Event Recaps

Communication and PRSSA Career Fair

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall

The 4th annual PRSSA and Communication Career Fair was yet another success. Students were able to network with employers and many received internship or job offers.

GMU Public Relations Chapter (PRSSA) Offers Job and Internship Opportunities for Communication and Marketing Students

Communication career fair brings new employers to GMU on March 22

by Erin White

Mason students majoring in communication and marketing will have the opportunity to meet potential employers at The Fourth Annual Communication Career Fair on March 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at George Mason University in Fairfax. The fair will be held in Dewberry Hall at the bottom of the Johnson Center. Both employers and students interested in participating are invited to contact the GMU PRSSA chapter for more information about the event.

Communication Career Fair is sponsored by the George Mason Communication Department and organized by the local chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America. The Career Fair offers students the opportunity to gain more insight about top tier companies and network with potential employers. Employers from Public Relations, Marketing, Advertising, Media Production, and Journalism backgrounds will be in attendance and students are encouraged to attend. This is a great opportunity for students to network with potential employers.

“The Communication Career Fair is much more beneficial than the other George Mason career fairs because it’s much more specific in what I am interested in doing,” said Siobhan Klie, a senior communication student. “I think it is really helpful to go to the career fair and get involved in PRSSA even if you aren't actively looking for a job or internship because it opens up so many doors and gives you countless opportunities that you wouldn’t normally be exposed to,” Klie added.

Previous employers included Focused Image, Michael Smith Business Development, Inc., Edelman DC, MediaDC, Washington Wizards, Northern Virginia Magazine, Bixal and many more great companies! The event is free to employers. Employers are encouraged to bring applications, brochures, trifold boards, and any other marketing materials you may need.

Professional dress is required and students are recommended to bring several copies of their resumes or business cards and research companies prior to arrival. In addition to researching companies prior to the career fair, it is recommend that you utilize University Career Services located in Sub I. Walk-in appointments with Career Services for the marketing and public relations industry are Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for advice about tailoring resumes and cover letters to a specific job posting along with basic networking and interviewing skills.

Registered Employers included:

Media DC
Focused Image PR
Buisness Wire
Michael Smith Business Development (MSBD), Inc.
Northern Virginia Magazine
Tote Media, LLC
ICF International
USA Today
Media Force, LLC
World Bank Group - Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)

Graduate communication departments from George Mason University, West Virginia University,and George Washington University were also in attendance for students with questions on continuing studies degrees.


Communication Undergraduate Awards Luncheon & Ceremony

 Saturday, April 9, 2016


View all photos from the event on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1052619141468493.1073741852.537264866337259&type=1&l=cec21d5d97





Our 25th Annual Communication Undergraduate Awards Ceremony was held on April 09, 2016 in Geroge's in the Johnson Center at George Mason University’s Fairfax campus. While the participants enjoyed refreshments ordered from Mason Catering, our featured speaker, Matt Hersey, Outstanding Undergraduate Alumnus of the Year, began his speech discussing the wonderful opportunities his Mason communication degree has given him. Once he finished, our students received their awards. We also were able to see the production award winners short videos!

Our phenomenal undergraduate student award winners for the 2015-2016 year are:

Communication Challenge Award—Honorable Mention

 Khanh "Erica" Vo
 Brooke Jones

Communication Challenge Award—Finalists

 Ana Tobar
 Sara Moniuszko

Production Awards

        Best Commercial Project "Sapori D'Italia" Anna Davis, Taylor Lloyd, Carey Haga

        Best Demonstration Project "How to Make an Armature Clay Figure" Jacob Roberts

        Best Music Video Project "Municipal Waste: Lunch Hall Food Brawl" Jacob Roberts

        Best Infographic Video "The Art of Sampling" Ryan Judge

Journalism Awards

        Society of Professional Journalists Outstanding Leadership Alexa Gohl, Fernanda Rodriguez

        Multimedia Journalist Emily O'Rourke

        Outstanding Writing for Journalism Reem Nadeem

        Political Coverage Olivia de la Pena

        Economic Reporting Tom Storey

        Diversity in Reporting Omar Batterjee

PRSSA Special Recognition         

 Logan Rice (President), Erin White (Vice President)
 Ashley Cook, Alexis Stevens, Candace Williams,  Patrick Fernandez

WGMU Awards

Broadcaster of the Year: Ryan Allen

Announcer of the Year: Jackie Reed

Beth Kauffman Award for Creativity: Matt Dotson


Undergraduate Academic Awards

Dr. Bruce Manchester Outstanding Academic Achievement Award: Courtney Simmons

Excellence in Communication Awards:

                Samuel Abney                          Eavan Kennedy                           Amy Rose

                Eric Backus                              Lindsay Kroboth                          Margaret Schneider

                Kelly Damato                           Ana Laramore                             Stephanie Sikorski

                Raquel DeSouza                       Lori Lawson                                 Vishaka Sundar

                Zachary Dittami                        Kathleen Maney                           Michael Thompson

                Patrick Finch                             Alexandra Mendenhall                  Yuanjing Weng

                Sarah Greathead                      Theresa Novak                            Meeka Williams

                Andrew Hood                            Khanh Pham                               Robert Winship

                Unochukwu Izegbu                    Logan Rice                                  Julianne Woodson

                                                                                                                Kaitlyn Yetman


Communication Graduate Awards Dinner & Ceremony

 Thursday, May 12, 2016




Our 6th Annual Communication Graduate Awards Ceremony was held on May 12, 2016 in Geroge's in the Johnson Center at George Mason University’s Fairfax campus. While the participants enjoyed supper and dessert, ordered from Mason Catering, our featured speaker, Sunny Kim, Outstanding Graduate Alumnus of the Year, began her speech discussing the phenomenal opportunities her Mason health communication degree has given her working with doctors and nurses in a hospital setting. Once she finished, our students received their awards and posed for photographs. We also celebrated our MA and PhD Graduates from fall 2015 and spring 2016. Once all of the awards had been handed out, Dr. Kathy Rowan and guest, Ms. Wendy Varhegyi, gave wonderful speeches about recently deceased communication alum, Lt. Col William "Bill" Schroeder, MA 2011.

Our phenomenal graduate student award winners for the 2015-2016 year are:

Outstanding MA Student

 Patrick McCleary

Outstanding PhD Student

 Ashley Thomas

Graduate Teaching Award

 Brenda MacArthur

Commitment to the Graduate Program

 Camella Rising

Communication Graduate Challenge Awards

 Reba Good (MA)
 Tom Roccotagliata (PhD)

Wendy Balazik Communication and Social Change Award

 Lindsey Beall

Communication Leadership Award

Andrew Caulk

Graduate Faculty Recognition (presented by CGSA)

Dr. Xiaomei Cai