Archive for August 2010

School Portrait, 2010

August 26, 2010

Elon School of Communications faculty and staff, August 2010

The 50 smiling faces in this School of Communications portrait reflect a terrific group of faculty and staff members who care deeply about the academic success of our students.

The school begins its second decade this year, with a faculty and staff now five times larger than when the school was established 10 years ago. While we’ve grown large, we remain remarkably close-knit and student-focused.

From left, Phil Daquila, Qian Xu, Julie Lellis, Derek Lackaff, Paul Castro, Amanda Sturgill, Max Negin

We welcome seven new faculty members to the school this fall. They came to Elon from the faculties at UCLA, Baylor, Emerson, Wake Forest and the University of Texas and from graduate programs at Penn State and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Here are their smiling faces, and you can read more about them here.


The Elon Medallion to Don Bolden

August 25, 2010

The Elon Medallion is the highest honor given by the university. On Monday, Don Bolden — chair of the School of Communications Advisory Board throughout my tenure as dean — received the Elon Medallion in a special ceremony to begin the academic year.

Don devoted 51 years to providing news coverage in our community, building a reputation for fairness and truth and retiring as executive editor of the Burlington Times-News in 2000.

I’m so thankful that Don asked me to introduce him, and this is what I said:

“Good morning. I think about Don and Billie Faye Bolden at the start of just about every day. That’s because my office door bears the names of these two terrific people who have been instrumental in the success of the School of Communications.

“We want to recognize their family and friends joining them here this morning – and we want to present flowers to his wife, Billie Faye, an Elon alumna.

“One of the first things I do on Sunday mornings is read Don Bolden’s column in the Times-News. Sometimes it’s a story of our local history, and often it’s witty and humorous and generates my first laugh of the day. For instance, last week’s column speculated that North Carolina may be destined to be known not only as the birthplace of flight, but also as the birthplace of Krispy Kreme Donuts!

“Don Bolden is a frequent and welcome presence on campus… in the halls of the School of Communications where he has served the past decade as chair of our professional advisory board… in the seats of Alumni Gym where he loves watching the Phoenix play basketball, and loves it so much that he and Billie Faye have funded a basketball scholarship… and in an important documentary we produced about journalists covering the civil rights movement in the South. In that documentary, Don tells about going to a Ku Klux Klan rally and weaving his way behind the podium so that he could photograph the leaders.

“Don Bolden’s alma mater may be UNC, but he calls Elon his ‘home team.’ When we talk about Don, we use words such as integrity, community, enthusiasm and leadership. That’s why this university is honored to present the Elon Medallion to him today.”

And here is Don’s gracious response:

5 W’s and an H

August 14, 2010

Rudyard Kipling poses in his study in 1895

Rudyard Kipling memorialized the five W’s and H in a poem accompanying the tale of “The Elephant’s Child” when he wrote:

“I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.”

At the AEJMC national conference in Denver last week, I heard a fresh perspective on the five W’s and H.

In a presentation about helping students to write resumes and cover letters in pursuit of internships and eventually jobs, a speaker made a startlingly simple statement that can benefit students greatly.

Complaining that too many cover letters simply repeat what is in the resume, the speaker said that a resume should answer Who, What, Where and When — in other words, the basic facts of academic and work experiences — and the cover letter should answer Why and How, which will require analytical observation on the part of the student.

This makes a lot of sense, and it’s an easy way to explain to students how the cover letter and the resume should differ.

A Rocky Mountain High

August 13, 2010

Those of us in the School of Communications are on a bit of a high following our national conference in Denver.

That’s because Elon was prominent in so many ways — from 11 faculty members presenting quality research, to an impressive research presentation by 2010 graduate Alexa Milan, to the School of Communications receiving the national Equity & Diversity Award at the keynote session.

The 2,000 delegates attending the national conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) also enjoyed three color pages in the conference program about Elon’s School of Communications. Throughout the week, we continually heard from faculty at other universities about the exciting programs and projects at Elon. We feature those three pages below.