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April 3, 2017


Media Club attends College Media Association conference


Media Club attends College Media Association conferenceStudents in Cowley College’s Media Club recently attended the College Media Association conference in New York City where they had an opportunity to learn new ideas and immerse themselves in the culture of the city.

While in New York the winter blizzard named Stella hit, cancelling thousands of flights and forcing the group to stay an additional three days. Still, the students had a great time despite the inclement weather.

Media Club sponsor Meg Smith and the students were able to see Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers. A few students made it in to see School of Rock and the group checked out behind the scenes of The Lion King compliments of Theatre Director Cara Kem, who also set up a backstage tour of the show, Jelani, Simba on Broadway.

“It was just surreal to look out into the rows of seats from the stage,” Smith said.

The group ate at the historical Sardi's Restaurant in the heart of Broadway and checked out the caricatures on the walls. Students experienced New York cuisine, the traffic of Time Square and the navigation of the subway system. They met students from other programs around the country and learned from speakers both in the business of mass communication and those who play a supporting role; they came back with notebooks filled with notes, ideas and plans for changes they want to implement.

Many students headed off to the various museums, including MoMA, the Met and the 911 Memorial after attending their sessions for the day. The CMA conference offered sessions and workshops on topics ranging from story-mining, social media, internships and staff development to designing publications, organizing workflow, building up readership and pod casting/broadcasting.

Smith was able to catch a couple Cowley grads and introduced Cowley College vice president of institutional advancement Dr. Kori Gregg to Cowley graduate Mitch Hoover, now attending the New School for theater, Gary Fizer, recent grad of New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and Jessica Fitzpatrick who graduated from Cowley’s cosmetology program.

“I, myself, was thrilled to reconnect with my peers and jump into advising sessions on topics from workflow to revamping style manuals and handbooks,” Smith said.