Panther Alumni Week (PAW) is FIU’s annual alumni week of service, during which alumni are invited to return as guest speakers to inspire our students and share career advice. Students were given the opportunity to ask questions to alumni and learn from their experiences. This year, Communication Arts speakers included Sarah Hernandez ’15 and Keysha Rejouis ’15.
“It was wonderful to be able to come back and speak to students about my past experiences. The Communication Arts program gave me the necessary skills and knowledge to land my current position,” says Sarah Hernandez, recent Communication Arts graduate.
Hernandez graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s in Communication Arts and is currently the Associate Marketing Manager for The International Seakeepers Society. In her current position she is involved in spearheading the E3 Cuba Experience project. She works closely with yacht captains and owners who have interest in working with the DISCOVERY Yacht program to visit the island and engage in oceanographic research, conservation and education.
Prior to graduating, she served as the President of Lambda Pi Eta. Under her leadership, Lambda Pi Eta’s membership tripled, and she spearheaded regular chapter meetings and improved the chapter’s overall unity, organization, and infrastructure. In addition to her leadership role with Lambda Pi Eta, Hernandez was also member of the Order of Omega Leadership Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, and Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority.
Also returning for PAW was Keysha Rejouis, currently working for The Miami Foundation. She was excited to return to reunite with the faculty that inspired her to get involved. She spoke to students in Professor Hardy’s Leadership class about getting involved in projects such as the Youth-Police Community Dialogues, Lambda Pi Eta, and internships. Her involvement in department activities helped her prepare for her current position where she is currently in charge of managing the development databases, membership mailings, and created a new empowerment series for young girls to evoke open dialogue and to generate self-esteem.
PAW takes place each spring semester. To sign up for more information about next year’s program email firstname.lastname@example.org.