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Alumni Success Stories

Meet our School of Communication Alumni

In the profiles featured below, meet alumni from the School of Communication undergraduate programs. These alumni discuss why they chose Point Park University and talk about how earning or pursuing an undergraduate degree at Point Park is helping them to reach their career goals.

Pictured is School of Communication alumna Celina Pompeani. Celina Pompeani

B.A. in broadcasting, 2013
TV Host, Pittsburgh Penguins

"I loved every single one of my professors in the School of Communication at Point Park. I learned so much from them. They made me want to learn, always gave me great feedback and helped me land all of my internships."


Pictured is School of Communication alumna Sarafina Brooks. Sarafina Brooks

B.A. in broadcasting, 2013
Multimedia Journalist, WTOV-TV

"Point Park University was absolutely the catalyst to my career as a television reporter. The education and training I received was top notch and made me stand out when it came time for me to apply to jobs. Employers were always impressed with the skills listed on my resume and would share with me that they knew that Point Park has a great journalism program."


Pictured is School of Communication alumnus Matt Desmond. Matt Desmond

B.A. in broadcasting and broadcast production
and media management, 2012
Assistant Director of Athletic Video Productions, Baylor University

"I attended a high school journalism workshop at Point Park when I was a junior in high school. I really enjoyed the student-to-faculty connection. I never felt like a number in the broadcasting program. All of my professors wanted to see me excel at the next level. It was enriching that I was able to start taking classes in my major when I was a freshman; that was a big selling point to pursue my degree at Point Park."


Pictured is School of Communication alumna Alicia Lyons. Alicia Lyons

B.A. in broadcasting and secondary education, 2013
Communications Teacher, Belle Vernon Area High School

"I had an internship with MTV Networks in NYC and a broadcasting internship with Time TV in Los Angeles. Both internships taught me editing as well as on-camera skills while learning about the culture of two completely different cities. Additionally, I have worked for the Pittsburgh Pirates for almost two and a half years now as an on-air personality and co-producer. This has given me real-world experience in the broadcasting field and I have learned what it's like to work for a major league baseball company. It is a blast!"


Pictured is School of Communication alumna Nicole Chynoweth. Nicole Chynoweth

B.A. in journalism and multimedia, 2013
Reporter, Trib Total Media

"I chose to attend Point Park after an awesome experience at the School of Communication's Summer Media Workshop. I loved learning about reporting from Helen Fallon and Heather Starr Fiedler, and the Downtown Pittsburgh campus attracted me to the school even more. "


Pictured is School of Communication alumna Michele Tabaka. Michele Tabaka

B.A. in public relations and advertising, 2013
Marketing Director, John V. Heineman Co.

"I am extremely grateful for all of the support and guidance I received from my professors while attending and after graduating from Point Park. They are truly committed to helping their students succeed by always recommending various opportunities in the field."


Pictured is School of Communication alumna Gina Pennline. Gina Pennline

B.A. in public relations and advertising, 2010
Assistant to Vice President and Program Department, Girl Scouts

"Believe your professors when they talk about networking — it really is one of the most important things you should do as a student! Building relationships and keeping in touch with people may help you get your foot in the door somewhere in the future. I loved being in Downtown Pittsburgh, and enjoyed being able to jump on a quick bus ride to be in Oakland or South Side."


Pictured is School of Communication alumnus Aaron Cooney. Aaron Cooney

B.A. in broadcasting reporting, 2012
Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations, Erie Otters Hockey

"The School of Communication gives you all the tools you need to become what you want to be. The staff cares about you and wants to make sure you succeed. Having smaller class sizes helps the professors get to know you personally and in turn they help you achieve your goals. The facilities students can work in allow them to become what they want to be. The television and radio stations are top notch — if students put in the work, there is nothing they can’t become."


Pictured is School of Communication alumna Nikki Porter. Nikki Porter

B.A. in broadcasting reporting, 2010
Anchor, Reporter, Producer, WDTV

"I heard so many great things about the broadcasting program at Point Park. As a senior in high school, I participated in Point Park's High School Media Day program. I met Professor Helen Fallon and I fell in love with the school. I loved being in a city, right in the heart of the news and close to big news agencies. I knew the professors had real-world work experience and that they would be able to share that to help me in my career."


Pictured is School of Communication alumna Sarah Pisciuneri. Sarah Pisciuneri

B.A. in broadcasting reporting, 2009
Anchor, WVNS-TV

"I chose Point Park because of the practical classes and state-of-the-art TV studio. Learning and working in the studio, and using industry standard cameras and editing programs daily, gave me an edge entering the job market. If you're ready to start learning and honing your skills in a real-world setting right away, Point Park is it."


Pictured is School of Communication alumna Emily Petsko. Emily Petsko

B.A. in journalism and global cultural studies, 2013
Staff Writer, Washington Observer-Reporter

"I received invaluable experience while writing for The Globe and a reporting class, taught by Professor Bill Moushey. Those opportunities enabled me to build a strong portfolio, which in turn helped me land my first internship at the Washington Observer-Reporter (and by extension, my first job there). The global cultural studies program equipped me with critical thinking skills and the ability to delve deeper into issues that affect the communities I serve as a reporter."


Pictured is School of Communication alumna Jasmine Goldband. Jasmine Goldband

B.A. in photojournalism, 2003
Staff Photographer, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

"The hands-on approach appealed to me and I was very impressed with the newsroom atmosphere. I liked the small class sizes offered and personal relationships I was able to build with my instructors. The urban campus offered me so many opportunities to network with media professionals and build a competitive portfolio."


Pictured is School of Communication alumnus Doug Andiorio. Doug Andiorio

B.A. in journalism, 2011
Client Program Coordinator, Valassis

"I loved the idea of going to school in Downtown Pittsburgh, sharing the sidewalks and streets with business professionals working for some of the biggest companies in town. It was great being within walking distance to so many restaurants, the Point and all the stadiums. It was my goal to eventually trade in my backpack for a briefcase and walk the streets of Downtown Pittsburgh, just like the people I would see on my way to class. I was able to accomplish that goal."


Pictured is School of Communication alumna Stacey Kammerdiener. Stacey Kammerdiener

B.A. in mass communication, 2005
Strategic Enrollment Consultant, TWG Plus

"I knew that I wanted a school that granted its students real-world, hands-on experience. The fact that my courses were taught by professors who are experts in the field and are tapped into the communication market, was a huge draw. The location, right in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh, also sold me, as I grew up in a small town."


Pictured is School of Communication alumnus Jace Lumley. Jace Lumley

B.A. in photojournalism, 2012
Photo Editor, GQ Magazine

"Anything done creatively requires a great amount of time and passion. The classes at Point Park taught me how to spend time doing what was keeping me inspired."


Pictured is School of Communication alumna Amanda King. Amanda King

B.A. in broadcasting reporting, 2012
Multimedia Journalist, Beaver County Times

"The adjunct professors who were still working in the field is what got me hooked. I saw students coming out of Point Park with hands-on internships and the connections to lead them to get jobs. I wanted the same."


Pictured is School of Communication alumna Erin Price. Erin Price

B.A. in multimedia, 2012
Web Designer and Developer, United Steelworkers

"Becoming well-rounded is essential for today’s jobs and can be accomplished within the School of Communication. Classes extend from writing articles, developing photos in a darkroom, creating websites, designing brochures and producing videos."


Pictured is School of Communication alumnus Josh Frketic. Josh Frketic

B.A. in broadcasting, 2011
Anchor/Reporter, WVVA-TV

"My degree from Point Park has helped a lot but it's more than just a degree. It is really what the University provides more than anything and that is an opportunity to do great things. You have to take advantage of every opportunity and run with it. Get out and gain experience so you can build your resume the right way."


Pictured is School of Communication alumna Angela Nelson. Angela Nelson

B.A. in public relations and advertising, 2010
Director of Marketing and Communications, Highmark Stadium

"When I visited Point Park for the first time, I instantly fell in love with the urban environment and all of the opportunities the University has to offer to students. The combination of hands-on education as well as the ability to connect with current business professionals who work in Downtown Pittsburgh was really intriguing to my educational goals."


Pictured is School of Communication alumna Stacey Simon. Stacey Simon

B.A. in public relations and advertising, 2007
Social Media/Digital Marketing Manager, UPMC

"I chose Point Park because of the small class sizes and many opportunities to gain real-world experience. I also found the professors to be top-notch — most of them worked in the field themselves and were able to offer a wealth of useful information to their students."


Pictured is School of Communication alumna Natalie (Urban) Orio. Natalie (Urban) Orio

B.A. in photojournalism, 2006
Media Client Services Manager, cj advertising and freelance photographer

"I chose Point Park because of its hands-on approach to learning and the small class sizes. I loved that the School of Communication faculty still work in their respective fields. The real-world application that they bring to the classroom is unparalleled. I also loved the Downtown Pittsburgh location and the city life was something I wanted to experience. The city really is your campus."


Pictured is School of Communication alumna Mallory Laporte. Mallory Laporte

B.A. in public relations and advertising, 2006
Marketing Coordinator, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

"Seek out internships even if they are unpaid or not for academic credit. I took an internship with the Children’s Museum after graduation because I knew it would be a worthwhile experience and it led to the job I have now."


Pictured is School of Communication alumnus Anthony Pignetti. Anthony Pignetti

B.A. in broadcasting reporting, 2008
Assistant Director of Sales, Reading Fightin Phils

"I always wanted to go to college in Pittsburgh, but also wanted to experience everything a Downtown environment has to offer; Point Park accomplished both goals."


Pictured is School of Communication alumna Rachel Carlson. Rachel Carlson

B.A. in journalism, 2004
Pittsburgh Community Manager, Yelp

"At Point Park, I loved that I was encouraged to get out into the field and obtain an internship. I felt like the whole program was about how you can learn through hands-on experience rather than sitting down and test taking all day or listening to a lecture."


Pictured is School of Communication alumna Kristina Martin. Kristina Martin

B.A. in journalism, 2010
Associate Editor, Pittsburgh Magazine

"If you're looking for a top-notch program, this is it. In the classroom, I learned all the grammar and AP Style rules from the best. I was taught the essentials about reporting, ethics and the proper way to craft a lead. Versatility was emphasized. While I was drilled on story structure, kindness and professionalism were also covered."


Pictured is School of Communication alumna Jamie Inferrera. Jamie Inferrera

B.A. in journalism and mass communication, 2010
Director of Communications for State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe

"Point Park provided me with the opportunity to hone my journalism skills by gaining real-world experience. During my senior year, I took the Point Park News Service class where I was able to write stories that were published in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The School of Communication also encouraged students to pursue internships within their desired fields. I completed two political internships, one with a congressman and the other with a United States senator. Those opportunities gave me the experience I needed to land my current job."


Pictured is School of Communication alumnus Michael DeCourcy. Michael DeCourcy

B.A. in journalism and mass communication, 1981
College Basketball Columnist, Sporting News

"Point Park prepared me for the world that existed in 2012, where you have to be ready to do everything: write, edit, shoot video, etc. If you can't do everything, then you better be absolutely brilliant at whatever you do. Because of my Point Park education, I'm able to handle different media and the demands within those media."


Pictured is School of Communication alumna Kate Santichen. Kate Santichen

B.A. in broadcasting, 2007
Producer, Bloomberg News

"Point Park offers small classes and hands-on experience, plus all the benefits of being in an urban setting like Pittsburgh. The city offers limitless ideas for stories for your class assignments. There are so many opportunities to practice writing, shooting, editing, being on camera, etc., and you can really build a solid portfolio of work. It’s so valuable to be able to participate with the newspaper or TV station from your first day as a freshman. I was also impressed that so many of the professors work in their fields. It’s a thrill to open the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and see your teacher’s name in a byline."


Pictured is School of Communication alumnus Eric Davidow. Eric Davidow

B.A. in broadcasting, 2009
Production Technician, Fox CT

"I use the skills I learned at Point Park in my job every day. I learned how to be a team player working as part of a small production team. I had a solid foundation for what I could achieve in the industry, and because of that I push myself to work harder every day to learn more about audio design and live studio production."


Pictured is School of Communication alumna Amanda Gillooly. Amanda Gillooly

B.A. in journalism and mass communication, 2002
Editor, Canon-McMillan Patch

"Point Park taught us the basics: how to ask the questions, what the news is and how to write it. But professors such as Bill Moushey also ingrained a team-oriented mentality and a never-say-never attitude when it comes to pursuing a story. So many of the professors taught us that talent does much, but passion does more."


Pictured is School of Communication alumna Heidi Dezayas. Heidi Dezayas

B.A. in broadcasting, 2007
Editor, Plum-Oakmont Patch

"Point Park has an amazing, hands-on program for students in journalism. Students also have a world of resources at their fingertips. Point Park students often get first pick of local internships because of the school's reputation, and they are definitely instrumental in gaining experience."


Pictured is School of Communication alumnus Miles Ritenour. Miles Ritenour

B.A. in advertising and public relations, 2010
Account Coordinator, Ketchum Sports and Entertainment


"I think the most important thing Point Park did in terms of making me a good PR professional was not just teaching me about public relations while I was there. Instead, I was enveloped in a curriculum that taught me about various forms of media. So, coming out of school I had an understanding of print journalism, broadcast journalism and photojournalism, in addition to my expertise in PR. Having faculty who could help me understand the various media vehicles really allowed me to adjust and be successful when performing the day-to-day media relations I do at my current job."


Pictured is School of Communication alumna Stephanie Rex. Stephanie Rex

B.A. in journalism and mass communication, 2007
Editor, Forest Hills-Regent Square Patch

"Point Park truly prepared me for a career in journalism because the professors are experienced, currently working in the field and always stressing the importance of internships paired with making connections. The professors help you learn the importance of all aspects of career building, from strengthening your skills to building a resume and networking with people in the business."


Pictured is School of Communication alumnus John West. John West

B.A. in photojournalism, 2007
Documentary Photojournalist, John West Photography LLC


"Point Park helped me with my photojournalism career in several ways. The University helped lay a foundation of study that I still reference and use every day when I am out doing assignments, documentary work or in just engaging the public. In photojournalism, ethics, determination and a body of work are the keys to success. Point Park helped me understand and relay those traits into a strong work ethic that helps me achieve and exceed the expectations of my clients and the people who surround me."


Pictured is School of Communication alumna Jennifer Russell. Jennifer Russell

B.S. in integrated marketing communications, 2010
Owner, Gemini Marketing Partners

"Point Park gave me the knowledge, but it also has given me the confidence to take such a risk. The professors really believed in my abilities. After being away from college for 15 years, that was a plus. Changing careers isn't easy — I had been in the retail business since 1998 — but the IMC program certainly helped. I was also very driven to succeed, and the professors seemed to appreciate that."


Pictured is School of Communication alumna Kate Keib. Kate Keib

B.A. in journalism, 1997
Promotion Manager, Gannett Atlanta


"The education I received at Point Park was solid. But what Point Park did for me was expose me to the real world. My professors spoke from a place of first-hand knowledge. They were connected to every type of local media and agency. So we had the best in-class speakers, tours and opportunities for internships. By the time I graduated, I was writing for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Magazine and helping out at KQV radio."