2017 Schedule

Most of our Mass Communication Week 2017 sessions will be held in the LBJ Student Center on the campus of Texas State University-San Marcos, unless otherwise noted. All panels are open to all majors.

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10 – 12 a.m. in the Trinity Building

KTSW Station and University Star Tours


11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on First Floor, Old Main

Student Organization Fair

*FREE PIZZA, while it lasts.*


11 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. in Old Main 201

We Rate Dogs: The Story Behind Creating a Social Media Empire

Matt Nelson


12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Old Main 320

We Rate Dogs: The Story Behind Creating a Social Media Empire

Matt Nelson


1 – 3 p.m. in Trinity Building

KTSW Station and University Star Tours


2 – 3:20 p.m. in Hines 204

Covering Hurricane Harvey (Panel)

Jill Ament (Texas Standard), John Salazar (Spectrum), and Chris Davis (KXAN)


3:30 – 4:50 p.m. in Hines 204

Covering Hurricane Harvey (Panel)

Jill Ament (Texas Standard), John Salazar (Spectrum News), and Chris Davis (KXAN)


3:30 – 4:50 p.m. in Alkek Teaching Theater

Puppy Power: Turning Your Passion into a Career

Matt Nelson


5:00 – 6:20 p.m. in Old Main 232

Working as a Bureau Reporter

Kathryn Gisi (Spectrum News)


5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in LBJ 3-13.1

So, You Want to Be a Mass Comm Professional?

Moderator: Kym Fox

Gary Boyer (Freelance Videographer), Jason Buch (San Antonio Express-News), Erica Hernandez (KSAT 12), Laura Jessee (KGRBT), Michael Vela (San Antonio Tricentennial Commission), and Tara Pohlmeyer (Community Impact)


6:30 – 7:50 p.m. in Old Main 232

Working as a Bureau Reporter

Kathryn Gisi (Spectrum News)

8 – 9:20 a.m. in Old Main 234

The Marshall Project: Who We Are and What We Do

Kirsten Danis


8 – 9:20 a.m. in Old Main 201

We Rate Dogs: The Story Behind Creating a Social Media Empire

Matt Nelson 


9:30 – 10:50 a.m. in LBJ 3-9.1

Sharing Stories… Including Your Own

Olga Campos Benz (Author and Milton Verret)


9:30 – 11 a.m. in Old Main 232

Working as a Multiplatform Journalist

Alicia Inns (KXAN)


9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. in Old Main 106C

Virtual Reality Workshop *Reservation Only*

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Jon Zmikly and Dr. Cindy Royal


11 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. in Old Main 201

The Marshall Project: The Justice System and the Marshall Project’s Watchdog Role

Kirsten Danis 


11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Trinity Building

KTSW Station and University Star Visit (Vidal M. Treviño Students)


12:30 – 1:50 p.m. in Old Main 232

The Steps to Creating a Digital Media Strategy

*Limited Space Available*

Kim Castellucio (97 Degrees West)


2 – 3:20 p.m. in the Wittliff Collections at Alkek Library

The Wittliff Collections Tour (Vidal M. Treviño Students)


2 – 3:20 p.m. in LBJ 3-9.1

Public Relations in Public Schools

A.J. Arreguin (Del Valle ISD) and Shannon Rideout (Del Valle ISD)


3:30 – 4:50 p.m. in Old Main 232

The Marshall Project: The Justice System and the Marshall Project’s Watchdog Role

Kirsten Danis


3:30 – 4:50 p.m. in Centennial Hall 157

Behind the Scenes of Yeti and More
Guest Speaker: Lucas Lane

8 – 9 a.m. in LBJ 4-16.1

20-Year Career Tracker: The Past, Present and Future of PR
Jeff Hahn (Hahn Public)


10 – 11 a.m. in Old Main 320

The Marshall Project: The Justice System and the Marshall Project’s Watchdog Role
Kirsten Danis


11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in LBJ 3-9.1

Rap, Rock, Tejano & Pop: The Music of Texas
Hector Saldaña (The Wittliff Collections)


2 – 3:30 p.m. in LBJ 3-9.1

Public Relations in Public Schools
A.J. Arreguin (Del Valle ISD) and Shannon Rideout (Del Valle ISD)


2 – 3 p.m. in Hines 204

The Marshall Project’s Watchdog Role and the Criminal Justice System
Kirsten Danis


2 – 3:20 p.m. in Old Main 320

Getting Outdoors with #SJMCParks and Study-In-America Panel
Moderator: Dale Blasingame

Zach Ienatsch and Haley Jenkins


3 – 4 p.m. in Old Main 320

You Won’t Know Until You Go: The Study Abroad Experience
Moderator: Dr. Sandy Rao

Dana Rosenquist (London/Rome), Belen Ramos (Barcelona/Madrid), AJ Arreguin (London/Paris), Mark Wilson (Barcelona/Madrid), and Taeler Kallmerton (Nicaragua)


3:30 – 4:50 p.m. in Alkek Teaching Theater

Careers in Web Development 
Moderator: Dale Blasingame

Kimberly Cook (Zenoss), Ashley Hebler (FANS 1st Media), and Thomas Hodge (Sanders Wingo)


5 – 6:20 p.m. in Old Main 232

The Marshall Project: The Justice System and the Marshall Project’s Watchdog Role

Kirsten Danis


5 – 6:20 p.m. in Old Main 320

Timing is Everything: What I Need from My Grad Degree

Moderator: Dr. Michel Haigh

Panelists: Michael Coker, Megan Gray, Nicole Jones, and Debra Price


6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in Old Main 320

Women Who Code Panel

Moderator: Dr. Cindy Royal

Panelists: Kimberly Cook (Zenoss), Rebecca Larson (USAA), Ashley Hebler (FANS 1st Media), Erika Toney (Rainman Creative), and Holly Gibson (Praxent, Women Who Code)


7 – 8:30 p.m. in LBJ Teaching Theater

San Marcos City Council Place 3 and 4 Debates

Presented by KTSW and The University Star


9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. in Old Main 106B

Virtual Reality Workshop *Reservation Only*

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Jon Zmikly & Dr. Cindy Royal


11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in OM 320

Strategic Communications Professional Q&A

Kerri Qunell (Trinity Episcopal School)


12 – 3:30 p.m. in LBJ Ballroom

Mass Comm Major Career Fair

Presented by Career Services


12 – 1:30 p.m. in OM 102C

Brown Bag Lunch and Learn – All About Drones *Reservation Only*

Register here. Lunch not provided.

Dale Blasingame


3:30 – 4:50 p.m. in Centennial Hall 157

Recent Ad Grads Panel

Divya Darsi (Y&R), Matt Shoewalter (DigitasLCB), and Olivia Wright (GSD&M)


ADVISORY BOARD SCHEDULE

12 – 1:30 p.m. in LBJ Career Services Presentation Room, 5th Floor

Advisory Board Lunch

*Advisory Board and Staff Only*


1:30 – 2 p.m. in LBJ Career Services Presentation Room, 5th Floor

Career Services Tour and Presentation

*Advisory Board and Staff Only*


2 – 2:30 p.m. in LBJ Presentation Room, 5th Floor

Advisory Council Meeting
*Advisory Board and Staff Only*