by Adrian Medrano
“The Leopard Connection,” the University of La Verne’s newest television venture showcasing the connection between ULV and its surrounding community in a half-hour talk show took to the airwaves last week.
“The Leopard Connection” is an in-studio talk show, which airs at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday on LVTV 3, the local cable station in La Verne.
“The show is about interesting programs that intersect with the community,” said Don Pollock, professor of communications and co-producer of “The Leopard Connection.”
In its first showing, “The Leopard Connection” featured a segment about the collaboration between the music and theater departments.
“Our Dailey Theatre is the only theater in La Verne along with the high schools,” Pollock said.
The program also showed the collaboration between the Service Learning Center and a non-profit organization Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat for Humanity is offering students off-campus work. The students who partake in this will receive Core 305 credit.
Pollock said he hopes that ULV will receive more recognition through “The Leopard Connection.”
“We want to showcase the University and let people know that there are a lot of great things going on here,” he said.
“The Leopard Connection” is directed by Augustin Avalos, LVTV production coordinator, and hosted by Yvette Underdue-Murph, special projects manager for the office of academic affairs. Underdue-Murph is also the show’s co-producer.
Underdue-Murph was previously the host of a television program in Connecticut called “What About Women?”
“(‘The Leopard Connection’) links with the mission statement of the school,” Underdue-Murph said.
Discussion of the new program began in December.
Carol Sawyer, professor of organizational leadership, raised funds for the program through the Master in Leadership and Management Alumni group.
The crew is currently brainstorming new ideas for the show.
An upcoming show will include a feature on the University’s master plan and the collaboration between ULV’s literacy program and Starbucks.
The show also runs on Channel 10, covering San Dimas and Glendora.
Future plans include airing the show in Pomona and Claremont.
Although the first episode was taped, the producers are planning on going live with the broadcast.