Top photo: The Motter family: Jamey ('89), James (visual communications senior) and Steve ('85).
More than 50 family members of students in the College of Information and Communications attended a Family Weekend reception held in conjunction with the university's celebration.
Families had the opportunity to meet faculty and staff, tour the buildings, take family photos in the visual communications studio and watch the 4 p.m. broadcast of Carolina News, the senior semester capstone journalism class. Families got to learn more about the undergraduate majors, minors and master's programs, as well as pick up free college swag.
Senior visual communications major James Motter showed his parents around the building as both had previous connections with the school. His father Steve Motter, '85, earned his degree in advertising from the SJMC when classes were held in the basement of the Carolina Coliseum. His mother Jamey took classes for her master's in health administration in the new SJMC building when it was still the School of Public Health.
"As I toured the new beautiful facility packed full of modern technology and computers, it took me back to my 1980s J-school with chalkboards and typewriters down the hill in the J-school dungeon! My advertising career was built with a solid working foundation from a few great leaders like professors Jeweler, Goodrich and Caldwell," said Steve Motter. "Those core values led to a great career path starting in Columbia and led me to my final chapter of retirement in Raleigh this year after 35 years in the media business! I’m now blessed to see James' passion for the 'wacky world of media' and follow his own career path from the foundation gained from his new and improved J-school!"
Tom Reichert, dean of the college, was pleased with the turnout and the opportunity to meet so many families. “We have wonderful faculty, and it’s great when they get to talk to parents," he said. "I enjoyed seeing students showing their families around and talking about their programs.”