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SOC Ambassadors

School of Communication Student Ambassadors

The School of Communication Student Ambassadors, a select group dedicated to the positive promotion of Loyola University Chicago and specifically the School of Communication, are an essential component of SOC's public relations outreach.

The SOC Ambassadors are an important part of the success of our school and university community. Ambassadors serve as leaders to the school, as well as an important voice of our student body. Generally, Ambassadors attend School of Communication events to lend their talent and voice to ensure success. You'll find Ambassadors assisting with event logistics, promotion, and execution through the development of PR materials, encouraging fellow students to attend, emceeing, designing posters, social media outreach, etc. Students serve as a liaison to alumni and prospective students, relying on their knowledge and passion for the SOC to positively promote our school and programs.

Interested in attending Loyola's School of Communication? Find the Ambassador who best reflects your ideal college experience and e-mail them today!

Christina Dador

My name is Christina Dador. I am currently a senior at Loyola University Chicago, majoring in Advertising and Public Relations and minoring in Visual Communications. I came to choosing my major and minor because I have a passion for art and creativity as well as media trends in advertising. In addition, I am the president of the International Association of Business Communicators, a student organization in the SOC at Loyola. So far, I have completed two internships; one that revolved around social media and SEO(search engine optimization) and the other around planning at an advertising agency. After graduation, I hope to work for an advertising agency in either the planning or creative department. You can contact me at cdador@luc.edu or cdador11@gmail.com.

Kyle Flynn

Hi everyone. My name is Kyle Flynn. I’m 26-years-old and am currently a senior studying advertising and public relations. I’m so excited to be close to graduating and am lucky to be currently interning for LKH Management as their Social Media and Marketing Intern. LKH runs multiple businesses in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood such as Halsteds, Hydrate, Replay, Whiskey Trust and Elixir. In addition to interning, I also work as a bartender working primarily at Whiskey Trust.

As a 26-year-old college student, I understand the struggle of working full-time trying to make ends meet, all while studying fervently in order to earn and maintain good grades. I’ll be honest with you, it isn’t easy. I’m lucky though. I have a lot of friends that were extremely supportive about my desire to go back to school and earn a degree. While I may not have had the typical college experience of living in a dorm and having the opportunity to join all of the different clubs I would have liked, I’ve still had a great experience at Loyola and hope the same for you. I love meeting new people and I could probably talk your ear off for hours so if you have any questions or just want to make a new friend, send me an e-mail at KFlynn6@luc.edu. If it weren’t for the support of my friends and Loyola’s guidance counselors, I would have never had such a great college experience. It would be my pleasure to offer that same support to any new or possible incoming students so don't hesitate to drop me a line.

Karly Free

Hello! My name is Karly Free and I am a senior majoring in Broadcast Journalism with minors in English and Sociology. In addition to being a School of Communication Student Ambassador, I am an active member of Loyola University Chicago’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and a contributor to Loyola’s student newspaper, The Loyola Phoenix.

I found my first internship with WGN Radio 720AM, at a School of Communication Internship Fair, when I was a sophomore. Later on I was hired as an Associate News Producer for WGN Radio 720AM, where I still work. I love working at a news station in the third largest market! In addition, I hope to someday get experience working at a television station. Please feel free to contact me at kfree@luc.edu.

Ana Garcia

Hey guys! I’m Ana; I’m a sophomore majoring in Advertising & Public Relations with a minor in Marketing. I’m still trying to figure out whether I want to focus on Advertising or Public Relations, or both, but I’m having a fun time figuring it out! The goal is to some day work for a Spanish Media Agency, hopefully in Crisis Communication and Marketing.

Getting involved on campus has definitely helped make Loyola home for me, and I highly encourage it. At Loyola I’m part of two Greek organizations: Alpha Kappa Psi, a Professional Business Fraternity, and my sorority Chi Omega. I’m also a Group Fitness Instructor at Halas; I teach spin, please come to my class! I recently did a marketing internship back home in Texas for a company called Medical Billing Unlimited Inc. I learned a lot about medical billing, and I loved the marketing aspect of it. The more I immerse myself into the world of Communications and all it has to offer, the more excited I become for a bright future. The easiest way to reach me is at my LUC e-mail Agarcia24@luc.edu; I check that just as often as Facebook.

Dale Gaughan

My name is Dale Gaughan and I'm a Junior, majoring in History and Communications with minors in marketing and management. I was a Communications Intern at Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation. I was a marketing assistant at Loyola Limited before moving to my current position as Associate of Sales for Felice's Roman Style Pizzeria. I'm also interning as the Chicago Area History and Architecture Intern for WTTW Chicago Tonight 'Ask Geoffrey' segment. Within Loyola, I'm a member of Alpha Phi Omega, the Co-Ed service fraternity and Phi Alpha Theta—the History Honors fraternity. My goal is to work for the History Channel and make my way up to Producer!

Alissa Griffin

My name is Alissa Griffin, I am currently a sophomore broadcast journalism major and business minor. So far my time studying in the School of Communications has been enlightening, engaging, and exciting. I have learned more than I could have imagined, from how to create an effective blog to how to operate technology used for websites and broadcasts. I am involved in many extracurricular activities including writing for The Phoenix, being a member of my sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha, working as an intern at Kids in Danger, and of course being a member of DSAC. All of these experiences have shaped my college experience thus far and I would highly encourage becoming involved in organizations similar to these.

I am still in the process of fully deciding my career goals. I have always wanted to go to law school and work in the family law field, but my interest in broadcast journalism has grown with the more classes I take. I have begun looking into jobs as a sports or newscaster as well as thought about law school. I am open to any and all questions about my experience with the SOC. My email address is agriffin2@luc.edu.

Colleen Kenney

My name is Colleen Kenney and I am a sophomore majoring in Communications, Advocacy and Social Change. In addition to being an ambassador, I am currently the Residence Hall Association President and a member of Beta Rho, NSCS, CCAI, the Hunger Week Team, and a student worker in the IT Department. I am from Homewood, IL and chose to study in the School of Communications at Loyola University because of the strength of the program, the challenging curriculum, the expertise of the faculty, and the endless opportunities that Chicago offers!

Patrice Pirpiris

Patrice V. Pirpiris is a Sophomore majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in International Business. Not only is she a Communications student, but she is an active member of the SOC Community. She is involved in the Beta Rho SOC Honors Society, SOC Dean's Student Advisory Committee, and the International Association of Business Communicators. In addition to her involvement with the School of Communication, Patrice is quite involved in the Loyola community. Patrice is a member of the social sorority, Chi Omega, she is the External Affairs Coordinator of the Resident Housing Association, and the Secretary of the Hellenic Student Association. She has spent her past two summers involved in Communications internships at McDonald's Corporate Headquarters and the Engel Consulting Group. If you are interested in contacting a female Communication Studies major who is enthusiastic about the school and the Loyola University Chicago community as a whole, you can e-mail her at: ppirpiris@luc.edu.

Bill Theis

My name is Bill Theis and I am a senior here at Loyola University Chicago. I am majoring in Advertising and Public Relations and Minoring in both Marketing and Environmental Action and Leadership. Outside of the classroom I am the Vice President of Student Environmental Alliance and have acted as a global communications intern at a company featured in the Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces of 2013.

During my time as an undergrad at Loyola’s School of Communications I have had many beneficial opportunities. These include writing public relations releases, working on advertising campaigns and learning how to effectively communicate through social media.

After graduating, I am looking forward to starting my career in corporate communications in Chicago. My dream job is to work in the communications department of an environmental-related company or in the corporate responsibility department of a large corporation.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about Loyola’s School of Communications, feel free to contact me at wtheis@luc.edu.

Brittany Washington

Hey guys, I am Brittany Washington and you can reach me by e-mail at bwashington1@luc.edu. I am a junior here at Loyola University majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Marketing and Spanish. On campus I am involved in Alpha Sigma Alpha, PRSSA, and National Society of Collegiate Scholars. In the past I have interned at Rent the Runway as marketing intern, Studio 3 Magazine as social media intern and worked as trend sales at Nordstrom. My dream career would be in the Fashion PR field and I hope that through the School of Communications I can one day achieve it.


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