2017 COMM Week to Feature Crisis Experts and Student Networking

Published: April 04, 2017

2017 COMM Week to Feature Crisis Experts and Student Networking

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – “Moonlight” the movie, mixers and a public relations and journalism pro panel are just some of the many opportunities and events awaiting guests at the 2017 COMM Week. Presented by the Island University’s Department of Communication & Media, the 4th annual COMM Week is set to take place Tuesday, April 11 through Thursday, April 13 at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The event is designed to showcase aspects of communication in one’s personal and professional life with this year’s topic focusing on crisis communication.

Open to the public, COMM Week provides professional job and networking opportunities for guests and students not only in the communication discipline but beyond.

“Although we gear the event towards the communication discipline, we gladly welcome any student and professional to join us and see what COMM Week has to offer,” said Dr. Michelle Maresh-Fuehrer, Associate Professor of Communication at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “Even though some students are not one of our majors or minors, it’s an excellent opportunity to come out and learn something that is of value in any discipline. Communication is much more than holding a conversation, and that’s something we hope students learn from this event.”

The 2017 COMM Week events include:

  • Tuesday, April 11 at 6 p.m., COMM Week Kick-Off: Film Screening of Academy Award Film, “Moonlight,” sponsored by Dr. Amy Aldridge Sanford, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, and the College of Liberal Arts School of Arts, Media, and Communication. The screening will take place in UC Oso Room 221 and will feature a discussion led by Dr. Ethan Thompson;

  • Wednesday, April 12 from 1-2 p.m., PR & Journalism Pro Panel: Turning Press Releases into News Stories in the Mary and Jeff Bell Library, 2nd Floor;

  • Wednesday, April 12 from 5-7 p.m., Networking Mixer at House of Rock located at 511 Starr St in downtown Corpus Christi;

  • Thursday, April 13 at 6 p.m., Keynote Address in the UC Anchor Ballroom. Drs. Coombs and Holladay will offer a book signing in UC Legacy Room 145 at 5 p.m.

To cap off the week’s exciting events, Dr. Timothy Coombs, along with Dr. Sherry J. Holladay, Researchers and Full Professors of Communication at Texas A&M University, will give a free keynote address.

Coombs received the 2002 Jackson, Jackson & Wagner Behavioral Science Prize from the Public Relations Society of America; the 2013 Pathfinder Award from the Institute of Public Relations in recognition of his research contributions to the field and the practice; and has won multiple PRIDE awards from the Public Relations Division of the National Communication Association. Holladay has been featured in Public Relations Review, Management Communication Quarterly, and Public Relations Inquiry amongst many others. Her co-authored crisis research has won multiple PRIDE awards from the Public Relations Division of the National Communication Association for books and articles.

“The researchers that we bring are always the top in their field,” said Maresh-Fuehrer. “This event is an opportunity to network and meet with these amazing researchers who have an impact beyond the communication field.” 

The 2017 COMM Week is sponsored by HEB, House of Rock, MDR Advertising, CC Marina Arts District, Pearson Education, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs. For more information on the 2017 COMM Week and a detailed schedule of events, go to the A&M University-Corpus Christi Department of Communication & Media Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TAMUCCDCM/.