The COMmunicator is the official student-run website of Boston University’s Department of Mass Communication, Advertising and Public Relations under the leadership of Professor Dorothy Clark. Through news pieces, insider stories, personal blogs and more, we bring the COMmunity to you. We also feature faculty news and awards, interviews with alumni, and published work from students both here and studying abroad. Whether you are from Boston University or you are visiting our site for the first time, welcome!
If you would like to contribute or learn more about opportunities with The COMmunicator, please contact Professor Dorothy Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The COMmunicator’s Executive Board for Spring 2016
Katherine Seaton, Editor-in-Chief
Katherine is a second-year graduate student at the School of Communication and the Pardee School of Global Studies. She is pursuing a dual-degree in international relations and international communication (IRIC). Before attending BU, she worked at an international non-profit in Washington, DC for three years as their development coordinator. She graduated from American University in 2012 with a degree in international communication. Born and raised in Vermont, Katherine enjoys the cold weather and snow, especially watching it fall as she drinks a hot cup of coffee and works on a crossword puzzle.
Nick Persad, Managing Editor
Nick is a second-year graduate student in public relations. He has an M.A. in publishing and writing from Emerson College and a B.A. in magazine journalism from SUNY Plattsburgh. Nick has held internships at a newspaper, a fashion magazine, a fashion PR firm and an educational publishing company. He is an avid reader and hopes to apply his PR skills in book publicity. He hails from the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago and has—according to everyone but himself—an unhealthy obsession with Hello Kitty.
Denise Joseph, Senior Editor/Faculty Liaison
Denise is a graduate student studying mass communication. She is a BU staff member at the College of Engineering managing an academic center and a technical journal in the Division of Systems Engineering. Denise has an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from Wesleyan University and a Master’s in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
Grace Thompson, Senior Editor
Grace is a third-semester graduate student in advertising. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNY Geneseo. She has worked as a strategic planning intern at Plan-It Marketing in Boston. Before attending BU, she worked at a pet store for two years, where she built an impressive collection of pets, including a chameleon named Gary. In her spare time, she binge-watches anime and crochets stuffed-animal pokemon.
Shruti Bhiwandiwala, Senior Editor
Shruti is a second-year graduate student in advertising. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in mass media, as well as a Master’s degree in english literature. In the last year, she has donned several professional hats, from being a graphic designer at an educational services startup to a book editor at a small Indian publishing house. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, reading, doodling, movie marathons, discovering new music, and indulging in passionate discussions about Harry Potter and the brilliance of British musicians.
Yi Yang, Multimedia Director
Yi is a second-year graduate student in public relations, and holds a B.S. in communication studies from Marquette University. He is an award-winning music producer and resident DJ in Shenyang City. Although born and raised in China, Yi spent his youth in London. His multi-cultural experiences has shaped his style in writing and producing. With two debut singles on App-Echo front page and six headlining shows, summer 2016 has been a winning season for Yi.
Maya Vaidya, Social Media/Marketing Director
Born and raised in sunny Florida, Maya is a third semester graduate student studying public relations. After receiving her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Florida, she worked for two years for a U.S. Senator. Since starting at BU, she’s held a PR internship at the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. She is an avid collector of new friends and loves bonding with others through good conversation and good food.
Elain Wang, Social Media/Marketing Director
Elain is a senior studying public relations and business administration. She is from Taipei, Taiwan, and she spent her high school years near the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Elain is also on the E-Board of BU PRSSA, as well as a member of Tri Delta.
Sabrina Katz, Study Abroad Coordinator
Sabrina is a senior finishing her undergraduate degree in Advertising. When she’s not in class, Sabrina loves to read, taste the local vegan fare, explore the city, and drink peppermint tea.
Paisley Piasecki, Webmaster
Paisley is a senior studying advertising with minors in French and arts administration. She interns at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, runs a website for Boston college women, and is also an Interactive Manager in AdLab. When she’s not running around COM, you can find her practicing yoga, eating Georgetown cupcakes, or skyping with her sorority in Paris. She loves designing websites and is developing a program to teach other students how to do it too.