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CCI Field Trips Connect Students with Alumni and Professionals

CS Students in NashvilleThis fall CCI students took field trips to Atlanta, Nashville and Cincinnati to meet with CCI alumni and working professionals. A total of 56 CCI students participated in the field trips along with 11 faculty members and 13 CCI alumni.

Each semester groups of CCI students travel to cities to meet with organizations that hire employees with communication degrees. The trips are often hosted and/or set up by local alumni. The field trips provide students with the opportunity to get into the “boardroom” to see what it takes to make it in the “real world” by hearing directly from working professionals.  

Field Trips Recap:

Public Relations trip to Atlanta: Several CCI alums hosted the students including Amy Corn (BS/JEM ‘88) at Global Payments, Inc. along with emeritus BOV member Ed Patterson (BS/PR ’84); Victoria Kline (BS/JEM ’11) at the Atlanta Braves’ Sun Trust Park; and Snigdha Dhar (BS/PR ’11) at MELT Sports and Entertainment Marketing. Dwayne Summar (BS/PR ’61) hosted the group at his home in the Atlanta area. ADPR Director and Beaman Professor Maureen Taylor led the trip.

Communication Studies trip to Nashville: Alexanderia Honeycutt (BS/CS ‘03) hosted a reception for 17 CS students and other alumni in the area at her historic home, the third oldest home in the state of Tennessee.  The other CS alumni were Katie Hutchinson (‘07), Graham Thomas (‘08), Tiffany McGee (‘09), Chelsea Crawford (‘10), and Elizabeth Clement Webb (’03). The students also toured the Tennessee state capital. CS Director and Associate Professor John Haas led the trip.

Advertising trip to Nashville: David Bohan (BS/AD ’70) hosted a group of eight advertising students at the BOHAN Ad Women for All Women Conference. DeForrest Jackson Professor Mariea Hoy provided funding for the trip from her Jackson Professorship bursary. Adam Brown Social Media Command Center Executive Director and ADPR Associate Professor Courtney Childers led the trip.

Diversity Student Leaders Society (DSLS) trip to Cincinnati: Hosted by CCI Board of Visitors member Rex Repass (MS/C&I ’77) and CCI Honorary Board of Visitors member Phenise Poole (BS/JEM ’95), the DSLS students visited with gyro’s (a large business to business advertising/public relations and marketing firm) president and executive creative director. They also met with the general manager, news director and local sales manager of WKRC-TV. The group, which was led by DSLS Director and CS Lecturer Alice Wirth, concluded the field trip by touring the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

“Field trips are a great way to provide our students with direct knowledge about the professional world to help them make the transition from the classroom to the working world,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. “They also provide our alumni with a chance to give back and understand the challenges faced by today’s students. We are very grateful to our CCI alumni who give of their time and resources to make these trips possible.”

If you have are interested in hosting CCI students at your organization and or in making a contribution to support CCI student field trips, please contact Mark Geller, CCI director of development, at