It’s special when the head of communications for one of the nation’s top companies calls and invites you to lunch. It’s even more special when that company is Sikorsky, the company that pioneered the development of the helicopter. And it’s very special when the reason for the meeting is to discuss opportunities for Sikorsky employees to learn from us, and we from them.
Last year, Tyrone “Woody” Woodyard came to campus, because he had heard about Quinnipiac’s reputation. At the time, Woody was the Director of External Communications at Pratt & Whitney. He liked what he saw and heard. So when he was promoted to Vice President of Communications at Sikorsky, he called and asked if we could discuss opportunities that would benefit Sikorsky and the university.
Woody and his staff asked specific questions about the interactive media and public relations graduate programs, and the new certificate program in social media. We talked about the need to stay ahead of the game in social media, a challenge which faces business and academia alike.
Quinnipiac already has roots at Sikorsky. The company employs a number of our alumni, and several Quinnipiac students have served internships there.
All of this is a reflection of the value of a Quinnipiac education.
We look forward to developing a strong relationship with Woody and his staff in the months ahead.