* Department of Communication
* The Cable Center

March 27, 2007

Purdue alumnus to talk about jobs in cable telecommunications

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue's Department of Communication will be the host April 3-4 of a Cable Mavericks Lecture Series presentation featuring a Purdue alumnus who will talk about the cable telecommunications industry.

The lectures, which are free and open to the public, will be at 4:15 p.m. April 3 in Room 190 of the Electrical Engineering Building, and 1:30-3 p.m. on April 4 in Room 253 in Krannert.

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The speakers will be Doug Hurst, senior vice president and general manager of non-linear distribution at Scripps Networks who graduated from Purdue with a bachelor's degree in hospitality and tourism management, and Annette Lindstrom, vice president of marketing for Home and Garden Television, known as HGTV. 

The topic of the presentations will be "Scripps Networks - Past, Present and Future."

Hurst oversees all affiliate marketing activities for Scripps Networks' leading lifestyle brands, including HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, Fine Living, Great American Country and Scripps Networks On Demand. Lindstrom brings 16 years of experience in consumer and business-to-business marketing and communications strategy to HGTV.

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"The two speakers represent very recognizable companies and will focus on important issues in the cable industry," said Howard Sypher, professor and head of the Department of Communication. "It's a great chance for our students and the public to tap their vast bank of knowledge and get to the inside of what it's like to work in such a high-profile industry."

The lectures, presented by The Cable Center, a nonprofit group that provides education and information on cable telecommunications, are part of a series that takes cable executives on campuses to deliver lectures, promote discussion and dispense career advice to undergraduate and graduate students.

Purdue's communication department has 800 undergraduate majors and its graduate program is ranked in the top 10 programs in the United States.

Writer: Maggie Morris, (765) 494-2432,

Source: Howard Sypher, (765) 494-3300,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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