PRARIE VIEW-More than 25 speakers from California, Washington, D.C., and New York, to Michigan and Texas will convene on campus for the Department of Languages and Communication’s inaugural Communication Week. The event will include classroom lectures, roundtables and workshops. Students will meet with communication professionals and practitioners to examine and discuss career opportunities and interests in public relations, journalism, media production, documentary film making and academic careers, among others.
“We’ll have hands-on workshops in media production, resume and portfolio development, and landing jobs in Hollywood and beyond,” emphasizes Palmer, department head. “PVAMU alumni will be instrumental in the week’s success.” Program Coordinator Lewis Smith and Assistant Professor Toniesha Taylor have been instrumental in arranging the program with Palmer.
Alumni participants include: Charles E. Williams, Jr. ’84, producer, director and editor for CBS-TV in New York, Shedrick Cortez Stokes ’84, CEO SCS Films and Kayla Tucker Adams ‘97, senior director of public relations for The Potter House and T.D. Jakes Ministries have committed to the event. Sheleah Hughes Reed ’01, PVAMU executive director of communications, Richard White ’09 who is a production assistant and assignment editor for Houston ABC affiliate KTRK and Amen Oyiboke-Osifo ’11 a graduate student at the University of Southern California are also slated to speak.
Many of the week’s speakers will also participate in the 2014 National HBCU Student News Media Conference hosted by the department as part of Communication Week and which will have more than 150 participants from around the country. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith will round out the event. “Clearly, the range of activities on campus that week will be amazing and fully student-focused,” said Palmer. The department is also hosting its third annual American Forensics Association District 3 National Qualifier.
Senior communication major Tarynn Adams has cleared her schedule to take full advantage of the activities. “As graduation gets closer and closer, I am trying to be exposed to everything the field has to offer me. There aren’t a lot of chances to talk to professionals about how to break into television or public relations. I don’t want to miss a single chance to get a job or meet someone important.”