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Curry Communication Alumni Career Paths
February 1, 2011
Despite the drumbeat headlines outlining high unemployment and dreary economic numbers, Curry's recent Communication graduates are finding success, even in some of the most competitive careers in the country.
"We are hearing from many 2010 graduates who have broken through the pack and have gotten their first career jobs," said Communication Department co-chair Jerry Gibbs. "It's a testament to our rich legacy, strong experiential learning focus, and our insistence on learning the skill sets of communication."
So where are they now? We decided to check in with some recent grads and found them working in a variety of communication fields.
Adam Fisk '10, is working at WFNX-FM along with fellow alum Kevin Begley '06; Melissa Toupin '09, is a TV reporter for NECN's Worcester station, while Richard Vail '10 has begun a sales career with Frito Lay. Tyler Pyburn '06 is an anchor for thepulsenetwork.com, a news/sports/entertainment video website.
Sean Sylvester '10 spent the summer 2010 working for Met Life before he embarks on a professional hockey career in Sweden; Tom Furcillo '07 has started his own production company which puts together freelance crews for ESPN, FOX, MLB Network and more. One of his hires is Jim Oeste '10 who has already worked numerous events including the NBA Finals on ABC.
Alexis Devine '07 is a marketing communications specialist with MDT Advisors putting together special presentations and events; Michael Prazmark '10 is working in the newsroom of CNN in Atlanta; Bobby Nolet '08 is sales manager for corporate and travel tourism at the Radisson Hotel in Plymouth.
Will Garten '10 took a position with Universal Pictures in Los Angeles in their marketing/promotion department, joining dozens of Curry alums in LA like Joe Morabito '06 now working for NBC's "Minute to Win It" and the SPEED Network and Andrew Graziano '07, who was recently promoted to manager of video operations for CBS Mobile.
Kimber Hamill '10 moved to LA right after graduation and is working in the acting business and has continued publishing her successful online magazine "Dream Magazine" (thedreammagazine.com). Paul Varga '09 is the morning drive radio show host for WSLP-FM in Lake Placid, NY.
Molly Bergeron '06 has started a professional photography business while John Bandini '10 took a job at his internship site, 98.5 "The Sports Hub." Working over at NESN are Dan Earle-Haddad '08 and Steve Tagarelis '09, joining several other Curry alums already at NESN.
Jen Fogarty '09, a very talented Curry Theatre alum, has been performing in Broadway touring shows, the Ogunquit Playhouse and more; Patrick Beck '06, is working on scripts in LA after successfully producing an online comedy called "The Graduates".
Catie Walper '09 works as a Resident Director for a college in Texas; Julie Beers '08 is employed with Blue Cross/Blue Shield and also pursuing graduate studies which her employer is paying for. Christine Carroll '09 is a TV news producer at WGGB-TV in Springfield, MA. G.J. Smith '06 is a video editor at WCVB-TV in Boston.
Mike Dacri '09 is working for Newman Communications, promoting book authors for radio interviews; Katie Cuccio '10 has started her career doing customer service at Merrill Lynch while Nick Ligouri '10 is over at Fidelity Investments, after connecting with Curry alum Cory Latham during a class presentation.
Lindsey Brown '06, is doing PR/Event Planning in New York City for SLATE PR, and joining her in NYC is Ben Ellis '08 who works for FOX News Network and Tim Bausch '07 who is over at MLB Network.
"These are literally just a sample of our recent success stories," said Professor Bob MacNeil, co-chair of the Communication Department. "What all of our alums had in common was a drive to succeed in the classroom and an understanding that our curriculum and experiential learning opportunities would see them to the finish line."
Experiential Learning--like internships, clubs and activities, field trips, guest speakers and study abroad opportunities--coupled with our liberal arts and communication studies foundation, brought this diverse group to their dream positions.
At Curry, we have been educating Communication students for more than 130 years. We look forward to adding you to this impressive list.