WLU Broadcasting Students Visit Sunday Night Football on NBC

Steelers-Ravens: The most heated rivalry in the NFL during the last decade. On any given Sunday, the traditional storylines already exist between these two NFL franchises. However, on the first Sunday in November, it was nothing but traditional as a select group of West Liberty University students participated in an all-access tour of NBC’s Sunday Night Football in America. West Liberty University sports producer and adjunct professor, Chuck Scatterday, took the WLU students inside the inner production areas of the NBC compound.  Scatterday, a former co-worker and longtime friend of NBC game producer, Fred Gaudelli, worked on ESPN’s Sunday Night Football and collaborated on other projects for ABC Sports. Part of the all-access tour with Gaudelli was peering behind the doors of the five, 53-foot, expandable, state-of-the-art NBC mobile remote production units parked at Heinz Field. Todd Ullom, WLU broadcasting student said, “Seeing up close, how large the NBC production trucks were compared to WLU’s truck was impressive.” A team of 85-production members comprises the NBC crew that travels from city to city to cover Sunday Night Football. The WLU students watched all of rehearsal, which included reviewing show production elements and sales components. WLU student, Josh Benyo was “impressed with how much coordination goes into the event and how humble Mr. Gaudelli was with us.” Gaudelli told the students, “You don’t just start at the top; you have to work your way up and what your doing now at the WLU is a great place to start.” The biggest change in sports television in the last 10 years, according to Gaudelli has been the advancement and implementation of...

Communication Department Appoints New Faculty Member

The Communication department recently appointed Christian D’Andrea as our newest faculty member. Christian comes to West Liberty by way of Harvard and Oxford and has some exciting plans for our students. This fall Christian will be hosting West Liberty University students on his television series, Hurricane Hunters. Hurricane Hunters will premiere in 2012 on the Weather Channel. The HURRICANE HUNTERS are the Air Force Reserve squadron based out of Biloxi, Mississippi, that flies planes into hurricanes to better understand them and get key pieces of meteorological data that can only be gathered by flying into the eye of a hurricane.  The HURRICANE HUNTERS provide the missing information that allows weather services to predict storm path and warn cities.  The stakes are high.  People’s lives depend on them.  The series will track their lives and their missions during the height of hurricane season, from September through November. It’s some of the world’s most extreme meteorology. To read more, please visit: www.storyfoundry.org     Story excerpts from...

Communication Department Annouces New Concentration

The College of Arts and Communication is pleased to announce that they have added Communication Studies as a new degree concentration. Communication Studies is being added in addition to the department’s current concentrations of Broadcast and Journalism. The Non-Comprehensive degree concentration will no longer be offered, although the students currently enrolled in this program may choose to graduate within this concentration or transfer into the Communication Studies program. Communication Studies is the perfect concentration for students with multiple interests and diverse talents because the discipline provides theory, tools, and techniques for analyzing, managing and improving communication in every arena of professional and personal interaction. All students seeking a degree in Communication will, at the end of their course of studies, earn a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a concentration in (either) Broadcast, Journalism, or Communication Studies. For more information, please click on “Programs” and from the drop-down menu, click on “Communication Studies”. Click here to be taken directly to the Communication Studies page! You can also email us for more information: William Baronak, Dean of the College of Arts and Communication [email protected] Brian Fencl, Department Chair [email protected] Brianne Bayer Mitchell, Communication Faculty [email protected] Ryan McCullough, Communication Faculty [email protected] All departmental contact information is listed under the “Contact”...

Dustin Heavilin Visits Campus

Dustin Heavilin, a 2003 communication graduate, visited campus on March 28 to speak with students about his recent successes as a moviemaker. Dustin’s script for Ronnie Hoffman: Limo Driver was acquired by Seacoast Entertainment Arts, a Canadian-based distribution and production company. Dustin visited Jasmine Garcia’s Writing for Radio and TV class to speak with her students about what it takes to create a solid, marketable script. He guided the class through a brainstorming session, creating a mock script outline, while detailing each step of the process. At the end of class, students were given time to ask questions and screen a portion of the film. Ronnie Hoffman: Limo Driver is currently in pre-production with 35 weeks of filming scheduled for the spring and summer months. Seacoast Entertainment Arts has allotted five million dollars for the film. Shooting will take place in Nova Scotia. Currently, Canada is offering a 60% tax incentive for the film and television industry. Look for more major motion pictures to be shot in the Canadian provinces. Dustin is the cofounder of Mercenary Media Group and their work can be seen at...

Comm Alumns Land Multi-Million Dollar Deal

In October of 2010 MMG (Mercenary Media Group) shot a twenty-five minute pilot for their first full length feature film Ronnie Hoffman: Limo Driver. Parties involved with the film include West Liberty University illuminists Mark “Adam” Leonard and Dustin “Scooter” Heavilin. Both graduated with Communication degrees (Leonard/Journalism) (Heavilin/Theatre). Heavilin will be the second lead role opposite Ronnie Hoffman, and also take on production duties. Leonard will also have a small role in the film and serve as the company’s PR Director. The film focuses around an overweight washed up collegiate athlete turned limo driver, and follows him for a night out on the town where chaos ensues. The lead role will be played by former West Liberty student Aaron Dietz, with other former student Chase DeFelice acting as Director of Cinematography. The film is in final stages of pre-production and shooting is estimated for early...

West Virginia Intercollegiate Forensic Association State Tournament

West Liberty University will host the West Virginia Intercollegiate Forensic Association State Tournament on February 25th and 26th, 2011 The WVIFA is a statewide organization that promotes intercollegiate speech and debate in West Virginia.  Students can qualify for the National Forensic Association’s National Tournament held in April. Schools competing here are Alderson Broaddus College, Fairmont State University, Marshall University, Shepherd University, West Liberty University, and WVU-Parkersburg. Forty-four students will be competing in public speaking and debate events. Additional information is available from Ryan McCullough, Director of Forensics at West Liberty University and Vice President of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Forensic Association.  He may be contacted...