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Work experience

Jun 2007Present

Sales Associate

Express Fashion

(summer only)

  • Handle daily transactions
  • Promote and process 2 new customer accounts per day
Aug 2009Present

Communication Intern

Career Center - Truman State University
  • Write and distribute the Career Center's bi-monthly newsletter
  • Manage budget for more than five events throughout the year
  • Collaborate with the Design and Public Relations Teams to provide direction for event posters and delegate publicity tasks
Jan 2009Oct 2009

2009 Awards Coordinator & Fun Day Planner

Homecoming Committee - Truman State University

Awards Coordinator

  • Created schedule of events for Homecoming Court for September - October 2009
  • Managed budget and coordinated Coronation Ceremony
  • Contacted more than 20 members of Truman faculty and staff to determine and organize the second annual Faculty/Staff Royal Court

Fun Day Planner

  • Contacted and invited more than 200 organizations to participate on Fun Day
  • Communicated with organizations to execute details for nearly 20 events and activities for Fun Day


Mio padre e` venuto agli Stati Uniti dall'Italia e da piccola, mi parlava in Italiano. Ho anche seguito l'Italiano per quattro anni in liceo. Parlo piuttosto bene la lingua e (di solito) riesco anche a usare il congiuntivo e il passato remoto. Capisco meglio che parlo, e parlo meglio che leggo o che scrivo. Non riuscirei a fare la ricerca in Italiano ma l'estate passata mentre abitavo in Italia, gli italiani mi dicevano che parlo meglio degli italiani perche` conosco molto bene la grammatica.


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Interests & Activities



A communication specialist, Gina is a Senior Public Communication major and Italian Studies minor at Truman State University. She has a strong interest in event planning and public relations and has had substantial experience in both.

During summer 2009, she flew to Gallarate, Italy for six weeks where she lived in a convent and did general office work for a nearby firm. Although she went to Italy not knowing anyone, she now stays in contact with many of her coworkers and intends to visit them in Gallarate in the near future.

One of Gina's goals is to permanently move to Italy and to be able to work as a communication specialist while enjoying the Mediterranean Sea and pasta al pesto.

Semi-Professional Experience

Projekt Oskar

(A student-led initiative to bring a Russian pop star to Kirksville for a two-day series of events, including a concert, round-table discussion and press conference.)

      Media Coordinator

  • Establish publicity plan to execute throughout the semester
  • Write press releases to distribute to more than 50 local and regional media outlets in the tri-state area
  • Create multimedia document after the events

Advertising and Public Relations Organization   


  • Increased active membership by five people
  • Established reciprocal relationship with the American Marketing Association
  • Prompted committees to complete projects and events such as the first annual "Mini Comm. Week," "You know you go to Truman when..." t-shirts, dissemination of professional development information and reworking of the comm. brochure

Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity

      2009 PR/Special Events Committee Chair                       

  • Earned Beta Chapter of Phi Sigma Pi national recognition for outstanding Public Relations in the bi-annual national magazine
  • Attained nearly 400 guests at the 2009 Spring Speaker via effective publicity
  • Modified Beta Chapter bylaws of the PR/Special Events Committee to provide direction for future PR Chairs
  • Developed and organized publicity plans for events by other committee
  • Ran weekly committee meetings

      2008 Homecoming Chair                                       

  • Supervised Phi Sigma Pi's participation in 2008 Homecoming
  • Collaborated with other committee Chairs to ensure team's success in Homecoming
  • Increased Chapter participation in Homecoming by 100%

      Omega Class Scholarship Chair                               

  • Planned Omega class Scholarship Event for Phi Sigma Pi
  • Delegated tasks and assignments to committee members

International Association of Business Communicators: Student Member

Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Fraternity         

Honors & Awards

  • President's List (Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2008, Fall 2007)
  • Vice President's List (Fall 2008, Spring 2007, Fall 2006)
  • President's Combined Ability Scholarship
  • President's Leadership Scholarship