Seven top students honored for their work
The faculty and administrators of Elon's School of Communications hosted the
institution's annual awards ceremony in McEwen Studio B May 2. Seven outstanding students were
selected from among more than 800 communications and journalism majors to
be honored for their outstanding contributions in and out of the classroom. Those
honored meet the highest academic standards, have been active in on-campus media
organizations and have achieved great success in challenging internships.
The A.J. Fletcher Award
This honor is awarded annually to
an upperclassman major in communications. The student may be taking courses in
broadcast, corporate communications or film. The Fletcher Award is based on a combination of
high academic achievement, high involvement and leadership in campus media and
the School of Communications and quality internship experience. Fletcher was a
leader in broadcast communications in North Carolina. The A.J. Fletcher Endowed
Chair, Dr. David Copeland, presented the award to Jessica Vitak, a graduating
senior who has been station manager at WSOE Radio and managing editor of The
Pendulum in addition to owning the top GPA among seniors in the School of
The Mary Ellen Priestley Award
This award is given annually to an outstanding journalism student, with priority to
those actively involved at The Pendulum, the Elon student newspaper.
Historically, the Priestley Award has been given to the editor or managing editor
of the newspaper. Priestley taught English and journalism at Elon and was the
first faculty adviser of the Pendulum. Faculty member and Pendulum adviser Janna Anderson presented
the award to Jennifer Guarino, editor of The Pendulum. Guarino has also
distinguished herself as a journalist with work at theWinston-Salem Journal, the
Burlington Times-News and in Elon's University Relations office.
The James F. Hurley Legacy Scholarship
This new addition to Elon's program is awarded annually to a rising junior at Elon University, with
priority to those majoring in journalism. This endowed scholarship is named in
memory of James F. Hurley Sr. and James F. Hurley Jr. and in honor of James F.
Hurley III. All three were influential in North Carolina journalism as publishers
of The Salisbury Post from 1912 to 1997. Associate Dean Brad Hamm presented the
scholarship to Katie Beaver, a communications fellow and veteran of news
internships with the Salisbury Post, Alamance News and High Point Enterprise.
Beaver is also the chief copy editor for The Pendulum, and she works in Elon's
University Relations Office.
Senior Awards are given annually to seniors who are graduating in May of the
current year. The awards are based on high academic achievement, involvement and
leadership in campus media and the School of Communications and quality
internship experiences. Students who complete their academic requirements in
December or January are eligible for consideration.
The outstanding senior in broadcast communications is Tim Archibald, a former station manager and longtime student
leader in Elon Television who also has been working doing part-time production
work with CBS Sports for the past several years. One memorable experience for Tim
during that time was his work at the Master's golf tournament in Augusta, Ga.,
where he got to put on the traditional green jacket (to set up a TV shot) just
before the tournament winner, Tiger Woods. Archibald also served an internship
with ABC-TV's "The View." ETV adviser Jay McMerty presented the award.
The outstanding senior in journalism is Jessica Rivelli, who has been working
nearly full-time as an assignment editor (with a little producing on the side) at
WFMY-TV, the CBS affiliate in Greensboro, in addition to attending Elon as a
full-time student. Rivelli, the station manager of Elon Student Television, is
also a former managing editor of The Pendulum. Leah Kessler, director of internships and special projects,
presented the award.
The outstanding senior in film is Ashley Igdalsky-Mattioli. She came to Elon with
her focus set on a career doing sports television and documentary work. She has
completed a number of NASCAR internships, including two at Pocono Raceway and has
already landed a full-time post-graduation job doing production work at NASCAR
races. She was director/producer of
"The Art of Snowboarding," a top entry in
Elon's Student Film Competition. Faculty member and Cinelon adviser John Duvall presented the award.
The outstanding senior in corporate communications is Erica Stanley. Stanley has worked in
a summer position as a press aide in former N.C. Gov. Jim Hunt's office and in an internship
at the National Education Association in Washington, D.C. She is currently working with the
Erskine Bowles Senate campaign in North Carolina. She has been instrumental in planning
and executing a number of major School of Communications events. Faculty member
Jessica Gisclair presented the award.