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The Professional Advisory Council (PAC) is composed of media professionals who are involved in keeping the School of Mass Communication up to date with the latest media technologies. The PAC provides professional resources for special events in the School, such as Communications Day, tours of media facilities, internships, and scholarships.

The current members of the PAC are listed below and represent local television, radio, production, and media businesses. Students may visit these companies via the internet for an overall view of some of central Arkansas’ best media facilities. These are outside links and each organization is solely responsible for its content.

PAC Chair, Mike Wilson, Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Comcast Cablevision

Jim Beard, Vice President & General Manager, Citadel Communications.

Ginger Daril, Coordinator of Business Development/Public Relations, Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Demp Dempsey, CEO, Dempsey Film Group

Bob Denman, Assoc. VC for Advancement & Director of Development, UALR

Joe Glass, Director, Arkansas Department of Economic Development-Film Office

Charles Harshaw, Production, Dempsey Film Group

Michel Leidermann, Director/Editor, El Latino

Dick Marendt, President, ARCA

Robert Shaw, Chief of Bureau, Associated Press

Chuck Spohn, Vice President & General Manager, Clear Channel Communications

Bob Steel, Media Relations Consultant, StoneWard

Wally Tucker, President, MGMT Services-the media brokerage division of MBT Enterprises Inc.


Each April the School of Mass Communication celebrates the academic success of its students at the annual banquet and awards program. The event showcases student achievement in a variety of areas including scholarship, special recognition, participation and partnership. The event is also an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the faculty and to recognize and share with students, families, and friends our appreciation for the many scholarships, programs, and partnerships available to the SMC through our sponsors, professional advisory council, and scholarship benefactors.


Communications Day is sponsored with the assistance of the Professional Advisory Council. This group of media professionals from the Little Rock market help the faculty plan an all-day media event for majors and the campus community in the fall. Each year a different area of interest is chosen from a media and/or technology topic. The event allows students to interact with media professionals on a variety of topics.

A luncheon is held that features a local, national, or international guest speaker who, along with a guest panel, addresses the audience about current media events or developments in the field. Students are encouraged to ask questions and visit with these professionals.


The Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication (SECJMC) held its 27th annual Southwest Symposium in Little Rock Nov. 19-20, 2004. The Symposium was a two-day meeting of scholars who gathered to present and discuss issues relating to journalism and mass communication. The UALR School of Mass Communication was proud to host the event. The School presented the Symposium in conjunction with a number of media partners which highlighted our collective relationship for our guests and provided the opportunities for media representatives to meet and interact with the brightest minds in media education from the Southwest.

Members of SECJMC include academic institutions in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah. Colleges and universities frequently represented at the Southwest Symposium include Arizona State University, University of Arizona, University of Northern Arizona, Arkansas Tech University, University of Arkansas–Fayetteville, University of Arkansas–Little Rock, Colorado State University, University of Colorado, University of Northern Colorado, Grambling State University, Louisiana Tech, Loyola Northern University, Nicholls State University, McNeese State University, Southeast Louisiana University, New Mexico State University, Oklahoma State University, University of Oklahoma, University of Tulsa, Baylor University, Houston Baptist University, Texas A&M University, University of Houston, University of Texas at Austin, Texas Christian University, Trinity University, University of North Texas, Brigham Young University, and Utah State University.

In 2004 , the Symposium was tied into the opening of the Clinton Presidential Library and included a special session titled “The Clintons and the Media” as well as a visit to the Clinton Presidential Library.

Our many thanks to our sponsors: Arkansas Business Publishing Group, the Arkansas Chapter of SPJ, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, the Associated Press, Clear Channel Communication, the Donrey Media Group, KARK Channel 4, and many others.


For more than three decades, high school journalists from throughout Arkansas have had the opportunity to meet some of Arkansas’ top working journalists and journalism educators through the High School Journalism Symposium.

The first symposium was held in 1974, sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists, Arkansas Pro Chapter, and by the UALR Journalism Program. The latter has since combined with the UALR Radio, TV and Film Program to become the School of Mass Communication, which continues to sponsor the event with the SPJ pro chapter.

The symposium celebrated its 31st year in October and continued its tradition by offering workshops with award-winning representatives of broadcast and print media. Workshop topics ranged from producing TV newscasts, and writing newspaper reviews, to preparing yearbooks, and developing material for the World Wide Web. More than 250 high school students and their advisers from 14 high schools attended the 2004 symposium.


Party! Party! Come in and have a steamy bowl of hot chili and other goodies with friends, faculty and professionals during Chili Fest. The studio is dressed up in Christmas cheer! Make yourself at home and enjoy the School’s annual thank you luncheon. Chili Fest is held in December for School of Mass Communication students, University friends and community partners who have worked with us during the past year.

It is a great opportunity for students to meet media professionals in the Little Rock area and visit with classmates in the spirit of the holiday season. We hope you plan to attend. It’s a great way to wrap up the fall semester!

Updated 1.22.2007