Communication Studies

COM Alumni Spotlight

Dustin Gurley

 Dustin Gurley

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Dustin Gurley

Graduation Date: Spring 2010
Position Title:

Director of Digital Communications


Johnston Community College

Current Location: Princeton, NC

What was your favorite class in the COM Department? Why?

Advanced Video with Dr. Bolduc
I was able to connect more closely with the instructor and other students in my cohort and felt like this class was when I took a leap from thinking about what buttons to push and to thinking more critically about what I was creating.

Interpersonal Communication with Dr. McDaniel
I learned a lot of interpersonal skills that have served me well with my career and within my marriage.

What organizations/groups were you involved in while you were a student?

  • TealTV
  • Lambda Pi Eta
  • Graphic Design/Marketing Club
  • Baptist Campus Ministry

How are you using specific skills/concepts from you COM degree in your life personally and/or professionally?

I use digital design theory and a general aesthetics across multiple platforms daily--mainly photo/video and responsive web design. Various software packages found within creative cloud--PSD, Ill, InD, Acrobat. I use general interpersonal communication concepts such as uncertainty reduction.

What are your proudest accomplishments since graduating from UNCW?

Graduate School and Fellowship. Career in communications and advancement to a director level position.

Communication is. . .

...the basis for all other disciplines.

What advice would you give current COM majors?

Whilst you have the opportunity, take classes in areas that will broaden your personal and professional value. e.g. Finance, Organizational Leadership

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