27th edition of 'Professional Profiles' published


Students in UNC Pembroke’s Department of Mass Communication have published the 27th edition of Professional Profiles magazine.


Cover of Professional Profiles

It features 10 members of UNCP’s faculty.

Professional Profiles is a four-color printed magazine written and edited each year by students in the journalism Feature Writing course, under the guidance of Dr. Anthony Curtis.

Copy for the spring 2007 issue was written and edited by students in the fall 2006 class. Content includes 10 stories about, and photos of, members of the University faculty.

“Each student interviewed a member of the faculty who is dedicated to ensuring student success, and they wrote a feature article profiling their person,” Dr. Curtis explained.

“A feature story is a special or prominent article in a newspaper or magazine,” Dr. Curtis explained. “A profile is a feature story about someone. For instance, a biographical sketch, a fuller picture of a person, a word picture of a personality, information about an individual and behavioral indicators that form a set of characteristics of an individual.”

Dr. Judy Curtis, assistant professor of mass communication and faculty advisor to The Pine Needle student newspaper, also worked closely with the students on their final copy editing.

Layout and production of the spring 2007 magazine was accomplished by students in the Mass Communication Department's Computer-Assisted Editing and Publication Design course instructed by Sara Oswald. University and Community Relations photographers pitched in.

The magazine first was published in 1981. Sampson-Livermore Library has a complete run of Professional Profiles, which is a student publication supported by the Office for Academic Affairs.

“As you can imagine, a great many faculty members and administrators have been profiled during the 26-year run of this magazine,” Dr. Curtis pointed out. “More than 100 in this century alone.”

The 10 faculty members profiled this year were:

Dr. Kimberly Dial, School of Education; Dr. John Raacke, Department of Psychology and Counseling; Dr, Jane Haladay, American Indian Studies Department; Douglas McBroom, Mathematics and Computer Science Department; Cherry Beasley, Nursing Department; Dr. Jonathan Lewis, Department of English, Theatre and Languages; Dr. Timothy Hayes, Sociology and Criminal Justice Department; Dr. Christopher Ziemnowicz, Management, Marketing and International Management Department in the School of Business; Dr. Kevin Freeman, Political Science and Public Administration Department; and Dr. Robert Seesengood, Department of Philosophy and Religion.

The students who researched, interviewed, wrote and edited the feature articles were Angelika Spraider, Kelly Freeman, Robert Kelley, Chelsea Prior, Lauren Allen, Dan Kelly, Lisa Tyndall, Greg Larose, Colleen Fink and Heather Cagle.

The computer-assisted editing and design students who prepared the magazine pages were Chris Frease, Antoinette Balfour, Ricky Tyree, Heather Cagle and Chelsea Prior.

“We're very grateful to the Office for Academic Affairs for their continuing support of this significant experience for our students,” Dr. Curtis said.

Professional Profiles is one of several UNCP student publications, including The Pine Needle student newspaper and the Indianhead yearbook, both of which are related to the Mass Communication Department. Others are the Aurochs annual collection of poetry and photography, and ReVisions, an annual collection of best student essays, both related to the English Department.

The Professional Profiles magazines are available in print and online at: www.uncp.edu/home/acurtis/Courses/ProfessionalProfiles/ProfProf.html.