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Elon is a place that creates strategic plans, then achieves them.

The School of Communications just completed a strategic plan for the next five years, and first up is national accreditation. The school became accredited in 2005-06, and the six-year renewal occurs this year. Also, our three-year-old M.A. in Interactive Media program will be up for initial accreditation. For more details about accreditation, please visit the ACEJMC website.

The dean of the College of Communications at Penn State will be our accreditation team chair, and the site team features two professionals: the editor of the Portland Oregonian and the news and public affairs director at KQED Public Radio in San Francisco. The five-person team will be on campus Oct. 9-12. In the meantime, we completed and sent the team an exhaustive self-study.

One of the self-study sections focuses on alumni, and we are thrilled to be reporting the outstanding successes of alums from both our years as a department and our years as a school. Thank you for your warm embrace of the school through the alumni survey last year and for your continued support.

Paul Parsons, Dean

Communications converts to HD
and a tapeless camera fleet

The School of Communications has updated its technology to include high-definition equipment and a tapeless work environment. Computers, cameras and an entire studio that has been rewired for HD encompass the largest technology initiative here at Elon since the school was founded in 2000. The technology upgrade has three components: updating computer labs with new and larger monitors and computers; replacing all remaining traditional cameras with HD digital cameras; and converting the studios to HD. The $600,000 project received tremendous help from Troy Senkiewicz '98 (pictured above), who donated the cable and spent almost a week on campus doing the upgrade.

Click here to read more about the technology changes in the school.

Have Fulbright, will travel:
Glenn Scott teaching in Japan

Associate Professor Glenn Scott (pictured at left with family) was awarded a Fulbright Professorship to teach at the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan, for 2011-12. Scott will teach the following courses in English: "Mass Media in the United States and Japan," "Global Media Topics" and "American Culture and Society" at the School of Law and Letters at Ryukyus, a national research university with about 8,100 students.

"I hope the experience will make me a better professor and enrich me with ideas and opportunities to share with my students and colleagues," Scott says. "I love the fact this is a university that supports this kind of enriching activity."

You can follow Scott's journey by clicking here for his blog.

Click here to read more about Scott's Fulbright grant.

'Phoenix14News' wins
College Television Award

"Phoenix14News," Elon's weekly student-produced news program, took home first place in the College Television Awards newscast competition, an event sponsored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation. The award was presented in April to five Elon students who traveled to Los Angeles to accept. They attended the black-tie dinner and awards presentation with Associate Professor Rich Landesberg, the "Phoenix14" faculty adviser. The College Television Award is the first for Elon. "Cronkite News Watch" from Arizona State University finished second.

Click here to read more about this prestigious award for "Phoenix14."

Welcome our new faculty members

Four new faculty members with strong professional and educational backgrounds joined the ranks of teacher-scholars in the School of Communications in fall 2011. They are (from left) Brian Walsh, who came to Elon from the faculty at New York Institute of Technology; Lucinda Austin, who came from the doctoral program at the University of Maryland; Vanessa Bravo, who came from the doctoral program at the University of Florida; and (not pictured) Leah Totten, who came to Elon from teaching at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The four faculty additions, plus the inclusion of the faculty in the Department of Sport & Event Management, bring the number of faculty and staff in the school to 65.

Click here to read more about our new faculty members.

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Join us for Homecoming!

On Friday, Oct. 21, the school will host an alumni panel, "Elon 2.0: Success after Elon," at 2 p.m. in Studio B. Afterward, make your way to the alumni reception in the McEwen Lobby from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. All communications graduates are invited, and we're looking forward to seeing you! Click here for more Homecoming 2011 information.

SPJ Chapter named
Region 2 chapter of the year

Elon's student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists was named the SPJ Region 2 chapter of the year. The chapter was recognized for its work with the Williams High School student newspaper and co-sponsoring Elon's second Religion and Media conference. Read more ...

Lars Bredahl '10 G'11 earns national attention for
QR code project

School of Communications and Interactive Media graduate Lars Bredahl '10 G'11 received attention from USA Today and Florida news outlets for a project he completed in his iMedia Capstone course for a wildlife refuge in Sanibel, Fla. Bredahl developed an interactive nature trail that features QR codes on 10 trail signs. Read more ...

Faculty member
awarded sports Emmy

Assistant Professor Max Negin has won a 2010 Sports Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his work on NBC's coverage of the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada. Negin, who joined Elon's faculty last year, served as a digital replay operator at the Olympics for the team that won the Outstanding Technical Team Studio Emmy. Vancouver was Negin's second Olympics experience with NBC. He previously worked the Beijing games in 2008.

Phillip Kimbrough '11 directs Sprite Refreshing Films winning movie

As a senior media arts & entertainment major, Phillip Kimbrough '11 directed the winning film in the 2011 Sprite Refreshing Films contest. He directed "Cease and Deceased," featuring actor Donald Faison of "Scrubs," and his work was shown at the Los Angeles Film Festival over the summer. Read more ...

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