Some 300 undergraduate and graduate students attended the Department of Communications Media Alumni Networking Event during Homecoming Weekend 2018.
More than 60 Communications Media alumni and guests participated in the event, representing careers in a variety of media and communications areas, including television and news broadcasting, video and film production, radio, public relations, social
media management, healthcare marketing, event planning, and many others. Some of the companies represented included Forever Media, UPMC,
KDKA-TV, WPXI-TV, Nielsen Company, Penn Brewery and Excela Heath, among many others.
Tony Allen ’92, senior producer for George Davison Studios in Pittsburgh, explained that students need to be multi-faceted. “I told them to learn everything. Don’t come out
a one-trick pony. They have to have a working knowledge of everything; producer, director, editor, writer, and videographer.” Allen also reinforced the importance of being involved in extracurricular activities. “I strongly suggest production students
get involved in the television and radio stations.”
B. Gail Wilson, chairperson of the Department of Communications Media, spearheaded the event. “Our alumni support was outstanding. Whenever we ask students
to be involved in our program, they are there.” Wilson went on to say, “Feedback from students was overwhelmingly positive. Our current undergraduates tell us our alumni are welcoming and willing to help.”
Held in the HUB Ohio Room, this is the second time the department has hosted this event, giving students the opportunity to meet graduates of the program, make connections for internships, and gain valuable career advice.