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MCO 4318:International and Intercultural Communications
Professor Dr. Kay Colley
Multimedia 1: Fighting for those without a voice
As the words of concerned Tarrant County citizens bounced off the wall of the wood panel Funky Town Creative Arts Lounge, the diverse group of people looked at one another for guidance on what they could do to help. On November 30,a small group of college students, teachers, children of illegal immigrants, undocumented immigrants, retail workers and leaders of nonprofit organizations decided it was time to open the discussion of what could citizens do next to help the undocumented immigrants in the area.
For many citizens interested in making a difference in the Tarrant County area the discussion started with the statewide premiere of America Ferrera’s documentary, Out of Reach. The film focused on the illegal and undocumented immigrants of Texas and the challenges they faced to come to America. In the final months of President Obama’s administration, Ferrera traveled to Texas to find out how immigration policies are affecting the 1.65 million undocumented people currently living in the state. In Out of Reach, she witnessed the experiences of Central American asylum seekers in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas who have fled unimaginable violence only to face detention, deportation and more.
“I really enjoyed it,” Jennifer de Haro, staff attorney from The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services. “I thought she [America Ferrera] and the movie[Out of Reach] pulled in a lot of viewpoints and I appreciated that final perspective of someone that was born here but is happening to deal with the same issues as undocumented immigrants.”
Even after seeing the film three times before the showing in Fort Worth, Vice President of the North Texas Dream Team, Kristian Hernandez still gets very emotional about the difficult situations undocumented immigrants must deal with daily.
“We are really at the forefront of DACA work and when it was placed,” Hernandez said. “We have been pushing and thinking beyond immigration when it comes to immigrant rights-whether that’s healthcare, financial rights, literacy, so on. I have already seen the film [three times] and it still makes me cry everytime.”
Even though, the film focused specifically on undocumented immigrants and DREAMer’s, members of the hosting organizations, The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, North Texas Dream Team, spoke in a panel to the audience members to discuss the constant possibility of deportation in the Tarrant County area after the approval of SB4.
With SB4 in effect in Tarrant County, police officers, chiefs and sheriffs are required, under the threat of penalty, to hold any criminal suspects under the threat of deportation, according to star-telegram.com.
Senior political science and government major and co-founder of United Fort Worth, Daniel Garcia Rodriguez, was one of the panel members that spoke very strongly against the newly adopted law.
“I am one of the co-founders of United Fort Worth, which is a grassroots organization that kind of birth from showing opposition to Senate Bill 4 and trying to get the city of Fort Worth to join together and join in a lawsuit against Senate Bill 4,” Rodriguez said.
After noticing the absent voices of Tarrant County politicians, Rodriguez and a few of his college friends decided to make a difference.
“We gatherize and uniform with other individuals in the city to create a collective power to try and change some of the structures, conversations and perspectives around Senate Bill 4 that was very absent among the city,” Rodriguez said. “And, we saw that many of the individuals that is supposed to represent the city were very quiet on the discussion so me and other young college students decided to start gather some support and start bringing in organizations to start creating power.”
Rodriguez’s biggest goal to take away from the event was to inspire more people to get involved with United Fort Worth.
“We hope we can build a relationship [with those interested in the organization], so that we can continue to work on these [issues]. Because there’s are not just hot topic issues these are issues that affect not only our lives, but the lives of so many families, kids who can’t potentially speak their voice because they don’t feel empowered or a part of the society that we live in. But, hopefully, we can work together to start changing some of the structure within our city, state and nation.”
Even though Rodriguez is busy with United Fort Worth, he still makes time to showcase his love for helping others at Texas Wesleyan.
“I am a first-generation college student interested in the political/social spectrum and involvement in my community,” Rodriguez said. “As a son of immigrants, I look to take advantage of every opportunity in order to advance my career and community”
When asked what could people do next to help those in need, Hernandez said, “Well, let’s rally together and get this thing going.”
Theatre Wesleyan picked for Play Market
Dean Phillips is a junior theatre major with an emphasis in playwriting who chose to come to Wesleyan to expand his playwriting skills.
Phillips first learned about Wesleyan through one of his sisters.
“I come from a very big family,” Phillips said. “I have three older sisters and I am the youngest. My second oldest sister went to Wesleyan as a music major. So that was my first experience with Wesleyan”
While in high school, Phillips entered a play called “Lung, Liver, and the Staple State of Mind” into a playwright competition. His play won and he was introduced to one of the judges, Connie Whitt-Lambert, who introduced him to other Wesleyan students
“I won and Connie met me and asked if I wanted to come to Wesleyan,” Phillips said. “She let me meet other students who read and judged my play. She told me they collaborated with a lot of student plays.”
Lambert is now Phillips’s playwriting professors and his advisor and assisted him with the Play Market in NYC process.
Phillip’s play Fallen Goldfish will be performed at Wesleyan, before it will be performed an off-Broadway reading in NY.
“Fallen Goldfish is about a band man named Thomas and his eight-year old son Lewis,” he said. “Thomas is rushing home from work one day to replace his son’s dead goldfish like all great parents do. He gets a knock on his door to find and find that there is a fully armored gladiator standing there. The gladiator says ‘Is this the residence of Stanley the Goldfish?’ Thomas is all confused and says ‘It is, rather it was. The gladiator says thoughts what i thought and brings in tons of other gladiators. The goldfish was actually a fellow warrior who helped save them in battle and now they want to have a funeral for them in Thomas’s home.”
Phillips was flabbergasted when he was told that his play had been picked.
“I was with my family when I got the call from Connie who told me my play was picked,” Phillips said. “And my girlfriend was there and they were so excited. I like screamed and told them everything and they jumped up and hugged me. It was remarkable. Absolutely unbelievable.”
The process was extremely long for Phillips who submitted his play in mid-November and didn’t receive the news until early January. In early May, Goldfish will be presented to interested directors and producers, according to Phillips.
“It will be taken to RattleSticks Play Market on May 14 to be read through and after that it will be cleaned up,” he said. “Then producers can communicate [with us] if they are interested in using the play at their school.”
Upon graduation, Phillips plans to attend LUI in New York to pursue a masters in playwriting.
“It was created by Norman Steinberg who actually wrote Blazing Saddles,” he said. “He will also be at the reading of my play, so fingers crossed.”
He hopes to continue to pursue his love of writing and is extremely excited for this experience.
“It’s a very honoring fact that I was just picked and this is happening to me,” he said.
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Grad Finale prepares seniors for the final stretch.
On Tuesday, the Provost office hosted the Grad Finale event in Lou’s Place. The event gave graduating seniors the chance to speak with representatives from the Alumni Relations office, Provost office, Jostens and Graduate Programs, according to txwes.edu.
Technical Records Coordinator Jill Jernigan was excited to assist students with the final steps.
“I am the one who sees the requirements for graduation is completed [by the seniors],” Jernigan said.
Jernigan has assisted with the event in the past and was excited to help this semester.
“I did it last semester in the fall,” Jernigan said. “Now I’m getting to help this semester. It’s just nice to help.”
Students also got to prepare for the graduation ceremony by speaking with coordinators of the event.
“With graduation, we oversee the actual ceremony,” Executive Academic Administrator Amber Coronado said. “We oversee the actual ceremony, inform students and teachers everything they need to know, and coordinate the ceremony space. Basically, we do everything.”
Coronado said the most important part about the event is how excited the students are.
“It’s really exciting to see the students prepare for their final day,” Coronado said.
Coordinator for the Provost Office Caitlin Pavey agreed with Coronado about how important the students’ excitement is to them.
“It’s essentially what we’re here for,” Pavey said. “To make it [graduation] the best it can be.”
Profile for The Gradual on Tyler GuseTyler Guse, senior theatre major, is prepared to tour the United States while pursuing his love for costume design.
Guse has multiple Theatre Wesleyan technical credits, including being in charge of publicity and graphic design for Stop Kiss, costume design for When the Rain Stops Falling and The 39 Steps, assistant costume design for The Survivor, assistant stage manager for The Heiress,and stage manager for Vanya, Sonya, Masha and Spike, Fuddy Meers and Metamorphoses.
Guse has received multiple awards and recognitions for his hard work in onstage performance and technical credits including the Law Sone award and the Theatre Major of the Year Award.
Guse believes his hard work, dedication and achievements is all due to his previous professor, Brynn Bristol, who taught him what it takes to be a great costume design and gave him the opportunity to dress with the Dallas Opera.
He hopes to have a career as a stage manager or costume dresser for theatrical performance touring the country.
Wesleyan is Named the First Blue Zones-Approved Texas University
Texas Wesleyan is the first Blue Zones-approved university in Texas.
At Tuesday’s 2020 Town Hall meeting at the Baker Building, Wesleyan President Frederick Slabach thanked the university’s Blue Zones ambassador members that worked to make this happen.
Based on the New York Times bestseller The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest by Dan Buettner, the Blue Zones Projects were created to inspire people globally to live vibrant and active lives, according to bluezonesproject.com.
“The Blue Zones Project focuses on empowering employees and students to be happier, healthier, and more productive by creating healthier work environments,” said Christi Tallent, human resources administrator.
With the help of fitness opportunities for employees in the gym, a tobacco-free campus, creating multiple walking routes on campus and the library, and creating purpose workshops, faculty and staff ambassadors were able to put the initiative into place, Tallent said.
Fort Worth District 8 council member Kelley Allen Grey said she was excited about what is happening at Wesleyan.
“I’m very excited for all the great things happening here[at Texas Wesleyan],” said Grey, who is also on Wesleyan’s board of trustees, “and the steps we are taking to make this a more cohesive environment and organization not only for faculty and staff but for students, as well.”
Members contributing to the community-wide well-being initiative are hoping more students will take part in having healthier lifestyles, Tallent said.
Angela Dampeer, associate vice president of human resources, said Wesleyan faculty and staff members have stepped up in contributing to the project.
“Now it’s time for the students to step up, and our alumni,” Dampeer said.
Later this spring, the ambassadors will create student engagements including: cooking demonstrations, walking moai celebrations, fitness popups and purpose workshops, Tallent said.
Slabach said that he made the commitment to make Wesleyan a Blue Zones campus in May of 2016. Tallent said that since then, 32 percent of the staff and faculty have taken the pledge to become healthier, which exceeds the 25 percent goal to become certified.
“It’s not a commitment to the city, to the Blue Zones, or to Texas Wesleyan, it’s a commitment to yourself,” Matt Dufrene, vice president of Blue Zones Project Fort Worth. “It’s about making permanent changes long term in the places we work, play or at home.”
Based on her ability to go above and beyond on campus and her contribution to the Blue Zones Project, Tallent was awarded one of the three staff hero awards, Slabach said.
The next 2020 Town Hall Meeting is during free period in the Baker Building on April 18 and will focus on the university’s advancement. For more information, go to txwes.edu.
Thank You Breakfast Focuses on University Advancement
The first Alumni Board Thank You Breakfast was held on Friday at the Baker Building.
To show appreciation to the Alumni Board of Directors and the many alumni who have attributed to the university’s advancement, staff members in the office of advancement created the thank you breakfast, said Director of Alumni Relations DeAwna Wood.
“We created these types of opportunities to engage our alumni,” Wood said, “so that’s kinda how this breakfast came about and we appreciate that you [alumni members] are ambassadors to the university.”
President Frederick Slabach spoke about the advancements coming to Wesleyan and the funding preparations for the Nick and Lou Martin University Center.
“It’s more than just a student center,” Slabach said. “There is a lot of things we believe this university center will help us with, such as student engagement.”
The university center will host an indoor/outdoor amphitheater, ballroom, food court, offices to house student organizations, a lounge and game room and expanded bookstore and will start ground work by late 2018, Slabach said.
“Right now we have a lot of student engagement groups that are spread out and that are all over campus,” Slabach said, “so this will give us the chance to be able to gather . . . and as all the studies show students who are more engage outside the classroom are more likely to persist and graduate on time.”
The “heart of the campus” will have a unique architectural design new to Wesleyan, Slabach said.
“We asked our architect to look at the different architectural style we have on campus and we asked that he sorta tries to tie in the different styles at Wesleyan,” Slabach said. “And we like to call it Wesleyan ecliptic.”
Slabach also introduced head football coach Joe Prud’homme, who talked about the program.
“The reason we are so excited about Joe and the reason we took such great care in identifying just the right coach is to focus on the student-athletes,” Slabach said. “The student part comes first.”
Slabach talked about the important mannerisms a student-athlete must have to be successful and the way Prud’homme is creating such players.
“The way I know they’re real football players is when I walk past them in they look me in the eye and say ‘Hello,’” Slabach said. “Their conduct is exemplary and they are great representatives for the school and it’s because of Joe.”
Prud’homme said he hopes to use the program to instill the importance of being a gentleman and a leader and to do great things for the community and school.
“It’s really important to have a program and team to be proud of,” Prud’homme said. “But our focus is on them. So I always ask them for three things, to be great in the classroom, field, and community.”
Wesleynotes Vol. 4 Issue 2
MCO 3351 Survey of Public Relations:
Proposal for The Rambler’s 100-Year Anniversary
Created by: The Fall 2016 Survey of Public Relations class
This public relations proposal has been designed by the Fall 2016 Survey of Public Relations class and has been created for The Rambler Media Group to use in celebration of its 100-Year Anniversary.
- By reviewing multiple 2015 Silver Anvil Award-winning anniversary celebrations from multiple student-media outlets, the Survey of Public Relations class was able to establish multiple objectives to complete the goals established by the student media chair. The class was separated in groups of three to four people with each group studying at least 5 different case studies. The class was given a week to research the previous anniversary celebrations to gain knowledge on how to create similar events.
- We were able to find that most programs used secondary, primary, qualitative, and quantitative research. They focused on the benefits of each event and why they should create the event. Each group set multiple goals and set out to accomplish said goals. Many groups created beneficial relationships with other groups to help with the immense planning of the event way in advance, the day of, and the days or months after the event occurred. Each group used social media as an outlet to raise awareness.
After interviewing Dr. Kay Colley, Student Media Director, the following goals have been set:
- To promote and improve awareness of The Rambler in the three months allotted for the event to occur.
- To raise $100,000 by the end of Spring 2017, which will go toward improving the media group’s facilities and scholarships.
- To celebrate successes in the past 5 years that has transformed The Rambler into what it is today. By collecting the growth of social media followers, creating and distributing surveys to be completed by the public, and collecting the growth of online readers we will be able to see the community’s opinion of The Rambler Media Group.
- Create a carnival where a short video will be shown to showcase the achievements of The Rambler and Wesleyan students will get the opportunity to interact with staff members in a more exciting way.
- The video will be created by current Rambler staff members. The video will feature current and previous Ramblers where they will be asked What does the 100-year anniversary mean?. It will also feature Wesleyan students, members of administration, and leaders of groups on campus. The video should be no longer than 10 minutes long and will be featured on a blow up screen towards the end of the carnival. The cost of a blow up screen can cost between $69.00 to $179.00 depending on the size needed for the screen. A 7-foot screen from Home Depot costs $69.00, while a 12-foot screen from Target costs $179.00. I believe a 12-foot screen will be needed. A projector will also be needed to show the video. The Rambler media group can request from IT a basic video projector similar to the ones used in the classroom. If IT does not have an available video projector to use, the media group will have to buy one. A Sharper Image Black Series Portable Entertainment Projector, which costs $69.99 at JcPenneys, is a basic video projector and would be suitable for the video. The Rambler media group would be allowed two weeks to find members to interview and edit the video and another two weeks will be allotted to find a durable projector and screen.
- By creating beneficial relationships with student and athletic groups, such as the baseball team, Student Government Association, or the , The Rambler will be able to find donors for the event. The Rambler can ask for games, rides or food to be donated by groups and offer free or discounted advertisements.
- The Rambler will offered discounted advertisements to student and athletic groups, such as the baseball team, Student Government Association, Nerd Central, and so on. By offering these discounts, The Rambler Media Group will create a trade system with each group. Each group will offer some type of booth will consists of either a garden game, such as bowling, giant Jenga, or dominoes, or a carnival-esque ride.
- The carnival ride and booths will be run by Rambler Media Group staff members.
- To advertise for the event and captured the interest of the public, staff members will use social media outlets, such as Twitter, Snapchat and Facebook.
- The Rambler Integrated Media Group members will create posters that will be distributed around campus.
- By charging carnival-goers for ticket prices and food prices, The Rambler can use the amount raised to reach the $100,000 goal. Staff members will get in contact with previous donors to encourage them to come to the carnival. The current Editor-in-Chief will contact the Donor Relations Coordinator and the Senior Director of Advancement to try and create a website where donations will be collected. They will also be in charge of finding a list of previous donors, if there are any. Participants of the carnival will also be encouraged to donate by a website.
- The Rambler Media Group was created in 1917, so the theme of the carnival is “Party Like it’s 1917”.
- The Rambler Media Group will use the carnival to target members of the surrounding Poly technical Heights community, Wesleyan students and staff members, university students interested in The Rambler Media Group, and high school students interested in Texas Wesleyan University.
- By using anonymous surveys, The Rambler will be able to see how successful the carnival was and what the media group can do to create a better event in future years.
- Staff members will need to count the number of tickets sold, increase in social media followers, and the amount of event-goers to both the video premiere and carnival.
This public relations proposal was created for the exclusive use of The Rambler Media Group.
Features for Wesleynotes:
Colton Mallory is a senior theatre major hoping to advance from a star studded performer to a main stage director. Colton is a president of Kappa Alpha Order and a recipient of the Alpha Psi Omega Award for Best Actor in his performance of The 39 Steps as Richard Hannay. Colton has also had the opportunity to perform in shows like Sylvia, 33 Variations, The School for Scandal and many more. Currently, Colton is directing the production of Stop Kiss. Colton has also had the chance to design the lighting plot for “When the Rain Stops Falling”. In his free time, Colton enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and catching up on sports. “I love the fact that Wesleyan provides so many opportunities no matter what department you are in,” Colton said. “Especially in the theater department.”
Beth Jackson, Academic Coordinator, strives to serve the students and faculty of Liberal Studies and Mass Communication departments. Being able to work one-on-one with non-traditional students, students with full-time jobs and international students gives her the opportunity to empower others to become successful in their future fields. After becoming a part of the Liberal Studies and Mass Communications departments in August 2014, she found Wesleyan fit her personality so well she decided to become a student in the Graduate Counseling Program with a focus on Marriage and Family Therapy. She enjoys spending time with her daughter, fencing, kickboxing, yoga, watching Star Trek and reading fantasy books. “I found a pathway that fits my personality and what I want to do. Texas Wesleyan helped me find that pathway,” she said.
We were a part of media relations, which included creating bios, the constitution, outline of the country and combined all the information into a handout for the “reporters” for the press conference.
The press conference was held by the spokespeople for the country of Ku’oho’ka, including myself, April, and Karan Muns.
We prepared for the project by creating handouts with our constitution and bios of our President, Vice President and Head of Security.
For the actual press conference we really weren’t prepared. When were running around trying to figure out who’s doing what job and where our handouts were at.
I learned how stressful and high maintenance a press conference becomes in a short period. I definitely was somewhat prepared for the press conference to become catastrophic and have a bunch of people just screaming and shouting about why something has occurred and what are we going to do next, but for the most part they were extremely quiet.
I learned that you have to have prepared answers for questions, because if you don’t you look kinda ignorant and uninformed on the topic. You also have to have the why for all questions.
Well next time; hopefully, we will be on the other side of the panel and be the reporters. I think the next time this event occurs the public relations class needs to inform the public on the country in advance. The reporters didn’t have any information until the day of the press conference and weren’t prepared for the conference. I thought once the press conference started we would have a hell fire of questions from the reporters but that didn’t have information to come up with strong well-thought out questions in advance. What did you learn, April?
Next time we hope the media stimulation group is much more prepared for the press conference and that the reporters actually speak up and ask questions. Thanks for listening!
Podcasts: Thoughts on Overturning Ku’Oho’Ka
MCO 2342 Communication and Rhetoric:
Blog Post 1-Cell phones and concert culture
Blog Post 2-Stop Kiss reinforces the idea that love is love
Blog Post 3-Students learn from Gainesville visit
Blog Post 4-Holiday movies offer a variety of fans
Blog Post 5-Wesleyan students hope for a positive future after Trump win.
Blog Post 6-Dallas Fan Days; the experience of a lifetime