Hometown: Norwalk, Conn.
Major: Relational Communication
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Relational Communication
Internships: BillBoard Bands in Norwalk, Conn.
Activities: Student representative to the faculty, off-campus pottery club
Honors and Awards: Dean's List, fall 2007; Honor Roll, fall 2006, spring 2007
Lianne Hunter didn't take the typical graduate-from-high-school, attend-a-four-year-college route to arrive at WestConn. "I started out at Norwalk Community College after taking a year off after high school," she explains. "I was at Norwalk Community College for two years."
"I decided to come to WestConn because I knew most of my credits would transfer and I wanted to major in the relational communication program. I have always been interested in communication and feel that it is a relevant major that offers a great deal of possibilities for career choices. I also really like to interact with people and wanted to make sure that I could transfer that interest into a career."
Now, poised to graduate and enter the workforce, Hunter pauses to acknowledge Chairman of the Communication Department Dr. Bill Petkanas for his influence and assistance. "Dr. Petkanas, who is also my adviser, has been a great help and support to me and has always helped me stay on track and answered all my questions," she says.
Asked what she will remember most about her WestConn experience, Hunter says, “All my experiences here at WestConn are memorable because I found the faculty to be very helpful and the students in my classes all very friendly. I actually enjoyed all my classes!.”
After graduation, Hunter plans to work "with grad school a possibility for the future."
Hunter's advice to new students entering WCSU is: “Put a great deal of thought and consideration into your major -- make sure you are interested in the classes you are going to have to take as well as the career that the major will prepare you for.”