Comm Day Logo 2015: Engage

Tuesday, 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: Tamara Hext Hilliard BCMN '87

Tamara Hext Hilliard

Former Miss Texas (1984) and runner up to Miss America (1985), Tamara Hext Hilliard ('87) has been a commercial actress and spokesperson for a nationally recognized health club chain, among other clients. She also was a television host and a self-published author before starting Tay's Gourmet Granola in 2009. In addition to managing her company, Hilliard is a RYT Yoga Instructor, teaching Power Vinyasa Yoga and sharing her passion for a happy and whole lifestyle.

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)