In fact, you may have met Elaine Arnold before. She was Elaine Taylor when she was the college’s assistant director for
development from 2005 to 2012, helping to create the college’s alumni society and
increase membership in the college’s Dean’s Circle. Now, Elaine has rejoined the
college as our senior director of development. To be completely accurate, this is
Elaine’s third tour with us. She’s a 2003 public relations graduate.
Elaine spent almost four years on the major gifts staff for the athletics department
where she raised nearly $3 million dollars and most recently was a director of regional
development for USC. But when Elizabeth Quackenbush recently took a position in the
central office, Elaine decided it was time to come home to her college.
Home has changed a bit since she left. But it’s more than the windows and new address
that have brought her back. As an alumna, Elaine has demonstrated that information
and communications apply to a spectrum of endeavors. It’s why our graduates find
jobs in so many varied and fascinating places.
On a recent trip to Washington, I met with alumni who head investigative reporting
for USA Today, report from the White House for Politico, are dispatched hither and
yon by ABC News and cover hockey for The Washington Post. But I also met alumni who
have worked at the Pentagon, for the US Postal Service, the Department of Agriculture
and a tax policy group. They are, in every sense of the word, strategic communicators.
These monthly issues of eNews and the two issues of InterCom produced each year by our students are our primary means of keeping in touch with
our alumni and friends around the world. InterCom for spring/summer goes in the mail
this week. Veteran magazine editor Kathy Pettit teaches the course. Alison Moons,
a student one year when I taught it, is the design editor. Rebekah Friedman, our alumni relations and development coordinator (a SLIS student, too), oversees
production. If you don’t receive InterCom, please make sure we have your current
Rebekah and Hope Branham, assistant director of development, make up the rest of Elaine’s team. Their collective
role is to maintain as many points of contact as possible with alumni, to keep you
informed and engaged with what’s happening in our School of Library and Information
Science and School of Journalism and Mass Communications, to pass along interesting
stories about your former classmates and professors and, yes, to raise outside funding
to support our programs, students and faculty.
Elaine, Hope and Rebekah are an impressive team. You should meet them. They’d like
to meet you.