Advisory Board brings insights
to School of Communications


The School of Communications Advisory Board welcomed five new members at its fall gathering Sept. 29 and 30. New additions to the board are Kelly Carlton, creative director for Intralink Film Graphic Design in Los Angeles; Mary Beth Marklein, higher education reporter for USA Today; Mary Straub, Elon University trustee and alumnus and former Pendulum editor; James L. Winston, executive director and general counsel for the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters in Washington, D.C.; and H. Graham Woodlief, vice president of Media General Inc. and president of its publishing division.

The meeting was strategically scheduled so board members could enjoy hearing New York Times foreign affairs columnist Thomas Friedman deliver the Baird Pulitzer Lecture at Fall Convocation. Special guests were Frank Daniels Jr., retired president and publisher of The News & Observer Publishing Co. in Raleigh, and Rebecca Clark, director of the Piedmont Triad Film Commission in Greensboro.

Board members shared a luncheon with Student Advisory Board and faculty members. They were joined by Elon President Leo Lambert. He gave them a briefing on new developments at the university. School of Communications Dean Paul Parsons later met with the group to discuss accreditation, development of program and scholarship support and the school's curriculum.

Faculty members presented a rapid-fire look at the new curriculum in an afternoon session titled "Quick Curric." They spent two to four minutes on each of 22 key and core courses, explaining content and goals for each, so board members could later give input on strengths and weaknesses.

Board members were in the audience for an afternoon question-and-answer session with Friedman, attended Friedman's Baird Pulitzer Lecture and also took part in a post-speech reception in Friedman's honor.

Each year, the visiting professionals are asked to interact directly with large groups of Elon students, sharing their knowledge. This year, each participant spoke on the topic "At Work Yesterday, I ..." Students heard about the typical day in the life of these career communicators.

The School of Communications was a host of College Coffee during the board's visit. Representatives from student media organizations manned tables at Fonville Fountain and answered questions about their groups.

Board members shared input in several sessions. Many said they are pleased with the university's core requirement that each student take a statistics course. Several remarked that the logical progression of courses that build upon one another is a strength of the new curriculum. They also said ongoing attention to ethics and media convergence throughout the curriculum are of great value for future professionals.










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