Catherine Wiedman graduated from Emory & Henry in 2017 with degrees in Mass Communications and Philosophy.
She has wasted no time putting her education to work, and in August of 2018 she became the Communications Coordinator for the Fairfax Bar Association (FBA). The FBA is a professional organization with more than 2,000 practicing attorneys who serve in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Catherine’s job is to oversee all digital and print media relating to the FBA, draft weekly newsletters to membership, and design flyers, programs, informational sheets, and other marketing materials for organization events. She is also in charge of social media posts and the organization’s website. And she designs and oversees content for a quarterly magazine.
Catherine’s college experiences included serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Whitetopper and interning as a reporter for the Smyth County News & Messenger. But she says those things really helped prepare her for what she’s doing in the professional world. “There’s no way to really prepare for the world after graduation, but my experiences at E&H, specifically in the Mass Communications department, definitely provided me with the knowledge and confidence I needed to land this position and succeed in it. My job allows me to use many of the skills I gained in college and express my creativity in order to help people. I think that really exemplifies what we were taught in the MCOM department (but don’t tell Dr. Finney I said that!).”
(Dr. Mark Finney, by the way, is a mass communications professor at Emory & Henry.)
She is also busy in her community serving as a volunteer kitten snuggler at the Fairfax County Humane Society.
Catherine says the best thing about her job is the chance to make a lasting impact on her community.
“The work I do for the FBA directly affects our efforts in the community. I communicate with our members to gain donations for our Pro Bono program and recruit volunteers for court tours. The FBA offers many wonderful benefits to Fairfax County, and every day I get to communicate those programs in effective and creative ways. Attorneys also send us gift baskets sometimes; that’s pretty great.”
“My job allows me to use many of the skills I gained in college and express my creativity in order to help people.”
E&H Class of 2017