Students honored
with awards, scholarships


The faculty and administrators of Elon's School of Communications hosted the institution's annual awards ceremony in McEwen Studio B April 29.

Eleven 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.

Outstanding Senior Awards

These four 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 School of Communications and the major.

ERIN COOPER, Broadcast Communications Award. In addition to her outstanding work in the classroom, Erin, a member of Elon's first group of School of Communications Fellows, was a leader at Elon Student Television from her freshman days at the university. She finished her coursework in December, is now working in the entertainment industry in California, and was not at the awards presentation, but her award was announced by Dr. Brooke Barnett.

KENDRA RAU, Corporate Communications Award. Kendra, a standout student, is the founding president of Elon's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. She completed several quality internships while at Elon, and she was CEO for Squirrel Prints Publishing, a project sponsored by the Elon Enterprise Academy. The award presenter was Professor Gerald Gibson.

KATRINA TAYLOR, Film Award. An active participant in broadcast and film activities at Elon, Katrina spent Winter Term 2004 in Namibia, gathering material for a special Project Pericles series on AIDS for which she has done a great deal of editing work. The active ESTV leader also created and produced "Studio E," one of the student-television group's most successful shows. The presenter was Professor Ray Johnson.

ERIN CUNNINGHAM, Journalism Award. Erin has worked in reporting internships at newspapers in Cary, Greensboro and Frederick, Md., and was selected out of a national pool to be a reporting intern for the Society of Professional Journalists' Tampa conference in 2003. She was a reporter and news editor for The Pendulum, and was active in the Society of Professional Journalists.The presenter was Dr. David Copeland.

The Mary Ellen Priestley Award

Presented to 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 Colin Donohue, current co-managing editor and former editor for The Pendulum. Colin has also worked part-time and as a stringer for the Burlington Times-News. The presenter of this award was Professor Janna Anderson. Earlier in the day, Donohue was honored with the university's overall Media Award, awarded by the Media Board to the student who best serves the university as a student leader in student-media organizations.

The Mary Ellen Priestley Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a female student who is a rising sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in print journalism and preparing for a career as a writer or editor for public-circulation newspapers and magazines. The scholarship was established by the late Dr. Priestley. This scholarship is awarded to Ellis Harman. A co-managing editor for The Pendulum, Ellis will spend the summer as a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund editing intern at the Santa Cruz Sentinel. The presenter of this scholarship was Dr. Harlen Makemson.

The A.J. Fletcher Award

This 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 Anna Brodrecht, a member of Elon's first group of School of Communications Fellows. Anna has been a leader in Elon's current oral history project, examining the challenges journalists faced covering the civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s. She traveled to Birmingham, Ala., to tape segments of the project, and interviewed reporters of the time, including Walter Cronkite. Dr. Connie Book announced the award.

James F. Hurley Legacy Scholarship

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 as publishers of The Salisbury (N.C.) Post. The scholarship is awarded to a junior, with preference given to communications students with priority to journalism majors, and it carries through to the student's senior year if the student remains at Elon for four years. This year's rising-junior recipient is Jessica Patchett, editor and former co-news editor of The Pendulum. Patchett will work this summer as a reporter for the Concord, N.C., Independent Tribune. A second Elon student will continue a Hurley Scholarship originally awarded last year: rising senior Lindsay Porter has worked as co-news editor, managing editor and copy editor at The Pendulum and has completed internships at The Alamance News and Pace Communications. The presenter of these scholarships was Associate Dean Hamm.

Times-News Scholarship

This scholarship will provide financial aid for a participant in journalism at Elon University who has demonstrated leadership, scholarship, service to the community and exemplary character traits. This scholarship is awarded to Matt Belanger, a rising junior who has worked as a co-news editor and graphics editor at The Pendulum in addition to being an anchor for ESTV's award-winning news broadcasts. A second outstanding student will continue a Times-News Scholarship originally awarded last year: rising senior Colin Donohue, also the winner of the Priestley Award and the ODK Media Award, and an employee of the Times-News. The presenter of these scholarships was Dr. Anthony Hatcher.

The Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society Award

This award is given to a graduating senior member of Lambda Pi Eta. Students are invited to apply for the cash award and nominations are also solicited. The top six in the pool of nominees and applicants are asked to submit portfolios, which are judged by the executive committee. The recipient of the first Lambda Pi Eta Award is Heather Graf, a broadcast major and exemplary student who completed first rate professional internships at TV news operations in Charleston, S.C., and New York and is now working at WFMY-TV, the CBS affiliate in Greensboro. The presenter of the award was Dr. George Padgett, adviser of Lambda Pi Eta.



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