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Alumni Connection 2015 Recap

Alumni Connection 3_20_2015 010This year’s annual Alumni Connection event took place last Friday, March 20th, in the Michigan League. Per usual, the event opened with remarks made by Professor and Chair of the Department, Susan J. Douglas, with panelist presentations following. Six Communication Studies alumni were featured on the panel this year. Graduating classes ranging from 2005-2013, and represented companies from Tumblr to Nielsen.


Alumni Connection Panelist: Liz Vaccariello

photo 2Liz is a 1989 alumnus in Communication Studies. Currently, she stands as the editor-in-chief and chief content officer of Reader’s Digest in New York, NY. Here, she is responsible for driving editorial direction and product strategy across the brand’s media platforms. They include: Reader’s Digest, the second largest paid subscription magazine in the United States with a readership of more than 26 million;, with an audience of over 4 million unique monthly visitors; editions for the iPad, Nook and Amazon Kindle, on which Reader’s Digest is one of the best selling magazines; and books, of which 15.8 million are sold each year. READ MORE »

Alumni Connection Panelist: Victoria Tsay

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Victoria is a 2013 alumnus in Communication Studies and Statistics. Currently, she stands as an Emerging Leaders Associate at Nielsen in Chicago, IL. Prior to Nielsen, she interned at IBM and Mochi Magazine. As a part of Nielsen’s rotational leadership program, Victoria works on 6-month projects in the television and online measurement space, and most recently finished a client service rotation with Facebook. READ MORE »

Alumni Connection Panelist: Sherry Almasi

Headshot-2Sherry is a 2010 alumna in Communication Studies and Political Science. Currently, she stands as a Human Resources and Recruiting Partner at Tumblr in New York, NY. After graduation, Sherry had a few entry level jobs, one of which included working for Google. During her tenure at Google, she made her desire to get into recruiting known, and through networking, landed a Recruiting Associate position at Tumblr. Two years later, still working for Tumblr, Sherry supports about 20 managers and 65 employees from an employee relations perspective and performs all the non-tech recruiting for the company. She also recently started a Master’s program at Columbia in Social Organization Psychology.   READ MORE »

Alumni Connection Panelist: Jenn Korail

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Jenn is a 2005 alumna in Communication Studies. Currently, she stands as an Account Director at Airfoil Group in Southfield, MI. She began her tenure at Airfoil directly out of college as an intern in the company’s research department. Now a nine-year Airfoil veteran, Jenn leads and executes communications and marketing initiatives across the company’s diverse client portfolio and supports the professional development of many of Airfoil’s staff. Her specialties include national media relationship building, messaging, executive coaching and crisis communications.  A few examples of her current clients include tier one automotive supplier Faurecia, Altair Engineering, and Creditera.


Alumni Connection Panelist: Meaghan O’Connor


10536920_2231585949862_4755241542839026365_nMeaghan O’Connor is a 2013 alumna in Communication Studies. Currently, she stands as an Editorial Assistant at Food Network Magazine in New York, NY. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Meaghan landed her dream job as the Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief at Seventeen Magazine. After a year and a half, Meaghan moved to Food Network Magazine, and assumed her current role as an Editorial Assistant. When she is not at work, Meaghan volunteers with several local non-profits, such as She’s the First and Young Life, and is also an avid blogger, public speaker and half marathon runner.


Alumni Connection Panelist: Lucas Piken


Lucas Piken is a 2012 alumnus in Communication and International Studies. Currently, he stands as a Multicultural Communications Supervisor at Mediavest Worldwide in New York, NY. Working exclusively on the Walmart account, he specializes in multicultural US audience-marketing, and is responsible for creating and implementing strategic media partnerships with Facebook, YouTube, Univision and others.


Alumni Connection 2014 Recap


This year’s Alumni Connection Panel boasted six accomplished women, all graduates of the University of Michigan’s Department of Communication Studies. Students had the opportunity to hear each of the panelists speak before breaking for a networking luncheon, and returning for a Q&A session with the panelists. READ MORE »

Alumni Connection Panelist: Hayley Saltzman

Hayley Saltzman is a 2011 Communication Studies alumna. She started her social media career right here in Ann Arbor working as the Social Media Specialist for the Department of Communication Studies. Now with the New York-based startup –  a new women’s site covering fashion, news, entertainment, lifestyle and more – Saltzman writes social media posts, manages the growth of their accounts, and handles social media partnerships.

Q: Describe a “day in the life”:

A: As the social media editor, I oversee all of the social accounts such as Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr and Google+. My main goal is getting people to the website, so I’m working on getting posts out and weeding out which content works for what outlet. I also do a lot of promotional work, establishing and managing partnerships with other companies and brands to increase our social presence. READ MORE »

Alumni Connection Panelist: Rachel Segal

Rachel Segal headshotRachel Segal is a 2012 alum and now Executive Assistant at IMG Productions in New York. She first interned at NBC prior to her Junior year under the supervision of local New York sportscaster, Bruce Beck. There, she essentially acted as Mr. Beck’s producer for live on-site sports news segments. The following year she started interning with IMG, where she helped develop pitches for new business for the department. Now post-grad, she acts as an assistant to IMG’s Executive Producer, Steve Mayer, where she has worked on projects ranging from producing the Emmy award-winning tennis coverage of the 2012 Olympics in London to the Food Network’s “Thanksgiving Live!” show.

Q: What do you like most about your job?

A: Aside from the fact that IMG Productions handles my two passions – entertainment and sports – I enjoy being able to be a part of every production that my boss, the Executive Producer, is involved with. I get a taste of everything. READ MORE »