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Alumni Newsletter - December 2022

School of Communication Alumni Newsletter

ICON Conference
Four public relations students (from left) Heather Portland, Avery Marelli, Claudia Bascope, and Chloe Avellanet represented our School at the PRSA International Conference in Grapevine, Texas.





As 2022 comes to a close, we’re proud of all that our students, faculty, staff, and alumni have accomplished this year. Here’s a brief update from the School of Communication on all that has happened over the last month of the fall semester and what’s to come in 2023.


Students were diligent in finishing their final exams last week. It was an exciting time on campus as the 2022 Fall Commencement ceremony took place on Friday, December 16. The School of Communication was well-represented with 49 graduates, including 13 sports media & analytics majors, 12 communication majors, 12 multimedia journalism majors, and 12 public relations majors. We congratulate our graduates and welcome them to our ever-growing alumni family.


Giving Day 2023 is right around the corner! This year Giving Day spans a 24-hour period from noon on February 15 to noon on February 16. We encourage you to mark your calendars and set your alerts to remind yourself of this critically important 24 hours for our School. Your generosity helps the School of Communication continue to cultivate some of the brightest minds and ideas in communication.


We’re excited to announce that our summer study abroad program will make its grand return this year. A team of about 20 students will head to Lugano, Switzerland, in June under the leadership of Buddy Howell and Jared Woolly. It’s important to our mission to provide our students the opportunity to travel and gain international perspectives on communication.


Blacksburg will quiet down for a bit now, but before you know it, we’ll jump right back into things for the spring semester in January. In the meantime, we’re sending the warmest wishes to all our alumni this holiday season. Please enjoy these stories and images that showcase some recent happenings in the School of Communication.



John Tedesco
Director, School of Communication

Brittany Gropp

Alumnae take aim at building a brighter future for women’s soccer


Brittany Gropp '11 and Betsy Haugh '16 have used their skills as alumnae of the School of Communication to expand opportunities for women’s soccer in the U.S. and abroad.
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Cara Patrick

Class of 2022: Cara Patrick excels in communications, overcomes obstacles as a Hokie

During her time at Virginia Tech, Cara Patrick learned to stay grounded through activities that bring her joy. She graduated on Dec. 16 with dual degrees in public relations and humanities for public service.
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Jonathan Carlin

School of Communication alumnus sparks superstardom with popular YouTube channel

Jonathan Carlin, a 2010 communication graduate, started creating YouTube videos as a student in Blacksburg. Now, Carlin and his brother Ben run the Super Carlin Brothers, a YouTube channel that dives into fandom and holds over 2 million subscribers.
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Charlie Sloop

Charlie Sloop, a public relations sophomore, was honored with the Self-Understanding and Integrity award at December’s Aspire Awards celebration hosted by Student Affairs.

Robin Reed

Robin Reed retired from WDBJ7 December 2 and capped off a 40-year career. U.S. Rep. Ben Cline honored Reed’s accomplishments on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Reed will remain a professor of practice in the School and continue sharing his wealth of broadcasting knowledge to our students.

Studio Visit

We love showcasing our multimedia center to visitors! TV-Multimedia Systems Engineer Paul Spaulding gives the rundown to Joanna Showell, associate professor at Bethune-Cookman University, who visited the School of Communication as part of the InclusiveVT Summit.


Cayce Myers, associate professor, was elected in November to represent the Mid-Atlantic District on the national Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Board of Directors for two years. The election took place during the PRSA Leadership Assembly in Grapevine, Texas.

Additional Alumni and Faculty Highlights

  • Michelle Garcia, 2021 communication alumna, was crowned the 2022-2024 Poet Laureate of Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park.
  • Brandi Quesenberry, senior instructor, co-authored “Where Do Other Disciplines Place Communication? A Communication Across the Curriculum Needs Analysis,” which won the Top Paper Award in the Basic Course Division at the National Communication Association conference in November.
  • Jimmy Ivory, professor, used his expertise in new media and communication technologies to forecast the future of streaming services.
  • Megan Duncan, assistant professor, provided insights on the credibility of Elon Musk’s “Twitter 2.0” moving forward and shared research on the overlap in how our political and sports identities are organized.

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There is always so much happening in the School of Communication. We hope you will consider keeping in touch with us via social media. We love to hear from our alumni!


If you and your company are looking for undergraduate interns in PR, Journalism, Advertising, Sports media, or another Comm-related field, please contact Stephanie Smith, our new internship coordinator, at


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