Video and audio, from concept through completion.
In 2012, the Department of Mass Communications became an Avid Learning Partner, and through Video Services began offering Avid Certified User training on Media Composer 5. Avid Certified Instructor Wayne Mills is certified to teach MC 101 for Media Composer 5, and MC 101 & MC 110 for Media Composer 6.

Video Services is staffed by two full-time Instructors and three Broadcasting Engineers from the Department of Mass Communications.



Cory Byers Cory Byers is an Instructor in the Department of Mass Communications, the Director of Video Services, the faculty advisor for the Ad Club, and an award-winning video producer. With backgrounds in both advertising and video production, Byers teaches a number of courses in each area, including: Copywriting & Design, Electronic Media Advertising, Advertising Campaigns, Advanced Video Writing and Production, and Advanced Video Directing and Producing.

He is a member of the Broadcast Education Association, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and the American Advertising Federation.


Tom AtwoodTom Atwood is an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years experience as a news reporter, documentary film producer and, more recently, as an instructor in the Department of Mass Communications. Tom earned his B.S. from MacMurray College in 1978, and his M.S. in Mass Communications from SIUE in 2008.

An Emmy award-winning journalist, Tom won the prestigious Peabody Award in 1993 for his investigative documentary on influence peddling among state lawmakers in Tennessee. Since then he has produced more than 25 documentaries, and two years ago received the Klotzer Award from Gateway Media Literacy Partners as the outstanding media professional in the St. Louis area.

In his free time, Tom enjoys songwriting and composing, and has released two albums of original classical and folk music.


Wayne Mills
Avid Instructor
Wayne Mills earned a degree in Radio-Television from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and has a nearly 30 year career in the field of Television.

He served in the U.S. Army as a TV Systems Technician, followed by stints at Turner Entertainment Networks in Atlanta, Sinclair Broadcast Group, and WMAR-TV in Baltimore.

Wayne is certified to teach a number of Avid courses, and teaches college courses as an adjunct lecturer. He is also an Avid Certified Service Representative (ACSR).

In his work for the Department of Mass Communications and Video Services, Wayne is assisted by two very able colleagues, Kwame Ross and Mike Cathey.


Kwame Ross Kwame Ross has 16 years of experience in the Audio-Visual field. His career also began in the U.S. Army and he served at NATO Headquarters in Belgium. After the Army, Kwame received a B.A. from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. His work history includes two stints at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and at WICD, also in Champaign.

Kwame returned to his alma mater in November 2009 to work at the Department of Mass Communications and Video Services. He is a “Certified Broadcast Network Technician” by the Society of Broadcast Engineers.


Mike CatheyMichael J. (Mike) Cathey came to the Department of Mass Communications at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in February 2012. Mike began his career in the U.S. Air Force in 1987 as a Ground Radio Communications Equipment Technician, and earned an A.A.S. in Electronic Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force in October 1993. After his service, he attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, and graduated with a B.S. in Engineering with Professional Concentration in Electrical Engineering in May 1998. He then began working at ABC affiliate, KAIT-TV, in Jonesboro, and soon reached the position of Assistant Chief Engineer, where he completed nearly fourteen years.

Since arriving at SIUE, he has been awarded a classification from the Society of Broadcast Engineers as a “Certified Broadcast Television Engineer.”