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Dean's Message

I’m writing to you today both jet-lagged and re-energized.

How can both be true? That’s simple: Las Vegas. I recently returned to campus following an inspiring trip to the 2019 Broadcast Education Association (BEA) conference and Festival of Media Arts, accompanying nine School of Communications faculty and staff to the Nevada desert. For five days, I watched our faculty share their expertise and research in panel discussions and presentations, met and re-connected with Elon alumni thriving in the television and film industries, heard the stories of how our faculty and staff mentored students, saw how respected Elon is among professionals and peers and celebrated a few accolades. (Kudos to Doug Kass on capturing the top prize in the festival’s PSA category, Daniel Haygood on winning first place award in the BEA Open paper competition and Alex Luschinger on winning the BEA top new researcher award!)

This mid-semester break gave me an opportunity to strengthen my relationships with colleagues and Elon alumni, as well as consider the future of our communities, academic programs and industries. Upon return to campus, the University recognized four of our Communications alumni with the Top 10 under 10 award.

As I draw closer to the end of my first year leading the School of Communications—which was chronicled by our Elon News Network—I find myself not looking backward, but rather ahead.

Why? That’s simple: Elon. In the past few weeks, we’ve hosted the school’s annual awards ceremony, which celebrated student and faculty excellence, and presented the Sport Management Symposium, which examined the legalization of sports betting and hosted numerous activities highlighting student-produced works. This month we will confer degrees to our 10th graduating class of the Master of Arts in Interactive Media program. Two days later, we extend degrees to our outstanding seniors, who are armed with the knowledge to take over their professional fields. This is just a short list of what is ahead of us.

I’m excited for what the next few weeks will bring—and I haven’t even mentioned the launch of the Elon LEADS Campaign! This historic fundraising effort aims to raise at least $250 million, with support for student scholarships as a top priority. I love the focus of this new undertaking!

At Elon, it seems we are always moving forward, with the goal of building a better institution, while we celebrate along the way. May this spring season also provide you an opportunity to pause, reflect and recharge for your months ahead.


Rochelle L. Ford
Dean, School of Communications

Elon named PRWeek’s 2019 Outstanding Education Program


The recognition, announced at a March ceremony in New York City, is widely considered one of the communications industry’s highest accolades.

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Photojournalist Al Drago ’15 to deliver commencement address

Al Drago

The award-winning photographer covers politics and national news. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times and other national media outlets.

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Now streaming: Find ElonComm on your Roku devices


Watching the original – and often award-winning – content produced by Elon University students and faculty members just got easier. The School of Communications has officially launched its own channel available on Roku devices.

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Mitch Pittman ’09 accompanies iMedia students to Cuba

Mitch Pittman

The longtime broadcast journalist joined Senior Lecturer Randy Piland to offer professional expertise and guidance to Interactive Media students traveling abroad as part of a Winter Term course.

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Sport Management Symposium examines sports betting

Sports Management symposium

The April 23 event was headlined by a keynote address from former NBA Commissioner David Stern, followed by two panel discussions addressing the business impact and regulation of legalized sports betting.

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WEEE initiative hosts official on-campus launch

WEEE Launch

The Women’s Elon in Entertainment Empire mentorship program held its first informational meeting and social gathering in March, bringing together female students interested in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.

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Students immerse themselves in baseball analytics

Baseball analytics

A team of sport management and business majors competed in the 2019 Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) case competition while also providing analytics support for the Elon Phoenix baseball team.

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Joe Bruno ’14 receives Polk Award for outstanding news coverage

Joe Bruno

The WSOC-TV journalist was recognized for his dogged reporting that helped establish with certainty that McCrae Dowless, a Republican political consultant, orchestrated a plot to influence a rural North Carolina congressional race.

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Congratulations to School of Communications alumni Emily Favret ’09, Josh Norris ’11, Jasmine H. Gregory ’12 and Zora Stephenson '15.

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Los Angeles alumni shine at Night for Elon Excellence

The Los Angeles Alumni Chapter sponsored the February event, attracting 120 Elon alumni, parents, current students, prospective students and families.

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ENN, alumni win top spots in regional journalism competition

Elon News Network was honored with Best Television Newscast and Best Affiliated Website honors in Region 2 of the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards competition.

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Dean Rochelle Ford inducted into PRWeek Hall of Fame

The communications dean was one of “six inspiring leaders of communications” honored at a December ceremony in New York.

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Brooks Fuller named director of North Carolina Open Government Coalition

The former assistant professor at Louisiana State University and North Carolina attorney is also teaching two sessions of Media Law and Ethics this semester.

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Erin Barnett’s new film hosts world premiere at Sundance Film Festival

The Elon graduate served as an editor and screenwriter for “The Great Hack,” a documentary that delves into the dark world of data exploitation through the personal journeys of those affected by the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data breach.

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Student media organizations win big at state conference

The Pendulum, Phi Psi Cli and Colonnades all pick up Best of Show honors at the annual North Carolina College Media Association gathering.

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Robert Hubler ’90 earns Suncoast Emmy for Parkland shooting coverage

The assistant director of news content and his WPEC-TV team were recognized at the 42nd annual Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards ceremony in Orlando, Florida.

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PR executives charge students to be ‘unapologetically you’

In partnership with the PR Council, the School of Communications hosted its PR Agency Careers Diversity and Inclusion Panel Discussion in February.

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Imagining the Internet Center releases new study on AI

Elon and Pew Research Centersurveyed nearly 1,000 leading technologists about the wide-ranging impact of artificial intelligence on the quality of life of individuals.

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May 21, 2019
iMedia Capstone Exhibition
Long Building

May 22, 2019
iMedia Graduation
Whitley Auditorium
7 p.m.

May 24, 2019
Elon University Undergraduate Commencement
Scott Plaza
8:45 a.m.

May 24, 2019
Diploma Ceremony for the School of Communications & Love School of Business
Schar Center
3:30 p.m.

Nov. 1-3, 2019
Homecoming & Reunion Weekend
Elon, N.C.

For more information, visit the school's alumni activities & events page.


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