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By Kathryn De Shields
At 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, the opening forum of the Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Career Days was held in the auditorium. Scripps Howard Foundation visiting media professionals from across the country will be shared information with students and faculty. Their visit is to conclude with interviews for internships and scholarships on Thursday, Jan. 27.
“Part of the partnership we have with the Scripps Howard Foundation is that they provide support for the enhancement of our students for graduation so that they can be competent media professionals,” said Rosalynne Whitaker-Heck, interim dean at SHSJC. Students can interview for newspaper and broadcast positions, in addition to a short-course in Washington program, a Semester in Washington program, and for scholarship money.
According to Professor Joy McDonald, the coordinator of Scripps Career Days, the Scripps Howard Foundation go to great lengths in order to serve Hampton.
“Professionals will assess resumes and samples, perhaps perform mock interviews, but they don’t interview for internships at any other school,” McDonald said.
Interviewers look for students with a strong work ethic and who will represent the company, themselves, and the school in a positive way.
“Once they cross the threshold, interns have a responsibility to keep the door open for the next generation of students,” McDonald said.
Students and faculty of SHSJC value the time set aside by visiting professionals as they share their knowledge about the journalism industry.
“I’m a proud member of the ‘learn something new every day’ society,” said Professor Van Dora Williams. “Whenever they have a session I’m in there. Whatever I can see that can help me enhance my class I’m there, I don’t wait for the students to show up.”
Christian Cheairs, a senior broadcast major, completed a semester in Washington via Scripps Career Days. According to Cheairs, students can greatly benefit from attending all the events.
“With the visiting professionals, you gain practical wisdom from people involved with the business you want to be a part of,” Cheairs said. “Any other time, you’re breaking your neck trying to get these people’s attention for five seconds, but with Career Days, media professionals have made you their schedule for two days.”
To date, visiting professionals from the Scripps Howard Foundation have been impressed with what they have seen.
“When professionals visit for the first time, they are impressed with what they see. They say, ‘Oh my goodness the students are so well dressed, so mature, and so poised,’” said Whitaker-Heck. “Those who have visited before come back because they have had such a positive experience at our school.”
Some visiting professionals are actually scouting students and following their progress to see if they are eligible for a job with the company come graduation.
“They have invested so much in us,” said McDonald. “They treat our students very well, and our students represent them very well.”
“Students here are a cut above the rest,” said Whitaker-Heck. “I feel that the executives know they have with the mark with their investment.”
This year, 10 visiting professionals employed with E.W. Scripps Co. media outlets across the country will be visiting the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, along with multimedia expert Sara Quinn of the Poynter Institute.
The writer is a senior in the Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.
By Jared Council
Brett Pulley, a Hampton University alumnus and an accomplished journalist, told members of the Hampton family Sunday to continue to build upon their “great inheritance.”
“If you take just a cursory look around campus today, you can see that not only has [our founder’s] work been sustained, but in has been prodigiously enhanced,” Pulley said. “The growth that this university has enjoyed is due to the fact that though one man may have the dream, it takes many to bring it to manifestation.”
Pulley was the keynote speaker for the 117th annual Founder’s Day, an event held in honor of Hampton University’s founder, Gen. Samuel Chapman Armstrong. He spoke to Hampton students, faculty, and alumni, as well as local politicians and others with connections to the university in a nearly packed Ogden Hall.
Pulley told the audience about his experience “working with, studying and writing about people who inherit great fortunes.” He talked about Armstrong’s goals and visions for Hampton University, quoting him as wanting to “build for permanence.”
Pulley also recognized President William R. Harvey, calling him “a tireless manager, a relentless motivator, and a prolific builder of this great inheritance.”
“But Dr. Harvey is not alone. We all share in this great inheritance,” Pulley said.
Pulley also directed a few words toward students telling them to build upon this inheritance individually and collectively. He charged them individually to “live a good life of character and integrity,” and “become skilled, knowledgeable and productive members of our society.” Collectively, he told them they must “be a loud voice for Hampton, announcing all the wonders of Hampton.”
Pulley concluded by giving an analogy of a person receiving a phone call or a letter from someone informing that person that he or she inherited a fortune.
“Fellow Hamptonians,” he then told the audience, “this is your call. This is your letter. Your ship has come in.”
Council is a senior at Hampton Univerisity Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.
By Christopher Torres
Hampton University will hold its 117th Annual Founder’s Day ceremony on Sunday.
Noted HU alum and journalist Brett Pulley will serve as the keynote speaker. The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. in Ogden Hall.
Pulley, a member of the Class of 1980, was inducted into the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Hall of Fame in 2002. His plaque is on the wall of the campus school. Pulley said he will come to HU to speak to the campus community on “inheritance.”
“I’ll discuss our inheritance as graduates, students, and faculty,” said Pulley. He is proud of the strides and growth the university has had since his undergrad days: “Hampton continues to be one of the eminent institutions of higher learning.”
To this day Pulley continues to maintain strong ties to the university. He is a member of the university Board of Trustees.
“He’s a very influential member of the board,” said Yuri Milligan, director of University Relations at HU. “He is very connected to the university.”
Pulley’s primary focus on the board has been development and fund-raising efforts. The Proton Therapy Institute is among the more recent projects he has contributed to. “The Proton Therapy Project is one I’m very proud of,” Pulley said.
Among his career accomplishments, Pulley has written a high-profile biography of Robert Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television. Titled “The Billion Dollar BET: Robert Johnson and the Inside Story of Black Entertainment Television,” Pulley was approached about writing the book after a Forbes magazine story he wrote on Johnson in 2001.
“It came about after the Forbes 500 Billionaires issue in which he was featured on the cover,” Pulley explained.
The biography received critical acclaim, and the public fascination in how the book was written has arguably attained as much attention as the details in it. Pulley wrote the book with no cooperation from Johnson at all, which forced Pulley to rely on other sources.
“The book may have had a different tone if he participated,” said Pulley.
Since graduating from HU in 1980, Brett Pulley went on to receive a master’s degree in journalism at Northwestern University in Illinois. He served as a national correspondent for the New York Times from 1994-1999.
After leaving the Times, Pulley served as a senior editor at Forbes magazine.
Other notable accomplishments include serving as the CEO of NewYork.com, and several television appearances. Pulley has provided commentary on entertainment issues on shows such as “Entertainment Tonight,” “Inside Edition,” “Access Hollywood,” and “Dateline.”
He currently covers the media and entertainment industries for Bloomberg news. Pulley’s stories are frequently posted on the company’s Web site, in its magazine, and he is a frequent commentator on Bloomberg Television.
A proud HU alum to his core, Pulley said he is excited about his return to his “Home by the Sea.”
“He can connect to the students as well as the rest of the university,” said Milligan.
Pulley looks forward to enlighten all Hamptonians on their “inheritance,” and celebrate the traditions that Gen. Samuel Chapman Armstrong established in 1868.
Christopher Torres is a print journalism major at Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.
By Shantel Hanley
Hampton University senior Marcus Wiggs has done internships here and at Notre Dame. He played football here his freshman and sophomore year.
Kyle Howard is a junior who had internships at HU and FermiLab in Illinois.
Freshman Guy Jackson has not had an internship yet, but desires to do medical science research. He is a tuba player in the HU marching band.
Although these students have different interests, they are all physics majors.
The Hampton University physics department provides career paths in medicine, entrepreneurship, law and more, according to department promotional literature. The physics program is not solely about math and science; it also includes writing and presentation, which are necessary to develop clarity when communicating physics.
Just as three student’s classifications differ, so does their stage in the department. Wiggs is working on his senior capstone project entitled “Suppressed Fresnel reflection in self-pumped phase conjugate 4 wave-mix.”
“Basically, it’s like the same idea of a hologram,” Wiggs explained. Instead of lasers beaming through a crystal to create a picture, the laser beam is amplified after shining through the crystal. Wiggs has designed the experiment, but he continues reviewing his research and doing equations before conducting the experiment.
While Wiggs works on completing his capstone project before graduation, Howard has yet to begin his. “My capstone thesis has not been fully declared,” said Howard “but it will deal with measuring the cosmic ray influx at ground level.” Since freshman year, he has been working in a lab with his adviser. The experience is what he will use to develop his capstone project.
Students are not thrown into physics their freshmen year, but they are slowly incorporated in the experience. This is done by giving majors the opportunity to learn techniques about physics and have math skills reiterated and applied to physics.
Jackson is using the concepts he learned in his physics class in other means. “In physics one has to be very precise because physics is an exact science where every detail is vital to the problem,” he said, “Even though the rest of my classes are not like that, I still use the skills in my other classes so that they can help me understand them a little bit better.”
Jan Mangana, associate director for education and outreach, knows the names and classification of all physics majors. There are 20 students majoring in physics, said Mangana, and students are able to converse casually about anything.
Mangana believes mathematics and sciences are not being exposed positively, nor are they being nurtured to comprehend math and sciences. In an effort to change that, the Physics department has an outreach program that is geared into inspiring students in the Hampton Roads area in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a fun environment.
For example, students would make and set off bottled rockets and learn the science behind it.
Students interested in physics are encouraged to attend a summer enrichment program at Hampton University during their high school breaks.
The writer is a junior at Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications