James Bland

James Bland

Summary

Hello, my name is James A. Bland.  I am an undergraduate senior and Longwood University.  I am a communication studies major with a concentration in Public Relations and Organizational Communication.  Through my work on campus in various student organizations and my involvement in the community I have obtained the opportunity to add practical experience to many of the lecture I have learned during my time in the classroom.  My time at Longwood University has been very vital in my growth as a student, professional, and individual.  As a senior, I believe that I am prepared for the work force after my graduation in May.

Interest

Public speaking, blogging, writing, maintaing a positive social network presence, music, small group organization. 

Objective

I am looking to obtain an internship and/or career, in public relations or student affairs that would utilize my leadership skills and abilities while allowing me the opportunity to work on my own initiative as well as part of a team. 

Education

Education
Aug 2007 - May 2012

Bachelor of Arts

Longwood University

I am a graduate of Longwood University. My major was Communication Studies, and I have a concentrated in Organizational & Strategic Planning. I took a number of classes at my university which were related to Student Affairs, and they are: Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Conflict Resolution, Organizational Communication, Intercultural Communication, and Crisis Communication. In my Advanced Writing Seminar class I wrote a proposal about  diversity on Predominantly White Institutions this proposal led me to my interest in the field of Student Affairs.  I wrote a senior thesis which examined the way the movie Stomp the Yard influences the perception of NPHC organizations.More specifically the perceptions of white college aged students on PWI campuses.

Work History

Work History
Aug 2008 - Present

Desk Aide

Longwood University: Resident Life Staff

As a desk aide for Longwood University I am responsible for knowing, voicing, modeling and motivating students and guests to adhere to the policies and procedures of Longwood University.  Also, I am challenged with balancing the dual demands of academics and employment with excellent organizational, priority setting, and time management.  Customer service, problem solving, and working with a team are also vital skills for this job. 

Aug 2009 - Dec 2011

Program Coordinator Intern

Robert Russa Moton Museum

The mission statement of the museum is to The Robert Russa Moton Museum is committed to the preservation and positive interpretation of the history of civil rights in education, specifically as it relates to Prince Edward County and the role its citizens played in America’s struggle to move from a segregated to an integrated society. Tasks that was expected of me to perform during my internship included, but was not limited to preparation for a reception honoring students who participated in a 2009 History Channel grant.  I had to help prepare for a banquet honoring displaced students from 1959-1965.  I helped in assisting in research for the completion of a Historical Marker.  I also assisted the development of a program proposal, managed the museum’s Facebook and Flickr page, and help to make contacts with the community about upcoming museum events.

Jun 2009 - Jul 2011

Summer Mentor/Counselor

Trio: Upward Bound

As a mentor and counselor I served as a positive influence on young men and women while being responsible for their well being.  The skills I needed for this job was basic communication, leadership, and conflict resolution skills.  During this summer program I helped to develop social, academic, and other crucial life skills for almost 60 high school students across central Virginia.  The students spend five weeks on the campus of the University of Virginia and prepare for classes they will take during the fall.  My role is to help them mature and understand the steps that need to be taken to help them transition from high school to college life. 

Aug 2009 - May 2011

President

B.A.S.I.C. Gospel Choir

I served as the President of Longwood University's B.A.S.I.C. Gospel Choir. As the President I was the overseer of the organization.  I was responsible for presiding over any executive meeting or regular general body meeting.  I was the liaison between the organization and the campus and surrounding communities. 

Skills

Skills

Public Relations

I have created logos, promotion videos, and other types of public relation materials in small work groups and student organizations. 

Intercultural Communication

Intercultural communication is an important skill necessary to better understanding how to work and interact with various different backgrounds and people. 

Conflict Resolution

With my work in student organizations and formal training in the class room, I have become proficient in the area of conflict resolution and working efficiently under pressure to solve a conflict and create a sound solution to a problem.  

Public Speaking

As a Communication Studies major and student leader, I have utilized many opportunities to engage in public speaking.  I have facilitated an array of programs, given speeches for Longwood University, and delivered presentations individually and in a group.