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February 15th, 2008
McCain's media strategist heads up 20th Annual Communication Studies slate


Mark McKinnon, chief media strategist for Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign, will open the Department of Communication Studies at Texas State University’s 20th annual Communication Week on Feb. 25.

Communication Week runs Feb. 25-29, with a special “Spotlight Event” on Tuesday, March 4. All presentations are free and open to the public.

McKinnon, vice chairman of Public Strategies, Inc., and a nationally-known political consultant will present a lecture Monday, Feb. 25 from 3:30-4:30 in the Academic Services Building South, room 315.

Steven Beebe, chair of the Department of Communication Studies, described McKinnon’s appearance as particularly timely in light of current political events.

“This should be a time for all students to become involved and we expect this Communication Week to offer highly relevant information for them,” Beebe said.

An additional “Spotlight Event” will be held Tuesday, March 4 at 12:30 p.m. in Centennial Hall, room G02. Jerry Root of Wheaton College , an internationally renowned expert on famed author C. S. Lewis, will present a talk on “The Communication Genius of C.S. Lewis.”

The Thursday, Feb. 28 Convocation Address, “When does Culture Matter: Communication in Multinational Corporations Operating in Mexico ,” will be presented by Charles Conrad of Texas A&M University from 3:30-5 p.m. in Centennial Hall, room G01. Also at the Convocation, Richard Cheatham will present the Golden Apple Undergraduate Teaching Award and the Graduate Faculty Teaching Award. The department’s Outstanding Alumni Award will be presented to Shelly Hinck from Central Michigan University and Executive Director of the Central States Communication Association.

Two additional “Spotlight Events” entitled, “Communicating the Ineffable: Connecting to Hearts & Minds through Music” a panel discussion with Peter Bay, Austin Symphony Orchestra, and Gordon Jones and Ian Davidson, Texas State School of Music and “How to Make the Most of Your Communication Studies Major” will be presented by the Communication Studies Advisory Council in addition to a Communication Career Reception hosted by Texas State Career Services.

Other guest speakers and topics for the week include Blanca Sanchez-Navarro, Supervising Counselor at Texas State, “The Role of Nonverbal Communication in Counseling”; Larry Sears, CEO E-lan Resources and former Russian analyst for the U.S. Military, “The Importance of an International Perspective in Today’s World”; Panel discussion, “Talking the Talk: Communication, Homosexuality & the Family”; Ryanne Janca, Enterprise Rent –a-Car, “Employment Recruiters Panel”; Nick Driver, Brian Miller and Anne Pritchard, “Brown Bag Presentation: What to do with an MA in Communication”; Nick Driver, Research Practice Group, Public Strategies, Inc., “Business & Politics: Careers in Organizational Rhetoric & Issue Management”; Heidi Olhausen, Human Resource Manager, HEB, “Employer’s Insight into the Job Search”; Panelists and Texas State students Tyler Ferguson, Becca Flores, Kelsie Hushen and Megan McChesney, “Gender Communication, Sexual Orientation, & Discrimination.”

For a complete schedule of events, see the News link on the web page at

Some events have limited seating capacity. Any teacher interested in bringing students from off-campus to the spotlight events should contact the Communication Week Committee by Friday, February 22: c/o Marian L. Houser, 245-3137, or Steven Beebe,

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