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School of Communication Beach Clean-Up by Emory Saia

The School of Communication faculty and staff travel to Fort Macon State Park Beach to participate in the Ocean Conservancy’s annual International Coastal Cleanup.

This event supports Chancellor Staton’s strategic plan to serve the public. SOC instructor, Barbara Bullington says it’s important that ECU, more specifically the SOC contribute to serving the Eastern NC community. “Helping to build a stronger community means safer, happier lives for everyone.”

Coming across the opportunity to organize a cleanup, Bullington reached out to faculty and staff. The response—immediate and positive. Before the cleanup, SOC faculty and staff donated tools to assist with the pickup. Donated items include: trash pickup tools, garbage bags, bug spray, gloves and a first aid kit.

Accumulating seven bags of trash, the crew rid the beach of a cigarette butts, plastic bottle caps and wrappers, balloons, tissues, cigar tips, plastic cutlery, fishing lines and a hair curler. Bullington says, “We not only left the beach cleaner, but also inspired others to clean up after themselves or do future cleanups.”

On Saturday, Sept. 16, the SOC cleanup crew acted. Beginning the cleanup at 11 a.m., Bullington says it lasted around two hours, covering a mile across the state park.

The crew consists of more than 15 SOC faculty, staff and family volunteers: Barbara Bullington, her son Kevin Bullington and his son, Kevin Jr. Bullington’s fiancé, Mike Harris, SOC Director Linda Kean, Ph.D., Brian Massey, Ph.D., Jin-Ae Kang, Ph.D. and her husband and two children, Brittany Thompson and her son, Cindy Elmore, Ph.D., Festus Eribo, Ph.D., Gina Presson, and Deborah Thomson, Ph.D. and her son.

The SOC welcomes new faculty to its team. Specifically, Gina Presson who has dedicated her journalism career to interviewing and reporting for Ocean Conservancy monthly.

Presson served as the Florida bureau chief, reporting and producing radio, print and web stories for Public News Service. Her stories airing on NPR and CBS affiliates around the country.

Reporting environmental, political, educational and health issues for Ocean Conservancy, Presson devoted her tenure to the Deepwater Horizon Spill and its impact. In addition, Presson covered beach cleanup efforts, protection of sharks, limiting oil drilling off the Florida coast, protecting marine life from debris, the impact of agricultural runoff among others.

Referring to Chancellor Staton’s vision for ECU, Presson says “It’s important to make a difference in whatever way we can.”

As for Bullington, she has hopes for future cleanups. After discovering the debris on the beach, Bullington says it has made her reevaluate her daily plastic use. According to the Ocean Conservancy, plastic has been found in 62 percent of all seabirds and in 100 percent of sea turtle species.

Adopting community outreach, Bullington has served her community in more ways than one. Contributing as a volunteer for The Unnatural Resources Institute of Greenville, NC and the Dream Factory of Eastern North Carolina, she says these actions often spread in positive directions.

Beyond creating a cleaner community, Bullington and Presson agree that opportunities like this allow SOC faculty and family to connect outside of the workplace, to generate new ideas in a fun, collective way.

In addition to serving the community through the beach cleanup, the SOC held a kid’s bicycle donation last year. In spring 2016, the Outreach and Engagement Committee organized a kid’s healthy eating event at a local after school program.

The SOC continues to serve the Eastern NC community as part of Chancellor Staton’s 2017–2022 strategic plan.

To view pictures from the event and learn more, visit: https://schoolofcommunication2017beachcleanup.wordpress.com

To learn more about Chancellor Staton’s strategic plan, visit:
http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/strategicplan/index.cfm

Magazine Editor Chosen 2017 Professional-In-Residence by Emory Saia

Each year ECU’s School of Communication, in partnership with the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association, provides hundreds of regional high school journalism and yearbook students the opportunity to learn news skills with area journalists and faculty. More than 15 separate sessions cover topics from yearbook design to the latest trends in social media for journalists.

This year’s event will take place on Thursday, October 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on ECU’s campus.

 Joanna Citrinbaum Zerlin, whose magazine career has included desk editing positions with Redbook, Teen Vogue and Inside TV, has been chosen as ECU’s 2017 Professional-In-Residence.

The two-day program, a joint venture of the ECU School of Communication and ECU Student Media, includes visits to journalism classes and a workshop with staff members from Student Media.

In addition, Zerlin will be the keynote speaker for the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association Workshop hosted by the School of Communication on October 12. The workshop will attract high school journalists from across the region.

The Professional-In-Residence Program began in 2014 with Chris Korman, senior editor at USA Today. Sara Ganim was honored in 2015 as a Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter for CNN.

As Mary Tucker-McLaughlin, Ph.D. is the coordinator of the high school workshop, Student Media Director John Harvey oversees the Professional-In-Residence Program.

While interacting with journalism students from the School of Communication, Zerlin will meet with members of The Hook magazine, a general interest publications issued once a semester by ECU students.

“Joanna’s experience in the magazine industry, including editing and fact-checking, as well as her roots in student journalism, make her a particularly relevant guest this year,” Harvey said.

Zerlin graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2005 with bachelor’s degrees in journalism (cum laude) and women’s studies. During her time at Penn State, she worked as a reporter and a copy editor at The Daily Collegian, the school’s student-run newspaper where Harvey served as adviser. In her senior year, she also served as the editorial intern at Cosmopolitan.

After graduation, Zerlin participated in a two-week copyediting residency at the University of Central Florida in preparation for her Dow Jones Newspaper Fund internship that summer at The Palm Beach Post.

Zerlin started her magazine career in September of 2005 as a freelance copy editor at Inside TV (produced by TV Guide), eventually landing a job as copy editor at Redbook. Three years later, then a senior copy editor, she left that publication for nycgo.com, New York City’s official tourism and marketing website. She started out as a freelance copy editor, then served as copy editor and later senior copy editor, and copyedited and fact-checked content for the Webby Award–winning site for four-and-a-half years. She went back to the magazine industry to be copy chief at Teen Vogue, a position she held for three years.

After returning to work from maternity leave, Zerlin decided to become a freelance copy editor. Since then, she’s done freelance copyediting for Teen Vogue and freelance copyediting and fact-checking for nycgo.com. Currently, Zerlin is a part-time freelance copy editor for thezoereport.com, Rachel Zoe’s fashion, beauty, and lifestyle website. Zerlin lives in Northport, New York, with her husband, Adam, and their 1-year-old daughter, Chloe.

For more information about the event, contact Dr. Mary Tucker-McLaughlin tuckermclaughlinm@ecu.edu, undergraduate coordinator for the ECU School of Communication.

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.

Award-winning SOC Faculty by Emory Saia

Rebecca Dumlao, Ph.D., professor and Mary Tucker-McLaughlin, Ph.D., associate professor for East Carolina University’s College of Fine Arts and Communication in the School of Communication, received recognition for their achievements. Dumlao is selected for the 2016–2017 ECU Scholar-Teacher Award and Tucker-McLaughlin is selected as a 2017 University Scholar.

The Scholar-Teacher Award is given to outstanding faculty who incorporate scholarship in teaching. Scholarship in teaching has been endlessly linked to Dumlao’s career. She is recognized as a lasting leader with ECU’s Service-Learning Committee and a graduate of the Engagement and Outreach Scholar’s Academy. Dumlao’s dedication to community-campus partnerships led to her selection for both the Robert L. Sigmon Service-Learning Award from North Carolina Campus Compact and ECU’s Scholarship of Engagement Award.

Dumlao’s early scholarship emphasized family/relational communication and conflict management. That work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, presented at public seminars, academic conferences, and on a radio talk show in Trinidad, West Indies. Her recent scholarship focuses on communication in community-campus partnerships.

Dumlao has adopted service-learning, which connects community-based activities that meet a need with academic course objectives. For 12 years, Dumlao taught the Senior Capstone Communication course where 1600 students contributed an additional 18,000 hours of public service working in partnership with community organizations.

Her desire to become a teacher has been fulfilled. “For as long as I can remember, I dreamed of being a teacher—but not just any teacher. One that made a difference in the lives of her students as well as in the lives they touched, creating a positive ripple effect out into the world,” Dumlao says.

After earning a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University, an M.A. from Oregon State University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dumlao joined ECU’s School of Communication.

The scholar-teacher nominees, including Dumlao, were recognized during a Research and Engagement Awards Program, on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 5–6:30 p.m. in Harvey Banquet Hall in the Murphy Center. The scholar-teachers will receive their awards and present their posters at the Teaching Awards Program on Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 5–6:30 p.m. in the Murphy Center.

In Fall 2017, Dumlao will be asked to share a brief presentation of her integration of scholarship in teaching.

The University Scholars Program recognizes exceptional scholarship at East Carolina University. Each year, academic departments nominate faculty members that represent excellence in their discipline. This year, Tucker-McLaughlin was nominated on behalf of the School of Communication.

Research has been a precedent in Tucker-McLaughlin’s work. She has published 10 publications, three of which she is the primary author. Research publications include articles in Electronic News and Women & Language.

Along with being named a University Scholar this year, Tucker-McLaughlin was awarded Most Inspiration Faculty Member in the School of Communication in 2012. She has also held a spot on the editorial board in Spring 2015, as a reviewer for the Journal of Health Promotion and Practice.

Tucker-McLaughlin was the 2011 recipient of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender’s Top Conference paper award. She has presented papers at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, The Broadcast Educator’s Association and the DC Health Conference. Additionally, Tucker-McLaughlin is a co-investigator for a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant in a study exploring the County Health Rankings in North Carolina.

Tucker-McLaughlin started her teaching career as an instructor for Augusta State University in 2005. After earning her B.A. from University of Illinois, and M.S. from Southern Illinois University, while working on her Ph.D. from University of South Carolina, Tucker-McLaughlin joined the School of Communication in 2009.

Tucker-McLaughlin and the other 2017 University Scholars were recognized at the Research and Scholarship Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, February 28, from 5-6:30 p.m. in Harvey Hall at the Murphy Center.
 

 

 

 

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.

Michael C. Aho, Outstanding Alumni and Keynote Speaker for December Graduation Ceremony by Caitlyn Patterson

“A Pirate takes a sense of pride into all that they do, which includes serving others. After all, ECU’s motto is “to serve.”

Michael Aho attended East Carolina University and completed his Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Public Relations) in 2002. In 2004, Aho earned a certificate of training in the United Nations Peace Support Operations as well as completing his Master of Science in Peace Operations Policy at George Mason University. Michael Aho has represented both his alma mater and his country well in the highest levels of international relations.

Aho continues to show his pirate pride by staying involved with ECU. In the fall of 2015, he was recognized with ECU’s Outstanding Alumni Award. He serves on multiple boards and speaks to students and alumni about his award-winning career. He was also part of the founding of CommCrew, the SOC group for alumni, students and friends and has served on the Board of Visitors since 2014. Also a Centennial Pirate member of the East Carolina Alumni Association, as well as serving on the Board of Directors beginning in 2015.

Michael Aho has received many awards for his accomplishments. He has been awarded the Distinguished Analyst Award, The Award for Innovation, 14 Exceptional Performance Awards from the US government, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the ECU SOC. He has also received three Superior Honor Awards from the US Department of State and the Circle of Excellence Award from the College of Fine Arts and Communication in 2014, just to name a few.

Michael and his partner Joe Esparza reside in McLean, VA. They are both major benefactors to the Human Rights Campaign and are active in the Campaign’s foundation work.

Michael Aho will be speaking during the School of Communication Graduation Ceremony on Friday, December 16th at 8 p.m. in the Wright Auditorium.

For family and friends who cannot attend, watch the ceremony via live stream at https://mediasite.ecu.edu/…/b278356ac40b492da1c0c67b6e7e144…

The link will go live 15 minutes before the ceremony begins. No password is needed.

 

Editorial cartoonist, Bob Gorrell, will deliver keynote address for annual High School Media Workshop on October 25th.

A nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist will be the keynote speaker for the 2016 Eastern North Carolina High School Media Workshop, co-sponsored by the School of Communication and the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association.

Bob Gorrell will deliver the keynote address for the annual High School Media Workshop at 9:30 a.m. October 25 in the Mendenhall Great Rooms. Gorrell’s work has appeared in USA Today, The New York Post, The Washington Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and numerous other publications.

SOC faculty Dr. Brian Massey, Dr. Glenn Hubbard, and Dr. Cindy Elmore will lead sessions of the workshop, along with Gorrell and Coop Elias of the Carolina Hurricanes. Other presenters include George Crocker, web content director for WNCT, Kristin Zachary, online editor for the Daily Reflector, Jason Mills of ASAP Photo, SOC graduate Kristen Hunter, public information officer for Greenville City Police Department, Rich Klindworth of ECU News Services, Jay Clark of ECU, Jan Reid of Cape Fear Academy, and ECU student Mackenzie Tewksbury.

SOC Director Dr. Linda Kean and Monica Hill of NCSMA will make welcoming remarks.

Gorrell will also be on campus October 24 in Mendenhall Student Center, Room 221, from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. to give a presentation on “The Funnier Side of Election 2016: Depicting Political Candidates as Cartoons.”

 

School of Communication Hosted International Visitors in the Summer

The School of Communication hosted four international students and their professor from the University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, during the second session of summer school. The students enrolled in two of professor Glenn Hubbard’s courses: “Video News Production” and “Electronic News Performance.” During their stay, the students visited news outlets in Raleigh, as well as Sylvan Bird Park and nearby eastern North Carolina cities and towns. One student is planning to return to ECU to attend graduate school.

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.

 

School of Communication Welcomes Alumni Heather Burney as Fall 2015 Commencement Speaker by Jordan Hall

Recent East Carolina University Alumni, Heather Burney, will deliver the Fall 2015 Commencement speech at East Carolina University on Friday, December 18th.

Burney graduated from East Carolina University in May of 2013 with an undergraduate degree in Interpersonal/Organizational Communication. In December of last year, Burney graduated with her Masters in Health Communication also from East Carolina University. During her masters program Burney enjoyed teaching a public speaking course for the School of Communication.

Originally from Concord NC, right outside of Charlotte, Burney decided to relocate to the Raleigh-Durham area after graduation. Heather is currently working as a Marketing and Business Operations Specialist for Nuventra Pharma Sciences.

Nuventra is a pharmacology consulting company that specializes in various types of data analysis. Heather has been a part of Nuventra’s small marketing team since July. She loves working in a small company culture that is growing and expanding.

As the Marketing and Business Operations Specialist, Heather is responsible for developing press releases, engaging in social media, supporting the business development team, in addition to other tasks, such as being the coordinator of the proposal generations team.

Join speaker Heather Burney, and the faculty and staff of the East Carolina University School of Communication Fall Commencement Ceremony. Graduation is scheduled for December 18, 2015 at 5PM in Wright Auditorium for the Fall Commencement Ceremony.

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