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ECU alum and WITN co-anchor Lynette Taylor is the SOC Graduation Recognition Ceremony Keynote Speaker on May 4th at 3 p.m. in Wright Auditorium by Mariah Smith

ECU alum and WITN co-anchor will address SOC Spring 2018 graduating class on May 4 at 3 p.m. in Wright Auditorium

Lynette Taylor calls herself a “drama queen.” Her love for acting and theater throughout her high school years in Durham, led her eventually to broadcast journalism at East Carolina University. She graduated from ECU with a degree in electronic journalism and immediately started working with WITN as an associate producer. Later that year, she accepted a position at WITN as a reporter and later was promoted to weekend morning anchor.

After four years at WITN, she moved to Florida to become the morning and noon anchor for WCJB-TV 20 in Gainesville, Florida. During her time at WCJB-TV 20, she featured local adoptable children in the foster care system and many were successfully adopted. While there, she mentored aspiring University of Florida journalism students and became an honorary Mistress of Ceremony for the Ronald E. McNair Program at the University of Florida.

Taylor eventually returned to her beloved Carolina roots as a weekday reporter for WITN and in 2008 teamed up with Dave Jordan as co-anchor for WITN News at six.  At home, Taylor is married to an East Carolina University Professor and has two dogs, Henri and Murphy. She enjoys spending time with her family, who still live in Eastern North Carolina. She is an award-winning Associated Press Journalist and has received several awards for her work in the community. She is a Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society Member, ECU Alumni Board member, Independent Beauty Consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics and Executive Director of her Godmother’s up and coming foundation.

We are pleased to have Ms. Taylor as our keynote speaker at the School of Communication Recognition Ceremony which will be held at three o’clock May 4th at Wright Auditorium. Graduating seniors should report to the 1st floor of the Bates building at two o’clock to prepare for the ceremony which will be streamed via a link on the School of Communication webpage. To view graduation live go to

https://mediasite.ecu.edu/MS/Play/1b2e4b6c913444619ef9f3d2e05112881d

The link will go live 10 minutes before the ceremony starts. You do not need a password at that time.

 

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 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.

 

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.