Dr. Barbie Zelizer from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania was on campus last week to deliver a very popular lecture on “Remembering to Forget: Images from the Holocaust” for an event sponsored by the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies and the Department of Communication. Dr. Zelizer was an advisor to both Dr. Gudelunas and Dr. Serazio and her lecture proved very popular with the campus community.
The Department of Communication was well-represented at the annual College of Arts and Sciences Awards night on April 28th, 2015. Graduating Senior Kaitlyn Banazynski was honored with the Award for Achievement in communication and Michelle Lesko was presented with the James Keenan Award for Graduate Studies in Communication. Bellow are Kaitlyn (in a #selfie moment with Dr. Gudelunas) and Michelle with grad director Dr. Zhang. Also honored last night was Comm major Jess Mendes with the Ella Baker Award in Black Studies. Way to go graduate and undergraduate Communication students!
The 2014 Student Achievement Awards also honored some very deserving graduate students in Communication! Michelle Lesko, who is currently the Communication program assistant at Fairfield, has received the James Keenan Award. Angela Rudas has also been honored with The Graduate Student Service Award. A huge congratulations to these two!
A big congratulations to the 2014 Student Achievement Award Winners! The Student Achievement Awards are given out each year to recognize outstanding seniors who have enhanced a specific University program. The senior’s commitment to this activity must have resulted in the program or organization attaining a new level of achievement not possible without the senior’s leadership and guidance. This year’s undergraduate award winner are:
- Alexander Long for his Commitment to the Fairfield University Community
- Outstanding Achievement in Communication Award: Kaitlyn Banazynski
- Outstanding Communication Service: Hannah Patridge
Kaitlyn Banazynski, a Communications major and Marketing minor expressed her thoughts on the Communication department in Fairfield by stating, “My experience at Fairfield and in internships has been largely shaped by the Professors in the Comm. department. I’ve only had good experiences and feel like I’m leaving with a lot of mentors.” Currently, she is involved in an independent study with Dr. Gisela to complete research for her Honors Thesis called “Framing Corporate Social Responsibility: A Computer-Assisted Text Analysis of Statements by Fortune 500 Tech Companies.” This project aims to fill the gap between Fortune 500’s financial oriented list and the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR). She is leaving for DePauw University (Indiana) tomorrow to present her group’s capstone paper, “Attitudes Towards Online Learning in the Advent of MOOCS.” Her experience in the field has inspired her to take more of an interest in her minor in Marketing and eventually plans to pursue her MBA.
Hannah Patridge from Denver, CO is also a Communications major with a minor in English and has also learned a lot about herself and her hopes for the future during her time in the Communication program at Fairfield. Having taken an interest in nonprofit work and having a lot of valuable experience under her belt, Hannah states, “Going forward, I’m interested in working for innovative and mission-driven organizations and companies where I can wear different hats, use my skills, and be challenged every day. This may or may not be in a nonprofit, but I have realized that if I can really sink my teeth into what the organization is doing, then I will have the passion to go just about anywhere.” Hannah also mentioned that since freshman year, she knew that whatever her future career path, she wanted to make a difference in the world for the better. She added, “I still want to make a difference in the world, Now I just have a better idea of how to do that.”
Congratulations again to these extremely deserving winners!
Over 100 Communication majors packed the Kelley Center on Monday Night for the Annual “Careers in Communication” event sponsored by the Department of Communication and the Career Planning Center. Special thanks to Dr. Sallyanne Ryan and Sue Quinlivan from the CPC for creating another wonderful edition of the annual event. Obviously, we are very grateful to our panelists as well – all wonderful examples of how a Communication degree pays off after graduation! Thank you to Molly Barone (’13), Sasha Campbell (’11), Diane Carter (’13), Liz Brady (’04) and Alissa Mebus (’08) for sharing their path to success with our majors.