Chris is the Director of Communications for the State College Area School District. He has held this position since 2015; prior to this work, he was an award-winning journalist for 25 years. In his current position, he also oversees the district’s website and social media channels, helping to tell the stories of students, teachers, and staff members in order to fulfill the district administration’s responsibility to be open and responsive with the community. Chris welcomes the opportunity to speak with students about applying a storytelling approach to school public relations.
Julie is the Manager of Internships for the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications. In this position, she serves the College’s some 2,700 students in all manners of career preparation, specifically focusing on internship placement as well as resume and cover letter writing. The office also conducts a number of career-related programs for students, including guest speakers, mock interviews, and internship and resume workshops; Julie has also helped to spearhead the latest addition to the career/internship fair offerings by launching COMM Careers in the Capital in 2018, held in Washington, D.C. This program will become another annual offering, joining JobExpo.COMM on campus and Success in the City, in New York City.
Julie previously served as Director of Communications for the State College Area School District. She was the primary point of contact for district and community relations, coordinating 10,000 parent contacts, communicating with 1,300 employees, and initiating and mapping all communications plans for district and building level projects. Julie was the district’s primary contact with the media and coordinated brand and logo use by district stakeholders.
Before that, Julie served as an Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator for Penn State’s women’s volleyball team. In that role, Julie also worked with event management, marketing, promotions, and served as the liaison with the team’s booster club. She previously served as an Assistant Coach at the University of Houston and William & Mary.
Julie earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Penn State and was a member of the women’s volleyball team.