Pittsburg State livestreams first Virtual Town Hall

  Friday, February 9, 2018 2:00 AM
  News, People and Society

Pittsburg, KS

Pittsburg State livestreams first Virtual Town Hall

Two lights, a laptop and a camera. That was the extent of the production that went into Pittsburg State's first "Virtual Town Hall" streamcast Friday morning. The idea for the streamcast came from President Steve Scott, who wanted to ensure the campus community stayed informed on the latest legislative happenings and their impact.

“We hold campus Legislative Town Hall meetings almost monthly during the spring semester,” said Scott. “But things can change so quickly in Topeka that we needed to be more active in our communication. Doing a virtual town hall allows us to efficiently speak with campus and to do so in a manner that’s convenient for our faculty and staff.”

The first streamcast attracted nearly 200 viewers and early comments were positive.

“We received several emails from faculty letting us know how much they appreciated the ability to watch from their desktops and phones,” said Chris Kelly, associate vice president for University Marketing and Communication. “The president came to us with the idea, and we were able to make it happen with a modest investment of resources.”

The Virtual Town Hall, which is automatically recorded, will be available to view on demand for those who weren’t able to watch it live.

“Pittstate.tv is quickly becoming one of our most popular communication channels,” said Kelly. “The Virtual Town Hall is a perfect example of how, with very little time and effort we can communicate important messages directly to campus. I’m excited for the future of pittstate.tv and what future projects we might soon see.”

Pittsburg State’s Virtual Town Hall will livestream at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays, and be available for on-demand viewing on www.pittstate.tv.