ISU’s student-run television station, TV-10, is celebrating 40 years of bringing news to the campus and the community on March 21 and 22.
This weekend will give old and new alumni a chance to network and reunite. It will also allow current TV-10 or broadcast students to meet the alumni and see what opportunities this station has provided. TV-10 News Director Laura Trendle-Polus said this is not her first anniversary celebration, but is still expecting it to be the best one yet.
“I’ve been teaching for 10 years now so I’ve got 10 years worth of my students who will come back, plus my old colleagues and my old friends from when I was a student,” Trendle-Polus said.
On Friday night, four different bars in Uptown Normal will host the Alumni Kickoff Parties for different eras of alumni to socialize and catch up with friends. The eras range from 1974-1984 at Brewe-Ha’s to 2003-present at Maggie Miley’s. The four eras are also related to the four different news directors that TV-10 has had since establishment in 1974. The event starts at 7 p.m. and there will be TV-10 students at each location to greet people and answer questions.
Beginning at noon Saturday, there will be a TV-10 open house in the lower level of Fell Hall. Alumni will be able to take pictures and see all the awards and accomplishments the station has made since they graduated. They will also be able to watch archived newscasts of themselves and take home a copy.
Students and alumni are welcome to submit samples of their work for the Video Show and Tell at 4 p.m. in Schroeder 130. They must be under three minutes, uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and emailed to Bob Carroll.
“We have students in charge who will set a program and show a piece and then call the person who made it up to the front of the room so they can answer questions and tell a little about it,” Trendle-Polus said.
The final event will be the Alumni Reception from 6:30-11 p.m. at the Alumni Center. A DJ from ISU’s own WZND will be providing music for the night. There will also be heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a variety of displays. This is a business casual event and is $25 for registration.