The Elliott School of Communication presents: Media That Made Us - Comm Week 2021 - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 - Rhatigan Student Center

Session Schedule

Monday, Nov. 29 - RSC 233 Santa Fe Trail Rm.

9:30 a.m. 

  • “He Gets Paid to Watch Movies” - Fletcher Powell, Production Manager, Movie Critic and Podcast Host at KMUW
    • Viewing room: 233 Santa Fe Trail Room - Rhatigan Student Center - 2nd floor (NOTE: This is a virtual only presentation. You can find the streaming link on the Youtube playlist in the right sidebar of this web page or you are welcome to join us in the viewing room.)
    • How does one guy watch 500 movies in 365 days? The production manager, podcast host and movie critic at KMUW — Wichita’s public radio station — and the 2021 Tallgrass Film Festival reviewer manages. Kicking off Comm Week, Fletcher Powell will divulge how he gets the gigs, if there’s money in it, the process of writing movie reviews and why he’s qualified. He's Certified Fresh.

11 a.m.

  • "Suspenders4Hope" - Dr. Jessica Provines, WSU Assistant VP for Wellness and Chief Psychologist; Roz Hutchinson, Ascension Via Christi's Director of Communications and PR
    • Santa Fe Trail Room 233 - Rhatigan Student Center - 2nd floor
    • Wichita State’s Assistant Vice President for Wellness and Chief Psychologist Dr. Jessica Provines and Ascension Via Christi’s Director of Communications and PR Roz Hutchinson will talk about the Suspenders4Hope program and how efforts have evolved to expand it into a citywide resource. The potential of this program proves, two heads are better than one.

12:30 p.m.

  • Championing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Ricki Ellison, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the Wichita Regional Chamber - 2021 ESC One-to-watch
    • Santa Fe Trail Room 233 - Rhatigan Student Center - 2nd floor (Free lunch is provided during this session - taco bar!)
    • As Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for The Chamber, Wichita’s Regional Chamber of Commerce, Ricki Ellison will discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion within companies and how she advocates for change. With bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Elliott School, Ricki initially worked in Admissions at WSU as the diversity recruitment manager. Now, Ricki holds a leadership position with The Chamber where she serves as an ambassador and advocate for inclusive and equitable initiatives. Ricki’s making room at the table.

Tuesday, Nov. 30 - RSC 261 Olive Rm.

9:30 a.m.

  • “Making Podcasting Not Suck” - Bryan Steele, Owner & CEO of Forge Podcast Co. 
    • Olive Room 261 - Rhatigan Student Center - 2nd floor
    • Bryan Steele, owner and CEO of Forge Podcast Company, helps clients with audio storytelling by removing barriers, hang-ups and distractions. From strategy, to production and editing, to marketing and distribution, Steele’s one-stop shop helps create successful podcasts from start to finish. We’ll hand off the mic to Bryan at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

11 a.m.

  • “Staying Centered” - Jessica Stong, Founder of Lives of Courage
    • Olive Room 261 - Rhatigan Student Center - 2nd floor
    • Need some help organizing your brain? Managing your thoughts? Processing your feelings? Jessica Stong, founder of the coaching organization, “Lives of Courage,” will discuss her holistic approach to feeling joyful, energetic and focused. She holds a master’s in developmental psychology and certificates in life coaching, yoga therapy and emotion coaching. College is stressful. Communication jobs are stressful. And, Jessica knows what to do about stress. After all, a little downward dog never hurt anybody.

12:30 p.m.

  • "Why A Forest Ranger Needs A Communication Degree" - Matt Blythe - 2021 ESC Outstanding Alumni
    • Olive Room 261 - Rhatigan Student Center - 2nd floor (Free lunch is provided during this session - baked potato bar!)
    • What possesses a person who works for the National Park Service and has a degree in historic preservation want to get a degree in communication? Our 2021 Outstanding Alumni Matt Blythe — having served as the superintendent of three national park units, in acting management roles at two other parks, had assignments at seven other sites and who also earned a master’s degree in communication from the Elliott School — would be able to answer that question and others. Matt will share with students from his experience with the National Park Service and other stops along the way. Staunch AP Style followers might want to ask Matt why he says he enjoys “good music, good coffee, good books, bad TV, and the Oxford comma.

Wednesday, Dec. 1 - RSC 261 Olive Room

9:30 a.m.

  • "Your Career Journey: Sailing the Four C's" - Jennifer Liss - 2021 ESC One-to-Watch
    • Viewing room: Olive Room 261 - Rhatigan Student Center - 2nd floor (NOTE: This is a virtual only presentation. You can find the streaming link on the Youtube playlist in the right sidebar of this web page or you are welcome to join us in the viewing room.)

11 a.m.

  • “From Competitors to Collaborators” - a panel discussion with the Wichita Journalism Collaborative moderated by Amy Devault, senior educator and Wichita Journalism Collaborative project manager
    • Olive Room 261 - Rhatigan Student Center - 2nd floor
    • Modeling a new way to provide in-depth reporting of local news, seven competitors in the Wichita media market became media partners in early 2020 as the Wichita Journalism Collaborative. The Active Age, The Community Voice, The Journal, KMUW, KSN-TV, The Sunflower and The Wichita Eagle joined forces just in time to cover one of the biggest stories of the century — the spread of coronavirus and the ensuing pandemic. Join a panel of WJC partners to learn about how they shared coverage, saving time and resources, and what they learned working together. When the going gets tough, the tough get together.
      Moderated by Amy DeVault, ESC faculty and Wichita Journalism Collaborative project manager.

12:30 p.m.

  • "There's no substitute for experience" - A panel discussion featuring current Elliott School students who hold jobs in their field of study.
    • Olive Room 261 - Rhatigan Student Center - 2nd floor (Free lunch is provided during this session - soup, salad and sandwiches!)
    • If the Elliott School had a mantra, it’s “Get an internship,” because working a communication job while in college sets students up for success. Four ESC students will talk about their experiences having a job in their field. Payton Dill works at PBS Kansas and KeyCentrics software, Tessa Karbowski works in WSU Strategic Communications, Ellie Nightingale works for the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) and Jacob Workentine works in the WSU LAS Dean’s Office. They will discuss how they got their jobs, what they’re learning and share advice with students who are hunting for a position. They're doing a bang-up job.