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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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Department of Communication Career Night

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Embrace Your Colleagues

Occasionally in this space, we’ll pass along great reads we come across in the popular press that relate to our teaching and research.  This past weekend, The New York Times had a helpful interview from the world of organizational communication – and a lesson that all of us in (or entering) the working world might find of use…

“Take out your business card and look at it. That business card will have more value if any one of you succeeds here, even if you’re not remotely a part of that success. You are not competing with each other in here.  If you think you win when your idea wins out over your neighbor’s, that’s a pretty small gain. In fact, I would suggest that you help your neighbor’s ideas get better.

I would suggest that if you look at something and you have a better idea, that you generously give that idea to someone and make them better. Because if we all do that, we all win. The minute you’re the only good thing at this company, we’re done.  So can you do it?  Can you be that generous?” – Susan Credle, CCO of Leo Burnett USA

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