The ULV Communications Department is hosting about 100 high school and community college students for Communications Day today.
Students from approximately 15 schools will start the day with a presentation by David Rust, a cameraman with Cable News Network. Rust spent last year covering the Persian Gulf War, the civil war in Yugoslavia and the disintegration of communist rule in Eastern Europe.
Five workshops, covering the different areas in the field of communications, will follow. In journalism, Dr. George Keeler, associate professor of journalism, will conduct a seminar on writing the summary and feature leads. For those interested in photojournalism, Eric Vilchis, ULV alumnus and assistant photo/graphics editor of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, will lead a discussion on photography and show slides of his work.
In broadcasting, Mike Laponis, assistant professor of communications, and advanced radio students at ULV will guide students in producing and announcing commercial radio copy. And Don Pollock, assistant professor of communications, will conduct a workshop that involves hands-on experience running camera, hosting, and being a guest on a three-camera television talk show.
The speech program plans to present a round of parliamentary (impromptu) debate between a team from the Claremont Colleges against ULV’s Nancy Adams and Nikolaus Formanek.
Lunch at Davenport Dining Hall and a tour of the communications facilities will conclude the day.
“The purpose of Communications Day is to provide seminars to students interested in the communications field and afford them the opportunity to become familiar with our department and University,” said Laponis, chair of the Communications Department.