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  • Blue Hens connect for career guidance
    Before COVID-19 hit, UD Communication students met with successful alumni in media jobs in New York.
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  • Students speak up
    The Center for Political Communication has recognized students for their winning entries in the Speak Up audio essay contest about democracy.
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  • COVID prevention
    A survey conducted by UD researchers has found that heavier consumers of news are practicing more behaviors recommended to prevent COVID-19.
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  • Promoting 'pillow talk'
    A study finds that couples who increase the amount of time they spend in "pillow talk" after sexual activity may be more satisfied with their relationship.
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  • Nina Raspa
    Multimedia Coordinator, Intercollegiate Athletics Program, University of Delaware

    ​​During her time as an undergraduate, Nina built a strong portfolio by spending two seasons as a multimedia student assistant where (with professional guidance) she executed video projects, directed and produced live broadcasts, interviewed student-athletes and coaches, and displayed a comprehensive knowledge of Final Cut Pro X and 7 and Adobe Premiere CS6.​

    In addition to working for UD Athletics as an undergraduate student, Nina also completed internships with the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL, and minor league baseball independent Camden Riversharks.

    A Dean's List student at the University of Delaware, Nina was a member of Lambda Pi Eta (Communications honor society), Beta Sigma Circle of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, and the Student Television Network.

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  • Dana Arschin
    Reporter, News 12 Bronx, NY

    ​​Dana Arschin is a full-time Emmy-nominated Reporter/Multimedia Journalist for News 12 The Bronx & Brooklyn.​ ​Dana graduated Cum Laude from the University of Delaware with a B.A. in Spanish Studies and Communication. She's fluent in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese.​ She also received a M.A. with distinction in Communication Arts, with a focus in Broadcast Journalism, from the New York Institute of Technology. While in college, Dana interned for WNBC New York where she set up stories at the assignment desk and shadowed reporters in the field. She also interned for the NBC 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. ​Dana started her news career with LI News Tonight on Long Island, where the Press Club of Long Island named her a 2011 Media Awards Finalist for her reporting on the emergence of solar-powered technology. In February 2011, Dana joined News 12, where she began working in the fast-paced and exciting boroughs of Brooklyn and the Bronx.​  Dana earned her first Emmy nomination and was awarded first place at the 2012 New York Press Club Awards for her reporting on Leiby Keltzky. Dana also won first place the following year at the 2013 New York Press Club Awards for her fearless reporting from Zone A evacuation areas during Superstorm Sandy.​​

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  • Tim Donnelly
    Sports Director at KBBN and KCNI, Nebraska

    Tim​ is using his degree in Communication working as the Sports Director at KBBN and KCNI in Broken Bow, Nebraska, covering local sports as well as the Nebraska Cornhuskers. His first official sports broadcast on KBBN/KCNI was September 9​, 2014.

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  • Keli Steuber
    Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, College of New Jersey

    Dr. Steuber earned a Ph.D. from Penn State in 2009, and a M.A. degree from the University of Delaware in 2005. She joined the Communication Studies faculty at the College of New Jersey as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2014.

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  • Bill Haley
    President of Allied Pixel

    ​Bill worked in radio after graduating from UD and then founded a digital media firm in 1993, which he remains president of today. Allied Pixel is a cross disciplinary shop that combines video production, web development, and social media to create online digital solutions for its clients. In his spare time, Bill has directed and produced a couple of award-winning feature films. He lives in Chadds Ford, PA with his wife Rebecca and kids Graham and Grace.

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  • Jenna DeAngelis
    News Reporter at WMBF News, NBC Affiliate in Myrtle Beach, SC

    "I began my career in journalism working on the assignment desk at CBS/CW Philly, which began as an internship and transitioned into a career upon graduation in 2012. After over a year of invaluable experience working at CBS, I made the move to sunny South Carolina to join the WMBF news team as the weekday morning traffic reporter and live news reporter. I am a video journalist so I pitch, shoot, write and edit all my stories. You can find them at If anyone would like to reach out to me, feel free to contact me at"

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  • Julie Wigley
    Research and Marketing Coordinator at WMAR-TV

    "I had fantastic experiences at the University of Delaware. I played a major role in the Student Television Station as the President, Program Director, and Producer of our news program. Outside of the Student Television station I was able to gain knowledge through classes and three different internships. At the end of my career at the University of Delaware, I had the privileged of being chosen to produce an award winning documentary." Julie is currently working at WMAR-TV, a former internship, as a Research and Marketing Coordinator.

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  • Scott Slotkin
    Junior Editor for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

    Scott is currently a Junior Editor for the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. He also works at ABC where he edits reality shows for the development department which are then pitched to a variety of networks such as HGTV, DIY, Discovery, A&E, and TLC.


Prior to ABC, Scott was a Junior Editor at MLB Network, where he won a Sports Emmy award for work on MLB Tonight, their daily live studio show.

    Before MLB, Scott worked at Starworks Group, a marketing and branding agency, in their Branded Entertainment department. 

While at UD, he interned for a year at NBC10 in Philadelphia, and a year at Wired 96.5/92.5 WXTU.

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  • Sarah Marx
    Associate Producer & Guest Booker at FOX News Channel

    "UD's Communication program helped build the foundation for my career in broadcast journalism. The support of amazing professors with industry experience, combined with skills gained from the Student Television Network, allowed me to get internships that led to job offers. The department supported me through a long-distance internship with CNN and supervised an independent study that provided deep insight into the inner workings of newsrooms."

    Sarah is currently an Associate Producer and Guest Booker at FOX News Channel for Shepard Smith Reporting and the breaking news unit in New York City.

    Sarah also gained editorial and production skills during her time with CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer in Washington, D.C.

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  • Nancy Karibjanian
    Vice President of Delaware First Media / UD Adjunct Instructor

    Nancy Karibjanian is Vice President of Delaware First Media and has been with DFM, Delaware’s statewide public media news service, since its founding in 2009. She is an Adjunct Professor of Communication at the University of Delaware, teaching Field Production for Television News, and Broadcast Programming.

    Nancy has been the face of Delaware television news for more than two decades, best known as the anchor of WHYY’s former nightly news program “Delaware Tonight.” During her 24-year tenure in public broadcasting, she helped reshape local news to a mix of daily news and in-depth coverage of issues affecting The First State.

    Her broadcasting career includes anchoring, reporting, producing, and news staff management. Before joining WHYY, Nancy worked as a freelance producer, radio journalist, and cable newscaster in New Jersey. She joined WHYY in 1985, reporting on the Delaware Legislature. Since then she has covered elections, presidential visits, and, most recently, the 2008 vice-presidential debate, as well as hosting numerous Delaware political debates, including the Delaware Debates 2010.

    Nancy has interviewed members of the U.S. Congress, governors, corporate CEOs, and countless Delaware newsmakers; but, she also is known for her reporting on remarkable Delawareans outside the limelight.

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  • Jillian Jablonski
    Video Production Assistant, WWOR TV

    Jillian graduated from UD in 2012 with a B.A. in Communication & a minor in Journalism. She is currently working for the WWOR TV show Chasing which airs Monday thru Friday on My9 (NYC) at 10PM and on Fox29 (Philly) at 12:30AM.

    Jullian produces two segments for the show: the high-speed chase, and the search engine.  She also serves as on-air talent, videographer, a member of the graphics department, and a Chaser coordinator.  

    Jillian's work on Chasing has allowed her to take a very "hands on" approach to all aspects of working in a newsroom.

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  • Andrea Birch
    Employeed in Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs and University Career Service Center at Rutgers University

    In May 2013, Andrea graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.A. in Communication and Psychology. After graduation, she worked for a year as a traveling leadership consultant where she visited 15 different colleges and universities facilitating workshops and presentations for undergraduate students in fraternities and sororities.

    Andrea is currently pursuing a M.Ed. in College Student Affairs at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, while working in the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs, and the University Career Services Center. Upon completion of her M.Ed., Andrea would like to work full-time in academia where she can continue to mentor undergraduate students.

    Andrea's advice to current students:  "The Department of Communication at UD gave me real life skills. Enjoy every minute of class and take time to get to know the professors. Try your best not to stress too much about the future; as long as you have a positive attitude and a strong work ethic, it will all work out!​"

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  • Dante LaPenta
    Public Relations Account Executive at ab+c Creative Intelligence

    Dante is a Public Relations Account Executive with ab+c Creative Intelligence. He primarily works on behavior change campaigns, social media, and public relations measurement. He received his M.A. in Communication in 2012 from UD, where he taught public speaking.

    Dante's advice to students: "A lot of people in professional positions in the field of communication are fearful of statistics and real research. UD arms you with communication research knowledge to distinguish yourself from other people in your field. Figure out how to apply those skills to your dream job."

    "A UD Communication degree allows you to stand out — out-research, out-write, out-speak.​"

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  • Rebecca Krylow
    Academic Advisor, Honors College at Purdue University

    Rebecca began as a Resident Assistant during her sophomore and junior years at UD, then Undergraduate Hall Director her senior year. After earning a B.A. in Communication in 2006, she went on to receive her M.A.​ in Communication at UD and worked as a Graduate Hall Director. From 2008-2013, Rebecca worked as a Complex Coordinator for UD Residence Life.  She oversaw a residential complex that housed approximately 1000 upper-division students and supervised a staff of 28-30 Resident Assistants and two Master's level professionals. In July 2013, Rebecca and her family moved to Indiana, where she accepted a position as an Academic Advisor in the Honors College at Purdue University. Rebecca serves as a supplemental advisor to 500+ first-year Honors students.

    Rebecca's advice to current students: "​Not a day goes by that I don't utilize my interpersonal communication skills, knowledge, and when applicable, communication theory. A Comm degree is one with life-long utility and purpose regardless of the field that you enter. I am a proud COMM graduate, and you should be as well!"


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  • Gina Bizzoco
    Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Dutchess County, NY

    After graduation in 2009, Gina obtained a M.A. in Social Work from University of Pennsylvania. Currently, she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, working for a non-profit mental health agency in Dutchess County, NY. Gina's job entails supervising a program that provides daily group therapy, and weekly individual and family therapy, to adolescents who are at-risk for psychiatric inpatient hospitalization. She also serves part-time as a mental health professional for an Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) team. EAP and EAL use equine (horse) therapy to address mental health and human development. 

    Gina's advice to current COMM students: "Appreciate both the MASS and IP classes offered by the department. All of the professors in Communication are amazing and they have been more helpful in shaping my career path than I ever would have imagined. The IP classes helped me grow as an individual and as a professional - my experience at UD was completely invaluable. Be engaged. Meet with your professors after class, ask questions, do the readings. Seriously, do the readings! You have so many resources at your fingertips while in school - don't take them for granted."

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  • Jen Owlett
    Assistant Professor at William Paterson University

    After graduating with a Master's in Communication from U.D. in 2010, Dr. Owlett attended Purdue University to obtain her Ph.D. While at Purdue, Dr. Owlett had the opportunity to conduct research with the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI). Her dissertation is titled "Explaining Associations Between Relational Turbulence, Communal Coping, Stressors, and Relational Satisfaction During Military Reunions: At-Home Partners' Perspectives." Dr. Owlett joined the Department of Communication faculty at William Paterson University in August (2014) as an Assistant Professor.

    Advice: "The UD M.A. in Communication offered a wonderful foundation for my continued graduate education and future career. I still appreciate the one-on-one mentoring provided by my M.A. advisor. This program taught me how to become an affective instructor. I would encourage anyone who is looking for a theory-based M.A. program to apply. I feel fortunate to be an alumna of this program."

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  • Jillian Nash Arot
    Public Health Planner at Drexel University

    Jill received her M.A. in Mass Communication from UD and holds a B.A. from The College of New Jersey in Communication Arts and Sciences. She is currently a Public Health Planner at the Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication at the Drexel University School of Public Health. Her work includes conducting research and providing service and education in the field of public health emergency preparedness.  Jill has a particular interest in improving communication strategies, tactics, and messaging used by government and human service organizations in their outreach to the community during public health emergencies. 

    Advice to current students: “My education from the UD Comm Department has been invaluable to me in my current role. Not only did it vastly improve my written/oral communication and research methods skills, but it provided a solid foundation in understanding how and why the public perceives and accepts or rejects information – an awareness that is essential in my field. Be a sponge while you’re at UD. Soak up every single piece of knowledge you can and maintain relationships with the incredibly supportive faculty and staff.”​

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  • Emily Denney
    Head of Global Communications at West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.

    Emily Denney serves as the Head of Communications at West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., where she leads a team responsible for designing, implementing and managing the external and internal communication strategy for the company.

    Prior to joining West in 2014, Emily served as the Head of External Affairs at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. In this role, Emily was responsible for leading the External Affairs Team, which worked with national, state and local-based third party patient and professional groups to form alliances with AstraZeneca. The team also managed all US philanthropic contributions to third party groups, totaling more than $15 million annually.​

    Emily worked at AstraZeneca for 17 years in a number of roles within US and Global Corporate Affairs.  During this time, she served as Leader of the Brand Corporate Affairs Team, providing strategic public relations and issues management counsel for the company's portfolio of brands. In addition, she worked as a Director in US Corporate Communications, where she led the US Business corporate reputation efforts, as well as the External Media Relations team.  Emily also spent two years in AstraZeneca's London office, serving as a Corporate Media Relations Press Officer.

    In May of 2012, Emily was recognized by the Healthcare Businesswoman's Association (HBA) as a 2012 "Rising Star."  HBA Rising Stars are nominated by the association's corporate partners and represent various career stages and disciplines, and have demonstrated noteworthy achievements.

    Emily serves on the Board of Directors at the Delaware Children's Museum, as the Vice President of Development. She also serves as the Director at Large for Corporate Relations on the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association.

    Emily has a bachelor's degree and master's degree in Communication, both from the University of Delaware. She lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with her husband and three children, and volunteers her time at her children's schools and local girl scout troop. She is also an active alumni volunteer for the University of Delaware.




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  • Sharon Goldstein
    Academic Advisor, University of Delaware (University Studies Program)

    From 2008-2013, Sharon worked as an adjunct instructor and advisor at Towson University, and the Community College of Baltimore County.  In June of 2013, Sharon came back to UD for a full-time position as an academic advisor for the University Studies Program. In addition to advising undeclared students, Sharon also helps the department with social media, programming, and teaches UNIV courses.

    Sharon's advice to current students: “Start networking from day one and never burn your bridges. It will really pay off!”​

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  • Danielle Smithers
    Case Manager, Child Protective Services

    After receiving her degree, Danielle served a term of AmeriCorps NCCC, traveling the country doing national and community service.  During AmeriCorps, Danielle worked as the peer helper, which was essentially a mediator/counselor. Currently, Danielle works as a case manager for child protective services in South Carolina. 

    "The knowledge my professors imparted helps me work effectively with families to ensure the safety of children. I constantly use the skills I learned at UD in my line of work, and I will continue to use them for the rest of my life.  My BA degree in Interpersonal Communication enhanced my life in more ways than I could ever have imagined. The interpersonal program teaches its students how to recognize personal emotions, as well as the emotions of others, how to enhance and maintain relationships by identifying key dynamics, and many more important lessons on being an emotionally intelligent adult and skillfully interacting with people. Furthermore, the professors truly make themselves available and are more than willing to support you in any way they can. The professors in this program made my college experience what it was and made the difference in how I engaged with my education and the world around me.  It is my belief that every person could benefit from this program, especially young adults about to enter the "real world". "

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  • Lauren Bricker
    Grad Student, New York University

    Lauren is currently working on her master's degree in social work at New York University.  As part of her program she works in an alternative school setting with middle school and high school students who are in juvenile detention.  She provides students with individual mental health counseling along with helping them plan for their transition back home.

    "As an interpersonal communication major, I have been able to apply the knowledge and skills that I have learned to effectively communicate with others. Communicating with others and knowing how to deal with conflict is essential in not only my personal life, but also in the the professional work that I do."

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  • Michelle N. Hector
    Assistant Dean and Advisor, Sexuality, Women and Gender, Dartmouth College

    Michelle Hector is the Assistant Dean and Advisor for Sexuality, Women, and Gender at Dartmouth College.  In this role, she is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational and leadership development initiatives, support programs, and services for undergraduate students focused on issues of sexuality and gender identity, expression, and equity on behalf of the Office of Pluralism and Leadership at Dartmouth College. Prior to joining the CGSE, Michelle served as a Community Director within the Office of Residential Life. Michelle holds a B.A. in Mass Communication and English with a concentration in Journalism and a M.A. in Communication from the University of Delaware. Her graduate was in interpersonal communication with a research focus on mindfulness, appraisal, and attribution of responsibility within the comforting process.

    Advice to Students:  "As Dr. Caplan once said to me “research is me-search.”  Take this opportunity to explore your interests, passions, and intellectual curiosities."

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  • Joseph Winning
    Associate Attorney at the Law Offices of Howland, Guinan, Torpey, Cassidy & O'Connell, LLP

    Joseph Winning is an associate attorney at the Law Office of Howland, Hess, Guinan, Torpey, Cassidy & O’Connell, LLP, in Huntingdon Valley, PA. Joe graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Delaware in 2009. While at Delaware, Joe worked in the Department of Communication and served as the Sports Director for the University’s student radio station, 91.3 FM WVUD.  After three years working in sales and marketing, Joe attended the Widener University School of Law (now referred to as the Delaware Law School) where he earned Dean’s List awards in each of his six semesters. Joe graduated Summa Cum Laude from Widener Law in the Spring of 2015 and finished second overall in his class of 108 students. Joe lives in Montgomery County, PA with his wife Laura (UD class of 2009) and dog Riley (obedience school dropout).

    Joe’s advice to current students: “One of the most important things I learned at the University of Delaware is the importance of building and maintaining relationships. The professors and staff in the Department of Communication are some of the finest people I’ve ever known; take time before, after, or in between classes to get to know and be known by this first-class group of people. They are truly interested in your goals and ambitions. They will offer advice inside and outside the classroom that can help you reach your highest potential. Additionally, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of getting involved: whether it be in the Department of Communication, a sport or club team, or the school radio station, do something! You should be very proud to be a member of the University of Delaware community, your experiences now will prove to invaluable in your future. Wear that blue and gold with pride!”


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