Congratulations to Lyndsey Ruble Nuckols for being named our Outstanding May graduate, and this month’s Young Alumna of the Month. Lyndsey graduated on May 10, 2014 with a B.A. degree in print journalism. She is married to Greg Nuckols, who also graduated in May with a B.S. major in exercise science and plans to pursue a career in fitness writing and coaching.
Lyndsey served as editor-in-chief of the Bison student newspaper her junior and senior years. When asked about her experience, she said, “I would most definitely recommend getting involved in Harding’s student publications, no matter what your major is. You’ll learn skills that will help your career and meet friends to last a lifetime.”
As a student, Lyndsey did an internship with the Statesville, NC Record & Landmark newspaper. For the Record & Landmark, she wrote several news and features stories, helped with photography and videography and shadowed reporters on different interviews and assignments. “In Harding’s Department of Communications, we learn the importance of internships, and I couldn’t agree more,” she said. “Some of the most important skills a student will learn – collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity – must be gained outside of the classroom.”
She is currently doing an internship with the Dow Jones News Fund in Santa Ana, CA. This internship is regarded as one of the most prestigious journalism internships in the country. The Dow Jones, which funds the program, provides training and pairs students up with a media outlet (normally a newspaper). She begins the internship in June and is paired with the Orange County, CA Register newspaper.
Under her leadership, the Bison won regional and national recognition, including awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and the American Scholastic Press Association. She was named the Department of Communications Outstanding Student of the Year for 2013-2014, and was also a part of several honor societies (Alpha Chi, American Studies Institute, Omicron Delta Kappa) during her time at Harding.
“I am so excited and feel so grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given. I am very excited to represent Harding and the COMM department in this way,” she said.