TCOM Alumni Society Board of Directors Meeting
April 24, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
Ball State University Letterman Building
Present: Kelly Harlow, Brian Harrington, Todd Merickel, Tim
Pollard, Chris Taylor, and Laura Waldron. Phone: Ben Goldenberg, Johanna
Crosier, Christine DeJoy, Kristen Lampkin, Melissa Schenkel, Abby Walton, and
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 3:07 p.m. by President Mel Watson.
The minutes from the October 11, 2013 meeting were unanimously approved
following Merickel’s motion to approve and Taylor’s second.
Watson noted that the goal in the first year of her presidency is to solidify
the alumni society - ensure everyone is on the board who wants to be, an Alumni
Council representative is in place, strengthen the society’s reach
and visibility in other areas of the country. She wants the TCOM Alumni Society
to be an active, working board.
Watson congratulated the alumni who received regional Emmys. To that end,
Watson requested that alumni let her or Taylor know when alumni in their
communities are recipients of regional Emmys or other awards. She would like
the department and the society to publicize these accomplishments.
Watson and Taylor have discussed ways
that she or department can increase communication with alumni, and specifically
this board, to increase engagement and involvement with decisions. Is it email,
fb, online community. Watson is not confident that an email chain is best way. Would
the group prefer to communicate via a Facebook alumni page where messages and
notes can be stored? Podcast in the fall? Secondary website?
Waldron noted that minutes and documents should be stored on the TCOM
Alumni Society page. Alumni with historical documents and photos that they
would like archived in this area, should send the information to Waldron.
Taylor reminded the society that this is an opportunity to formalize the
Alumni of the Year selection. He and Watson will review the criteria for other
alumni society awards and will establish a more formal selection process for
the society’s review.
After further discussion, it was agreed that communication via Facebook
and email work equally well for those in attendance. Watson will follow-up with
those not on the call. Taylor added that he is exploring a way to communicate
with students through a Smartphone app. That might be a potential for alumni as
well, as it is a free service.
Alumni Mentorship Program
Watson reminded the membership that two falls ago, there was talk about creating
an alumni mentorship program. She would like this to be a leading priority this
fall. She is hoping this is a great opportunity to energize alumni who are
located around the country, promote Ball State, and perhaps bring the next
great journalist to Ball State. She
envisioned having board members be more involved with local high schools as
speakers or by offering internship or senior project opportunities.
The board was very supportive of a mentorship program.
Discussion turned towards limitations with
what corporations allow high school students to participate in and the need to establish guidelines
and topics in advance. Crosier suggested creating
an annual Ball State Day (or week) where students from different markets and
across disciplines can job shadow. Lampkin noted that it could even be less
formal than shadowing – career panels or helping students prepare for
interviews can still be geared towards Ball State. The board agreed that a Ball
State Day might be an opportunity to engage alumni across the country and worth
formalizing and pursuing.
Harlow suggested the board also consider a mentoring program for Ball State
seniors as those last two semesters are crucial. She mentored a student
previously and it was a great experience. Waldron suggested the board look at
the MCOB mentoring program as a model and tweak it to meet the department’s
needs. Harrington, Merickel and Taylor will work with MCOB to determine
Watson will host a brainstorming session for the mentoring program over the
summer for alumni who can make it back to campus.
Pollard reported that enrollment is approximately 1,300 undergraduate and graduate
students. Journalism and TCOM now have an equipment fee per semester so that
equipment can be refreshed at better pace. Digital sports production in first
year. Taylor noted that it is the first sports production track in the country
for sports media and production. The goal is to expand and to attract out of
state students – in four years the department hopes to attract ten out of state
students starting in fall of 2014. The attention the track has received on a
national scale has been everything and more than expected.
Pollard updated the
society on the Unified Media Lab construction. It is hoped that the glass
enclosed news studio will be up and running by Homecoming. As a side note, Ball
State received 19 Emmy nominations and Dr. Joe shared that the Indiana Broadcasters
Association awarded all seven scholarships to incoming Ball State students.
In immersive learning news, the department is finalizing the only documentary
on the five Ball brothers. The department received a $100,000 Foundation grant
for this project. Other projects include work for the Indiana Department of
Tourism, the Indiana School for the Deaf, Meals on Wheels, and documenting the
(halfway completed) path to Broadway for Circus
Two new faculty members will join the department in the fall. The new Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Endowed Chair of
Telecommunications, Vanessa Ament, is the
first female Ball Chair. She was a Foley Artist for 20 years and is known for
work with Platoon, Schwarzenegger
movies, and other 80s and 90s action films. The other faculty addition is
Michelle Shaw, ’99. She has worked with sales and promotions for AT&T and
Nancy Carlson will retire next year. Alumni have asked what they
can do for a retirement gift. She has requested that donations be made to the
faculty scholarship fund. Watson and Taylor will provide more information as
Carlson’s retirement gets closer.
Alumni Council Report
Merickel reported on the January 18, 2014 Alumni Council meeting. He updated
the society on the presidential search and the university’s $20 million CardinalCommitment Campaign for athletic facilities and scholarships.
The Council approved a matching gift challenge which encourages alumni giving
by having the Alumni Association match gifts made by December 31, 2014 for up
to $300,000. The next council meeting is May 10. Merickel has a work conflict and Taylor will
be the society’s proxy.
Next meeting and Adjournment
The fall meeting will be on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the
Letterman Building. This will be in conjunction with TCOM/CCIM Alumni Day.
The meeting adjourned at 3:58 p.m.
Alumni Society Board of Directors Meeting
October 11, 2014 at the Ball State University Letterman Building
Present: Johanna Crosier, Brian Harrington, Tracy Hendricks, Krista Hoffman-Longtin,
Todd Merickel, Tim Pollard, Chris Taylor, Bill Vincent, Laura Waldron, and Mel
Watson. Present By Phone: Christine
Harlow, Kristin Lampkin, Dave Studinski, Jim Tobloski, and Abby Walton. Guests:
Emily Barker, Lori Byers, Nancy Carlson, Payne Horning, Roger Lavery, Joe
Misiewicz, and Jungun Moon.
The meeting was called to order at 3:05 p.m. by Hoffman-Longtin, who has served
the board as chair. Misiewicz noted that the alumni society had been
functioning independently from the Alumni Association since 1998, but would now
operate under the umbrella of the association thanks to Don Park’s outreach.
Taylor added that Misiewicz and Carlson had also been instrumental in these
efforts as well. Pollard reminded the board that the constitution requires two
meetings annually and these will be the Friday before Homecoming and the
Thursday before spring commencement to coincide with department activities.
Hendricks noted that the board would need to elect a secretary/Alumni Council
representative to attend meetings in Muncie three times per year. There will
also need to be elections for a chair and vice chair. Board discussion ensued
and it was important for the Alumni Council representative to be local.
Merickel was nominated and agreed to serve. (Note: after the meeting,
Hoffman-Longtin held elections via email. The officers are: Melissa Harrison-Watson, chair; David
Studinski, vice chair; Todd Merickel, secretary/Alumni Council representative;
Chris Taylor, faculty representative; and Tim Pollard, department chair (by
CCIM Dean’s Update
Dean Lavery thanked the board for participating in today’s takeover events.
Students value alumni feedback, participation, and commitment of time and
energy to the department and college. He mentioned that the CCIM annual report
is available in the App Store and Android marketplace and there is also a PDF
available. Lavery encouraged everyone to check out the facilities, like
the Unified Media Lab before he departed to honor Steve Bell at the Benefacta dinner
later in the evening.
- State of Department
Pollard thanked Carlson for stopping by the meeting. She will be retiring in a
year and a half. She currently teaches in the fall and not the spring.
was discussion on changes in the sales and promotion option: students are now
focusing on advanced media sales, instead of advanced radio sales. Carlson mentioned
that the department students have an interest in event marketing, sponsorships,
and promotion, but it is difficult to find employment associated with this
concept. Pollard shared that this is an area where alumni can assist – what
kind of faculty background and experiences should the department pursue to give
students those most valuable experience? What qualities make up the ideal
sales/promotion position? Carlson cautioned that advertising is key as this
position might pull a research focused person and that may or may not be the
type of person the department needs here.
digital sports production track is in it’s first year and BC 215-16 are now
converted to high tech sports area. The first group of 16 freshman have started
on the digital sports track. A BS in
digital media engineering technology is being researched with the assistance of
ESPN and Turner Sports. The industry says employable students will need to know
both technology and production.
The new news studio and control room may
receive final approval to house Daily News, Ball Bearings, and Sports Link in a
new high definition studio.
Feedback from the society on department opportunities include immersive
learning experiences for students and the potential for a job or career fair.
Barker, Student Advisory Council (SAC) representative, reported that after the
super party, a student organization open house was held to assist student
organizations with recruitment. Currently, all departmental organizations are
updating their constitutions. Tomorrow, SAC will have a Homecoming tailgate for
students and alumni, location TBD. There will be a TCOM flag to help locate the
group in the tailgate are and they will tweet and post the location to
SAC and WCRD general manager,
reported that the Comcast expansion will increase the audience for student news
programming. Barker added that a Comcast Fellow is working to make sure
broadcasts are located on Comcast’s On Demand as the reach will go beyond
WCRD now sells ads and web banners in order to be self
is striving to reach out to the community more and be more philanthropic as the
community relationship is vital. He is
working with Gerhard to purchase iPod shuffles for Alzheimer’s patients. WCRD is also hosting a High School Radio Day on October 26 from 9:00
a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to allow students to learn from local professionals about
sales, management, news, sports radio education. Speakers will represent IPR,
WMDH, WLBC, and WCRD alumni Allison Suer and Chris Lowry will speak. The
president of Emmis Communications will be the keynote.
is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. On October 24, there
will be a reception honoring Darrell Wible, professor of radio, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
in the Letterman Building Lobby. Wible’s contributions will be commemorated
with the unveiling of the WCRD smartphone app (Droid and iPhone). Alumni
interesting in speaking at the event can contact Horning. The event’s itinerary is
available on WCRD.net. There is hope this may become an annual event including a
tour of the building and representation from all departments and majors.
DeJoy noted that she was putting together an LA alumni list. She has about fifteen
alumni from 1999-2003 and would love to expand the group. Byers may be able to assist with this. Pollard
added that TCOM would love to bring back the TCOM Showcase and may work to
combine the event with the Theatre and Dance LA Showcase.
Byers passed out tickets for the evening’s
reception at Cleo’s. She also passed out CCIM pens. There being no further
business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:05 p.m. The next meeting will be held
on Thursday, April 24 at 3:00 p.m. in the Letterman Building. The banquet at
the Alumni Center will follow that evening.