News Briefs in this issue include Health Profession School Admissions Officers Visit Meredith and Communication Students Learn from News Professionals
Meredith College students interested in health professions were able to listen to perspectives from six North Carolina health professions schools during a recent event sponsored by the Pre-health Professions Advising Committee and Meredith Association of Pre-health Profession Students (MAPPS).
The November 11 panel discussion and networking event featured deans or admissions directors from Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, School of Dental Medicine at ECU, Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Campbell University's Physical Therapy Program, Methodist University Physician Assistant Program and Duke University School of Nursing.
The panelists shared information with more than 50 Meredith pre-health students, and provided advice regarding strategies for success, and answered student questions pertaining to admissions tests, interviewing skills, personal statements, job-shadowing and gap-year strategies. Students who attended the event described it as highly informative, eye-opening, and encouraging.
The Pre-health Professions Advising Committee provides information and opportunities for all Meredith students who seek admission into health-profession programs. MAPPS provides pre-health profession students with opportunities and resources for success. In Fall 2013, MAPPS has helped organize admissions-test study groups, personal statement workshops, a peer-health education program, and mobilized a Meredith College team that raised money for diabetes research.
Students in Meredith’s Communication 100 course have the opportunity to learn about the journalism field from local news professionals. Recent visitors to the class, taught by Associate Professor of Mass Communication Doug Spero, were news directors from two local stations.
Rob Elmore, news director at WTVD (ABC-11) and Rick Willis, news director at News 14 Carolina, spoke to the class on November 20. The two shared their expertise on the journalism field. Topics included their own career path, how their newsrooms work and current trends in the industry.
This was the eighth year that Elmore and Willis have spoken to Meredith students. The stations are also internship partners for Meredith. Interested students were able to learn more about how to become interns at WTVD and News 14. Meredith students also assisted News 14 with election night coverage, gaining valuable experience.
Spero regularly invites communication professions to speak to his students. Another recent speaker was NBC-17’s Steve Spraccia, who discussed his career as a reporter.