The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith chapter of the National Broadcasting Society - Alpha Epsilon Rho inducted six new members and its slate of newly-elected officers as part of its observance of NBS-AERho eMedia Week.
The NBS-AERho is a student and professional society devoted to encouraging and rewarding scholarship and accomplishment among students of broadcasting.
UAFS students inducted this semester are: Renee Conley, of Beebe; Allison Heppner, of Elkins; Garrett Copeland, Evan Daniel and Justin Trobaugh, of Fort Smith; and Casey Frizzell, of Lavaca.
Newly-elected officers of the local chapter are: Danielle Beckham of Fort Smith, president; Abigail Whittemore, of McAllen, Texas, vice president; and Alyssa Kratochivil and Shael McDonald, both of Fort Smith, secretary and treasurer respectively.
The chapter observed National eMedia week with three instructional presentations by area media professionals.
Faculty adviser Dr. Susan Simkowski of Fort Smith said that membership in a national organization such as this provides students with an opportunity to network with professionals and explore the challenges, ethics, opportunities and activities of eMedia professionals.
McDonald, the organization’s new treasurer, said, “It’s one more facet of the college experience. In just over a year, we’ve entered competitions and have won, attended regional and national conferences, and made professional contacts. I had no idea how vital it is to network until I started to get involved in the extracurricular activities offered here at UAFS.”
The UAFS chapter has 21 student and faculty members. It was chartered in 2011, according to Simkowski.