Anabaptist communicators to gather at GC

The 2010 Anabaptist Communicators Conference will take place at Goshen College on Oct. 22 and 23, bringing those who work for Mennonite and Bretheren organizations together for workshops and lectures. This year’s topic is “Faithful listening = Creative Communication.” Although registration is officially closed, if students are interested in attending one or more individual sessions they should email Richard Aguirre, rraguirre@goshen.edu, immediately.  As of Sept. 30, 58 people were registered to attend.

The communication department paid the full conference fee of $60 for two students to attend. Chagan Sanathu, a sophomore, and Yolo Lopez-Perez, a senior, entered the essay competition offered to communication students and wrote on the subject “How faith and communication connect for me.”

“This [conference] is a pretty good networking opportunity,” said Richard Aguirre, director of public relations. “If there are students who are interesting in interning at one of these Mennonite organizations it’s a good opportunity to get to know people.” Pat McFarlane, associate professor of communication, added, “There’s such a great menu that I think people can really adapt to their own interests.”

Conference addresses and workshops include the following:

“Listening and communication: How to manage a disciplined creative process.” — Ken Kabira, managing principle of Trueworks, keynote address, Oct. 22, 9 a.m.

“Going back to school: Successful strategies for communicating with younger generations.” – Jason Samuel, assistant professor of communication, GC –Oct. 22, 10:50 a.m.

“From MMA to Everence: A case study in rebranding.” –Janice Wiebe Ollenburger, MMA/Everence communications director, Oct. 22, 2 p.m., off campus

“Writing and designing for the web.” –Ryan and Renee Hochstetler, LightSky, Oct. 22, 2 p.m., off campus

“Using video and TV to promote your organization.” –Jeremy Pinckert, executive produce and owner of Explore Media, Oct. 22, 2 p.m., off campus

“Managers or meaning-makers: Anabaptist Communicators in a Technological Culture.” –Andrew Brubacher Kaethler, instructor in Christian formation and culture, AMBS, Oct. 23, 9 a.m.

“Marketing through social media outlets: What is it and why is it important?” –Cynthia Konys, certified social media marketing strategist, Oct. 23, 10:30 a.m.

“Agreeing to Disagree: Goshen College and the National Anthem.” –Richard R. Aguirre, director of public relations and Jodi H. Beyeler, news bureau director/writer, Oct. 23, 10:30 a.m.

“Taking better photos.” –J. Tyler Klassen, Elkhart Truth photographer, Oct. 23, 3:15 p.m.

Written by Laura Schlabach

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