Mass Comm Career Fair slated for March 5

by Jordan Gass-Poore
Career FairThe Texas State School of Journalism and Mass Communication will once again partner with the Texas Association of Broadcasters for the Mass Communication Career Fair 12:30-3:30 p.m. March 5 in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom.

Charles Kaufman, senior lecturer, said the TAB organizes career fairs with its college campus members several times a year throughout the state.

Kaufman said TAB representatives approached the school and the university’s Career Services about having such an event on campus several years ago because of its close proximity to Austin and San Antonio.

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Korea from a visiting professor point-of-view

Student Guides: Gowan, left, and Luna were Professor Walsh’s guides for his stay at Kookmin University. Both students attended Texas State University – San Marcos the year before Professor Walsh taught at Kookmin University.

Student Guides: Gowan, left, and Luna were Professor Walsh’s guides for his stay at Kookmin University. Both students attended Texas State University – San Marcos the year before Professor Walsh taught at Kookmin University.

by Frank Walsh

Kookmin University serves approximately 15,000 students in Seoul, a city of 10 million residents, in South Korea, a nation that would fit several times within the boundaries of the state of Texas.

As a visiting professor teaching at Kookmin University for a semester, I had the opportunity to not only become familiar with the students, but also with the culture.

I was invited to be a Visiting Professor within the University’s College of Social Science, School of Communication. I was assigned to teach two classes in English, which quickly identified a significant difference between teaching in the United States and Korea: all Korean students must pass an English speaking and writing examination as part of their entrance to a Korean university.

The Korean government, the university system and students understand the need to communicate effectively with an international system of business, communication and education. With the exception of being asked to “slow down” a couple of times, the students understood English lectures and completed assignments and exams in English. There were also students from Indonesia and Russia in my classes.

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Scholars and professionals gather to assess Spanish-Language and Latino-Oriented media

February 21-23 at Texas State University-San Marcos
Organized by the Center for the Study of Latino Media and Markets (CSLM&M) in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Over 70 scholars, media professionals and graduate students in the field of mass communication are expected to attend the Fourth International Spanish-Language and Latino-Oriented Media Conference slated for February 21 -23 at Texas State University-San Marcos.  International scholars from universities in Barcelona, Colombia, Mexico and Puerto Rico, as well as the United States, will present their research work, findings, theories and assessment on topics including marketing communication, media ownership and practices, media and society, telecommunication and media policies, media adoption and culture, and electronic and interactive communication among others.

“The demographic changes witnessed through the last two decades in the Americas have been an inspiration to continue exploring and assessing topics that impact the media,” stated Dr. Federico Subervi, director of the Center for the Study of Latino Media and Markets (CSLM&M) and conference organizing committee president. “This is the largest regular gathering of scholars, media professionals and students focused on Spanish-language and Latino-oriented media in the hemisphere and also in Spain,” added Subervi.

Dr. Sindy Chapa, associate professor, the Center’s assistant director, and organizing committee president, added that “the conference is a vehicle for other scholars, and graduates students to share their research on Spanish-language media, and Latino consumers – with faculty, practitioners, and  peers by empowering the importance of research development opportunities  targeting the Latino communities in the U.S. Dr. Chapa stated that “this year’s conference will highlight the participation of NBC,, iLatino.TV/Gobba.TV, Fox news Latino, Patch AOL Latino and Huffington Post Latino Voices during the Saturday, February 23 nine am plenary session at the LBJ Ballroom. Overall, the three day conference will have nine sessions comprising fifty four presentations by academics, graduate students and professionals. For additional information, contact

Staff Spotlight: Kathleen Ransleben

Kathleen Ransleben

Kathleen Ransleben

Academic Advisor

Caldwell, TX

Current city:
New Braunfels, TX

What brought you to the SJMC at Texas State University?
I started out as a student in the program. I also worked as a student worker for the SJMC. An academic advisor position became when I was graduating so I applied for it and was offered the job.

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The Recipe of Life: 2004 Journalism Grad Follows Path to Food Writing

by Stephanie M. Salinas

Picture of Holeman in front of a wine rack Food writer Laura Longero Holman has found that writing about what you know can be a recipe for career success. Holman’s story did not lead straight from the heart of Texas to Nevada, but in the end she found true joy in what she does.

A 2004, Journalism graduate, Holman covers food and drink and home and garden for the Reno Gazette Journal. But her job in Nevada started with a move to Kansas.

After she graduated from Texas State, Holman’s sister was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, so she, along with her parents, moved to Kansas in November 2004 to be with her sister. While in Kansas, Holman began a job as a reporter at a small community paper, and her sister won her battle with Hodgkin’s disease. In 2006, she got invited to her best friend’s wedding in Las Vegas.

“I flew to Vegas for the wedding and while there, flew to Reno to visit family,” said Holman. “I flew up here and thought that while I was in town I should just drop off my resume there at the newspaper, so I dropped off my resume and went back to Kansas.”

A few days later, Holman received a call from the Reno Gazette-Journal for a phone interview. By April she was moving to Nevada.

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SJMC alum wins big playing “the nerd” in Super Bowl commercial

SJMC alum Jesse Heiman has made quite a name for himself as “Hollywood’s Favorite Extra.” In fact, his resume boasts appearances in more than 100 commercials, popular television shows such as “Chuck” and “Monk,” and feature films including “Old School,” “American Pie 2,” and “The Social Network” to name a few.

Most recently, Heiman is receiving a great deal of buzz for his role as computer nerd, “Walter” in a GoDaddy ad that aired during the 2013 Super Bowl in which he kisses Israeli supermodel Bar Rafaeli. Despite some controversy from the spot, Jesse stated in a recent interview with CNET that he has gotten positive exposure out of it.

“I’ve actually had guys tweet me that they wish they were me, and girls tweet me saying they wish they were Bar.”

Originally a Boston native, Heiman moved to Austin, Texas for school. The 34-year-old actor graduated from Texas State University-San Marcos with a B.A. degree where he studied English and Mass Communication. Currently, he resides in Redondo Beach, California.

You can follow Jesse on Twitter @JesseHeiman