Current Students



Brikkel Rucker

Brikkel rucker

Career Interest: Student Affairs, Higher Education 
Extracurriculars: Black Student Union - Activities Chair, Student Research Assistant, CURS Intern, Pamplin Student Ambassador, Lambda Pi Eta - President 
Favorite Classes: Theoretical Perspectives
Scholarship: Jenny York Scholarship 

“I like the diversity I've experienced being a Communication major. From the variety of students I've had the privilege to interact with, to the many sub-disciplines under Communication, I've enjoyed being exposed to it all.”



Drew Thomas

Drew Thomas

Career Interest: Filmmaker
Extracurriculars: Writing & producing screenplays
See award-winning short film
Favorite Class: Intro to Filmmaking

"I love collaborating with other like-minded individuals who want to create something beautiful, and the program offers me the chance to do that."



Megan Johnson

Megan Johnson

Career Interest: Broadcast, Radio, or Public Relations
Extracurriculars: AU Orientation Leader, Pamplin Student Ambassador, Student Leadership Challenge, Lambda Pi Eta
Favorite Classes: Interpersonal Communication & Public Relations

“I like how all of the Communication classes are hands on. You do not just sit in a classroom and listen to a lecture, you experience what you are learning. The professors want students to do well and achieve their goals and they go above and beyond to make sure we do.”



Elizabeth Hundt

ELIZABETH HUNDT

Career Interest: Journalism / Media Production
Extracurriculars: Augusta Sailing Club
Favorite Class: Ireland Study Abroad

"I love being a Communication major because of the wide range of professional skills this department teaches you. This major allows for you to build on your writing abilities while at the same time preparing you for the professional world."



Benjamin Evans

Benjamin Evans

Career Interest: Theater / Film
Extracurriculars: AU Theatre Productions - Actor, Crew; Theatre Guild - Officer
Favorite Class: Acting I
Scholarship: Elsie Solomon Hirsh Memorial Scholarship

"I like that I have access to some of the most caring professors on campus that allow me to get the best education for my future."



Hannah Kitchens

Hannah Kitchens

Career Interest: Public Relations for Aquarium / Marine Biology Research
Extracurriculars: Set-up and execute golf tournaments
Favorite Class: Fundamentals of Human Communication

"I was always very shy and reserved, however, being in this major has brought me out of my shell in ways I never thought possible. My teachers and peers are always encouraging and I love the creative aspects that can be found in nearly every facet of the major."



Cynthia Panzella

Cynthia Panzella

Career Interest: Film
Extracurriculars: Five Study Abroad trips, Student Assistant - Communication, honor societies, cinematographer and short film collaboration
Favorite Class: Japanese Cinema
Scholarship: Pamplin Talent Scholarship

"I like being a Communication major because it places emphasis on what I find most interesting: creating connections between people. Communication is an art that goes back to the beginning of humanity; it is ever evolving, and it encapsulates the human experience."



Fre'Derek Miles

Fre'Derek Miles

Career Interest:  Film & Media
Extracurriculars: President – Black Student Union, Pamplin Student Ambassador, Founder - Enactus
Favorite Class:  Television Production 

"I chose Communication because I enjoy communicating with others.  I feel that through communication, understanding is gained.  Whether a business is trying to promote themselves to the public or a friendship is trying to stay afloat, communication is key in all aspects of life."



Zhenya Townley

Zhenya Townley

Career Interest: Documentarian
Extracurriculars: Online & Design Editor – Bell Ringer, Pamplin Student Ambassador
Favorite Class: History of Mass Media 

"I like being a Communication major because many think it is easy, but I am able to prove them wrong. I enjoy showing them that this major requires dedication and hands-on experience that will be useful in future endeavors.”



Allie Berres

Allie Berres

Career Interest: Social Media Director or Public Relations with Part-Time Theatre
Extracurriculars: AU's Theatre Productions - Actress, Crew
Favorite Class: Narrative Reporting

"What I love most about being a Communication major is that you can see the students and faculty have a close relationship with each other."



Jasmine Garcia

Jasmine "Jacques Jacques" Garcia

Career Interest: Film Industry - Editor, Cinematographer, Director, Set Crew, or Screenwriter
Extracurriculars: SPFX Makeup & Playing with my dogs
Favorite Class: Writing for Theatre – a surprising revelation to me
Scholarship: Connie Vance Scholarship

"I chose Communication because I wanted to from the beginning, but instead originally chose majors I thought were more practical. It’s not really practical though to exert energy on subjects you’re not very good at while avoiding what you’re naturally inclined towards.  I like Communication because I have a lot of creative freedom.”



Erin Johnson

Erin Johnson

Career Interest: Marketing Brand Coordinator 
Extracurriculars: Phoenix Contributor, Pamplin Student Ambassador
Favorite Class: Theoretical Perspectives  

“What I like most about being a communication major is that we can express ourselves with our creativity, whether writing, broadcasting, drawing or cinema. There is no limit to what we can do.”


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