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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Elgin Named December Intern of the Month

Stephany Elgin, a Public Relations & Strategic Communication major with a minor in Business Administration, has been named Intern of the Month for December.

She completed her internship this summer at Hospice of North Central Ohio in Ashland. She encourages students to "never take yourself out of the running for an internship by not applying. Even if it doesn't seem like something that you would like to do for a career, there are learning opportunities from every situation."

Stephany is also involved with Alpha Lambda Delta, the Orientation Team, Accent on Public Relations, the Public Relations Student Society of America, Lambda Pi Eta, Omicron Kappa Delta, Rho Lambda, & the Order of Omega. She is a senior and plans to graduate in May 2015.

Congratulations Stephany!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

DOCS' Students Leave No Doubt!

This weekend was an amazing weekend for the DOCS program! Our students showed off the tradition of excellence that we work so hard to teach them, both in and out of the classroom.

To start the weekend off, the Sport Communication Club (SCC) gave AU students and football program their first pep rally on campus in, what we were told, was nearly two decades. The event started off as a Sport Comm internship project from Chris Harvey, and through the help of the SCC, it was able to be executed for the fans in one semester's time. The event served as both a pep rally and a jersey reveal for the new black football jerseys for the Eagles, and the concept of the Blackout for the game was the theme for the event. With the support of the AU Gridiron Club and the athletic department, we were able have a raffle and a #Blackout tee shirt giveaway. More than 300 students came to the event and it was praised as a success by Ken Krupp from the Gridiron Club, Coach Lee Owens, and Al King, Interim Athletic Director. 

On Friday, five students traveled to Franklin University in Columbus to present at the 78th Annual Ohio Communication Association Conference (OCA).

Lauren Fattlar was awarded the honor of Outstanding Undergraduate Student by the Ohio Communication Association. Along with this honor, Lauren also won Top Undergraduate Student poster at the conference on Saturday. Her project used Expectancy Violation Theory to assess the experiences of incoming college
athletes compared to the "college life" they expected to encounter. Lauren is a senior triple majoring in Public Relations & Strategic Communication, Health & Risk Communication, and Sport Communication. 

Megan Salatino also presented a poster at OCA and was given immense praise by the judges for her research into the use of social media as a platform for college team fandom. Megan is a junior double majoring in Public Relations & Strategic Communication and Sport Communication.

Kate Lentz presented a co-authored paper covering the effects of immediacy and efficacy in women's college basketball. An attendee later stated that the level of research in Kate's study was exceptional for the undergraduate level, and other panel attendees also commented on the study asking for information on the follow up in the works currently. Kate is a senior double majoring in Sport Communication and Digital Media Production and a minor in Digital Media Journalism.

Nellie Cronin and Taylor Campbell lead a panel discussion, along with professors from Franklin University, about the opportunities afforded in PRSSA and PRSA. This panel discussed everything from the use of social media to grassroots efforts for resume building and organization fundraising. Nellie is a senior double majoring in Public Relations & Strategic Communication and Health & Risk Communication. She is also the president of AU's chapter of PRSSA and Accent on PR. Taylor is a junior double majoring in Public Relations & Strategic Communication and Health & Risk Communication with a minor in Religion.

The faculty and staff congratulates each of the students involved in the events from this past weekend... from the pep rally to OCA. You all represented AU and DOCS with professionalism and excellence.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Fattlar Interns with Top Ranked Hospital

Senior Lauren Fattlar had a busy and rewarding summer interning with the Cleveland Clinic as a Corporate Communication Intern. In this position, Lauren pitched stories to the many media outlets, such as the news, TV, and magazines, she posted tweets on the Clinic's Twitter site, as well as researched trending topics and stories to send out as weekly tips to general reporters.

Lauren also had the opportunity to attend video shoots. One of the shoots recorded behind-the-scene activities of the heart center as the Clinic was recently named the No. 1 heart hospital by U.S. News & World Report for the 20th consecutive year.

"Communication courses such as Public Relations Writing, Health Communication, Organizational Communication and Interpersonal Communication really helped prepare me for my internship by giving me the proper skill set and confidence to write press releases and to work in a fast-paced corporate communication environment," says Lauren. "It was really neat to have used what I learned about health communication and apply the importance of patient interaction first-hand at the Cleveland Clinic!"

Lauren is triple majoring in Health & Risk Communication, Public Relations & Strategic Communication and Sport Communication and plans on graduating in May 2015.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Five Students from AU'S Department of Communication Studies Joined O-Team

Lauren Fattlar, Alexys McQuillen, Stephany Elgin, Taylor Campbell and Byron Reyna-Corzo joined Ashland University's Orientation Team and are in the Department of Communication Studies. The Department of Communication majors include Health and Risk Communication, Sport Communication and Public Relations and Strategic Communication.

Ashland University's O-Teamers are responsible for guiding freshmen through their transition to campus life during orientation weekend and drive-ins. O-Teamers are selected based on personality and academic standing. These students instruct, guide, entertain and support freshmen by organizing events, giving tours and moving freshmen in early. 

Lauren Fattlar is on left standing next to Alexys McQuillen. Stephany Elign is in the middle with Taylor  Campbell and Byron Reyna-Corzo on her right. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Elgin Gains Experience Interning with AU's Department of Student Life

Public Relations and Strategic Communication major, Stephany Elgin, interned this summer with Ashland University's Department of Student Life as an Orientation and Commuter Services Intern.

Stephany's duties included assisting the director of Orientation with planning and implementing orientation programs, leading the Orientation Team as an executive member during programs, developing Orientation Team training materials, and preparing materials and presentations for incoming students and their family members, as well as working with special populations such as commuters, out of state students, and transfer students to feel more acclimated to campus. She also helped out with the day-to-day office tasks in the department.

"One class that has particularly helped me in this position would be organizational communication," says Stephany. "The course taught me how to develop and implement a training program, which was extremely beneficial when producing and designing a training program and materials for the Orientation Team members."

Public speaking was a large part of her experience.

"The skills I developed from many of my communication courses have helped me to become a better public speaker. I had been asked to give speeches or speak to crowds with very little notice on a number of occasions. Being able to organize my thoughts and present information in a logical manner has prepared me for this challenge."

Stephany added, "Working for the Student Life Office and the Department of Orientation has showed me just how much work goes into student life at AU. I am proud to be a part of a department that touches the lives of every new student on Ashland's campus!"

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Wright Awarded National Scholarship

Madison Paige Wright, a double major in Public Relations & Strategic Communication and Health & Risk Communication was named one of 35 students nationwide who will receive the Jo Anne J. Trow Scholarship from the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for First Year Students.
Dr. Susan Melson Huffman, national president of Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, made the announcement of the $1,000 scholarship that Wright will receive.
“For the 2014 competition, the national selection committee reviewed more than 85 strong applicants,” Huffman said. “This year’s applicant pool was extremely strong, and selecting 35 winners from such a large group of outstanding students, was, as always, a challenge.”
Wright, a junior, is also working on a minor in History. She is in the Ashbrook Scholars Program and is a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America.
Earlier this year, the Ashland Chapter of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society named Wright the outstanding sophomore of the year.
Wright is the daughter of Fredrick and Cheryl Wright of Lakewood.
The Jo Anne J. Trow Scholarship was started in 1988, in honor of a past national president of Alpha Lambda Delta. Trow is the former vice president for Student Services at Oregon State University. She served National Alpha Lambda Delta as a district adviser from 1974 to 1979, as national secretary from 1979 to 1983, as president-elect from 1984 to 1985, and as national president from 1985 to 1988.

Stoops Interning for ACIS


Kimmie Stoops is interning for American Collegiate Intramural Sports (ACIS). She is working as an ACIS Marketing Intern and assists with the execution of ACIS sponsor events and promotions on the Ashland University campus.
Some of her duties include brand marketing, advertising, and conducting surveys, and then reporting the results back to ACIS.

Kimmie is enjoying her internship and credits her communication courses in helping her work with people and the public. Through her courses she has learned several different techniques on how to relate to people and how to positively represent products and companies.

"Working as an ACIS intern has helped me improve the techniques I have learned in class and has also widened my knowledge about how the public perceives information best. It really is a fun job!" says Kimmie.
Handing out sample products

Kimmie is pursing a bachelor of arts degree with a double major in Sport Communication and Public Relations & Strategic Communication. She plans to graduate in May 2017.