and administrators of Elon's School of Communications hosted the
institution's annual awards ceremony in McEwen Studio B May 1. Ten
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.
awards recognize outstanding personal and professional achievements
by graduating seniors who have demonstrated through consistent performance
extraordinary knowledge and ability in their areas of specialization,
and have made significant contributions to the department and the
Niland, Broadcast Communications Award. In addition to her outstanding
work in the classroom, Michelle was a leader at Elon Student Television,
where she created and produced the award-winning program "Win
Stuff." The presenter was Dr. David Copeland.
Corporate Communications Award. Katie, a standout student, conducted
a research project on area high school students' smoking habits
and the effect of anti-smoking ads they see on television; area
school officials are studying the research to determine ways to
help deter teen smoking. The presenter was Professor Gerald Gibson.
Film Award. A recipient of numerous awards for his film "Timescape
Sydney," Notch spent a semester in Australia working for Fox.
He has appeared in roles as an actor on television shows such as
"The West Wing," and in three films. He was also a columnist
for Elon University's student newspaper, The Pendulum. The presenter
was Professor Ray Johnson.
Guarino, Journalism Award. Guarino worked as editor of The Pendulum
her senior year. She also taught the journalism class at Western
High School and presented a journalism research project at the Association
for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications Southeast Colloquium.
The presenter was Dr. David Copeland. At a separate all-campus ceremony
earlier in the day, Guarino was named as winner of the Algernon
Sydney Sullivan Award. One of the top awards at Elon University,
it is given to a student who demonstrates fine spiritual qualities
in her daily life and relationship with peers. Guarino was honored
for her contributions to the campus community in leadership roles
and as a journalist. The award was presented by Smith Jackson, Elon's
Dean of Student Life.
Mary Ellen Priestley Award
the student majoring in Journalism whose published writing in newspapers
or magazines has been of the most consistently high quality. The
award is named for the late Dr. Mary Ellen Priestley, former Professor
of English and Journalism at Elon College and adviser to The Pendulum
during its first eight years. This year's winner is Katie Beaver,
managing editor for The Pendulum. Katie has also worked in internships
and as a stringer for The Salisbury Post, The Alamance News and
the Winston-Salem Journal. The
presenter of this award was Professor Janna Anderson.
Ellen Priestley Scholarship
will assist a female student who is a rising sophomore, junior,
or senior majoring in print journalism and preparing for a career
as a writer for public circulation newspapers and magazines. The
scholarship was established by the late Dr. Mary Ellen Priestley,
former Professor of English and Journalism at Elon College and adviser
to The Pendulum during its first eight years. This scholarship is
awarded to Erin Cunningham. The former news editor for The Pendulum,
Erin has worked in internships at several area newspapers, including
the Greensboro News & Record. The presenter of this scholarship
was Dr. Harlen Makemson.
A.J. Fletcher Award
recognizes the achievements of an outstanding undergraduate Corporate,
Broadcast, or Film major who reflects a wide-ranging interest within
the field, has a GPA above 2.75, has demonstrated leadership in
campus or personal life, and has been involved in some area of community
service. This year's recipient is Christian Brescia. Known for his
excellent web-building skills, Christian has been a mainstay in
Elon's ELITE student-technology program and has taught hundreds
of Elon students how to use software such as Dreamweaver. He served
as president of Lambda Pi Eta, the communications honors society,
and was also elected Elon's Homecoming King for 2002. Dean Paul
Parsons announced the award.
Hurley Legacy Scholarship
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 as publishers of The Salisbury Post. The scholarship
is awarded to a junior, with preference given to Communications
students with priority to Journalism majors. Due to the early graduation
of a current Hurley recipient, two scholarships were awarded at
the 2003 awards ceremony. The two student recipients are Lindsay
Porter and Alyssa Martin. Porter is news editor at The Pendulum.
Martin spent fall semester 2002 working on a film documentary project
in Scotland. The presenter of these scholarships was Associate Dean
Brad Hamm, a friend of the Hurleys.
will provide financial aid for a student of print journalism in
the School of Communications who has demonstrated leadership, scholarship,
service to the community and exemplary character traits. This scholarship
is awarded to Colin Donohue, a rising junior communications student
and the Pendulum editor for 2003. The presenter of this scholarship
was Professor Michael Skube.