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The W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SOJMC) at Marshall University, along with members of a student-run public relations campaigns class, is hosting a luncheon to bring together past, present and future students of the SOJMC. The theme of the luncheon is "Inspire to reach. Aspire to share." Updates and ticket information will be available at

WHERE: Don Morris Room in the MU Memorial Student Center

WHEN: Saturday, April 23, 2011 beginning at noon

PHOTO-OP: The luncheon will commence at noon, following a ceremony to re-start the Memorial Fountain. Media availability will continue until 2 p.m. Plans for the keynote speaker are not yet finalized, but notable alumni and faculty of the SOJMC will be joined by current students, as well as new members of the 2011 incoming freshman class.

WHO: The SOJMC is one of only 113 programs in the country accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). Established as an independent academic unit in 1998, SOJMC offers seven areas of study for undergraduate and graduate students: broadcast, print, online, advertising, public relations, radio-television production and management and sports journalism. Students participate in five student professional organizations and receive hands-on experience through five student-run media outlets on campus. Students have received numerous national and regional awards in news writing, broadcasting, advertising and public relations.

WHY: The SOJMC seeks to connect three "generations" of journalism students while highlighting the award-winning work of its current students. As part of a larger campaign theme of "Make your mark. Leave your legacy," the SOJMC hopes to welcome students who will arrive on campus in August, provide current students with valuable contacts and inspire alumni to reconnect with both the school and university.