School of Communications Advisory Board will convene for its annual
spring meeting April 1 and 2 at Elon University.
will be guests at the inaugural presentation of faculty awards at
an April 1 luncheon that will also honor the first graduating class
of Communications Fellows. Elon President Leo Lambert will be on
hand to discuss the proposed law school with board members.
members will be the featured panelists at a 3 p.m. April 1 public
discussion in Whitley Auditorium titled "Media Concentration:
Who Owns What We Watch and Read?" This is an especially hot
topic due to Comcast's recent hostile bid to take over Disney. Media
concentration has been a focus of recent Federal Communications
Commission and Congressional activity. Panelists will include: Jim
Hefner, vice president and general manager, WRAL-TV, Capitol Broadcasting;
Bill Warren, vice president of public affairs, Walt Disney World
Company; Jim Winston, executive director, National Association of
Black Owned Broadcasters; Deborah Wilson, chief operations officer,
The Weather Channel, Landmark Communications; and Graham Woodlief,
president, publishing division, Media General, Inc.
picnic will be spread out Under the Oaks from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m.
All School of Communications students, faculty and staff are invited
to join Advisory Board members for a meal, chat and special entertainment.
There will be live music, and student organizations Lambda Pi Eta,
RTNDA, SPJ and PRSSA will sponsor a friendly game-show-style competition
titled "The School of Communications Presents The Apprentice."
members will have formal meetings and share reports April 2. Part
of the morning's events will be a breakfast talk among members about
their involvement with Elon. Presenters for that session will be
Mary Beth Marklein of USA Today; Lee Rainie of the Pew Internet
& American Life Project; WRAL's Hefner, who brought the North
Carolina Open Government Coalition to Elon for its inaugural meeting;
and corporate communications leader Sunshine Overkamp, who's been
involved with winter term.
are scheduled to conduct mock job interviews with graduating seniors
April 2, and some board members will speak in courses scheduled
for the 10:40 to 11:50 time slot that day.