Comm Day 2016 - Major Possibilities

Thursday, October 20th —
Bluebonnet Ballroom in the UC.

Great Speakers

All speakers are well-established in their fields and have a passion to share their insights with you, the next generation of successful Maverick Communication graduates.

Practical Insights

Our panels will help prepare you to be engaged in your professional pursuits. Many of our panelists are Department of Communication alumni--a great chance to learn and network from our very own.


In order to be engaged for the next step in your professional journey, you will need to present yourself in the best possible manner. We have resources like professional headshots, resume critiques and professional dress advice to get you on your way. Perhaps you may even land an internship!

Keynote Speaker: Candice Huckeba BCMN '03

Candice Huckeba

Candice is an on-air personality for Radio Disney, and can be heard each weekday on the Afternoon show.

During her show, Candice keeps listeners connected to their favorite songs, opportunities to win once-in-a-lifetime prizes, and exclusive one-on-one interviews and performances with fans’ favorite stars.

Candice was most recently the evening host for Radio Disney. She joined Radio Disney as a weekend jock with Radio Disney in November 2005. Prior to that, Candice held a promotions position for KHKS-FM 106.1 KISS FM in Dallas-Ft.Worth, Texas, which eventually led to her very own hosting position for the late night shift on KISS FM.

In her free time, Candice enjoys traveling, hanging out at the beach, being with her family in Texas and taking pictures that document life in L.A.

Born in Dallas, Candice earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Communications at The University of Texas at Arlington. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Schedule of Events

Time Event
8:30AM Breakfast
9:00AM - 12:30PM Networking Expo
9:30AM - 10:30AM Keynote: Tamara Hext Hilliard
11AM - 12PM Alumni Panel - Engage to Prepare: What to Know Before You Get a Job
12:30PM - 1:30PM Alumni Panel - Engage to Succeed: What to Know after You Land a Job

Engage to Prepare: What You Need to Know BEFORE You Get a Job

  • Suzy Salomon BROADCAST COMMUNICATION '01 - Community Outreach Coordinator, Baylor Health Care System Recruiting
  • Karlee Thormer COMMUNICATION STUDIES '14 – Document Facilitator, Emergency Medicine Consultants, Ltd.
  • Brandon Hurtado PUBLIC RELATIONS '09 - VP Social, More Cabbage

Engage to Succeed: What You Need to Know AFTER You Get a Job

  • Lizbeth Melendez PUBLIC RELATIONS '12 - Account Executive, The Axis Agency
  • John Harden BROADCASTING '11 - Data Journalist, Houston Chronicle
  • George Riba SPEECH COMMUNICATION '76 - Sports Reporter (retired), WFAA-TV

Networking Expo Participants

  1. Dallas Area Alliance for Women in Media (AWM-DFW)
  2. American Advertising Federation (AAF)-Fort Worth
  3. American Advertising Federation (AAF)-Dallas
  4. Society of Professional Journalists-Fort Worth
  5. Pavlov Advertising, LLC
  6. City of Arlington
  7. American Heart Association
  8. Seacrest Studio/Red Balloon Network at Children's Health
  9. PhysAssist Scribes
  10. Dallas Cowboys Football Club
  11. Univision Dallas
  12. BB&T Bank
  13. Talent Tree Staffing Co.
  14. The Marketing Arm
  15. Splash Media Group, LLC
  16. UTA Communication Dept. Graduate Table
  17. Student Publications (The Shorthorn)
  18. Fab Lab (UTA Library)