SMU CCPA logoCCPA is stepping up its communication game this year, expanding our blogging efforts, adding new sections to the website and diving into video and podcasting. We do, after all, teach communication so we should do what we preach.

Expanded activities mean a larger team of content developers. But like any good organization, we want to hear from you. Use the Contact Us form below to tell us what you want to know.

CCPA Communication Team

Rebecca Hewitt is the Corporate Communication and Public Affairs Administrator and the go-to for all things CCPA. Mrs. Hewitt graduated from the University of North Texas with an M.S. in College Student Personnel. She is a wonderful resource for students and faculty alike. She posts information from the Division, internships and jobs on the website.

Gwendolyn Wright is Digital Communication Advisor acting as Editor and Chief, reporter, writer, social media manager and chief cook and bottle washer. She has a BA in English from Gettysburg College and her public relations and marketing background include corporate and agency experience in various industries including travel and tourism, real estate development and homebuilding, technology, professional services and association management. She has held positions at Ruder Finn, the Grand Hyatt New York, Regent Wall Street hotel (now Cipriani Wall Street),  WCI Communities, and Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity to name a few. Ok, she knows her stuff.

Professor Chris Coats has taught writing classes at SMU for three years. Last year she and CCPA Fellow Brittany Effner created most of the material on the current website. Professor Coats has more than 15 years of national media experience as a staff reporter for People Magazine and a senior editor for Us Weekly covering celebrity stories around the country. She has covered everything from movie premieres to red carpet events to award shows including the Emmy’s, the Country Music Awards, the Super Bowl and NBA All-Star Game.

With an insatiable appetite for learning every aspect of digital communication, Professor Coats is leading CCPA into the use of video and podcasting. Expect to see her work in blogs on the website, on a newly established CCPA YouTube channel and on a new CCPA podcast.

CCPA Fellows

CCPA Fellows are recruited by the chair and faculty to serve as CCPA communication strategists.  Their year-long experience counts as an internship. This year our Fellows will focus on content development and will help manage the website and social media channels.

Paget Smith is a senior in Public Relations and Strategic Communication with a minor in Sociology. Last summer she worked at Tory Burch in New York. After graduation, Smith hopes to pursue a PR and Marketing career within the fashion industry.

Helena Burns is a junior with a double major in Political Science and Public Relations and Strategic Communications with a minor in International Studies. Last summer, Helena interned at Fleishman-Hillard and the summer she interned at Harbour Group, a public affairs firm in Washington, D.C. Burns is the Blog and Email chair of SMU’s chapter of PRSSA.

Keeping Up With CCPA

You can be the first to hear what’s going on at CCPA by following us in the channels you most use.

The first thing is to do is subscribe to be alerted via email when a blog article is posted (Main page of under “Subscribe to Blog via Email.”

Then follow CCPA on our social media channels:

YouTube channel, podcast and more to come.

Tell Us What You Want to Hear

None of this increased activity matters if we don’t hit the mark with what you want to hear. Take just a moment to complete the form below and tell us what information is important to you and we’ll strive to include it.

It’s going to be a great year at CCPA.

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Corporate Communication and Public Affairs (CCPA) is a Division of the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU in Dallas, Texas.