM satellite radio will soon be able to listen to programming originating from Tennessee State University.

Beginning in November, Tennessee State Talk and Black Docs will be broadcast over the airwaves, online and through mobile devices on Channel 142 by the satellite radio provider.

Tennessee State Talk is an upbeat yet informative program that provides an in-depth look at University news, accomplishments and more, all while displaying the talents of the TSU community.

Black Docs features a panel of five African American trailblazing female doctors from different fields who will share their opinions on numerous subjects important to the community including HBCU history, mental health, healthy living, and much more. The program currently airs Thursdays at 10 a.m. on the University’s radio station, WTST. Dr. Tameka Winston, assistant professor in the Department of Communications at TSU, as well as creator and executive producer of both shows, felt it was time for a show such as Black Docs .

Sean Laflin:

We had seven live newscasts this semester, two productions from our Sports Production class and debuted two new shows: a talk show “The Lounge” and a talk/fashion show “Mirror, Mirror”.  For campus service and out-reach, I produced the Health Sciences Department’s “YAMS” summer camp videos and the TN Human Rights Commission’s interviews for their statewide project. I put together the iAMM grant request for this year, organizing the requests for all three departments for the Title III money we received to purchase almost $100,000 of new gear.  I assembled, tested, labeled and recorded the serial numbers of all the new gear—getting it all into service and already being used by students.

Celeste Stein:

Teaching

-Taught University 1000 and the President’s Bootcamp and participated in community service learning projects
-Developed a community service learning component in Health Communications where students shadow in the offices of local healthcare providers to learn about how interdisciplinary healthcare teams operate.

Research/Creative

-Accepted into and started Regent University’s Ph.D. program in Communications

Service

-Serving on the Honors Advisory Board since Fall 2013 (2 year term)
-Produced 2 Documentaries for the University Honors Program Luncheon honoring McDonald Williams and the Convocation with former CNN correspondent Soledad O’Brien.             (http://youtu.be/muAY_yu6RBM    and http://youtu.be/vmEYgMI0upc)
-Served as MC for Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover’s Presidential Gala and produced written copy for the remarks made

-Assisted Sean Laflin in Supervising and critiquing the student run newscast-Assisted James Stephens with a video project for the 15th Avenue Baptist Church and it’s community development corporation    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2exfQU3EpM)
-Assisting Sheryl Morris on Producing 4 videos to promote the Department of Communications.

Harriet Vaughan Wallace

The Meter:
 
* Placed in four categories at the Southeastern Journalism Conference awards program
* Increased our printing frequency from a few times fall and spring semester of the 2012-2013 school year to every two weeks in the 2013-2014 school year.
* Had team coverage of Pres. Barack Obama's visit to Nashville in March
* Landed a TSU student news exclusive interview with Ndileka Mandela, the eldest granddaughter of Nelson Mandela.
* Launched our Digital Division in which we began incorporating multimedia slideshows and video. Also incorporated streaming television on our website. We did so by embedding a player from our UStream account onto our website. We used this to stream the investiture of Dr. Glover and our coverage of Pres. Obama's visit.
* Added new and noted journalists to our Board. They include - Sandra Long-Weaver, editor at the    Tennessee Tribune and founder of the National Association of Black Journalists, Scott Couch, anchor at Fox 17 News and Dorinda Carter, former reporter for WKRN and spokeswoman for the Dept of Corrections.

Tommy Booras

-Developed and taught a new course, Sports Broadcasting, in the fall 2013 semester. Twelve students enrolled in it. The class primarily focused on producing sportscasts for TSU-TV News 98 newscasts during the semester.

-Booras sold his play-by-play manual ("The Art of the Call") to Focal Press in late 2013. A part of the manual will become an online supplement to a textbook on sports broadcasting, which is scheduled for publication in August 2014.

-Booras continued my service as an officer in the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Sports Division.   For the 2014 convention, I served as recording secretary during the Business meeting. I also completed my fifth year as a chair of the Sports Division's student and faculty awards contest. For four years, I served as solo chair; in 2014, I served as a co-chair.

-Booras was also interviewed for a radio documentary: “We Will Rock You: The Branding of Sports Music.”

  • Interviewed as part of an audio documentary that aired on the Tennessee Radio Network, January 20, 2013.

David Brandon

Awarded Excellence in Design from Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Region 4 for Set Design of 7 Guitairs

Desgin scenery for The Great Gatsby at Pascall Theater

Design scenery for theatre program fall production of Race by David Mamet.

Technical Direction for the production of Dreamgirls presented by Circle Players in collaboration with TSU Theatre Program.

Design for theatre program/music department spring musical, Trial by Jury. 

Kim Johnson

Assessment Coordinator for the Department.

Developed initial plan for COMM involvement in CLA MA program.

Covered Dr. Jacqui Mitchell’s classes while she was away on bereavement.

Participated on the Search Committee for a new faculty member in the Communication Department

Spearheaded Womanist Wednesdays at New Covenant Christian Church

Prepared her Senior Project student & Communication Research Methods student to participate in the College of Liberal Arts Research Forum for the Arts.

Organized TSU, FISK, and Tennessee Tech Recruitment Iniatives at New Covenant Christian Church’s“Community Day” Event

Co-Chaired the Founders’ Day Committee, encouraged the committee to allow the celebration to focus on the founders as opposed to the alumni, and I had Special Collections to pull all of the photos they have from 1912 to 1915 that represent the campus, students, faculty, and staff

Served as an alternate judge for the Murrell Oratorical Contest

Honors Public Speaking Class conducted a Snack N Chat Workshop for the Pearl Cohn High School students with the help of the YEP / College Access Now program.

Shaunte Caraballo

-Will be presenting a paper titled "Representations of Identity in Oral Interpretation" at NCA on a panel regarding Pedagogy and Instruction of Interpretation Events.

-She has begun research on how Forensics and actor training intersect with the intention of writing a paper to be presented at Theatre and Communication conferences.

-Along with her coaches, she is writing a paper on the process of building an International Public Address  Debate Association team from an Individual Events focused team with the intention of presenting       it at the International Public Address Debate Association national tournament in April, 2014 at Middle Tennessee State University.

-Caraballo served as a judge for the Research Forum for the Arts.

-She served as the MC for the scholarship banquet in the spring semester.

-The Forensics team performed at local churches for Black History Month.

Under her direction the Forensics team won 53 awards in 2013-2014 and:

1. Started TSU's first International Public Debate Association (IPDA) team with 8 students and 2 new coaches.

2. Successfully hosted a debate tournament that was attended by approximately 120 competitors from 6 schools in the region with over 90 TSU students volunteering to judge. 

3. 3rd place team at the TN State Championship

4. Attended the IPDA National tournament where 3 students, Michael Thomas, Barbra Dudley, and Artrisa  Fulton were Double-Octofinalists.

5. Senior, Artrisa Fulton, placed in the top ten novice speakers at the IPDA national tournament.

Emily Bergen

-Devoted a great deal of time and effort preparing two new classes Crisis Communication (COMM 4255) and Communication Theory (COMM 3200) to get those classes up and running.

Lawrence James

-Attended professional conferences:   Attended Regional Kennedy Center American College Conference - February 2014.

-Attended University Workshops on: Research, Advisement, Grantmanship, Discrimination. Compliance Assist, and University Marketing and Publicity.

-Conducted research and developed Survey on Mentoring and Advisement for University's TBR Diversity Initiative Grant--Cultural RoadMap.

-University: Served on President's Inauguration Publicity Committee

-Served on CLA International Studies Committee

- Coordinated update of general education course--Appr of Drama

-Coordinated Theatre Performance Scholarship program and students

-Chaired Scholarship Committees: Theatre, Redd , & Sherman Scholarships.

-Chaired: Departmental Promotion and Tenure Committee and Faculty Annual Reviews

-Served on departmental Search Committee.

Joe Richie

WTST Manager
·         17 student shows in production each semester
·         42 promotional and service events for the station and university
·         $6000 in advertising and event revenue
·         Worked with Student Affairs in planning, negotiating, and overseeing the Homecoming Concert
·         Supervised the production of radio shows WTST/Living Your Best Life With Genma Holmes: 10
·         Supervised the news and performance in the production of TSU News
 
Production Supervisor (Tribune Radio Project)
Pumps & Politics:  42
Bench Press: 36

Production Supervisor (Radio Shows) Sirius-Howard Project
·         Black Docs: 25
·         TSU Talk: 17
·         American Baptist College’s Plumbline: 23
·         American Baptist College’s Leadership Zone: 20
 
CMAP
·         Managed the facility throughout the year
·         Made software and equipment purchases
·         Managed work study students
·         Developing training program for work study students
·         Held media convergence meetings throughout the year
·         Worked with CMAP advisors on their respective areas
·         Managed CMAP budgets
·         Worked with Criminal Justice department on Mock Crime Scene and Mock Trial
·         Worked with TSU Athletics and Comm Faculty on sports coverage
·         Collaborated with IMG Music Group to co-host the 2014 Music City Summit
 
ACADEMIC
 
Teaching and Service
·         Radio and TV Programming:  Fall
·         Communications Lab:  Summer 2013,  Fall 2014,  Spring 2014
·         Created New Course:  The Business of Entertainment: Spring
 
Scholarly/Creative
·         Developed Proposal as Executive Producer of Sirius/XM radio series, TSU’s Greatest

Service
·         Served on recruitment committee
·         Covered for the chair when out of town
·         Served on iAMM committee
·         Served on graduate program planning committee
·         Served on production search committee
·         Worked with Career Development Office in planning the Entertainment Summit and Dreamworks visit

Adam Key

-Key was recently notified that both papers he submitted for presentation at the SSCA convention in New Orleans were accepted. In addition, he has a forthcoming invited article in the Journal of the   International Public Debate Association and two presentations including the screening of his           documentary at the IPDA Convention.

-Key's rhetorical criticism paper was accepted for presentation at the International Communication Association conference in Seattle. Only around 30% of submissions were accepted.

-Key is on the editorial review board of the Journal of the International Public Debate Association and a reviewer for multiple sections of the ICA 2014 conference including Popular Comm, GLBT Studies, and Instructional & Developmental Comm.  

-Also, Key was also elected Secretary of the Southern Argumentation & Forensics Division of SSCA.

Sheryl Morris

-Served on a panel discussion at the Broadcast Education Association conference discussing the role of her class in sports production, along with that of TSU Athletics, in the production of Ohio Valley Conference sports productions.

-Produced TSU Alumni Testimonial spots to help promote the Communications Department.                 

-Produced sports programming for TSU TV 98.

Marc Payne

- Directed two plays this year, "Race" in the fall, the first year production in the spring

- Served as a faculty liaison to the Circle Players production of DreamGirls.

- Works with off campus groups such as Junior Esquires as a youth volunteer. 

Melissa Richie

-Richie earned a fellowship from the National Association of TV Program Executives.  

-She presented on three panels at the annual conference of the Broadcast Education Association including, 1-using websites built for use in place of books and to support the flipped classroom concepts, 2-developing interdisciplinary programs through collaborative teaching and   collaborative learning and, 3-creating a creative and collaborative short film project with Ohio University Media Arts students.

-She also completed production on the documentary "Voices of War". Students participated in the pre-production, production and post-production of the film. Currently, in talks to have the film air on    NPT.    She completed the Traveler’s Rest Documentary and will submit to competitions.

-Richie initiated a partnership with Hillsboro high school, one of the local academies in media - featuring 150 students interested in media.

-Richie is the iAMM grant principal author, $1.4 million Title III grant approved for development of new concentration.

-Richie is now part of the Nashville Film Television & Transmedia Council.  

-She serves on the International Study committee for the College of Liberal Arts.

-Continue to work with Belcourt Theatre to bring special guests from the Film Industry to speak with students.    

-She serves on various committees, chairing the Mass Comm faculty search committee and others including equipment and contest committees and the CLA PR committee and international committee.

-She also served the Music Department on its faculty technology search committee.

-Finally, collaborative teaching of a Black Cinema course with Art.

Karen Russell

-Karen Russell worked with Melissa Richie and PAC House production students.

Celeste Stein

-Has been accepted into and started Regent University’s Ph.D. program in Communications

-Is doing non profit mock service learning projects with the Basic PR students that should better prepare them for real projects that they may do later in IMC and Advanced PR. This semester we are doing campaigns for organizations like Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross, and         Goodwill. The goal is to prepare these students to be able to do actual service projects in the     Advanced class. Each group is preparing a strategic plan, website, brochure, news release, PSA for Radio, and a storyboard and script for a TV PSA.  

-Participated in the Community Service Day on August 24, 2013. I took 50 freshmen students on a field trip to Donelson, where we harvested a community garden in an area of Nashville affected by the floods. The food harvested was taken and used at local food banks.

-Wrote several news releases for Dr. Jackson regarding the Honor’s program and have prepared her remarks for a recent news conference. I have also assisted the president’s office in preparing remarks for the Vice President of Institutional Advancement.  

-I have assisted Sheryl Morris in scheduling, interviewing and writing up the promotional pieces that will be used to promote the Department of Communications.

-Sheryl Morris and I also worked on researching and uploading the 65 photos that were used in the two documentaries for the Honors Convocation.

-Along with her daughter, Elise Stein, who has just been named the Miss Nashville Teen USA for 2015 (https://www.facebook.com/elise.stein.14?fref=ts). As part of her community service, we worked  3 days a week over the summer with the teenage youth at the Boys and Girls Club of Nashville.

-Implemented a community service learning component in Health Communications. Students shadow a practice for a half day to learn about how interdisciplinary health care teams work in an office orhospital setting. Last semester’s class, did extensive research and surveys on the Affordable Care Act and we have published websites on the findings of the 5 groups who were assigned the project.

Qi Tang

-Chapter manuscript for the 6th edition of the book, Our Voices: Essays in Culture, Ethnicity and Communication will soon be published by Oxford University Press. The book will come out in fall 2014 or spring 2015.

-Chaired search committee for new Comm Studies faculty member.

-Chair: CLA faculty awards committee.

-She also served on: Murrell, curriculum, scheduling, and assessment committees.

-Helped redesign the COMM 2200 basic course policies and implement the assessment for the 2200    course. ---Developing new rubrics for COMM 2200 assessment.

-Coordinated the advisory board meeting for the area.

Tameka Winston

-Tameka Winston attended the Poynter Institute for Media Studies "Teachapalooza" multimedia educator workshop summer 2013.  

-Tameka Winston - Newswriting is offered on-line (hybrid) for first time this semester.

-Tameka Winston introduced a new course Fall in Social Media.

-Tameka Winston has two Tier 1 items. There is the second edition of the Public Speaking textbook, plus Instructor’s manual, test bank, etc., about 80 percent new material. The text has been adopted by      two other colleges.

-Spent significant time working on "Inside the Instructor's Studio" (dean appointed Title III project).  Currently one of the three lead facilitators/researchers. Met 4 times a month to discuss ways to improve communication in the classroom with 9 professors that struggle with communicating effectively with their students.

-Producing two radio series for Sirius XM Radio, plus two radio documentaries. Senior faculty recommend regarding her producing 80 shows: document audience ratings to help show impact.  80 shows per year is a massive undertaking, but impact needs to be documented.

-TSU contribution to the Howard University and Sirius/XM channel is part of Dr. Winston's service to TSU.

-Is also the Chair of the Karen Dunlap sponsored "Dr. Jamye Williams scholarship."    

-Co-Chair of TSU NABJ chapter and had several meetings to get the chapter started.

-Attended a CLA Council meeting for the Chair

-Represented the Chair at a Civic Engagement seminar.

-COMM rep at the Spring Preview Day.

-Chair of the COMM recruiting committee.

  

May 2014 Graduates

Bachelor of Arts

Brandon Haskins

Joshua Henderson

Brandon Neal

Justin Nixon

 

Bachelor of Science

Gilbert Armour

Alicia Bailey

Ayabami Bass

Alexander Bates

Valencia Bins

Wilvor Butler

Wilbert Cummings

Michael Curtis

Jasmine Dial

Subhadra Dial

Jenna Dorian

Jasmin Freeman

Melanie Guillory

Virginia Hatchett

Wil Herrmuth

Ariana Heslup

Ce’Dra Jackson

Derrick Johnson

Donnie Johnson

Aric Jones

Delvin Jones

Tevin Lanier

Julia Lawrence

Brayden Letwin

Patrick Lewis

Kevin Lomax

Jeremy Martin

Dominique Parks

Malcolm Rhett

Jasmine Scarber

Erica Smith

Krystal Spencer

Leslie Stewart

Thomas Street

Tierra Troupe

Brandon Ward

Tamara Wilson

 

 






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