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Community Leader Launches Black History MonthBradley Bennett, executive editor of The South Florida Times, kicked off a series of events in celebration of Black History Month. Bennett, a former Miami Herald reporter and editor, elevated the dialogue about issues that can improve the lives of people in the black community and foster relationships among individuals of different ethnic backgrounds.While recounting his career, Bennett encouraged students to believe in their abilities and strive for greatness in order to face and overcome obstacles that may appear as threats on their roads to success. With the changing media landscape, Bennett also discussed the important role the media plays in introducing discussions on race, and its pivotal role in major events such as the civil rights movement.Bennett’s appearance was also an opportunity for students to learn more about his industry, and served as an open door for Iasia Jenkins, a sophomore College of Business student and editor-in-chief of The Wildcat Chronicles, the campus student newspaper, who now contributes a column to The South Florida Times.In addition to Bennett’s motivational discussion, the Office of Student Activities orchestrated a series of events in honor of Black History Month including “Negative Words: A Discussion,” hosted by Iota Phi Theta, “The Emmet Till Story: Documentary and Discussion on Race and the Justice System,” and “Stereotypes and T-Shirts” on the effect of labels on the temperment of race relations.“The [Stereotypes and T-shirts] event gave everyone a chance to learn about new stereotypes and ask questions without feeling intimidated or cautious. In the end, I learned a lot,” said senior hospitality major, Jeff Saylor.With each event as a catalyst, students concluded that, above all, talking about issues surrounding stereotypes and discrimination is the best way to resolve misconceptions and create open-minded perspectives.
Emmy Winner Offers Insight of Industry InsiderLisa Petrillo, Emmy Award-winning entertainment reporter for South Florida’s WFOR CBS-4, gave College of Business students a behind-the scenes look at life in the television industry. Petrillo detailed her career and how she was able to break into television and remain a force in the South Florida entertainment world. In addition to her beat on CBS-4, Petrillo is the Miami correspondent for “Extra.”Petrillo recounted a landmark interview with Sir Paul McCartney. Though she was unprepared and underdressed, she decided to tape the interview on a Saturday afternoon. It was a turning point in her career, the result of being willing to take a chance. She used the story as an example of a last-minute opportunity that came when she least expected it and ended up being a milestone in her career. She spoke of being prepared for opportunities that can potentially provide invaluable experience.Fashion merchandising students were also interested to learn more about the fashion aspect of Petrillo’s beat. The presentation included various news clips featuring Petrillo at work followed by an overview of how each of the stories advanced her career.
“In such a challenging economic environment, it is more important than
ever that we continue to provide our students with experiential
education opportunities within their respective industries. Their
industry experiences will be increasingly important in this highly
competitive job market.”