Comm Day 2017 - Major Possibilities

Tuesday, October 24th —
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: Tony Cucolo Associate Vice Chancellor UT Systems

Tony Cucolo joined the University of Texas System in May of 2015 as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Leadership Development and Veterans Affairs. His duties include leader development of students and executive leadership as well as providing focused support for all veterans and military affiliated students and employees across the System.

Tony served more than 35 years in the U.S. Army, retiring at the rank of Major General in September 2014. As a General Officer in the last eleven years of his military career, he led Soldiers in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, led analysis teams in combat zones and on natural disaster recovery efforts such as Hurricane Katrina, and commanded the largest Army base east of the Mississippi. Additionally, during this time period, Tony developed a $35B equipment program for the Army, served as the US Army’s Chief of Public Affairs, and was Commandant of the US Army War College.

Tony earned a bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a master’s degree from the University of San Francisco. He and Ginger, his wife of more than 34 years, have three grown children, a devoted Great Dane, and recently made their 27th move to a 80 year old fixer-upper in East Austin.

Schedule of Events

Time Event
9:00AM Breakfast
9:00AM - 1:00PM Networking Expo
9:30AM - 10:30AM Keynote: Anthony Cucolo
11AM - 11:20AM Alumni Q&A: Comm Tech and Public Relations
11:30AM - 11:50AM Alumni Q&A: Broadcast and Comm Studies
12:00PM - 12:20PM Alumni Q&A: Advertising and Journalism

Alumni Q&A: Comm Tech and Public Relations

  • Laura Woodside CTEC - Art Director, Indulge Magazine
  • Holland Sanders PREL – Owner and founder, Holland Collective PR/Marketing agency

Alumni Q&A: Broadcast and Comm Studies

  • Jesus Rodriguez BCMN - Music Scheduling & Sales Consultant, MusicMaster Inc
  • Derrick Kinney COMS - Private wealth advisor, Derrick Kinney & Associates of Ameriprise Financial

Alumni Q&A: Advertising and Journalism

  • Jimmy Ball ADVT - Director of UX and Design, SiriusXM Radio
  • Dustin Dangli JOUR - Marketing and communications coordinator, City of Colleyville

Resume Critique Stations

  1. Corey Lark - The Marketing Arm - Agency Communications Supervisor
  2. Lynne Swihart - Balcom Agency - Director, Production Services
  3. Brandon Hurtado - ANKR Agency (social media marketing co.) - President
  4. Nick Branen - OneSource Virtual Director of Total Rewards
  5. Staci Williams - Pavlov Advertising, LLC - HR Manager
  6. Alison M. Delys - Global HR Generalist
  7. Allison Farris - American Advertising Federation (AAF-Dallas) - Executive Director
  8. Sean Alexander - Stream Energy - Managing Editor (Manager: Audio/Video)
  9. Elisenia Centeno - Allied Integrated Marketing - Publicist
  10. Beth Francesco - Student Publications at UTA - Director

Professional Image Critique Stations

  1. Corey Lark - The Marketing Arm - Agency Communications Supervisor
  2. Larry Brantley - The Company of Others (marketing firm) - Head of Talent Acquisition/Market Leader
  3. AAF of Forth Worth commtting 3 people.
  4. Sean Alexander - Stream Energy - Managing Editor (Manager: Audio/Video)
  5. James Cesarez - Core Talent - talent agent
  6. Amanda Peterson - Petmate - Social Media & Public Relations Manager