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2018

Stephanie Hays ’18 and Alexa Toma ’20 collected four honors, including two first-place awards, in the national Michigan State University Design Contest for College Students. For more information, visit this Elon University release.

Zach Hrinuk ’18, who graduated early, interned for NBC at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. For more on his experience, visit this Elon University release.

2017

Zachary Bocian ’17 works as an agent trainee for United Talent Agency and has assisted several major motion picture and television deals such as “It: Chapter 2”, “13 Reasons Why” and “Spiderman 2: Far From Home.” On each of these, he tracked negotiation briefs and worked with the business affairs department to note amendments and additions. In addition, he helped package an independent film called “Looks That Kill,” working with multiple agents in various departments at UTA to source the financing, put together a production team, as well as cast the film. It shot in spring 2018 and is targeting a release early next year.

Grant Flick ’17 was hired by the Kansas City Royals, working at the MLB franchise’s Dominican Republic academy. For more information, visit this Elon University release.

Jacob LaPlante ’17, an animator for NBC Sports Group and avid soccer fan, reflects on his World Cup experience, six-week work trip to Russia. For more on his time abroad, visit this Elon University release.

Professor Barbara Miller Gaither collaborated with MaryClaire Schulz ’17 to examine the relationship between corporate social responsibility and social change. Their research was named a first-round finalist for the 2018 frank Prize for Research in Public Interest Communications. For more on their work, visit this Elon University release.

2016

Audrey Coates ’16 has been hired by BoomTown, a real estate web service located in Charleston, South Carolina. As a support specialist, Coates will work with the company’s software that helps match clients to property and make the closing of deals easier.

Alex Day ’16 and his Yankees Productions colleagues earned a 2018 New York Emmy Award for their opening day hype video titled “We Work.” For more information, visit this Elon University release.

Eric Hernandez ’16 served as an associate producer on “Colorado Experience: Galloping Goose,” an award-winning episode of a TV series produced by Rocky Mountain PBS. For more information on his project, visit this Elon University release.

Lights, camera, action: Paige Hullett ’16 was cast in Karen Maine’s “ Yes, God, Yes.” For more information, visit this Elon University release.

Carol Pyszkowski ’16, a senior account executive at Octagon, a top sponsorship consulting practice, served as the keynote speaker at the Sport Management Department’s fall internship forum. For more information, visit this Elon University release.

Kimberly Temlak ’16 was promoted to team lead of threat operations at WMC Global. Her team provides validated threat data and actionable intelligence reports that detail threat actor profiles and attacks in the mobile space.

Tony Weaver, Jr. ’16 was recognized in Forbes ’30 Under 30 Education 2018′ list for leading the pack in education innovation. The founder of Weird Enough Productions was among the top entrepreneurs who made the 2018 list. For more on his award, visit this Elon University release.

2015

Katherine Blunt ’15, a Houston Chronicle retail reporter and former transportation reporter for the San Antonio Express-News, received an Editor & Publisher award for her in-depth article on a failed toll road plan, bringing to light “the pitfalls of privatized infrastructure.” For more on her award, visit this Elon University release.

Al Drago ’15 led a lecture at Poynter Institute titled “InstaSnap: Reporting Live Video 10 Seconds at a Time.” For more on his work as a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., visit this Elon University release.

Travis Elliott ’15 is an journalist for Rotowire.com, reporting on esports and NCAA Football, with much of his work published on ESPN. Rotowire provides material to ESPN on a contractual basis, mostly for fantasy sports. Elliot also manages a Dota2 team, Team Leviathan, which is currently one of the top five Dota2 teams in the North American region.

Kate Murphy ’15, a higher education reporter for The Cincinnati Enquirer, and her colleague spent nearly a year examining the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. Their findings were published on Aug. 6 on the front page of USA Today and an extensive video series is available online at sextalk.usatoday.com. For more information, visit this Elon University release.

Erin Turner ’15 G’16, an off-air marketing community manager at The Oprah Winfrey Network, was featured in a Q&A interview on The Rai Report website.

Jasmine Turner ’15Scott McCrary ’00 and their colleagues were honored at the 60th National Capital Chesapeake Bay Emmy Awards ceremony. For more information on their awards, visit this Elon University release.

2014

Joe Bruno ’14, WSOC-TV reporter, was recognized as one of Charlotte’s “10 local media minds to watch in 2018.” For more on his award, visit this Elon University release.

Steven Ebert ’14 is one of 12 individuals selected from a pool of more than 1,500 candidates for a three-year fellowship with WPP, the world’s largest advertising, public relations and branding company. For more information, visit this Elon University release.

2013

Abby Bradbury ’13, a director of recruiting and eligibility at University of California, Berkeley, shared her personal and professional insights with the fall 2017 Contemporary Sport Management class. For more information, visit this Elon University release.

The New York Times profiled Doug Williams ’13 and his rise in the television industry. For more information, visit this Elon University release.

2012

Daniel Koehler ’12 edited a four-part docu-series that takes viewers inside The New York Times newsroom during the first year of Donald Trump’s Presidency. For a link to the documentary and more on his story, visit this Elon University release.

Danielle Lafferty ’12 was named athletic director at Pfeiffer University in Charlotte. For more information on her new role, visit this release.

Alexandra Weldon ’12, senior manager of Jet.com’s brand marketing team, helped build its new brand campaign (“Out Carts Are Different Here”) and planned a press event (“Jet Townhouse”) to launch the company’s new brand to both consumers and journalists in September. Weldon worked closely alongside the company’s advertising agency to produce out of home and print advertising and broadcast commercials as well as digital spots that resonated with city dwellers.

2011

Nicholas Dyer ’11, senior producer for the late-night Comedy Central program “The Daily Show,” and his digital expansion team won a 2017 Creative Arts Emmy. For more information, visit this Elon University release.

Michael Sales G’11, director of design for NASCAR Digital Media, spoke at the Master of Arts in Interactive Media program’s 2017 Commencement. For more information, visit this Elon University release.

2010

Angie Lovelace Walton ’10 receives 2018 Pulitzer Prize on groundbreaking work for USA Today/Arizona Republic examining the U.S. and Mexico border. For more on her investigation, visit this Elon University release.

2009

Erin Barnett ’09 received the first elondocs Emerging Documentarian Award and presented her film “Food Chains” that highlights agricultural labor in the United States. For more on her visit to campus and the film, visit this Elon University release.

Chelsea Peabody Bohannon ’09 has earned her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR). She successfully completed a comprehensive examination process governed by the Universal Accreditation Board, which is comprised of nine national, regional and industry-specific public relations organizations. Professionals using the APR designation demonstrate their commitment to the strategic and ethical practice of public relations. She now works as a strategic and media relations manager at AmericasMart Atlanta, in Atlanta.

2008

Laura Eastes Akers ’08 wins two first-place SPJ awards for her news coverage for a weekly newspaper serving the Oklahoma City metro area. For more information, visit this Elon University release.

Ben DeLoose ’08 produced a horror film, “Escape the Dark,” that was shown at the 2018 Nevermore Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina. For more on his film and the festival, visit this Elon University release.

2005

Colin Donohue ’05, director of student media and instructor in Elon University’s School of Communications, was named a 2017 Distinguished 4-Year Newspaper Adviser by the College Media Association. For more information, visit this Elon University release.

A film co-produced by Laith Majali ’05 is one of five finalists for a 2016 Academy Award in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. The movie “Theeb” is the first Jordanian film to be nominated for an Oscar. It’s about a Bedouin boy named Theeb who helps guide a British officer through the Arabian desert during World War I. For more information, visit this Elon University release.

2001

L. Donnell Baldwin ’01, a fashion stylist and image consultant based in New York City, published “Grooms Book,” a professional stylist’s guide to wedding day apparel for every budget.

2000

Scott McCrary ’00, Jasmine Turner ’15 and their colleagues were honored at the 60th National Capital Chesapeake Bay Emmy Awards ceremony. For more information on their awards, visit this Elon University release.

Assistant Professor J McMerty ’00 and Associate Professor of Dance Jen Guy Metcalf’s dance film “The Nature of Consciousness” awarded first place in Women’s Independent Film Festival in Los Angeles. For more information, visit this Elon University release. McMerty also produced a full-length documentary, titled “A Year with Betty Gold,” that chronicles the life of acclaimed artist Betty Gold. The final product earned raved reviews at an annual festival in Wisconsin. For more on his award, visit this Elon University release.

Tom Mullen ’00, vice president of marketing catalog at Atlantic Records, publishes new book titled “Anthology of Emo: Volume One.” For more information, visit this Elon University release.

1998

Colleen Penhall ’98, vice president for corporate social responsibility at Lowe’s, was presented with the School of Communications’ Outstanding Alumna Award. For more on her work and visit to campus, visit this Elon University release.

1995

Meet Linda Findley Kozlowski ’95, the woman in charge of operations for the e-commerce site Etsy. For more on her time at Etsy after Elon, visit this Elon University release.

Dana Neves ’95 was promoted to vice president and general manager of Hartford’s CBS affiliate, WFSB-TV. She began working at the station as an intern. For more on her journey post-graduation, visit this Elon University release.

1991

Elizabeth Scarce ’91 was promoted to marketing director for the southeast engineering division of Dewberry professional services firm. She is responsible for implementing strategies and marketing plans for the division, which includes more than 500 professionals across six states. During her time with Dewberry, Scarce has been heavily involved in major pursuits and company-wide initiatives, including efforts to expand the firm’s role in the growing energy market segment. Scarce is based in the firm’s Danville, Virginia, office.

 

–Updated Oct. 10, 2018