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Alumni Newsletter - August 2023

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Smiling faces are back on campus for the start of the 2023-24 academic year!


Message from the Director

The 2023-2024 academic year has officially begun! We transition from the peaceful Blacksburg summer to the spirited energy of campus during Virginia Tech’s fall semester. Our hard-working students and dedicated faculty have returned, excited to embark on another year of learning, growth, and fresh opportunities. 


I invite you to maintain your connection with us as we head into this school year. Your experiences as alumni are critical in shaping the future of our current students. Our doors are always open, and we eagerly anticipate the stories you’ll share about your journey since graduation. In the meantime, enjoy this collection of stories, sights, and sounds from your School of Communication family.


John Tedesco

Director, School of Communication







Students spent two weeks studying in Lugano, Switzerland. They took classes on travel reporting and perception, persuasion, and propaganda. Read More



Hannah Shinault Deuyour


Shinault Deuyour has spent the last 14 years as a faculty member in the School of Communication. She will help Director John Tedesco lead the school through an impressive stretch of growth. Read More



Priscilla Alvarez

Priscilla Alvarez, who graduated with a degree in multimedia journalism in 2014, is a White House reporter for CNN, covering U.S. immigration policy, border crises under the Trump and Biden administrations, and the ins and outs of the White House. Read More





Laura Cieslukowski, a 2002 communication graduate, and her husband established a nonprofit organization to help the homeless in San Diego. They live out Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) by hosting a dinner for the homeless once a week, providing clothing and hygiene items, and guiding those with substance abuse issues through their recovery efforts. Watch now



Jake Lyman
On Friday, July 28, four sports media and analytics alumni and students were simultaneously calling professional baseball games across the country. Pictured is Jake Lyman ‘22 on the call for the Nashville Sounds and Norfolk Tides game.
We hosted two groups from the Black College Institute in our multimedia center during the summer. The BCI is an academic enrichment program for high-achieving and academically curious rising high school juniors and seniors.
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The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences hosted a kickoff social where we got a chance to meet some of the Class of 2027 Comm Hokies!


Grad students 2023-2024

Our first- and-second-year graduate students are ready for the year ahead. They study either communication or reputation management.



Catherine Irvin


Catherine Irvin has seen the skills she learned as a multimedia journalism graduate pay dividends. Now, she uses them every day as a senior consultant for Deloitte Digital and in her own passion project, Cath’s Kitchen.

“I have emerged with an invaluable asset — a unique communications perspective at a Big Four consulting firm.” - Irvin



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