Gutenberg Dinner honors distinguished JMC alumni

Posted October 01, 2010

The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication kicked off ACU's Homecoming with the annual Gutenberg Dinner, honoring three of the department's distinguished alumni. This year's recipients were: Pat Batts ('70), Dr. Teresa Lamsam ('86) and Derek Sciba ('00).

Gutenberg Honorees"This year's Gutenberg honorees represent the diverse ways in which JMC alumni can have a profound influence on the world," says Dr. Cheryl Bacon, chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Batts, CEO of the Washington State Farm Bureau, represents more than 38,000 Washington farm and ranch families on important agricultural issues in political, media and legal venues.

He began his career as a cameraman and noon anchor at KTXS–TV in Abilene, but has spent a majority of his career in public relations and lobbying roles for the Texas Farm Bureau and American Farm Bureau Federation before joining the Washington state group in 1994.

Lamsam is associate professor in the school of communication at University of Nebraska at Omaha, as well as the university's incoming director of the Native American Studies Program.

This year she is a visiting associate professor of journalism and mass communication at the University of Kansas. She is known for her scholarship in Native American journalism and has been honored as a Dart Fellow by Columbia University, as an AEJMC fellow for leadership in diversity and received numerous teaching awards.

Sciba worked as a broadcast journalist in Abilene; Boise, Idaho; Albuquerque, NM; Spokane, Wash.; and Portland, Ore before joining World Concern in 2008 as a communications officer.

He now serves as marketing manager and travels the world producing video features about this international Christian relief ministry that responds to disasters, digs wells, educates people and provides skills for self-sustenance.

The Gutenberg Dinner is the Thursday of ACU's Homecoming each year, in the Hunter Welcome Center. For more information, please contact the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at 325-674-2296.