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New Year, New Semester, New Faces in the School of Communication Studies

Posted Jan. 31, 2012

By Britney Beaman, CCI Intern

You'll see some new faces in the School of Communication Studies this spring semester. Three students are assisting the school in special event planning, marketing and public relations as part of their internship and practicums.

The goal is to provide communication studies students with meaningful experiences in a wide range of duties, according to Rozell Duncan, Ph.D., internship and practicum coordinator for the school.

 "Our intern and practicum students are assigned a variety of duties from helping with special event planning for the school, marketing our academic programs and publicizing special events that recognize our students' academic accomplishments," Duncan said. Duncan is also undergraduate advisor for the school.

Courtney Nickel, Erin Hammeren and Jordan Kutchko are eager to help with these duties and seem to be most looking forward to helping plan events for the School of Communication Studies' 80th Anniversary this year. They are working directly with Kelly Schobinger, special assistant and computer coordinator, and Margaret Garmon, coordinator for marketing and public relations.

Courtney Nickel is a senior applied communications studies major and has always known she wanted to work with people. She got started in high school by interning with Jamie Belkin Events where she helped generate contact lists and work at events. Nickel participated in Kent State's  study abroad program in Florence, Italy, Fall semester with the communication studies program.  While in the study abroad program, she loved experiencing the art, went skydiving and got engaged to fiancé Austin Opalich. For her internship, Nickel will be the Kent Communication Society liaison for the school.

Erin Hammeren is a junior applied communications studies major and public relations minor. She wanted to do her practicum with communication studies because she's always thought this department would be fun to work in and is excited to see what goes on behind-the-scenes. She thinks this will be a great opportunity to gain knowledge about the communications field and to build her portfolio. She loves being creative and doing crafts, so she hopes to use these skills after graduation and become a wedding planner.

Jordan Kutchko is a senior communication studies major with a focus in applied communication. She minors in photo illustration and media literacy. During her practicum, she's hoping to learn how to use the skills from her classes through real-life experience. Since she would like to become an event planner after graduation, she's most excited to help with events this semester. When Kutchko isn't on campus, she enjoys photography and spending time with her 10-month-old son Sawyer.

"I think that this experience is a great opportunity," Nickel said. "I think it can open a lot of doors and give me insight into what it would really be like to work as an event planner."

All three students will use a variety of multi-media platforms in their assignments from creating and updating the school's bulletin boards with new layouts and photos, posting on the school's Facebook and Twitter sites, updating the school's website, working on promotional materials such as posters, flyers, and programs for special events, producing videos and contributing to a student blog.

Using a variety of media encompassing print, electronic and internet platforms, will add the students' portfolios and resumes, and in turn give them an edge in job market, Duncan added.

Assisting as intern and practicum students in the School of Communication Studies for Spring semester 2012 are, from left, ---Erin Hammeren, Courtney Nickel, Jordan Kutchko. Photo by Melinda Yoho.

Assisting as intern and practicum students in the School of Communication Studies for Spring semester 2012 are, from left, ---Erin Hammeren, Courtney Nickel, Jordan Kutchko. Photo by Melinda Yoho.