A Farewell with Senior Seminar

BY: Maura Olek (’17)

As I approach the end of my senior year of college, I cannot believe how fast it has gone by. With finals and projects looming ahead, it has been hard to take a second and step back to reflect on the last four years.

Working on my Senior Seminar project has given me that opportunity. I decided to do a social media campaign for the International Affairs Office at Marywood. I love both social media and traveling, so this was a fun way for me to show what I have learned as well as helping an organization that had helped me.

This year’s Senior Seminar presentation will take place on May 5 and begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Nazareth Student Center’s Upper Dining Hall.

Dr. Michael Mirabito, the Communication Arts Department chair, is the instructor for this course and enjoys seeing what students come up with and observing their progress. “One of the most enjoyable aspects of Senior Seminar is to see our students, with whom we’ve worked for several years, produce media products that reflect their knowledge, skills and experiences,” said Mirabito.

All the projects are related to students’ majors, but each one highlights the individual student’s view of their experience by being able to choose their own topic and decide on the direction in which to they take their project. Since the Comm Arts Department includes concentrations in digital media, journalism and advertising and public relations, there will be a great variety of projects taking the stage.

The Senior Seminar is open to the public and will be great practice for students to gain experience in giving formal presentations outside of the classroom. It is also a chance for guests to see what our students have learned and how they have used that knowledge.

“Ultimately, the night belongs to our seniors,” said Dr. Mirabito. So, if you are free between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on May 5, stop by the Upper Main Dining Hall in Nazareth Student Center to support the Comm Arts seniors!

Maura is a senior advertising and public relations major. She is the social media editor for The Wood Word and Her Campus Marywood. She is the secretary for Marywood PRSSA and AAF. Her favorite things are dogs, traveling, and coffee.

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