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A panel of radio/TV/film alumni will discuss “Bridging College with Industry” on Friday, Oct. 16, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. as part of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh 2009 Homecoming celebration.

The panel discussion, which will be held in Studio 1 of the Arts and Communications Building, will include Andrew Jensen ’02, an editor in Los Angeles who recently won an Emmy; Gwendolyn Kelly ’74, manager of African-American marketing initiatives for the Wal-Mart Store Inc.; Trevy McDonald ’90, lecturer in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Daniel Needles ’86, sports director and sports anchor for WISN Milwaukee; and Edwin Walters ’85, assignment manager at WFRV TV Green Bay.

As moderator of the event, McDonald is collaborating with UW Oshkosh radio/TV/film students who will direct and film the discussion as part of a class project. “I’ve always loved the way radio/TV/film works with other programs and organizations to create a complete package. It’s the true meaning of a university,” she said.

The UWO students will benefit  from the opportunity to connect and network with alumni in the industry.

“Exposing students to real-life experiences in their field of study demonstrates an essential outcome of a liberal arts education – collaborative projects that involve students and faculty working together on initiatives that develop the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills essential for success in today’s world,” said John Koker, dean of the College of Letters and Science.

The radio/TV/film department also will host an alumni open house in Studio 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 16 to showcase renovations.