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.
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:
Focused Image PR
Michael Smith Business Development (MSBD), Inc.
Northern Virginia Magazine
Tote Media, LLC
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.
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
Communication Challenge Award—Finalists
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
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
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
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
Outstanding PhD Student
Graduate Teaching Award
Commitment to the Graduate Program
Communication Graduate Challenge Awards
Reba Good (MA)
Tom Roccotagliata (PhD)
Wendy Balazik Communication and Social Change Award
Communication Leadership Award
Graduate Faculty Recognition (presented by CGSA)
Dr. Xiaomei Cai