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$5 Million AT&T Gift Transforms Trinity University’s Television Facilities to Hi-Def Operation

By Russell Guerrero ’83

Taking part in the ribbon cutting ceremony for Trinity’s new high-definition TV studio, from left, are William Christ, professor and chair of the University’s communication department; Renee Flores, executive director of AT&T External Affairs; Trinity student Ray Wang; Trinity President Dennis A. Ahlburg; and state Sen. Jeff Wentworth.

SAN ANTONIO – Trinity University students who want to learn about television production now have access to high definition digital equipment that rivals many broadcast stations in the nation.  From a new digital sound mixer to studio cameras to lights, Trinity’s television facilities received a complete renovation made possible through a gift from AT&T.

The completion of the renovation project, which began more than a year ago, was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony in Studio 21, the main television studio in the Richardson Communications Center at Trinity.

“We gladly support this effort to transform the television studio at Trinity University into a state of the art studio,” said Renee Flores, executive director, AT&T External Affairs. “This gift and this transformation positions Trinity to become a leader in broadcast studies and to become a destination school for students pursuing a career in broadcasting.”

“These facilities rival not only other schools in the state, but many broadcast stations,” said state Sen. Jeff Wentworth.  “This is truly a premier environment for our broadcast journalists of the future to learn and grow.”

Watch video of the ribbon cutting below
 

This was the largest renovation project since the creation of the television facilities almost 40 years ago. All of the analog equipment in the control room was removed and replaced with high definition digital equipment including a new multi-channel audio console and an array of digital video monitors.  In Studio 21, new HD Sony studio cameras have been added as well as a new lighting system. Two robotic HD cameras have been added to a satellite newsroom in the Richardson Communications Center.

The facilities are used for courses taught in the communication department and for student produced shows such as Newswave, Studio 21, and The Not So Late Show, which air on Trinity’s TigerTV station.   

“This high definition communication laboratory is rare in higher education.  There are very few universities where undergraduates, including first-year students, can work with this kind of equipment to inform, educate, entertain, and persuade,” said William Christ, professor and chair of Trinity’s communication department. “AT&T’s contribution will keep reaping dividends for years to come.”

The funds to upgrade the television facilities came from a $5 million technology grant given by AT&T during Dream. Aspire. Achieve. The Campaign for Trinity University.  Trinity’s campaign came to a successful conclusion last fall raising $206 million. The grant has helped Trinity advance the use of cutting edge technology throughout the campus.  In 2008, AT&T helped to convert KRTU-FM, Trinity University’s listener supported radio station, into a high definition digital facility. And in 2007, the first year of AT&T gift, Trinity was able to upgrade several campus technological resources, including the creation of an information commons in the Coates Library and an update of technology equipment in classrooms across the campus.

“We want to thank AT&T for providing funds to keep Trinity University at the forefront of technology advances. Facilities such as the Tiger TV broadcast studio – along with improvements previously made possible by AT&T to the KRTU campus radio station and the Center for Learning and Technology in the Coates Library – help us to prepare talented students to succeed in a high-tech world,” said Trinity President Dennis Ahlburg.

 


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