By Julia Laude
The Department of Media and Communication — born as Communication/Journalism — will be celebrating its 40th anniversary on Friday Oct. 3, in conjunction with Fisher’s Alumni Weekend.
The birthday-party themed celebration will take place in the Golisano Gateway Midlevel from 4 to 7 p.m..
This event is a way to celebrate and look back on all the growth the department has had over the years. For alums it’s a great way to remember their time at Fisher but also gain insight about what has happened since they left. For students this is a chance to network and make connections with alumni.
The event will include a brief introduction of faculty and staff, free time for students and alums to network, and students showing the alums the television studio and the Cardinal Courier. Alums will be able to record a message of advice for students in the studio and there will be a photo booth in the Courier office.
Not just communication and media students are invited to the party. Students with communication and media minors and alumni who are from the major but are not working in the field are also invited.
The PRIMA Group has been in charge of putting up flyers and speaking to classes about the event. Social media has also been a big part of promoting the event. The department has used LinkedIn and Facebook for invitations, and created a hash tag for Twitter.
The advice that coordinating professor Lauren Vicker has for students is: don’t be shy. She said that too often at events such as this, alums all stick together and students all stick together and they don’t take advantage of the networking opportunity.
“Alumni are so willing to talk with and help students,” she said. “You just don’t know the possibilities until you go. You could meet somebody available to shadow, be a mentor, get an internship and maybe even a job.” She suggested that students ask a faculty member to introduce them to alums if they are not comfortable doing it themselves.