Farewell to our May 2014 Graduates!

Name: Katie DoanKatie Doan2

Major: Public Relations, Business Foundations

Hometown: Chicago, Ill

Future Plans: After graduation I will be moving back to Chicago to work at a small agency that focuses on corporate communications called Reputation Partners.

Advice to Underclassman: Never underestimate the power of networking. It may be uncomfortable but it gets easier with practice, and learning how to build relationships with people is an integral part of the communications field.


Regina FName: Regina Flanigan, former Vice President of Chapter Development

Major/Minor: English/Business

Hometown: Portland, Texas

Future Plans: Working in public relations or communication, and definitely becoming a mentor to PRSSA members!

Advice to Underclassmen: Don’t be afraid to take positions in similar fields like advertising, marketing or corporate communications – there is always more to learn about this industry, especially when so much of it overlaps. Learn how to take feedback. And don’t forget that networking isn’t just for professionals. The people you meet here could be your coworkers, the interns you manage, or your fellow future industry leaders. What starts here changes the world and that begins with us.


Name: Amanda Grindele, former VP of Special EventsAmanda Grindele

Major: Public Relations, Business Foundations

Hometown: Rowlett, Texas

Future Plans: I will be going into technical sales with Oracle and working from their Austin offices. From then on, I’ll just be rolling with the punches. Eventually, however, I would like to end up back in Dallas, possibly in a digital consulting role.

Advice to Underclassmen: My biggest piece of advice, and something I wish I would have understood as a freshman and sophomore, is that proactively seeking out and pursuing what you want is the only way you’re going to get it. Above all else – grades, an impressive resume, clout, etc. – employers want to see ambition and fearlessness. You are no more and no less capable than you believe yourself to be.


Name: Laura Lee HarrisLaura Lee Harris

Major: Public Relations, Business Foundations

Hometown: Coppell, Texas

Future Plans: Work in the events industry

Advice to Underclassmen: People always tell you to network, volunteer and intern, but only do if you are going above and beyond so that your superiors in these situations                                                                                            will remember and recommend you.


Name: Aly Kasberg, former VP of Public Relations

Aly Kasberg

Major: Public Relations, Business Foundations, TexasMedia Sequence

Hometown: New Braunfels, Texas

Future Plans: Moving to Chicago to work at Digitas as a Media Planner

Advice to Underclassmen: College is what you make it! This University will present you will some stellar opportunities, but it’s up to you to take them. Never be afraid to go after what you want!


amy lachName: Amy Lach

Major: Public Relations, Business Foundations

Hometown: The Woodlands, Texas

Future Plans: I aspire to pursue a career in corporate event planning and/or community relations. After traveling in Europe for a month after graduation, I look forward to starting work in either Austin or Houston.

Advice to Underclassmen: Start interning early on in college to gain experience and get a better idea of what you want to do after graduation. If you have the opportunity to study abroad, do it! Living and studying in another country will enhance your perspective of the world. Finally, work hard but don’t forget to have fun, because it’s the relationships you form in college that can last a lifetime.


Name: Austin Malcolm, former PresidentAustin Malcolm

Major: Public Relations, Business Foundations

Hometown: Denton, Texas

Future Plans: Assistant Director of iD Tech Camp at Stanford University

Advice to Underclassmen: My advice would be something that seems obvious but is commonly overlooked. You are young. You will be young for another 10 years. That means you have another 10 years of making mistakes, getting in awkward situations, and constantly being embarrassed. Don’t beat yourself up about anything in life right now, “Take chances, make mistakes, get messy.” – Miss Frizzle


Morgan PesanteName: Morgan Pesante

Major: Public Relations, Business Foundations

Hometown: Denton, Texas

Future Plans: I will be interning at FleishmanHillard Austin this summer.

Advice to Underclassmen: Enjoy every moment of your time at UT because it’s precious. Make lifelong friends and memories. Try not to stress about the little things because everything always has a way of working itself out in the end.


Name: Samantha SubarSamantha S

Major: Public Relations, Business Foundations, TexasMedia Sequence

Hometown: Plano, Texas

Future Plans: Public Relations Associate for Spredfast

Advice to Underclassmen: Network and work hard at your internships, they could turn into something!


Name: Monica RodriguezMonica Rodz

Major: Public Relations, Business Foundations

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Future Plans: Accepted full-time account coordinator position in Austin at Steel Branding

Advice to Underclassmen: Don’t compare yourself to others. Your time will come and it will all be worth it. Make sure you keep an open mind because the world of PR can take you anywhere.


Maria VName: Maria Villasenor

Major: Public Relations, Business Foundations

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

Future Plans: To stay in Austin and practice PR in the tech field, preferably the gaming industry.

Advice to Underclassmen: There are so many opportunities and resources available. Don’t wait, take advantage of everything.


Congratulations to our graduates! We can’t wait to see the many amazing things you all accomplish. Time to change the world!