Students lead effort to produce Webcast of Homecoming parade

October 05, 2007

A hands-on broadcast production led by students from the College of Communications, with support from other departments and units on the Penn State campus, will make it possible for Penn State alumni all over the world to watch the 2007 Homecoming parade on Friday, Oct. 12.

In a collaborative effort, the Department of Telecommunications, Penn State Public Broadcasting and Information Technology Services are pooling their resources to produce a live Webcast of the parade.

The Webcast will begin at approximately 6:15 p.m., when the parade reaches the Schreyer Honors College on East College Avenue.

Nearly two dozen students in the Department of Telecommunications, led senior lecturer Maria Cabrera-Baukus, are responsible for the production of the event. They'll get additional support from College of Communications staff members Chris Maurer, multimedia and computer support specialist, and Karen Mozley-Bryan, manager of facilities.

Students from the college have a proven track record of success as they gain practical experience covering major events and producing Webcasts. This marks the third year for their parade Webcast, and they have produced online coverage of the Penn State Dance Marathon each February for the past three years.

The Homecoming committee will coordinate lighting and staging for the Webcast of the parade with equipment donated by Glenn O. Hawbaker Construction in State College.

Academic Services and Emerging Technologies, a division of Penn State's Information Technology Services, will take the live feed from the parade broadcast, convert it to a digital stream and send the signal to WPSU-TV's Internet servers, where the signal will be transformed into a viewable Windows Media and Quicktime Stream, making the parade broadcast available to Penn State alumni and friends around the world.

Viewers may link to the Webcast from the Homecoming page at http://www.homecoming.psu.edu online, from the the College of Communications homepage at http://www.comm.psu.edu or from Penn State Public Broadcasting homepage at http://www.wpsu.org/ online.

In addition, the Webcast will be carried on Channel 34 of Campus Cable.

(Media Contacts)

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