BA in Communication

Marissa Joyce

Marissa Joyce, 2022

Creative writing leads to a creative media job

After taking on several social media-focused student internships for organizations such as Fall for the Book, Joyce accepted a role on the Communications and Marketing team within Mason's College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Layth Alwatban

Layth Alwatban, 2021

B.A. in Communication

Accelerated Master's student whose film created in COMM 331: Public Relations Campaigns won of Best Documentary at the Beyond the Curve International Film Festival.

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Jill Dail

Jill Dail, 2020

BA, Communication, 2020

Graduating with Honors in Communication and demonstrated excellence in original research.

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Matthew Odom

Matthew Odom, 2017

Taking his skills abroad

Matthew Odom's communication degree led him to a number of internships that he says provided the essential skills and experiences for his current work at a start-up company in Munich Germany.

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Lori Lawson

Lori Lawson, 2016

Landed her dream job

Lawson works as a full-time Public Affairs Specialist with the Bureau of Consular Affairs in the U.S. Department of State. She credits a great portion of her success to the opportunities she received while at Mason.

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Savannah Norton

Savannah Norton, 2016

Doing what she loves, writing every day

Taking advantage of the the educational and professional resources provided by Mason, Savannah Norton built a stellar resume that earned her an internship at Fox News and now at the leader in online K-12 education, K12.

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Hussain Al-Mutawakil

Hussain Al-Mutawakil, 2015

Handling the gamut of communication responsibilities

Hussain Al-Mutawakil's role as a communications manager allows him to work in a full range of communications responsibilities, from marketing strategy to blog editing.

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Keaton Maddox

Keaton Maddox, 2015

Guiding creative work to publication

Keaton Maddox works at a large independent press, where he manages the editorial staff and helps transform authors' manuscripts into published work.

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Brittany Sanders

Brittany Sanders, 2014

2023 Distinguished Alumni - Communication

Brittany Sanders, BA Communication '14, loves working with students and alumni of George Mason University's communication department.

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Jessica Farley

Jessica Farley, 2013

Using interpersonal communication skills to create lasting impressions

As a manager in the hospitality industry, Jessica Farley appreciates the diversity of her day to day interactions with people and how her coursework at Mason helps to make each of these interactions successful.

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Lauren Cafferty

Lauren Cafferty, 2012

2022 Distinguished Alumni - Communication

Lauren’s undergraduate research experience created connections with Mason faculty that launched her career as a health communication scientist.

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Erica D. Callicutt, M.Div.

Erica D. Callicutt, M.Div., 2011

2019 Distinguished Alumni - African and African American Studies

Erica is from Newport News, Virginia and a 2011 graduate of George Mason University. She received her Bachelor of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences degree in Journalism and minor in African and African American Studies.

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Marcella Robertson

Marcella Robertson, 2011

2021 Distinguished Alumni - Communication

Marcella Robertson is an anchor/reporter at WUSA9. She is a 3-time Emmy award winning journalist.

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Quincey Smith

Quincey Smith, 2011

Advocating for respect and equity for all

Quincey Smith, BA Communication ’11, is an expert in leading marketing campaigns aimed at shifting policies and changing public narratives. He is currently a senior vice president with the New York hub of communications firm BerlinRosen and is the youngest member of their leadership team.

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Ben Nichols

Ben Nichols, 2010

Enhancing corporate communication at a top 10 consulting firm

Ben Nichols is still learning something every day, managing projects, analyzing data and helping a top consulting firm communicate effectively both internally and with external customers.

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Maria Carabelli

Maria Carabelli, 2009

2023 Distinguished Alumni Staff

Maria Carabelli, BA Communication '09, is an accomplished professional serving as the office manager and finance manager in the department of communication at George Mason University.

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Rana Novack

Rana Novack, 2006

Honoring Distinguished Alumni

In fall 2017, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Communication honored Rana Novack for her exemplary career and advocacy efforts.

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Brian van de Graaff

Brian van de Graaff, 1997

Washington DC area weather forecaster

Brian van de Graaff is currently the main weekday weathercaster for WJLA's 24-hour news outlet NewsChannel 8.

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Shawn Brann

Shawn Brann, 1995

Alumni Chapter - Vice President

Shawn Brann, BA English '95, BA Communication '95, MA Education '99, CERG Educational Leadership, is a scrum master supporting the federal government on a large-scale financial system project at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Rhonda Vetere

Rhonda Vetere, 1992

Rhonda Vetere, BA Communication ’92, is chief information officer for Herbalife Nutrition and leads the information and technology strategy and technology operations. Vetere has lived and worked internationally and has managed teams of more than 20,000 technology and operations professionals in more than 160 countries.

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Dave Alpern

Dave Alpern, 1991

Dave Alpern, BA Communication ’91, is one of the longest tenured sports executives in NASCAR. Alpern is currently the president of Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), an American professional stock car racing organization in North Carolina.

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Nicole Livas

Nicole Livas, 1990

An experienced newscaster and a member of the college advisory board

Nicole Livas has been a co-anchor at WAVY and Fox43 news in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia

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Honorable Roderick C. Young

Honorable Roderick C. Young, 1989

Greeting CHSS graduates from the federal bench

The Honorable Roderick C. Young, BA Speech Communication ’89, MA English ’94, is a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, who returned to Mason virtually in May to speak to CHSS graduates.

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