Communication major interns with Dr. Wallace, establishes Facebook group
Donna Manuel and son, Alex
Communication major Donna Manuel has just completed an internship at Brewton-Parker College, where she worked under the guidance of Communication professor Dr. Don Wallace.
Manuel’s duties included establishing contact with as many Communication graduates as possible, updating alumni contact information, and creating and maintaining a Facebook group aimed at BPC Communication majors.
“I never imagined how enormous of a task this internship would be. This alumni project allowed me to learn things I could never learn in a classroom setting,” said Manuel.
Manuel began reconnecting with the former students via email. Another useful tool for connecting with alumni was Facebook, an online social networking site with millions of members from around the world.
All alumni that used Facebook were invited to join a group created by Manuel named “COM Majors at Brewton-Parker College”. Here, alumni are able to share and connect with each other, update their contact information, receive news about the college, and post favorite memories on a discussion board.
BPC graduate Regina Orzechowski Power wrote, “My favorite (Communication) class was Voice & Diction in the summer of 1995. It was the best class…a small group, and we had so much fun.”
BPC Communications professor Don Wallace posted, “So many memories. I miss all my Com majors. My best memories are at my house for the Com parties.”
“Facebook was a huge help when it came to reconnecting with alumni. Especially during those instances where the only known email address for a particular person was no longer valid. So many people use Facebook and it’s easy to gather feedback from alumni because it’s so convenient for them to post their thoughts on the COM group message board,” said Manuel.
Gathering feedback was an important aspect of Manuel’s internship. Brewton-Parker uses alumni feedback to improve upon college programs. Another tool for gathering feedback was an online survey, which collected information such as current employment, favorite and least favorite COM class at BPC, and usefulness of classes offered. The information from this survey will be used, in part, to help the college improve the Communication program.
“I was surprised at the positive response I got from the alumni, that they are still interested in their school, their former classmates and professors. Brewton-Parker holds a lot of good memories for these people,” said Manuel.
Mrs. Manuel currently lives in Mount Vernon with her 3-year-old son, Alex. She works part-time as a freelance writer and plans to pursue a career in print journalism.