Board active as teachers,
mentors in spring visit


Active participation is a hallmark of the professional advisers who lend their expertise to the faculty, staff and students of Elon University. As School of Communications Advisory Board members visited for their biannual meeting April 14 and 15 at Elon University, they lit up classrooms during teaching gigs and put seniors through the paces in mock interviews.

They also had meetings and provided input for the continued growth and consistent excellence of the Elon communications program. The theme of the sessions was "New Standards, New Students, New Strategies."

Board members and honor students were the special guests at a banquet that included an update from Elon Provost Gerry Francis, a talk about the Pulitzer Prizes selection process by Pulitzer winner and Pulitzer juror Michael Skube, the announcement of the annual faculty awards and a special moment honoring Brad Hamm, associate dean of the School of Communications, who will be leaving this summer to become dean of the Indiana University School of Journalism.

Susan Klopman, Elon's dean of admissions and financial planning, met with the board and outlined the traits of current and newly enrolled Elon students. The average SAT score for applicants for the fall's freshman class is significantly higher than last year's group, and the university is also becoming more selective in its admissions decisions.

Dean Paul Parsons briefed board members on the progress made toward accreditation of the School of Communications. An Accrediting Council for Eeducation in Journalism and Mass Communications team will visit the campus in the fall, and the institution is in the process of completing its self study.

Breakout discussions mingled faculty and board members in a dialogue on engaging the new Elon student. Topics included building vivid classroom experiences, offering optimal academic opportunities, nurturing diversity and building up the scholarship fund. The journalism, film, corporate communications and broadcast groups also joined together for a discussion of the issues after the breakouts.

In another session, faculty members provided updates and information on various Elon initiatives. Kelli Burns discussed the expansion of opportunities and goals for the Fellows program; Janna Anderson gave a recap on the institution's Pew Internet & American Life studies and progress; Harlen Makemson covered engaged-learning experiences including a project for the Library of Congress; and David Copeland explained "The Freshman 15 and the Great Ideas Capstone Course," relating how a current group of senior seminar participants are planning, writing and marketing a book right now as a class project.

Board members also participated in Elon University's spring convocation, at which former NASA astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn delivered the keynote address and received an honorary degree. Board members were accompanied to the convocation by freshman Communications and Journalism Fellows. The event was followed by a social gathering and networking opportunity hosted by the School of Communications for all students, faculty, staff and board members.



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