ACU presents Mass Communication Ministry Symposium


For Immediate Release
Feb. 18, 2000

Abilene Christian University's Departments of Political Science and Journalism and Mass Communication will co-sponsor the Mass Communication Ministry Symposium Feb. 21- 22.

This joint symposium will focus on politics, media and ministry with "Civility in Media" serving as the overriding theme.

Texas Judge Ted Poe, 228th District Court, of Houston, will speak Monday, at 11 a.m. in the Hilton Room of the McGlothlin Campus Center at ACU. Poe, a 1970 ACU graduate, is known for his thoughtful and sometimes controversial sentencing.

On Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Hilton Room, Wendell Edwards, a 1992 ACU graduate, a reporter for WIS-TV in Columbia, S.C., will speak.

On Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Hilton Room, ACU's Journalism and Mass Communication Department will present the Excellence in Mass Media Ministry award and the Christian Service in Mass Communication award. The first will be presented to Dr. Fred J. Barton (a 1937 ACU graduate), and the latter to his wife, Iva Lea Worley Barton.

"Fred and Iva Lea Barton have been very generous to ACU," said Dr. Cheryl Bacon, chair of the Journalism and Mass Communication Department.

Dr. Barton is the past dean of research and of ACU's graduate school. Mrs. Barton is the benefactor of the Barton-Worley broadcast studios in the Don Morris Center and mother of David Worley, whose wife Melinda is on the ACU Board of Trustees.

All acquainted with the Bartons are invited and encouraged to come to the awards presentation.

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