News and notes from the Communication program @ Fairfield

Archive for March, 2012

Department Alumni on the Secrets of (Post-Graduation) Success

It was a full house in the Kelley Center on Monday night as six of our proudest alums returned to share their tips and thoughts on navigating life beyond the campus gates.  Generously organized by Ms. Sue Quinlivan, associate director at the Career Planning Center, and Dr. Sallyanne Ryan and charmingly moderated by Dr. David Gudelunas, the panel offered advice on subjects ranging from internships and networking to the potentials and perils of professional life and the opportunities Fairfield provides.

The impressive group included: Ms. Keegan Vance Forte (’07), chief-of-staff for AOL Ventures; Ms. Kristin Genovese (’08), music coordinator for MTV’s News & Docs division; Ms. Jill McLaughlin (’09), global communications for M-A-C Cosmetics; Ms. Jenna Nolan (’10), graduate student in Fairfield’s M.A. program in Communication; Ms. Jennifer Gregory Pierce (’03), director of production for the History Channel’s On-Air Promotions; and Ms. Wanda Szarek (’11), associate project manager at Story Worldwide.  Our thanks go out to these inspiring young women for sharing their time and experiences!

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Department of Communication Career Night

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Congratulations, Capstone Researchers!

Two student-authored capstone research papers have been competitively selected for presentation at the 38th Annual DePauw Undergraduate Honors Conference in Communication at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana (April 12-14).  These papers were completed in fulfillment of “CO309: Senior Research Projects in Communication.”  Given the conference’s 50 – 75% rejection rate, our students clearly rank among the best and brightest undergraduate communication scholars in the nation today.  They are now invited to present their work at this prestigious conference alongside fellow undergraduate communication scholars from across the country.  This year’s visiting scholars for the conference are Sandra Petronio of Indiana University/Purdue Univ. Indianapolis, Judy Sebesta of Lamar University, and Matthew Solomon from University of Michigan.

The original CO309 research projects and authors selected this year include:

Anthony Corso, Christie Fogelstrom, Nicole Laskowski, and Chelsea Pabon

“I Love the Ladies… But They Don’t Belong in the Newsroom”

(produced in Dr. Wills’ fall capstone)

Caitlin Fitzpatrick, Amy Ingrilli, Ashli Kravarik, Kenneth Muti, and Anthony Raymond

“Traditional Media vs. Digital Media: Effects on Short Term Memory”

(produced in Dr. Zhang’s fall capstone)

 

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