Special to the Daily Light

The SAGU Communication Arts Department announced this week that a video testimony produced by SAGU media students and faculty instructor Rob Price will air in today on The 700 Club television broadcast.

The feature documents the life of former SAGU assistant football coach Alexander Wright, who played wide receiver in the NFL for seven years.

Wright recounts the history of abuse in his family, his path to the professional football, and how the Gospel message eventually transformed his life. The 700 Club plans to run the story today. The 7-minute story can also be viewed on the SAGU website.

SAGU Seniors Michael Spangler and Bryan Woodward served as assistant producers on the project. “As soon as I heard about the project having a chance to run on The 700 Club I was overjoyed,” Spangler said who learned much through the experience.

“What I had read about and learned in class unfolded right in front of me when we began producing the interviews and re-enactments. Just being a part of this project has prepared me even more for the rest of my communications classes at Southwestern.”

Woodward agreed. “Actually getting to do something as opposed to just reading about it is so important in my field. Putting to use what you have studied makes all the difference in the world.”

The story’s dramatic re-enactments also feature a SAGU connection. Two alumni participated as actors: Portia Butler (Principal of Waxahachie Global High) and Robert Madu (Evangelist).

Price has been working diligently to build more campus resources for video production since joining the SAGU faculty in the fall of 2006. He and Communication Arts Department Chair Skip Redd began the fall 2007 semester by opening the doors to a new digital video editing lab featuring 10 new i-Mac computers complete with Final Cut Studio 2.0 desktop editing software. Three separate video editing suites were installed last year.

Spangler also praised the recent growth of the Communication Arts Department. “In the past three years we have acquired new video edit stations, light kits, tripods, and cameras. But having all that equipment means nothing without the experience and knowledge that is passed on to us by our professors.”

“The addition of these brand new post-production facilities has put Southwestern on the map in the academic field of communications in our region of the country,” Price said. “We are aiming big in this department. We want to be the ‘first place’ where employers in churches, para-church ministries, missions organizations, and Christian-based film companies turn in their search to hire communication arts professionals just out of college. We also want to equip our students to have the skills necessary to pursue graduate work in communications.”

Woodward, who recently completed an internship at a church in Oklahoma, believes he is being trained to be a media missionary.

“It is such an honor to able to use media as a tool to tell stories and reach people for Christ in a media-driven world. It’s such a great task but it’s also a tremendous privilege.”

The video has also sparked a new venue of ministry for Wright. It began when he showed the video for the first time at a recent church camp. The video and his speaking abilities were noticed by several pastors and other Christian leaders. “The Holy Spirit has opened up doors to commence with ministry preaching and speaking to churches about the goodness and healing power of Jesus,” Wright said.

“My wife and I are now launching a ministry called Wright In Time Sports Ministry. Doors have opened up to speak at youth camps, high school leadership seminars and churches.”