How many times have your parents asked you, what can you do with a Communication Studies degree? The answer is: anything you want!
Come learn for yourself on Friday, October 16. We’ve scheduled three different panels – each with a specific professional focus – that feature a group of talented and successful communication studies alumni, including some Hollywood heavy hitters. Don’t miss this!
Location: Lory Student Center, Room 312
Session 1 – Careers in Business, Marketing & Sales
Kendra Johnson (’02), Nicole Laydon (’02 & ’04), Joseph Sennett (’95)
Session 2 – Careers in Media
Jim Janicek (’84), Marty Lenz (’90), Bruce MacCallum (’74), Terri Porter (’88)
Session 3 – Careers in Health Communication and Education
Letia Frandina (’02 & ’04), Carole Hemmelgarn (’86), Will Reutemann (’13)
Panelist Bios – listed alphabetically
Bruce MacCallum, a recently retired, award-winning media professional and 1974 graduate, has worked as a producer and news director for news stations all across the nation. Most recently, MacCallum served as the Field Director and Senior Producer at Entertainment Tonight for over 20 years. He has won numerous NATAS Emmy Awards, along with many L.A. Emmy Awards, a couple L.A.Press Club Journalism Awards for Excellence, among several others.
Carole Hemmelgarn, a 1986 graduate, has worked in the healthcare field with Industry for 28 years. In addition to earning her bachelor’s degree, Hemmelgarn went on to earn a Master of Science Degree in the field of Patient Safety Leadership from the University of Illinois Chicago and a second master’s degree in Health Care Ethics from Creighton University. Over the past 11 years, Hemmelgarn has collaborated on quality improvement, disease management, and prevention programs for their patients and employees. She also sits on multiple committees and boards doing patient safety work in her home state of Colorado, and across the country.
Jim Janicek, a 1984 graduate, is an accomplished marketing & programming creator, DGA director, WGA writer, executive producer and media editor. Janicek has 27 years of experience in branding, promotion and advertising for major networks. He has written and directed sitcom, million-dollar advertising campaigns, network specials and children’s television for a large contingent of networks and corporations including ABC, NBC, Disney, Hallmark, Comcast and others. He has worked closely with a multitude of celebrities, created and produced documentary programming for a variety of corporations, and founded his own company, Janicek Media.
Joseph Sennett, a 1995 graduate, is a manager and consultant with Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) Consumer Finance Group. With four years of financial services consulting experience, Sennett works with and supports C-suite executives and senior leaders in analyzing and remediating operational, financial, regulatory, and reputational risks within consumer lending practices including areas such as mortgages, credit cards, student loans, and auto loans. He previously worked as an Operations Manager in Citigroup’s Credit Cards division.
Kendra Johnson, a 2002 graduate with a B.A. in Speech Communication, currently works as a Benefits Consultant with Flood and Peterson. She uses her expertise in the management of insurance plans, sales and accounts, and operations to help organizations reduce their total cost of employee benefits. She recently completed her term as President elect of the Northern Colorado Association of Health Underwriters, and currently serves as the Northern Colorado chapter President and Legislative Chair.
Letia Frandina, Ph.D. and 2002 and 2004 graduate in Speech Communication, is a founder and Board member of the Downtown Denver Expeditionary School (DDES), the first elementary school in Downtown Denver in over 100 years. Frandina earned her doctorate in communication studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and her research involves community building and public spaces. She ran a start-up community organized business, Little Closets, featured in New York Magazine, before returning to her home state of Colorado. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, a mentor at Denver Kids Inc., and a member of the 2015 Downtown Denver Partnership Leadership class.
Marty Lenz, who graduated in 1990, is a respected and award winning radio, television, and digital/new media professional. He currently works at KCBS in the Bay Area, but has been involved on the network level with Jones Radio/Dial Global (now Westwood One), Business Radio Network, and Sirius/XM over the past 25 years. Along with his extensive radio involvement, Lenz has worked for over 20 years in television as a host and contributor for a variety of shows and programs, including NBC Bay Area, and currently with KRON and Comcast.
Nicole Laydon, who earned both a bachelor’s degree in 2002 and master’s degree in Speech Communication, currently applies her experience in marketing and publicity to real estate. As a Colorado native, she helps her clients find the lifestyle they desire in the state she loves and calls home. Previously, she worked as the Promotion Direction for Denver’s Channel 93.3 KTCL and as a member of the National Publicity team for Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles. Laydon was involved in marketing campaigns from the Transformers franchise to True Grit.
Terri Porter, a 1988 graduate, is a distinguished professional in field production. She has worked on everything from live news and investigative crime reenactments to prospecting, competitive cooking, and home building shows. Porter has produced for King World, ABC, Columbia Tri-Star, The Learning Channel, Lifetime, HGTV, DIY, Discovery, Destination America and The Food Network. In addition, she is a fitness trainer, mentor to Lakewood High School’s Film Production class and author of the memoir #BaldHomecomingQueen.
Will Reutemann, a 2013 graduate with a degree in Communication Studies and minor in Anthropology, has extended his passion for Colorado State University and student success to his roles working for the university. He currently serves as the Visit Program Marketing Specialist and previously worked as an admissions counselor, in addition to marketing and communication coordinator, in the CSU Office of Admissions. Outside of work, Reutemann enjoys supporting the Fort Collins music scene through volunteering with local organizations such as the Downtown Business Association and SpokesBuzz.