SMC Development Council


The Development Council (DC) is composed of media professionals who are involved in keeping the School of Mass Communication up to date with the latest media technologies. The DC 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 DC 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.

President, Doug Krile, Arkansas Broadcasters Association, Arkansas Broadcasters Association

Past President, David M. Guerra, Emeritus Professor, School of Mass Communication, UALR, School of Mass Communication.

Dean/Secretary, Jamie Byrne, Interim Dean College of Professional Studies, UALR College of Professional Studies.

Department Chair, Olaf Hoerschelmann, UALR School of Mass Communication, UALR School of Mass Communication

Staff/Treasurer, Angela Elizandro, UALR Development Office, UALR Development Office

Member, Frank Fellone, Democrat Gazette, Democrat Gazette

Member, Jason Irby, Alumni/ Writer.

Member, Mark Meadors, Bancorp South, Bancorp South

Member, Travis Rowan, Power 92, Power 92

Member, John Thompson.

Member, Mark Giese, School of Mass Communication Faculty, School of Mass Communication


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 (SWECJMC) 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 SWECJMC 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.