Recent college grads affirm, praise, extol, et al. the value of their English majors

Several recent Salve Regina graduates with English degrees are returning to campus on Saturday to talk to current majors about the career paths their English degrees opened up for them when the university’s department of English and Communications hosts “Career Day” on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 1-2:30 p.m. in DiStefano Lecure Hall, located in the Antone Academic Center on Lawrence Avenue.

This event is not open to the public, but media is welcome to attend. Members of the panel will include:

Kalene Brennan graduated in 2008 with a B.A. in English Communications. She began working for AIDS Care Ocean State (ACOS) as a per-diem development assistant and worked her way up to development and communications manager, managing events, designing communications collateral, including a new website, and working to create a strategic plan. She left ACOS in 2012 and worked in development and communications for an outpatient substance abuse program and for WhyHunger, a worldwide organization that develops sustainable, grassroots solutions to end hunger and poverty. She recently accepted a position as director of development at the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence in Rhode Island, where she is responsible for writing grants, cultivating relationships with foundations and individual donors, planning events, and creating a communications strategy.

Steve Cunha received his B.A. in English Communications in 2009. Since then, he has worked at several Division I, II, and III colleges in the NCAA. He has done athletic media relations at the University of North Georgia, Dartmouth College and Trinity College in Connecticut. He currently serves as the sports information director at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut, where he serves as the primary media contact for the college’s 13 varsity athletic programs.

Emily Ferro graduated in 2012 with a B.A. in English Literature. In 2013, she went on to earn her MLitt in publishing studies at the University of Stirling in Scotland. Following her year in Scotland, she moved to Vermont to work as a production editor at Dartmouth Journal Services. In this role, she worked for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a scientific journal with weekly print editions. After gaining a year of experience, she moved into the position of marketing coordinator at Ashgate Publishing, an academic book publisher in Burlington, Vermont.

Lauren Kane graduated with her B.A. in English Literature, with minors in communications and philosophy, in 2015. She is currently a first-year master’s student at Yale University, working on a degree in religion and literature. She hopes to continue on to doctoral work focusing on John Milton and the early seventeenth century. She has also started as an intern at the Yale University Press, working in the editorial acquisitions department.

Erica McLaughlin graduated in 2015 with her B.A. in English Communications. She now works as traffic manager and account coordinator for the Boston-based advertising agency Mittcom, where she runs the daily activities and manages projects between the account executives and the creative department. She is also beginning to run some of her own projects and clients (mostly pro-bono) to get acquainted with the management side of agency work. Her job focuses on organization, communication between the teams, and the creation of schedules and goals for clients.

Liz Steinhardt Pollock graduated in 2006 with a B.A. in English Communications. She is a managing supervisor at FleishmanHillard public relations and marketing agency, working to lead integrated client accounts across a wide range of industries, including consumer, fitness, beauty, technology, B2B, and healthcare. She is also a co-founder of Boston FHit, a proprietary fitness and wellness-based integrated communications offering led out of FleishmanHillard’s Boston office. FHit targets up-and-coming clients in the fitness, wellness and sports space. In her time at the agency, she has worked on accounts including AT&T, Samsung, L’Oreal, Philips, the U.S. Olympic Committee, Barnes & Noble, and the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, and has secured media placements for clients in top-tier publications and outlets including Men’s Health, Today Show, The New York Times, SHAPE, and Fitness Magazine, among others.