Class 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."
Class of 2015
Lauren McGarrett is an alumna of the communication program who graduated with a B.A. in Communication. During her time as an undergraduate student, she served as the station manager for SUTV and as a contributing writer for The Current. McGarrett was also a member of the Student Society for Professional Journalists and the Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society.
Today, McGarrett works as a junior video producer for the NSU digital media department, where she creates marketing and promotional videos for the university with the goal of increasing enrollment. In addition to her position with NSU, McGarrett also runs a production company called Prize Box Productions, LLC, where she and her team create independent films, documentaries and web-series. During the 2017 Miami Urban Music and Film Festival, their short film “Arbor & Shadow” won the Vision Award. McGarrett had many roles in the creative process, including writing, directing, editing and acting.
“The COMM program has given me the opportunity to create lasting relationships with others in my field. Many of the people I have collaborated with on my projects are fellow students or professors that I met during my time as a student at NSU. It’s one of those programs where you get to know all of your classmates throughout your time in school.”
Class 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.”
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.”
Class 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.”
Class 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.”
Class 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.”
Class 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.”