Archive for Thursday, August 16, 2007

Alumni to join in on panel discussion

August 16, 2007

Four distinguished Baker alumni in the music industry and journalism, including a Pulitzer Prize winner, will participate in panel discussions with Baker students during convocation events at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at McKibben Hall on the Baldwin City campus.

The first panel will consist of Theodore Glasser, a 1971 graduate and professor of communication at Stanford University; Wayne Stewart, Class of 1972 and managing editor of the Topeka Capital-Journal; and Harold Jackson, Class of 1975 and deputy editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer's editorial page.

Curt Eddy, a 1969 graduate, will serve on a separate panel to discuss his career in the music industry and in his current position as Senior Vice President of Sales for Hollywood Records.

"This is a good opportunity for our students to interact with people who have gone on to be successful in journalism, academia and the music industry," said Gwyn Mellinger, associate professor of mass media and communication.

Glasser reconnected with Baker's journalism department after reading about a collection of awards the Baker Orange won.

"He was very gracious and sent us some money to buy pizza for the students after learning about our success," Mellinger said. "I was impressed he continued to care about what was going on with our newspaper."

Including the Capital-Journal, Stewart has worked in management at several newspapers, including those in Rhode Island, Ohio, Colorado and Nevada.

"Wayne has been instrumental in our internship program and our students come away with a pile of writing samples," Mellinger said.

As a member of the editorial board of the Birmingham News in 1991, Jackson was part of a three-man team that won the Pulitzer for editorials criticizing Alabama's antiquated and discriminatory tax system. That same year he was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists.

"Harold has been my rock," Mellinger said. "He has been back to campus a number of times. One Thursday night at a staff meeting in the basement of Harter Union, he and his wife, Denise (a 1976 Baker graduate), walked in after being at a board meeting. It was pretty incredible. He remains so low-key despite his incredible success."

Eddy, a member of Baker's Board of Trustees, was on campus in May as the keynote speaker at commencement.

"He was very entertaining during graduation ceremonies and I know our students will enjoy stories from his career and the people he has met," Mellinger said.

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