ComArtSci Virtual Talks

Join ComArtSci for our summer virtual talk series - "Media & Communication: Pivoting in the Pandemic" - a look at how Spartan alumni are adapting to the global pandemic.

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Upcoming ComArtSci Virtual Talks

July 15 - Healthcare

Spartan alumni share how critical an effective health communication strategy is during this time. Moderated by Bree E. Holtz Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Advertising + Public Relations and Director, Health and Risk Communication Masters program. Featuring:

  • Lois Bernstein - B.A. Communication ‘73
    Chief Community Executive, MultiCare Health Systems
  • Mary R. Grealy - B.A. Audiology & Speech Sciences ‘71
    President, Healthcare Leadership Council
  • Gail Whitelaw - M.A. Audiology & Speech Sciences '83
    Clinic Director, Audiologist, The Ohio State University

June 30 - Sports Today

Spartan alumni discuss how sports continues to adapt in a COVID-19 world. Moderated by Tim P. Vos, Ph.D., Director, School of Journalism. Featuring:

  • Jarrett Bell - B.A. Communication '81
    NFL Columnist, USA Today Sports
  • Kelley L. Carter - B.A. Journalism '07
    Sr. Entertainment Reporter - The Undefeated Host - Another Act, ESPN
  • Rick Gosselin - B.A. Journalism '72
    Radio Host & Writer, Talk Fame Network

June 16 - Automotive Industry

Take a behind-the-scenes look as Spartan alumni share how the automotive industry is adjusting in a COVID-19 world. Moderated by Rabindra (Robby) Ratan, Associate Professor and AT&T Scholar, Department of Media & Information. Featuring:

  • Andrea Brimmer - B.A. Advertising '87
    Chief Marketing and Public Relations Officer, Ally Financial
  • Jim Huston - B.A. Advertising '81
    Chief Revenue Officer, AutoAlert
  • Jeff Rachor - B.A. Communication '83
    Chief Executive Officer, Berkshire Hathaway Automotive

June 9 - Inside Production

Spartan alumni share how COVID-19 has affected the production of entertainment, news and sports programming. Moderated by Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D., Professor, MSU School of Journalism. Featuring:

  • Catherine Brosseau - B.A. Communication '96
    Executive Producer, CNN
  • Greg Harrison - B.A. Telecommunication '91
    Chief Creative Officer, Agency, MOCEAN
  • Richard Isakow - B.A. TISM '05
    Senior Producer, NFL Network

June 4 - Beverage Industry

Spartan alumni share how COVID-19 has affected the beverage industry. Moderated by Andy Corner, APR - Professor of Practice, Department of Advertising + Public Relations. Featuring:

  • Jim Kanter - B.A. Advertising '92
    Chief Commercial Officer, Sprecher Brewing Co.
  • John Parks - B.A. Advertising '84
    Executive Vice President, Becharas Brothers Coffee Co.
  • Adam Warrington - B.A. History '98
    Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility - Better World, Anheuser-Busch

May 27 - Future of Sports

Take a behind-the-scenes look as Spartan alumni discuss the future of sports amidst the global pandemic. Moderated by Al Martin, WKAR. Featuring:

  • Jeff Genthner - B.A. Telecommunication '80
    Senior Vice President, General Manager FOX Sports South/Carolinas/Tennessee and Fox Sports Southeast
  • Jason Hillman - B.A. Journalism '94
    Basketball Chief of Staff/Team Counsel Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Matt McConnell - B.A. Telecommunication '85
    Play-By-Play Broadcaster Arizona Coyotes

May 15 - Broadcast News


Take a behind-the-scenes look at how Spartan alumni are working today in broadcast news. Moderated by Bob Gould, School of Journalism. Featuring:

  • Carolyn Clifford - B.A. Journalism '01
    Co-anchor Action News, WXYZ-TV (Detroit)
  • Aisha Howard - B.A. Journalism '07
    Evening Anchor, 11Alive Atlanta, NBC
  • Steve Patterson - B.A. Journalism '08
    Correspondent, NBC News.