See below for information on this upcoming conference. Certainly could be useful event for all Communication majors, and this could be an opportunity for some storytelling. Perhaps fodder for your feature, story # 4, or an alternative for story # 3. We can discuss in class.
We hope you all are as excited as we are about the upcoming COMM 422 conference, Communication and Job Integration. Again, the conference, followed by a reception, will be held on Friday, April 21st from 11am to 2pm in Van Bokkelen Room 204.
At the conference, you should expect to see approximately eight diverse speakers tell inspirational stories of how they got to where they are today and how they have utilized communication skills in their journey.
Some speakers include:
Reig McConnell: Born in VA, and raised in MD–attended Loch Raven High School in Baltimore County, graduated 2004. Served in the United States Army for 4 years; duty stations include Friedberg, Germany, Ft. Hood, Texas, Camp Al Hit, Anbar Province, and Baghdad, Iraq. After attaining the rank of Sergeant at age 21, chose to leave the Armed Forces to pursue a college education. Attended CCBC and Towson University, switching majors 4 times before deciding on English writing. Currently employed as the Store Manager at The Under Armour Brand House in Harbor East.
Ryan Permison: I am 29 years old studying Electronic Media and Film at Towson University. Some of my previous internships and jobs were with WCBM 680 AM, 100.7 The Bay, and Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore. For over 10 years, I have been volunteering and working for the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism. I am currently on Staff as a Social Group Team Member where I help oversee the bi-weekly event.
Heather Rera: Mental health worker at Sheppard Pratt hospital and an advocate for mental health awareness. She counsels patients with trauma disorders and uses public forums and events to spread knowledge and understanding about what mental illnesses truly look like, in hopes of reducing stigma. The power of connection through discussion is what helps her counsel those struggling, and educate the general population that mental illness should not cause fear or shame, but rather incite empathy and understanding.
And two engaging MCCS faculty members: Erin Berry and Tom Burkhart
Sheets of paper will be available on the registration table that will allow students to both sign their name and identify the teacher and class in which they are receiving creditBy Friday, April 28th, an email will be sent entailing a list of students for each class who attended the conference