The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism will host its fifth annual symposium Thursday, Nov. 10. “From Here You Can Go Anywhere: Southern Miss and the Future of the Entertainment Industry” will be held in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.
The symposium will include the induction of four alumni into the Mass Communication and Journalism Hall of Fame, which was created in 2006 to give the School of Mass Communication and Journalism a way to honor its most distinguished graduates. Among the alumni to be honored at the symposium will be a Grammy-winning music producer, the director of the biggest box office hit in Venezuelan history and the veteran general managers of south Mississippi’s two most influential television stations.
“Each year, I become more amazed by the remarkable talent that has come through Southern Miss,” said Dr. Chris Campbell, director of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism. “The alumni we are honoring this year are exceptional role models for our current students, who we hope will follow in their footsteps.”
The keynote address at the luncheon will be delivered by Southern Miss journalism alum David McRaney, whose hilarious self-help book, “You Are Not So Smart,” was given a national release in October by Gotham Books.
This year’s inductees include:
Clark and Velasco will appear on a panel at 9:30 a.m. to talk about their careers and the state of the entertainment industry. That session will be in room 218 of the Thad Cochran Center and is free and open to the public.
At 11:30 a.m., the four honorees will be inducted into the MCJ Hall of Fame at a luncheon in Cochran Center Ballroom III. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased through the School of Mass Communication and Journalism. Proceeds from the luncheon will support scholarship endowments established in the School of Mass Communication and Journalism in the names of former professors Gene Wiggins and the late Larry Albers.
McRaney, the guest speaker, is the director of new media at WDAM-TV. His popular blog, “You Are Not So Smart: A Celebration of Self Delusion,” caught the attention of a New York publisher and led to the publication of the book, which is subtitled, “Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself.” His appearance at the luncheon is part of a national book tour that began in October, and he will be available after the luncheon to sign books.
Clark and Velasco will conduct master classes for students in the recording industry and film programs while on campus. Velasco will also be on hand for a screening of his film, “The Zero Hour,” at 6 p.m. at the Fleming Education Center auditorium on the Long Beach campus. That screening is free and open to the public.
For more information or luncheon tickets, contact Mandy Nace at Amanda.Tilley@usm.eduor call 601.266.4258.