Chatham University

Master of Communication Student Profiles

 

Connor Brandt

Connor Brandt

Connor is a graduate student in the Master of Communication program here at Chatham. He is originally from Altoona Pennsylvania. His dream job involves an extensive amount of teamwork (Regular staff meetings, group projects), he wants a job that emphasizes communication amongst colleagues and between management and staff.

He chose communication because Chatham’s academic program caught his eye. He felt as if Chatham would give him the best opportunity to achieve his goals, and he loves how Chatham develops him as a person and a student. He is currently a Graduate Assistant with the Men’s Basketball Program. He recently interned with the Duquesne University Men’s Basketball Team for the 2016-2017 season.

In his time at Chatham, he plans to accomplish all challenges that lead him towards success in any of his responsibilities while he is here. In his spare time, he enjoys consuming all types of media, but his favorites include books, magazines, and websites. In ten years, he sees himself growing into a leadership position where he will be able to use his skills to support and influence others.

 

Ryan Novitsky

Ryan Novitsky

Ryan is a graduate student in the Master of Communication program here at Chatham. He is originally from Weatherly Pennsylvania, and received his Bachelors in Sports Management with a minor in Communication from East Stroudsburg University.

He chose to further his knowledge of communication because after studying communication as an undergrad, and landing a job in a related field of athletic communications for seven years, he wanted to learn more about the ever-changing art of communication and how to better improve his communication skills as well.

During his time at Chatham he hopes to develop a better sense of what it takes to be a professional communicator as well as network with local colleges and companies in hopes of landing a full-time post-graduation job. He is currently a graduate student assistant intern in the sports information department for Chatham athletics, and he writes daily articles that are published on a weekly basis. His dream job is to be either a sports information director, assistant athletic director for a collegiate or pro team, or a social media coordinator for an outdoor recreation company.

He likes to produce concise, and simple to read but informative pieces. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys reading books, magazines, and newspapers, as well as browsing the web, and watching Youtube or Netflix.

 

Terra Tomasic

Terra Tomasic

Terra is a graduate student in the Master of Communication program at Chatham. She is from North Huntingdon, PA and got her bachelors degree at Pennsylvania State University, where she double majored in psychology and philosophy. She is taking the strategic communication track in the program.

She chose to pursue her Master of Communication because she found, during her undergrad, that communication was vital for success. She chose Chatham because she saw that the classes were applicable in the real world, and took it as an opportunity to learn how to effectively communicate and become a more well-rounded professional. During her time at Chatham, she hopes to improve her basic writing skills, and learn more about the best ways to convey information through written messages. She also plans to take a variety of electives to focus on writing.

Her dream job is to work in the field of human resources and employee relations, and in ten years she hopes to work in the communication department of a company, and work to improve their internal communication and strengthen their brand. Recently, she interned in the public relations field and enjoyed working with clients around the city of Pittsburgh. In her spare time, Terra enjoys reading nonfiction books, and staying up-to-date on the political world through reading online newspapers.

 

Alexander Woodring

Alexander Woodring

Alex is a graduate student in the Master of Communication program here at Chatham, with a focus in Environmental Communication. He is originally from Sherwood Ohio, and received his Bachelors in Communications with a minor in Graphic Design from Bluffton University. Alex’s dream job is to be a professor of Communication in Canada or the United Kingdom.

He chose Communication as his major because as an undergrad, he was always interested in it, and found it intellectually and practically engaging. In his time at Chatham, he hopes to further his education while also focus on being a good researcher and finding new and interesting things to learn about in this field. His interest in mass media began when he worked as a journalist for a newspaper in a small town. He realized the power communication can hold in a community, and it sparked his interest to learn more about localized mass media.

He wants to produce engaging communication that leads to a better understanding of sustainability and environmental issues. In his spare time, Alex prefers to consume print media, such as newspaper, and books, rather than online sourced media.

 

Jillian Plummer

Jillian Plummer

Jillian Plummer is in the Master of Communication program at Chatham University. She is from Greensburg, PA. She completed her Bachelor of Science in 2015 at Slippery Rock University where she majored in Communication with a focus in Public Relations.

She chose to study communication because the flexibility of a communication degree appealed to her. “I have been able to work in several different areas and still work under the same umbrella. It is a really versatile and growing field to be a part of.” During her last few semesters at Chatham, Jillian hopes to work on research and networking in the academic community. She also plans to get involved with undergraduate students in the communication department, as well as Chatham’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.

Jillian ultimately wants to come back to the academe to work as a professor, after working in the field for several years. During her undergraduate degree, she did an internship with the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety, which led to her first job post-graduation. In ten years, she hopes to be living abroad and completing her PhD. In the future, she hopes to write a book, either professionally or personally based.