Fall 2017 Professional-Amateur Networking Day




On Wednesday, November 8th, the Department of Communication hosted its fourth annual Professional-Amateur Networking Day. Students gathered at the Hilary J. Boone Center for a lunch and professional networking session including panels of professionals in the Lexington community.

UK Baseball Coach, Mr. Nick Mingione was the keynote speaker and offered students motivation and advice. His presentation included topics about perseverance, hard work and appreciation.

Students were then able to break off into panel discussions with professionals from the Lexington community. Featured alumni and friends of the Department include:

Sarah E. Coleman, Director of Education and Development, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program

Chris Crumrine, Deputy Chief of Staff, University of Kentucky

Heather Hadi, The Law Office of Heather A. Hadi, PSCProAm13

Truston Humphries, Operations Manager, Jonah Mitchell Real Estate

Susan Mann, Development Executive, Conduent Health Care Services

Amber Miller, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Lexington Counseling & Psychiatry

Townsend Miller, Director of Development, Children’s Advocacy Center

Stinson Miller, WorkPlace Banking Business Development Officer, PNC Bank

Jen Royce, Co-owner, Topline Communications

Andrew Trimble, Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of Kentucky

Amber Wash, Strategic Communications, Humana

Tyler White, President, Kentucky Coal Association

Kaelyn Query, President, LexEffect

Elijah Zimmerman, Account Manager, Zipie

Health Communication major, Areanna Orr, gained a lot of insight from the event. “While listening to the speakers, I learned the importance of networking between my peers and associates, the importance of obtaining an internship in the field I want to be in, and also discovering if having a masters degree will improve my status in my career or if it was a personal accomplishment. After Pro-Am Day, I started to look for more opportunities in my field such as internships within my work-study job and also within University of Kentucky’s campus. I began to analyze what all I wanted in my career and what all I have to do to get there. The former students from the panels motivated me into learning more about my future plans and to push myself into starting early with internships and career searching,” Orr said.