Our Alumni in the Real World:
JANET CREQUE, 2006 Adrian College Graduate
Major: Argumentation & Advocacy in the Communication Arts & Sciences Department
Also - received Masters of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from Eastern Michigan University in 2010
Current Job: Social Media Manager for AAA Club Alliance & Adjunct Professor for the Communication Arts & Sciences Department
What Was Your Favorite Class? Public Relations 2
What Did You Learn? The professors were really great at providing real experiences that prepared students. They also recommended classes outside the major that were helpful in building skills I could utilize later in my career. I often tell my PR students to take a graphic design course, so they can better communicate with designers.
What Advice Do You Have? My advice for students is to continually learn about new technology that will impact your role in the communications field. When I graduated, social media was just in its infancy and now you can have a fulfilling career in the field.
Minor: Public Relations
Current Job: Audio Producer at The Detroit Free Press.
What Was Your Favorite Class: COMM 330: Intercultural Communications taught by Dr. Christy Mesaros-Winckles. That class really brought me out of my comfort zone and gave me a chance to experiment with my ability to tell stories.
What Did You Learn? I graduated with a Marketing degree but really dove into communications, journalism, and storytelling. My degree doesn’t necessarily match with my career but at Adrian College I was given the space and time to create and try out things I was really passionate about like podcasts. At Adrian I learned to ask the right questions and challenge myself, which is why I ended up where I am today.
What Activities Were You Involved In? I played soccer all four years at Adrian College and that impacted me as a person more than anything else. I learned so much more than soccer during that time. How to succeed, how to go the extra mile, and how to be a leader. I also was in student government, the student-athlete advisory committee, and worked for the school as a resident assistant.
What Advice Do You Have? Chase it! If you are passionate about something DO IT. Don’t wait until you think you’re good enough or want to share it with your peers, just make the things you want to make. You will learn so much in that process that most of the time is unteachable.
NATALIE DUNN, 2017 Adrian College Graduate
Current Job: Development specialist for an organ and tissue donor non profit.
What Was Your Favorite Class? COMM 218: Communication Theory
What Did You Learn? A well-rounded education, like what I got at Adrian College, gives you the ability to adapt and learn new things even if your occupation has nothing to do with what your degree is in.
What Activities Were You Involved In? DNK
What Advice Do You Have? The Communication Arts and Sciences Department is a major confidence booster. If I were to be in any other department I don’t think I would be here where I am today.
JAY HANNAH, 2015 Adrian College Graduate
Major: Communication Arts
Current Job: Director of Media Production Services at Adrian College
What Was Your Favorite Class? Film History
What Did You Learn? I learned so much about video editing, talking in front of and operating a camera, and was ready for my career start in reporting. I did both sports and news reporting for the first five years of my professional career.
What Activities Were You Involved In? I was big into working for the radio station, WVAC. I hosted multiple radio shows during my time at Adrian College. My favorite class was Digital Media Production. I also played basketball for two years as a Bulldog, and proceeded to coach at Adrian High School for two years. That helped me develop leadership skills and eventually land me in the position I am in today, where I am in charge of the well-being of more than a dozen students. Also, I interned at WABJ/WQTE in Adrian, and was able to announce local sporting events on the radio. In my first job outside of college, I did live play-by-play on both television and radio.
What Advice Do You Have? There is so much you can learn in your field, and professors can only teach you so much. Practice outside of class, join clubs and keep learning. Have an open mind and soak it all in. It truly is the best four years of your life.