Julie Coppedge ('13) | Advertising & Public Relations
from Amarillo, Texas
As a student studying advertising and public relations in ACU's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Julie Coppedge has certainly taken advantage of every resource at her disposal.
I want to work for (and with) brilliant minds, people I respect and for a company that values its employees. I want to be challenged daily. I love the fast-paced world of external communications.
Photographer, radio anchor, soccer player: Julie's done it all
During her time at ACU, Julie has worked as a project manager for Morris and Mitchell, the department's Ad/PR agency; authored stories and taken photographs for The Optimist, the student-run newspaper; and served as an anchor on KACU, the campus radio station. She has also served as a lab instructor in the Publication Design Course and managed to earn all-Conference and all-region honors as a midfielder on ACU's women’s soccer team.
Julie has developed a love for what she does - and that has allowed her to keep so many irons in the fire successfully. Abilene Christian's JMC program has helped her grow along the way.
"I've grown intellectually and spiritually with the help of the JMC department. I've been encouraged; I've been set straight. I've been challenged; I've been stretched. I've been awarded; I've been humbled," she says.
Julie believes the strength of ACU's JMC program has equipped her with the skills to succeed in the ultra-competitive media world. When she enrolled at ACU, Julie had dreams of working in broadcast journalism. She soon realized she had a passion to work with the media rather than for it, so she switched majors to Ad/PR.
Global communication intern with Kimberly-Clark
Julie has parlayed her experiences with the JMC program into a global communication internship with Dallas-based Kimberly-Clark. Julie knew she wanted to intern for the corporation after hearing a speech from ACU alum and vice president of global communication at Kimberly-Clark Ken Smalling ('87).
"The mission of Kimberly-Clark is: 'leading the world in essentials for a better life.' The simple idea of making life better for people through products such as toilet paper, feminine care items and diapers is really powerful," Julie says. "In his speech, Ken said his role at Kimberly-Clark creates a better life for others. That struck a chord with me. As a communications professional, I ultimately want to better lives, too."
Julie isn’t sure what the future holds, but her experiences at ACU and working for Kimberly-Clark have made her certain of one thing - she wants to make the world a better place.
"Ultimately, I want to end up in a corporation that I believe in, like Kimberly-Clark," she says. "I want to work for (and with) brilliant minds, people I respect and for a company that values its employees. I want to be challenged daily. I love the fast-paced world of external communications."
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