Advisory Board Makes First Visit of Academic Year

The Baird Pulitzer Prize Lecture by George Will and a roundtable discussion on a graduate education in communications headlined the Elon University School of Communications Advisory Board meeting Sept. 21. Leading professional communicators from across the United States convened for the biannual gathering.

Thirteen members of the board participated in the meeting and heard remarks from Dean Paul Parsons in a presentation titled, “On Arriving: Signs We Have Arrived, and Signs We Have Yet to Arrive,” which detailed the school’s news of the year and plans for the future.

Associate Dean Connie Book discussed new staffing in the school, gave an update on the progress of the student media organizations moves and mentioned changes to the internship program before taking the board on a tour of the new Pendulum facility on Williamson Avenue.

Board members also visited with classes to discuss career transitions. They peppered students with advice on how to evolve smoothly from a pupil to a communications professional.

The Freshman Fellows had lunch with board members, during which the two groups participated in a spirited round of “Win Stuff: Are you smarter than an Elon student?”

Book discussed the Elon in Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta initiatives, and assistant professor Lee Bush introduced the members to the student leaders of Live Oak Communications, the School of Communications student agency that is beginning its inaugural year.


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