Gutenberg Celebration to honor and connect distinguished alumniPosted October 12, 2012
ACU's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication will host the 20th Anniversary Gutenberg Celebration to honor distinguished JMC alumni and connect students and faculty to industry professionals on Thursday, Oct. 18, and Friday, Oct. 19.
Since 1982, JMC faculty have selected impressive alumni to be honored as Gutenberg recipients. Those honorees are lauded for their outstanding professional achievements and presented with scale models of Gutenberg printing presses. Past recipients have included successful CEOs, entrepreneurs, Emmy nominees, producers, journalists, authors, directors, business owners and broadcasters.
This year's recipients are Victoria Ahlén ('98), CEO of a Awoque, a social media agency in Sweden; Lovey Chin ('00), deputy managing director of the Lotte Group in South Korea; and Tracey Ferguson ('93), founder and editor-in-chief of Jones Magazine.
Dr. Cheryl Mann Bacon, JMC professor and chair, said, "This year's recipients provide a glimpse of the widely varied ways that our alumni have used their JMC education, both in scope and in impact. They represent online media, social media news, and marketing and international marketing at influential levels."
Events will include the annual Gutenberg Dinner and the first-ever JMC Networking Breakfast for Alumni. The dinner will take place Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. in the Hunter Welcome Center, featuring heavy hors d'ouevres, speeches by the recipients and time to connect with professionals. Tickets are $40 for individuals and no cost for current JMC students.
The breakfast will be the following day, Oct. 19, at 8 a.m., in the Don H. Morris Center, Room 320. Students and faculty will be given the opportunity to connect with visiting alumni. Students will also engage with a panel of past Gutenberg recipients following the breakfast. The panels will be held at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. in Room 320.
Bacon said the addition of Friday morning panel discussions featuring many past Gutenberg winners will multiply students' opportunities to network with and learn from successful alumni. "It will also be the first time many of these former recipients have met each other, and we expect great opportunities to come from that," she said.
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