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Valenti School weekly update 10.15.14

MARTHA WOMACK HAUN represented the University of Houston at the recent annual convention of the Texas Speech Communication Association in Lubbock. She served as state parliamentarian and was honored by TSCA with Emeritus status.

KEITH HOUK's Digital Cinematography class created this promo for the Houston Grand Opera’s upcoming performance of Otello.
Victoria Hernandez edited the video.
The crew on the day of the shoots:
Audio: Michael Pyndus and Victoria Hernandez
Camera 1: Joey Lamb
Camera 2: Yosely Ruiz
Lighting: Relisa Franklin, Caroline Cao, Tina Le and Christian Merenu
Stills: Relisa Franklin, Caroline Cao, and Christian Merenu
Michael Pyndus, Tina Le and Christian Merenu are also media production work study students.

JULIE B. FIX, APR, Fellow PRSA (BA '72) was one of six delegates from the Public Relations Society of America Houston Chapter attending the society's 2014 Leadership Assembly in Washington, D.C.. She also attended the PRSA College of Fellows Annual Meeting and the Fellows' Induction Dinner, which she co-chaired. Julie is currently secretary/treasurer of the College and will serve as vice chair in 2015. Also serving in the PRSA Houston delegation were Jack J. Valenti School graduate student Isidro Reyna, APR, and 2014 MA graduate Karen Naumann, APR.

JOE LEYDON introduced the Oct. 11 screening of "Life Itself" -- the critically acclaimed documentary about his friend and colleague Roger Ebert -- at 14 Pews.

JOE LEYDON has been invited to introduce the 25th anniversary screening of Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" next month at the Denver Film Festival. Prior to the screening, the festival will screen footage of LEYDON asking a question at the press conference that followed the world premiere of "Do the Right Thing" at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival.

WARD BOOTH, BRANDY LERMAN and ORLANDO ZAMORA met with 50 media production and journalism high school seniors from Clear Spring High School Oct. 15. The group visited the studio and control room.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Temple Northup

Dr. Northup is a professor at the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication. He lived in LA for seven years where he wrote in the entertainment industry. After writing for television, he decided to study the effects that watching television has on an individual. He currently teaches a documentary film class and persuasion.

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