Com week delivers diverse group of speakers


Archive Photo: Com Week invites students to participate in the various planned events.

Archive Photo:
Com Week invites students to participate in the various planned events.

Illinois State University’s annual Com Week has arrived again this spring and will be held from April 14-17.

The traditional event will host more than a handful of speakers and panels that will bring educational and professional development to students of all majors. Com Week aims to bring students outside of the classroom to gain information and experience to their future professional lives.

This year’s theme is Envison, Engage, Embark:  “envision the possibilities, engage with others and embark on your journey.”

“We are very excited to showcase such talented professionals and can’t wait for the students to hear their presentations,” Katie O’Rourke, intern on the School of Communication Promotions and Development team, said.

Each year a  team of 12 student interns at ISU plan year-round for the events and speakers. The keynote speakers for this year will cover topics from sports communication to crisis management to event planning.

Vice President and General Manager of Comcast SportsNet in Chicago Phil Bedella will kick the week of keynote speakers off at 2 p.m. Monday in CVA 151. Jennifer Thompson, global client relationship manager for General Electric, will follow at 4 p.m Monday in Degarmo 306.

Kevin Petschow and Steve Smith will start Tuesday off with differences between corporate and nonprofit PR at 9:35 a.m. in CVA 151. Angelica Colantuoni, will wrap up Tuesday at 12:35 in Stevenson 101.

Wednesday will include Alex Reside, photo editor for at 11 a.m. in CVA 151, Kasey Larson, president and co-founder of DBY Events & Invitations at 1 p.m. in CVA 145 and Alaina Kaczmarski & Danielle Moss, the founders of The Everygirl at 4 p.m. in CVA 151.

“We chose our speakers based off what we think would interest the School of Communication students most … I hope each student can find something that interests them and Com Week 2014 leaves them with relevant information and positive networking experiences,” O’Rourke said.

One Response

  1. Kevin Petschow

    I look forward to participating in this year’s COM Week 2014. Go SoC. Go Redbirds. Go The Vidette. Go Illinois State University.

    CHEERS< Kevin
    Sports Editor, The Vidette, 1980-1981


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