Elissa Yancey, MSEd, is an Educator Associate Professor in the Journalism Department as well as Managing Editor of Soapbomedia.com, a weekly online magazine focused on “what’s next” for the region. With more than 20 years of reporting and teaching experience, she received UC’s Just Community Award in 2011 for her teaching of diverse cultures in a wide range of Service Learning courses for Journalism students. She has partnered with UC’s Department of Environmental Health, DAAP, Honors and others in extending the opportunities for her students to connect with the campus community and the neighbors in our region. She regularly leads workshops in course development, use of technology and Service Learning at UC’s Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. She received the 2011 College of Arts & Sciences Edith Alexander Award for Excellence in Teaching.