New York native tells his plans as new chair

Dr. Herman Howard is implementing multiple plans for spring semester

By Alana Edgin
On November 10, 2016

Photo by Kaitlin Trujillo
Dr. Howard watches a Rambelle volleyball game. Howard often attends school sporting events to show his support.

The Department of Communications and Mass Media is getting a sporty update with plans from the new chair to add classes and faculty.

A native of Franklinville, New York, Dr. Herman Howard stepped up to the responsibilities of the department. He is the new chair of the department and has already begun his goals which include live sports broadcasting.

"Every time I see him he greets me with a big smile and a handshake asking how my day has been and how my broadcast from a previous game went," Vincent Salazar, a senior sports broadcaster for Ram TV, said. "The addition [of live broadcasting] has been great for me. I don’t think students from bigger schools like Texas and Texas A&M could say they have that experience."

Many of his goals deal with gaining experience and helping students build connections for their future careers.

"I love what I am doing and I enjoy helping them to reach their academic and career goals, which is why we incorporated the live broadcasts and the student field trips," Howard said. "They can develop the key networking contacts that can help them for future internships and career-related opportunities."

He also has plenty of hands-on experience and a history with sports. At his previous job as Chair of English, Foreign Languages and Mass Communication at Benedict College in North Carolina, he was able to build connections and offer students opportunities they would not have had.

"Lately, [my favorite sports team] has been the Carolina Panthers since we lived in Charlotte for 15 years and we developed strong relationships with members of the Panthers through the internship program and classroom visits by the staff, which helped our students with internships," Howard said.

His time there allowed him to discover numerous stories about pro athletes from current broadcasters like Eugene Robinson and football star Brett Favre. The two were teammates in the late 1990s for the Green Bay Packers.

"His wife, Mrs. Robinson, cooked chitterlings for dinner and he was unsure if Favre would eat them since it’s a long-standing African-American delicacy," Howard said. "Favre ate two plates of the dinner and later asked for a take-home plate. Robinson questioned Favre, "I did not know that you ate chitterlings and Favre responded by saying, "Remember, I am from Mississippi.""

Howard has also been hard at work to create new classes in hopes of helping build students so they can take part in stories like this. The first new class will be offered in Spring 2017 semester. This class is Sports Broadcasting, taught by Donald Plachno.

"I am planning on taking the class next semester," Salazar said. "This class will continue my education for broadcasting specifically within the field I hope to work in after college, the sports field."

Another upcoming course is an Entertainment-Education summer course for 2017. This course will study television comedy and drama using theories from communication scholar Dr. Everett Rogers. Students in this new course will develop a new E-E proposal for television for submission to television directors.

Howard works at ASU six days a week, but on Sunday he goes to church and spends time with his son, Sydney, his wife Alysia and his cousin Lawrence Cheeks. During the week, his schedule is full of broadcasting meetings and classes, but he always makes time to go to every ASU sporting event.

"I want to see our student broadcasters do well on air and in production, being at the events shows that I strongly support their efforts and to give them encouragement," Howard said.


These field trips will offer students the chance to view some spectacular landmarks in the news world. The first one will be next week and is a trip to the Dallas Cowboys facility. Other trips in the works will be at NASCAR, NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, the Texas Rangers facility and a study abroad trip for Spring Break 2018 to Europe. Any students interested in a career in journalism/broadcast are welcome to these trips and can email Howard at

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