151 students from Northwest Kansas attend 7th annual KSPA conference

Fort Hays State University students, professors, alumni and local business people with backgrounds in the field of journalism made more than 20 presentations at the seventh annual Fall Journalism Conference recently at FHSU's Memorial Union.

"This year's conference went very smoothly," said Andy Stanton, assistant professor of communication studies and coordinator for the event. "The work the students did in Special Events Planning proved successful. Many of the conference participants commented on how well executed the conference was. I'm very proud of the FHSU students and their hard work."

Students who helped plan the event are Yu "Briana" Cheng, Xinzheng, China, graduate student; Chelsey Fisher, Hays senior, Shuo "Roger" Han, Xinzheng, China, graduate student; Dana Johnson, Emporia senior; Ashli Kuntz, South Hutchinson sophomore; Beiyi "Summer" Liu, Xinzheng, China, graduate student; Yesenia Ramirez, Hays junior; Courtney Schoendaler, Grinnell junior; Wei "Alfred" Tu, Xinzheng, China, graduate student; Lei "Laura" Wang, Xinzheng, China, graduate student; Jon Wendel, Dodge City senior; Jenn Wilson, Colby senior; and Yiming "Mary" Yue, Xinzheng, China, graduate student.

FHSU student presenters included Luciano Carafano, Hays senior, and Michael Hammett, Marysville senior.

FHSU faculty presenters included Stanton; Linn Ann Huntington, associate professor of communication studies; Cyndi Danner-Kuhn, instructor of technology studies and coordinator of Forsyth Library's Learning Commons; Marcella Marez, instructor of communication studies; Ryan Prickett, sports information director; and Jennie Straight, assistant professor of communication studies.

Other presenters included Leonard Allen, Kansas securities commissioner's office; Jennifer Clark, The Topeka Capital-Journal; Mike Corn, Hays Daily News special projects coordinator; Lisa Crites, Claflin High School; Kathy Daly, award-winning journalism instructor from Proctor, Colo.; Amy DeVault, Wichita State University; Steven Hausler, Hays Daily News photo editor; John Hudnall, Kansas Scholastic Press Association; Ron Johnson, Kansas State University; and Patrick Lowry, Hays Daily News editor and publisher.

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