As one of the oldest schools of mass communication in the nation, the Manship School at LSU is celebrating 100 years of journalism education. The School is planning a kick-off event on March 21 and a series of events on its centennial weekend, Oct. 23-26, 2013. The theme of the centennial celebration is “Connecting the past to influence the future.”
On March 21 at 5 p.m., we kicked off the centennial and dedicated our new First Amendment banner with a spectacular musical performance on the Journalism Building Terrace by Grammy-award winning artists from a group called Freedom Sings, part of the First Amendment Center in Nashville. Freedom Sings is a critically acclaimed experience with an all-star cast of musicians, now in its 12th year of touring the country. Their presentation features music that has been banned or censored or has sounded a call for social change, and it invites audiences to experience the First Amendment in a new way.
The October events will feature a Hall of Fame gala, retrospective panels, professional development, a birthday party celebration and conclude with a tailgate before the LSU-Furman football game. Event ticket information and pricing will be released soon and will be available on Manship100.com, as well as via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“In my second year as dean of the Manship School, I consider it an honor to preside during our centennial,” Manship School Dean Jerry Ceppos said. “We’re in a select group of top universities that have been teaching journalism and mass communication for 100 years. We’re even more select because we’re the only school that teaches and researches at the intersection of media and public affairs at all three levels—undergraduate, master’s and doctoral.”
The School launched a digital timeline featuring alumni profiles, historical benchmarks, videos, photos and other Manship School memories. Alumni, friends and students of the can add stories, photos and videos to the timeline, commemorating events and experiences while at School. Memories can also be tagged on Twitter with #Manship100.
In a letter to alumni and friends, Dean Ceppos said, “As a result of those tumultuous 100 years, I’m more convinced that we must teach students that nothing is forever. We hope that we’re teaching students to use their analytical schools to think ahead to the future of communication. Thank you to the many who have contributed so richly to the history of this School through giving, teaching, learning and visiting. We’re looking forward to meeting many more friends of the school during this centennial year.”