Multimedia Communications

June 17-22, 2012

Working in teams, students will plan, produce, and present brief documentaries on various aspects of Northeast Tennessee culture. Students will spend the first two days of the week learning the concepts and skills necessary to produce multimedia stories: planning, researching, interviewing, shooting, and editing video. The last three days will be spent in actual multimedia production: shooting, editing, and preparing for the final presentation on Friday night, when all the teams will introduce and screen their documentaries in front of an audience.

Students can select their topic from a menu of regional possibilities, such as the International Storytelling Center, the Bristol Motor Speedway, Milligan College history and signifiance, the Gray Fossil Site, Tipton-Haynes and/or other nearby historical sites, bluegrass and country music, Mountain Home/VA, the Appalachian Trail, to name only a few. Local students will enjoy learning more about the heritage of their own area, and students coming from other parts of the country will discover the richness of our region.

The week will culminate with a special student performance/presentation on Friday, June 22, at 7 p.m. in Gregory Center. This event is open to families and friends.

The multimedia academy is open to students ages 14-18.


All Fine Arts programs follow the same basic schedule and join together for meals and morning and evening activities. Multimedia students will enjoy an off-campus event all day Wednesday. Schedules are subject to slight changes and will be indicated at the time of registration.

7:45-8:15 AM
Breakfast for Residential Students
8:15-8:30 AM
Opening Devotions
8:30-9:00 AM
Alexander Technique*
9:00-10:30 AM
10:30-10:45 AM
10:45-12 NOON
12:00-1:00 PM
1:00-2:30 PM
2:30-2:45 PM
2:45-5:00 PM
5:30-6:30 PM
Dinner for Residential Students
6:30-7:30 PM
Free Time or additional Session
7:30-9:00 PM
Evening Activity for Residential Students

*The Alexander Technique
Milligan is fortunate to have a professor certified to teach “The Alexander Technique,” which is a method of learning how to use less effort in activity.


Programs are led and taught by Milligan faculty, who are highly qualified and experienced in their fields. Milligan students serve as counselors and staff throughout the week.

Dr. Carrie Beth Swanay
Chair, Area of Performing, Visual, and Communicative Arts / Associate Professor of Communications

Dr. Swanay has taught courses in broadcasting, multimedia journalism, production and editing, and visual media at Milligan since 1990. She is a graduate of East Tennessee State University (B.S., 1985, broadcasting; M.A., 1994, Instructional Technology with an emphasis in Communications). She completed her doctorial degree (Ph.D., 2001) at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Instructional Technology in which her main concentration was digital multimedia design and development. Prior to joining Milligan’s faculty, Dr. Swanay served as manager of the production department at WJHL-TV 11 (the local CBS affiliate). She is a member of the National Association of Broadcasters, Broadcast Education Association and the National Religious Broadcasters Association. She also serves as Chair of the Technology Applications Committee and is a member of the Academic Committee. She has been at Milligan since 1990.

Simon J. Dahlman
Associate Professor of Communications
Faculty Adviser for the Stampede newspaper and yearbook

Mr. Dahlman has taught courses in journalism, mass media, and writing at Milligan since 1999. He is also the faculty adviser for the Stampede, Milligan’s newspaper and news site, and the Buffalo yearbook. A 1980 graduate of Milligan (B.A., Bible and humanities), Mr. Dahlman earned a master's degree from the University of Cincinnati (M.A., English / Editing and Publishing) and has studied at Emmanuel School of Religion; Springdale College in Birmingham, England; and the London School of Journalism. He writes a weekly column on religion, "Face to Faith,” for the Johnson City (TN) Press and a blog at Facing Faith. He has attended seminars at the Salzburg Seminar in Austria and the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida. Prior to teaching at Milligan, Mr. Dahlman served as editor-at-large with Focus on the Family Periodicals, founding editor of Pastor's Family magazine, and editor of The Lookout. His freelance articles have appeared in several American and British publications, including The Guardian (UK), The Cincinnati Enquirer, Leadership,, and he is a regular contributor to Christian Standard. An ordained minister in the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ, Dahlman served congregations in England, Tennessee, and Ohio. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Association for Education in Journalism, and Mass Communications and College Media Advisers.

Kenny Suit
Associate Professor of Communications

Mr. Suit is a cinema professor and independent filmmaker who has taught at Milligan since 2001. He holds a B.A. degree in Telecommunication from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and an M.F.A. degree in Film from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Before coming to Milligan, Suit taught cinema at Baylor University, the University of Houston, and the American University in Cairo, Egypt, where he was the recipient of several research grants, teaching awards, and filmmaking honors. In addition to teaching a wide variety of courses in film history, theory, and production, he has been the collection manager of the largest university film archive in Egypt, and the manager of a weekly campus film series, where he regularly lectured.

M. Alice Anthony
Associate Professor of Art

Mrs. Anthony has taught photography and art courses at Milligan since 1991. She is a graduate of the University of Memphis (B.S.) and East Tennessee State University (M.F.A.). Before coming to Milligan, Anthony was an adjunct professor in the department of art and design at East Tennessee State University. Her work has appeared inside and on the cover of Now & Then, Southern Exposure, and the Photo Review. The Tennessee Baptist Convention featured her photography on its Golden State Mission Offering Poster in 1991 and again in 1993. She has won numerous awards in juried shows and is a member of Who's Who of American Women (1989-90), Who’s Who Among American Teachers (2003-04), Phi Kappa Phi, and the Society of Photographic Education. She has had group and solo exhibitions in over ten states and was a featured artist at the Tennessee Art Commission Gallery in the summer/fall of 2003. Several of Anthony's students have placed in regional and national photography competitions, such as Photographer's Forum Annual College Competition.

Milligan's Communications Program

Milligan is one of the leaders among Christian colleges in developing a truly integrated approach to convergent, multimedia journalism. Milligan's communications major is one of the largest programs at the college. It features programs in Digital Media Studies, Film Studies, Interpersonal and Public Communication, Multimedia Journalism, and Public Relations. Putting graduates in influential roles in a world where mass media are a driving force is our mission. Students are educated for a wide range of careers in the field of communications in mainstream media and church settings. They are distinguished by their solid theoretical knowledge, their professional skills, and their ability to think and act as Christians in a world where all media converge to form a set of compelling communications tools. Students work alongside professionals in their field through internships in a variety of settings.

Milligan Communications graduates are working for NASA, CNN, Saturn, Dreamworks SKG, Zoo Studio Nashville, Focus on the Family, and Standard Publishing, to name a few. Others are working at TV, radio, and newspapers throughout the country. Some are working in ministry or youth ministry and in businesses or non-profit organizations. Many have pursued graduate studies at University of Illinois, University of Georgia, NYU, Duke, Johns Hopkins, and Georgia Southern, to name only a few.

Milligan College

Milligan College is a premier Christian liberal arts college in beautiful Northeast Tennessee. Milligan has been named one of the Top 10 best baccalaureate colleges and one of the Best Buys in the South by U.S. News & World Report. The college offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs, all designed to help individuals prepare for lives of servant-leadership.

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