FLORENCE---The first meeting of a professional advisory committee for the Department of Mass Communication at Francis Marion University will be held on campus April 23-24.
According to department chairman Don Stewart, the nine-member professional advisory committee was created to provide valuable feedback to the faculty on how to improve the academic programs in mass communications.
Made up of distinguished professionals now employed in one of the fields of mass communication, the committee members have consented to share their expertise with faculty and students. The panel, which will assemble on campus at least once a year, will also provide career planning advice.
Members of the committee will visit classes, examine equipment and facilities and review teaching materials, publications and the department’s website.
Charter members of the committee are:
• Glenda Atkinson, advertising and marketing director of the Hartsville Messenger. She is a 1992 FMU graduate.
• Nicole Boone, news anchor and health reporter for WBTW-TV in Florence. She is a graduate of Winthrop University in Rock Hill.
• Russell Branham of Pro Sports Management and Marketing in Charlotte. A former reporter for the Florence Morning News and director of public relations for Darlington Raceway, he is a 1987 graduate of FMU.
• Chuck Crumbo, military reporter for The State in Columbia, who has had a 30-year career as a reporter and editor for a number of newspapers. A graduate of Ball State University, he completed an assignment in Baghdad in 2003.
• David Dykes, who has 30 years of publishing experience, including 25 years with daily newspapers. A graduate of the University of Arizona, he has been with the Greenville News for six years as business editor, city editor, projects editor and now assistant city editor/weekends.
• Allyson Floyd, evening news anchor and assistant news director for WPDE-TV, where she has worked since 1991. She is a graduate of Clemson University.
• Mark Haselden, assistant sports editor of the Florence Morning News, where he has worked for more than a decade. He is a 1991 FMU graduate.
• Cleve O’Quinn, editorial page copy editor for the Post and Courier in Charleston. Following a tour with the U.S. Navy, he began his career as a reporter and copy editor with the Morning News. He has been city editor of the Tifton (Ga.) Gazette, managing editor of the Del Rio (Texas) News-Herald and weekend editor of the Sumter Item. He is a 1989 FMU graduate.
• Chris Worthy, an award-winning magazine and newspaper writer who is a regular contributor for the Sandlapper magazine and Simpsonville Tribune-Times. She also writes a monthly column for Upstate Parent. She is a 1987 FMU graduate and a graduate of USC law school.
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