Journalism and Mass Communications welcomes Graphic Communications to the College of Business at Murray State
The College of Business at Murray State University is adding a new program, graphic communications management will move from the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology to the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications.
“GCM began back in 1975 when Professor Tom Gray came to Murray State,” explains Gross Magee, Lecturer and head of GCM. “At that time, there were a few industrial arts classes in printing. Dr. Gray built the program from the ground up.” GCM now includes a major in graphic communications management and minors in photography and graphic communications technology. In addition, Murray State houses one of only nine Gravure Resource Centers endowed by the Gravure Association of America to provide technology and instruction in high-quality color printing for catalogs, packaging, floor and wall covering, and product labels.
There are more than 40 students currently enrolled in GCM programs. Facilities moving from the Applied Sciences Building to Wilson Hall include a photography studio, digital imaging and printing labs, the gravure center, and a silk screen process lab. Renovation, technology upgrades, and moving are happening this summer.
“Although faculty, staff, students, and facilities should be in their new homes by August,” Lochte said, “we expect the transition to stretch out over the entire academic year. This gives us time to explore ways our students in advertising, journalism, public relations, and television production can take advantage of the synergy the new graphic communications program provide.”
The Department of Journalism and Mass Communications recently received renewed national accreditation for its four undergraduate programs. It is one of six academic departments within the College of Business at Murray State University.