2005 graduates finding
their new spots in the world


The following 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.

Matt Crews is working at an institutional trust communications specialist with BB&T in Charlotte.

Corporate Communications 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."

Broadcast graduate 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.

Corporate Communications 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.

Journalism 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.

Journalism 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.

Lexy Apostolou 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."

Jennifer 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 Studies.

Journalism, 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.

Journalism 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.

Josh Daniel, 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.

Corporate communications 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.

Journalism 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."

Corporate Communications 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, see http://www.americorps.org/.

Communications 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.



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