Students prepare for Homecoming parade webcast

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Many Penn State students will apply what they have learned in the classroom to a real life experience by webcasting the 2012 Homecoming parade live on Friday, Oct. 5.

This is the eighth consecutive year students from the College of Communications will be webcasting the parade. Coverage will be posted at and

Students in COMM 383A Webcast Production, taught by Maria Baukus, a senior lecturer in the Department of Telecommunications, will produce the webcast with assistance from WPSU-TV and other professionals from the College of Communications.

Along with the parade webcast, student will produce a pre-parade video magazine show that will include various aspects related to Homecoming weekend, including the making of floats, the work of the Blue Band, the efforts involved with Homecoming security and the impact of Homecoming activities on State College.

In addition, the webcast has added a Twitter presence (@PSUwebcast) this year and students may follow or share their own tweets during the parade.

The webcast will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, and end when the parade ends at approximately 8 p.m.

After auditions earlier in the semester, three students were selected from Baukus' class to host the pre-parade show and the webcast itself: Caroline Goggin, a junior majoring in broadcast journalism from West Chester, Pa.; Christian Heilman, a senior majoring in journalism and management information systems from Freeport, Pa.; and Rita Yarsinsky, a junior majoring in broadcast journalism from Blue Bell, Pa.

Yarsinsky, who is pursuing minors in theatre and psychology, has wanted to be a parade host since she was a child. "I used to watch the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade every year and imagined being a part of something like that one day," she said.

Goggin conceived the idea of using Twitter to reach more students for the webcast.

"I am very excited to be a part of this experience, and I am thrilled to get to work with such a talented group of people," she said. "Being able to gain experience in my major while giving back to Penn State is truly getting the best of both worlds."

The parade is the largest student-run collegiate Homecoming parade in the country. The parade route starts near the Intramural Building on the east side of campus, travels down College Avenue in State College and finishes at Rec Hall on the west side of campus.

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Last Updated October 04, 2012