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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

 

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.
 

 

 

 

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.”

 

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.

 

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.

Top French Journalist to Visit ECU, Discuss International Journalism and Press Freedom

A top journalist for Agence France-Presse, the international French news agency, will visit ECU next week to discuss differences between French and American journalism and French and American news audiences.

Léon Bruneau, AFP’s deputy chief editor for North America, is being brought to ECU as a visiting professional by the School of Communication. On Thursday, Oct. 29, Bruneau will address an International News Communication class in the morning, followed by a public session at 4:30 p.m. where he will discuss the January 2015 attacks on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Bruneau will discuss implications of the attack for freedom of the press in France, and describe how it compares to U.S. press freedom. That session is in the Bate Building, Room 1022.

On Jan. 7, two al-Qaida gunmen broke into the Paris offices of the satirical magazine, killing 11 and wounding 11 more with assault rifles and other weapons. The attack was followed by several related attacks in France over the next two days. On Jan. 11, two million people, including more than 40 world leaders, showed support for free speech and French unity at a rally in Paris, many chanting, Je suis, Charlie (We are Charlie) in honor of the slain journalists.

Bruneau has been a journalist for AFP for 20 years. Prior to his current position, he was a U.S. politics correspondent in Washington, covered NATO and the European Union in Brussels, and was senior editor on the International Desk in Paris. He is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Lyon, France, and holds a master’s degree in political science from the Université Paris 1 (Sorbonne).

Agence France-Presse is the world’s third largest news agency, with 200 bureaus covering 150 countries, and nearly 1,600 journalists relaying news around the clock.

Contact: Cindy Elmore, Associate Professor, School of Communication, Elmorec@ecu.edu, 252-328-5306

SOC Co-Sponsors Ethnic Film Series Fall 2015

The School of Communication is co-sponsoring a film series this fall that explores issues related to immigration.
The Ethnic Studies Film Series, co-sponsored by the Ethnic studies program and the Harriott College of Arts and Sciences, will present three films this fall whose immigration themes tie in with the book, “Enrique’s Journey,” ECU’s 2015 Pirate Read book for incoming freshmen.
The first film, “120 Days,” will be shown at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22, in Joyner East 201. Director Ted Roach will introduce the film and participation in a discussion afterward. The film’s title refers to the period a Raleigh-area husband and father has to prepare for deportation to Mexico after living and working in the U.S. for 12 years.
Post-screening discussions are planned for the other two films, also. “Seeking Asian Female,” directed by Debbie Lum, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in Science and Technology Building 207. It tells the story of a young Asian woman and an older American man in an Internet-brokered marriage. Dr. Jing Yang, visiting scholar at ECU and associate professor in the department of English Language and Culture, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China, will be the guest speaker.
“Welcome,” directed by Philippe Loiret, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in Science and Technology Building 207. The film centers on the adventures of a Kurdish teenager making his way across Europe. Dr. Susan Pearce, associate professor of sociology at ECU, will be the guest speaker.

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.