Fifth annual Comm Day deemed a success

Posted 11-22-2013 by Barrie Hill

Hundreds of Communication students packed the UC’s Bluebonnet Ballroom for the Department of Communication’s annual Comm Day Oct. 31. This year’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 “storm spotter,” has produced, directed, and written several television programs relating to severe weather and owns the world’s premier storm footage library.
Panelists for the event included:

Building Your Resume and Portfolio:
Julie Garcia (‘93), Marketing Associate, American Mensa
Jeff Kovarsky (‘88), Production Manager, Clear Channel Media
Joey Prebynski (MA, ‘08), Assistant Advance Scout, Texas Rangers

Strategies for Promoting Yourself
Jared Chism (‘11), Social Media Specialist, JCPenney
Erikka Neroes (‘11), Public Affairs Writer/Editor, Dept. of  Veterans Affairs
Derrick Thompson (MA, ‘12), Marketing Communications, City of Irving

Expectations in the Real World
Chris Childs (‘09), Director, The Blaze TV
Joan Khalaf (‘10), Audience Development Manager, D Custom
Linda Levy, Principal/Founder, No Whining Talent Group

Interviewing Techniques
Carl Esposito (MA, ‘11), Assistant Director for University Recruitment, UTA
Caren Penland (‘04), Manager, Starbucks
Rylie Thompson, Strauss Marketing-Public Relations
Holland Sanders (‘09), Director of Marketing and Communications, Fort Worth Opera

Many local companies and organizations also participated in the day’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 event’s popular photo station, manned by Jeff Williams.