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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.

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.
 

 

 

 

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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