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VOL. 27, NO. 2 - SPRING 2013

Southern Communicator

A Publication of the School of Journalism and Communication

SJ&C students attend media tradeshow in Las Vegas

By Verner Del Castillo

For the first time in five years, four stu- the industry, especially the hardware and walked into the convention center, it was dents and one professor from the School the software, the tools they would use to just so vast. And everybody was there. of Journalism and Communication at- create content.” From Canon to Nikon to CBS, I even tended the annual National Association James Ringstaff, a sophomore media ran into a few people from Google.” of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las production major, was impressed by the The NAB Show, held for over 85 Vegas, Nevada,April 15-16. massive size of the event. “When I first years, remains the convention everyone The tradeshow is the largest in arrived I honestly wasn’t sure what to in the broadcast industry looks forward the world for electronic media, and expect. And then when I got there and to attend. brings together over 90,000 broadcasters and entertainment professionals from around the globe. This event features over 1,500 exhibitors spread out over 800,000 square feet of space, as well as over 500 skill-building sessions available to attendees. Exhibits of new products and services soon to hit the market are the main attraction. All major manufacturers and entertainment companies of electronic media content are present at the event. “Every tool imaginable to create electronic media is represented,” said professor Stephen Ruf. “The reason we thought this was valuable for students is that it gives Professor Stephen Ruf (left) and media production majors: Kendall Rittenour, Brooklyn Boulware, James Ringstaff, and Cole them a big picture view of Taylor at the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas.


New class prepares students for digital work force

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Award winning photojournalist shares his story

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Portfolio class prepares students for future careers By Becca Anderson

The winter 2013 semester ushered in a new class, Portfolio and Career, to SJ&C students who were looking to advance their portfolio and appear more marketable to future employers. Previously, SJ&C students were encouraged to take Meet the Firms, a similar class designed to prepare students for the workforce. While Meet the Firms is still highly recommended to juniors or seniors in all departments, Portfolio and Career is specifically tailored to SJ&C students. Lorraine Ball, professor of

Portfolio and Career, says, “Information is power.” She gives this power to her students by asking them to construct resumes, participate in mock interviews with professionals and by providing a collaborative atmosphere for peer response. “Good digital portfolios are so important for our generation because everything is online now, and without this class I would not have had one of my own,” said Annalyse Hasty, senior mass communication major. A majority of the class is based

on projects and guest speakers—both teach students how to be more professional and organized. The biggest project is to construct a digital portfolio, which utilizes online resources such as Some students purchased their own domain name for their portfolio project. Lexi Alvidrez, junior public relations/graphic design major, said, “I feel like because of this class, I am now prepared for the next step- finding an internship and eventually landing my dream job.”

Communication class attracts students across campus By Raquel Levy

Dr. Linda Potter Crumley, a professor in Southern’s School of Journalism and Communication, has taught the course Intercultural Communication for three years. The winter semester of 2013 was the first time the class had to be split into two sections due to record enrollment.

Crumley said the increase is due to students from other departments on campus signing up for the class. The majority of students are not communication majors, but come from majors such as international studies, international business, and psychology. “I think there’s more recognition on campus that communication is one of the things you need to know,” Dr. Crumley said. In Intercultural Communication, students are asked to observe or participate in a culture not their own and document 12 hours with the culture or subculture of their choice. Students then write an ethnography, a qualitative research paper, on their observation. The course is disDr. Linda Crumley in her Intercultural Communication class. cussion-based, which Photo by Stephen Ruf is the primary reason Previously, the number of students it was split into two sections. enrolled in the course has never reached “An important part of learning more than 25, but this year 36 students is being able to participate,” said Dr. signed up—a 44 percent increase. Dr. Crumley. “If you’re in a huge class it’s

hard to participate, especially in talking about something that matters to you. And culture does matter.” Students like Aurianna Anobile, a senior liberal arts education and international studies major, are beginning to see just how much other cultures matter. Anobile is doing her ethnography on the deaf culture, focusing specifically on interpersonal relationships in marriages, and found that one partner being deaf did not affect the intimacy of their communication. “I really enjoy learning about people,” Anobile said. “You learn there isn’t just one way of doing things. Now I can look at my Puerto Rican family, and the people I met during my year abroad in Italy, and not only know that they do things in a different way, but understand why.” Dr. Crumley says this is exactly the kind of thinking she wants to leave with all her students. “I want them to be more aware of how communication creates culture, so when they go to cultures on their own they have more recognition,” said Dr. Crumley. “They can see what’s happening, learn to observe it correctly, and write about that observation efficiently.”

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Students present research at SSCA

The SJ&C sent a group of student researchers to this year’s Southern States Communication Association (SSCA) research convention in Louisville., KY. Students presented a total of six papers on a variety of topics. Professors Tara Hargrove and Linda Potter Crumley presented research as well. In the top left photo: Olivia Weber (left) and Whitney Mitchell present “The Effects of Color and Mood.” The center photo: Ozzie Walker discusses his paper ““When Religious Leaders Respond to Negativity,” an evaluation of Joel Osteen’s message. The bottom left photo: Emily Lynes (left) and Ingrid Hernandez wait to present their papers, while Shana Michalek talks about her analysis on “Shattering Romanticism Perceptions thru ‘500 Days of Summer.” Photos by Tara Hargrove, Shana Michalek, and Ozzie Walker

SJ&C professor leads research group in published study By Davis Wallace

School of Journalism and Communication professor Dr. Linda Potter Crumley led Melanie Litchfield and Riley Graves of the Alumni Awards Foundation, and SJ&C student Kayce Foote, in conducting research about Adventist education. The results of the study were published in the Journal of Adventist Education in the October/ November issue of 2012. “This started as a research project by Melanie Litchfield, who works for Alumni Awards Foundation—a foundation that’s not directly a part of the Adventist church but whose intent is to make Adventist education better,” said Dr. Crumley. Litchfield’s study employed a survey used by the Chicago school system, and adapting questions for Adventist schools. In addition, Litchfield added ques-

tions from focus groups she conducted across North America on the topic of Adventist education. The North American Division helped Litchfield promote the survey to all the principals of academies in North America. “When people began asking about her results, since I was her Communication Research teacher, Melanie came back to see if I could help,” said Dr. Crumley. Dr. Crumley says there were 108 academy principals in the North America Division at the time the survey was sent—93 of whom responded. The team ran statistics on the gathered data and wrote up the results. The published article can be found in print or at “We are pleased to see Dr. Crumley’s work published in the leading journal

that serves Adventist educators. This is just one more worthy research project that she has pursued,” said Dr. Greg Rumsey, the dean of the School of Journalism and Communication. Dr. Rumsey says he is also glad that professors in the School of Journalism and Communication care about generating knowledge and sharing it with the wider community of learning, and that they are willing to put in the extra time to do this around an already very full teaching schedule. “We teach the skills of careful research, writing, and publishing,” said Dr. Rumsey. “It’s appropriate when our own faculty exemplify those skills with the work they are doing.”

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Award winning photojournalist shares his story By Ryan Haas

Billy Weeks, an award-winning photojournalist and adjunct professor at Southern for over 20 years, came to speak to the students of the School of Journalism and Communication at a convocation held on Thursday, January 17. However, Weeks didn’t talk about new photographic techniques. He focused on personal life and how he became the photographer he is today. Weeks has a career in photojournalism that spans nearly 30 years, and he has photographed everything from the World Series to small villages in Central America. Raised in the Chattanooga area, he received his first camera from his father when he was young, and would sometimes spend his whole paycheck from working at K-Mart on film. He began his photography career as the photo editor at his college’s newspaper, but the jumpstart of his career came early one morning during the week of Thanksgiving. Weeks was filling his car with gas when he saw a turkey wandering around the

front of the convenience store. He immediately pulled out his camera and managed to capture a few frames of the turkey next to a sign that read, “We will be open for Thanksgiving.” “It’s one of the most imBilly Weeks teaches Photojournalism in the SJ&C. Photo by Stephen Ruf portant photos I’ve ever taken,” senior mass communications/phoadmitted Weeks during convocation. tography major, who appreciated The Associated Press picked up seeing the more personal side of her the photo, and wired the image all professor. “He is one of my favorite over the country—resulting in the professors and getting to view his launch of his career. Eventually, life story and work is a great inspiraWeeks became the director of tion to me as a photographer.” photography and graphics at the Weeks recently left the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Chattanooga Times Free Press to Many students attended the continue his own freelance career convocation and were impressed by and to make more time for his wife Weeks’ presentation. “I think he did and two daughters. a great job,” said Courtney Beckwith,

Easter Vespers draws crowd by elizabeth camps

This April, the Communication Club hosted an Easter Vespers event. Students participated in an Easter egg hunt, worshipped with songs and ended the night with a worship thought from Professor Stanton Lee. According to Janita Herod, the advisor of the Communication Club, more than 100 sudents attended the event. Ryan Haas, mass communication photography major and Communications Club officer, says this is significantly more than the amount that attended last year’s event. Bianca Istueta, sophomore family studies major, said, “Vespers was great, the egg hunt was so much fun, and all of the professors were so nice!” Students line up for refreshments at the Comm Club Easter Vespers. Photo by Ryan Haas


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photos courtesy of southern memories

Name: Brenda Bolanle Adeleke Major: Public Relations Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Name: Brandon Taylor Cobos Major: Journalism

(Broadcasting) Hometown:

Chattanooga, TN

Name: Verner Alberto Del Castillo

Major: Mass Comm Media Production

Hometown: Stafford, VA

Name: Luke Evans Minor: Public Relations Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

Name: Alison Quiring

Name: Michael Hadley

Name: Major:Amanda B.S. MassHamilton

Major: Media Production Hometown: Hendersonville, NC

Communication - Writing/ Major: Intercultural Communication Editing

Name: Alberto Hernandez

Name: Ingrid Francesca Hernandez

Major: Intercultural Communication Hometown: Cleveland, TN

Hometown: Hometown: Kelowna, GA BritishRome, Columbia, Canada

Major: Public Relations/ Business Administration Hometown: Kissimmee, FL

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Name: Jaime Diane Jacobson Major: Journalism Hometown: Brookeville, MD

Name: Emily Jean Lynes

Name: Simone C Marshall

Major: Journalism

Major: Journalism


Hometown: Hendersonville, NC

Name: Mallory Gwyn Mixon Major: Public Relations Hometown: Altamonte Springs, FL

Major: Non-profit Admin

& Development

Hometown: Murray, KY

Hometown: Antioch, TN

Name: Rachel Evelyn Parrish Major: Public Relations Hometown: Portland, TN

Name: Jacquiline Felice Hope Reed

not available

Major: Mass CommWriting/Editing Hometown: Miami, FL


Name: Raquel Denisse Levy

Name:Sarah Alison Quiring Name: Ruf Major: B.S. Mass Major: Intercultural Commnications Communication - Writing/

Editing Hometown: Ooltewah, TN Hometown: Kelowna,

British Columbia, Canada

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Name: Lauren Brooke Swafford

Name: Davis Mervin

Major: Mass CommWriting/Editing Hometown: Ooltewah, TN

Major: Mass CommWriting/Editing


Hometown: Silver Spring, MD

Name: Olivia Leigh Weber

Name: Timothy Willumson

Major: Communication Studies

Major: Mass CommMedia Production

Hometown: Calhoun, GA

Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN

SJ&C Graduates at the last department convocation. Jaime Jacobson (left) Raquel Levy, Emily Lynes, Timothy Willumson, Lauren Swafford, Mallory Mixon, Luke Evans, Brandon Cobos, Simone Marshall, Olivia Weber, Michael Hadley, Sarah Ruf (right)

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Brad Betack, ‘08, Graduated from Villanova University School of Law in May 2011 with a JD and has been practicing with the firm Salzmann Hughes PC, in Harrisburg, PA. He represents local governments and counsels them in labor and employments matters. Leandra Barr, ‘12, Is working at 3ABN. She is currently one of the Production Directors and an administrative assistant to the General Manager of the Dare to Dream 3ABN network.

Jessica Weaver Beans, ‘12, is Assistant to the Director for Youth Ministries at the Rocky Mountain Conference in Denver, Colorado. Andrew Garcilazo, ‘12, works at the Yuma Sun newspaper in Yuma, Arizona as a copy editor/page designer. Kara Turpen, 11’, is the Data Manager at Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare. Rainey Turlington 11’, is the Communications Specialist at at Adventist Health Systems in Orlando, FL.

Faculty Advisor : Greg Rumsey

Editor : Lauren Swafford

Greg Rumsey, dean Lorraine Ball David Barasoain Chris Carey Linda Potter Crumley Lynelle Ellis Tara Hargrove Volker Henning Pam Harris John Keyes Andy Nash Sam Nkana Stephen Ruf Jim Seward Billy Weeks Kendra Stanton Lee

Faculty Vol. 27, No.2

Spring 2013

A publication of the School of Journalism and Communication

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