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Date(s) - October 11, 2017 - October 12, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Lory Student Center

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Communication Studies Alumni Panels
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Wednesday, October 11
2 – 2:50 p.m.

Kathleen Pitre (’00, ’04)

As the Vice President of Communications and Corporate Relations for Ball Corporation, Kathleen is responsible for strategy and governance across three functions for Ball Corporation. These include: leadership of a global communications center of expertise focused on presenting a consistent and clear image of the corporation to its various stakeholders and for promoting our corporate values and the many benefits of Ball’s products; Ball’s global sustainability and corporate citizenship function focused on industry leadership in environmental and social sustainability; and government relations and regulatory affairs.

Kurt Schwartzkopf (’92)

As Senior Vice President of NBA and NHL Teams/Arenas for Ticketmaster his mission is to deliver the highest level of client care and innovation to NBA/NHL venues and teams that Ticketmaster supports – helping clients leverage industry leading technology and services that drive more revenue and deliver more fans.  Joining Live Nation Entertainment in May of 2013, Kurt brings over 20+ years of industry knowledge. Prior to his role at Ticketmaster, Schwartzkopf spent 5 years as Chief Marketing Officer for the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Mammoth and Pepsi Center where he oversaw all team ticket sales & service, premium sales & service, marketing, creative, digital/interactive media, box office operations, game entertainment, fan development and community relations for the clubs and arena.

Savannah Svoboda (’12)

Since graduating from CSU I have grown professionally with Target Corporation. Starting on the Business Management side for 3 years and moving into the HR and Recruiting world for the past 3 years. I have a passion for seeking out talent and finding the right fit for people that both plays to their strengths and challenges them to their full potential. I am fiercely committed to social justice and creating an inclusive culture for anyone who works with me. Outside of my career I love traveling to new places in the world, participating in the performing arts, and enjoying as many moments with my family and friends as possible.I am a proud alumni and have helped my fellow Rams through scholarship support, student mentoring, and being a guest lecturer. I am excited to be back on campus…Go Rams!

Thursday, October 12
2 – 2:50 p.m.

Garrett Hayes (’12)

Garrett Hayes is a high school speech, debate, and journalism teacher at Collegiate Prep Academy in the Denver suburb of Montbello. After growing up in Montbello and graduating from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Communication Studies and a concentration in education, Garrett made it a point to go back to his childhood neighborhood to give back through teaching and coaching. Garrett also has owned his own magazine while in college and currently runs a graphic design, photography, and video company called Square Visions. In the near future he intends to continue to build upon his business and pursue his doctorate in Communication Studies.

Nicole Laydon (’02, ’04)

Nicole is a Colorado native who grew up in Littleton and received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Speech Communication from Colorado State University. After meeting her husband, a fellow CSU alum, the pair lived in the Wash Park area and Nicole worked as the Promotion Director for Channel 93.3, KTCL..  Following her stint in radio, Nicole and her husband moved to Los Angeles. While there Nicole was a member of the National Publicity team for Paramount Pictures and worked on the marketing campaigns for everything from the Transformers franchise to True Grit.. Upon moving back to Denver Nicole decided to use her past experiences in marketing and publicity to pursue a career in real estate. As someone who lives and plays in the Denver metro area Nicole is passionate about the city she calls home and is committed to helping her clients find the lifestyle they truly desire.

Hannah Vancuren (’14)

After graduating from CSU, Hannah decided to take a gap year to save money for a graduate program at USC. She started bartending part time at Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. to make extra money for school, and she quickly found out that she loved the brewing industry. Instead of attending USC, she was promoted from a bartender to a Taproom Manager, then an Events Coordinator, and is now the Associate Brand Manager- a position where she oversees the creative for merchandise and seasonal beer packaging. Her work in breweries has allowed her to live in Vail, Colorado, Denver, Colorado, and Healy, Alaska.