Mass Communications Month underway at UAPB

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is celebrating its first Mass Communications month with a host of activities to raise awareness of the industry and inform students and the community of the trends and opportunities available. The celebration began April 3 with a presentation by Gwendolyn Crabb, administrative specialist in the Office of Academic Records at UAPB and a former talk show host. Activities continue April 5 with special guest speaker, CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield. The free, public event will be held at 11 a.m. in Cross-Phipps Auditorium in Caldwell Hall on UAPB’s campus.

The remainder of speakers for the month-long celebration include:

KRusleyKimberly Rusley, a general assignment reporter for KATV-7 in Little Rock will be the speaker at 11 a.m. April 7 during in Room 205 of the Howard-Hathaway Fine Arts Building at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Rusley joined the KATV team in September 2016. She was born and raised in Bossier City, Louisiana, and studied mass communications at Louisiana State University-Shreveport. Her career in television started in 2008. She worked as a production assistant, assignments editor, and producer at KSLA News 12 in Shreveport. In 2012, she went in front of the camera, working as a multi-media journalist/reporter for KTAL in Shreveport.

CWilliamsCheesa Williams, a reporter for Fox16 News will be the speaker at 11 a.m. April 10 in Room 205 of the Howard-Hathaway Fine Arts Building. Williams joined Fox16 News in May 2005. She is a three-time Emmy nominated Television News Producer and also hosts “Cheesa’s Lucky Lotto Tips,” an online lottery segment broadcast on the Fox16 social media sites. A graduate of Arkansas State University, she earned a bachelor’s degree radio-television broadcasting, and has worked in the television news industry since 2001 as a general assignment reporter, anchor and producer.

LWilliamsL. Lamor Williams, director of marketing and communications for the Little Rock Zoo, will be the speaker at 9:30 a.m. April 11 in Room 205 of the Howard-Hathaway Fine Arts Building. Williams, a native of Pine Bluff, is responsible for managing public relations outreach at the Little Rock Zoo and serves as the primary contact for media. He also is responsible for developing communication and social media content strategies for a zoo initiatives. Williams joins the Little Rock Zoo staff after working for three years as a public relations account executive at Mangan Holcomb Partners. Before gaining public relations and marketing experience at the agency, he spent nearly 20 years practicing journalism for such publications as the Arkansas Democrat-GazetteFort Worth Star-Telegram and Pine Bluff Commercial. An active member in the Arkansas chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, Williams has won several of the group’s Prism Awards for writing and strategy.

Homer Jackson, a videographer in the Pine Bluff area will be the speaker at 12:30 p.m. April 13 in Room 206 of the Howard-Hathaway Fine Arts Building. Jackson has worked as a videographer for 25 years.  During this time he has done weddings, television commercials, recitals, and birthday parties.  Some notable projects he has worked on include: the Delta Sigma Theta Gentleman’s Ball and Alpha Kappa Alpha Debutante Ball. Before becoming a videographer, Jackson served in the army, army reserve, and worked at the Pine Bluff Arsenal.

RRichardRaven Richard, a news and weather anchor for KTHV/THV11 in Little Rock, will be the speaker at 11 a.m. April 17 in Room 205 of the Howard-Hathaway Fine Arts Building. A native of Little Rock, Richard joined THV11 in May 2016 after spending two years in Kennewick, Washington working as a reporter, news anchor, and weather anchor. She is a graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications.

TBuckDr. Tamara Buck, an associate professor of journalism at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau will conduct a newspaper writing and editing workshop at 11 a.m. April 19 in Room 206 of the Howard-Hathaway Fine Arts Building. Dr. Buck is advisor for the Arrow, the student newspaper at Southeast Missouri State, and teaches courses in news writing, mass media law and media diversity. She earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree at Southeast Missouri State. She earned a juris doctorate at the University of Memphis. Before joining the faculty at Southeast Missouri State, she worked for several years as a journalist at the Southeast Missourian.

For more information about events for Mass Communications Month, contact Dr. Ann White at or (870) 575-8206.


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