Mr. Wendell Mayes is a Texas Tech alumnus with a degree in engineering. He served on the Texas Tech University Board of Regents and was named chairman of the board. He was also chair of the Texas Tech Mass Communications Advisory Committee and was inducted into the Texas Tech Mass Communications Hall of Fame in 1978.
On Oct. 15, 1976, Mayes was the keynote speaker at the dedication of the Mass Communications Building – the building we occupied until September 2012. In his presentation, he mentioned that he could talk about the physical characteristics of the building, the construction costs, and the technology used for teaching. However, Mayes chose to talk about the purpose of the building and the benefits the building would bring to students and society. “This building has for its purpose the training and the education of the minds of those who study in the field of journalism and advertising and telecommunications and photography and public relations. But it doesn’t stop there, because those who learn within these walls, many of them at least, will devote their lives working in the print and broadcast media of Texas and our country. In future years people who study in this building will be the leaders in the communications industry in our state,” said Mayes.
Mayes was correct. His words of more than 36 years ago still ring true today. The newly renovated building the college will soon occupy is not just a building. It is the home where dreams of students will become a reality. We will prepare students to become the leading communicators of tomorrow. The building will be the platform on which faculty will mold the passion of students seeking successful careers in global information. To achieve the goals we have set for this building and our students, we need your help. Students need financial assistance to share the costs of their education. We need help in providing the resources within this facility to properly train and educate future leaders as they guide a dynamic industry that is essential to building a well-informed society in a democracy.
We owe much gratitude and thanks to many faculty, staff, administrators and friends for contributing to the success of our program. Our expectation and anticipation for even greater success will be met through this building initiative.
Thank you for your loyalty and generosity.