2014

Muncie, Ind. – Ball State University will present the 36th Annual Vernon C. Schranz Distinguished Lectureship in Public Relations, featuring lecturer Robert Hoopes. The lecture, What do you stand for? Strategic Communications, Risk-Taking and Your Career Path, will take place on Tues. Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. in the ballroom of the L.A. Pittenger Student Center at Ball State University.

Hoopes is president of VOX Global, a DC-based public affairs firm and subsidiary of Omnicom, one of the world’s largest communication firms. He has been active in electoral politics for more than 25 years, getting his start in national campaigns in 1987 on then-Senator Joe Biden’s first run for President and later joining his Senate office in 1989. Most recently, he volunteered for the Obama/Biden 2008 presidential campaign and assisted with the Biden Transition Team. Over the years he has worked on local, state and national political campaigns as well as on the staffs of Senators Chris Dodd and Alan Dixon.

Since 1992, Hoopes has attended and worked at every Democratic National Convention. He has been involved in campaigns and intense grassroots advocacy efforts on critical issues.  He provides regular political commentary for Fox News, NPR, MSNBC, and BBC World News. He is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Since 1999, he has been an adjunct professor at the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management and serves on the Council of American Politics at the George Washington University and the Board of Trustees at Colby College.

The lectureship series is dedicated to Vernon C. Schranz, the Ball Corporation’s first public relations officer, for his 25 excellent years of service. Mr. Schranz frequently guest lectured at Ball State and, along with his lectureship, endowed a scholarship in the Schranz name after his retirement.

Hosted by Ball State University since 1979, the Vernon C. Schranz Distinguished Lectureship in Public Relations is the longest running public relations lectureship in the nation and has served as a forum for some of the most accomplished figures in public relations.

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