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CommArts Alumnus Shares How She Ties Theory to Practice as HR Professional  

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Brenda Polanco '13/ M.A. '19

As an employment specialist in Seton Hall's Department of Human Resources, Brenda Polanco '13/M.A.'19, incorporates the skills she gained from her graduate studies in the College of Communication and the Arts into her work on a daily basis. Polanco attended the University for her undergraduate degree and earned her B.A. in Business Administration, which led her to a career in HR. After time in the corporate sector, Brenda returned to her alma mater to work in HR and obtain her master's degree.

"During my time as an undergraduate student, I loved the culture here and enjoyed the courses that were offered," Polanco said.

Polanco is successful in her career in HR and as a communication professional. Polanco will present her research: "Communication Skills for Survival, Breaking the Glass Ceiling for Latinas," at the National Communication Association's annual conference in November. "I am grateful for this opportunity to present my work. I never saw myself speaking at a conference, but Dr. Robinson motivated me and showed me that the sky's the limit."

Polanco attributes her successes to her studies in the program and expressed appreciation for the engagement and various interactions with professors. "The professors are true experts in the field of communication, and it is reflective in their teaching style and student successes."

Now an alumna of the College of Communication and the Arts, Polanco applies all she's learned to her job as an employment specialist. "The training and development theories I learned in the program have changed my outlook on how I do my job. What I learned has enhanced the methods used, which results in better training outcomes."

Polanco shared how the College can help aspiring students grow. "All of the courses and assignments are transferrable to the workplace," she said.

Along with a variety of courses to choose from, Polanco expressed how the program allotted for creative freedom. "The M.A. in Communication program provides students the opportunity to explore topics of interest that are rooted in the communication field and allow for creativity in and out of the classroom setting."

The College currently offers three graduate-level programs, including Museum Professions, Communication and Public Relations. In addition, four dual-degree options, including three accelerated master's/B.A. programs and a dual M.A. degree with the School of Diplomacy and International Relations are offered.

For more information about Graduate Studies within the College of Communication and the Arts, please contact Dr. Ryan Hudes.

Categories: Alumni , Arts and Culture , Nation and World

For more information, please contact:

  • Ryan Hudes, Ph.D
  • (973) 275-4832
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