Two students selected as Summer Tieger Fellows in Public Affairs Communications

The University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication announced the selection of two new Tieger Fellows for the summer of 2021: Megan Mittelhammer and Jake Strickland. The Tieger Fellowship gives current students pursuing a Public Affairs Professional Certificate in Public Affairs Communications (PAC) the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to real-world public affairs work promoting the PAC program.

The summer Tieger Fellows are responsible for day-to-day efforts to promote the program through use of media relations and social and digital media. Fellows work under the guidance of Professor Joseph Watson, Jr., program director and Carolyn Caudell Tieger Professor of Public Affairs Communications.

The PAC program provides students with practical training in the strategy and practice of public affairs communications focused on public policy and politics.

This summer, Mittelhammer and Strickland are putting their PAC education to good use for the program and in their workplaces. Mittelhammer is charged with spotlighting students and alumni, especially those participating in the GradyDC summer program. Strickland will manage the program’s social and digital media.

The Tieger Fellowship is funded by Carolyn Caudell Tieger (ABJ ’69) who spent 40 years in Washington, D.C. working in public affairs and politics.

“I am delighted to welcome Megan and Jake as our 2021 Tieger Summer Fellows,” said Watson. “This fellowship, made possible by the vision and funding provided by Carolyn Caudell Tieger, allows us to provide exceptional students like Megan and Jake with the opportunity to promote the PAC program and develop skills that will prepare them for their careers. It is increasingly important to provide students with a practical education in public affairs communications and these students recognize this. I am confident that Megan and Jake will do an excellent job of managing the day-to-day activities of the program this summer and I look forward to working with them.”

The new Tieger Fellows are excited to get started and use their training to serve the program that has helped prepare them for their future careers.

Megan Mittelhammer, from Atlanta, Georgia, is a rising senior majoring in journalism with a minor in political science. She is interning this summer in communications for the Office of Governor Brian Kemp. On campus, Mittelhammer has experience working as editor-in-chief, news editor and social media editor for The Red & Black. This past semester, Mittelhammer served as a Yarbrough public relations fellow, which she will continue in the fall.

Jake Strickland, from Dallas, Georgia, is a rising senior majoring in public relations and political science with an Arch-Ready professional certificate. Strickland’s summer will be spent in Washington, D.C. at the University’s Delta Hall where he is participating in the GradyDC program as a digital media and marketing intern for the Human Rights Campaign. Strickland has previously interned for The Partnership, a PR agency, and as a field intern for Let America Vote. On campus, he has worked as engagement editor and social media editor at The Red & Black and for the Professional Clothing Closet as communications director.

Sarah Geary selected as summer Tieger Fellow in Public Affairs Communications

The University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication announced the selection of a new Tieger Fellow for the summer of 2020 — Sarah Geary. The Tieger Fellowship supports the mission of the College’s first-in-the-nation Public Affairs Communications (PAC) Program by promoting PAC’s unique existence.

The PAC program provides students with practical training in the strategy and practice of public affairs communications focused on public policy and politics. The program allows students to apply skills learned in the classroom to real world public affairs jobs.

Tieger Fellows are responsible for day-to-day efforts to promote the program through use of media relations, event planning and social and digital media. Fellows work under the guidance of Joseph Watson, Jr., Professor of Public Affairs Communications.

This summer, Geary will manage internal and external communications for PAC, contacting and spotlighting PAC students and alumni, as well as producing digital content for the program’s social media accounts and blog.

The Tieger Fellowship is funded by Carolyn Caudell Tieger (ABJ ’69) who spent 40 years in Washington, D.C. working in public affairs and politics. She also funds the Tieger Professorship currently held by Watson, who also has a distinguished background in the field.

“I am excited to welcome Sarah as our 2020 Tieger Summer Fellow,” said Watson. “This fellowship is made possible by the vision and funding provided by Carolyn Caudell Tieger. This support allows us to provide exceptional students like Sarah with the opportunity to promote the PAC program and develop skills that will prepare them for their careers. Now more than ever, it is important to provide students with a practical education in public affairs communications. I have full confidence that Sarah will do an outstanding job of showcasing our students and recent alumni this summer.”

Geary looks forward to using her PAC training to serve the program and prepare for her future career.

Sarah Geary, a Georgia native, is a rising senior studying public relations and political science. On campus, Geary has experience writing for the PRSSA Drewry Chapter at UGA and working as the press secretary for a UGA student government association executive campaign. This past year, Geary served as the communications intern for an immigration law firm. After graduation, Geary hopes to pursue a career in public affairs communications.

Three students selected as Tieger Fellows in Public Affairs Communications

Grady College announced the selection of three new Tieger Fellows for the fall of 2019: Carter Chapman, Raini Singleton and Grace Wilbanks.

The Tieger Fellowship supports the mission of the College’s first-in-the-nation Public Affairs Communications (PAC) program by providing students in the program the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to real-world public affairs work promoting the PAC program.

The Tieger Fellows, who are in the PAC program, are responsible for day-to-day public relations activities in furtherance of the program, including media relations, social and digital media and program promotion under guidance from Joseph Watson, Jr., program director and Carolyn Caudell Tieger Professor of Public Affairs Communications.

The Tieger Fellowship is funded with support from Grady College alumna Carolyn Caudell Tieger, who graduated in 1969 and also funds the Tieger Professorship currently held by Watson.

“We are proud to welcome Carter, Raini and Grace as our newest Tieger Fellows,” Watson said. “The continuation of this fellowship would not be possible without the vision and funding of Carolyn Caudell Tieger. Through her support, we are able to sustain this program and recognize these amazing students.  The Tieger Fellowship provides outstanding Grady College students with a unique opportunity to support the first-in-the-nation PAC program and develop skills that will prepare them for their careers.”

The Tieger Fellows promote Grady College’s novel PAC program.  The PAC program provides students with practical training in the strategy and practice of public affairs communications focused on public policy and politics. Grady College’s PAC courses help students develop specialized communications skills aimed at educating, shaping or changing public opinion on public policy, legislation, political candidates or issues.

The three students named are also in the University’s Public Affairs Professional Certificate Program and have complemented their academic learning with significant external experiences.

Carter Chapman is a senior majoring in Public Relations and Political Science pursuing a Public Affairs Professional Certificate in Public Affairs Communications and Applied Politics. He is from Acworth, Georgia. On campus, Chapman serves as the vice chairman of the College Republicans at UGA, and is a member of the UGA Wesley Foundation and PRSSA. He will pursue a master’s degree from Grady and then a career in communications in the public affairs sphere. Chapman serves as the media relations fellow.

Raini Singleton is a senior studying Political Science and Journalism pursuing a Public Affairs Professional Certificate in Public Affairs Communications. She is from Valdosta, Georgia. Over the course of her undergraduate experience, Singleton has served in a variety of different positions, including a news writer for The Red & Black, an intern with Foster, Hanks & Ballard, LLC in Monroe, and a study away student for travel writing in Prague. Upon graduating, she would like to practice communication and media law. Singleton serves as the program promotion fellow.

Grace Wilbanks is a junior majoring in Public Relations, minoring in Spanish and pursuing a Public Affairs Professional Certificate in Public Affairs Communications. She is from Orange County, Virginia. On campus Wilbanks is involved in the UGA Chapter of Delta Gamma and works as a Spanish interpreter for surrounding elementary schools. Wilbanks is also an avid equestrian. After graduation, she plans to attend law school and pursue a career in moral and ethics law on Capitol Hill. Wilbanks serves as the social and digital media fellow.

The Tieger Fellows are excited to enhance their skills in preparation for their careers while also promoting the Public Affairs Communications program.

Three students selected as Summer Tieger Fellows in Public Affairs Communications

The University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication announced the selection of three new Tieger Fellows for the summer of 2019: Maggie Cavalenes, Carter Chapman and Austin Gibbons. The Tieger Fellowship supports the mission of the College’s first-in-the-nation Public Affairs Communications (PAC) Program by providing students the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to real-world public affairs work promoting the PAC program.

The summer fellows will work to bolster the program’s digital brand, spotlight student success and showcase how the PAC program is contributing to the career pursuits of recent alumni.

Cavalenes is responsible for managing the program’s social and digital media. Chapman is charged with spotlighting students and alumni in Washington, D.C., especially those participating in the Grady@DC summer program. Gibbons is responsible for managing internal and external communications for the PAC program.

The Tieger Fellowship is funded by alumna Carolyn Caudell Tieger, a 1969 Grady graduate, who also funds the Carolyn Caudell Tieger Professorship currently held by Joseph Watson, Jr. Tieger spent a successful 40-year career in public affairs and politics in Washington, D.C. Professor Watson, also a veteran of politics and public affairs, held executive positions in both the public and private sectors before joining Grady.

“We are excited to welcome Maggie, Carter and Austin as our first Tieger Summer Fellows,” said Watson. “This fellowship is made possible by the vision and funding provided by Carolyn Caudell Tieger. This support allows us to provide these exceptional students with the opportunity to promote the PAC program and develop skills that will prepare them for their careers. I have full confidence that these three students will do an outstanding job of showcasing our students and recent alumni this summer.”

Cavalenes, Chapman and Gibbons are putting their PAC training to good use for the program, on UGA’s campus and in their workplaces this summer. They look forward to using these skills in their future careers.

Maggie Cavalenes is a rising senior who came to the University of Georgia from Cumming. During her time in Athens, she has studied public relations with a Public Affairs Professional Certificate. Cavalenes has honed her social and digital communications skills through public relations internships with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Disney College Program and UGA’s Division of Development and Alumni Relations. While spending her summer in New York City, Maggie will work as an intern for Guardian Insurance.

Carter Chapman is studying political science and public relations with a Public Affairs Professional Certificate. Since coming to UGA from Acworth, Chapman has spent time with the UGA Wesley Foundation and the UGA College Republicans, where he now serves as vice chair. Chapman’s summer will be spent in Delta Hall interning for Global Grady and Senator Johnny Isakson. After receiving his undergraduate degree in May 2020, Chapman will continue his studies at UGA by pursuing a master’s in advertising through Grady’s 4+1 program before pursuing a career in public affairs communications.

Austin Gibbons, a senior from Stone Mountain, is majoring in political science and public relations, with a Public Affairs Professional Certificate and a certificate in personal and organizational leadership. Last year, Gibbons held a research fellowship with UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government while being involved in several campus organizations. This summer, he is living in Delta Hall while interning for the American Red Cross and Senator Johnny Isakson’s office. Gibbons hopes to pursue a career in government relations after graduation.

Two Grady students selected as new Tieger Fellows in Public Affairs Communications

Students to conduct media relations for the nation’s first Public Affairs Communications program

The University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication announced the selection of two new Tieger Fellows for the spring of 2019: Madison Gable and Anna Leigh Herndon. The Tieger Fellowship supports the mission of the College’s first-in-the-nation Public Affairs Communications (PAC) Program by providing students the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to real-world public affairs work promoting the PAC program.

The new Tieger Fellows are responsible for managing media relations on behalf of the program and succeed the program’s first media relations fellow, Sarah Cunningham, who graduated in December. Herndon is responsible for managing local media relations while Gable is responsible for conducting national media relations.  

The Tieger Fellowship is funded with support from Grady College alumna Carolyn Caudell Tieger, who graduated in 1969 and who also funds the Tieger Professorship currently held by Joseph Watson, Jr.

“We are proud to welcome Anna Leigh and Madison as our newest Tieger Fellows,” said Watson. “This fellowship would not be possible without the vision and funding of Carolyn Caudell Tieger. Through her support we are able to continue to build upon the early successes of the program by recognizing amazing students and providing them with a unique opportunity to support the PAC program and develop skills that will prepare them for their careers.”

As members of the 2016 PAC cohort, Herndon and Gable have enriched their academic experiences with real-world applications. They are looking forward to serving the program in their respective roles and eventually using these learned skills in their careers.

Madison Gable is a senior studying journalism and political science and is expected to graduate in May 2019. Last year, Gable served as the director of policy research on UGA’s Student Government Association and was a staff writer at Georgia Political Review. Originally from Roswell, Georgia, Gable spent this past summer interning in the communications office at Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization in Washington D.C. After graduation, Gable hopes to pursue a career in public affairs communications.

Anna Leigh Herndon, from Valdosta, Georgia, is a senior studying public relations and political science. In addition to her role as a Tieger fellow, Herndon currently serves as the marketing and branding manager for The Red & Black student newspaper and the C. Richard Yarbrough Crisis Communication intern for the UGA Crisis Communication Coalition. Last summer, Herndon participated in the Grady@DC program, working as a press intern for U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson and a communications intern at the Institute for Energy Research. Upon graduating, Herndon would like to work in political communications.

Three students selected for Tieger Fellowship in Public Affairs Communications

Students will promote first Public Affairs Communications program in the nation

 The University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication announced the selection of three students as Tieger Fellows for the fall 2018 semester: Sarah Cunningham, Maria Stagliano and Avery Whitehead. The Tieger Fellowship builds upon Grady College’s first in the nation Public Affairs Communications (PAC) program by providing students with the opportunity to take on real-world responsibilities consistent with the mission of the program.

The Tieger Fellows, who are in the PAC program themselves, are responsible for day-to-day public relations activities in furtherance of the program, including media relations, social and digital media and program promotion under guidance from Joseph Watson, Jr., program director and Carolyn Caudell Tieger Professor of Public Affairs Communications.

The Tieger Fellowship is funded with support from Grady College alumna Carolyn Caudell Tieger, who graduated in 1969 and who also funds the Tieger Professorship currently held by Watson.

“The Tieger Fellowship is made possible by the generosity of Carolyn Caudell Tieger whose vision and support established the Tieger Professorship and the Public Affairs Communications program that I direct,” said Watson. “Carolyn is a constant source of support and wisdom for me and our students. Today’s announcement builds on the solid foundation of what we have begun and recognizes these outstanding students.”

The Tieger Fellows will work to promote Grady College’s novel PAC program.  The PAC program provides students with practical training in the strategy and practice of public affairs communications focused on public policy and politics. Grady College’s PAC courses help students develop specialized communications skills aimed at educating, shaping or changing public opinion on public policy, legislation, political candidates or issues.

“The creation of this Fellowship represents another extension of the Public Affairs Communications program at Grady by allowing the Fellows to create and manage a campaign to promote their own program,” said Tieger. “What a wonderful hands-on way of learning, and I commend Professor Watson for making this opportunity available to his students. The Grady PAC program, under his leadership, has truly caught on fire with almost triple the number of students this fall semester than when the program was launched in 2016, and I could not be prouder.”

The three students named are also in the University’s Public Affairs Professional Certificate Program and have complemented their academic learning with significant external experiences.

Sarah Cunningham, a Georgia native, is a senior public relations major and is expected to graduate in December of 2018. Last year, she interned for a local Athens nonprofit, the Economic Justice Coalition. Cunningham spent this past summer interning on the State Advocacy Media team at Planned Parenthood Federation of America in Washington, D.C. Cunningham plans to return to Washington after graduation to pursue a career in public affairs communications.

Maria Stagliano, a Georgia native, is a senior earning a degree in public relations and is the co-director for this year’s AdPR Connection. She also serves as the vice president of the International Association of Business Communicators’ UGA chapter, as well as heading the fundraising committee for PRSSA. This past summer, Stagliano worked as a strategy intern for Melt, a marketing firm in Atlanta. She spent the internship mastering her video production skills in addition to her work on various strategic projects. After graduation, Stagliano hopes to work in Washington, D.C., and pursue a career in crisis communications.

Avery Whitehead is a senior studying political science and public relations, with a minor in women’s studies. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Whitehead has always been interested in politics. Whitehead worked with the Democratic Party of Georgia on Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016 and later interned as an Assistant Account Manager at the DC-based public relations agency Stanton Communications. This past summer, Whitehead worked with the political consulting firm Precision Strategies on their communications team. Whitehead hopes to pursue a career in public affairs communications.

The Tieger Fellows are excited to enhance their skills in preparation for their careers while also promoting the Public Affairs Communications program.