The Morning Panelists

Today we are going to give a little background on the panelists that are speaking at 10 AM. Our first panelist is Kaitlyn Christian. She is a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Master of Public Administration Candidate at UNCW in the Department of Public and International Affairs. Kaitlyn said “I did not intend on becoming a COM major. I was taking COM 105 to fulfill a requirement for a minor, but in the process, I realized that the COM department is where I need to be.” It is the most unexpected classes that bring you the most joy, it is great that Kaitlyn was inspired by COM 105 to switch into the major. #beCOMeinspiredraw (175×90)


Our next panelist for the morning discussion is Bradley Cotton. He is a Portfolio Manager at Ultimate Property Management and a Realtor/Broker at Keller Williams Realty. Bradley focused on television production and on-camera performance in his days here at UNCW. The thing he misses most about being a COM student is he “misses the challenge of being under the gun to perform, memorizing lines, and essentially producing a televised product.” Bradley, we are glad that you are able to be with us on our wonderful panel this year.

Our third panelist is Andrew Knoble. He is the Creative Director at N2 Publishing. We asked Andrew what he would do if he could go back to Communication Studies program. He said he “would take advantages of the extra opportunities for growth and involvement within the program.” So remember that fellow COM students, next time an opportunity comes up, take it because you may be missing out on the experience of a lifetime.

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Our fourth panelist is Jill Capadanno. She is the Fundraising Coordinator at Forward Financing. Jill transferred to UNCW as a junior and was very sad that she could not take more of the classes that the COM department had to offer. TV was her passion at the time and she took a heavier course load on the media classes that the department offers. In the end, Negotiation and Capstone ended up being her most memorable classes. Well, Jill, it took you a little longer to get to UNCW but we are sure glad you came.

And last but not least, our final panelist is Brandon Noel. Brandon is an Entrepreneur. In his experience with the COM department, he said that “you won’t really know, or appreciate how good your education was until after it’s done. I remember being in my corporate job and assigned communication projects that entailed junior year course level work, and I was far ahead of some of my peers.” Learn from Brandon, appreciate your education that all the great teachers in the department are giving you.

Well, that is all the panelists for the morning session. I hope everyone partakes in COM Studies day that is taking place next Friday so don’t forget! Now here is a picture of some puppies.

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10 thoughts on “The Morning Panelists

  1. I personally went to this panel, and I wish I would have seen this post before. This post has great information on each panelist and would have been nice to know before hand. I enjoyed learned about what each had to say, and the Com Studies Day in general.

  2. As a member of the audience, I would just like to say attendance was actually a worthwhile way to spend my time. The question on many college students mind is what we are actually going to do with our time here, and how is it going to help us after college. The graduates they brought in were very knowledgeable about what they were asked and gave very helpful advice for the entire audience. I went for the extra credit, but id go again just for the information itself.

  3. I volunteered on COM Studies Day during the Alumni panel as floor director. The hardest part was keeping myself from paying attention to the show and wanting to hear each of the panelists answers. It’s something I’m currently learning right now in my studio TV class as I’m in pursuit of being a news director. The panelist seemed to have some excellent advice and interesting answers I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of the panel so I can finally watch it!

  4. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the morning panel of COM Studies day and I can honestly say I learned a lot from the speakers and it got me motivated to start thinking about the next steps I need to take to take advantage of everything COM has to offer. I related most to Jill who currently lives in Boston and worked for NESN. NESN would be my dream job especially since I’m from Boston too and it got me thinking of what I need to do to someday accomplish that. The biggest piece of advice I got from the panel was to always be myself in interviews. You can have answers prepared before, but if you show your personality, they will be more likely to hire you. I really enjoyed attending the panel and listening to people who have been in my shoes.

  5. I attended the morning panel, and enjoyed hearing the information that was provided by the panelists. It was interesting to hear all of their different paths so success after graduation, as well as taking in the information they provided on how to make the most of your time at UNCW.

  6. I am really interested in working for N2 Publishing, so it is really cool that the Creative Director came here to speak. I am hoping that one day I can hold a similar position to Andrew Knoble’s within a publishing company.

  7. Reading this post and others from the COM Studies day panels helped me tremendously since I was not able to attend COM Studies Day due to extenuating circumstances. When I first heard about COM Studies Day, I was so excited to attend and then I realized I couldn’t. I appreciate your recap of the day!

  8. I really enjoyed the Morning Panel. I identified with one of the panelists who was in real estate which is something that I am looking into for a career. I also learned that it is important to be yourself in an interview which surprised me because I just figured that employers want you to be very professional and serious.

  9. I have taken a little bit of everything for my COM classes. I wish I had the time to take more. Some classes I will not be able to take because they are only offered certain semester, but I have enjoyed the classes I have taken.

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