School of Communications Careers Week Success with 300 Attendees

Panelists during Communications Careers WeekThe School of Communications Careers Week was a success with attendance exceeding 300 students, faculty and staff. The theme was "Changing the Way We Work…Navigating Your Career in Communications…Virtually!" 

During the week of Nov. 9-12, Careers Week included department focused, industry professional led career panels, interactive career videos playing on monitors throughout the Sverdrup Building Handshake and concluded with the annual Internship Expo that was also virtual this year utilizing Webster University's online career management and recruitment system. 

This year's Careers Week addressed the current issue of the world of work going virtual. The events aimed at educating and assisting students on how to navigate and launch their careers in the current virtual environment.

"Students are wondering what a career in communications might look like for them at this moment and in the future and we were able to provide insight through a robust variety of activities and programs during the week," said Martha Davis-Goldstein, outreach and engagement coordinator. 

Career Panels included the following Industry Leaders, Academy and Grammy Award Winners and Webster Alumni:

Careers in Communication and Journalism

Moderator: Gary Ford, chair, Communications and Journalism Department

  • Angela Bode, senior art director, Rodgers Townsend and President for AD2STL
  • Derrick Goold, lead Cardinals beat writer for St. Louis Post-Dispatch, correspondent for MLB Network
  • Chris Kuban ‘00, founder and managing consultant, Chemistry PR
  • Sophie Ozier ‘16, director of Group Sales and Promotions, Arkansas Travelers Baseball Club

Careers in Media Arts

Moderator: Chris Sagovac, chair, Electronic and Photographic Department

  • Brandon Booker, software engineer, Castle Hill Gaming
  • Conner Brown, level designer, Santa Monica Studio
  • Gary Hairlson, multimedia director, Photo, Video and Podcasting for St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • David Johnson, president, Coolfire Studios
  • Carl Reed, president, Lion Forge

Careers in the Audio Industry

Moderator: Carl Nappa, Visiting Artist in Residence

  • Tony Black, producer/engineer, Tony Black Productions
  • Garrison Brown ‘17, associate A/V systems engineer, TSI Global Companies
  • Jeron Wilson ‘18, broadcast engineer, KTVI Fox 2

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