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Senior Portfolio Day - April 23, 2014

April 2014

In the School of Visual and Communication Arts, Senior Portfolio Day is an Opportunity for graduating students to meet with and receive valuable feedback from industry professionals in their respective disciplines. This year the students of VisCom rose to the occasion and the event was a smashing success.  Congratulations to our graduating seniors!

Production Studio-Communication Students

817 Graphic Design Students and instructors

Michael Coleman (KCTV 5 Sports Anchor) Reviewer for Sports Comm

Communication Alumni, Trisha Simmons, Lynette Galvin and Emilee Bilyeu return to be reviewers for AD/PR students.


VisCom Alum Making her Mark

March 2014

Congratulations to our former Talon Team Member, and VisCom Alum Lauren McCarthy who is making her mark on the Auto Industry as Chair of the 2014 KC Auto Show!  Lauren received her Communication Degree in advertising and public relations and also played on the AU Basketball team.  Currently she is Marketing Director for McCarthy Auto Group.



Emilee Bilyeu visits Branding Students

March 2014

Emilee Bilyeu, Avila Communications Alum and now Marketing Manager for the Overland Park Convention Center visited with Integrated Branding students sharing the intricacies and nuances of brand management in the highly competitive hospitality industry.  Ms. Bilyeu also critiqued student projects and offered critical insights on ways to improve their personal branding projects.

Rising Star Reflections

Spring 2013

Lauren McCarthy is a Rising Star, Class of 2014. Lauren works in public relations for the McCarthy Auto Group. She is a proud supporter of Catholic education and sits on several boards at Avila University. Lauren was the co-chairman of Avila’s 37th Annual Steer Dinner and Auction. She is also a member of Young Variety and a board member for the Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Kansas City. Lauren was the first female chairman of the KC Auto Show in 2014.

John and Nancy McCarthy with Lauren McCarthy at the 2013 Avila University Steer Dinner and Auction


The Zoo Crew

October 2013

Jacqueline Sharp, Event Manager at the Kansas City Zoo and one of our recent graduates, is giving back to a new crop of Vis Com students. Community Relations Practicum and Sports promotion students brainstormed with Jackie during a recent class visit.  In December students will each pitch a sports, educational or special event plan to the Kansas City Zoo.  The goal is to have one or more of their plans selected for implementation.

Picture is Jacqueline Sharp


Animated Film Premiers

October 2013

Vis Com faculty and students are very proud of 2013 Film and Digital Media graduate Yohei Ishihama.  Yohei was invited to screen his film at the 13 annual Kansas International Film Festival.  His screening was the world premiere of his short animated film, Detective Maverick.  From left to right Professor Benjamin Pascoe, Professor Dotty Hamilton, film maker Yohei Ishihama and Professor Nicole Esquibel celebrate his achievement.


Mike B. Rollen ' 10, Film & Digital Media
Mike's documentary film "Kansas City Murder Factory" has been shown at the international film festival and other numerous places. Learn more his film and he produced it.




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