The School of Communications experienced a very unusual end of the school year -- three retirements and the start of a permanent Los Angeles presence.
Phyllis Phillips and Pam Baker were the first staff members that I hired as dean 11 years ago, and ironically they're now the first to retire since the school's founding. This summer, Professor Jim Drummond of sport and event management will retire after 25 years at Elon.
Meanwhile, J McMerty has moved to a year-round position in Los Angeles, where he will direct both the Elon in LA summer program as well as a spring term program that begins in 2013.
Still, a lot of familiar faces remain around here, so come back for Homecoming or other occasions to see your former teachers and the familiar campus haunts.
Paul Parsons, Dean
School honors inaugural Distinguished Alumni
Jo Craven McGinty '85 and Doug Finberg '94 were honored during the spring as the first Distinguished Alumni of the School of Communications. McGinty is the projects editor for The New York Times and has been part of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams at the Times and The Washington Post. Finberg is the executive vice president for marketing at MGM Studios in Los Angeles.
Click here to read about McGinty's award and Finberg's award.
Jay Light '12 receives $18,000
to make a movie in national contest
A recent graduate who majored in media arts and entertainment, Jay Light '12, was one of six students from four universities to have his script selected for the final round of the Sprite Films competition, a nationwide contest that awards students money to produce their films and a national platform to screen them. The inspiration for Light's film, "Rocketeer," reaches back to a fond memory from his childhood. Click here to read more.
Business grant to fund visiting journalist, student internships
The Donald W. Reynolds Center for Business Journalism has awarded the School of Communications a $50,000 grant to host a visiting business journalist in spring 2013 and support student internships in business journalism. Elon was one of three universities announced as Reynolds grant recipients. Click here to read more.
David Copeland awarded Elon's highest teaching honor
Professor David Copeland won the Daniels-Danieley Award for Excellence in Teaching at Elon's annual faculty-staff awards luncheon. Copeland, also the director of the Interactive Media master's program, came to Elon 11 years ago. He is a prolific author, and students and colleagues have labeled him an inspiring teacher. Click here to read more.
Three faculty publish books
Associate professors Barbara Miller and Vic Costello and assistant professor Naeemah Clark have published books in the past year. Miller wrote Marketplace Advocacy Campaigns: Generating Public Support for Business and Industry, which studies the persuasive power of genre advertising and public relations. Costello wrote Multimedia Foundations: Core Concepts for Digital Design for students interested in becoming multimedia storytellers and producers. Clark coauthored Diversity in U.S. Mass Media, which focuses on issues related to race, ethnicity, disability, class and more.
Elon joins Pulitzer Center's
The School of Communications has become a member of the Campus Consortium of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, which will allow students to participate with center journalists in covering under-reported global systemic issues. The school is one of only 17 collegiate partners in the consortium. Click here to read more.