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Alumni Updates

April 8, 2010

Our alumni are engaged in some exciting projects and initiatives. We want to make sure we’re keeping up with all the exciting work you’re doing. So be sure to contact us at eloncommalumni@gmail.com with updates about what you’re doing. Send us any details about projects you’re working on, honors you’ve won or changes in your employment status.

  • Erin Barnett

    Erin Barnett

    ERIN BARNETT ’09 had a documentary she produced as a student broadcast in the spring on One Africa TV. Erin Barnett’s film, “My Name is Anita,” introduces viewers to Anita Isaacs, a former Periclean-in-Residence at Elon and an HIV/AIDS activist in Namibia. The “Anita” film was also screened in October 2009 at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival in Canada. Barnett is now an assistant to Alex Gibney at Jigsaw Productions in New York.

  • AUDREY SEAGRAVES ’02 won one of 15 Tech Award Laureates for 2009, an award that honors innovators from around the world who are applying technology to benefit humanity. The online “Fair Wage Guide,” managed by Seagraves, is a tool to assist millions of workers in the developing world who live below the poverty level. Seagraves is Director of Programs for World of Good Development Organization, a non-profit organization focused on improving economic and social conditions for women and adolescent girls in the developing world who live on less than $2/day.
  • Alumni team that produced "Sequoia"

    Alumni team that produced "Sequoia"

    KATY BRANSTON, CONOR BRITAIN, CHRIS FORD, TIM JOHNSON, EMILY KAMISCHKE, LAUREN LIMERICK, KELLY MURTAUGH AND LIZZIE NAPIER, all 2009 alumni, produced a documentary titled “Sequoia: A Sailor and His Ship,” which won the North Carolina Filmmaker award at the Carolina Film and Video Festival in Greensboro, N.C. The students completed the all the filming and basic work in the fall semester Communications Fellows capstone course and then put finishing touches on the project in the spring with the support of elondocs. The film also will be screened at the Asheville Film Festival in November.

  • BILLY CAHILL ’09 won an award for his film “A Slice of Key Lime Pie” from The Canadian International Film Festival. The film, which Cahill made during his senior year at Elon, is about a college student’s attempt to impress a boy she likes as she prepares for her first date.
  • NATALIE FAVA AND TAYLOR JOHNSON, both 2009 alumnae, had their film “Elsewhere: 3 Stories Afterwards” selected for the 2009 Carrboro Film Festival in November. The film is about a woman named Sylvia, who collected everything and sold almost nothing from her family’s Army surplus store. What was left after she died in 1997 were three stories of American memorabilia stacked floor to ceiling in a building in downtown Greensboro, N.C.
  • SCOTT GUSTAFSON ’00, OLIVIA HUBERT-ALLEN ’09, TOM MULLEN ’00 and BETH ROBERTS ’07 spoke to a packed room of undergraduate and graduate students in February as part of a panel discussion titled “How to Win Friends and Influence Your Career.” All panelists agreed that networking was a necessary component of their job and internship searches. They acknowledged that students can’t be afraid to meet people and, most importantly, remember people.
  • RICH BLOMQUIST ’00, a writer for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” who has won a number of Emmys for his work, co-wrote a book titled “Sexy Book of Sexy Sex” with “Daily Show” contributor Kristen Schaal.
  • HEATH OLDHAM ’00 on an Emmy award from The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter for marketing work he did for WTVR-TV CBS 6 news in Richmond, Va., earlier in June. Oldham, the promotions manager for the news organization, worked with two other people on the Emmy-award winning promotional spot featuring CBS 6 reporter Mark Holmberg.
  • MATT DAVIS ’09 presented a research paper in November at a scholarly conference of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Association for Asian Studies at Villanova University. Davis’s paper, “Loanwords in Lyrics: An Audience-Oriented Study of English in J-Pop Music,” examines English-language loan words in Japanese popular music.
  • COLLEEN CALLAHAN and CAROLYN KLASNICK, both 2009 alumnae, won the GLEE Photobucket Show Us Your Gold Star Potential contest administered by Photobucket. They submitted an episode of a series called titled “Transitions,” which Callahan produced in her seminar project class. (Watch the VIDEO.)
  • Bobby Hoppey

    Bobby Hoppey

    ROBERT HOPPEY ’09 saw a tough job market in the year leading up to his graduation, he built a “souped-up multimedia resume” that included a video spoof of “The Office” television program to show potential employers his creative side. CBS Evening News took note, too, and Hoppey was featured in a June 8 nationwide segment on the ways college graduates are marketing themselves in an economic recession.

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Student Accomplishments

April 1, 2010

School of Communications students have been honored and recognized by regional and national organizations this year for their work in and out of the classroom. Several others are participating in interesting research and service projects. Read about all they’re doing below.

Journalism major wins nationwide reporting competition

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith, a sophomore journalism major and features editor of The Pendulum student newspaper, was one of nine students nationwide to be selected for a Scripps Howard Foundation 10-day journalism study trip to Japan in its annual Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition.

Smith, a Communications Fellow, will begin the program June 11 and travel to Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima. Students will meet with print, broadcast and online journalists in Japan and visit one of the largest newspapers in the world and Asian reporting bureaus for international media. They will also visit landmarks of historical and cultural importance.

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The Pendulum student newspaper wins national Pacemaker award, named finalist in Online Pacemaker competition

The Pendulum won a national Pacemaker award.

The Pendulum won a national Pacemaker award.

The Pendulum, Elon University’s weekly student newspaper, received a 2009 national Pacemaker Award from the Associated Collegiate Press on Oct. 31 at the organization’s joint conference with College Media Advisers in Austin, Texas. The Pacemaker is the highest honor ACP gives to its members.

The ACP Newspaper Pacemakers are judged by the staff of a Newspaper Association of America-member newspaper. They award general excellence in four-year college daily newspapers, four-year college non-daily newspapers and two-year college newspapers. Entries for the competition are judged based on their coverage and content, the quality of writing and reporting, the leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, layout and design, and photography, art and graphics.

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The Pendulum Online, the Web companion to The Pendulum weekly student newspaper, was named a 2010 finalist in the Associated Collegiate Press Online Pacemaker competition March 31.

The Pendulum was among 20 finalists in the small-school newspaper (less than 10,000 enrollment) category. More than 240 schools of all sizes entered the contest. Winners will be announced at the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Advisers conference in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 30.

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Pendulum, Phoenix14News honored at SPJ Region 2 conference

The Pendulum, Elon’s weekly student newspaper, and Phoenix14News, Elon’s weekly student newscast were honored March 27 with Mark of Excellence Awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 2 competition in College Park, Md. The awards were highlighted by Phoenix14’s first-place win in the BEST ALL-AROUND TELEVISION NEWS CAST category. The show beat out schools such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Maryland.

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Sophomore uses award to advocate for child victims

Megan Harrison

Meagan Harrison

They come to the center from the streets, broken homes and jails where they served time with adults. Dozens of Filipino boys, victims of sexual abuse, seek refuge each year at the Stairway Foundation south of Manila – a place where sophomore Meagan Harrison last summer spent two months volunteering through Elon University’s Ward Family Learning in Action Award.

Recipient of the 2009 honor, Harrison traveled to the Philippines to produce and develop print materials, a movie trailer, and other multimedia for children’s rights advocacy, community education, and outreach that the Stairway Foundation performs.

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Live Oak wins awards for public relations campaigns

Live Oak Communications

Live Oak Communications

Live Oak Communications, Elon University’s student-run, full-service communications agency, received two awards Jan. 28 from the Tar Heel Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America at the annual Spinks Awards banquet in Greensboro, N.C. The Spinks competition is a professional awards program for agencies in the Triad region of North Carolina.

Live Oak entered two categories for the Spinks Awards and won both. The agency won “Best Web Site” for its redesign of the Alamance Veterinary Hospital web site, including the creation of a social networking site called “Paw2Paw.” The agency also won the award for “Best Event,” for its Campout! Carolina campaign developed for EarthShare North Carolina.

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Lumen Scholar studies media coverage of Indian terror attack

Hannah Williams (left) and Brooke Barnett

Hannah Williams (left) and Brooke Barnett

In the thick of a breaking news story such as the Mumbai bombings that killed scores of people, it can be tough for reporters to critique their own work, and that’s where Elon University senior Hannah Williams fills a need.

A journalism and English professional writing rhetoric major, the Minnesota native is working with her Lumen Mentor, associate professor of communications Brooke Barnett, to conduct a rhetorical analysis of news coverage from magazines in the United States, the United Kingdom and India following the 2008 attack.

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School of Communications students honored by BEA

Students from the School of Communications were honored by the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts in several awards categories.

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Faculty & Staff Updates

March 30, 2010

Colin Donohue ’05, Travis Lusk ’05 present at annual College Media Advisers conference

Colin Donohue and Travis Lusk

Colin Donohue and Travis Lusk

Travis Lusk, a 2005 Elon alumnus, and Colin Donohue, coordinator of student media in the School of Communications and a 2005 alumnus, presented two sessions about student media Web site development on March 15 at the College Media Advisers conference in New York.

Lusk and Donohue gave an initial session titled “Starting a professional student org Web site” that was geared toward students who didn’t have Web sites for their media organizations or who had sites but wanted to reconceive their online presence. The second presentation, titled “Advanced student media Web sites: Content, marketing, technology and revenue,” was a higher level discussion aimed at students who wanted tips about how to promote and monetize their sites.

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Katherine Branston ’09, Lee Bush publish study on social good networks

Lee Bush

Lee Bush

Katherine Branston ’09 and Lee Bush, associate professor in the School of Communications, had a paper published in a special nonprofit issue of the international online public relations journal PRism.

The paper, titled “The nature of online social good networks and their impact on non-profit organisations and users,” examined online networks that connect multiple nonprofit organizations and causes with the public. The study used a mixed-methods approach–content analysis, user survey data and in-depth interviews with nonprofit organizations–to identify emerging trends in cause-related networking and determine the benefits for nonprofit marketing and fundraising.

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Book by David Copeland explores media’s impact on national agenda

David Copeland's Active Voice

David Copeland's Active Voice

When four black students from North Carolina A&T University decided to sit at a segregated lunch counter in a Greensboro, N.C., Woolworth’s store 50 years ago, they didn’t plan on using media to affect national change. They were simply making a principled stand in their small corner of the nation.

But when the local media and, in turn, the national media picked up the story, it led to sit-ins across the country and demonstrated to influential black leaders, such as Martin Luther King Jr., the power of media to influence cultural shifts. It’s anecdotes like these that pepper Communications professor David Copeland’s new book, The Media’s Role in Defining the Nation: The Active Voice, published by Peter Lang Publishing.

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Harlen Makemson studies media, NASA in new book

Harlen Makemson's Media and NASA

Harlen Makemson's Media and NASA

ABC News journalist Jules Bergman filled the TV screen to give an update on the Apollo 13 space mission. Bergman had been covering the space program since before the Gemini missions, so he had become a signature personality in media coverage of lunar events. On this day, Bergman had bad news.

“Apollo 13 is apparently also losing breathing oxygen,” he said. “The emergency has ruled out any chance of a lunar landing and could endanger the lives of the astronauts themselves, if the (lunar module’s) oxygen supply plus whatever is left of the Command Module’s oxygen can’t last them until they can get back to Earth.”

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