Student media groups
honored at banquet


A number of School of Communications students were among those honored as top contributors in student media organizations by Elon University's Media Board at an annual banquet May 10. Singled out for recognition as top contributors were:

Colonnades: The entire staff was honored
ESTV: Katie Bobb
Phi Psi Cli: Christina Kane
The Pendulum: Colin Donohue
WSOE: Greg Piel

The Media Board selected one student from the group above as Elon University's Outstanding Media Organization Member of the Year. This award was presented to Colin Donohue of The Pendulum at the ODK Student Leadership Awards Ceremony in April.

School of Communications faculty members Tom Nelson and Kelli Burns are among the voting members of Elon's Media Board, which is led by Rex Waters, assistant dean of students.

At the banquet, Waters lauded student media participants for their continuing contributions to the Elon community. He noted the long hours the students log in producing great communications in various formats to enlighten and inform the students, faculty and staff at Elon University.

The guest speaker for the event was Rob Franek, publisher and editorial director for The Princeton Review. Franek is the primary spokesperson for The Princeton Review on issues effecting higher education. He is also author/spokesperson for the nationally ranked college guidebook, "The Best 351 Colleges," and other Princeton Review publications.

"If you're smart and you're driven," he told the students in the audience, "you're always going to do well. But it really pays to be kind; give that other person a leg up. It makes a difference."

Franek is a frequent lecturer and panelist on college topics for audiences of educators, parents and students, and he has appeared as an educational expert on "The Today Show," "CBS Early Show," CNN, the Oxygen Network, National Public Radio, USA Radio Network, Associated Press and a variety of TV, radio and newspaper outlets. Prior to joining The Princeton Review, he was associate dean of admissions at Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y., for six years. An avid history buff, he conducts historical walking tours of his hometown, New York City, for Sweet City Tours, a company he founded.

The day after the banquet, he spoke as a guest in Dr. Vic Costello's Digital Media Convergence class.



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