Title: Assistant Dean, Student Media; Assistant Professor of Journalism
Pat Thompson oversees the editorial and advertising students and staff who produce The Daily Mississippian, The Ole Miss yearbook, NewsWatch Ch. 99, Rebel Radio WUMS 92.1-FM and several websites. She is faculty adviser for The Daily Mississippian, and teaches writing and editing courses. She led a multimedia journalism project that won the 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Award for college journalism. She has more than 25 years of experience as an award-winning journalist — as a staff writer at The Washington Post and as a senior editor at the San Jose Mercury News and South Florida Sun-Sentinel. She was part of the Mercury News staff awarded the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for general news reporting. She was an assistant professor of journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she taught classes and directed programs. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She was a Presidential Scholar, a Curators Scholar, and inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha and Mortar Board honor societies. She has been actively involved with ACEJMC journalism accreditation work for many years, and served on the national accreditation committee for six years and on accreditation appeals boards.
Anna Clark Burton
Title: Student Media Administrative Assistant
Phone: 662 915-5503
Anna Clark Burton joined the SMC staff as administrative assistant in 2016. She has a degree in applied science, and experience in administrative support, payroll processing, customer service, and event planning and management. She served on the Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in Clarksdale before moving to Oxford with her family.
Title: Student Media Assistant Director
Phone: 662 915-5503
Roy Frostenson is assistant director at the Student Media Center, where his primary areas of responsibility are the radio station and advertising. He has more than 30 years experience in broadcasting as a reporter, news director and general manager at network- affiliated TV stations in Monroe, Louisiana and Eureka, California. He was executive producer for an investigative series that won an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University award for excellence. He served as president of the Louisiana AP Broadcasters Association. He has a B.S. in broadcast journalism from Arizona State University, a master’s degree in journalism from West Virginia University, and he was an adjunct instructor in journalism at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He joined student media in 2013. He teaches media sales.
Title: Student Media Broadcast Engineer
Steven Miller was hired as Broadcast Engineer at the Student Media Center in early 2016. He worked for more than 13 years as broadcast maintenance engineer and IT tech for WAPT-TV, a Hearst station in Jackson. Steven also taught electronics engineering technology at Hinds Community College. Steven has an AAS degree in electronics engineering/biomedical technology from Hinds, and a bachelor of technology in business management and management information systems degree from Mississippi University for Women.
Debra Lynn Novak
Title: Student Media Creative Services Manager
Debra Novak joined the Student Media Center in 2012 as the creative services manager. She supervises students who design advertising for The Daily Mississippian. She worked for the Grand Rapids Press in Michigan for 30 years, where she managed more than 60 marketing/advertising projects each year. She served for 20 years as a graphics design advisory member for curriculum at the Kent County Technical Center in Michigan. She has a B.A. degree from Central Michigan University.
Title: Student Media Manager of Technology
Kenny Sessions joined the Student Media Center in 2015. Previously, he worked as IT manager for the College of Business at Tennessee State University, and in senior IT management and supervisory positions with WKNO Public Broadcasting, International Paper and the Federal Express Corporation. Kenny received a B.S. degree in business, an Executive MBA degree with a concentration in information technology management from Christian Brothers University, and a master of public administration degree from Tennessee State University, with an emphasis on IT in the public sector. He has several IT and IT training certifications, and has taught classes at the National College of Business & Technology in Nashville and Webster University in Memphis.