Lindenwood to show off TV, radio studios at open house

News-DemocratOctober 16, 2013 

TIM VIZER — Tim Vizer/BND

The communications faculty at Lindenwood University-Belleville will have an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday with tours of the recently completed television and radio broadcast studios.

These features are an addition to the communications program at LUB, where degree offerings include a bachelor's in advertising, public relations with an emphasis on corporate communications, a bachelor's degree in mass communications with an emphasis in sports management, and a master's degree in communications with emphases in digital media, promotions, media management, and training and development.

"[The communications program at Lindenwood-Belleville] gives students lots of opportunities to work on announcing our basketball and football games, or to put together promotional videos for a theater production, or to write for the school paper," said Brendan Leahy, department chair for communications.

The television and radio studios will not only be used to air Lindenwood sporting and other events, but the university is also partnering with the City of Belleville to broadcast City Council meetings.

For more information on the Communications Center open house, contact Julie Sydow at 618-239-6033 or jsydow@lindenwood.edu.

The McKendree University theater program takes on reality television with "The Dead Guy," a comedic satire about the entertainment industry. The play will be at the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts on campus at 7:30 p.m. from Oct. 24 to 26, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Oct. 27.

"The Dead Guy" is about the next big hit in reality TV. The biggest "loser" the producers can find is given $1 million dollars to spend in a week. His life will be filmed all day, every day, and broadcast each evening. The catch? On Sunday, he will die and America's viewing public will choose how.

"This show touches on a lot of issues--reality TV, exploitation, how far we are willing to go for entertainment, the Midwest as 'flyover country,' family relationships, the idea that money can solve all problems, and more," Michelle Magnussen, associate professor of theater, said.

Joshua Fleming, a junior from Cave-in-Rock, stars as hard-luck guy Eldon Phelps. Joining him in the cast are Dawn Schmid, a junior from Columbia; Dutch Nave, a first-year from Morris; Mignon Biggs, a senior from Trenton; Tyler Jewell, a sophomore from Granite City; and Rebecca Blake, a junior from Branson, Mo.

The Southwestern Illinois College Student Veterans of America club is collecting gently used coats and new blankets to benefit homeless veterans in the metro-east. The coat and blanket drive started Tuesday and runs through Nov. 15 at the SWIC Belleville Campus at 2500 Carlyle Ave.

"This is an opportunity for community members to serve those who have served their country," said Director of Veterans Services David Paeth. "No veteran should have to spend the winter without a coat or blanket."

Donations can be dropped off in College Activities, Main Complex Room 1246, or Veterans Services, Information Sciences Building Room 1155.

For more information, call 618-235-2700, ext. 5561 or ext. 5226.

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