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COMS Week 2016 is in the Making; a Mechanical Bull is Involved
By Emily Shoemaker
Dr. Lisa Baker-Webster is doing things a little differently this year when it comes to organizing Communication Week.
In previous years, there have been a good group of student volunteers to help plan this event, but this semester there is a special topics class -- COMS 460 -- primarily dedicated to this project.
“They’re learning everything from working with vendors, you know we have been brainstorming ideas and everyone’s been in groups. Now we’re really starting to get into contacting people, they’re going to start working with others around campus. That’s when it starts to get interesting because it’s booking rooms and making sure mics are working… all those details that go into pulling an event off,” Baker-Webster explained.
The class has been split up into four different groups - Carnival, Speakers, Social Media, and Philanthropy. By doing this, it helps make organizing this event more efficient, as well as being able to plan and organize what’s important in that timeframe.
“We get to have a say in what’s happening in that week. There’s no limit,” said Alyssa Strickland, who is in the Social Media group.
A lot of time and effort is being put into the planning of this event, but where does the funding come into play?
“We laugh because there has not been much of any funding at all. And it has been out of the kindness of the hearts of our speakers. We do have a little bit of funding through the School of Communication,” said Kristina Contreras, a graduate student taking the COMS 460 class.
Contreras also explained that the funding for the carnival that will be happening on Thursday night, April 14, is coming from Radford After Dark. This night is a great way to not only connect with other communication majors, but also professors. Not to mention the fact that there will be a mechanical bull at the carnival.
Communication Week starts on April 11 through the 15, and during this time, many speakers will be giving their experiences and advice about life in the real world. AJ Neuharth-Keusch, who is a sports reporter for “USA Today”, is one of those speakers.
This is a free event and everyone is welcomed. “Although this event is sponsored by the School of Communication, it is open to everyone at Radford. Regardless of what your major is, everyone needs good communication skills, said Baker-Webster.