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Writing and Communication Student Spotlights

Students & Alumni

The following testimonials represent the diverse learning experiences and academic achievements of both the current students and alumni of the Department of Writing and Communication.

If you're an alumnus/a of our department, we'd like to hear from you! Contact our faculty or department chair to share your academic, professional, or personal success story.

Charnele Michele

Charnele MicheleClass of 2013

Charnele Michele is an account executive at BCV Social, a social media provider for well-known hospitality clients nationally and internationally. She serves as the lead strategist for social media management, including marketing opportunities and content-driven initiatives. By providing insight on audience interests for both retail and hotel clients, she is able to craft social messages to appeal to the lifestyle of their target consumers.

"My time at Nova Southeastern University pursuing a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies revealed the importance of research prior to communication – the idea that before I could communicate to an audience, I needed to know what fueled, inspired and affected them. With professors that have real world career experience, you are equipped with technical and philosophical knowledge, which is the perfect balance needed when pursuing a career within the communications field."

Devin Raftery

Devin RafteryClass of 2016

Devin Raftery is a pitcher for the Houston Astros Organization. During his time as a communication major within the Department of Writing and Communication, Raftery was a student-athlete and spent two years pitching on NSU’s Men’s Baseball Team. Upon graduation, Raftery signed as a free agent to the Astros, where he is furthering his career as a professional athlete.

“My favorite thing about the communication major at Nova Southeastern University is that it was a small major, so everyone knew everyone. The professors were very connected with networks outside of school and had lots of experience in their fields, so it was easy to find a path focused on exactly what I wanted to do in communications.”

Nicole Cocuy

Nicole Cocuy

Class of 2016

Nicole Cocuy is a first-year law student at Boston College. Following graduation, she plans to pursue a career in international human rights. During spring break of 2017, she worked for The Florence Project in Phoenix, Arizona, where she offered legal aid to immigrant children facing deportation courts. As an undergraduate student at NSU, Cocuy served as co-editor-in-chief of The Current, NSU’s student-run newspaper, as a Writing Fellow and as a member of Alpha Chi and Lambda Pi Eta academic honor societies. In 2016, she was named Student of the Year for NSU’s Farquhar Honors College.

“The communication studies major definitely helped me prepare for law school. The courses taught me how to write clearly and succinctly, effectively communicate publicly in a room full of peers and privately in small groups and one-on-one conversations, and analyze and develop persuasive arguments using rhetorical devices. I was surprised to learn how important writing and interpersonal communication is in the legal profession, and I think my major gave me an edge in that regard.”

Tiara Baldoni

Tiara BaldoniClass of 2016

Tiara Baldoni graduated in December 2016 with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in marketing. She was hired by Zimmerman Advertising as a traffic coordinator for its Nissan Division. During her time at NSU, she was involved in numerous student organizations. Baldoni served as vice president of recruitment and director of social affairs and risk management for her sorority Sigma Delta Tau; administrative assistant for the CAHSS Writing Center; a member of President’s 64 elite student leaders; and a member of the NSU Relay for Life committee. In 2017, she was also inducted into the national communication honor society Lambda Pi Eta.

“DWC had me well-prepared for the advertising world, because my professors were always relating everything in the classroom to real-life situations,” Baldoni said. “This not only made the coursework more interesting but also helped me understand why what I was learning was so important. The DWC faculty and staff at NSU really care about their students’ success and have helped tremendously in guiding me to where I am today.”

Natalia Hernandez

Natalia HernandezClass of 2017

Natalia Hernandez graduated in May 2017 with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in marketing. During her time at NSU, Hernandez served as the president and co-founder of the Nova Human Rights Club and was also a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society, the Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Society and the Tau Sigma National Honor Society. In addition, she also gained public relations and social media experience working with the nonprofit organizations Inna’s Hall of Fame, an arts academy for underprivileged children in Broward County; Kids In Distress, which serves at-risk children and their families in Broward and Palm Beach counties; and Safe Passage, which supports children who live and work in Guatemala City. Hernandez will continue her studies in the fall of 2017 at City University of London, where she will complete a master’s in media and communications.

“I started college back in 2005, when I was 18. I ended up dropping out and working instead. After almost a decade, I finally decided to go back and finish my degree. But this time, I was sure of what I wanted to do, which made my experience so much more fulfilling. As cliché as it may sound, it really is never too late to go back to school, to learn new things, to take the risk you want to take, and be the person that you want to be.”

Toussaint Campbell

Toussaint CampbellClass of 2018

Toussaint Campbell is a communication major with a minor in marketing. Through the B.A. in Communication Practicums, Campbell has gained practical experience in NSU’s Office of Student Media, working with the student-run television station Sharks United Television (SUTV) and serving as a contributing writer for the student-run newspaper The Current. In the summer of 2017, he interned with Cruise.com and managed social media, wrote business copy and created training lessons for its Affiliate Department. During his time as an undergraduate, Campbell also served as an NSU cheerleader. He is a member of the NSU chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the NSU chapter of the fraternity Phi Beta Sigma. In 2016, he was nominated for NSU’s Homecoming Prince.

“The communication major has helped me clarify my writing and, through writing, clarify my thought. Classes like communication traditions have strengthened my skills to create, defend and identify arguments. I have been able to explore subjects like art, science and politics. The communication major has helped me understand the significance of interactions on a micro and macro scale from daily memes to how the press encourages open discourse in a community and protects our free speech.”

Brittany Eyres

Brittany EyresClass of 2018

Brittany Eyres is a communication major with a concentration in strategic communication. In May 2017, she was elected as the president of NSU’s newly launched Public Relations Student Society of America chapter for the 2017-2018 academic year. In the summer of 2017, she had the opportunity to work as a public relations intern with Scott Palmer Racing and travel the country with the racing team. As a public relations intern, Eyres managed the racing team’s social media accounts, created a media kit for sponsors, and drafted press releases. Upon graduating, Eyres hopes to continue working in the field of public relations for the National Hot Rod Association.

“Dr. Lehmann’s PR writing course has helped me tremendously in my internship. I have taken what I’ve learned in that class and applied it to all press releases, the media kit, and even social media writing. Without that class or any of my writing classes, I would not have been able to successfully complete my internship.”

Keren Moros

Keren MorosClass of 2015 (M.A.) | Class of 2011 (B.A.)

Keren Moros is an assistant editor for Lifestyle Media Group, one of the largest and fastest-growing magazine publishers in South Florida. As an M.A. student at NSU, she participated in the Writing Fellows program and served as the copy editor and then editor-in-chief of The Current, NSU’s student-run newspaper. She also contributed to several NSU magazines, including Horizons and Perspectives and was a managing editor of NSU’s Wellness Made Simple. Her thesis was a creative writing project set in the Scottish Highlands, which she started in the program’s Travel Writing class.

“After I earned my bachelor’s degree, I knew I needed more training to pursue my goal of becoming a professional editor and writer. The graduate program appealed to me because it covered several genres of nonfiction writing, allowing me to expand my skills. In addition, learning about rhetoric, research and the history of English improved my understanding of how others communicate. My favorite part of the program was learning from the feedback I received from professors and classmates, which helped me understand my writing style and allowed me to consistently improve.”

Cristine Busser

Cristine Busser

Class of 2013

Cristine Busser, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of writing at the University of Central Arkansas. Busser completed the M.A. in Writing program at NSU in 2013. During the master’s program, she worked as a graduate assistant and Writing Fellow for the CAHSS Writing Center. Following the completion of her M.A., Busser earned a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition at Georgia State University in 2017 and landed an assistant professor position at the University of Central Arkansas. Her dissertation examined higher education's increasing focus on raising student retention rates and its impact on traditionally marginalized populations in the composition classroom. She begins her new role with the University of Central Arkansas in the fall of 2017.

“Thanks to the personalized attention of NSU's faculty, I became part of a really special community of writers,” Busser said. “Writing is so personal, and so to have peers interested in supporting this part of you is very important.”

Cherrie Ali

Cherrie Ali

Class of 2016

Cherrie Ali is a second-year student in the M.A. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media program. Through the program, Cherrie served as a graduate assistant for the Department of Writing and Communication. For her thesis, which she developed through the program’s Technical Writing class, she has teamed up with the Carnival Corporation to write an in-house manual for employees for use in ordering fuel for cruise ships.

“What I like about the program is how in each class you get the freedom to choose a topic that’s interesting to you, and the professors are really good about showing you how you can explore your personal interests more through each course. My thesis project stemmed from the Technical Writing class. This is a great project because I am able to apply what I have learned in a real-world setting.”

Kamila Albert

Kamila Albert

Class of 2016

Kamila Albert completed her M.A. in 2016 and is a rhetoric and composition doctoral student at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. While at NSU, she participated in the Writing Fellows program and wrote her thesis on multimodality and disciplinarity. Albert also co-wrote an article with Associate Professor of Writing Claire Lutkewitte, Ph.D., titled “Undergraduate Writing Fellows and Archival Research: Answering the ‘So What?’ Questions,” which was published in the journal Writing Lab Newsletter in the March/April 2015 issue. As a doctoral student, Albert works as a teaching assistant and as a Reading-Writing Center consultant. Her best memory from her time at NSU, she said, was working with the CAHSS Writing Fellows and Writing Center Coordinator Kevin Dvorak, Ph.D. Upon completing her Ph.D. at FSU, she hopes to work as an assistant professor.

“Thanks to courses like Writing for Technologies, Feature Writing, and Editing, Layout, and Design, I was approved to teach upper-level Writing and Editing in Print and Online at FSU. I owe NSU's DWC so much. There are excellent, supportive professors and lots of opportunities for academic growth.”

Jessica Organ

Jessica Organ

Class of 2018

Jessica Organ is a student in the M.A. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media program. Through the program, she works as a graduate assistant with Department of Writing and Communication faculty members Juliette Kitchens, Ph.D., Claire Lutkewitte , Ph.D., and Molly Scanlon, Ph.D., on their research project investigating how new faculty build their teaching identities post-Ph.D. Organ accompanied Kitchens, Lutkewitte and Scanlon to the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in Portland, Oregon, to help present the project’s findings.

“I’ve already picked up so much knowledge through this program that will help me pursue my future goals. Each class is completely customizable, so I have been able to really concentrate on my interests, and the small class sizes mean a lot of one-on-one time with the professors. I actually look forward to class every week.”

Jacqueline Lytle

Jacqueline Lytle

Class of 2017

Jacqueline Lytle is a communication major with a concentration in public relations and a minor in writing. As a Writing Fellow, she works with first-year composition students on improving their writing and also serves as a writing studio coordinator, managing daily operations, trainings and online classes for the CAHSS Writing Center. Lytle also serves as the co-editor-in-chief for The Current, NSU’s student-run newspaper; as public relations and editorial assistant for The Qualitative Report, an online, research-based publication at NSU; as a student adviser for FreshU, an online publication for NSU freshmen; as a member of Lambda Pi Eta, the official honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA); and as a member of the NSU chapter of the sorority Delta Phi Epsilon.

"Working with such talented individuals, both my colleagues and the students I am fortunate to help, I've had the opportunity to learn so much from the drafts I've read and conversations I've engaged in."

Michaela Greer

Michaela Greer

Class of 2018

Michaela Greer is a double major in communication and visual art. She has served as a Writing Fellow for two years and enjoys meeting with students in and out of class to help perfect their writing. As a Writing Fellow student coordinator, Greer assists in the day-to-day operations for the CAHSS Writing Center, markets Writing Fellow events, and manages the Writing Fellow social media accounts. Michaela also serves as a contributing writer for The Current, NSU’s student-run newspaper; as assistant layout and design manager for Digressions, NSU’s student-run literary magazine; and as a member of Lamba Pi Eta, the official honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA).

"There is nothing more rewarding than the satisfaction of knowing that you've done a great job, whether it be helping students become the best writers they can be or putting the finishing touches on something of my own. I have learned so much since I began my schooling at NSU and am truly grateful for the amazing professors, wonderful students and outstanding opportunities that have helped propel me to where I am today and where I hope to go."

Irina Constantinide

Irina ConstantinideClass of 2016

Irina Constantinide is a social media coordinator for the travel agency Hobby Tour. In this role, she manages the agency’s social media sites and travels with the agency's tour groups. Constantinide graduated from NSU in 2017 with a B.A. in Communication and a concentration in public relations. As a student-athlete, she spent four years competing on NSU’s Women’s Tennis Team, and as a communication major, she served as a communication intern for the Department of Writing and Communication.

“As a communication major, I learned that communication is a skill that requires training and hard work but can be improved quickly. My experience as a communication intern for DWC made me aware of how important it is to constantly think about what you have done and how you can get better at it. It’s always so important to question yourself and think about how you could improve and be better."

Nikki Chasteen

Nikki ChasteenClass of 2017

Nikki Chasteen graduated from the B.A. in Communication program in 2017 and was hired as the social media manager for Infinite Laundry, a South Florida-based marketing agency that helps businesses find commercial laundry services. As the social media manager, Chasteen is responsible for managing all social media accounts for the Infinite Laundry brand, as well as the social media accounts for the company’s 27 clients. During her time at NSU, she served as a communication intern for the Department of Writing and Communication and as a career ambassador for NSU Career Development.

“Despite only spending one year at NSU, I quickly became part of the DWC family. In classes like Social Media Theory and PR Campaigns, I learned invaluable real-world skills within social media. The best part about being a DWC student is knowing that I have mentors for life. It’s what makes the department unique. I know that I can always reach out to any of the professors for advice.”

Veronica Rodriguez Mendoza

Veronica RodriguezClass of 2018

Veronica Rodriguez Mendoza is a communication major with a strategic communication concentration. As a summer 2017 intern for the Department of Writing and Communication, Rodriguez Mendoza posted daily content to all of DWC’s social media accounts, wrote news and feature stories for the department, and executed marketing campaigns. Rodriguez Mendoza also serves as an administrative assistant for NSU’s Department of Athletics; as a social media coordinator for Aura Lash Studio; and as a member of NSU’s Public Relations Student Society of America chapter.

“It amazes me to see how much DWC has grown in the past year. As a DWC intern, I have learned many invaluable skills that have helped me grow not only as a student but as a person, as well.”

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