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Vol State to host Communication Week

Last updated on April 13, 2016

By: Blake Bouza, Assistant Editor

Volunteer State Community College will be hosting its annual Communication Week during Monday, April 11–Thursday, April 14.

Jennifer James, Department Chair of Communication, said that the week is dedicated to celebrating the programs offered by the communication department at Vol State.

“We hope that the communication programs will gain visibility and student interest as a result of Communication Week,” said James.

James went on to say that Communication Week is an annual celebration of Volunteer State Communication Department programs.

This year’s program includes a remote broadcast by Vol State’s own radio station, WVCP, from Duffer Plaza, between the Warf, Ramer and Wood buildings on Monday, April 11, from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Jim Ball, producer of online news site SmokeyBarn.com, based in Robertson County, will be hosting a talk on Tuesday, April 12, at 12:45 p.m., in the Carpeted Dining Room.

Clay Scott, Associate Professor of Communication, invited Ball to come.

Scott said that Ball could show a real life perspective to what is being taught in the classrooms.

“His visit is another opportunity for students to learn, and learn from a professional who is living what we, as faculty, are teaching in the classroom,” said Scott.

“I hope that they [students] will get a better understanding of online media, and how it is impacting the traditional print and broadcast media,” Scott said, when asked what he hopes students will glean from Ball’s talk.

“I would also like for them to recognize that online media is a very realistic option for their future in media,” added Scott, who also teaches a digital media class.

According to the website, Smokey Barn News was named after the tobacco firing process used for generations in Robertson County.

“Our mission is to bring you video coverage and all things News related in and around the Robertson County area as it happens, real-time,” according to smokeybarn.com, which contributes to local news stations in Nashville.

The event on Wednesday, April 13, will be the Hal R. Ramer Oratorical Contest at 1 p.m. in Mattox Room 104.

Dr. Melva Black, Instructor of Communication, will be chairing the event.

“The goal is to give students an opportunity to showcase and continue to develop their public speaking skills and establish an opportunity for the VSCC community to support a student activity,” said Black.

Dr. Hal Ramer was the founding president of Vol State, and the contest was named in his honor to celebrate the achievements of students who share a passion for public speaking.

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