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students to visit Kuwait
11, 2007 -- Four Arkansas State University communications students have
been nominated and selected to travel on a Middle East Studies trip to
Kuwait later this month. ASU Honors College associate dean Dr. Gil
Fowler will accompany the group of student journalists.
The group will be visiting Kuwaiti media outlets and interacting with
media scholars and professionals from the region during their weeklong
stay in the country. During their stay in Kuwait, the students will
visit Kuwait University and learn from current journalism students in
the Middle East. The group will also tour newspapers, television
stations and museums in the area to gain a deeper understanding of
Middle East media and culture. The student journalists will also gather
media content documenting their trip in various forms for local and
state media outlets.
The trip is funded through a grant from the ASU Middle East Studies
Committee. The grant is given from funds donated for the purpose of
promoting awareness and understanding of the issues and peoples of the
Middle East. The MESC has been funded at ASU since 1994.
Stephanie Fischer of Stuttgart, Sara Gay of Rogers, Andy Geswein of
Huntington, Ind. and Andrew Wilson of Harrison make up the contingent of
talented media students making the trip. Each was nominated by ASU
“Each of these students were carefully selected based on their superior
work as student journalists at ASU and their real-world media skills,”
Fowler said. “These students are the cream of our communications crop,
each will prove to be a valuable asset to our team.”
Fowler is a veteran of Kuwait trips, after traveling to the country on a
regular basis since the early 1990s for both education and discovery.
ASU has connections with the country of Kuwait as well, as 1991
communications graduate Dr. Anas Al-Rasheed served as the former
minister of information in the Kuwaiti cabinet. Al-Rasheed was honored
at ASU during Homecoming festivities Oct. 13, marking the first
international distinguished alumni to be honored at Homecoming in ASU’s
history. The group will meet with ASU alumni in Kuwait during their stay
including Al-Rasheed. The group will also meet and work with Dr. Masoud
Abdulrahim, a professor at Gulf University for Science and Technology.
The students will give updates on their trip while in Kuwait at the blog
site of The Herald, ASU’s student newspaper, located at
A similar group visited Kuwait in Fall 2004 and gave presentations to
over 30 civic clubs, as well as producing articles for publications such
as Jonesboro’s The Sun, The Pine Bluff Commercial, The Arkansas
Democrat-Gazette and content for broadcast stations like ASU-TV and
ABC’s Jonesboro affiliate, KAIT.
The group will leave for Kuwait Oct. 28 and return to ASUJ Nov. 6.
Stephanie Fischer, a 2006 graduate of ASU with a Bachelor of Science
photojournalism, is a current graduate student in Mass Communications.
She is the daughter of Greg and Mary Nina Fischer, and Boo and Donna
Mahfouz all of Stuttgart. She is a 2004 graduate of Stuttgart High
Fischer currently works as a Graduate Assistant in the ASU Sports
Information office. She has also worked as a sports assistant for
Jonesboro’s The Sun. During her undergraduate work Fischer has
filled the photo and news editor positions for the ASU student newspaper
The Herald. Following her education, Fischer hopes to work as a
Sports Information/Media Relations Director at a major Division I-A
university. Her adviser is Dr. Joel Gambill.
Gay, a senior radio/tv major at ASU, is the daughter of Mark and Kathy
Gay of Rogers and a 2004 graduate of Rogers High School. Gay is
currently a student producer for ASU-TV cable access television station.
She is also the Vice President of the ASU College of Communications
Undergraduate Student Research Association, and a member of the Alpha
Omicron Pi sorority. Gay interned as a news assistant during the summer
of 2007 at KARK channel four in Little Rock. She has also formerly
served as a Public Relations contact for the Habitat Humanity of Saline
County. Following college, Gay hopes to do public relations for a
non-profit organization or work in a corporate communications
department. Her adviser is Dr. Mary Jackson-Pitts.
Geswein, a senior radio/tv major at ASU, is the son of Carl Geswein of
Wynne and Betty Freeman of Missouri. Geswein is a 2004 graduate of
Huntington North High School and a resident of Wynne. He is currently
the Sports Producer for ASU-TV cable access television station, and the
editor of the ASU football coaches show “Tribe Talk.” Geswein is the
treasurer of Sigma Pi Fraternity at ASU and also works as a Resident
Assistant. He formerly worked as a production assistant for the ABC
affiliate KAIT in Jonesboro, as well as serving as a student deejay for
WVSH in Huntington, Ind. Geswein hopes to work for ESPN doing production
work following college. His adviser is Michael Doyle.
Wilson, a senior radio/tv major at ASU, is the son of Doug and Laurie
Wilson of Harrison and a 2004 home school graduate. Wilson has worked
for the ASU student newspaper The Herald since November of 2004
and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief, making him the first radio/tv
major to hold that position in the history of the paper. Wilson has also
appeared on or hosted several television shows on ASU-TV, a student-run
cable access television station. Wilson is a four-year recipient of the
Chancellors scholarship at ASU. Upon graduation, Wilson hopes to pursue
a career in sports journalism through both print and multimedia fields.
His adviser is Dr. Mary-Jackson Pitts.
For more information contact Dr. Gil Fowler, associate dean for Honors
College, by phone at870) 972-2308 or via email at
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