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HOMECOMING 2002: Union grad says he's living out dream

JACKSON, Tenn.Feb. 12, 2002 – Can anyone honestly say that they love their job? Tim Coleman can. A 1993 graduate of Union University and community access coordinator for Time Warner, he admits that he is living out a dream.

Coleman recruits new programs and volunteers for the Community Access Channel in Memphis, Tenn.

“When most people think of Public Access Television, they usually think of Wayne’s World – a show aired from a basement,” says Coleman. “However, we put out decent materials that are well-crafted.”

Tim Coleman ('93) talks with Broadcasting major Jarod Rogers after Communication Art's "Wisdom from the Trenches."

All crewmembers for the network are volunteers. Coleman says that the volunteers can be grouped into three categories: the lifers, the students, and the people from the street. The lifers are there because they love it, the students are exploring and wanting experience, and the “street people” are using it as a hobby on the side.

Coleman is working on a partnership with the University of Memphis to ensure credit for the student volunteers. He focuses on training these volunteers for broadcasting purposes.

Since Coleman’s arrival at Time Warner, he has created several programs including “Sam Sam the Hardware Man,” Yo!Talks,” Legislative Talk Back,” and “Getting Fit in Memphis,” among others.

“Yo!Talks” is an intriguing program that uses inner city teens “trying to clean up their act” as the crew members. Coleman uses his skills to train and teach the teens his trade.

“I love having the opportunity to invest in others’ lives, especially those making an effort to turn their lives around,” says Coleman.

Coleman shares his wisdom during a session of "Wisdom from the Trenches."

Coleman loves what he does and believes Time Warner is where God wants him for now. He and his wife, Jennifer Douglass Coleman, a 1994 Union grad and public relations director for the Memphis Zoo, currently reside in Memphis, Tenn. They are part of a church plan to plant CenterPoint Church targeted toward Eastern Shelby and Fayette County residents. The church’s first service will be held on Easter Sunday in a rented space in the Belz outlet mall.

“Jennifer and I are thrilled to be a part of this church plan,” says Coleman. “We envision a body of believers learning and growing continuously in Christ.”

Coleman spoke at “Wisdom from the Trenches,” a panel discussion hosted by the Department of Communication Arts during the university’s recent Homecoming activities. He shared with communications students that hard work and initiative are intricate to success. He also shared the importance of being in God’s will.

“I could be doing numerous jobs with much more income involved, but God has placed me here, and I am happy,” says Coleman. “I simply place all of my worries in God’s hands and I just do the work.”

By Ginger Rowlett,
Class of 2003

Media contact: Sara B. Horn, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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