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!
Our congratulations go out to Associate Professor David Gudelunas, whose work presented at this year’s International Communication Association conference in Phoenix was named a top faculty paper in the “Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies” Interest Group. The paper was titled, “Generational Differences Among Gay Men and Lesbians: Social and Media Change.”
Abstract: This essay looks at generational differences in the gay and lesbian community and specifically looks at how technology serves as a point of distinction in the coming out and socialization process of younger and older sexual minorities. Drawing on generational cohort theory, this essay begins with a review of literature related to ageing in the gay and lesbian community and then looks at qualitative and quantitative findings to establish key points of difference between older and younger cohorts of sexual minorities. Ultimately, the availability of technology including social media, online communities and other new media tools in the lives of gay men and lesbians is positioned as a critical distinction in the understanding and acceptance of an abstract notion of gay and lesbian community. While older gay men and lesbians sought out images of sexual minorities in media, younger respondents were more likely to create these images themselves and were thus less concerned about traditional questions of representation.
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.
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!