Service & Extracurricular ProjectS
East Central University Athletics
In the Fall 2019 semester, ECU Athletics invested in a display board and multi-camera system at Norris Field. In collaboration with the Art + Design : Media + Communication department, Athletics developed the opportunity for students to engage in live multi-camera productions during ECU and Ada High School home football games.
Currently, I act a technical director with the students interested in sports broadcasting in order to create and deliver content during home football games. Our intention is to grow the system from only the display and pair it with the webstreams of each game, which is currently managed by the Athletics Information Director.
The collaboration across campus and between athletics and academics is an amazing opportunity for our students and I am excited to be a part of it.
Ada High School at Norris Field - September 2019
Happyland Music Alliance Foundation
HMA Foundation, a 501c3 was formed in the fall of 2016 in order to “promote, perpetuate and encourage the music, arts, culture, and heritage of Ada, Oklahoma and surrounding communities through festivals, programs and other cultural, educational, civic and economic activities.”
HMA Foundation envisions a rich and thriving arts community providing diverse opportunities for artistic expression as well as unique and enjoyable events for the citizens of Ada and the surrounding communities. Expect to see many new and exciting arts-based events in the months and years to come.
With the HMA Foundation, I have had the pleasure of volunteering for the 2018 Adafest and several instances of East End Eats concerts. Through cooperation with the HMA Foundation, students at East Central University are involved in high-impact practice courses that have students managing and producing concerts alongside local professionals.
The HMA Foundation is an invaluable resource for media production students.
Tiger MEdia - Student Production Group
Tiger Media is a student group within the Mass Communication program that encourages students to produce work for local businesses, non-profits, and independent projects. Through extracurricular productions and the core media practicum course, students involved in Tiger Media hone their skills and build their portfolios. This high-impact practice is intended to adjust the culture of student productions and encourage them to create for more than the regular course assignments.
One of the foundational productions students participate in is the Paper Lantern Lounge. Originally conceived by Sam Dillehay, Paper Lantern Lounge combines the practice of producing a live concert with that of creating a music video. Primarily shot in the Bill Thrash Television Studio in the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center, students set the stage, design the lighting, manage the band, record audio and video, and edit a final piece for the Tiger Media YouTube channel.
In the Fall 2019 semester, students developed an offshoot of Paper Lantern Lounge titled, Secret Room Sessions. The idea is to have Paper Lantern Lounge focus on full bands while Secret Room Sessions explores individual musicians, artists, etc. Students are also currently developing a talk show about ECU sports, news, and events. Tiger Talk and ECU News have pilots recorded and should see publication in the Spring 2020 semester.
Beyond studio work, Tiger Media takes on a range of productions with campus and community groups like Happyland Music Alliance and Oka' The Water Institute at ECU. Over Summer 2019, students worked with myself and Susan Paddack to produce a documentary for Oka'. Preserving the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer was a professional production that brought student videographers and sound recordists off campus to locations like Turner Falls, Oklahoma City, Durant, Tishomingo, Ada, and The Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Their work showed at the Water Sustainability Conference on October 9, 2019.
Tiger Media YouTube
Paper Lantern Lounge Crew - April 2019 - Sky Juice Kings
Secret Room Sessions 001 - October 2019 - Dylan Peet
Oka' The water institute at Ecu
Oka' the Water Institute at East Central University is a leader in water sustainability. In conjunction with the Art + Design : Media + Communication department, Oka' provides a valuable field experience for students interested in documentary work.
In 2019, students worked throughout the summer to produce the short documentary, Preserving the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer. The piece was featured at the annual water sustainability conference in October and has been entered in the 2020 Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association's student competition.
In 2020, another group of students is working with Oka' to produce a piece on the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations' involvement in sustaining the Arbuckle-Simpson. The piece will be featured at the annual water sustainability conference.
Turner Falls Shoot - June 2019
Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association
The Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association (OBEA) is a state level chapter of the national Broadcast Education Association (BEA). As a participating faculty member, I have the opportunity to connect with teachers and professionals throughout Oklahoma. More importantly, OBEA brings those same benefits to the students of participating universities. With two annual student day events, OBEA offers students the opportunity to connect with professionals and receive critical feedback on their creative work and professional portfolios.
At the 2019 Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters convention in Oklahoma City, students competed in several categories under radio and television production. Being East Central University's first year in competition since 2009, I was so proud to have a student receive second in the Radio - Short Narrative category. We also look forward to participating in the October Student Day at the Oklahoma Educational Television Association each year!