It's always a thrill to welcome alumni back to campus. In the meantime, the School of Communications enjoys sharing our “oomph” with you four times a year in this way.
We're proud of our 3,000 alumni who associate with terms such as JCM, LSM and COM. Thanks to the foundation you laid, our school remains on the ascent and increasingly is receiving national acclaim.
Paul Parsons, Dean
Alumni return for Homecoming
In what has become a Homecoming tradition, young alumni of the School of Communications shared career tips and life advice in "wisdom sessions" for current students as part of Homecoming 2010. In the session, alumni said their coursework and internships helped ready them for their current positions. Communications panelists were Marty Callinan '08, ESPN; Michelle Gurney Sartori ’99, IGT in Reno, Nev.; Lindsay Eney '09, Chesapeake Research Consortium; Erika Hasenfus '08, Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine (New York City); Alexa Milan '10, The Sanford Herald (N.C.); and Ashley Barnas ’10, The News Journal (Del.). Read more about the panels.
Copeland wins historians award
David Copeland, the A.J. Fletcher Professor in the School of Communications, was honored with the Sidney Kobre Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Journalism Historians Association. The Kobre Award is the highest honor given to members of the AJHA. It recognizes individuals with an exemplary record of sustained achievement in journalism history through teaching, research and professional activities. The award has been given just 13 times in 24 years. Read more about the award. Also, you can read about Copeland’s interesting path to academia.
School receives 2010 national
Equity & Diversity Award
Elon's School of Communications is the 2010 recipient of the national Equity & Diversity Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The award recognizes an academic unit for progress and innovation in racial, gender and ethnic equity and diversity in such areas as faculty hiring, school initiatives, the presence of a supportive climate for women and minorities, and institutionally embedded support. Read more about the award.
School of Communications boasts growing cinema program
Cinema is an important part of the School of Communications, and this year it got a major facelift with the addition of new faculty, programs and student activities (click the image to the left to see a video overview). New faculty member Paul Castro came to Elon from the UCLA faculty. He is most well known for his screenplay, “August Rush,” which became a major motion picture starring Robin Williams, Keri Russell and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Elon also is one of 13 universities selected to take part in the Sprite Refreshing Filmmakers Challenge. Read more about the challenge. And check out more information on our cinema program, including video interviews with Castro, students and others.
Student media successes
The Pendulum was named a national Newspaper Pacemaker finalist and Online Pacemaker finalist by the Associated Collegiate Press. The Pendulum also placed first in the Best of Show non-daily newspaper competition, and the Pendulum Online took first in Publication Website Small School. Caroline Matthews ’10, the former design chief at The Pendulum, won second place in the Infographic competition. Adviser Colin Donohue won an Honor Roll Adviser Award from College Media Advisers. Read more about recognition for The Pendulum.
Phoenix14News was named Best Student Newscast in the Carolinas by the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas. Senior Kirsten Bennett won first place for Best Student Feature Reporting, and senior Drew Smith won Student Journalist of the Year. Read more about Phoenix14News' awards.
Internship and career services offices set students up for success
Students in the School of Communications must complete an internship for credit to graduate, so having a premier internship program is a necessity. The office is run by Nagatha Tonkins, who helps students navigate the internship experience successfully. In the last two years, the school also has added a career services office, which is directed by Ross Wade. He helps students with their career decisions by discussing their options after graduation. Read more about the offices and watch video interviews with Ross and Nagatha.
School publishes research journal
The School of Communications has created the Elon Journal of Undergraduate Research in Communications—the first journal of its kind in the nation. Twenty-two student research papers have been published in the first two issues, and the school publishes online issues each fall and spring. The Council on Undergraduate Research catalogs 57 student research journals in the nation, and the Elon journal is the first that specifically publishes undergraduate research in journalism, media and communications. Visit the Elon Journal online.