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It's so much fun keeping up with our alumni. In fact, our School of Communications website has a story or two almost every week about an alum doing something really special.

For instance, there's the "Texts from Hillary" Tumblr page that went viral, leading to 2005 corporate communications graduate Adam Smith being interviewed on CNN and NPR. Adam and a friend took a Reuters photo of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton texting while wearing sunglasses and had some fun creating memes - text-and-picture mashups featuring hilarious exchanges with the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, Sarah Palin and Oprah. Adam ended up being invited to Hillary's office for a photo. Click here to check it out.

Alums, we hope you'll return to Elon whenever you have the opportunity. In the meanwhile, this e-newsletter will keep you informed.

Paul Parsons, Dean

School to offer spring program
in Los Angeles

The School of Communications is offering a new program geared toward students from all universities who want to explore careers in the entertainment industry. The Elon in LA spring program will run from Feb. 1 through May 10. Students will enroll in three or four classes while working in professional internships.

Read more about the new Elon in LA spring program, or click here for information about the existing Elon in LA summer program.

Imagining the Internet Center releases new report

Elon's Imagining the Internet Center and the Pew Internet Project have recently publicized some of the most recent findings from their latest survey of Internet experts and futurists. So far, reports have centered on the world of apps and Generation AO, or "Always On." Click the links to see more information about the survey's results.

Tyler West '11 works to eliminate global poverty

Tyler West '11 is working with the Global Poverty Project, an organization that sends people around the country to raise awareness of extreme poverty in third-world countries. For 22 weeks, West and three others have traveled from city to city to give their "1.3 Billion Reasons" presentations at universities. The tour concludes in May at the G8 Summit in Chicago. Read more about West's project.

Elon hosts successful regional
SPJ conference

Several School of Communications students, staff and faculty helped organize this year's Society of Professional Journalists Region 2 conference held on campus. The one-day event featured workshops and panel discussions, all of which was highlighted by the Mark of Excellence Awards luncheon. The Pendulum and "Phoenix14News" won several organization and individual awards. Read more about the conference and awards recipients.

'Restaurant: Impossible' gets help from Comm students

Food Network personality and chef Robert Irvine visited students in the School of Communications to get their thoughts on a Burlington eatery he was rehabbing as host of the channel's "Restaurant: Impossible" program. Irvine spoke with students in Associate Professor Lee Bush's upper-level Strategic Campaigns course. Read more about the students' involvement with "Restaurant: Impossible."

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School News

Alumnus producing
feature-length film

Peyton Lea '10 has written a feature-length film, "In a Day," that he will be shooting in Charlotte, N.C. in the next few months. He looks forward to premiering the finished film in August.
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Graduates win NCPA awards

Alexa Milan '10 won five awards, including three first-place finishes, from the North Carolina Press Association for her work with the Sanford Herald. Samiha Khanna '03 took a second-place honor for a story she wrote for the Indy with three colleagues. Read more ...

Alumni present at
CMA conference

Olivia Hubert-Allen '09, deputy director of audience engagement at the Baltimore Sun, and Travis Lusk '05, a director at VINDICO video services, both presented at the annual College Media Association conference in New York. Read more ...

Interactive Media students
network at SXSW

Six Interactive Media students traveled to Austin, Texas, to attend the annual South by Southwest technology and media conference. Students collected audience interviews, videos, photos and blog posts covering their experiences. Read more ...

admissions video wins
national awards

"Experience Elon," produced by Max Cantor '10 and Tim Johnson '09, won two awards at the Higher Ed Marketing competition - a silver medal in the Video Viewbook category and an honorable mention in the Television Advertisement/Single category. Read more ...

Graduate selected for independent film lab

Katrina Taylor '05 was one of 10 filmmakers selected to participate in the 2012 Film Independent Documentary Lab. Taylor entered her film, "Boone," on which she served as producer/assistant director. Read more ...

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