By Anthony Suarez
Approximately 50 people attended St. Thomas Aquinas College’s annual Communication Arts networking event last Tuesday, Feb. 26th. The event, this year titled “Internships: The Ultimate Career Hack,” was held on campus at the Romano Center from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Its purpose was to promote the school’s CA program and give attendants an opportunity to interact with STAC students who boast actual hands-on internship experience in the communications field, ranging from work with the Rockland Review to CBS This Morning to the SNY Newsroom.
The students who spoke at the event—Erin Durkin, Daniel Lopez, and Gianna Pisano—opened the night by sharing stories about their respective career paths and ambitions before the attentive audience. In addition to an exciting prize raffle, attendants who remained after the subsequent Q & A session got to participate in “speed networking,” an activity in which they could directly and informally converse with each guest intern in a timed, systematic fashion.
Undergraduates—STAC-enrolled and otherwise—weren’t the only faces presents, either. Seasoned STAC CA faculty members such as Professor William Prior and Dr. John Durney watched on from the seats as well.
“I thought [the event] was terrific!” commented Dr. Durney. “Well organized, and the presentations were well-done. […] It appeared to me that everyone in attendance was equally impressed.”
Dr. Durney also congratulated fellow CA faculty member Professor Elaine Winship and her Public Relations Event Planning & Crisis Communication class, who together organized, coordinated, and supervised the event with evident success.
“So congratulations to Professor Winship’s class,” Dr. Durney concluded, “the presenters, the emcees, and all the ‘support staff’!”