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We enjoy sharing our school's "oomph" with you in this way several times a year and are always delighted when you can get back to campus.

President Lambert recently invited the School of Communications faculty and staff to Maynard House to talk about the future of the university. He began by complimenting the school as "absolutely on fire" and "truly extraordinary." We then talked about The Elon Commitment, the university's strategic plan, which includes a new and nationally premier School of Communications building to enhance student learning.

Best wishes,
Paul Parsons, Dean

Team praises school's quality,
recommends national reaccreditation

A team representing the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) recommended full reaccreditation for the School of Communications in October. The report refers to the growth in the school's quality and quantity as "nothing short of spectacular," citing talented faculty, enthusiastic students and an innovative leadership team as keys to building "a positive educational environment ... with an exemplary culture of collegiality." In the photo, Doug Anderson of Penn State hands the team's report to Dean Paul Parsons.

Click here to read more about the accreditation team's visit.

Click here to view the school's accreditation self-study.

Gerald Gibson links up
with communications alumni

The school has named Assistant Professor Gerald Gibson to be its first coordinator of alumni affairs, a position designed to keep communications alumni in touch with the school. Gibson, who's been with Elon for 20 years, says he's excited to reconnect with alumni and begin organizing events for them.

Click here to read more about Gibson's new role.

School names first recipients of its
Distinguished Alumni Award

Jo Craven McGinty '85, projects editor at The New York Times, and Doug Finberg '94, executive vice president of marketing for MGM Studios in Los Angeles, are the inaugural recipients of the School of Communications' Distinguished Alumni Award.

McGinty has been on two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams - at The Washington Post, where her team won the Pulitzer Prize Gold Award for Public Service in 1999, and at The New York Times, where her team won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2005. Finberg served as senior vice president for international marketing at Paramount Pictures, executive vice president at Marvel Studios and owner of Finberg Worldwide before joining MGM last year.

Both alumni will return to campus in April to be honored.

Click here to read more about the award recipients.

Lumen Scholar's film explores Zambian life after land reform

Senior Daniel Koehler is producing a documentary focusing on the interaction of race, politics and economics in Zambia. He spent seven months in the African nation, interviewing workers, local experts and George Botha, one of many farmers who was forced off his land in 2000 because of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe's land reform policy.

Koehler, a media arts and entertainment major, received mentorship from Associate Professor Brooke Barnett. Click here to read more about Koehler's film.

Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist
offers advice to students

Humor columnist Dave Barry met with students in the School of Communications a day after delivering the Fall Convocation address to offer advice as they prepare for their own careers. He told students to "be patient" in their search for jobs post-graduation. Barry won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and retired from full-time writing in 2005.

Click here to read about his visit with communications students.

Click here to read about his address at Fall Convocation.

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School News

Alumni win regional Emmys

Matt Belanger '05 and Mitch Pittman '09 won 2011 regional Emmy Awards for reporting. Belanger works for WGAL-TV in Lancaster, Pa., and Pittman works for KTSP-TV in St. Paul, Minn. Read more ...

Journalism majors selected for News21 program

Caitlin O'Donnell and Kassondra Cloos will represent Elon in the 2012 Carnegie-Knight News21 Initiative at Arizona State University this summer. It's the first time Elon students have been eligible to participate in the program funded by the Carnegie Corporation and the Knight Foundation. Read more ...

Students do iMedia projects
for public good in 4 nations

Students in the Interactive Media graduate program aided nonprofit organizations in Iceland, Costa Rica, Mexico and Panama in January as part of their studies. Read more ...

Internet Society provides
grant for Geneva conference

The Internet Society has made a $28,000 gift to the school's Imagining the Internet Center to support its continuing efforts to illuminate Internet issues and share people's visions for the future of communications and the world. Read more ...

Hollywood producer shares
industry advice with students

Veteran Hollywood producer Bill Badalato ("Top Gun," "Benny and Joon" and "About Schmidt") visited communications students and provided insight into the ever-changing world of cinema. Associate Professor Paul Castro led the conversation. Read more ...

Our pledge to you

If you are willing and able, please click here and make a gift to Elon, designating your gift to the School of Communications. Many smaller gifts, combined, can make a huge difference. We promise to use your gift to support students in financial need and faculty members seeking professional development to stay abreast of a rapidly changing communications world.

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