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NSU undergraduate student composes new university alma mater

Work was part of writing internship

During the Fall 2017 semester, Nova Southeastern University undergraduate student Malique Elder sought to showcase school spirit and a sense of community by composing a new version of NSU’s alma mater. The project was completed through WRIT 4990, a writing independent study offered through NSU’s Department of Writing and Communication in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Malique Elder

Elder completed the alma mater as an independent study with a focus on the rhetoric of anthems and university identity through transmedia branding, said Juliette Kitchens Ph. D., associate professor of writing, who served as Elder’s adviser for the project.

“I was intrigued by the idea of exploring how alma maters intersect with institutional identity,” she said. “This project also integrated several aspects of Malique's collegiate experience and educational focus. As an educator, this is our ideal – students making meaningful and creative connections within their experience that inspires scholarship, enhances opportunity, and extends beyond the classroom.”

Elder, a marketing major and transfer student, was inspired by the sense of pride he felt from his community during his time as a student at Louisiana State University, he said, which led him to propose this project as part of his WRIT 4990 course.

“From LSU, I got this overwhelmingly warm and welcoming feeling. Everyone was wearing their purple and gold; they always had their LSU letters on. The level of school pride and comradery was unmatched to anything else I have ever seen in my life. When I came to NSU, I wanted that same feeling, and I felt like there was more that could be done to strengthen our school spirit.”

In addition, Elder, who composes music as a hobby, drew inspiration from his passion for and background in music.

“I was already creatively inclined from prior experience, and I had this inspiration to want to make music at NSU,” he said. “So, I thought about the culture and community that LSU represented, and I thought that I would combine my passion for that with my passion for music to create something meaningful for the student body.”

For more information about writing internships offered through the Department of Writing and Communication, check out the department’s student opportunities.

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