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Volume 7, Issue 5
February 1, 2014
A monthly publication of the 

UNW Communication Department

Upcoming Events
February 5-8
"Greater Tuna" 
February 11
Forensics Team @ 
TCFL #5 
February 13
Communication Department Job Fair
12:30-2:30 p.m., Blue Room
February 15-16
MN State Speech Tournament
February 26-28, March 1
"A Midsummer Night's Dream"
February 25
Forensics Team @ 
Featured Student

Annie Kelby



What are your plans for the future?
After graduation, I'm hoping to enter the field of journalism, preferably in the form of TV news producing, but I am open to whatever God has in store for me. His plan will obviously be better suited for me than anything I could come up with on my own. I'm excited to see what He has for me in the years to come. 
What opportunities have you had at Northwestern?

Northwestern has played a major role in my personal discovery of what I love to do. I came into Northwestern as a psychology major, but I've always had a love of writing. I quickly switched to Journalism, and I absolutely love it. It has been the perfect major for me - I have had so many incredible opportunities through it. I've been able to help with the student newspaper, the Column, and serve as both a writer and a section editor. I'm assisting the set up of a student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. I've been able to get amazing internships that have furthered my love of the news and have given me professional exposure to my field. I've been impressed with what the Department of Communication allows students to do.  Students are allowed to get their feet wet through working at our student-run radio station, newspaper or the weekly newscast. This department offers so many opportunities for students looking to try different things. It makes it easy to find your niche.   


What is your favorite thing about Northwestern?
My favorite thing about UNW is the Christ-centered atmosphere we are provided to learn and grow in. Coming from a public high school, it really is a breath of fresh air to feel like your fellow peers and professors believe and value the same things you do. UNW has proven to be a place where you can speak freely about your faith as well as grow academically, which is nice. It's great to feel supported both academically as well as spiritually. 


Featured Alumnus
Brian Gordon
Public Relations '10

Where has life taken you after Northwestern?
After graduating in December of 2010, I was hired to work for U.S. Congressman Chip Cravaack in his Minnesota office. Attending various federal related meetings and working with agencies involved, my communication skills acquired from Northwestern were helpful. In January 2013, I began my current position with U.S. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.  Buying a house and attending a church in the north suburbs, getting together with fellow alumni weekly and still in touch with my advisor, Dr. Kaiser from Northwestern. 
What advice do you have for current students? 

Appreciate the environment Northwestern provides. Study the word, reach out to your professors, network and find an internship, and make some friends. If you seek out the Lord, He will seek you out and sometimes He will seek you if you don't seek. God put Northwestern in front of me, but attending and succeeding requires much faith and hard work. 

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Spring Performances at UNW


The Northwestern Theatre Program is always keeping an eye out for chances to do new things and pilot new projects.  The spring 2014 semester is no different! 


Northwestern Theatre is producing their second ever alumni production, Greater Tuna, the Off-Broadway smash hit, featuring recent alums Nathan Cousins and Daniel McLaughlin.  In this howlingly funny two-man showdown, we meet twenty of Tuna's most colorful citizens (all played by two actors).  Tuna, the third smallest town in the great state of Texas, is a place where Romeo and Juliet and even the dictionary are too smutty for the public library shelves... and the local Lion's Club is just too darn liberal!!! Peek into the quirks, prejudices and morality of small town America, as we tune into local radio station OKKK's broadcast to the greater Tuna Area.  


Ticket are on sale now for Greater Tuna, in the Patsy Miller Studio Theatre, playing Feb. 5-8, at 7pm every night.  Greater Tuna is showing for one weekend only with limited seating, so get tickets now! (free for UNW students, staff and faculty)  We'll see you at the theatre.


A Midsummer Night's Dream, the first Shakespeare play Northwestern Theatre has produced on the main stage in 7 years, is coming to Maranatha Hall Feb. 26 - March 1.  


In case you're unfamiliar with the story...


Lysander loves Hermia, Hermia loves Lysander, and Helena loves Demetrius, who used to love Helena but now is in love with Hermia.  Add magic love potions, a band of no-talent play actors, and a forest-full of fairies bent on mischief into the mix, and you have one of the most popular and beloved Shakespearean comedies of all time.  All set against the backdrop of 1960s America, University of Northwestern Theatre captures A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Bard's classic romp through Athens and an enchanted forest, in a fresh and exciting way that you surely will not want to miss! 

Come and experience Shakespeare's comedy cure for the midwinter "blahs" in Maranatha Hall, Feb. 26 - March 1.  Tickets are on sale Feb. 4th and again, tickets are free for UNW students, staff and faculty.


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Forensics @ UNW

On Tuesday, February 25 the University of Northwestern - St. Paul Forensics Team took place in the Twin Cities Forensic League's fourth tournament of the academic year.

Two students were final round qualifiers:
  • Annie Tillotson - Final Round Qualifier in Dramatic Interpretation
  • Benji Fernandes - Final Round Qualifier in After Dinner Speaking
Congratulations to Annie, Benji, and the rest of the students who participated!

This weekend the Forensics Team is participating in the St. Cloud State University Icebox Classic.  Look for results of this tournament in next month's issue of dotComm or on the UNW Forensics Team Facebook page.

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Los Angeles Film Studies Center: 
My time in the land of fame and film 
By Krista Koester

A consistent sound became clearer as I approached the baggage claim at LAX. The loud roar was made up of obnoxious honks and car engines zoom
ing past. It was incredibly frightening and thrilling at the same time. After my initial shock of arriving in L.A., I checked in and began the semester almost immediately. The program has a system in which you have a week of orientation to settle in, then you begin with your classes and internship. Some students had secured their internship ahead of time, but most people took several weeks to find one. 

I was able to intern with Funny or Die. They have several components to their company which includes feature film work, short comedy sketch work, and branded entertainment. I interfaced with many producers, writers and directors. This was incredibly beneficial to me. I built relationships with these professionals, and I could see what their jobs looked like on a day to day basis. I also interned with 3Star Productions, a photography production company. This was a much smaller company, so it was a great experience to compare and contrast different paths I could take in my career.
As well as having an internship three days a week, we are enrolled in three different classes. One class is Hollywood Production Workshop. The purpose of this class is to produce a festival ready short film. Everyone has the chance to form a team and pitch their story idea with a director, two producers, and a writer. The class then votes on which stories they believe should be produced, as well as expressing their interest in a film crew position.  Once the positions are chosen, everyone goes through 5 weeks of tutorials regarding their respective position. This is an incredible opportunity to have a crew where each person has a specific position.   I presented a story idea with a team as a director, so I was able to take on the role of director. It was a unique and wonderful experience to direct something that had a budget and a full crew of people supporting you.  The other class is Faith and Artistic Development. This format was much more lecture, viewing and discussion based. The purpose was to develop ourselves as artists. The other class is an elective, and I chose to take Screenwriting. The professor teaches at UCLA, so I was getting an incredible opportunity to learn from him in a small classroom setting. 

I am incredibly thankful that the Los Angeles Film Studies Center exists and is accessible to students like me. It is a perfect way to spend a bit of time in L.A. without having to fully commit to living there. Of course, throughout the semester, there are many opportunities to make connections and take advantage of all that is happening there. I would highly recommend this program to anyone that has an interest in film and video production.


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Noteworthy News


  • PR major Emily Schulzetenberg has landed a paid internship with the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Joining Dr. Mitch Pearlstein, professor Kent Kaiser interviewed with Broken Road Radio on Tuesday, January 21 to discuss Pearlstein's book From Family Collapse to America's Decline, which examines the relationship between government and family in America.  Listen online here
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A Note from the Chair
You may already be a winner!

Congratulations are in order for the broadcasting students whose work will be honored at this year's National Religious Broadcasters convention. The University of Northwestern - St. Paul has dominated this contest for years, and it's great to once again have the high quality of our student's work recognized by a national organization.

Over the years our students have taken home awards in many other venues, from the Evangelical Press Association (EPA) contest for print media, to speech tournaments, and more. Vince Lombardi said, "Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing." I wouldn't go that far, but as somebody who picked up an award or two during my years as a professional journalist I'll certainly admit that winning can be pretty satisfying.

At the same time, it's good to remember that many awards really just come down to the opinion of a group of people - sometimes just a few or only one. I saw a powerful example of this a few years back when Moody magazine entered the EPA contest for the final time, before ceasing publication. The magazine didn't place at all in the contest's design category, and it was largely because the judge really hated the publication's typography. But, ironically, that year Moody also took home the first place award in the typography category, where a different judge loved what he saw.

In the end, what really matters is not the acclaim of one's peers, recognition by national organizations, or even good grades from teachers. Ultimately, the value of our work can be measured by our answer to this question: Did I do the very best work I am capable of doing, as an act of obedience and praise to God? If the answer is yes, we are already winners, and that will eventually be confirmed when the only judge who matters says, "Well done, good and faithful servant." 


Doug Trouten

Communication Department Chair