Mass Communications Inducts Olympics Media Director, Former Faculty Member at 37th Hall of Fame Ceremony

Bob Condron and Dennis Harp will become the 42nd and 43rd recipients of this honor.

The College of Mass Communications at Texas Tech University will honor the director of media services for the United States Olympic Committee and a former faculty member during the 37th Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Bob Condron and Dennis Harp will become the 42nd and 43rd recipients of this honor during a noon luncheon Feb. 20 at the Merket Alumni Center on the Texas Tech campus. "It is not a common practice to induct two nominees," said Jerry Hudson, dean of the College of Mass Communications. "However, of the two nominees this year, faculty members, advisory committee members and the members of our national board all agreed that both nominees have made significant contributions to the college in different areas.  Therefore, we're very pleased to honor two very deserving nominees." Condron is a veteran of 13 Olympic Games for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and has served as director of Media Services for the USOC since 1997. In addition to directing media services at Olympic, Paralympic, Pan-American and World University Games, Condron leads the USOC Media Services staff in promoting and publicizing athletes and teams in the USOC family on a daily basis. While at Texas Tech, Condron studied advertising and graduated with a bachelor's of business administration in 1968. He is a former assistant sports information director at Texas Tech, where he served from 1968 to 1971. From 1967 to 1969, he wrote for the Sports section of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. He is a member of the national Board of Directors of the College of Mass Communications at Texas Tech. And in 1999, Condron was named an Outstanding Alumnus of the college. Harp, a native Texan and Lubbock resident, recently retired after 35 years as a professor of electronic media and communications and associate dean of faculty in the College of Mass Communications. He holds a bachelor's degree in commercial art from Texas State University and a master's degree in broadcasting and a doctorate in educational technology with journalism minor from Texas A&M-Commerce. He became a college instructor in 1966 and previously taught at two other state institutions for an academic career totaling 39 years. His instructional emphasis was corporate telecommunications and media technology systems. This includes the utilization of technological systems for business, medical, educational, governmental, non-profit organizations and military communication applications. Harp is past president of the Texas Educational Television Association; associate director of educational relations, International Television Association; and served a four-year appointed term on the public media panel, Texas Commission on the Arts. He received six innovative teaching awards. Find Texas Tech news, experts and story ideas at www.media.ttu.edu. CONTACT: Jessica Robinson, office assistant, College of Mass Communications, 742-3385 ext. 221, or jessica.robinson@ttu.edu.