When Ryan Amick was in high school, his dad, Mark, never missed one of his band concerts; they both lived in the same town. In fact, Mark recorded them for family at a distance.

Now Mark lives in California, and Ryan is a music education major at PSU. But Mark is still able to listen to his son’s concerts, thanks to a livestreaming initiative the university began a few years ago and has continued to develop.

“I am so very grateful to PSU for livestreaming the Jazz and Wind Ensemble performances,” Mark said. “With the majority of Ryan’s family living along the west coast, it’s the only chance we have of watching him perform. I was afraid of losing that connection with him, but PSU came through for those of us unable to make it to campus.”

Livestreaming is a joint effort between the Communication Department (home to the PSU Broadcasting program directed by Troy Comeau), technical coordinator Jonathan Eastman and his crew at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, the Music Department, Athletics, and University Marketing & Communication.

Livestreaming not only allows friends and families to watch special events like choir and band concerts, athletic events at the Robert W. Plaster Center, and annual traditions like Apple Day, it gives students valuable hands-on experience as they learn the technical aspects of running a livestream and the equipment.

It also shortens the distance; relatives of students from India were able to watch the PSU Diwali Festival of Lights, for example, from thousands of miles away.

At Fall and Spring Commencement ceremonies, viewers have tuned in from as many as 38 countries to watch. And at the four-day Kansas SAE Baja competition, a mobile broadcasting center and a wi-fi bridge allowed a livestream from a field to viewers around the world. Such broadcasts can be found in a searchable archive at pittstate.tv.

The next step, those involved say, is to gain support from donors to purchase more equipment in order to more finely hone the programming and have everything in one location.