Bethany College to Welcome Award-Winning Media Professionals for 51st Annual Communications Week

BETHANY, W.Va. — The Bethany College Department of Communications and Media Arts announces the schedule for its 51st annual Communications Week, themed “User Generated: My Media, My World.” Communications Week will be held Sept. 24-27 on the College campus.

The series of events will feature presentations and workshops from prominent Bethany College alumni and professionals working in a wide variety of positions in communications and media arts. The program is designed to help students better understand the diverse and quickly evolving world of media communications, take advantage of the wide array of potential experiences as undergraduates and move through their undergraduate years and into their professional careers successfully.

“This year’s edition of Communications Week is focused on multimedia production. Multimedia competence is necessary for jobs in this ever-changing industry,” said M.E. Yancosek Gamble, chair of the department of communications and media arts.

A highlight of Communications Week will be the John Keresty Lecture given by Evelyn del Cerro ’85, former evening producer for Peter Jennings, and current program manager for WABC-TV. She oversees several aspects of production for “LIVE! with Kelly.” Although Cerro has been back to her alma mater many times, this will be her first time speaking to the communications department as a Keresty lecturer.

Because of a generous gift from the Driehorst Family Foundation the Keresty lecture will be live-streamed online at Many of the events can also be found on BCTV and WVBC Internet at

The schedule for Communications Week is as follows:

    • Friday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m. to Noon

WVBC Preview for Communications Week Benedum Commons

    • Monday, Sept. 24, 7-8:30 p.m.

Luke Nelson

      “Video Production: Basics You Can’t Ignore”

Weimer Lecture Hall –  co-sponsored by BCTV, Tower Online

    • Tuesday, Sept. 25, 8-9:15 p.m.
    • JP Silk,

Technical Operations Specialist at NBC Universal
Dean Iampietro,

      Producer at WPXI-TV

“Multimedia Production, What You Must Know”
Weimer Lecture Hall – co-sponsored by SCJ, SPJ, PRSSA, WVAAF

    • Wednesday, Sept. 26, 7–8:30 p.m.

Pandel Collaros, Assistant Professor of Music
Joseph Dumas, Chief Engineer, Department of Communications and Media Arts
Thom Furbee


Director of Media Services and Classroom Technology

      Joseph Macre, founder of Cuppajoemusic


      “Multimedia Uses for Audio Production”

Weimer Lecture Hall – co-sponsored by WVBC

    • Thursday, Sept. 27, 1-4 p.m.

Field trip to California University (CUTV) studios for a tour and observation of the 2 p.m. taping of CUTV News.
CUTV Television Studio, First Floor, Natalie Student Union
California University of Pennsylvania – California, Pa.

    • Thursday, Sept. 27, 7-8:30 p.m.

Keresty Lecture with Evelyn del Cerro ’85

      Covered live on WVBC at

    Commencement  Hall
  • Friday, Sept. 28
  • Class discussions with Evelyn del Cerro.

For more information, contact M.E. Yancosek Gamble, chair of the department of communications and media arts, at 304.829.7710 or

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.