COMDay 2019

The Communication Program is hosting our seventh annual COMDay on Tuesday March 5, 2019 in de Witt Hall. This year's theme is "In Pursuit of Truth(s)."

The Keynote Speaker is Hank Phillippi Ryan, bestselling author and On-Air investigative reporter at WHDH-TV.

The Distinguished Speaker is Dan Shaughnessy, Sports Columnist and Associate Editor at the Boston Globe and Baseball Hall of Fame inductee.

Keynote Speaker: Hank Phillippi Ryan

Hank Phillippi RyanBestselling author and On-Air investigative reporter at WHDH-TV

HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston's WHDH-TV, winning 34 EMMYs and dozens more journalism honors. Nationally bestselling author of 11 mysteries, Ryan's also an award-winner in her second profession-with five Agathas, three Anthonys, two Macavitys, the Daphne, and Mary Higgins Clark Award. Critics call her "a master of suspense." Her novels are Library Journal's Best of 2014, 2015 and 2016. Hank's current book is the acclaimed standalone psychological suspense thriller TRUST ME, an Agatha Nominee ‒ the Booklist starred review says "a knockout!" and it was named a Best Thriller by New York Post, BOOK BUB, PopSugar, Real Simple Magazine, CrimeReads and Criminal Element. Her 2019 book is THE MURDER LIST, coming in August.

Distinguished Speaker: Dan Shaughnessy

Boston Globe Sports Columnist and Associate Editor and Baseball Hall of Fame inductee

Dan Shaughnessy

Photo credit: Stan Grossfeld.

Dan Shaughnessy is a nationally recognized sports columnist and associate editor with The Boston Globe. A native of Groton, he is a graduate of The College of the Holy Cross.  He has been named Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year 13 times and 11 times has been voted one of America's top ten sports columnists by Associated Press Sports Editors. In 2016 Shaughnessy received the J. G. Taylor Spink Award for "meritorious contributions to baseball writing,'' presented at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. He has written 12 books, including New York Times bestseller "Francona,'' "The Curse of the Bambino,'' and "Senior Year." He appears regularly on The SportsHub, 98.5 FM, WHDH SportsXtra, and NBC Sports Boston. He is married to Dr. Marilou Shaughnessy and lives in Newton. 

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2019 Schedule of Events

9:00 am - 9:30 am: Registration and Welcome
Welcome message by Aaron Toffler, J.D., Associate Dean, School of Communications & the Arts
9:30 am – 10:45 am: Political Communication in the Current Era 
Moderator: Joshua Miller, Boston Globe political reporter
Panelists: Jim Conroy, Senior Advisor to Governor Charlie Baker; Cyndi Roy Gonzalez, Former Communications officer for Governor Deval Patrick, Pacer Strategies
11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Distinguished Speaker, Sports Commentary & Reporting 
Dan Shaughnessy, Sports Columnist and Associate Editor, Boston Globe
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm: Lunch
Buffet served
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm: Environmental Communication
Dr. Paola Prado, Roger Williams Univeristy; Philip Shabecoff, New York Times 
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm: Keynote Speaker, A Journalist's Perspective: The Search for Truth
Hank Phillippi Ryan, On-Air investigative reporter, WHDH-TV and bestselling author
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm: Coffee Break
Sponsored by Lasell Graduate and Professional Studies
3:30 pm – 5:00: Life After Lasell, Alumni Panel and Reception
Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving

Life After Lasell: Communication Alumni Panel

What do alumni say about getting the most from college? Internships? Getting their first jobs? Network with recent successful COM alum. 

  • Alyssa Adams, '16, CBS Philadelphia 
  • Emmalyn Anderson, '11, WMCT News 
  • Michael Bueno, '18, Life is Good 
  • Shannon Hart, '18, New England Patriots 
  • Spencer Kosier, '18, Journalism graduate student, Emerson College 
  • Armando Machado, '18, Monument Staffing 
  • Alexa Shola, '16, Lasell College 

Our Sponsors

Reception: The Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving
The Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving strives to reach annual fundraising and “friend” raising goals for Lasell College. They connect and communicate with a broad constituency base, build ongoing relationships with alumni, donors and friends of the College, and strengthen participation in and support of Lasell’s programs and educational initiatives.  For more information on how to get involved, contact: Garbriella Giangregorio, Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at or 617-243-2273.   

Coffee Break: The Office of Graduate and Professional Studies
According to the US Census Bureau people with a Master’s degree earn $2.5 million in lifetime earnings. Learn more about Lasell’s Fifth Year Option. With one additional year of study, Lasell students can earn a Master of Science in Communication with a concentration in Integrated Marketing, Health Communication, or Public Relations. Fifth Year students are eligible for advanced standing and may participate in two blended semesters in their senior year. For more information contact The Office of Graduate Enrollment at

COMDay 2019 Team:

  • Lauren Anderson, Ph.D. 
  • Janice Barrett, Ed.D. 
  • Marie C. Franklin, M.S. 
  • Luis Lopez Preciado, Ph.D. 
  • Meryl Perlson, M.F.A., COM Program Director 
  • Erin Vicente, Ed.D., COMDay Chair 
  • Brian Wardyga, Ed.D. 
  • Susan Farrell, Administrative Assistant 
  • Aaron Toffler, Associate Dean, School of Communication & The Arts 

The Communication Program would like to offer a sincere thank you to Susan Farrell, James Kappatos, Sheliqua Mann, Megan Palumbo, Lily Rivera, Stephen Fischer and volunteers for all their hard work on COMDay. 

Special thanks to the Public Relations Alliance, Graphic Design League and Graphic Arts Program for their collaboration. 

Student Volunteers:

  • Megan Palumbo, Volunteer Coordinator
  • Ariana Perez De Alderete
  • Rosa Del Carmen Gomez
  • Marissa Gugala
  • Ruth Kehinde
  • Avery Stankus
  • Adam Hallenbeck
  • Amanda Tamborelli
  • Taylor O'Neil
  • Lily Rivera
  • James Kappatos

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