Run, Cheyenne Run!

This past Saturday, the Running with the Graduate Deans organization participated in the 2015 Country Roads 10k. Texas State was well represented with a sea of maroon by seven graduate students who ran with the deans, including SJMC graduate student Cheyenne Meyer.

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Not only did Meyer participate, but she was the overall female champion in the 10k race, which is the equivalent to 6.2 miles. Originally from Houston, Meyer is studying strategic communication and was a former student athlete during her undergraduate studies.

Associate Dean Eric Paulson was the male master’s champion and several other runners from Texas State placed in their age groups, as well as set their own personal best records.

The organization encourages fitness and community building within the graduate programs, and the Graduate College matches the amount of the race fee for everyone who participates as a runner, helper or spectator wearing their logoed shirts. The group raised $420 to be put into a scholarship account for the coming year.

Meyer beat both graduate deans, thus raising twice the amount of the entry fee for the scholarship.

“When I found out about the Running with the Graduate Deans challenge, I was ecstatic. I’m a competitive distance runner and had already signed up for the Country Roads 10k many months ago. But when the deans sent out the email issuing the challenge, I knew it was my time to represent the School of Journalism and Mass Communication grad program, as well as earn some money for the scholarship fund. Associate Dean Paulson is a fierce competitor; he only finished a minute behind me. I kept looking over my shoulder to make sure he didn’t pass me,” Meyer said.

The next event will be the Día de lost Muertos 5k in downtown San Marcos on October 31. All you need to do is bring your race registration to The Graduate College (280 JC Kellam) and pick up your shirt to participate. You don’t have to be a runner to participate, email graduatecollegedean@txstate.edu to volunteer and cheer on our graduate students and deans!

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SJMC to help state reach Medicare beneficiaries

Researchers in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication have received a $448,800 award to help the State of Texas connect with rural and low-income Medicare beneficiaries who might be eligible for additional assistance.

The grant from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) will allow Texas State University to research the most effective strategies for communicating with and educating Texans who are on Medicare or who will be within the next five years. The effort is part of a larger state-federal project, the Medicare Improvement for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA), to improve access to Medicare and ensure low-income beneficiaries get the medical care they need.

Through interviews, surveys and other outreach efforts, Texas State’s team will evaluate how older Texans are using the media and learning about Medicare-specific services, including Medicare savings programs, low income subsidies, Medicare Part D and prevention and wellness benefits. Researchers will then develop strategies to more effectively reach these target audiences.

Judy Oskam, professor and director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is leading a team with expertise in media, creative strategy, adult education and outreach.  “We are excited to work with the aging network across the state to determine the best way to reach key audiences with Medicare information,” Oskam said.

Texas State’s final report will be used to support the state and the area agencies on aging (AAAs) in reaching beneficiaries. The AAAs are responsible for communicating aging-related materials to seniors in local communities.

For more information about Texas State’s involvement in this project, please contact Dr. Judy Oskam at 512-245-2656 or oskam@txstate.edu.

The Texas State University MIPPA Project team includes Kelly Kaufhold (research director), Judy Oskam (PI) and research associates Jenny Buschhorn, Kym Fox, Vanessa Higgins Joyce, Gigi Taylor, Jacie Yang and Carrie Boden-McGill. Grant coordinators Jessica James and Dan Seed and three graduate research assistants, Zahra Khani (Geography), Rana Zeidan (Social Work) and Yazmin Rodriguez (Health Administration), are also working on the project.  Lisa Westerbeck, C3 Research Coordinator, has provided budget and staff support.

Texas State Excels at TIPA Awards

TIPAlogoTexas State students impressed last week, scooping up numerous awards from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association.

The awards included top spots across each media category.

The staff at The University Star, Texas State’s newspaper, won Best of Show while members of the team picked up individual first-place prizes in Newspaper Design, Sports Feature Writing and News Features.

KTSW 89.9, The Other Side of Radio, scooped first place for their Commercial, PSA or Promo work as well as for their Production.

The student-produced television newscast Bobcat Update also won a number of awards; for their Sports and News non-feature work, their Sportscasting and Announcing.

See below for a full list of Texas State’s awards and winners.

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Chalk talk with Assistant Director Bowers: A monthly lecture series for students

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Join Assistant Director Harry Bowers for his special series, Chalk Talk, geared toward SJMC students. All events will begin at 2:00 p.m. in Old Main 320.

March 25
All about the SJMC: From admission to graduation and all the stops in between.
Overview: Designed for PACE students and other students concerning a major in the SJMC to learn about entrance requirements, matriculation to full-major status, majors, and academic and co-curricular opportunities in the SJMC.

April 8
Making every choice count: Concentration options for your major and strategically selecting your MC electives.
Overview: MC electives should not be selected randomly. Strategically selecting electives or a concentration could make a difference in your job search. Learn how to make smart decisions.

May 4
Debunking the Myth: How to graduate in a timely manner.
Overview: Avoiding common pitfalls, understanding prerequisites, maximizing opportunities for academic and career development and positioning yourself to graduate in four years or less.

Strategic Opportunities for Students to Transfer to Texas State

Harry BowersOn November 24, Assistant Director Harry Bowers met with Marianne Odem, Chair of the Media Communication Department at San Antonio College (SAC), and members of her faculty. The goal of the meeting was to review changes to both schools’ institutional core and program curricula, and to review and develop strategies to maximize opportunities for two-year college students planning to transfer to Texas State. Assistant Director, Bowers was honored to be informed by SAC that the School of Journalism and Mass Communication is about the most student-centered institution that San Antonio College has worked with in assisting transfer students.

For more information about The Media Communication Department at the San Antonio College (SAC), please visit http://www.alamo.edu/sac/mediacomm/.

Destination: Travel Journalism!

Fasten Your Seat Belt for New Texas State Round Rock Course

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This is your ticket:  a new travel journalism course offers no-fail formulas for successful travel writing and photography.  Get on board and register now for the new fall 2014 course at Texas State Round Rock campus.  Any major can take this course and there are no prerequisites required.  On Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., Lecturer Patricia Baldwin, Ph.D., will teach students how to

  • turn one destination into multiple story ideas
  • use travel writing as a channel to other publishing genres including food, art, sports, nature, outdoors, politics, technology and adventure
  • pitch story ideas that editors want
  • find markets and media for publishing including freelancing, blogging, online sites, travel apps, guide books, journals, travelogues, scholarly inquiry and more
  • understand essentials about travel industry partners
  • navigate public relations agencies who specialize in travel

Register:  Travel Journalism MC 4382O.081 (CRN 19866) (no personal travel expenses are required)

Contact:  Dr. Pat Baldwin at p_b58@txstate.edu

 

Former SJMC Administrative Assistant Holmes Retires

Shelley HolmesMany SJMC alumni will remember Shelley Holmes, who was the Administrative Assistant in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication for 11 years. She left SJMC to work in the Registrar’s Office in 2009, and retired from the University on January 31.  SJMC faculty members Charles Kaufman, Bruce Smith and Larry Carlson were among those who attended her retirement party on the 11th floor of the J.C. Kellum Building.