2004 graduates
share future plans


Here's a taste of what's ahead for some of the nearly 200 men and women who graduated from Elon's School of Communications in 2004.

Corporate communications major Kelly Kopenhafer is working for the Congressional Youth Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. "I will be doing planning and logistics work for the Junior National Young Leaders branch," she explained. "It's a program for middle and high schoolers from across the country." Her e-mail address is kkopenhafer@hotmail.com.

Corporate communications major Jennifer Hildebrand is an athletics communications intern at the University of Pennsylvania. Her e-mail address is jenniferlhildebrand@hotmail.com.

Corporate Communications major Katie Howell will work as a guest services assistant at the Essex House, a Westin Hotel in New York City on Central Park South, a block away from The Plaza. "I start July 6 and will be learning all of the ins and outs of the hotel industry and work my way up the chain of command within the Starwood Corporation," she said.

Journalism major Erin Cunningham will be a reporter for the Frederick, Md., News-Post. "I will be in charge of three or four beats and also be a general assignment reporter," she said. Her e-mail address is erin_cunningham20@yahoo.com.

Corporate Communications major Katie Sherman will work as a marketing/advertising intern for The Pink Slip, a lingerie store located in Grand Central Station, N.Y. "During my interviews the energy and confidence of the people in the city swept me off my feet," she said. "That is the drive that I want behind me as I begin this adventure." Her responsibilities will include web site design and the planning of Marie Clair ads and swimsuit promotions. She will use her summer in Manhattan as a job search for the fall.

Erin Cooper, a broadcast major, works in the Los Angeles area with a new company owned by fashion designer Max Azria - BCBG Max Azria Entertainment. "We bring musicals from abroad over to the United States and recreate them for an American audience," Cooper explained. "Once we decide to bring a show to the States, everything having to do with merchandising, advertising, casting, writing the lyrics, choreography, costume design, set design, etc. must go through our company. I was really attracted to working here because they were offering such hands-on experience." She started the job at the end of March. Her e-mail address is coopererin@sbcglobal.net.

Journalism major Keren Rivas will cover the Elon and Gibsonville beats for the Burlington Times-News. Her e-mail address is kerencita@yahoo.com.

Corporate Communications and Spanish major LaToya Marcus will move to the Rio Grande Valley region of Texas, where she will teach English for at least two years with the Teach for America program. Her plans after that may include law school or community advocacy work with Latino immigrants. Film major Lauren Pomponio just accepted a job with the Electronic Retailing Association in Arlington, Va. She had a paid internship there last summer. She will be working in the Government Affairs Department.

Journalism major Sally Lynch has accepted a position at In Style magazine in New York as an advanced intern in the editorial department. It runs from July 1-Sept 15. "It has a strong possibility of turning into a job," she said. "The managing editor told me she primarily looks at interns for the new hires." Sally's e-mail address is sarahlynch3@yahoo.com.

Cait Scanlon , a corporate communications major, will work with Primerica Financial Services in Greensboro as an independent contractor, working mainly with clients performing financial analyses. "I will also be actively recruiting for 10 new offices that will be opened in the next year or so," she said. Her e-mail address is cait_scanlon@yahoo.com.

Chad Nason, corporate communications major, has accepted a position as an assistant account executive with Weber Shandwick in Atlanta.

Corporate Communications major Cherie Bowlin, has been hired to work in politics, handling communications work in the governor's race in Virginia.

Journalism major Steve Earley will be a general-assignment reporter for the Daily Freeman the daily newspaper in Kingston, N.Y., about 90 minutes north of New York City. His e-mail address is searley@fastmail.us.

Corporate Communications major Amanda Swartzbaugh will work for her sorority, Sigma Sigma Sigma, as a traveling leadership consultant. She will be based out of Tri-Sigma's national headquarters in Woodstock, Va., and begin the job in August. Until then, she will work in the development office of the medical school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. You can contact her at akswartzbaugh@yahoo.com.

Corporate Communications major Brian O'Shea will return home to Long Island, N.Y., where he will work for his father in managing the renovation of two True Value Hardware Stores and in the establishment of a corporate sales division. "The goals for the division are to expand business but also expand the territory of accounts by providing customized services and delivery of goods," he said. Brian will also continue to be involved in a number of community and volunteer projects. He will be responsible for major fund-raising for the Cleft Palate research team of Mather Memorial Hospital and he plans to encourage young people to vote as a member of the Rock the Vote Street Team. His e-mail address is bco82@aol.com.

Film major Alyssa Martin will teach English at Swaton School in Daegu, Korea. "I will be there for one year," she said, "and hopefully also help Dr. Byung Lee while he is doing research there while serving as a Fullbright scholar." Alyssa's e-mail address is alyssalaurenmartin@hotmail.com.

Corporate Communications major Katherine Hoomans is working toward a master's degree in public relations practice at Bournemouth University, on the southwest coast of England. "I'm one of about 20 students in the program," she said. "I studied at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England, during the fall 2003 term, and loved it so much I decided to go back to that part of the world for my master's. I was also accepted to two schools in London." Her e-mail address is KatherineHoomans@hotmail.com.



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