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Congrats 2013 M.A. Graduates!

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Careers in Communication Panel

The Department of Communication and Career Planning Center hosted the 2013 “Careers in Communication Panel” this past Monday night in the Kelley Center Presentation Room.  David Gudelunas moderated the event, which was assembled and organized by Sallyanne Ryan and Sue Quinlivan.  Distinguished panelists and recent alums included: Courtney Cunningham (’10), Advertising Sales Planner for NBCUniversal-Sprout; Caitlin Gallagher (’09), Merchant Assistant for Bloomingdale’s and Bloomingdales.com; Ali Goldberg (’11), Public Relations Specialist for Subway World Headquarters; Brenna Jordan (’07), Talent Acquisition Specialist for Legg Mason Global Asset Management; and Brendan Monahan (’10), News Reporter at abc40-TV and New England Cable News.  We thank these participants for sharing their time and wisdom with a full house of undergraduates!

And, current students, it’s never too early to begin thinking about careers beyond graduation – don’t hesitate to take advantage of the Career Planning Center and the Department’s internship program.

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Annual “Comm-Work” Social

More than 30 recent alums and students gathered in midtown Manhattan at the Park Avenue Tavern last night to join Dr. David Gudelunas in celebrating the annual social for graduates and current seniors involved in the internship program.

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Congratulations Graduate Program Alumna!

The Department of Communication extends a hearty congratulations to Barbara Puffer, an alumna of our graduate program who has been selected as one of this year’s International Association of Business Communicators Fellows – the highest honor that organization can grant to its members and an acknowledgment of her “outstanding leadership, professional accomplishment and service to IABC and the profession.”  Puffer, who is also a member of Fairfield’s College of Arts and Sciences Board of Advisors, has professional experience with numerous organizations, including the Special Olympics, the United Way, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and Connecticut Race for the Cure.  She will receive the IABC award at the association’s international conference this June in Chicago.  Congrats!

For more information, please see: http://news.iabc.com/index.php?s=43&item=269

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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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