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SOJ honors top December graduates at annual ceremony

Dean Maryanne Reed announced the top overall scholar in the graduating class and the top scholars in each of the School’s three programs at the SOJ’s December Graduate Open House on Friday, December 20.

This year’s top overall scholar is Brittany Lavenski. Lavenski, of Fairmont, W.Va., is also the top scholar in public relations. Her parents are Dawn and Larry Broadwater and Susan and Terry Lavenski. The top scholars in advertising and journalism are Patrick Odom and Karissa Blackburn, respectively. Odom is a native of Andover, Minn., and his parents are Michael and Alicia Odom. Blackburn is from Baisden, W.Va., and her parents are Clark and Kristen Blackburn.

During a ceremony in Martin Hall, Dean Reed also recognized the School’s Latin Honors students. Those receiving Summa Cum Laude (GPA 3.80 or higher) are Madison Blankenship and Brittany Lavenski. Magna Cum Laude (GPA 3.60-3.79) recipients include Karissa Blackburn, Erin Clark, Daniel Edwards and Patrick Odom. The students who received Cum Laude (GPA 3.40-3.59) are Alexis Bramer, Cameron Dye, Megan Funkhouser, Sara Garner, Jessica Guay, Angela Leonardi, Amber Murphy, Hunter Philips, Thomas Terrarosa and Shelby Toompas.

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SOJ December Graduate Open House Friday, December 20

The SOJ December Graduate Open House will begin with a short ceremony in 205 Martin Hall. In addition to acknowledging the graduating class, Dean Maryanne Reed will recognize top graduating seniors and students graduating with Latin Honors. Latin Honor cords will be presented at the event and should be worn during the WVU December Convocation ceremony.

Friday, December 20, 2013
10:00 am – 11:30 am
205 Martin Hall
RSVP required

A light reception will follow in 101-102 Martin Hall.

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WVU Extension seeks writer/editor

The writer/editor position will provide a wide range of public relations and marketing support and expertise to support the communications efforts of the statewide WVU Extension Service. The position will develop news and features articles for various WVU Extension communications initiatives and programs, establish and maintain social media presence and provide support to county offices and programs for communicating public relations activities.

This job requires at least 2-3 years experience. View the full job description online.

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SOJ recruitment site and INTEGRATE earn accolades

The judges in the CASE District II Accolades Awards program selected the P.I. Reed School of Journalism’s See What You Can Be recruitment website to receive a Silver Award in the Web Site: Student Recruitment category. Launched in Spring 2013, the site features short videos profiles of students and alumni focused on a series of roles – as opposed to specific job titles – with which prospective students can identify. The videos and stories are also used individually in print and electronic recruitment materials. Judges were quoted saying that the campaign was a “really interesting concept” and “a great way for prospective students to imagine their future.”

Matt Carson serves as the web designer and developer; Christa Currey serves as the producer and interviewer for the videos; and Alex Wilson (former SOJ team member) and David Smith serve as the videographer/photographer and editor.

In addition, the INTEGRATE conference hosted by the IMC master’s program received an Honorable Mention in the Special Events: Individual Events category. Judges said, “The West Virginia University idea for connecting students with high-profile professionals in an educational atmosphere that promotes critical networking opportunities was looked at very favorable by the judging panel and something we wish we would have experienced at our institutions.”

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Dean's brother contributes gift to their parents' scholarship fund

When William (“Bud”) and Jean Reed first met at Ohio State in fall of 1945, it was love at first sight – at least for him. A charmer and salesman, Bud eventually won Jean over, and they were “pinned” her freshman year. Four years later, they were married and started a life together – a love match that lasted 44 years until Jean’s death in 1993.

First-generation college students, both Bud and Jean Reed directly benefited from their education at a land-grant university, including meeting their life’s partner. In tribute, their children created an academic scholarship at WVU in their memory.

In 2010, Dean Maryanne Reed gave a planned gift to create the “William and Jean Reed Scholarship” in the WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism. Now, her brother Stanley J. Reed, a Washington, D.C. area attorney, has pledged $25,000 to jump-start the scholarship so it can be awarded within the next two years.

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Students learn coding basics in nationwide Hour of Code event

In today’s data-driven society many online news and feature stories are supported by interactive graphics. Typically journalists supply the content and programmers write the code. But what if journalists could supply the content and write the code?

On December 11, the WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism hosted “Programming in Processing in 50 Minutes” – a one-hour introduction to computer science designed to demystify ‘code’ and build code literacy among non-computer scientists.

School of Journalism Assistant Professor Dana Coester and computer science professor Frances Van Scoy, an associate professor in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, collaborated to host the event for School of Journalism students and faculty.

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SOJ alumni make Morgantown Magazine's Thirty Under 30

The December-January 2014 issue of Morgantown Magazine features 30 of Morgantown’s youngest go-getters. The “Thirty Under 30” list features six WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism alumni and a student currently enrolled in the School’s Integrated Marketing Communications program (IMC) . They include Carisa Collins, Geoff Coyle, Amanda Marks-Cunningham, Erin Harbert, Luke Nesler and Katie Richter. You can read about them by picking up a copy of the magazine at local stores or by going online.

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Computer lab hours for finals week

The computer labs will be open during the following times the week of finals (12/11-12/18). If there are changes, they will be posted on the lab doors.


G2 8:30 am – 9:00 pm

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