WASHINGTON, Pa. (Nov. 26, 2012)—Anthony Fleury, associate professor of theatre and communication at Washington & Jefferson College and faculty adviser for WNJR, the College’s student- and community-run radio station, has been named the Distinguished Four-Year Broadcast Adviser of the Year by the College Media Association (CMA).
Faculty adviser at WNJR for six years, Fleury credits the station’s success to the hard work of the students and those involved from the local community.
“I look at advising as teaching, providing practical opportunities to apply what someone is learning in the classroom,” Fleury said. “It’s about providing opportunities for people to help them shine. This is the College’s radio station, the community’s radio station.”
Fleury’s nomination was put forward by W&J Dean of Student Life Byron McCrae and supported with letters from colleagues and students.
“For me, this honor is a validation of the hard work of the students and the time those people involved from the community put into the station,” Fleury said.
Fleury sees the radio station as an important “lab experience” that teaches oral communication, technology, organizational and a variety of professional skills. There are currently 32 communication arts majors at W&J, including Erikka Loper, a senior from West Chester, Pa., who is a production assistant at the station. For her capstone project, Loper hosts “Friend or Fraud,” a game show that airs every Sunday. She hopes to one day “have my own game show.”
Elizabeth Pace, a junior from West Mifflin, Pa., is station manager at WNJR and a dual communication arts and psychology major. She is the producer for “This Just In,” a weekly new music show, and host of PaceLoveMusic” each week, playing some of her favorite music, each song somehow connected to the one before.
“I love radio and this is a great opportunity to be involved. Music has always been such a big deal in my life,” Pace said, adding that when she was first introduced to Fleury as a first-year student, she told him, “I am Liz Pace and I going to run your station someday.”
The Distinguished Adviser Award is presented to a CMA member who has had five years or more experience in college student media advising and has distinguished service in a particular area and is an adviser at the time of the nomination.