FOXTALK Winter 2014 - page 8

8 Winter 2014
Communication students had the
opportunity to speak with Marist
alumni in New York City on Feb. 11
at a networking event hosted by the
Communication Internship Department
at the offices of Taylor, a marketing
communications company, which is
located in the Empire State Building.
“I thought this event was the best
one yet (we’ve run three in NYC) in
terms of energy, engagement and par-
ticipation. The students were very ac-
tive and the alumni never took a break
- a sign that things were humming and
everyone was engaged,” Prof. Gerry
McNulty, director of Communication &
Media Arts Internships, said.
The turnout for the event was 34
students and 13 alumni.
McNulty and Deborah Porter, the
internship coordinator, began planning
this networking event immediately
after last year’s event.
“The networking event was perfect
because it was a great way to meet very
accomplished professionals, while still
staying in the comfort of our wonder-
ful Marist family,” Kelsey Odom, ‘13, a
journalism major, said.
Odom’s advice for younger students
is to attend these networking events,
and to be yourself.
“All of those people we met were in
our position once too and there’s no
sense in trying to act like you have all
the answers. This event was to our ben-
efit, so use it to the fullest advantage
and ask any and all questions,” Odom
One of the alums, Kristen Spirko,
’09, is an account executive at Taylor
and is currently enrolled in the Marist
Integrated Marketing Communications
Graduate Program (expected to gradu-
ate summer 2014).
Spriko was pleased with the turnout
of the event and how prepared the
students were.
“I’m always impressed by Marist
students, and this was no exception.
Students came prepared with printed
resumes and business cards, and most
importantly, lots of questions. You
could really appreciate the strength
of the internship program at Marist
in speaking with these students, who
were eager, professional and enthusias-
Photos by Al Nowak, On Location Studios
tic about the opportunity,” Spirko said.
Spirko said that networking is so
important in communications fields,
especially for college graduates.
“Marist has a unique alumni network
that is so important to tap into. It is
great that Marist is guiding student in
making these connections, and it is the
responsibility of those in attendance
to follow-up with alumni to build the
relationship further,” Spirko said.
After collecting anonymous sur-
veys from the participating students,
McNulty said that most of them found
the event to be very helpful.
“Most alumni said they thought the
students were serious and well-pre-
pared. Most students said they con-
nected directly with specific alum and
plan to stay in touch - and that’s what
we want,” McNulty said.
Networking events like this one occur
annually.—GINA ROSE SIRICO, ‘13
night a success
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