Dons’ Doings: COMS Day at the Ballpark!

Special thanks to Hailey for our awesome sign!

Special thanks to Hailey for our awesome sign!

Batter up! To help celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Benedetti Diamond, we are having a Communication Studies Day at the Ballpark!

Please join us this Sunday, April 24th at 1:00 pm at Benedetti Diamond. We will be sitting in the new grassy area, so feel free to bring blankets and chairs. We will be cheering on our Dons as they take on the USD Toreros. And, we have a COMS major on the baseball team! So we will be cheering on #5 Merrick Belding!

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Dons’ Doings: Graduate School Information Session 3/31

This Thursday during deadhour we are having our 11th Annual Graduate School Information Session. I had to double check… 11th annual? Yes! 11th annual!

Years ago (I guess 11 years ago!), our own Professor Jacquemet observed that our students at the time did not know a lot about options for graduate school in Communication Studies or what graduate school was like. So after sharing his observation with Professor Ho and myself, our annual Graduate School Information Session was born!

Please join a panel of faculty members (this year’s round up is Professors Doohan, Ho, Kienzle, and Thorson) who will discuss the ins and outs of graduate school (what it entails, how to apply, what type of funding you can expect to receive, where to go, etc.).

Also joining on our panel is COMS alum Serena Sanchez-Wilson, who graduated from our department in 2007. Serena graduated with her MA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2010 and is currently a pre-med student.

You can find us in Kalmanovitz Hall 363, this Thursday March 31st, 11:45-12:45. You can bring your lunch, arrive late and/or leave early as your schedule allows. But if you are thinking about graduate school (even as a far off potential possibility),


Dons’ Doings: Pizza with the Pros, 3/7

Calling all Communication Studies majors! Our annual “Pizza with the Pros” event is coming up this Monday, March 7th, 6:30-8:30 pm in KA 111. We are excited to welcome to campus many local professionals, including some of our alums! We have professionals from a variety of industries attending, including public relations, media relations, nonprofit, education, and more!

Please plan on attending this networking event! Each professional will talk about their career and offer advice about how to find internships and first jobs. There will be time to network informally with each of the professionals. There will also be a special give-away, courtesy of one of our alum professionals! Hope to see you all there!



Dons' Doings: COMS Career Night Tuesday 9/30

Our annual Communication Studies Career Night is coming up this Tuesday September 30th! We hope you can join us in Malloy Hall 126 at 6:30 pm! Six of our USF COMS alums are joining us to talk about their careers and life after graduation. Making the trek back to campus are…

  • Alisha Alvarez, Allied-THA Regional Marketing
  • Kelsey Chester, Assistant Account Executive, BBDO San Francisco
  • Alicia Kaufman, Junior Designer at Wombly
  • Kylie Li, Membership Manager, Bay Area Council
  • Tim Shipman, Strategy Director, Yeti LLC
  • Chelsea-Marie Sundiang, Sales Operations with Adecco at Google


A big thank you to all of our alums for joining us! We hope to see our Communication Studies majors there for what promises to be an informative evening!



Dons' Doings: Alumni Speaker and Graduation Celebration Night Monday May 12

2009 Graduate and Alumni Speaker, Katie Caughman

2009 Graduate and Alumni Speaker, Katie Caughman

Graduation is just around the corner, and that means that our Alumni Speaker and Graduation Celebration Night is also just around the corner! It is coming up this Monday May 12th 6:00-8:00 pm in the Maraschi Room of Fromm Hall! All Communication Studies major are welcome! Here are more details:

Each year we invite a Communication Studies alum back to campus to give a speech to our students. This year’s Alumni Speaker is Katie Caughman, a 2009 graduate from our department. Katie is the Global Communications Associate for The Asia Foundation, a nonprofit international development organization. She previously worked at AtomicPR and GolinHarris International. She is also a certified yoga teacher! Katie will be sharing her experience in the working world with us, talking about how she uses her COMS major in her current position, and offering advice based on her experiences. In short, it promises to be a wonderful evening with one of our highly successful alums!

After Katie’s talk, we will be recognizing our graduating Lambda Pi Eta members, who will receive their honor cords, pins, and certificates.

Please join us for this special end-of-the-year event! Again, the even is open to all majors, so please join us even if you are not graduating or not in Lambda Pi Eta! You are still welcome! Refreshments, courtesy of Lambda Pi Eta and the Communication Studies Department, will also be served! We hope to see you there!


Dons' Doings: Pizza with the Pros Monday April 14th!

One of our most popular events of the year is coming up this Monday April 14th at 6:30 pm in the Lo Schiavo Getty Room 104!

That’s right, PIZZA WITH THE PROS is back!

We have a slate of impressive communication professionals who will be joining us for an evening of networking with our Communication Studies majors. Each pro will talk for a few minutes about their position and offer advice to our students. Then students will have the opportunity to talk with our pros personally. We have had students land internships on the spot in past years and several of our pros are looking for interns right now!

I mean, really this is all you need to know:

  1. Pizza is always good.
  2. Free pizza is even better.
  3. Free pizza with the opportunity to network with communication professionals who want to offer you advice about how to be successful after graduation? Well, that is not to be missed.

We have pros joining us from the San Francisco Giants, Bay Area Council, Sparks, Athletes to Business, BOCA Communications, LinkedIn, About Face, and USF! 

Please join us for what promises to be a very helpful evening with local communication professionals! We hope to see you there!

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