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The Department of Communication Advisory Board began in the fall of 2006 to enhance the relationships between the department and alumni and friends. In addition, this partnership is encouraging more direct involvement by alumni and friends with our majors and the university in general. Participants are assisting the department with internship opportunities, career outlooks, Web page development, newsletters and other communication channels, special event planning (including speaking events on campus and Communication career fairs), student recruiting, faculty recruiting, general development and fundraising, exit interviews and related research, course needs, and other activities.

New Member List (PDF)

Professional Connection Forum - Spring 2019

Professional Connection Forum - Spring 2018

Current Members (May 2019)

John Arledge

Vice President of Public Affairs
Entergy: Jackson, MS

Kristi Brown

Senior Consultant
Training & Development, Economic Development
Tennessee Valley Authority: Starkville, MS

Stephen Cunetto

Administrator of Systems
Mississippi State University Libraries: Starkville, MS

William Folkes

Promotions Producer, WFTV, Channel9, Eyewitness News
Orlando, FL

Peggy Gardner

Senior Director of Public Relations
UPS: Atlanta, GA

David Garraway

Video Program Manager
MSU University Television Center: Starkville, MS

Ellen Weaver Hartman, APR, Fellow PRSA

President and CEO
Hartman Public Relations, LLC: Atlanta, GA

Brian Hawkins

Marketing Manager
Buffalo Wild Wings, Bulldog BWW, LLC: Starkville, MS
Public Relations Coordinator for United Way of North Central (part-time)

Checky Herrington, APR, Fellow

Market Research Analyst
Office of Public Affairs, MSU

Joe Lee

Owner, Editor-in-Chief
Dogwood Press: Brandon, MS

Laura McPhail

Communications Manager

Mary Hampton Nicholas

Strategic Communications & Public Affairs Consultant
Capitol Resources, LLC: Jackson, MS

Derek Rogers

General Manager
WCBI-TV: Columbus, MS

Marc Rolph

Director of Public Affairs
University of Mississippi Medical Center

Steve Soltis

Group Director, Employee and Leadership
The Coca-Cola Company: Atlanta, GA

Jessi Stevenson

Public Speaking Instructor/Director of ICC Theatre
Ittawamba Community College:Fulton, MS

Kyle Steward

Executive Director of External Affairs
Office of the President
Mississippi State University: Starkville, MS

Kathryn B. Stewart

Senior Government Relations Advisor
Snow LLP : Jackson, MS

John Walker

Founder & Managing Partner
Chirp: Atlanta, GA

Blake Walters

Customer Success Manager
Planview - Austin, TX

Camille Scales Young

Principal & Director
Cornerstone Government Affairs: Jackson, MS