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College of Communication and the Arts Hosts Orientation for Incoming Graduate Students  

The College of Communication and the Arts, Graduate Open HouseThe College of Communication and the Arts' Center for Graduate Studies welcomed its students to their master's programs in Strategic Communication, Public Relations, and Museum Professions at Graduate Student Orientation on August 26. The diverse group of students traveled from three countries and more than seven states to attend the University and take the next step in the advancement of their education and career.

The orientation began with welcoming remarks from Dean Deirdre Yates and Dr. Ryan Hudes, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies. The Office of the Dean congratulated students for their previous successes and high academic profile. Following the opening remarks, students participated in a welcome activity related to graduate school expectations and an interactive multimedia presentation about University policies and resources. The orientation concluded with faculty-led program breakout sessions, where students discussed their individual program, discipline, and best practices. After orientation, incoming students were joined by current students at a luncheon to celebrate the launch of the College's Communication and Arts Graduate Student Association.

"An orientation at the graduate level is an important moment for students as it serves as an opportunity to convene, learn more about academic programming, meet faculty mentors, better understand University and College policy and procedure, and network with students in other programs," said Hudes. "In keeping with our College's interdisciplinary mission, our graduate student orientations seek to be inclusive and bring together students from each of our programs. Often, graduate students feel removed within a campus environment. One of our goals with orientation is to provide students an opportunity to immediately network across disciplines. We hope to continue fostering these collaborations via the forthcoming Graduate Student Association."

Erica Naumann '17, a M.A. in Public Relations student, shared her thoughts on orientation. "During orientation, we were prompted to think of one word that we attribute to our program," she said. "The word I selected was experience. I feel that the next two years are going to be so much more than just a master's program, since I hope to gain real experience that I can take with me as I build my career. I will be able to walk away from Seton Hall better prepared, more understanding, and full of experience as I step out into the workforce."

Gabriel Fiore '17, a student in the M.A. in Public Relations program, was a non-matriculated student who took graduate-level courses during his time as an undergraduate at the University. After completing his master's program, he hopes to work in event planning, promotional writing, or higher education.

"Orientation was very helpful, and I felt it was personalized – a quality I feel is often lost when working with a large number of students," said Fiore. "I was able to meet faculty members, learn about graduate policies, and network with many outstanding individuals and fellow students."

The orientation also welcomed Haley Zenna. Zenna, a student in the accelerated B.A. in Public Relations/M.A in Strategic Communication program, has interned for Seton Hall Athletics, Madison Square Garden, LCN Consulting, and is currently a consumer marketing intern at Nickelodeon.

"Orientation was a real eye-opening experience for me," said Zenna. "I was very excited to learn more about the program and all of my questions were answered. I hope to further advance my academic learning this year through the courses that I am taking at a graduate level. The accelerated dual B.A./M.A. degree program is a great opportunity for me and is preparing me for my future."

The M.A. in Museum Professions program welcomed several students, including Hannah Gaston. Gaston, of Bluff Point, New York, recently graduated with a B.A. in History with minors in Anthropology and Sociology from Elmira College under their valedictorian scholarship. She currently serves as a graduate assistant for the College and hopes to work as a museum educator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

"I am excited to meet new people and experience life at a new University in a new state,” explained Gaston. “The location of the University between Philadelphia and NYC is excellent for someone interested in working in the museum field. I am thrilled to begin this next chapter of my life."

The College currently offers three Master's-level programs, including Museum Professions, Strategic Communication, and Public Relations. In addition, four dual-degree options, including three accelerated B.A./M.A. programs and a dual M.A. degree with the School of Diplomacy and International Relations are offered. A Ph.D. program is currently under development.

For more information about Graduate Studies within the College of Communication and the Arts, please contact Dr. Ryan Hudes.

Categories: Arts and Culture

For more information, please contact:

  • Ryan Hudes, Ph.D.
  • (973) 275-4832
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