Gwyn David Lecture on Crisis Communications in the Age of Social Media

AUSTIN, Texas –April 16, 2015--The Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin will host the Gwyn David Lecture Series with presentations by Stephen Marino, president and chief strategy officer at District of Columbia-based agencyQ, and Chris Jones, vice president of Pierpont Communications in Houston. The lecture will take place Thursday, April 16, 2015, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Belo Center for New Media. Marino and Jones will discuss how to manage crisis communication in the age of social media.

The Gwyn David Lecture Series was created in honor of the late Gwyn David, a 1979 graduate of the Moody College of Communication. David was senior vice president and media director of GSD&M, an Austin-based advertising agency.

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., Thursday, April 16, 2015

WHERE: Belo Center for New Media Dean’s Presentation Room, BMC 5.102

BACKGROUND:  Stephen Marino holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Boston University and a master’s from the New York City University’s Tisch School of the Arts Interactive Telecommunications Program. Marino brings 22 years of experience to agency in developing digital business and communication strategies as well as social media development solutions.

Chris Jones has more than 20 years of communications experience in the energy industry the he brings to Pierpont’s public relations clients. Jones’ expertise includes internal and external communications, investor relations, strategy development and corporate philanthropy. He received a bachelor’s of science in mechanical engineering from Christian Brothers University in Memphis and a master’s of business administration from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

About The University of Texas at Austin Moody College of Communication

One of the nation's foremost institutions for the study of advertising and public relations, communication sciences and disorders, communication studies, journalism and radio-TV-film, The University of Texas at Austin Moody College of Communication is preparing students to thrive in an era of media convergence. Serving more than 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students, the Moody College is nationally recognized for its faculty members, research and student media. For more information about the Moody College, visit


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Lauren Phillips
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