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It's Raining COMM

SPRING 2020 
A series of events created by Communication students for Communication students and alumni, Parkside peers, and community guests to showcase what it means to study Communication and to be a Communication professional. 

A storm of activities is brewing. Before we share the forecast, here's a look back at what we did during COMM Week 2019.

April 1-25


A campus-wide donation drive to help local shelters and people in need,  sponsored and coordinated by students in COMM 480 - Practicum in Communication Event Planning course in partnership with Project Pick Me Up.

Monday, April 22


11 am-1 pm   |  Wyllie Hall, Main Place

Tuesday, April 23


11 am-1 pm  |  Wyllie Hall, Main Place 

Wednesday, April 24


11 am-1 pm  |  Wyllie Hall, Main Place

Thursday, April 25


11 am-12 pm  |  The Rita, Bedford Hall 

Four panel participants representing a variety of professional fields such as marketing, public relations, college advising, and management share how their degree in Communication has prepared them for their careers.

Read more about each of the panelists.


12 pm-1 pm  |  Fine Arts Gallery


  • Lauren Coffman

    Mobility Manager | City of Kenosha and Kenosha County

    Lauren has worked in the Human Services field for 20 years, serving primarily the elderly and disabled populations in Kenosha County. Lauren has had the opportunity to work with these populations in a variety of capacities. For 8 years, Lauren was the Director of Senior Services at Kenosha Area Family and Aging services providing programs such as Meals on Wheels, Senior Dining and Daybreak (an adult day program for persons with dementia). She also managed over 700 volunteers to help provide these services. In 2015, Lauren accepted a position to create a program for the business community to become dementia friendly. She trained over 500 various employees in Kenosha County on how to better serve those affected by dementia. Currently, Lauren works with both the City of Kenosha and Kenosha County providing the community with transportation assistance and advocacy.

  • Tyler Eschmann

    Academic and Career Advisor and Fund for Wisconsin Scholars Coordinator | University of Wisconsin-Parkside

    I grew up in small town Racine, Wisconsin. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Music. When initially coming to Parkside, I was convinced that I wanted to pursue a musical profession. I began to question this dream as the years went by, and I realized that music was music was much too personal to me to enjoy in a career setting. In my last two years at the University, I became more involved in my community. I grew passionate about my higher ed. experience, and wanted to focus my energies on college success. Around that same time, I decided to declare the communication major. After graduation, I worked for a non-profit known as College Possible for about 2 years. At College Possible, I worked closely with first-generation, low-income college students by providing peer-to-peer support and helping them through their college experience. My combined experiences have helped to prepare me for my current role as an Academic Advisor. 

  • Michelle Payette

    Business Development Manager | Apple Leisure Group

    Michelle Payette began her professional career as a travel agent locally in Wisconsin where she specialized in destination weddings and incentive travel for 7 years. She continued on in the travel/tourism/hospitality industry taking a sales position with Marriott. For the past 7 years she has worked as a Business Development Managers representing numerous vacation brands. She manages the production of 150 travel agencies in the Midwest focusing on Mexico, Caribbean and Hawaii.

  • Alicia Pepito

    Recruiting and Marketing Specialist | Hatch Staffing Services
    Game Operations Supervisor | Milwaukee Admirals

    Hello, my name is Alicia Pepito, and I graduated from UW-Parkside in December of 2016. I am currently approaching my second year with my full-time position at Hatch Staffing Services and my fourth season at my part-time job with the Milwaukee Admirals. I started out wanting to pursue a career in Physical Therapy when I initially attended Parkside. However, it was my sophomore year I believe when I made the switch to a Communication Degree after one single course and teacher: Oral Interpretation with Adrienne Viramontes. I never had the ambition to speak in front of people, and was terrible at it quite frankly, but taking communication courses helped me open and become more comfortable in my skin and understand how to connect with individuals in various of ways. My Communication Degree has helped me connect and help people in both my industries; sports and staffing. Knowing how to effectively communicate and interpret different people’s styles of communication is a skill that not everyone choses to study, but when chosen, a reward that is a lasting one.

Learn more about Communication at Parkside.

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