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ECU junior Erick Jenkins to participate in a prestigious leadership program this fall.

East Carolina University junior Erick Jenkins is one of five students from across the country selected to participate in a prestigious leadership program this fall.

Jenkins received a partial scholarship for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute’s Leadership and the American Presidency program dedicated to developing the next generation of citizen leaders.

The program is made possible in partnership with Campus Compact to provide scholarships to Newman Civic Fellows like Jenkins for their commitment to finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.

Campus Compact, of which ECU is a member, is a national coalition of more than 1,000 colleges and universities that promotes community service and civic engagement in higher education.

ECU Chancellor Cecil Staton submitted the nomination for Jenkins to be a 2017 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow.

“He is a student leader interested in leadership, activism and democratic engagement,” said Staton. “Erick has committed himself to putting many of ECU’s most treasured values — public service, leadership and community engagement — into action. His participation as a Newman Civic Fellow will continue ECU’s strong tradition of Campus Compact involvement and reflect ECU’s commitment to educating students to be engaged, thoughtful and active citizens.”

From August through May 2018, Jenkins will examine the leadership journeys of presidents in relation to his own life as well as hear from leaders in business, government and the nonprofit sector while completing coursework and an internship in Washington, D.C. He will have access to a variety of virtual and in-person learning opportunities including a national Newman Civic Fellows conference.

“The Newman Civic Fellows program and Reagan institute are a perfect fit for Erick Jenkins,” said Dr. Dennis McCunney, director of ECU’s Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement.  “He has amazing civic leadership skills, and he is passionate about citizenship, voting rights and advocating for people whose voices often go unheard. I’m excited about this opportunity for him; he puts ECU’s mission into action so well.”

Jenkins is majoring in communication. He is from Wilson.

The Leadership and the American Presidency program is co-sponsored by The Fund for American Studies.

For more information, contact McCunney at 252-328-2802.

CommCrew Distinguished Alumna, April Baer, will be the keynote speaker for May 2017 Graduation Recognition Ceremony by Emory Saia

Accomplished East Carolina University alumna April Baer will return to ECU as the keynote speaker at the 2017 School of Communication Recognition Ceremony.

Baer graduated from ECU with a bachelor’s degree in public relations in 2006. Currently, Baer works as the deputy Title IX coordinator at Frostburg State University. While earning her master’s degree with an emphasis in health communication from the SOC, Baer started work with Frostburg State in 2008.

Originally hired as the coordinator for university wellness in 2008, Baer also served as the director of student wellness in 2013. Since 2015, Baer has been promoted to her current position based on her years of service in providing support and leadership for sexual misconduct cases at the university.

As Title IX coordinator, Baer is responsible for ensuring that university students are educated without experiencing gender-based harassment or violence. Her position includes research, best practices regarding Title IX and promoting university values. “I am thankful to occupy a role that speaks to my strengths and for having the confidence of my university to do my work effectively,” Baer says.

A few factors have influenced Baer’s success. She says for professionals to achieve success, they must have passion and be committed to their work. “I was raised to put my best into anything I do. Those who do not know me personally, are able to see my values of social justice, equity and kindness.”

During her time at ECU, Baer was involved in the Air Force ROTC, Elite Pirates, Campus Living, the School of Communication, Student Activities, Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Societies and more.

Acknowledging SOC faculty, Baer says she is thankful to those who mentored her. She acknowledges Associate Professor Sachiyo Shearman, Ph.D., for providing countless hours in her development as a communication scholar. In addition, she recognizes Director Linda Kean, Ph.D., and Associate Director Laura Prividera Ph.D., for their insight as dedicated female professionals committed to education.

Baer advises students to “Go into the world and do well, but more importantly, go into the world and do good.”

Baer was chosen for the 2016-2017 CommCrew Distinguished Alumna Award and the ECU 40 Under 40 Leadership Award. Baer will share her expertise with the School of Communication’s graduating class of 2017.

The School of Communication Recognition Ceremony will be held Saturday May 6 at 9 a.m. in Wright Auditorium. Students should arrive at the Bate Building no later than 8 a.m. A ticket is required for attendance at the ceremony.

For family and friends not able to attend the SOC Recognition Ceremony, there will be a live feed. The link will not go live until 15 minutes before the ceremony and you will not need a password to gain access.

https://mediasite.ecu.edu/MS/Play/5c2b2c65bd0f49caa0833dc968bcba361d

 

School of Communication Career Panel and Fair is Feb. 16

A panel of communication professionals will be available to answer questions from students on February 16 from 1 – 2 p.m. in 244 Mendenhall Student Center. The panel will consist of Michael Aho, an international affairs officer at the U.S. Department of State, Amanda Anderson, a physician recruitment supervisor at Vidant Health, Kelley Deal, dean of marketing at Nash Community College, and Josh Graham, sports director at Inner Banks Media. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about a variety of communication careers while networking with communication professionals.

The School of Communication Career Fair will follow the panel on February 16 from 2 – 4 p.m. in the Mendenhall Student Center Grand Ballrooms. Professional business attire is required for the career fair and be sure to bring extra resumes. Registration is required for the panel event. Register at

https://epay-banner.ecu.edu/C20694_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=86&SINGLESTORE=true

Here is a list of companies and organizations that will be at the fair:

The United Way
WITN
The Daily Reflector
Greenville Fire/Rescue
ECU News Services
The Hope Lodge
ENC Stop Human Trafficking Now
The Association of Mexicans in North Carolina
WZMB
The East Carolinian
TEKsystems
ECU Campus Recreation & Wellness
WNCT
United States Navy Recruiting
American Red Cross
SOC Study Abroad
Washington Daily News
Wilson Tobs Baseball team
SOC Graduate Program
Eastern Radiologists
Vector Marketing
News Channel 12, WCTI

For more information contact Dr. Mary Tucker-McLaughlin, tuckermclaughlin@ecu.edu.

East Carolina University Alumni, Brandon Ives, will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 School of Communication Recognition ceremony on May 6th by Lindsay Rayner

Successful East Carolina University alumni Brandon Ives will return to his old stomping grounds as the keynote speaker at the 2016 School of Communication Recognition ceremony.

Ives graduated from ECU with a degree in journalism and business marketing. He now leads client marketing and strategy efforts at Brasco, an award winning branding and web marketing agency based in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. Ives is also the Co-Founder and CEO at PractImage.com, an innovative patient feedback and reputation management software company focused on the health care industry.

Ives said he owes his success to three factors: drive, confidence and communication. “Drive is something that some people have naturally, and others need the motivation. I’ve always felt an internal drive to fulfill my dreams in life, as opposed to looking externally for some sort of motivation or chip.”

As for confidence, Ives said it is important but “it must be managed to not communicate the wrong vibe.” This is crucial because as most communication majors would agree, Ives said communication is key while working with others in order to accomplish a common goal.

Ives said he considers ECU to be the place where he came into his own while being able to test his skills in different areas. According to Ives, being a Pirate embodies the three characteristics to which he owes his success, drive, confidence and communication. “We show our drive as a student body with the amount of over-achievers that we produce,” said Ives.

With proud alumni affiliation and a successful career, Ives can be considered a strong role model for ECU graduates. As for Ives, he finds inspiration from his family. “My grandmother was the best role model for my easy going personality which I believe is a key part of how I go about my life, balanced by the perfectionist in my father and the fun loving personality of my mother.”

Ives finds balance to be an important part of life. “I admire integrity and trust as key features that inspire me about others, while enjoying the humor and relaxed nature of others that tell me to not stress over the small things.”

Ives is the 2016 winner of the CommCrew Distinguished Alumni Award and will be sharing his wisdom with the School of Communication’s graduating class of 2016.

The School of Communication Recognition Ceremony will be held Friday May 6th at 8PM in Wright Auditorium. A ticket is required for attendance at the ceremony. The ceremony will be broadcast via the Internet for those not able to attend.

 

SOC Graduation Recognition Ceremony is May 6 at 8 p.m. in Wright Auditorium

Congratulations Class of 2016!

The School of Communication Graduate Recognition Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 6th at 8:00pm in Wright Auditorium.

You are required to have tickets for your family and friends to attend. Any remaining unclaimed tickets will be available on Reading Day, April 27th starting at 9 a.m. in Joyner East 102.

On May 6th. graduates should arrive in their caps and gowns by 6:30 pm to check in and line up for processional – First Floor of the Bate Building.

Each graduate, wearing a cap and gown, will be recognized by name and will walk across the stage to receive the congratulations of the faculty members and the Director of the School of Communication.  The School of Communication would recommend graduates dress in business casual under their gowns.

ECU Parking and Transportation will suspend parking permit enforcement the day of graduation.  Graduates and their guest will be able to park in any of the parking lots on the ECU Campus.  However, the University is open on Friday and parking on campus will be limited.  We strongly advise guest to arrive early to ensure they find a parking space and are able to walk to Wright Auditorium in a timely manner.  No parking zones, fire zones, and handicap parking restrictions will be strictly enforced.  Handicapped seating and parking will be provided for guest.  Requests for disability accommodation other than parking or seating should be directed to the Department for Disability Support Services (DSS) at least 48 hours prior to the event. DSS can be reached at 252-737-1016 (voice / TTY). Requests may also be e-mailed to dssdept@ecu.edu.

For friends and family members that are not able to attend, they can watch on a live feed at https://mediasite.ecu.edu/MS/Play/6f7fa137245241d4b9761ead74798cdc1d

 If you have any questions, please contact the Main Office at 252-328-4227.

 

School of Communication alumni receive East Carolina Alumni Association’s 2016 Alumni Awards.

A School of Communication alum was among the recipients of the East Carolina Alumni Association’s 2016 Alumni Awards.

Valeria Lassiter, a 1990 graduate and emerita member of the ECU Women’s Roundtable Board of Directors, was honored with the Virgil Clark ’50 Distinguished Service Alumni Award, given annually to alumni who have distinguished themselves through a “record of service and leadership.”

Lassiter, founder and CEO of Lassiter & Associates, a strategic partnership and fundraising management firm based in Chevy Chase, Md., was named the School of Communication’s Distinguished Alumnus by the School’s alumni organization, CommCrew, in 2013.

 

Communication volleyball players seek big turnout for Memphis game. By Emory Saia

The East Carolina University women’s volleyball players are trying to break the attendance record at their next home game and four Communication majors are trying to get the word out.

“It’s really nice to know we have the support of the Pirate community,” said Kaitlyn Branam, a freshman in the School of Communication with a concentration in media studies. “We’re not a well-known sport like football.”

Teammate Kori West said that the team’s attendance record is 1,348. “We want to beat the record at our home game against Memphis,” said West, a journalism student.

A big audience means a better atmosphere, according to player and senior journalism student, Torre Blake. “Knowing we have people behind us cheering us on is an amazing feeling,” she said.

Winning depends on who wants it more and who shows up that day, said Blake.

“We’ve played [Memphis] once before this season,” said Branam. “I think it will be a competitive game. They’re a tough team, but if we work really hard and practice we will pull out a win.”

The ECU volleyball team’s overall record is 11-14 this season.

“A come-up is happening. We’re very excited for the next home game,” said Alex Johnson, a team member and a senior interpersonal communication student. “We can’t wait to beat them for the second time.”

According to Branam, winning any game is helpful to build the team’s program for the years to follow.

“It will be good because we’ve been in a slump. It will boost our confidence,” said Johnson.

“Our goal is to change the stigma of our team, and put our team on the map,” said Blake.

West added, “We can reach our team goal if we beat them again.”

All four players see communication as a strong major to prepare them for a variety of career paths.

Branam plans to intern in order to become a sideline sports reporter after she graduates ECU. “For that profession it takes a lot of experience, I plan to work with local teams and hopefully work my way up,” she said.

West plans to intern with ESPN and ultimately become a reporter with ESPN. “I knew through volleyball that I would be able to know more about sports, which would help with a career in journalism,” West said.

Johnson plans to get her masters in health communication in order to become a pharmaceutical salesperson.

After Blake graduates, she plans to go to New York to work with producers on her music career.

The ECU women’s volleyball game against Memphis is on Nov.13 at 5:30 p.m.

Outstanding Alumni Award Recipient Michael Aho ’02 Visits School of Communication

School of Communication alum, Michael Aho ’02, will be presented with an East Carolina Alumni Association Outstanding Alumni Award Friday, October 16, 2015.

In recognition of this award, the School of Communication is hosting an open house in his honor, Friday, October 16 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. in the Joyner East Conference Room 101.

Throughout the years, Aho has been a great supporter of ECU and the School of Communication. Aho helped create the School of Communication alumni group, CommCrew, and currently serves on the school’s advisory board. Aho received the inaugural School of Communication Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2010. Additionally, Aho has funded a scholarship opportunity for the School of Communication with the Michael Aho Annual Scholarship for Communication that awards an undergraduate or graduate student in communication majors $1000.

Currently, Aho is a political officer at the U.S. Department of State. Throughout his career, Aho has been involved in international relations having served at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York. Now in Washington, D.C., he works on European security issues. He has received numerous awards for his service in his career, to his Alma Maters, and within his community.

About receiving this distinguished award, Aho stated it “is unexpected at this point in my life and incredibly humbling. “ He went on to say that the recognition is “really less about me and more about what ECU is choosing to recognize—that younger alumni are movers and shakers in their line of work. The recognition means a lot because I hope it shows anyone that anything is possible.”

For more information, visit East Carolina Alumni Association

 

 

 

School of Communication Welcomes Alumni Sam Matheny as Spring 2015 Commencement Speaker by Emily Gerringer

Recipient of CommCrew’s outstanding alum award for 2015, Sam Matheny, our spring commencement speaker, illustrates success in the communication field to all communication graduates.

 

Matheny holds a B.S. in Communications from East Carolina University, and a M.S. in Technology Management from North Carolina State University. He currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at the National Association of Broadcasters.

 

With over 20 years of experience in the broadcast and data networking industries, including earning a patent for inventing mobile and interactive DTV technologies, Matheny leads NAB’s technology team in its efforts to promote innovation and propel broadcast technology into the future. He also aids in leadership for NAB Labs activities, including the TV, Radio, and Digital Technology Committees.

 

Before joining NAB, Sam held the position of Vice President of Policy and Innovation for Capitol Broadcasting Company, where he focused on strategic media applications, mobile wireless content delivery, smart TV, and helped secure multiple patents for broadcast Internet distribution. He has also taken on management positions with mobile development, satellite, digital television, web development, and interactive video companies.

 

Matheny is active within his field serving as a member of multiple organizations. He is a member of the board of directors for the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), where he previously served as Chairman of the specialist group on the next generation of digital television. He is also a member of the FCC Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC), a member of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers, and he serves on the advisory board of StepLeader Corporation, a mobile applications and advertising company that he co-founded in 2005. In 2007, he was named an American Marshall Memorial Fellow.

 

Away from work, Matheny serves as an advisory board member to NCSU’s Poole College of Management, past chairman of the Triangle Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.

 

Matheny and his wife and two sons family live in Arlington, Virginia.

 

Join speaker Sam Matheny, and the faculty and staff of the East Carolina University School of Communication on Friday May 8th, 2015 at 5PM in Wright Auditorium. Please call the School of Communication office at 252-328-4227 for information on registering for the ceremony. Tickets for family members and friends are required for this ceremony.

 

Steps Toward a Better Tomorrow

By Nicole LaDuca

Tomorrow starts here. It is the phrase students, faculty and Greenville locals see signifying the countless number of opportunities East Carolina University offers.

To follow one of the missions of the university, the School of Communication’s journalism faculty have developed a new plan. Dr. Mary Tucker-McLaughlin and Dr. Glenn Hubbard created a rent-to-buy equipment program for journalism students to be implemented in the fall of 2015.
It all started in McLaughlin’s Multiplatform Journalism class after a student asked why journalism students did not have their own equipment if they did not spend money on textbooks for the classes. McLaughlin said a light bulb went off and she started thinking about different ways students could better succeed in the classroom.
Hubbard said once McLaughlin brought a camera rental and buying program to him, he was 100 percent on board and ready to take the necessary steps to make the idea a reality.
McLaughlin said the “rent-to-buy” equipment program will be mandatory for journalism students. They will be required to start the program prior to their sophomore year in order to have the necessary camera equipment on the first day of their first broadcasting class — Video News Production. The equipment includes a camera, microphone, tripod, memory card and a warranty for all of the equipment.
“The great thing about this program is that there are no strings attached,” said McLaughlin. “You can drop out, return the equipment and not pay a fee. If you are in the program for the entire time, at the end of your journalism classes, you will own the equipment.”

The packages range from $40 a month to $90 a month depending on the type of camera the student chooses. Hubbard says he recommends the camera that only costs $40 a month.
“The cheapest package is the best deal,” said Hubbard. “The camera gets you really good image quality, and it is cross compatible. It shoots great still images and great video, so students could use it for more than just broadcasting classes.”

The quality of the cameras is something McLaughlin believes is another advantage. She says being able to shoot still images would be perfect for students who need a camera for other communications classes, such as Copy Editing and Design.
Hubbard and McLaughlin, the two communications professors who focus on broadcast journalism, agree that the positives of the new program far outweigh the negatives that might come with the change.
The School of Communication will be saving between $6,000 to $10,000 every year on cameras and equipment they will no longer have to purchase.
“Right now, there isn’t a camera kit for everyone,” said McLaughlin. “If a student has an interview set up and they go to check out equipment and all of the cameras are gone, they cannot complete their assignment.”

Because professors can only do so much, the biggest gain of all lies within the students’ interest. Hubbard says he is always willing to help motivated students with out-of-class tips or advanced classes to further their career goals.
“I’ve been known to create special classes with independent studies for interested students,” says Hubbard.
McLaughlin also believes the opportunities are endless with this new program. She says the first thing on her to-do list is to inform all of the local news stations about the program, which would give students the opportunity to freelance and be stringers for the different news outlets.
“Local stations will hire students to shoot footage for them, but the catch is that you have to have your own equipment,” said McLaughlin. “With this new program, that wouldn’t be a problem.”

 

With a small investment from ECU’s future journalism students comes a major improvement to the program that is currently in place. And, with this new plan, tomorrow’s achievements can start today.

 

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