folks are among the Elon University School of Communications graduates
who had their future plans locked in before they even crossed the
stage to receive their diplomas.
is working at an institutional trust communications specialist with
BB&T in Charlotte.
grad Julia Smith is now working in Tallahassee for the Republican
Party of Florida as an executive assistant for the directors of
party development and political affairs. "I get to work with
a lot of grassroots efforts going on throughout the state,"
she explained. "I also do the layout for mailings and write
some press releases."
Matt Belanger is the 10 p.m. anchor and a reporter for KELO-TV
in Sioux Falls, S.D. He also works as a back-up anchor on the morning
newscasts. He had established a connection with the station when
he completed a high-quality internship there the previous summer.
graduate Eric Hall is a recruiter for ettain group, a Charlotte-based
company that provides IT consulting and staffing services for many
of the Southeast's major corporations, including Bank of America,
BMW, Cingular, EDS, Coca Cola, Wachovia, BellSouth and Muzak.
majors Colin Donohue and Ellis Harman are both attending
graduate school at the University of Memphis in paid graduate-assistant
positions in the school's communications program. Donohue will be
a copy editor and business manager for the Newspaper Research Journal.
Harman will manage the Teen Appeal, a program that allows high school
students the chance to produce news pages for the Memphis Commercial
Appeal. She will work over the summer in an editing internship with
the Raleigh News & Observer.
majors Jessica Kemp and Jessica Patchett will also
go straight on to graduate work. Kemp will attend the law school
at the University of Mississippi. Patchett has earned a scholarship
to attend Princeton Theological Seminary.
finished her Elon courses early and moved to New York in December.
She worked at finding her spot, and within six weeks she had landed
a position with OgilvyOne, the world's number-one direct-marketing
company. She is an assistant account executive, working as a liaison
between the client for her account - DHL, the major shipping line
- and the creative, production, traffice and finance departments
at Ogilvy. "In accounts management we are the spool that turns
the wheel," she explained. "It's been a whirlwind three
months, but I work with wonderful people in the best city."
When she secured the job, she consulted with Elon faculty member
Lee Bush, a former Ogilvy executive. "She was more than helpful
and informative," Apostolou said. "It was great to get
some insider advice and knowledge about the company."
Sposato has been working as an associate producer on the "Morning
News" at FOX8 WGHP in High Point, N.C., since late January. "My
work consists mainly of writing copy and teases for the first hour-and-a-half
of the four-hour newscast," she explained. "I'm also being trained
as a fill-in producer and hope to get more opportunities to produce
on my own in the future." Sposato completed all of her Elon course
requirements in December and she will graduate with a Communications
major (Broadcast Emphasis) and minors in Political Science and International
Corporate Communications and Business major Annette Randall has
been working most of spring semester in an internship at NASCAR's
publishing department. The auto-racing juggernaut's offices take
up the entire 39th floor of the 40-story Wachovia Center in downtown
Charlotte. Randall - a corporate communications, journalism and
business administration triple major - is working with advertising
and promotional side of things. The department she works in is responsible
for all of NASCAR's printed materials - posters, books, track programs,
etc. She has completed multiple internships with NASCAR entities,
including Lowe's Motor Speedway and the Hendrick Racing Team, and
she expects to make NASCAR work her profession.
and Corporate Communications major Lindsay Porter will begin
work at 21CD, a digital marketing company based in Durham, after
graduation. She will orchestrate projects, meeting with clients
and translating their needs to the multimedia designers and production
people who will build new-media pieces to fit. To read more about
the company, see http://www.21cd.com.
a 2005 Corporate Communications graduate has taken a position as
a Recruiting Coordinator for the Global Treasury Services division
of Bank of America. Global Treasury Services is a cash-management
system for businesses who have revenues of more than $5 million
a year. "As a recruiting coordinator, I will work directly
with two recruiters to assist in the facilitation of the recruitment
process and act as a liaison between the Bank of America and all
Global Treasury candidates," Daniel explained.
major Sara Hodges will begin working on the World Series
of Poker account for the public relations department of Trahan,
Burden & Charles in Baltimore May 30. Hodges interned at TBC in
the summer of 2004. "I was placed on many different local accounts
that summer and particularly enjoyed my responsibilities," she said.
"I went back again winter semester and worked on the World Series
of Poker account. I was able to travel to New York City and orchestrate
a media charity poker tournament with some of the professional WSOP
players. TBC offered me the account coordinator job in February."
The company is a full-service advertising and public relations agency.
"I'm confident that my education at Elon has afforded me the knowledge
to succeed," she said.
major Bucleigh Newton has been working since March 23 as
an editorial assistant at the Charlotte Business Journal. "I am
in charge of six sections of the paper, including BizNotes, Nonprofit,
People on the Move, Moving Up, the Calendar and Awards and Achievements,"
she explained. "I will also be dealing with the Top-25 lists, and
a few months down the road I'll be doing more business stories."
Newton had worked as an intern with the Business Journal the previous
summer, and her work then led to the job offer. "I got an e-mail
from the editor I worked with last summer as an intern telling me
that there was a job opening. I didn't even apply. It was so nice
to be hired on the spot."
major Marc DeRoberts is expecting to join AmeriCorps in the
fall. AmeriCorps draws more than 50,000 American volunteers annually.
In addition to tutoring children, building homes, working with projects
to improve or protect the environment and helping communities through
disaster relief, AmeriCorps members work with 2,100 nonprofits,
public agencies, and faith-based organizations. For more information,
major Amy Jo Jenkins, winner of the 2005 National Intramural-Recreational
Sports Association National Conference's William N. Wasson Student
Leadership and Academic Award, was offered and accepted a graduate-assistant
position at the University of Texas-Austin.