School of Communication

Alumni Milestones

Milestones must come firsthand from the School of Communications graduates who have news — a promotion, a recognition or a career change — to report. We welcome announcements that are no more than one year old. To submit news, Turn Yourself In!


2016

Audrey Coates ’16 has been hired by BoomTown, a real estate web service located in Charleston, South Carolina. As a support specialist, Coates will work with the company’s software that helps match clients to property and make the closing of deals easier.

2015

The team of Mike Garland ’15 and Tyler Parrott ’15, graduate students in Elon's Interactive Media master's program, won the fall 2015 UX Wars Case Competition, a contest focused on usability testing and applying user experience analysis tools to compare industry competitors. For more information, visit this Elon University release.

Bia Jurema ’15 directed, shot and edited a video currently playing on the Staples Center’s LED screens during NBA games and concerts. For more information, visit this Elon University release

Katie Maraghy ’15 began working in January 2016 as a production assistant at “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah." She interned and freelanced for the Comedy Central program following graduation.

Kate Murphy ’15 was part of News21 reporting team that won an Online News Assocation award, one of the nation’s top digital journalism honors. She contributed to a national multimedia reporting initiative in summer 2014 that investigated the issue of gun rights and gun legislation nationwide. For more information, visit this Elon University release.

“Narcolepsy,” a psychological short film produced by Jordan Roman ’15 and fellow Elon students, was named “Best Psychological Thriller” at the 13th International Student Film Festival Hollywood, a competition for independent films by student filmmakers. For more information, visit this Elon University release.

Erin Turner ’15 and a team of four hackers placed second at the inaugural Code for Greensboro Civicon Hackathon and Convention held in November 2015. The team developed a community-centered web app that makes it easier to locate food donation sites and encourages contributions. For more information, visit this Elon University release.

2014

Stephanie Butzer ’14, a reporter for the High Point Enterprise, was a finalist for the Walter Spearman Award. The honor, sponsored by The Associated Press, recognizes outstanding writing by a journalist with two years or less of daily experience. This award was for her two-part series about human trafficking titled “Trafficking in the Triad.”

Steven Ebert ’14 is one of 12 individuals selected from a pool of more than 1,500 candidates for a three-year fellowship with WPP, the world’s largest advertising, public relations and branding company. For more information, visit this Elon University release.

Heather Harder ’14, who served as the 2014-15 national president for the Public Relations Student Society of America, was presented a National Gold Key Award during the organization’s national conference in November 2015. For more information, visit this Elon University release

2013

Kassondra Cloos ’13, an assistant editor for SNEWS, a trade news site for the outdoor industry, freelanced for The New York Times in fall 2015. She contributed to the following stories: “A Colorado Town Unfamiliar With Attention Deals With a Flood of It” and “In Colorado, Bustling With Shoppers, Then Gripped by Chaos.”

2012

Anna Johnson ’12, a reporter for the Burlington Times-News, won a second place award in the North Carolina Press Association’s 2015 News, Editorial and Photojournalism Contest. Her article, “Family trauma, family drama” was runner-up in General News Reporting in Division E, a category for mid-sized dailies with circulations ranging from 12,500 to 35,000.

2009

Bryan Holland ’09 has been promoted to director of corporate sales, media relations and broadcasting for the Potomac Nationals, an affiliate of the Washington Nationals. The minor league team announced the promotion in this November 2015 release.

Kevin Kline ’09, managing editor at KXAN in Austin, Texas, presented one of his Emmy Awards to the School of Communications. For more information, visit this Elon University release.

2008

Kevin Delaney ’08 has passed the New York bar exam and is now working as a McCormick Foundation Legal Fellow for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP). The fellowship runs from September 2015 through August 2016. Delaney completed his Juris Doctor with honors and his master’s degree in mass communications at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He previously excelled in a legal internship with RCFP in summer 2014, and he was a law clerk for National Public Radio in Washington, D.C., in summer 2013.

2005

A film co-produced by Laith Majali ’05 is one of five finalists for a 2016 Academy Award in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. The movie “Theeb” is the first Jordanian film to be nominated for an Oscar. It’s about a Bedouin boy named Theeb who helps guide a British officer through the Arabian desert during World War I. For more information, visit this Elon University release.

2001

L. Donnell Baldwin ’01, a fashion stylist and image consultant based in New York City, published “Grooms Book,” a professional stylist’s guide to wedding day apparel for every budget.

2000

Elon University faculty members J McMerty '00 and Jen Guy Metcalf, with assistance from several School of Communications students and alumni, collaborated to make a film that examines a love story through ages and stages of life. For more information, visit this Elon University release.

1997

Patrick Singleton ’97 won re-election for his position as treasurer for the World Olympians Association after a strong vote of confidence at an October 2015 assembly in Moscow, according to an Elon University release.

1995

After more than a decade with The Florida Times-Union and Jacksonville.com, Mary Kelli Palka ’95 was elevated to managing editor in September 2015. In addition to overseeing metro, business, life and regional news, which she has led for the past two-plus years, Palka adds the copy desk, sports, photo, graphics and digital departments to her responsibilities, according to a September 30, 2016, release.

Alumni Awards in Communications

The School of Communications periodically recognizes alumni who have achieved significant professional success.

2012: Jo Craven McGinty '85

New York Times project editor and part of two Pulitzer Prize teams; now a Wall Street Journal columnist

2012: Doug Finberg '94

Executive vice president
for marketing at MGM Studios and formerly with Dreamworks

2013: Wes Durham '88

Voice of Georgia Tech athletics and now play-by-play for Fox Sports South, and radio voice of Atlanta Falcons

2015: Adam Garber '03

Video director for the White House's Office of Digital Strategy

2016: Troy Senkiewicz ’98

CEO of DigiMax Consulting

2016: Laith Majali ’05

Co-producer of “Theeb,” nominated in Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film category

Young Alumnus of the Year

This award is given by Elon University.

2008: Laith Majali '05

Producer and editor of "Captain Abu Raed," recipient of World Cinema Audience Award
at Sundance Film Festival.

Top 10 Under 10

Elon University's annual Top 10 Under 10 Alumni Awards recognize alumni of the past decade who have enjoyed major professional success and made a big difference in their community. Below is a list
of School of Communications majors who have been recognized with Top 10 Under 10 distinction.

Recipients from 2011

Alexander Webb Bond '08
Bruce Barclay Cameron IV '05
Gabrielle Lauren Raymond '06

Recipients from 2012

Dominic Barrett '06
Maria Teresa Interiano '07
Summur Shaikh '03

Recipients from 2013

Amy Reitnouer '09
Katie Sherman '04

Recipients from 2014

Nichole Allem '08
David Douglas '06
Nneka Enurah '11
Carson Foushee '07
Kelsey Glover '11
Jennifer Heilman '07

Recipients from 2015

Shea Coakley ’07
Carolyn Klasnick ’09
Andrew Wilen ’08

Recipients from 2016

Hallie Kilmer Cornetta ’09
Kendra Nickel-Nguy ’08
Mitch Pittman ’09

Recipients from 2017

Kristen Kennedy Howard ’08
Julie Morse ’13
Al Drago ’15