Hundreds of Communication students packed the UCâ€™s Bluebonnet Ballroom for the Department of Communicationâ€™s annual Comm Day Oct. 31. This yearâ€™s event, Get off the Bench: Go Pro, provided students with an opportunity to attend workshops, hear guest speakers and network with industry professionals.
Martin Lisius, 1986 UTA grad, served as keynote speaker. Lisius, a noted area â€œstorm spotter,â€ has produced, directed, and written several television programs relating to severe weather and owns the worldâ€™s premier storm footage library.
Panelists for the event included:
Building Your Resume and Portfolio:
Julie Garcia (â€˜93), Marketing Associate, American Mensa
Jeff Kovarsky (â€˜88), Production Manager, Clear Channel Media
Joey Prebynski (MA, â€˜08), Assistant Advance Scout, Texas Rangers
Strategies for Promoting Yourself
Jared Chism (â€˜11), Social Media Specialist, JCPenney
Erikka Neroes (â€˜11), Public Affairs Writer/Editor, Dept. of Veterans Affairs
Derrick Thompson (MA, â€˜12), Marketing Communications, City of Irving
Expectations in the Real World
Chris Childs (â€˜09), Director, The Blaze TV
Joan Khalaf (â€˜10), Audience Development Manager, D Custom
Linda Levy, Principal/Founder, No Whining Talent Group
Carl Esposito (MA, â€˜11), Assistant Director for University Recruitment, UTA
Caren Penland (â€˜04), Manager, Starbucks
Rylie Thompson, Strauss Marketing-Public Relations
Holland Sanders (â€˜09), Director of Marketing and Communications, Fort Worth Opera
Many local companies and organizations also participated in the dayâ€™s activities including: All Women in Media, American Advertising Federation, Best of Texas/BestBuzz, City of Arlington, Concussion Advertising, CW-33, D Magazine, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Honey Be Natural Magazine, Public Relations Society of America, Ride for the Brand, Social Media Club, Society of Professional Journalists, Steadfast Creative, Strauss Marketing, UTA Career Development Center, UTA Department of Communication, UTA News en Espanol, UTA Radio and UTA Student Publications.
Students also took advantage of the chance to take complimentary professional headshots at the eventâ€™s popular photo station, manned by Jeff Williams.