Allison Nekola – Copy Editor
March 11th marks the annual COM Day in deWitt Hall. From 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., speakers, alumni, and company representatives will share insights into communication careers.
Registration and breakfast begin at 9:00 a.m. followed by a message from Chair of the Communications department, Dr. Janice Barrett.
“There will be a three or four person panel focusing exclusively on sports communication at 9:30 a.m., the Boston Globe’s TV critic Matthew Gilbert will be speaking after that, and a speed networking panel with professionals specializing in all communication disciplines,” said Professor Michael Laramee, co-chair of COM Day.
According to Sarah Burrows, Director of the Internship Program, speed networking will let four to five students gather at a roundtable with one employer. Students decide where to spend a 15 minute segment learning about a company and asking questions. When the 15 minutes are done, a bell rings and students go to a new group.
“The idea is to get a visual of who each employer is,” said Burrows. “It’s not necessarily to get you a job, but to introduce and encourage students to follow up with employers they find interesting.” Advice for students: make business cards to hand to employers.
“It’s a safe environment, a great way to network yourself and learn the ropes without pressure,” said senior Bryan White.
The keynote speaker Craig Rothenberg from Johnson & Johnson will lecture on “The Strategic Role of Communication: Today and Tomorrow” at 12:45 p.m.
Students of all majors are welcome. “Communication is a diverse discipline… students from any major can benefit conceptually from speakers’ content and practically from the advice of professionals,” said Laramee.
Students can follow COM Day using #LasellCOMDay on Twitter. Find the schedule and updates at Lasell.edu/comday.