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, PSC
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 filed 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.