SoJ Web Report | April 24, 2013
|Courtesy photo IU News|
|Deanna Allbrittin, left, and Sonia Phadke will speak to their fellow graduates during commencement exercises May 4. Allbrittin is the third journalism student in a row chosen to address her graduating class.|
Allbrittin will speak at the 10 a.m. ceremony, when journalism students graduate, and Sonia Phadke, a biology major, will address the 3 p.m. ceremony.
The speakers who are selected have successful academic records and a history of participation in campus or community activities. A committee made up of faculty, staff and students reviews applications and nominations, interviews candidates and selects the speakers.
An Ernie Pyle Scholar, Allbrittin received the university's Elvis J. Stahr Distinguished Senior Award earlier this year, and she is an IU Founders Scholar. She has received several journalism scholarships, including the Ross Hazeltine Travel Scholarship, which funds post-graduate work outside North America. She will travel to Chile this fall to begin her reporting project as part of the scholarship.
A journalism major, Allbrittin has minors in Spanish, economics and political science. She is focusing on broadcast news, and has been news director, reporter and producer for IUSTV, and a staff reporter for the Indiana Daily Student. She was an intern for WTIU-WFIU and WXIN in Indianapolis. She was one of six national winners of CBS News paid summer fellowships, resulting in an internship with CBS News in New York last summer.
Allbrittin is the third journalism student in a row selected to speak to her graduating class. Lauren Sedam, BAJ'12, spoke last year and Shabrelle Pollock, BAJ'11, addressed her class the previous year. IU resumed the student speaker tradition in 2010, selecting one student for each of the two undergraduate commencement exercises on the Bloomington campus.
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