By Shane Burrell |Sports Editor|
The 2015 Communication Symposium brought acknowledgements to communication students who are outstanding, along with students who sought more information of how to expand their future careers.
The Symposium is a way for the communications department and the College of Arts and Letters to acknowledge communication students.
Chelsea Galvez was awarded the prize for the Most Outstanding Mass Communications student, and Amanda Fernandez who, through all odds, triumphed over sickness to show that she is the best in radio.
The Symposium also included a keynote speaker and multiple panels with CSUSB Alumni.
After the ceremony, students, speakers, faculty, and honored guests were escorted to the CSUSB Events Center for a lunch with CSUSB President Tomás Morales along with everyone who participated in the award ceremony.
During the lunch, Dr. Michael Salvador invited Morales to speak to the audience.
After lunch, everyone was invited back to the Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU) Theater to listen to the keynote speaker, Mark Andrejevic, the author of several books, one of which is “Reality TV: The Work of Being Watched.”
Andrejevic lectured on big data. He explained how some of the information we seek from Google and other conglomerates might gather more information about us than we think.
The alumni panels served as an opportunity for students to ask questions and learn from CSUSB communication studies graduates who are currently working in the communications field.
The panel topics ranged from human communications, public relations, and mass communications, with some emphasis in production.
The human communications panel had alumni who worked for the U.S. Senate along with those who decided to become professors themselves in other states.
In regards to attending CSUSB as an undergraduate and making connections, an alumna said, “Being able to connect with different people from different backgrounds is something that gave me an edge.”
The mass communication panel showed to be the most attended. Communications professors, Rod Metts and Lacey Kendall facilitated the panel.
When talking about some things that helped them get to where they are now Kendall said, “I wanted to look like I was 19 and had already been around the world.” She said this in reference to the numerous internships she had done in the past. She finished with, “It was the smartest accident I ever did.”