The Collegian celebrates 100 volumes with notes from former editors

I’m wishing The Collegian a Happy Centennial! I joined the campus paper as a writer in 2011. I was young, nervous, and unsure about my future career path. After a few writing assignments it all clicked. I knew what I would do when I graduated. I would be a journalist. As a writer and editor at the paper, I learned so many tools and skills that shaped me into the journalist and author that I am today. The friends, colleagues, and advisers I met writing for the newspaper have had a major impact on me. I learned how to conduct interviews, take notes, meet deadlines, edit stories, narrate stories, design layouts, capture an award-winning photo and, most importantly, creatively express myself through my writing. I look forward to seeing the amazing work The Collegian will produce in the 100 years to come.

~Briana Thomas graduated from Greensboro College in 2015, with a major in English and Communications, and a minor in Religion. She received her MA from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland College Park, and has worked as a reporter for the Afro-American and web editor for Voice of America. Her articles have appeared in The Washingtonian and The Washington Post, and she is the author of Black Broadway (2021). Briana returned to GC in Spring 2022 as the Global Communication Center Writer in Residence. She also received the 2022 Young Alumni Award from Greensboro College.

The Collegian celebrates 100 volumes with notes from former editors

My time with The Collegian was one of the highlights of my collegiate experience. The paper creates a sort of time capsule, a way to remember one’s time at Greensboro College. I loved being the editor of the paper and helping to organize the ideas and submissions of peers into a cohesive representation of our college. I hope that the current staff recognizes their importance in telling the story of GC, and I hope the campus community sees The Collegian as the essential catalog of our campus’s past, present, and future successes. Happy 100th, Collegian!

~Josie Gold graduated from Greensboro College in 2022 with a BFA in musical theatre, and minors in humanities and contemporary dance. She is also a alumna of the George Center for Honors program.

The Collegian celebrates 100 volumes with notes from former editors

Working on The Collegian was the highlight of my time at Greensboro College. I came on in my second semester at GC and made a ton of friends that I am still in contact with today. The work that I did as Editor-in-Chief has helped me immeasurably in my professional career. Not to mention that my mom still has my first front page article on her kitchen fridge. So Happy 100 and here is to 100 more! 

~Richard D Cameron III graduated from Greensboro College in 2016 with a BA in English & Communication Studies. He has worked in social media support for Ubisoft, as an event coordinator for the Community Theatre of Greensboro and is currently an account manager with AVEX Audio Visual.

The Collegian celebrates 100 volumes with notes from former editors

I served as a Staff Writer and then later as a Features Editor for The Collegian during my four years at Greensboro College, and I can definitively say that it helped ignite my passion for journalism. I was an English and Communications major with no idea what my career goals would be at the time; I just knew that I wanted to write. Being a part of the student-led team allowed me to explore my passion and creativity outside of the classroom. It also gave me a campus-wide platform to be a voice for the African American and multicultural study body. I still remember the amazing feeling I got from seeing my byline in The Collegian for the first time. I also had some of my work published in The Lyre, which was one of the highest compliments that I could receive about my work. I genuinely appreciate the years I spent at Greensboro College. Happy 100th “volume-a-versary” to The Collegian!!

~Yasmine S. Regester graduated from Greensboro College in 2008 with a major in English & Communication Studies and a minor in Spanish. Since graduation, she has been fortunate to develop a 14-year career as a print journalist for The Carolina Peacemaker, an African American-owned newsweekly in Greensboro, NC, and as a freelance writer and editor.

The Collegian celebrates 100 volumes with notes from former editors

Working on The Collegian was very rewarding. I improved my writing skills and got experience being in a leadership role. I was honored to serve as the editor my senior year. While I was in charge, I made sure we met our deadlines. I was also instrumental in promoting the newspaper for people to read. I’m proud of the work we did at The Collegian while I was a student. 

-Jonathan Hunter graduated from Greensboro College in 2014 with a major in English & Communication studies. He received his MA in broadcast journalism from American University. He has worked as a broadcast reporter for Spectrum News in Rochester, NY and is currently a reporter and fill-in anchor at WNYT in Albany, NY.

The Collegian celebrates 100 volumes with notes from former editors.

Happy 100, Collegian! Being Editor-in-Chief was the most fulfilling part of my time at Greensboro College. I enjoyed reporting on all sorts of different stories; from on-campus events and opinion pieces, to world politics and especially April Fool’s articles. Most of all, I enjoyed bringing in writers and stories from atypical places: students from different departments who never considered themselves to be writers. I truly loved editing their stories and making them be unique displays of the authors who wrote them. The Collegian is a very special publication and I’m so happy to have been a part of its legacy.

~Christian Russell graduated from Greensboro College in 2013 with a degree in liberal studies, and a concetration in Chemistry. He has worked as a community engineer for iTalent, a certified pharmacy tech for CVC and currently as a business process analyst with McKesson healthcare corporation.

The Collegian celebrates 100 volumes with notes from former editors

When I think back to my time as a staff member and editor of The Collegian, one word comes to mind: pride (no pun intended, I promise). If I’m being honest, I did not expect to enjoy writing for the school paper. In fact, it took some nudging from the best academic advisor in the school to get me to take the leap and sign up for the two-credit “course.” I am forever grateful for the push, though, because the two years I spent writing for The Collegian brought me some of my most memorable experiences—which include writing an award-winning piece, meeting and profiling a world-renowned artist, and being accepted into a prestigious summer journalism program held at Georgetown University. So, looking back, I’m proud of what my classmates and I accomplished during our two years together, and I’ll hold onto those memories for the rest of time. Happy 100 to The Collegian! Here’s to 100 more!

~David Rushing graduated from Greensboro College in 2010 with a major in English & Communication Studies. He received an MBA in Finance from University of North Carolina Wilmington.

The Collegian celebrates 100 volumes with notes from former editors

When I first started as a staff member on The Collegian, my reference for what was interesting/important to publish was very limited. After writing on The Collegian for a bit, and especially after managing the paper, I came to understand the true importance of The Collegian — the community it built and sustained, the power of information it shared, the students it moved to action, and the creative joy it brought myself and others on the team. I attribute most of my learning, inspiration and confidence to my co-editor, Addie Elliott. Friendship is still the greatest gift I received from The Collegian.  

~Gwyn Navey graduated from Greensboro College with a major in history/political science, and minors in legal administration, humanities, and English. She is also a graduate of the George Center for Honors program.

The Collegian celebrates 100 volumes with notes from former editors

Hey there, I’m Blake Hawkins, and I was part of The Collegian staff from 2019-2021. I started out as a movie review, and by my senior year, I found myself as the paper’s executive editor. I loved reporting around campus and writing editorials — and as someone who writes for a living, The Collegian was one of the best ways that I found my authorial voice. So, happy 100 to the paper; good luck to this year’s staff and thanks to Dr. Johns for making this a special 100.

~Blake Hawkins graduated from Greensboro College in 2021 with majors in Religion – ministry track, and minors in Communication Studies, Art, Humanities, and Business Admin/Economics. He is also a graduate of the George Center for Honors program.