Nicholson News

Alumni Achievements

September 1, 2014

Nicholson School of Communication students accomplish a lot during their college years, but they accomplish even more after they graduate. No matter how far our graduates go, they never forget to keep in touch and to share their successes with NSC. This month, we are highlighting the achievements of three of our graduates.

Master’s Graduate Goes From UCF to Utah

The University of Utah just gained a Knight.

Ashley Elrick, a graduate of the NSC master’s program, recently was accepted into the Department of Communication’s doctoral program at the University of Utah. Elrick plans to continue studying communication in close relationships.

Huffington Post Editor Wins Excellence in Journalism Award

NSC advertising-public relations alumna Madeline Wahl, ’11, was recently awarded first place in the Internet Blog/Website category at the Stuttering Foundation’s 2014 Awards for Excellence in Journalism. Wahl, who is currently an associate editor of blogs and community at the Huffington Post, wrote about her experiences as a stutterer in the blog post “What It Actually Feels Like to Stutter.”

The blog post gained the attention of the Stuttering Foundation, which, according to its website, supports research into the causes of stuttering and provides resources and support to those who stutter. The Stuttering Foundation then invited Wahl to attend their awards gala as a guest.

Wahl wrote a follow-up article, “How People Who Stutter Thrive in Everyday Life.” Both pieces received additional recognition from various stuttering communities and nonprofit organizations. Wahl was subsequently featured on The Huffington Post’s live-streaming network HuffPost Live, where she spoke about her personal experiences with stuttering.

Curley & Pynn Partner Earns Top PR Credential

Dan Ward, vice president and partner of public relations firm Curley & Pynn, has earned the designation of Certified Public Relations Counselor. This is the highest certification within the public relations industry, and is considered a recognition of the growth and achievements accomplished by senior-level public relations professionals who have already received the Accreditation in Public Relations designation.

Ward, a Nicholson School of Communication alumnus and a member of the NSC Board of Visitors, received this credential from the Florida Public Relations Association. According to the FPRA website, fewer than 75 public relations professionals in the state of Florida have earned this designation. To become a CPRC, a public relations professional who has at least 10 years’ worth of experience must take a written exam and an oral exam, which consists of a 30-minute presentation.