Alumni return for Public Relations graduate panel

The Niagara College Public Relations Graduate Certificate program is pleased to welcome back several of its alumni for an upcoming graduate panel discussion. The annual event will feature six Public Relations graduates returning to offer their professional insights and experience with this year’s Public Relations class.

The event will take place on March 23, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Welland Campus. The panel provides current students with an outlet to discuss the PR working landscape with past graduates, as well as an occasion for the graduates to give advice and tips about future PR employment.

“This is a great way to send our current students off on their field placements. By talking to graduates who were once in their shoes, they get first hand advice on what to expect and an encouraging look into their promising future,” said professor Linda Warren Camus, in charge of the annual event.

The event begins with an introduction of the returning students, followed by several round table discussions. Past graduates featured in the panel will include:

• Ray McIlroy (graduated 2008), senior account coordinator at Kaiser LaChance Communications;
• Jason Petznick (graduated 2008), marketing creative coordinator at Blue Mountain Resort;
• Greg Vallentin (graduated 2005), public relations manager at Molson Coors Canada;
• Dara Goulet (graduated 2008), PR and program assistant at the Education Foundation of Niagara;
• Dave Mammoliti (graduated 2008) manager in executive education at DeGroote School of Business; and
• Nicola Conte (graduated 2015)account coordinator at Punch Canada.

To conclude the event, visiting alumni will address inquiries from current students.

This year at the grad panel, Helen Armstrong, development office of Niagara College Foundations and Alumni Relations, will present the very first Senator Keith Davey Memorial Public Relations Award. This award will be given to the Public Relations Graduate Certificate student who has shown extraordinary skills as a mentor to his peers and who has actively pursued, cultivated and benefited from the mentorship of faculty and industry partners. The $1,500 award was established by Terry O’Malley, a strong supporter of Niagara College and a long-time friend of Senator Davey.

The event marks the end of the one-year Public Relations program and acts as an initiation of the class from students to graduates.

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Niagara College Public Relations Graduate Panel

March 23, from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Niagara College Welland Campus, Applied Health Institute, AH 255

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Michael Wales
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