2017 COMM Week Highlights Job Opportunities and Research

Published: April 20, 2017

2017 COMM Week Highlights Job Opportunities and Research

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Island University’s Department of Communication & Media engaged students from the communication discipline and beyond during the 4th annual COMM Week which took place Tuesday, April 11 through Thursday, April 13. The event was designed to showcase aspects of communication in one’s personal and professional life. Highlights of the week included a networking mixer hosted by the House of Rock located in downtown Corpus Christi, and a free keynote address given by Dr. W. Timothy Coombs and Dr. Sherry J. Holladay, Researchers and Professors of Communication at Texas A&M University.

“COMM Week serves to help our students interact with real-world communication professionals and have a chance to show how qualified they are for the positions available in the workforce,” said Dr. Michelle Maresh-Fuehrer, Associate Professor of Communication at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. “Although we want all of our students to spread their wings, we hope that they find themselves coming back to this community and that this event helps them see they can find those amazing communication jobs right here.”

With more than 50 students in attendance, the House of Rock Networking Mixer helped Island University students engage with 45 local professionals. Students were encouraged to introduce themselves to business professionals and pass out resumes throughout the networking event.

“By attending COMM week, I hoped to be able to meet and interact with a lot of professionals in the communication discipline. I wanted to not only network, but I wanted to hear about their experiences in the field and really take something from that,” said KeAnna Whisenhunt, junior communication major at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “I’ve noticed that a lot of alumni are returning to the community. This event allows those alumni to help current students and give them some advice about facing their future endeavors.”

The keynote address, which was given by Coombs and Holladay, also served as a chance for students to engage with communication research professionals. Both researchers have consulted for big name corporations and have received numerous awards from the Public Relations Division of the National Communication Association and the Public Relations Society of America. Both Coombs and Holladay expressed their excitement to speak to the campus community.

“I feel that bringing in someone from outside the University helps students to gain a new perspective on the world and helps to enhance their education,” said Coombs. “It shows that as an institute of higher education, TAMU-CC cares about providing experiences beyond the classroom for students.” 

Holladay echoed Coombs’ sentiment.

“It is so important that students understand that not all universities offer opportunities like COMM Week,” said Holladay. “An event like this brings people together from the community and afar so that students can meet some of the people working hard to contribute and change the way we think about and study communication.”

The 2017 COMM Week was sponsored by HEB, House of Rock, MDR Advertising, CC Marina Arts District and Pearson Education. Other COMM Week events included a film screening and a PR & Journalism Pro Panel.