Student lands summer White House internship
Reed College of Media senior Katie Heller is one of 140 students from around the country participating in the White House internship program this summer. The St. Marys, West Virginia, native is majoring in Strategic Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Political Science. During the summer program designed to build leadership skills and offer a realistic professional work experience, Heller is assisting the National Security team in the Office of Presidential Personnel in the research of candidates for presidential appointments. She also is helping with special projects and working with the White House liaisons from various agencies. Read the full story about Heller and other College of Media interns on the Charleston Daily Mail website.
Strategic health communications professor to join faculty
This fall, Dr. Changmin Yan, a well-established health communications scholar and teacher, will join the Reed College of Media faculty as an assistant professor in Strategic Health Communications. He will also join a cohort of four other university faculty to tackle issues of health disparity impacting the region and nation, with an initial focus on alleviating obesity. Yan was hired as part of the WVU 2020 Strategic Plan’s Mountains of Excellence five areas of strength and opportunity upon which the University is focusing its multidisciplinary research and innovation efforts. Yan will teach courses in the Strategic Communications program, develop a graduate-level health communications course for students in health sciences, and collaborate with faculty across campus on grant-funded research projects in this area. Read more online.
Alumna living life in the fast lane
Stephanie Ackerman (BSJ, 2005) majored in PR as a student and is putting her talents to work as a member of NASCAR’s Integrated Marketing Communications team in Charlotte, North Carolina. When Ackerman, a native of Wheeling, West Virginia, started working for NASCAR in 2012, she could count on one hand the number of drivers she knew. Two years later she has grown to love the sport of auto racing and its fans. As an IMC professional, Ackerman has watched the field of PR shift dramatically over the years. Read more about Ackerman’s career with NASCAR in an online Q&A.
Dean Reed receives national recognition for monthly column
Dean Maryanne Reed’s column, “Life in the Middle Ages,” was recently recognized by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists (NSNC). The column, which runs monthly in The Dominion Post, won third place in the NSNC’s national competition in the General Interest/Under 50,000 Circulation category. Reed’s human-interest column addresses everyday struggles and triumphs from a middle-aged perspective. The winners were announced at the awards banquet during the 2014 NSNC conference on Saturday, June 28, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Read more about the awards online.
College’s future Media Innovation Center highlighted in PBS blog
The Reed College of Media’s future Media Innovation Center, slated for completion in late 2015 on the Evansdale Campus, was highlighted in a recent article on the PBS blog, MediaShift. Assistant Professor Dana Coester, who also serves as the acting creative director for the center, was interviewed along with three other university representatives who are helping to create similar “maker spaces” on their campuses. Such areas devoted to innovation and collaboration are currently being developed at WVU, Lehigh University, University of Nebraska and Houston Community College Northwest. Read the full article on the PBS website.
In This Issue:
- Student lands summer White House internship
- Strategic health communications professor to join faculty
- Alumna living life in the fast lane
- Dean Reed receives national recognition for monthly column
- College’s future Media Innovation Center highlighted in PBS blog