University of the Ozarks alumnus and award-winning journalist Evan Hoffmeyer will return to campus on Wednesday, Nov. 30, for a guest lecture in the Radio, Television and Video (RTV) program.
Evan Hoffmeyer '07, a three-time Associated Press award-winning journalist, will give a lecture at Ozarks on Nov. 30.
Hoffmeyer, a 2007 Ozarks graduate, will speak during Ryan Rose's video editing class, which runs from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. in Walker Hall Room 133. The campus community is invited to attend the lecture.
After a brief talk on improving one's interviewing skills and making the transition into a first professional job, Hoffmeyer will open the floor for questions.
Hoffmeyer, a three-time Associated Press award-winning journalist, is a digital producer at WTHR, the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis. In that position, he traveled to Cleveland this past summer to cover the Republican National Convention. He has also covered state-level politics at the Indiana state capitol as well as a six-week long trial in South Bend, Ind. that was called one of the most important trials in the state's modern history.
Hoffmeyer has also worked as a newscast producer and digital producer in Arkansas at KATV, the ABC affiliate in Little Rock; KARK, the NBC affiliate in Little Rock; and KFSM, the CBS affiliate in Fort Smith. He has remained actively involved in the Ozarks community since graduating, including serving a six-year term on the Alumni Association's Board of Directors.The University of the Ozarks' communication department will present live, local coverage of the general election throughout the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 8. The University's educational access TV station, KUOZ 6, will begin broadcasting KUOZ Election Night at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 8. The coverage will be aired in the Clarksville area on Suddenlink's channel 6, as well as on the web at www.livestream.com/kuoz and on KUOZ's Facebook page www.facebook.com/kuoz6. KUOZ Election Night will feature stories about the local issues on the Johnson County ballot, and will also provide information about candidates running for local offices. There will be a news crew at the Johnson County courthouse reporting live as returns are announced. In addition, throughout the night there will be segments in Spanish live from the studio and the courthouse. More than 30 students from various U of O communication classes, as well as other disciplines across campus, will be working on the production, which is being supervised by faculty members in the communication department. This will be the third consecutive presidential election that KUOZ 6 has covered locally. University of the Ozarks RTV student Gil Lebois took home three awards, including first place in the public affairs category, at the Spring Creek Festival, held this past weekend in Springdale, Ark.
Christian Johnston's dream of a career in sports broadcasting received a significant boost this week when he learned he had been chosen to receive the prestigious Jim Elder Good Sport Scholarship.
Named in memory of the long-time legendary Arkansas sportscaster, the scholarship is awarded to broadcasting and journalism college students in Arkansas and is worth $6,000 for the 2016-17 academic year. Johnston, a sophomore RTV major from Hamburg, Ark., was one of five students in the state this year to win the scholarship and the first-ever from Ozarks.
"I was pretty excited when I found out I had won it," said Johnston. "This not only helps me and my family financially, but it's also a tremendous boost to my confidence and to my professional goals. To know that I can compete with other students around the state and do well is a great feeling."
Sophomore RTV major Christian Johnston has been named one of the state's five recipients of the Jim Elder Good Sport Scholarship.
Johnston learned of the scholarship from one of his professors, Susan Edens. After writing a paper about his career goals, filling out the application and securing letters of recommendation from his professors, Johnston traveled to Little Rock for his interview on March 30. By the time he returned home that evening, he had already received an email informing him that he had won the scholarship.
"I knew the interview had gone really well, but I was still surprised how quickly I got the news," he said. "I just talked to them about my love for sports and for broadcasting. It was more like a conversation than an interview."
An avid fan who has followed sports his entire life, Johnston said his professional goal is to work in some aspect of sports broadcasting.
He has already gained invaluable hands-on experience in his first two years in the U of O communication program, helping broadcast several basketball games with Eagles play-by-play announcer Steve Mercure. He plans to add baseball and softball to his announcing resume soon.
"I've been pretty amazed how quickly I've been able to come in and get real experience," Johnston said. "I think the people with the Jim Elder scholarship were pretty impressed by that as well. The professors here are great about letting you jump in and learn as you go, but they are also willing to help you when you need it. It's been a wonderful experience and I can't wait to see what the future holds for me."
Elder, who died in 1998, served as the play-by-play announcer for the Arkansas Travelers from 1960 to 1993 and was a long-time sportscaster with KARN in Little Rock. He was an 11-time Arkansas Sportscaster of the Year and was posthumously inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
Students with University of the Ozarks' radio station KUOZ FM-100.5 recently earned some well-deserved international recognition.
Several student-produced and student-hosted shows on KUOZ received accolades at the 76th annual International Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) Conference's 2015-16 Awards Program, held March 5 in New York City.
The conference featured more than 150 speakers, sessions, tours, and more than 1,000 attendees from around the world.
In the category of Best Specialty Music Show, Ozarks students won first place for "From the Concert Hall," created and produced by Corbin Sturch and co-hosted by Sturch, Meredith Childre and Lauren Charters.
University of the Ozarks students (from left) Madeleine Harred, Chance Silvey, Corbin Sturch and Sam Sjovall received honors at the recent Intercollegiate Broadcasting System's 2015-16 Awards Program in New York City.
Sturch also earned finalist honors with 2015 graduate Corey Pintado in the Best Live Music Broadcast category for their production of "Chamber Singers."
The show "Enter the Dungeon," earned finalist awards in the categories of Best Specialty Show and Best Use of Social Media. "Enter the Dungeon" is co-produced by Chance Silvey and Sam Sjovall and includes co-host Madeleine Harred, who also handles the show's social media.
It's the second consecutive year that Ozarks has fared well in the national competition. Last year, Alix Tiegs was named an IBS finalist for producing "The Big Show: Professors of Pop Culture."
"We are very humbled and proud to be selected again this year at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System conference and awards in New York City," said Susan Edens, assistant professor of practice in communications. "Our students competed and fared well against much larger schools, such as Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin. We hope to continue to have fun while at the same time improving our on-air, online, and social media product for KUOZ 100.5 and the communication department."
Sturch, a sophomore music, religion and RTV major from Lynn, Ark., described "From the Concert Hall," as a show that delves into the theory, history and culture of music, primarily pre-1955 classical music. He said one of the keys to the Friday evening show's success is the on-air chemistry with his co-hosts, Childre and Charters.
"We all have a background in the arts but we bring different viewpoints and personalities to the show," said Sturch. "We started the show last year but I think it really started to blossom last semester."
"Enter the Dungeon," which airs at 6 p.m. on Wednesday evenings, made its premiere in April of 2015. According to Sjovall, a junior music and RTV major from Bentonville, Ark., the show is "nerdy news, reviews, discussion and debate."
"We provide the ammunition for our listeners to be better nerds," said Silvey, a sophomore marketing major from Gentry, Ark. "It's a cross between an informative show and a debate show. Basically it's what we would normally talk about around the table in the cafeteria, except we do it on the air."
The topics can range from super heroes, to movies to video and board games.
"We could probably talk for three of four hours," said Harred, a senior strategic communication major from Cumby, Texas. "We never struggle for things to talk about."
The students said going to New York and being a part of the IBS Awards Show has already inspired them to reach higher.
"We were the second smallest school at the event and we were thrilled to do well, but I think we all came away thinking that we can do even better next year," said Sjovall.
Silvey added, "We're already planning new shows and thinking about what categories we want to enter next year."
The University of the Ozarks' communication program is once again providing a platform for aspiring filmmakers with this semester's 48-Hour Movie Project.
This is the third year for the short film competition, which debuted in 2011. Teams will have 48 hours to conceptualize, write, shoot, edit, and export a 4-6 minute movie.
Registration to enter the contest runs through March 11. The competition is open to U of O students, faculty and staff as well as people in the community, including local high school students.
Teams may not exceed eight members and participants must shoot and edit the film on their own equipment. The project will be limited to the first 10 teams that register.
Entries will be judged by a three-person panel based upon technical merit, creative and aesthetic value, and adherence to competition stipulations. Entrants are also encouraged to create their own soundtracks for the films, whether by creating music themselves, using local artists who have agreed to allow their music to be used in the film or by using royalty free stock music.
The 48-Hour Movie Project will begin with an opening meeting at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 11, in the lower level of Raymond Munger-Wilson Memorial Chapel. During the opening meeting, the festival staff will cover the rules, stipulations and details of the competition. At the end of the meeting, teams will be released to begin working on their films over the next 48 hours. At least one member of each team must be present at the opening meeting. The deadline for film submissions will be at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 13.
There will be a screening of all the films for the public at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 16, in the Rogers Conference Center on campus. Awards for several categories will be announced during the screening.
To enter, select a team captain, fill out the registration form, and return it to Ryan West at email@example.com or to the communications department office, located on the first floor of Walker Hall. For more information, please contact West at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several students in the University of the Ozarks' communication department have been named finalists in this year's Intercollegiate Broadcasting System radio awards.
The IBS Trophy Awards honor excellence in programming, air personalities, public service efforts, and outstanding stations at colleges and universities throughout the country. The winners will be announced in March at the 76th annual IBS conference in New York City.
Several shows created and produced by students for the U of O radio station KUOZ were named finalists for this year's award ceremony.
In the category of "Best Live Music Broadcast," Corbin Sturch and 2015 Ozarks graduate Corey Pintado were named finalists for their production of "Chamber Singers."
In the "Best Specialty Show" category, Madeleine Harrod, Chance Silvey and Sam Sjovall were recognized for their show, "Enter the Dungeon." That production was also named a finalist in the category of "Best Use of Social Media."
In the category of "Best Specialty Music Program," Sturch, Meredith Childre, and Lauren Charters were nominated for "From the Concert Hall."
Last year, the KUOZ production of "The Big Show: Professors of Pop Culture," was awarded a Silver Microphone Trophy in the category of "Best Specialty Show" by IBS. Senior RTV major Alix Tiegs produces the weekly, one-hour show for KUOZ.