Adam Brimer works full time for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Office of Communications and Marketing. In addition to working full time, he recently became a parent to his first child. Brimer is excited to have graduated with the first cohort of MASC students at UT Martin in December 2017. Adam shared, “this degree has dramatically sharpened my communication skills. My hope is that I will be able to use the degree to continue to advance my career for a long time.”
While completing the MASC program, Brimer developed supporting relationships with his peers and faculty mentors that helped him along the way. “I’ve loved being part of the MASC program. I’ve gotten to know each of my classmates, and we all rely on one another for encouragement, help, and advice. All of my professors were dedicated to making sure we did well in the program. It was challenging, but I never felt like I wouldn’t make it to the finish line. Now that I’m here, I can say that it was an excellent post-graduate experience,” Brimer said. “Plus, it’s a really great program for anyone looking to advance their strategic communication knowledge and skills. I’m so thankful that I’ve been able to pursue my master’s in strategic communication while working full time.”
Brimer works as a video producer for UT Knoxvile’s Office of Communications and Marketing, where he produces videos for UT Knoxville for use in various outlets ranging from social media networks to television commercials. Prior to working at UT Knoxville, Brimer was previously employed by the UT System in Knoxville as a videographer and photographer for approximately four and a half years. Brimer feels certain that his MASC degree will benefit his career in the future. He said, “I know I’ll benefit from the program as a university employee because of all the things we covered in the program from strategic communication, social media, leadership, and general research methods. Every aspect of the program can be applied to my work here at UT. I look forward to putting all of it to use.”
Amanda Vaughn Pinion is a busy wife, mom to two very active kids, and works full time in the marketing department at Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and she will be graduating with the first class of the MASC program at UTM this December. Amanda said, “the MASC program has helped check off a major professional bucket-list item for me.”
With the program being predominately online she was able to fit in study and research time on her lunch hour or after the kids went to bed. “This program is tailored for the non-traditional student who works full-time in the professional world,” said Pinion. “I was able to incorporate projects and experiences at the office into research papers and presentations for school.”
Amanda is the Energy Programs Coordinator at MTEMC, an electric cooperative that serves over 220,000 members in middle Tennessee. She spent 13 years as part of their Residential Energy Marketing team and has worked in Renewables for the last year. She spends her time promoting their new community solar or Cooperative Solar program, managing members’ accounts that have solar at their homes or businesses, and researching new demand response programs to add to MTEMC’s portfolio.
“Everything I do is about forming and maintaining relationships, and that is exactly what the MASC program is all about,” Pinion said. “It has taught me to analyze the best way to address different relational situations in and out of the workplace. I will be able to take what I’ve learned in the MASC program and apply it to future professional opportunities.”