March 16, 2016

Inaugural ‘Communication Day’ set for March 25

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. – The Department of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will launch Communication Day, an inaugural event the department hopes will grow over time, later this month. 

The event is 1-2:15 p.m. on March 25 at the John C. Guyon Auditorium in Morris Library. The highlight is returning alumna Meagan Oestry, who earned her bachelor’s degree in communication studies with a specialization in performance. She is involved with learning and development at Uber in the Chicago area. She plans to talk about how she uses the skills gained through her communication studies degree daily in her career. 

Jonathan Gray, associate professor in communication studies, will also talk about employment for communication studies majors, including how potential employers regard a communication studies degree and what they expect from a graduate with that degree, and how students can use the skills they’ve learned as a major to enhance opportunities for career advancement. 

Representatives of communication studies-related student groups and Registered Student Organizations will also be on hand, including members of the SIU Debate Team, performance art specialists, Public Relations Student Society of America and representatives of the Student Speakers Forum.