Harding University Student Is Recognized

Harding University students recognized at National Broadcasting Society convention

SEARCY, Ark. — The National Broadcasting Society Alpha Epsilon Rho annual conference gathered March 16-19 in Los Angeles, and several Harding University students were in attendance along with College of Communication instructor Ginger Blackstone.

Sophomore Morgan Jones of Hendersonville, Tenn., the University’s NBS chapter president, represented Harding at the conference along with seniors Luz Marchena of San Jose, Costa Rica; Flor Ramos of La Libertad, El Salvador; Jesus Jasso of Searcy; and LaRell Reynolds of Dumfries, Va.; and sophomore Fabian Villegas of Heredia, Costa Rica.

Ramos won first place in the radio promotional spot category for the University’s 2010 Homecoming musical, “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Marchena, Jasso and Villegas received honorable mention for their entries in other categories.

Educational sessions at the conference included: “From Graduation to Hollywood” by young professionals; “Beyond Powerful Radio: Communicating Powerful in a Digital World” by Valerie Geller, international broadcast consultant; “Breaking into Television Production in LA” by Steve Schifrin, vice president of program production services for CBS; and “Rising Through the Ranks in Radio” by Erica Farber, founder of the FarberConnection LLC and former CEO/publisher of Radio and Records. Attendees also participated in a career focus where students networked with media professionals in small group settings.

Harding’s chapter met with professionals outside of the NBS convention, including 2006 alumnus David Condolora who works as a second assistant editor for Walt Disney Animation Studios. His editing work can be seen in the 2010 movie “Tangled.” Students also networked with other professionals from organizations such as Univision, KTLA and CNN.

Harding had a record enrollment this year of more than 6,800 students from 49 states and 53 foreign countries. It is the largest private university in Arkansas and attracts more National Merit Scholars than any other private university in the state. Harding also maintains campuses in Australia, Chilé, England, France, Greece, Italy and Zambia.