From Student Editor Kate Yingling Hector

Welcome to another school year and another carefully crafted issue of the Mass Communicator. As you may have noticed, the College of Mass Communications is going through some big changes.

The first change on the docket is the move to a new building. In this issue, you can read more about the newly renovated Business Administration Building that our college will call home this fall. To go along with the big move, the College of Mass Communications will become the College of Media & Communication. Conveniently, this publication will remain the ‘MC.’ You can read more about the name change on page 22. Last but not least of all the changes is the merging of two previously separate departments: Journalism and Electronic Media & Communications will both fall under electronic media. This story can be found on page 16.

Despite all these changes, in this issue you will find most things are business-as-usual. The college hosted two distinguished lectures during the spring semester. You can read about the Buesseler lecture on page 4 and Steve Honley’s lecture online. We are featuring super-star alumna Amanda Robinson, and her whirlwind path to the top of her field and her dream position with Edleman in New York City on page 10.

College of Mass Communications instructors continue to go above and beyond in teaching and research. A team of professors worked together on a very successful health communications campaign, used in a hospital in Rhode Island. Robert Wernsman received two awards for outstanding teaching this year. A writer for the Mass Communicator sat down with him about his nearly 20 years at Texas Tech.

We are proud to feature an outstanding staff member in Andrew Byrne. We also bring you Sara Krueger’s story about an exciting internship opportunity she earned through Twitter. Take a trip with a story about the esteemed Global Lens Film Series on page 12. Photography instructor Jerod Foster is featured on page 26, discussing his view on photography and his new book ”Storytellers."

The ‘MC’ will be under an entirely new student staff next semester, but our fearless leader Kippra Hopper will whip them into shape in no time. I have greatly enjoyed my time as editor. I joined the esteemed ranks of Texas Tech’s Mass Communications alumni this May, and I greatly look forward to finding the next issue in my mailbox.



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