University of Evansville

Communication

Students in the Department of Communication at UE enjoy hands-on learning right on campus through our in-house magazine, radio station, and television station.

After Graduation

Alicia Neaves

Class of 2011

Alicia had an affinity for the world of Communications from the beginning. A self-proclaimed free-spirit with an outgoing personality, Alicia’s first jobs in high school were in retail and service which required communication skills and a talent for public relations. When she came to the University of Evansville, she immediately became involved on campus. “I didn't know anyone, so right off the bat I decided to join various clubs and organizations to get involved,” she said.

During her freshman year, she was a member of the Circle K Club, organizing events such as the Special Ed prom and volunteering at Albion Fellows Bacon Center’s Battered Women's Shelter. She was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, and chaired the social committee. She played intramural basketball, joined the Student Alumni Ambassadors serving as Vice President, and even became a member of the Food Committee during her spring semester at Harlaxton College in 2009. She also was a member of honorary organizations such as Rho Lambda, a National Sorority Leadership Recognition Society where she served as Secretary, and Mortar Board. She was a member of the Hispanic Heritage Association and College Mentors for Kids, serving as the Special Events Coordinator and the 4th Grade General Manager. Her senior year she participated in the Strategic Planning Committee for Study Abroad. Needless to say, she kept busy.

In addition to Harlaxton, Alicia also studied abroad in Granada, Spain during the summer of 2010. “Both were enriching experiences that enabled me to become a more independent woman while embracing different cultures from all over Europe,” she said.

To hone her career skills, she interned in UE’s Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, WUEV, Aces TV, and at News 25 in Henderson, KY in the sports department. “I learned very quickly that broadcasting was a very fast-paced environment to be involved with, and I loved it right from the start,” she said. “This is what led to my decision to want to become a news reporter.”

Alicia currently works in Computer Graphics at the NBC affiliate television station in San Antonio, Texas, creating the animations and graphics used during their nightly newscasts. She shadows reporters at the station to prepare her for her dream of becoming a news reporter. She also manages a web segment called "Alicia's Savings" which showcases undiscovered deals in San Antonio, which can be found at www.WOAI.com. “Many of the internships, one-on-one meetings with professors, even the numerous opportunities to communicate with the Dean of Students and various leaders in the community helped me prepare for the ‘real world,’” she said.

When she reflects on her time at UE, her professors and their accessibility stand out. “I think what I cherished the most was how genuine they were about my overall academic and future success,” she said. “From them, I received some of the best advice and support one could ask for.”

“My personal and professional success is owed to my university,” she admitted. “Attending UE was one of the best investments my family and I have ever made. Without a proper education like UE has to offer, I highly doubt I would be where I am today.”