Bobcat Promotions donates $2,500 to Glaves Scholarship

This year’s executive director of Bobcat Promotions, Christopher Henry (far left) presenting the check of $2500 for the Robert Glaves Scholarship

Bobcat Promotions, the student-run public relations firm through the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, held its first reunion at Saltgrass Steakhouse. The event also welcomed back alumni participation in the National Bateman Case Study Competition.

Tracie Wrape, who currently works at Luling Oil & Gas and participated in Bateman, said the reunion was “a wonderful idea.” She said she was proud to see continued success of public relations graduates in the marketplace.“I know the reunion is going to get bigger each year and I look forward in getting involved in promoting it.”

“This donation is the result of continued hard work and productivity by the firm,” Senior Lecturer Chuck Kaufman, faculty adviser of Bobcat Promotions.

Bobcat Promotions presented a check for $2,500 toward the Robert Glaves Scholarship, making it a fully endowed scholarship that will generate annual grants to public relations students.“This donation is the result of continued hard work and productivity by the firm,” said Senior Lecturer Chuck Kaufman, who’s served as faculty adviser of Bobcat Promotions for seven years. “We’ve enjoyed explosive growth, and it’s important for students to be rewarded for their hard work in serving clients, but equally important to understand the importance of giving back to their community.”

Frank Walsh, who was the group’s founding director, discussed the very beginning of the firm and expressed his appreciation for the donation. “I’m so pleased that Bobcat Promotions continues to be not only a great training ground for students, but a place where they can learn and practice professionalism. Dr. Bruce Smith, a public relations professor and former director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, said the $2,500 contribution adds to the generosity of the Robert Glaves family. Glaves for many years was the Texas State adviser of the Public Relations Student Society of America chapter and launched the fund in Glaves’ memory.

Dr. Judith Oskam, the School’s current director, also congratulated the students and alumni attending the event for their achievements and wished them continued success. “Our public relations department comprises a significant part of the School’s enrollment and our success in national competitions and with the student-run firm is a tremendous testament to our credibility in the industry,” she said.

Senior Christopher Henry, this year’s executive director of Bobcat Promotions, reported how the firm had grown to more than 30 staffers this fall and gained more than 10 clients in what has been a very busy fall term.


Crossroads Documentary: San Marcos Stories

Lyndon B. Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

LBJ Library photo by Yoichi R. Okamoto, 03/18/1966

There are many monuments and tributes scattered all across the United States commemorating both Texas State alumnus, President Lyndon B Johnson and Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, but the one here in San Marcos, Texas, is especially notable – it is situated at what is believed to be the only intersection in the entire country where two streets bearing the name of these two great men, meet.

The stainless steel LBJ-MLK Crossroads Memorial Sculpture by Louisiana artist, Aaron Hussey, stands at about 12 feet high and is about 15 feet across. It’s an oval structure which is symbolic of the Oval Office where the two discussed the Civil Rights legislation in 1963.

Recently, the students of Dr David Nolan’s Visual Storytelling class had the opportunity to learn a little bit more about the significance of the collaboration between LBJ and MLK when they were assigned to produce a documentary detailing the project over the Summer 2013 semester. “I was approached by Diane McCabe, one of the leaders of the LBJ/MLK Memorial Crossroads Project Committee in the spring, to submit a film to be included in a film and discussion series about the local Civil Rights movement that was to be held at the local library,” said Dr Nolan. “So I thought I’d include it as part of the class.”

This was the first time these students had ever attempted any sort of video project. “The course was held over the summer so they only had 5 weeks to produce and finish the documentary,” Dr Nolan explains. “It wasn’t an easy task as interviews had to be scheduled and a lot of the people the students needed to speak to are much older, so having them even healthy enough to be interviewed was a challenge! But the students had the chance to meet and speak to some local trailblazers about their experiences during the civil rights movement. Although the finished documentary itself is just 12 minutes long, there are hours of raw footage from this project that preserves their legacy.”

The students also faced technical hiccups during the editing process. Despite it all though, they can be proud of their end result. “I am very proud of what they’ve accomplished,” Dr Nolan repeats several times. “And I’ll be submitting the documentary to as many festivals as I can!”

Stuart Long Memorial Scholarship

It’s scholarship season, and the Austin Community Foundation has recently announced the Stuart Long Memorial Scholarships for Aspiring Journalists for the 2014-2015 academic year. Two or more awards are available; one of at least $3,000

Applicants (undergraduates in 2014-2015) must submit:

  • Résumé
  • Two sealed recommendations
  • Three to five samples of your work. Video clips should be digitized. (Clips, photos, video & audiotapes cannot be returned.)
  • Financial statement describing your college financing, including other scholarships and loans. (Financial need considered.)
  • One-page essay:  “Is objectivity still possible in journalism? Does it matter?”

Must be postmarked by Friday, Feb. 14, 2014

Mail to:
Stuart Long Memorial Scholarship  Austin Community Foundation
4315 Guadalupe, Suite 300    Austin, Texas 78751

Alumni cameo on ABC’s “Killer Women”

It’s always exciting to see SJMC alums in the national spotlight, and last Tuesday was doubly so. Alumnae Quita Culpepper and Eileen Gonzalez both had short cameos on ABC’s new show, “Killer Women” which is based and filmed in Central Texas.

Gonzales, who reports and anchors for KSAT in San Antonio was shown doing a live report outside a church, and later in the episode Culpepper (who actually works for KVUE), was shown on a TV screen anchoring an update on the case under the alias “Monica LaRue” (shown in screen shot). Both received screen credits.

Culpepper also had a 2011 cameo in the movie “Bernie,” starring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey and Shirley McLaine.

Congrats to them both on a fun opportunity!

Grad student Kate Dudley moves to wintry north:

photoBy Kalie Souknary: 

As a grad student and teaching assistant, Kate Dudley knows what it means to work hard. After assisting Senior Lecturers Beth Clark and Jon Zmikly this past fall and helping organize her second Mass Communication Week, she has recently begun work in Ohio as the Public Relations/Event Coordinator for the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio. The council spans 18 counties and serves 40,000 girls and roughly 12,000 adult volunteers.

“I work with all facets of the organization: programs, camps, fundraising, volunteer management, etc. to create and implement a social media strategy for the entire council, as well as plan, publicize, and execute fundraising events throughout the year,” she said.

One of those events, known as “Dessert First,” features celebrity chefs creating desserts using Girl Scout Cookies.

When she was a grad assistant, her average day included proofreading press releases, speaker bios and any other materials created by the undergraduate PR team. It also included organizing class and speaker schedules and coordinating parking instructions. These skills have helped her in her new position.

Mass Comm Week

Dudley said working with Clark during Mass Communication Week has allowed her to work on her project managing skills, and she enjoyed working together as a team. Even though there were fewer speakers than last year’s event, there were more panels and “meet ‘n greet” opportunities for students and professionals.

“Mass Comm. Week was crazy as usual, but Cece Garcia, part of the undergraduate PR team kept the schedule of all volunteers and PR team members on track to make sure we had someone in the green room at all times and in every session, so that was a huge help,” Dudley said.

Dudley arrived to Old Main each morning at 7:00 a.m., and the earliest she was ever able to leave was 6:45 p.m.

“I was in charge of handling the logistics of all the moving parts throughout the week, which included constant contact with the shuttle drivers and coordinating the timing of speaker arrivals and departures, making sure rooms were set up with proper equipment and suitable speaker arrangements, ordering food for lunches, transporting visiting speakers from their lodging to the school, or just handling any last minute changes. For the Meet N’ Greet, I created and sent out email invites, scheduled food and was on hand to take care of any last-minute issues that occurred during the event, such as running to the gas station to buy more water when we ran out.”

Grad School

Dudley said grad school for a Journalism and Mass Communication major is becoming a more of a necessity, especially when coupled with some professional experience. She encourages Journalism and Mass Communication majors to be open to trying different jobs and responsibilities because they could bring new opportunities.

“There are so many different directions to take an education in mass communication, so don’t limit yourself,” Dudley advised. “Once you’ve worked for a few years and really know what you’d like to do, then you can use grad school to help you become an expert in that specific industry,” Dudley said.

People in Dudley’s program are focusing on industries such as non-profits, sports, outdoor, and fashion.

Faculty Spotlight: Pat Baldwin

BaldwinFaculty Member Name:  Pat Baldwin

SJMC Concentration: Public Relations

Background:  I grew up and graduated from high school in Houston. I’ve worked as a journalist in Houston (Houston Business Journal), Austin (Austin Business Journal), Dallas (Dallas Times Herald, Dallas Morning News and Private Clubs Magazine) and Orlando (Golf for Women Magazine). Over the years, I have taught at seven universities.

What brought you to the SJMC at Texas State University?  After five years of teaching full-time at The University of North Carolina-Asheville, I returned to Central Texas, partly to see a grandniece and a grandnephew grow up.

How long have you been with the SJMC? This is my second year.

What courses do you teach? This spring, I am teaching two sections of PR Campaigns and two sections of Intro to PR.

Any research/projects you have recently completed? I just attended Texas State’s “Creating and Teaching an Online Course” workshop.

What are some of your hobbies or things you enjoy doing outside of work? I enjoy reading, yoga, walking and playing golf. I like watching most sports.

What inspires you? Travel.

What do you find most fulfilling or rewarding about teaching college students? I love to see a student have an “aha!” moment.

Please offer any advice you may have for current SJMC students: Be precise with language. Pay attention to details. Develop an outstanding work ethic.

Additional Information: I don’t have a lot of sympathy for student excuses or absences because I earned my doctorate at The University of North Texas in Denton while I was a full-time business writer at The Dallas Morning News. And, for six semesters in the early 2000s, I taught a weekly Magazine Writing class at UT Austin while I worked at ClubCorp in Dallas. I have many tales about IH-35.

McGriff receives BEA Scholarship

Sarah McGriffSarah McGriff has received the $5,000 Abe Veron Award scholarship from the Broadcast Educators Association.   Sarah, who is originally from New Sharon, Iowa, is a junior at Texas State University majoring in Music Performance with a minor in Mass Communication.

While at Texas State, Sarah has been in marching band, jazz band and basketball band.  She also has been a member of the KTSW 89.9 staff since arriving at Texas State in August 2012, serving in the past as an audio production assistant and on-air announcer.  Sarah will be the assistant production director and an on-air announcer at KTSW for spring 2014.  She will also be a member of a team of students producing an episodic radio drama that will air on KTSW throughout the spring semester.

Sarah will travel with her mother in April to Las Vegas to accept the Abe Veron Award scholarship at the Broadcasters Educators Association Convention.  Her career plans are to be a radio or television broadcaster and to one day own a radio station.