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Department of Communication alums to return April 27 to talk about their careers, offer advice

April 18, 2012

Communication SAC logoF.O.C.U.S. (Future Opportunities Creating Ultimate Successes) is sponsored every spring by the Communication Student Advisory Council of the Department of Communication.

This year’s event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 27, in the Illinois Room of Holmes Student Center.

Alumni from the department (spanning the various communication emphases and journalism) will speak to students about their careers and experiences after graduation. They also will offer advice to students entering the work force or thinking about continuing their education.

Students gain insight into their career searches as they enjoy valuable opportunities to network with working professionals. Students are welcome to stop by at any time to hear the speakers who interest them.

The agenda of speakers this year:

  • 10 a.m. Stephanie Gandsey, marketing communication specialist, Huskie Tools, Inc., Glendale Heights, Ill. Gandsey earned two degrees from the department: a bachelor’s with honors in 2004 and a master’s in 2005. She joined Huskie Tools in 2008 after three years with the Elmhurst Public Library.
  • 11 a.m. Catherine Doederlein, coordinator of internships for the humanities, NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Doederlein also holds two degrees from the department: a bachelor’s with honors in 2000 and a master’s in 2002. Before returning to NIU last September, she managed key accounts and clients at DG in Chicago.
  • Noon. Lunch.
  • 1 p.m. Stephen DeFalco, assistant account executive, Edelman Public Relations (Consumer), Chicago. DeFalco graduated with a bachelor’s degree last May and promptly began an internship at Edelman. His joined the firm full time in August.
  • 2 p.m. Robert Betts, professor, Speech Department, Rock Valley College, Rockford, Ill. Betts earned his bachelor’s degree in communication in 1992. He joined Rock Valley in 1994 and has been a finalist for the RVC “Faculty of the Year” award five times.
  • 3 p.m. Patrick Gostele, sports director, WIFR-Channel 23 (CBS), Rockford, Ill. Gostele earned his bachelor’s degree in 2006 and has worked at WIFR since. He also provides camera work for live video board operation at Huskies athletic events, winning two NIU Media Services Awards for his talents.

For more information, call (815) 753-7107 or email [email protected].