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DWC hosts second annual 'Coffee & Communication' info/networking event

Current students, alumni attended

On Monday, Sept. 17, the Department of Writing and Communication, within NSU’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, invited students and alumni to attend its second annual “Coffee & Communication” event, bringing together B.A. in Communication majors, alumni, faculty and interested students for an afternoon of networking and, of course, coffee.

Coffee & Communication

“I really love this event,” said Shanti Bruce, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Writing and Communication. “It is wonderful to see our students, faculty and alumni gathering together to share stories and information as well as coffee and pastries. It is an exciting new experience for some and a heartening homecoming for others.”

In addition to learning more about NSU’s B.A. in Communication and its new concentrations and minors in Digital Media Production, Journalism, and Strategic Communication, attendees were also introduced to the M.A. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media program and invited to learn more about how they can go seamlessly from the B.A. to the M.A. with its dual-admission option.

The event also offered information about student opportunities for communication majors and minors, including practicums with NSU Student Media, communications internships with the Department of Writing and Communication, publishing opportunities with the student-run literary and art journal Digressions and membership with the recently launched NSU chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

“What I love most about our B.A. in Communication is the amount of experiential learning opportunities students have,” said Whitney Lehmann, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication in the Department of Writing and Communication. “Whether it be working with Student Media and its student-run newspaper, radio station or television, interning with the Department of Writing and Communication, publishing with Digressions, or networking with industry pros through SPJ and PRSSA, students are constantly gaining the hands-on, real-world skills they need to succeed in the workplace upon graduation.”

Several B.A. in Communication alumni attended the event, including alumna Maria Mercedes Lardizabal, who graduated from the program in 2009 and now works in NSU’s Division of Student Affairs.

“It was wonderful to meet the current students and faculty as an alumna,” Lardizabal said. “I am very excited for all the future events that the department will have.”

For current students, including communication majors and minors, Deciding students and interested students at NSU, the event provided opportunities to connect with other students and with the department’s faculty and alumni.

“I thought the event was great for networking and becoming more involved with the department,” said Monique Cole, a senior communication major.

“It was very interesting and informative,” said Shadoe Lass, a freshman communication major.

To view photos from the event, click here.

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