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Sitton, Ron

Ron Sitton, visiting professor of multimedia, updates Sitron’s Post for the Media department in the College of Media and Communication. A native Arkansawyer, he entered the world in Little Rock but claims North Little Rock as his hometown after living there from elementary school through high school.

Sitton can be found in the Education/Communication Building, Room 357 during office hours Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8-8:50 a.m.; Mondays and Wednesdays from noon-1 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-5:50 p.m. Other meetings may be scheduled by appointment. Catch him most any time via email — rsitton at astate dot edu — or call his office at 870-972-2979, which he checks less frequently. He receives snail mail at POB 1930, State University, Ark., 72467.

Previously as a tenured professor at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, Sitton advised UAM’s award-winning online news source (The Voice), the UAM Journalism Club and Tau Kappa Epsilon, which finally chartered before he left campus. Those men proved perseverance will overcome most any obstacle.

His educational background includes two degrees in journalism from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a doctorate of philosophy in Communication from the University of Tennessee. Sitton expects to teach you about communication in this course. People rely on good communication to help them make decisions in a democratic society. A good student comes to class prepared; a good professor not only teaches, but also does whatever possible to help students understand the material. He expects students to receive the grade they earn.

Sitton was a Competitor as an undergraduate until he understood that his true competition came from himself, i.e. if he didn’t master the subject, he would be the only person to blame. That prompted him to reassess and become a Deep Learner and a Commitment Knower.

Sitton plans to join the Community Choir for another opportunity to perform Handel’s “Messiah.” He’s also considering additional opportunities to serve, but plans to focus on conducting research this year. In 10 years, he plans to be a tenured professor (again), but this time at a research university.

Sitton now has cable TV at his rent house after going two years without it. Typically, you’ll find Sitton in front of his own “devil box” — the computer. He saw “American Sniper” the last time he went to the movies. He prefers reading, having most recently read Paulo Coehlo’s “The Alchemist” and John McPhee’s “The Pine Barrens.” His favorite books include William Zinsser’s “On Writing Well” and Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” series: Zinsser makes writing seem easy, where Jordan does a great job of mixing a messiah-type character (e.g. Herbert’s “Dune”) with the villain-type characters of Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings.”

Online, Sitton downloads nugcasts from nugs.net‘s stash, discovers new artists through Daytrotter and purchases singles via the iTunes store. He most recently traded a stack of CDs, DVDs and vinyl at Arkansas Record-CD Exchange for Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” and John Coltrane’s “Blue Train,” both vinyl reissues. He always enjoys music recommendations! Occasionally he whines about music on social media.

Sitton admires the Washington Post for keeping the secret about the identity of Deep Throat for more than 30 years, which is longer than most of you have been alive.

This article reminds Sitton to take time for poetry, which he’s sporadically done since the age of 17. The actual article provides a Q&A with a notable poet, who teaches at the University of Arkansas.

Sitton started working on the Web in 1996 for graduate school and considers himself an eight on a scale of one-to-10. He maintains accounts at facebook, twitter, Instagram, MySpace and LinkedIn (among others).

Sitton’s strengths include empathy for students and attention to detail. He could always improve on keeping up with the latest technology changes. In 10 years, he also plans to finish traveling the United States as he only has Alaska and Hawaii left.

He also admires anyone who can buy two weeks of good food for $50. He suggests peanut butter, jelly, bread, beans, rice, Cajun spice, coffee, spaghetti, sauce and a six-pack of Guinness, i.e. one every other day.

Sitton loves media and hopes to infect you with his passion for it.

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