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The Center for Student Media formed in Fall 2013 to provide comprehensive advisory and financial support to the university’s student-run media: The Daily Cougar newspaper, CoogTV and COOG Radio.

Part of the Student Life portfolio in the Division of Student Affairs, the CSM is concerned with the development of students, focusing on critical thinking, leadership, ethics, collaboration, intercultural competence, goal-setting and ultimately, degree attainment. While our students are engaged in producing and promoting media channels and content, our goal is to ensure they are learning to become better thinkers and leaders in the process.

The second goal of the CSM is to manage the revenue-generating activities — advertising and media services — that can be used to grow our student media programs and provide richer experiences to the students involved.


Grounded in professional ethics and best practices, the Center for Student Media supports and empowers student-driven expression, publishing and broadcasting.


The Center for Student Media aspires to be a cutting-edge multi-platform laboratory that prepares collaborative, innovative and creative students for real-world leadership.


  • Lawrence Daniel


  • Christopher Walker

    Assistant Director, Media Services and Fee-Funded Organizations

  • Aleké Stoddart

    Activities Coordinator

  • LaShanon Hollis

    Administrative Coordinator

  • Sydney Rose

    Instructional Assistant, Student Publications

  • Sean Thomas

    Instructional Assistant, Media Services

Advisory Committee

  • The Student Media Advisory Committee is charged with monitoring and advising the CSM and the media organizations under it. One of its primary responsibilities is to appoint the top student leader of each media organization and ensure those leaders fulfill their designated role.

    The SMAC meets regularly to monitor the activities of student media and to provide a channel for feedback from academic, professional and community stakeholders. The committee includes three voting seats that are open to the student body and appointed by the Student Government Association. This committee adheres to the Student Media Advisory Committee Bylaws.

  • Voting Members
    Glissette Santana-Rouleau Professional representative
    Marina Vences Professional representative
    Jhair Romero Professional representative
    TBN CoogTV representative
    TBN The Cougar representative
    TBN Coog Radio representative
    Sydney Rose Graduate Student representative
    TBD SGA representative (SGA)
    TBD SGA representative (SGA)
  • Ex-officio 
    Lawrence Daniel Director, CSM
    Keith T. Kowalka Assistant Vice President
    Marie Pierce Vice President MediaMate/Manager CSM Advertising
    Chris Walker Assistant Director, CSM
    Aleke Stoddart Activities Coordinator, CSM
    LaShanon Hollis Administrative Coordinator
    John Lomax Editor in Chief, The Cougar
    JoeMichael Coronado Executive Producer, CoogTV
    Chirelle Riley Coog Radio Station Director
    Enrique Garza Staff Council
    TBN Faculty Senate
    Dr. Summer Harlow Valenti School of Communication