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2002 Communications graduates share news of their success

Many May 2002 School of Communications grads found their niche in the work world within a few days or weeks of graduation. Here's a small sampler of biographical updates from some of these recent Elon alumni.

  • Jessica Rivelli is nightside assignment editor and fill-in producer at WFMY-TV2, Greensboro's CBS affiliate. She works afternoons and evenings Monday through Friday, building the 11 p.m. news show and contributing to all of WFMY's newscasts. She produces part-time and also reproduces news for WFMYNews2.com. "I strive to create newscasts that are local, relevant and memorable," she says. Rivelli's ultimate goal is to become a news director at a TV station in Tampa, Fla. Her e-mail address is HelloKitty18NC@aol.com.

  • Allyson Brunetti is the production coordinator for "Change of Heart," a Warner Brothers television series that is shot in New York. The program is a dating show/reality series. One of Brunetti's duties is to coordinate the intern program, and she says she would like to hire Elon students for the positions. Her e-mail address is Allyson.Brunetti@warnerbros.com.

  • Audrey Seagraves is working in a one-year, paid fellowship with The Population Institute, an educational non-profit organization. Its national office is located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. "I'm still trying to decide if PR work is for me; I have a year to figure some things out," she says. "I am going to Johannesburg at the end of August for the 2-week World Summit on Sustainable Development. I'm really excited about going, and hope I can network while I'm there. I am having a great time so far. I like the people I work with and love D.C." Her e-mail address is audrey_seagraves@yahoo.com.

  • Janell Otis is an area sales manager for College Directory Publishing Inc., a company that produces ads for college phone directories. She interned for the company last summer, selling ads for the Elon directory. "I am having a great summer traveling around the U.S.," she says. "I travel around the Southeast working with students participating in the summer internship program. I have been to many places in Vermont, Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia, Georgia, Florida and the Washington, D.C., area." She plans to move to Philadelphia in October or November and continue working for the parent company of College Directory Publishing, AroundCampus Inc. Her e-mail address is JOCOCHE@aol.com.

  • Lauren Cooper is a media relations assistant for Wake Forest University Athletics, handling publicity and statistics for Wake Forest's NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports. She serves as the primary media contact for women's soccer, men's and women's cross country and men's and women's track and field. She also assists with football and men's and women's basketball. Her duties include producing, designing and editing media guides and game programs, as well as Web site maintenance and statistical updating. "I love what I am doing," she says. "I get to be involved in college athletics at the best level of competition, the ACC. Working at Wake Forest gives me the opportunity to network with colleagues all over the nation and will allow many chances for me to become established quickly in the sports industry." Her e-mail address is cooperml@wfu.edu.

  • Daryl Lundsford is working as a video producer/editor on sports-related programming at Tulane University in New Orleans. His e-mail address is dlunsfor@tulane.edu.

  • Courtney Russell is working for Magno Sound and Video, a post-production company in New York City. Her assignment is in the international department of the company, where she works with dubs and conversions. Her e-mail address is courtney@magnointernational.com.

  • Mandie Danielski, a communications minor, is in a two-year graduate school program at Michigan Tech. The institution waived her tuition and offered her a teaching-assistant position. "I have the opportunity to teach freshmen in a course like college writing," she says. "I love the course offerings in this program; the community of people there is supportive and really involved with their work and studies, and I love learning." Danielski says her plan is to earn her Ph.D. in rhetoric/composition in order to teach college students.

  • Holly Edwards accepted a job with Chicago-based Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, corporate parent of a number of popular eateries. She is a sales manager for PJ Clarkes restaurants, conducting sales and marketing calls and planning events. "Everyone knows about LEYE and they are impressed I was able to get a job with them right out of school," she says. "It's great to be back in the city, I can't stop smiling. I'm very good friends with two Elon graduates from 2000 - they live a block away from me: Kristen and Josh Felix. I couldn't have done it without the guidance and knowledge of the faculty at Elon - an education that I know that will carry me far." Her e-mail address is hollye02@hotmail.com

    Tell us about yourself and your career, so we can share the news of your success. Send information to andersj@elon.edu.


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