In conjunction with the mass media department, Washburn Student Media will host the second annual Night of Media Merriment tonight from 7-9 in Jefferson Hall at the Ramada Inn Convention Center in downtown Topeka. The evening will feature live entertainment from local soul band, Slow Ya’ Roll, and will include hors d’oeuvres, door prizes, a cash bar and a silent auction with unique items that will make great gifts for the holidays.
One of those unique items is a painting donated by Tembo, an elephant at the Topeka Zoo. She paints with both her trunk and a paintbrush that she holds in her trunk. There will also be a variety of items up for auction donated by local businesses that will appeal to everyone from sports fans to coffee-lovers.
Local professionals and alumni will also be in attendance, such as Jones-Huyett Partners and the Topeka Association for Women in Communications, to provide networking opportunities for students. Networking is an important tool for students in their efforts to find a career in their profession upon graduation, especially in the current economy.
A Night of Media Merriment began in 2010 as a project for an advanced media lab class under the direction of Regina Cassell. Their goal was to raise money to install a digital editing lab that was installed in 2011. The lab has been a great addition to the student media office and has helped to elevate the level of quality and opportunity to learn for the student employees. This year’s event will benefit Student Media with more technological upgrades.