A Note from the Communication Alumni Society Co-Chairs – Theresa Werner and Mark Root

We are very excited to be part of the communication department alumni effort. As you know, Mason has a great communication program. We hope, by reaching out to alumni and giving you the opportunity to get more involved with the department, that all parties – alumni, students and faculty - will enjoy the benefits of a thriving communications community.

We are planning to hold social and networking events for alumni and also give you the opportunity to support upcoming career and professional development activities for current students.  Our first event, a Mason Communication Alumni Happy Hour Meet and Greet, will be on Saturday, 21 March 2015, 4:00 pm, at Fat Tuesday’s in University Mall (10673 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22030). Please RSVP at http://www.evite.com/event/020DG63QULCWGIOBQEPETWMHXZNYHA.

Join the Communication Department Alumni Society!  There are no dues to join, but some events (such as professional development workshops provided by our faculty) will have a fee, which will be discounted for society members. Society members may also be invited to act as mentors for our students at career events or guest speakers for student events/meetings/classes.  To join, please email the following to commalum@gmu.edu:

  • First and last name
  • Preferred email address
  • Year you graduated
  • Degree earned (BA, MA, PhD)
  • Current employment (name of company or what you’re doing now)
  • Any personal or professional accomplishments or other news you would like to share
  • Please indicate if you would like us to share this information in future newsletters
  • OR fill out our quick survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MasonCommunicationAlumni 

Please contact either of us with questions or if you’d like to get involved with event planning.

Theresa Werner

Theresa Werner – Theresa_Werner@hotmail.com

Theresa is an award winning journalist at PBS NewsHour. She was the first freelance journalist elected as president of the National Press Club. Theresa graduated from Mason in 1996, and in 2013 she received the college’s Distinguished Alumni Award - Communications.


Mark Root 

Mark Root – RootMark5@gmail.com

Mark is the director of corporate media relations at Northrop Grumman. He earned a master’s degree in communication from Mason, was named the communication department’s Alumni of the Year in 2011, and is active in the university’s Communication Department Insight Committee.