ADPR Professor Eric Haley led the UT Ad Club on its annual trip to New York City January 15 – 20, 2018. This marks the 25th consecutive year he has guided students on this important networking and experiential learning trip to the media capital of the world.
Haley’s special anniversary was recognized with the presentation of a plaque along with tributes from former and current UT advertising students at a UT New York Alumni Reception held at Printer’s Alley in Midtown Manhattan. More than 100 people were in attendance including: 75+ UT alumni, the 25 students attending this year’s field trip, ADPR Associate Professor and co-NYC field trip organizer Courtney Childers, and CCI Dean Mike Wirth.
“We are very grateful to Eric Haley for his ongoing work to make this unique experience available to our students,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. ”Eric’s dedication and hard work over the last 25 years have had a lasting impact on the professional trajectory of our advertising students allowing them to successfully transition from the classroom to the profession.“
The organizations that met with the group on this year’s field trip including CCI advertising alumni were as follows:
Y & R: Olivia Rothermel (‘16), Madison Duke (‘16), Millie Tunnel (‘17)
Mindshare: Matt Dirsa (‘10), J.R. Ruffin (‘14)
Grey NY: Sam White (‘10), Sarah Fink (‘12), Alex Tombul (‘17)
McGarrybowen: Erik Izo (‘87), Nick Schneider (‘14)
Weiden & Kennedy (WKNYC)
M Booth PR
As with past field trips, students gained an insider’s view of the advertising industry, receiving invaluable insights into what it takes to become successful professionals. “The students come back from this experience with practical knowledge they gained first-hand from other recent grads,” said Associate Professor Courtney Childers. “The alums confirmed the importance of the classroom experience for students and advised them to absorb and learn all they could prior to graduation.”
A Vol Starter campaign was again used to raise funds to support the trip. Special thanks to everyone who contributed, many of whom were NYC Ad Club field trip alumni!