Title: Executive Director of ACEJMC, Assistant Dean for Student Media, and Assistant Professor of Journalism
Pat Thompson is assistant dean for student media, and executive director of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, the agency responsible for the evaluation of professional journalism and mass communications programs at colleges and universities.
She oversees the operation of the Student Media Center, where students and staff produce the Daily Mississippian, The Ole Miss yearbook, NewsWatch Ole Miss, Rebel Radio WUMS 92.1-FM and several websites. She teaches writing and editing courses, and she led a multimedia journalism project that won the 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Award for college journalism.
Thompson has more than 25 years of experience as a journalist — as a staff writer at The Washington Postand as a senior editor at the San Jose Mercury Newsand South Florida Sun-Sentinel. She was part of the Mercury Newsstaff awarded the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for general news reporting.
Thompson 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 and on accreditation appeals boards.
Title: Student Media Assistant Director/Advertising and Radio
Roy Frostenson’s areas of responsibility are advertising and Rebel Radio WUMS-FM 92.1. 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 bachelor’s degree 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 teaches a media sales course.
Wendy C. Giray
Title:Student Media Administrative Assistant
Wendy Giray is administrative assistant at the Student Media Center. She has worked as a university staff assistant, and she has experience as an administrative assistant, billing agent, bookkeeper and teacher. Her student media responsibilities include supervising student office workers, processing payroll and accounts payable, and other daily office activities.
She received an AA degree from Valencia College in Florida. She volunteers as administrator for the Oxford Children’s Chorus and the Oxford String Project, and as treasurer of the Mississippi Chapter of American String Teachers Association. She is married to Selim Giray and they have a daughter, Sara.
Title: Student Media Broadcast Engineer
Steven Miller is the staff engineer at the Student Media Center, where he works with students and advisers for the daily TV newscast and the radio station. Previously, he worked for more than 13 years as broadcast maintenance engineer and IT tech for WAPT-TV, a Hearst station in Jackson. He has also taught electronics engineering technology at Hinds Community College. He has an AAS degree in electronics engineering/biomedical technology from Hinds, and he has a bachelor’s degree in technology in business management and management information systems from Mississippi University for Women.
Debra Lynn Novak
Title: Student Media Creative Services Manager
Debra Novak supervises students who design advertising for The Daily Mississippian. She worked for the Grand Rapids Pressin Michigan for many 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 bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.
Title: Student Media Technology Manager
Jared Senseman manages all technology for the SMC, including computers, websites and servers. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the Meek School and a master’s degree in digital publishing from Kingston University in London.
He is an Apple Certified Support Professional and Associate, and has worked for the university’s IT Helpdesk. He has experience with coding, network administration, server maintenance and social media marketing. He is proficient in website creation, design and maintenance through his management of three online businesses from startup to scale-up.
He worked as commissioning editor for a global media company and as editor-in-chief of a nanotechnology website. He also teaches an intro to IMC writing course as an adjunct instructor.