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Generation HU - Young Alumnus of the Month



Austin Light '06 

Austin Light graduated from Harding in 2006 with a BA in Print Journalism and in 2007 with a Masters in Science of Education. While at Harding, Austin worked for the Bison newspaper and was also an editor for the Petit Jean. He interned for Arkansas Business in Little Rock, working as a reporter for the newspaper and contributing to their magazine and special publications. 

After graduation, he worked for a year at Harding as an editor for TC Magazine and teaching speech in the Communication Department. Austin and his wife, Brooke, then decided to move to Charlotte, North Carolina.  Since moving to Charlotte he has worked as a newspaper reporter, a marketing professional for a web development company, and a copywriter and content lead at a marketing company. In that time, Austin and his wife have had two sons - Parker and Wesley.

Austin is currently a senior copywriter and content lead at Red Ventures. He writes marketing and advertising copy for a variety of brands, including Verizon, AT&T, and DirecTV. He also does a lot of work on the side as an illustrator.

Austin is most well known for his “Movie Title Typos” series, which blew up on the internet in 2014. He posted illustrations every day for a month and the gallery went viral. He ended up getting a book deal from it. His first book, “Movie Title Typos”, comes out this fall. 

10 years later, he still recalls lessons he learned when Jack Shock was working PR for Red Cross when Katrina hit. He admires him and looks to him as a very knowledgeable PR specialist.

Light says, ”Harding helped me to become an independent thinker. Multiple professors - Scott Adair, Jack Shock, Kay Gowen, Robin Miller - challenged me in different ways to uncover my own opinions. To separate what I’d been told to think, and what I actually thought. Those lessons of self-reflection and introspection were planted at Harding. They proved to be incredibly valuable in my career as a reporter, writer and artist. I’m not the same person I was when I first stepped on Harding’s campus in 2002, and I consider that a very good thing.”

Check out some of Austin’s work here: http://www.austindlight.com


Past Honorees

DecemberJulie Neely '04 and Rachel Newbill '08 
NovemberKathleen Larkin '11
OctoberNick Michael '10
SeptemberEmily Owens '14 and Marcy Yoder '12
AugustScott Huddleston '07
JulyZach '13 and Jordan '12 Roddenberry
JuneSarah-Jane Bedwell  '05
MayLyndsey Ruble Nuckols '05
AprilSeth Fish  '08
MarchMaura Brumley  '12
FebruaryMatt Owen  '03
JanuaryEmily Gemma  '10

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