Public Information, Marketing, and Communications

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The Information and Marketing Department is the media and public relations channel of Howard College (HC), disseminating information that reflects and supports the college’s mission, vision, and values. Information and marketing personnel are  committed to providing timely, accurate and consistent information to both internal and external audiences, in order to build positive and effective relationships with our community, with HC faculty, staff and students, and with the media.

Public Information / Open Records Act Requests

Design Set

Media Relations

All media contacts and/or requests for information, interviews, statements or comments are handled by the Information and Marketing department. HC administration, faculty, staff or students who are contacted by the media should refer the individual(s) initiating the contact to the Information & Marketing Office personnel at the following locations:

Big Spring – Lamesa – SWCID:
Cindy Smith, Director of Information & Marketing
csmith@howardcollege.edu
(432) 264-5034 or (432) 517- 0073

San Angelo:
Debbie Velasquez, Marketing & Outreach Director, San Angelo
dvelasquez@howardcollege.edu
(325) 481-8300 ext. 3308 or (325) 217-7212

This policy is not intended to restrict or impede media access, but rather to enhance the quality of media access and communications by:

  • preventing confusion regarding media contact procedures and priorities
  • avoiding the possible dissemination of inaccurate or prematurely released information
  • facilitating scheduling of media contacts with the best possible source(s) of information
  • minimizing distractions that might impact HC students’ learning processes
  • preserving the privacy of our students

Howard College makes every effort both to respond to the requests of media representatives in a timely manner and to provide reasonable access to our faculty and staff. Positive partnerships with our local media outlets are crucial to keeping our public informed and we strive to maintain open, candid and professional communications with our media partners.

News & Publications

For archived college district news releases and stories, please click here.  

Public Information / Open Records Act Requests

Howard College is in compliance with the Open Records Act. Outside parties who wish to make a formal request for public information shall send in a written request including details of information requested and format for distribution. All written requests for public information should be sent to:

By email, standard mail, or in person:
Cindy Smith – Director of Information & Marketing
csmith@howardcollege.edu
Howard College
1001 Birdwell Lane
Big Spring, Texas 79720

All requests will be reviewed and, following established policy, a determination will be made as to whether or not the information requested is public in nature. If the information is determined to be public in nature, the requesting party will be charged according to established policy and will not exceed the legal amount established by H.B. 6 (Article 6252-17a, Vernon’s Revised Civil Statutes of Texas). The requesting party will be notified of charges for approval prior to processing the request.

If the information is determined to not be public in nature, the requesting party will be notified and the information will not be released.

The guidelines established in Open Records Act will be followed at all times.

Design Set

The Information & Marketing Department handles all advertising, graphic design, photography, web design and publishing for the Howard County Junior College District.  Requests for any college logos, print, video or web materials should go through this office including requests for customized Howard College letterheads and business cards.

If you need official Howard College print materials including Business Cards or Letterheads, please submit a request. To request a copy of the official design set, click here. To request other print materials please contact call (432) 264-5034.

Howard College has defined official policy for the use of colors, seals, and logos in any online or print materials which are created to represent the college (either as a part or a whole).  Materials designed to represent the college must follow these guidelines and should be designed or approved by the Department of Information and Marketing. 

Please refer to this document for guidelines on using official colors, seals, and logos.  It is not our intent to stifle creativity with these guidelines, but it is our intent to brand Howard College and the Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (SWCID) by conveying consistent messages and visual images to our various audiences.  We wish to outline a consistent set of colors, logos and symbols to be used across all media, including print, web, video, and any promotional materials used by or representing Howard College.

Questions

If you have any questions about Howard College materials, use of college logos and artwork, or need permissions for use of content, please contact Media Relations at (432) 264-5034 or email csmith@howardcollege.edu.