Catching up with news
 from recent graduates

Crystal Allen Walton has been promoted to the position of assistant editor of the Wrightsville Beach (NC) Lumina. She will be assigning stories and supervising interns among other duties. Her e-mail address is crystal@luminanews.com.

Corporate Communications graduate Erica Stanley is moving from her position at Lake, Snell and Perry (a DC-based Democratic research organization) to become a consultant at MacWilliams, Robinson and Partners (www.macropartners.com), a Democratic media consulting firm in DC. She will be working with individual candidates and with issues-based organizations on messaging, script writing and production of ads (tv/radio/web).

She doesn't have a new e-mail address yet. She begins the new job March 24. Those who want to reach her can contact her at erica_stanley@yahoo.com.

Nick W. Rust '05, is still in Manhattan, now working in investor relations as an account executive at KCSA Worldwide, a firm specializing in IR, PR and marketing services. In this position he works with small and micro-cap companies to develop and deliver their message to the Wall Street audience. His email is nrust@kcsa.com.

description2002 graduate Jessica Vitak is senior editor in the Washington Bureau of PR Newswire, where she was recently honored as Operations Person of the Year, an award which recognizes the top editor in the company. The former WSOE general manager and Pendulum managing editor has received an academic scholarship to enter Georgetown University's Communication, Culture & Technology graduate program in the fall of 2006. Her goal is to receive a Ph.D. in communications and become a college professor. Her e-mail address is jessica_vitak@yahoo.com.

2002 graduate Audrey Seagraves has just moved to the San Francisco/Berkeley area to work as the Public Policy Associate for the non-profit World of Good Development Organization, a sister organization to World of Good Inc., a fair-trade company (www.worldofgood.org). "I'm working to develop a fair-trade calculator to help strengthen fair-trade industry standards for handmade goods," she said. "We also invest in social and economic development projects in artisan communities." Seagraves recently ran in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Societies Team in Training marathon, and she is planning to run in the San Diego marathon in June. Her e-mail address is audrey_seagraves@yahoo.com.

Dan Hanson, Communications graduate '05, works in Washington, DC with The Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. "It has been the perfect first job for me," said Hanson. "In order to make my commute easier, I have moved into a new apartment in Arlington, VA and will start grad school at the end of the month." He will pursue a Master of Arts at Johns Hopkins University in Government with an emphasis in Homeland Security and Political Communication. "It is hard to believe that 2006 will top 2005, but I have a feeling that it will," Hanson said. His email is dhanson@jhu.edu.

Allyson Brunetti '02 currently works as a project manager for the production company Dogmatic (offices in NY and LA) overseeing the shoots and financial matters on many accounts including music videos, commercials, televised fashion shows, live concerts, celebrity press events, corporate videos and television network interstitials. Just to name a few of the clients, they shoot for the FX Network series “Nip/Tuck” and “Rescue Me”, ABC Family, the Rolling Stones, Budweiser and much more.

Previously Allyson was a freelance Line Producer/Production Manager for several NBC, WB, TLC, WE & TV One talk show and reality series. She recently completed a comedy/sports pilot for Spike TV. In addition, Allyson is also currently enrolled in the graduate program at The City College of New York to receive a masters in Spanish Language & Literature. She still resides in Manhattan and can be reached at allyson@dogmatic.com.


description2005 graduate Annette Randall is taking a new position as an account coordinator with Clear!Blue (http://www.clearblue.biz), an agency that handles motorsports accounts. Randall will work from a base at the Evernham Motorsports offices in Statesville, N.C., and she will handle the Dodge Motorsports account. Dodge sponsors two of the Evernham NASCAR vehicles - driven by Kasey Kahne and Jeremy Mayfield. "Dodge also has ties with quite a few other teams as well, so I'll be working with a big network of folks," Randall explained. "I'll be doing a ton of stuff - coordinating weekly teleconferences with the media featuring the various Dodge drivers, putting together race previews for the Evernham teams, compiling and shipping press kits each week, pitching for long-range media projects, sending out weekly media reports to sponsors and compiling media clippings for Evernham and Dodge." Her e-mail address is arandall05@yahoo.com.

Jon Shutt, a 2005 graduate, is working in Washington, DC for The Associated Press in their Broadcast Technology division as a News Systems Specialist. The AP has created a program called ENPS (Electronic News Production System) he has helped install at news stations across the country. Jon also trains users at these stations on how to use the program and take them to air with it. More information on the program can be found at www.enps.com. His e-mail is jon_shutt@enps.com. Jon happens to be the grandson of Dr. Earl Danieley, Elon faculty member for about 60 years and an Elon president for 16 years.

2005 graduate Matt Crews is the Charlotte Metro Area communications specialist for BB&T Institutional Services. He fulfills human resources roles that involve internal communications for this major financial services company. His e-mail address is MCrews@BBandT.com.

Rebecca Grice, who got her start working as an intern at InStyle in the winter of 2005, moved into doing freelance work for Lucky Magazine and then became a full-time editorial assistant at InStyle in the fall of 2005. She now works with InStyle's features editor and senior fashion editor, and with one of the magazine's deputy editors. Among her monthly tasks are the Hot Shops and Hot Sites features.

2002 grad Cindy Beidel is a communications coordinator at National Geographic in Washington, D.C. She has been with National Geographic for more than three years and is responsible for media relations regarding exhibits and live events at headquarters; traveling exhibits; National Geographic Maps; and National Geographic Expeditions. Among her current projects are PR efforts for National Geographic's "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of Pharohs" exhibit. It is a larger exhibit of artifacts than the popular touring show on Tut in the 1970s. She is also the intern coordinator for the communications department. Her e-mail address is cbeidel@ngs.org.

2002 journalism graduate Leanda Gahegan is earning a graduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin: School of Information. The School of Information program at UT focuses on public librarianship, archives and information architecture. "I thought I wanted to focus on archives," Gahegan said, "but I've found myself more interested in digitization, users studies, and information retrieval." She said she's hoping to combine her journalism background with these areas of studies. Her e-mail address is leanda@fiat.ischool.utexas.edu.

 2005 graduate Laith Al-Majali just finished editing a short documentary called "Shaqa'iq." It profiles Arab women who are successful in their respective careers. The work was done for the non-profit company Kidz Online, a provider of online educational content. Al-Majali has also been appointed to be Creative Director for the company's work in the Middle East and North Africa region. He can be reached at laith@laithmajali.com or at laith@kidzonline.org.

2005 Corporate Communications graduate Eric Hall is working as a production assistant for BarWall Productions, the small group that produces TV specials hosted by Barbara Walters. Hall will be working on Walters' "10 Most Fascinating People" and pre-Oscars specials. He first connected with Walters and her staff as an intern at ABC-TV's "The View." He is leaving his work at Charlotte IT staffing company ettain group to take on the producing job. His e-mail address is hallericw@hotmail.com.

2004 graduate Erin Cunningham has moved from her news beat at the Frederick (Md.) News-Post to a similar reporting position at the nearby Hagerstown (Md.) Herald-Mail. Her e-mail address is erin_cunningham20@yahoo.com.

2002 graduate Jessica Rivelli has moved up from the Tampa-St. Pete ABC affiliate, WFTS-TV, where she was the weekend producer, to the CBS affiliate, WTSP-TV (www.wtsp.com). "I'm the morning planning producer at WTSP," she explained. She will plan the content for "This Morning Around the Bay," working with a reporting crew, writing and teasing multiple segments, preparing rundowns and setting up stories, and she'll also write the copy for the daily webcasts on www.tampabays10.com.

2005 graduate Dan Hanson is working at the Johns Hopkins School of International Studies (SAIS) off of Dupont Circle in Washington D.C. "I will be working in their public affairs division doing event management, media relations, and media outreach," he said. He will also work toward earning a master's degree at Johns Hopkins. His personal e-mail address is hansondan@hotmail.com.

description2005 graduate Brittiny Dunlap is a reporter for Suburban News Publications in the Columbus, Ohio, area. She covers the city of Worthington and the New Albany schools. The web address is http://www.snponline.com. "It is a great stepping stone for me, and a well-respected organization," she said. "I am thoroughly looking forward to starting my career there." The SBP publications have a combined circulation of 200,000. Brittany's e-mail address is brittiny.dunlap@gmail.com.

2005 graduate Michelle LeDonne just completed an internship working in the online marketing department of Starwood Hotels in Manhattan. Her e-mail address is michelle.ledonne@gmail.com.

Sean LeDonne, a 2004 graduate, just completed an internship as a speech writer assistant at the United Nations offices in Vienna. His e-mail address is seanledonne@hotmail.com.

2005 graduate Adam Smith is an assistant account executive with DDB Issues and Advocacy in Washington, D.C., an arm of DDB Worldwide, the nation's second-largest advertising agency. "They are an amazing organization, and it really gives me a way to combine my passions for activism and communications," he said. "It's really rewarding work." DDB mixes public policy, PR and lobbying to plan and implement public relations campaigns, program development and coalition building for progressive non-profit organizations and corporations. His e-mail address is Adam.Smith@ddbissues.com.

2005 graduate Kim Hayes is working as a production assistant at Big Pictures Studios in Las Vegas. In the fall, she'll be working on a feature film about small-town America's methamphetamine problem. "Jeff Lester, who founded Big Picture Studios with his wife, Susan Anton, will direct the film," Hayes explained. "He also directed the short 'The Last Real Cowboys' starring Billy Bob Thornton, which won some awards." One of Hayes' tasks will be to research the financial success of comparable films such as "Man on Fire" and "Erin Brockovich" to help prepare a business plan for investors in the film. Hayes's e-mail address is kimbos424@hotmail.com.

Travis Gordon, a 2004 graduate, is the assistant lot manager at EUE/ ScreenGems Studios in Wilmington, N.C. "I am the middle man between the productions that shoot here and the studio itself," Gordon explained. "At this time, we have two television shows - NBC's "Fathom" and the WB's "One Tree Hill" - shooting on our lot, with more projects to come." It pays to get your foot in the door and then work hard - Gordon started at the studios last summer as a tour guide and worked his way up to his current position. His e-mail address is tgordon@screengemsstudios.com.

2003 Journalism alum Jennifer Guarino completed her master's degree in journalism at the University of Memphis, where she was copy editor for the Newspaper Research Journal as part of her graduate assistantship, and she is now a communications specialist for Lifeblood, Memphis' independent blood bank. "It's an exciting time to be joining the organization," she said. Her e-mail address is jguarino@gmail.com.

 2003 graduate Mike Trainor is a news assistant at New York One News, a 24-hour news station that covers the five boroughs ofdescription New York City. "As a news assistant I work mainly in the field, lugging a camera to press conferences, breaking news events and the occasional Yankee game," he said. "Half the time I work with a reporter the other half I am sent out by myself to these events. It's a lot of long hours and hard work, but being part of the New York news beat is definitely an amazing experience." Trainor has also begun a career as a stand-up comedian, regularly playing major clubs around New York. "Among other things this has led to me landing a part-time job as assistant producer to a show on Sirius satellite radio's comedy channel called 'Four Quotas,'" he said. "I handle booking guests, writing some of the content and appearing regularly on the air." To read about the Sirius comedy show, see www.4quotas.com - the photo of Trainor at right is on the site. To read more about comedy clubs in New York, see www.comedysoapbox.com.

2002 Corporate Communications graduate Allyson Brunetti is working as the production manager on the financial-makeover series "Singletary Says," a new show set to launch this summer on TV One, a DirecTV Cable Network. The program will have a "reality" format, and it stars Michelle Singletary, a nationally syndicated financial columnist for the Washington Post. It will be shot on location in and around the Washington, D.C., metro area. Singletary will visit with one family a week, exploring their goals and helping them outline a good financial plan. The show will launch this summer on DirecTV and Comcast. "I'm overseeing all facets of production including operations, management and producing the creative elements for each episode," she said. "Previously, I have worked on mutiple shows for TLC, NBC, WE and Warner Brothers." Brunetti will continue to live in New York City and work for the production company, Varsity Entertainment, commuting to D.C. for shooting. Her email address is brunetti@varsityent.com.

Andi Petrini left her job as community editor for the Concord/Kannapolis, N.C., Independent Tribune to move up to the Newport News, Va., paper - a 100,000-circulation daily - where she designs pages and copy edits on the sports desk. The Daily Press is a Tribune Media paper. "I'm really excited about the opportunity," she said. "And I'll be closer to my family for the first time in six years." Her e-mail address is apetrini55@hotmail.com.

Danielle Matthews is now working at the University of Maryland University College and pursuing a master's degree in Science Management with emphasis in Health Care Administration. Her e-mail address is danielleshanna@hotmail.com.

2004 graduate Sally Lynch, formerly with InStyle, is the Credits Editor Shopping Services Editor at Shop Etc. This new magazine was launched by Hearst in the summer of 2003 to compete with Lucky magazine. Lynch said she enjoys working in Manhattan. Shop Etc. specializes in details about fashion, beauty and home. Her e-mail address is slynch@hearst.com.

2003 graduate Lauren Vilis Nelson recently left a position as Florida Colleges Program Manager with Best Buddies International (a non-profit that creates friendships between people with and without intellectual disabilities), and she is now working as a community representative for the Orlando Metro unit of the American Cancer Society. "In addition to cancer education, I am responsible for the development of Relay For Life events in each respective community," Nelson said. "Relay For Life is an amazing event that is about local communities taking up the fight against cancer, while celebrating and honoring those who have survived or lost their battles with cancer." Last year the American Cancer Society raised more than $300 million for cancer research through relay events, and this year there are more than 4,200 relay events across the U.S. "There's a relay in your area I'm sure," Nelson said, "get involved!" Nelson's e-mail address is lauren.nelson@cancer.org.

2004 graduate Brad Pinkerton is founding president of his own company, College Signing Day. His CollegeSigningDay.com site is a web-based athletic recruiting service designed to help high school athletes gain exposure to college coaches across the nation. Athletes pay a nominal fee to create their own athletic profile that is made available for free to a registered list of thousands of college coaches. "CollegeSigningDay.com is a great tool for high school athletes who are waiting for their chance to be seen by the right college," Pinkerton said. His e-mail address is pinke23@hotmail.com.

Immediately following her graduation in 2004, Marian Bruno backpacked across Europe then drove from her home in New Orleans to Los Angeles, where she spent a month job hunting before landing an assistant role at Evolution, the management/production company that released the film "Saw." "I have learned so much, working with a talent manager and working in the same office as literary managers and producers," she said. "I am currently putting in my time to get to where I really want to go - film production. I am also in the process of writing a book." Her e-mail address is MBruno@evolution-ent.com.

2002 alum Erica Stanley is the field director at Lake Snell Perry and Associates in Washington, D.C. (www.lspa.com). "Celinda Lake is one of the top pollsters in the field," Stanley explained. "We work with Democratic candidates and progressive-issue campaigns, doing public-opinion research nationwide. As field director, I am in charge of ALL the logistics for every survey and focus group we conduct, which includes everything from finding facilities to helping with survey sampling. I got the job through a contact, who is also an Elon alum, Tanya Brown. She had worked here a few years ago. She is now at the Democratic National Committee. It is a very exciting job, but also very intense, multi-tasking at its best with very tight deadlines, but it is campaign season after all, and that's what I love!" Her e-mail address is estanley@lspa.com.

1997 graduate Scott Warner, a director with Qorvis Communications in McLean, Va., is listed on the 2004 "15 To Watch" list, published by PR News, a weekly newsletter for the public relations and media relations industry. The list recognizes public relations professionals who take risks and use innovative approaches to get publicity for their clients. Warner's work has helped Qorvis become one of the largest independent PR firms in the Washington, D.C., area. He has worked in crisis communications for former NBA player Jayson Williams and the family of congressional intern Chandra Levy, as well as publicizing product launches and corporate mergers.

2004 graduate Tim Rosner is an administrative assistant for the Archeological division of Wetland Studies and Solutions, also known as Thunderbird Archeology. "The business is very well run and growing quickly," Rosner said. "I've been so consumed with finding a job and place to live that my art has fallen by the wayside; but once I move into my new apartment I'm planning on getting involved in one of the local groups of artists and picking up my digital and photographic work on a more serious level again." Wetland Studies and Solutions performs development consulting related to wetlands, the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act and local government water-resource initiatives. Rosner's e-mail is trosner@wetlandstudies.com.



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