Janelle Finley Adams
Janelle Finley Adams received her Bachelor of Arts in communication with a concentration in public relations in 2009 from Mississippi State University. In 2010, Adams continued her education at Mississippi State and earned her Master of Science in kinesiology with a sports administration concentration. Adams grew up in Mobile, Ala., and after receiving her degrees, she returned to Mobile and now works as a communications manager for Business Area Americas with Outokumpu Stainless.
Brandon Adam Roten received his Bachelor of Arts in communication with a concentration in broadcasting in 2003 from Mississippi State University. Roten grew up in Olive Branch, Miss., and after receiving his degree, he moved to Hernando, Miss., where he works as a freelance editor with clients across the country.
Allyn Wamble received her Bachelor of Arts in communication with a concentration in theatre in 2015 from Mississippi State University. Wamble grew up in West Point, Miss., and after receiving her degree, she moved to New York City to work as a casting associate at Grant Wilfley Casting in Manhattan.
DeAvalon Holman is a senior communication major from Southaven, Miss., majoring in communication with a concentration in communication & media studies. Holman is involved in the Student Honor Code Council, the Student Conduct Board, and the Student Tickets Appeal Board. He served as a 2020 Orientation Leader and is an intern at the MSU Speaking Center. In the future, Holman plans to get a master’s in higher education with a focus in student affairs.
Reagan Young is a senior communication major from Chelsea, Ala., majoring in communication with a concentration in public relations. Young is involved in Chi Omega sorority and Brickfire Project Mentoring Program. In the future, she plans on teaching English abroad after graduation. Her dream after teaching abroad would be to travel the world, write stories about the people she gets the privilege to meet, take pictures of the places she gets to travel, and be led by the Lord through it all!
Eli Thurman is a senior communication major from Madison, Miss., majoring in communication with concentration in broadcast & digital journalism. Thurman is involved in Roadrunners and Hail State Productions. In the future, he hopes to stay in the production world and combine that with ministry. He loves all things lighting and sound and wants to use his gifts to impact students and show them what it's like to have a personal relationship with Jesus.
David Hintz is a sophomore communication major from Columbus, Miss., majoring in communication with concentrations in theatre and broadcast & digital journalism. Hintz is involved in Lab Rats Comedy, Mens Club Lacrosse, Theatre MSU, Alpha Psi Omega, Blackfriars Drama Society, Baptist Student Union and serves as a short form director for Lab Rats Comedy. In the future, Hintz would love to work in technical or educational theatre.
Victoria Bailey is a native of Sylacauga, Ala., and has been a part of MSU’s Department of Communication for a little over a year. Bailey received a BS in broadcast journalism and an MS in strategic communication at Troy University. At MSU, Bailey teaches Backpack Video Journalism, Broadcast Capstone and News Writing for the Electronic Media.
Colby Swann received his Bachelor of Arts in communication with a concentration in public relations in 1997 from Mississippi State University. In 2019, Swann earned his master’s in business administration through Mississippi State’s online program. Swann grew up in Hartselle, Ala. After receiving his degree at MSU, he moved to Hendersonville, Tenn., where he now works as the Chief Operating Officer of Old Time Pottery.
Destine Lalas received her Bachelor of Arts in communication with a concentration in public relations in 2015 from Mississippi State University. Lalas grew up in Gulfport, Miss. After receiving her degree, she returned to Gulfport to start her job as the digital marketing specialist at the Mississippi Aquarium. Daily responsibilities for Lalas include managing all owned media of Mississippi Aquarium, including the website, social media, email outreach and analytics.
Easton Colvin received his Bachelor of Arts in communication with concentrations in public relations and print and digital journalism in 2017 from Mississippi State University.
Colvin grew up in Siloam Springs, Ark., and now works as the public relations coordinator at Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Alena Read Sowell
Alena Read Sowell is a senior from Spring Hill, Tenn., majoring in communication. Sowell’s communication concentration is communication and media studies. She is involved in Theatre MSU, Delta Gamma Sorority, serves as a tutor for the Academic Center of Excellence and is a student worker for College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office. In the future, Sowell would like to become a public information officer.