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DC Alumni Reception a Success

Friday, June 13, 2014

By: Mary Carney

The Department of Communication Studies held an alumni reception during the National Communication Association's 99th annual convention in Washington, DC in November 2013. Each year the convention is held in a different city. Since the UNCW COM Department always has strong attendance at NCA, the faculty thought it would be a great opportunity for UNCW alumni to reconnect considering there are many UNCW COM alumni living in the DC area. The alumni reception was held at Gin Joint at New Heights restaurant. Over 25 alumni and professors attended the reception. UNCW Alumni Relations Office helped fund the event and provided swag bags with pens and bumper stickers for the alumni that attended.

One of the event's planners, Dr. Jeanne Persuit, worked closely with, Alaethea Hensley and Jeannette Tavares, two COM alumni who live in the DC area. When asked how she got involved in planning the event Hensley said, "Dr. Persuit took an interest in me during college and helped me get to where I am today. It is important not to forget about the people who helped along the way so when Dr. Persuit asked, I, of course, said yes."

The event was designed to bring COM alumni together to network with each other as well as catch up with their former professors. According to the alumni that attended, the event was immensely successful. Hensley said, "I was able to catch up with my old professors as well as talk with other COM professors I never actually took a class with, and discuss how my degree has really helped me as a young professional. It was also great just catching up with friends from my classes and seeing how their lives are going after we all made the big move to DC."

The 2014 National Communication Association Convention will be held in November, in Chicago. If you are a UNCW COM alumni in the Chicago area and want to reconnect with other alumni and your professors, through an alumni reception, please send an email to If you are in another city, send an email to and we can see if other UNCW COM majors are looking to reconnect as well.

If you are a COM alumni looking to get involved, there are several ways. Check out our COM Alumni site, at, and nominate yourself for our COM Alumni Spotlight! The COM Alumni Spotlight is one of the easiest ways to give back to our department. Your accomplishments and advice will be shared with current COM majors and aid them on their own journey. You can also join us at COM events such as Homecoming, Rock For the Cure, or COM Studies Day. Stay connected by keeping your contact information up to date with the Alumni Office or by joining the UNCW Communication Studies Grads & Friends Facebook group.