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COFC Hosts COMM Advisory Council This Week
National Execs and PR Pros to Lead Class Discussions & Mentor Students

CHARLESTON, S.C., March 28, 2017 / Since the Communication Advisory Council began in 2006, College of Charleston communication students have had the opportunity to learn from and network with this group of high-profile industry veterans. The Advisory Council is comprised of prominent communication professionals in a variety of different fields who actively support and mentor students.

This week – from March 29th-31st – the Department of Communication hosts the Advisory Council for its spring conference. While on campus, the council members will actively engage with communication students through classroom visits and showcases, a networking bingo reception and a breakfast dedicated to developing the relationship between mentors and their mentees.

Each day the council members will participate in class discussions and help drive the conversations on career paths, leadership, strategic and organizational communication, work/life balance and more.

Thursday will feature Council Member Topper Ray, President of Communication at the Bravo Group, as guest speaker followed by Dr. Beth Sundstrom (Communication faculty), for the classroom showcase on social marketing. Later that day, students and council members will participate in a networking reception.

On Friday, students and council members in the Mentor-Protege Program will pair up over breakfast to review protégés progress toward academic/professional goals. Dr. Amanda Ruth-McSwain (Communication faculty), will open the floor for students in her COMM 480 Capstone class to present to council members and detail their experiences in working the Charleston Food + Wine Festival over the fall and spring semesters.


COFC Communication Names Industry Veteran to Serve on Council

CHARLESTON, S.C., March 22, 2017 / The Advisory Council for the Department of Communication at the College of Charleston has added communication industry veteran Mary Garrett to serve on the council.

The Advisory Council is comprised of a dynamic group of industry veterans dedicated to mentoring communication students. Through this relationship, communication students get unparalleled access to these executives’ expertise and graduate from CofC with a robust knowledge in how to network and build contacts. Students not only are professionally prepared for the real world, but they say that these council members help them focus on a particular area of communication in which they can specialize and thrive.

The Advisory Council welcomes --

Mary Garrett
Board of Directors, Ethan Allen, member of Audit committee
Board of Directors, Hill-Rom

Garrett, a business-oriented marketing leader, most recently held the position of VP of Global Marketing for IBM Corporation. At IBM, Garrett led teams across the software and services portfolios in 170 markets around the world.  In addition to her expansive reach at IBM, Garrett is an active mentor in W.O.M.E.N. in America, a professional development group for high profile business-women and is chairperson-elect of the American Marketing Association. Currently, Garrett serves as a board member on Hill-Rom and on the board audit committee of Ethan Allen Interiors.


COFC Communication Names 4 National Executives to Serve on Council
Advisory Council Builds Professional Relationships with Communication Undergraduates

CHARLESTON, S.C., November 18, 2016 / The Advisory Council for the Department of Communication at the College of Charleston has added 4 national executives to serve on the council.

The Advisory Council is comprised of a dynamic group of industry veterans dedicated to mentoring communication students. Through this relationship, communication students get unparalleled access to these executives’ expertise and graduate from CofC with a robust knowledge in how to network and build contacts. Students not only are professionally prepared for the real world, but they say that these council members help them focus on a particular area of communication in which they can specialize and thrive.

The Advisory Council welcomes --

Brent Colburn, Vice President of Communications, The Chan Zuckerburg Initiative
  • Colburn, a veteran of both Democratic political campaigns and the Obama administration, recently joined the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) as their first Vice President of Communications. CZI, established in December of 2015 by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and pediatrician and educator Dr. Priscilla Chan, is committed to unlocking human potential and promoting equality. This multi-billion dollar philanthropic effort brings together tools like grant making, social impact investing, and public advocacy to promote issues including personalized learning in education and basic science research with an aim towards curing, preventing and managing diseases.
Kyle Farnham, Managing Director-Atlanta, MSLGROUP
  • Farnham is a senior communications counselor, public relations practitioner and agency leader with more than 20 years of agency and corporate experience developing and implementing strategic communications programs for some of the world’s most recognized brands and leading companies in a variety of industries. During his time with MSLGROUP, he spearheaded some of the agency’s largest PR-driven sponsorship activation programs, including Coca-Cola’s sponsorship of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, The Home Depot’s sponsorship of the USOC’s Olympic Job Opportunities Program in 2004 and 2006 and Chevrolet’s sponsorship of the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Torch Relay.
Bruce Haynes, Founding Partner, Purple Strategies
  • Haynes is a founding partner of Purple Strategies, specializing in industry image and corporate reputation campaigns. He leads Purple’s teams working with some of the world's best known brands in the areas of strategy and message development, research, advertising, media relations, and digital and social media monitoring and engagement. Haynes work has included leading efforts to successfully reposition companies and trade associations, and reputation management and crisis communications for leading brands in the telecommunications, energy, financial services and health care categories.
Kevin Shinkle, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, Delta Air Lines
  • Kevin Shinkle is Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer responsible for external communications, media relations and employee and cross-divisional communications throughout Delta's global system. He is based in Atlanta, Ga., and has been at Delta since 2014. Prior to his role at Delta, he worked in journalism and was the business editor at The Associated Press (NY) and at The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J., respectively.

About the College of Charleston’s Department of Communication Advisory Council
The Advisory Council for the Department of Communication at the College of Charleston began in 2006 and has featured an impressive and diverse team of more than 50 professionals volunteering their time, lending their talent, sharing their knowledge, and preparing College of Charleston communication students for a career in communications and life after graduation.
Council members have been integral creating opportunities for communication students. For instance, the Council established a scholarship called the John Palmer Communication Award. John, a longtime NBC White House Correspondent as well as an NBC Today Show anchor, was a founding member of the Council. Additionally, the Council members participate in a mentor-protege program, serving as a career coach for communication majors.


Media Contact:
Cassandra P. Foster
Events, Outreach, and Public Relations
Department of Communication
College of Charleston
fosterc@cofc.edu
843-953-4360