This spring semester has been a busy one in the Department of Communication with students getting invaluable experience to prepare them for life after graduation.
Assistant Professor Mark Tremayne hosted a visit by his former student, Ann Arnold, morning anchor for KFDX in Wichita Falls. Arnold spoke to broadcast students April 30 on how to prepare themselves for careers in television news.
Public Relations students in Mindia Whittierâ€™s classes are getting hands-on experience this semester. Several of Whittierâ€™s PR students worked as student ambassadors for the PR firm, Strategic Image, to develop a public relations campaign on behalf of the Tarrant County Public Health Department. The campaign was designed to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables among college students. Students participating in the project include Christopher Bryan, Nicole Durham, Sarah Frost and Jasmine Moore.
Whittierâ€™s PR Campaigns students developed Strategic Communication Plans for the national launch of a new product being offered by a company called Think Finance this semester.
Communication Technology students in Dr. Brian Hortonâ€™s Human Computer Interaction spent the semester working with local client, DigIt! Development, to create a unique, interactive website.
â€œDigIt! Development is collaborating with the City of Dallas to create 21 custom homes in the Cedars area of Dallas, just south of I-30,â€ Dr. Horton explained. â€œThe class has created -- and is in the process of implementing -- a very unique user experience where potential homebuyers can customize homes online. The homebuyer is then able to print out a report that they can take to the bank without having to go through a Realtor.â€
The City of Dallas has contributed $300,000 to upgrade the infrastructure around the neighborhood of custom homes. The Galleries on Hickory will range in price from $300,000 to $500,000.
The students have also collaborated with DigIt! Development to create an internet marketing plan for the company.
â€œBeing the first of its kind and scale, the website is expected to generate a lot of buzz throughout, not only the DFW area, but also the United States,â€ Dr. Horton added. â€œI am very proud of the work my students have done on this innovative project.â€
Students in Suzy Neadâ€™s Group Communication class are hard at work on class projects benefitting many local non-profit organizations.
â€œRight now, groups are working with Cook Childrenâ€™s Hospital, YMCA, Mission Arlington, The Moritz No-kill Animal Shelter, Package Brigade and a local senior center,â€ Ms. Nead said.
â€œThe studentsâ€™ service learning efforts include play days for children, letters and gifts for Americans serving overseas, gathering supplies for animals, and implementing programs for local seniors and children,â€ she added.