Friday, October 13, 2006

Brief Update

Hancock Stadium, home of the Illinois State University Redbirds.

Howdy. 11 days until PBRL 3100 meets for the first time. Class is still scheduled to take place at Webster Groves HS; I am still working on getting that changed. Updates will be given as events warrant, along with a bigger post this coming week.

NOVEMBER 10 SLU BASKETBALL GAME: Doug McIlhagga, Director of Media Relations for Saint Louis University, has graciously agreed to arrange for press passes for everyone in the class for SLU's game against NCAA Division II participant Quincy University the evening of Saturday, November 11. Please note that this is by no means a required road trip, but I think its a great way for you to see an SID at a big-time program in action. Mr. McIlhagga will be visiting with us the following Wednesday as the second of our confirmed guest speakers.

Many of you have had Larry Baden as a professor, advisor, bookmaker or relationship consultant at some point in your Webster career (ok I made one of those up). Larry (who has some suspiciously inspiring numbers at ratemyprofessors.com) will also be blessing us with his presence at some point to give us the benefit of his knowledge and experience in working the news side of media relations for several years.

I hope you all enjoy your fall break. I'll be rooting for (from afar, alas) my Illinois State Redbirds, ranked fifth in the latest NCAA Division I-AA poll, this weekend (Homecoming!) as they take on seventh-ranked Southern Illinois-Carbondale. (check out the media notes for the game - very thorough!)

Finally, some of you know Susan Napoleon, who is the administrative associate for the SOC's Dean's office. When you put ISU on your football prayer list, add Lafayette College to the teams you're rooting for - Susan's son Jonathon Hurt is the starting tailback for the Leopards. Lafayette closes out non-conference play at snobby Harvard, its fourth straight game v. an Ivy League school.

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