Mass Communication and Journalism Hall of Fame Events set for Oct. 15

Mass Communication and Journalism Hall of Fame Events set for Oct. 15

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the University of Southern Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi's School of Mass Communication and Journalism (MCJ) will induct five new members into its Hall of Fame Thursday, Oct. 15 during activities associated with the event on the Hattiesburg campus.

With the theme "Hometown Heroes: Stories of Communicators and Their Communities" this year's Hall of Fame day schedule includes a panel discussion with the inductees from 9:30-11:30 a.m., followed by their formal induction at noon. All events will be held in the Thad Cochran Center.

Former longtime WDAM-TV News Anchor Randy Swan will moderate the panel session in the morning, while former Mississippi Power Company Executive Rex Kelly will give the keynote address at the Hall of Fame presentation.

The MCJ Hall of Fame honorees include:

*Alice Tisdale, publisher of the Jackson Advocate
*Kurt Brautigam, manager of member services, Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association
*Ronnie Agnew, executive director, Mississippi Public Broadcasting
*William E. "Bud" Kirkpatrick, former director of public relations at Southern Miss
*Stan Tiner, former executive editor and vice-president of the Biloxi Sun-Herald

The accomplishments of the inductees reflect this year's theme of honoring communicators who have had a positive impact on their local communities in Mississippi, said Dr. David R. Davies, director of the School.

"The heart of mass communication work is connecting with the local communities we serve, and the Hall of Fame inductees for 2015 represent the very finest of that tradition," Davies said. "They represent the highest ideals of journalism, public relations, and broadcasting."

Proceeds from the event will benefit the following scholarship funds and endowments: the W.E. "Bud" Kirkpatrick Endowment set up to honor the life and career of Bud Kirkpatrick; School of Mass Communication and Journalism Building Fund, which helps support and sustain the School's home in historic College Hall; and the School of Mass Communication and Journalism Development Fund.

Tickets for the luncheon are $50, and can be purchased by contacting Mandy Nace at 601.266.4196 or amanda.tilley@usm.edu.