Claudia Preza's winning submission
The Communication and the Arts Graduate Student Association (CAGSA) recently celebrated Graduate Student Appreciation Week with students from the College’s Museum Professions, Public Relations, and Strategic Communication programs. Programming included a graduate student appreciation giveaway, group study space, and speed networking.
Throughout the week, the College’s graduate students also participated in a social media challenge. At each event, students had the opportunity to create a poster about why they love graduate school and took a picture holding their message. All photo submissions were shared on the College’s Facebook and the image with the most “likes” received an exclusive gift from the College. Claudia Preza, an M.A. in Museum Professions student, was selected as the winner of the challenge.
“The Museum Professions program provided me with unique opportunities such as attending the MuseumNext Conference, completing an internship at the Morris Museum, and the chance to produce an exhibition at the Walsh Gallery and the Pierro Gallery,” Preza said. “While it was impossible to fit all of that onto one piece of paper, I realized that there was something in common with these opportunities – the people. Through the program, I was able to meet individuals who loved museums as much as me, gain mentors, but most importantly become close friends and build a professional network with my peers.”
The events were designed to celebrate students’ contributions, impact, and achievements as they pursue their graduate program. The graduate student appreciation giveaway for the week was a special gift, including a unique, branded wallet USB drive. The group study space was held in Space 154 and provided students with the opportunity to socialize and collaborate. Lastly, the CAGSA held a speed networking event that brought together members from the Higher Education Graduate Student Association and the Graduate Diplomacy Council to network with the CAGSA.
Erica Naumann, an M.A. in Public Relations student, reflected on Graduate Student Appreciation Week. “It was a great way to bring the graduate student community together on campus,” she said. “As a member of the CAGSA, I am so glad that we created opportunities for our fellow graduate students to get involved and feel appreciated for all their hard work during the academic year.”
Finals and Fondue was the CAGSA’s culminating initiative for the 2017-18 academic year and recently held on May 8. It hosted a welcome luncheon for Spring 2018 incoming students in January, an interactive discussion for prospective students at Graduate Open House in February, a Professional Development Workshop in March, and Graduate Student Appreciation Week in April. Looking ahead, the association hopes to build on its momentum and implement a range of programming and initiatives for the 2018-19 academic year.
Formed in Fall 2017, the CAGSA works to facilitate a fellowship of students who share solidarity in the common endeavor of earning a graduate degree in the communication- and arts-related disciplines. To that end, the CAGSA serves all Communication and the Arts graduate students with three essential foci: social, academic, and networking.
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.