The Communication and Media department of TAMUCC hosted Comm and Media Week from April 2 to April 6 to show off what the program does.
To kick start this event, the first night was a one on one interview with TAMUCC President Dr. Kelly M Quintanilla hosted by Dr. Diana Ivy. The audience consisted largely of Communication and Media students during this hour and a half interview. During this event, students from Dr. Ivy’s Gender Communication class posed questions to Quintanilla about communication, women and leadership.
Quintanilla came to TAMUCC in 1994 as an Assistant Professor of Communication. She and Ivy and have been friends for more than 24 years. Undre Quintanilla’s leadership, she created a Communication internship, and developed the department of School of Art, Media and Communication, which houses Art, Music, Theatre and Dance and Communication and Media.Quintanilla has also worked almost every job on this campus, including shadowing a custodian for a day.
Sophomore media production major Alyssa Brodeur was one of the attendees of the event who said she enjoyed the Q&A with Quintanilla.
“This whole one on one interview is really interesting and I want to thank Dr. Quintanilla for taking some time off for us,” Brodeur said. “This has been good thing for someone in her status. We do not get a lot of female representative in higher leadership positions and I am very proud to say that I have a college president who really cares about her students and who loves her job. Another thing is that she can joke around and be serious when she can be.”
Throughout this interview, Quintanilla described her time at the Island and how she climbed up the ladder to where she is today.
“There were times where I would stubborn and not take a position that I thought would not benefit me at all,” Quintanilla said. “One of my passions is teaching at a college level. That has always been my dream and when the opportunity had come where a leadership position had been opened. I was the first one they thought of. And I do have to admit, there was a time that I didn’t want that. I have my daughter and my husband to take care and I also think about my students.”
Quintanilla also mentioned when she became president of the university, there were conferences where she had to go to College Station, Texas.
“It is not common for women to become a president of a university,” Quintanilla said. “When the time came that I went to College Station to meet other presidents of the A&M system, everyone had a role. Even the wives of the presidents have a role. Their role was to take care of luncheons and other stuff even though they are not getting paid. They do it because they must get involved. As for me, my husband is a working man. I do not expect him to be there all the time. I respect him as my equal and I know that I have his support.”
Both faculty and students in the Communication and Media Department credit Quintanilla for helping pave the way for Communication and Media students and what they can achieve.