Giving Back, Gaining New Ground: PRoBono Sets Record Highs in Its Fifth Year 

BU COM’s student-staffed agency PRLab held its annual philanthropic event, PRoBono, on Nov. 3, 2017, with a record number of 100 student-volunteers. Students of diverse majors and grade levels came together, divided up into teams, and conquered nonprofit client projects for free overnight, in an 18-hour marathon, providing services from public relations and marketing to web design. The event started at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and ended the following Saturday at 12 p.m. in COM 209, which became the mecca of…

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A Spark in the Dark: An Interview with Sumaira Ahmed (COM’10) 

In 2014, Bollywood triple threat and COM alumna, Sumaira Ahmed, was diagnosed with sero-negative neuromyelitis optica (NMO)—a rare autoimmune disease. Ahmed channeled this hardship into passion and determination by creating The Sumaira Foundation for NMO. Ahmed implements the confidence and skills she acquired at BU into all her endeavors. Shira Levin: In the video, Illuminating the Darkness of Neuromyelitis Optica—The Sumaira Foundation, you say your life changed overnight. Can you elaborate on this?  Sumaira Ahmed: After college, I started…

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Blogs From Abroad: Art Hopping In London, Asli Aybar (COM’19, CAS’19)

If someone had told me study abroad classes in London would primarily consist of field trips around the city, I would have applied to the program a long time ago. When I got to the BU London campus, I didn’t expect my history class, a course focused on influential women in Britain from the 1600s to post-World War II, to involve us leaving the classroom so often. For nearly each session, I found myself in a plethora of galleries, museums, and libraries all the way from the neighborhood of…

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Jason Gan (Questrom ‘16, COM ‘16) on Breathing the Creative Side of Advertising 

The advertising industry’s evergreen need for creativity makes it significant for AD professionals to pursue new ideas on a daily base.The COMmunicator caught up with Jason Gan (Questrom ‘16, COM ‘16), junior art director at Arnold Worldwide, on his experience of being a creative director in an advertising agency and how COM helped him launch his career in advertising. Life out of COM:…

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