Liz Ellis ’16: Communication and Information Design

Each weekday, local listeners start their day with Liz Ellis, whose morning show, Listen It’s Liz, is broadcasted on 97.9/105.5 KISS FM.

The Utica native and Communication & Information Design major, who graduated in 2016, is also the Promotions Director for Roser Communications which includes KISS FM, Bug Country, and TALK 100.7 FM.

“I handle the planning of all station events, giveaways, and promotions,” she said. “I’m also the director of ‘Stuff the Bus,’ a local toy drive that collects thousands of toys every holiday season for local kids.”

Ellis said she chose SUNY Poly after getting her Associate’s Degree locally, as she knew she wanted to stay home, but also wanted to expand her education. 

“The Communication and Information Design major was what really drew me to SUNY Poly,” she explained. “I knew I wanted to learn more about marketing and advertising and how to potentially walk into an advertising agency after college. While attending SUNY Poly, I began working part-time for the company that I currently work for and knew that if I wanted to bring anything to the table, I needed to keep learning.”

Ellis said she loved her time at SUNY Poly, and that the methods she was taught, whether it be looking at a project, client, or a problem, are still used by her to this day.

“My professors also made my time there enjoyable,” she said. “Many of them worked in the marketing and advertising field, which highlighted all the different career opportunities one could potentially have after graduating. Getting the chance to work with them made all the difference.”

Ellis said receiving a quality education in her hometown is something she is thankful for.

“SUNY Poly taught me the skills I needed to succeed in my career and introduced me to a great network of people,” she said. “I’m so proud to be a Wildcat and I hope that more students would be given the same opportunity that I had.”

Furthermore, Ellis added, “Please support my alma mater and make a difference to students who can make a difference in our community.”