On Thursday March 28, 2019 Delaware State University hosted its annual Mass Communications Day. The day featured discussions and presentations from professionals in the arts and communication field, many whom were University alumni. President of the University, Dr. Wilma Mishoe, along with Dr. Francine Edwards and Dr. Donald Becker kicked off the day with a Opening Plenary Session hosted in the EH Theatre at 9am sharp.
Following opening remarks students enjoyed DSU Talks, a sit down with communications professionals for all majors and concentrations, who shared advice and challenges that they have overcome to get to where they are today.
- Natasha Taylor, Web Producer for URBN;
- Kevin Spence,Photographer and Videographer for Viacom;
- Eric Brown, Cloud Technologist at Microsoft,
- Shynieka Taylor, News Correspondent at TMZ
The room bustled with excitement as eager students listened intently. Advice was offered from many different perspectives and gave students the opportunity to gain information and put it towards their upcoming careers. “I love Mass Comm Day,” said Cherish Samu, “I feel like I learn things the classroom couldn’t teach me.”
More Events of the Day
Indeed Mass Comm day does serve as a window of opportunity for all students who attend. With the Conclusions of DSU TALKS students went about their separate ways and attended different panel discussions focused on different concentrations including art and music, TV Radio and Film and Public Relations.
The Public Relations panel titled “Challenges and Opportunities” featured Karima Williams, founder of Dreamworth Public Relations; Kent Grant, President of Delaware PRSA and Public/Government Affairs Manager; and Tameka Shockley and Ayanna Williams of the Cream Agency.
“There’s people sitting in front of me, doing what I want to do, who look like me. It’s inspiring.” Said Leena Samuels when asked about the panel. PR professionals all in different phases of their own careers answered questions and gave students guidance on tackling the public relations field.
“Are You Ready for the Real World?” was the big question at the next event. An interactive professional development session was held in the Martin Luther King parlors featuring special guests, Shynieka Taylor from TMZ as well as Kevin Spence, Kara Bennett, and Kia Freeman from VIACOM.
Following this session were more panel discussions by major concentration and to end the day a Networking reception held in the DSU Art Gallery. This served as a casual event for students to make connections with prospective companies they would like to work for.
Every year Mass Comm day delivers events that inspire growth in students. Mass comm day urges students to surge forward and become the leaders of tomorrow. Most importantly, it enhances student education of their careers and broadens professional networks that are to be made after graduation. We can only guess what will be in store for next year!