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Congratulations to our Undergraduate Student Achievement Award Winners!

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!

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Great Turn Out for Careers in Communication 2014

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. photo

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2014 Careers in Communication Event

If you are Comm major you should be here:  The annual Careers in Communication event.  Seriously, this is a networking, information-gathering, career-relevant event that is must-attend.  Be there.  Really.

2014 Career

 

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Advising Starts April 1!

Comm Majors:  Advising starts April 1.  Everything you need to know about advising can be found here.  Go on, click!

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A must attend lecture on media in Latin America! Wed 3/19!

Here is what promises to be a great lecture being coordinated by our very own Dr. Gisela Gil-Egui. Plan on attending and learning some fascinating stuff. The Department of Communication is proud to co-sponsor this event.poster

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Communication Students Reach Out to Local High Schools Regarding Alcohol Abuse Awareness

On February 12th, seven undergraduate Communication students, headed by Professor Maggie Wills, participated in the local Warde High School’s second annual “Life after Warde” program designed to help high school seniors navigate their future college campus and find ways to connect with others apart from engaging in the drinking culture.  Warde High School sought out Fairfield University students and faculty to assist with this program by providing their insight on college life and drinking in a Q&A session.  Professor Maggie Wills gladly attached herself to the program and was able to turn participation in this program into a fun and beneficial project for some of her CO 101 students.  This year, she recruited a number of students from her classes to take part in the University Curriculum Infusion of Alcohol Use/Abuse Program, where she asked these students to choose a topic related to alcohol abuse and create a presentation for their informative or persuasive speaking assignment.  Some of the titles of student speeches from this year included:

Campus Resources – Working Together (Alexis Espinell, ‘14)

Alcohol Awareness – The Role of Family (Lilly Savage, ‘16)

Party Alternatives – So Much to Do (Patrick Kiernan, ‘16)

Pursuing Passion – Defining your Four Years  (Alexander Long, ‘14)

Time Management – It’s not High School (Natalie Beauparlant, ‘16)

Roommates – It’s All Good (Brooke Baumgartel, ‘16)

Friends – New You and New Friends (Kristin Kelly, ‘14)

 

Professor Wills reported that she was thrilled to see how hard the students worked on developing these presentations and that this year’s program was such a success that they have been invited back to Warde High School next year.  She is currently looking for a few students to fill graduating seniors’ spots and participate in next years’ program.

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