JACKSON, Tenn. – July 30, 2003– Union University hosted WBBJ’s Live at 5 newscast July 30. The Jackson ABC affiliate broadcast from the Great Lawn, with the Miller Tower serving as a backdrop for the half hour program.
“Union has always been very good to us, making us comfortable and welcoming us to the campus,” said Live at 5 Executive Producer Christiana Coleman. The station recently decided to take the program out of the studio and into the community, she said. “It makes people feel more a part of the newscast because they are seeing places they go everyday,” said Coleman.
Union alum Brad Douglass (’86), who serves as anchor for WBBJ’s five and ten o’clock news, interviewed Tom Rosebrough, dean of the School of Education and Human Studies during the five o’clock program. Rosebrough discussed graduate programs now offered at Union, including a doctor’s degree in education. Union’s Ed. D. program is one of only two in West Tennessee, and the only Ed. D. program available from a Christian university in the region.
Douglass said the visit brought back memories of his days at Union and expressed his appreciation for the expansion led by Union President David S. Dockery. Since Dockery arrived, the Miller Tower, Jennings Hall and Hammons Hall have been added to the campus. The Roy L. White Hall, which will provide new science facilities, is planned to be in use in 2005.