Elton Silva '14 - Management/Communication

 

The next big-time corporate television mogul could very well be Elton Silva '14, a double major in communication and management at Curry College. As a high school sophomore, Elton found himself in a TV production course, and he's been excited about all things television ever since.

Elton's research into colleges offering television production programs near his Dartmouth, MA home brought him to Curry. He loved the small campus, the small class sizes, the family/community feel - "everybody knows everybody; there's always someone to turn to if you need help with anything" - and the opportunity for students in the communication program to visit Hollywood studios every other year.

 

Elton is also a member of the Curry College Communication scholars program, a select group of talented students who want to get a jump start on internships in the Communication field, enjoy special opportunities for connections with industry leaders and work closely with faculty mentors in exciting communication specialties.

"If it wasn't for Curry's Communication Scholars Program, I wouldn't be where I am today," says Elton. "Twice each semester, we meet with communication professionals."

He was impressed by Kevin Straley, a satellite radio entrepreneur, whose presentation helped Elton realize that communication is a business, which led him to add management as a second major.

"I want to manage a television station or work in the corporate offices of a network like ESPN, TBS, or NBC, so it's important to understand how to run a business. By also knowing the television production process, I feel I'll be a stronger and more credible leader."

A bilingual (English, Portuguese) first-generation American and first in his family to attend a residential college, Elton came to Curry with the intention of getting to know lots of peers and professors and getting involved in as many classes and activities as possible. He started reaching out to professors via e-mail to ask about assignments. Then, he stopped in to visit during office hours and, of course, he greeted professors whenever he met them on campus.

"It's a great way to build two-way relationships, help others get to know you and what you can do, develop professional references and stay in touch even when classes aren't in session. Besides, they're all excellent resources for handling issues on campus and in life."

Ask about favorite classes and Elton cites Fundamentals of Television where students develop and produce their own shows for broadcast on Curry's campus television station, CC8.

Excited about all the new material and ideas he's discovering in management classes, Elton says, "I'm seeing a connection to my earlier experiences at summer jobs, as well as how I can apply these concepts in the future."

He also completed an 11-week internship for The Pulse Network in Canton, MA, an online digital marketing company. As a production assistant, Elton located content, helped train new interns and edited videos for social media websites as part of multiple community-building efforts.

Elton's favorite Curry faculty members? Management professor James Salvucci and communication professors Jerry Gibbs, Dorria DiManno, Bob MacNeil and John Barrett.

"They all take time to know you as an individual: your name, where you're from, what you're up to on campus, your career goals and your personal goals. They'll offer references and help you make professional connections. And they can provide helpful advice about getting along with others."

True to his plan, Elton's busy with lots of campus activities. He's a Resident Assistant living in North Campus Residence Hall (NCRH), with duty shifts and programs in Scholars Hall and Rose Hall. He participates in student government as vice president of his class (2014), belongs to Residence Hall Council and works at CC8.

Elton holds down another job at Curry's Speaking Center, where he teaches techniques for structuring effective presentations and helps students practice speaking skills. He even uses the Speaking Center for his own pre-class review and takes advantage of the Writing Center for help with class papers.

In his down time, Elton hangs out with friends in his residence hall watching movies or playing video games. Or he's out and about on campus with clubs, organizations or intramurals. He also makes the quick trip into the city to meet friends from other Boston colleges for concerts, dinners or Bruins hockey games.

Although "going away to college was a huge transition" for Elton, he appreciates the close-knit community at Curry and encourages students to take advantage of everything the college has to offer.

"Curry's professors are the top resource in all departments. They're so incredible and willing to help all students."

 
 
 
 

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