TV Studio A in McEwen Communications building was completely renovated
during the summer, and the finished product was on display for the
Elon community during a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception Aug.
studio features a new TV-news production set built by Beaver Construction
Co., of Graham, N.C. It includes areas for news, weather and interviews,
and it features a specialized lighting scheme. The $16,000 cost
was divided between the School of Communications, Elon Student Television
and the department of Instructional and Campus Technologies. When
bids were let on the project at least one professional set-building
firm wanted $80,000 to do the job. Administrators involved in getting
the project off the ground include Paul Parsons, Chris Fulkerson,
Rex Waters and Scott Hildebrand.
Lashendock, coordinator of television services, explained that the
new set, built in just four weeks and made primarily of birch plywood,
will allow Elon students to learn in a state-of-the-art environment.
"It will capture all opportunities in the academic arena,"
The design was the work
of Elon students Scott Myrick and David Douglas, and both chipped
in to help with some of the construction. Staff member Jeff James
helped wire the lighting. Lashendock and Office of Television Services
staffer Marion Aitcheson became faux-painting experts after taking
a Sherwin-Williams class, and painted some set walls.
The set is designed
to accommodate live television transmissions to Time Warner Cable
and other broadcast outlets. Lashendock said the plan is to convert
the studio from its current analog format to a digital format in
the near future.