Volume 7, Issue 1
October 1, 2013
A monthly publication of the 

UNW -- SP Communication Department

Upcoming Events

Fall Break - No Classes
October 21-22

Fall Musical - Oklahoma
Oct. 31, Nov. 1-2, 7-9


Jake Juliot

 Public Relations

Future Plans:
In the future, I would love to work in the public relations or publicity 
 side of the entertainment industry. Right now, I am interning for a publicity and promotions company that services most of the major movie studios, and I am currently working on the Warner Brothers Pictures account. I love the job, and I hope to do something similar one day.
Opportunities at Northwestern:
I have received many great opportunities during my years at Northwestern. I worked for Student Activities for three years, and I learned so many great skills in the event planning business. I have also been exposed to many great networking events through the PR department.  
Favorite Thing about Northwestern:

My favorite thing about Northwestern is the community aspect. Everyone here is a familiar face and the employees always go out of their way to help you and make you feel like you are a part of something. I also love that I can walk down the sidewalk at school and students will always say hi, even if they don't know you.




Cody Durkee
Class of 2013

Current Employment:
Since graduating from Northwestern, I have been working as the Marketing Communications Specialist at Accurate Home Care's corporate headquarters in Otsego, MN. I was fortunate enough to have this position created for me immediately after graduation.

Advice For Students:
My advice to current and incoming students is to take full advantage of all the resources that Northwestern has to offer. The public relations program is great in how it requires students to have a certain number of internships working in the real world. I would not be where I am today had I not gained the experience and knowledge that I did from my various internships. Again, I would encourage students to take advantage of going to a small school. Get to know your professors and do what they say. They truly want what's best for all of their students, and they may end up being some of your best contacts when looking for work after your time at Northwestern. While the education I received is what put me in a position to land a solid job right out of school, the maturing I did as a man and a Christian is ultimately the reason I couldn't be happier that I followed my dad's footsteps to Northwestern. Eagles Soar!


Armed with an incredibly talented cast of 32 Northwestern students and an inspired production team, the University of Northwestern Theatre department has begun rehearsals for their fall production: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!


Set in Western Indian Territory just before statehood, a high-spirited rivalry between local farmers and cowhands provides the colorful background for this tale of romance and revelry. With a sweeping musical scorea coral of wonderful characters, as well as an old-fashioned sensibility, Rodgers and Hammerstein's first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative.  Oklahoma set the standards and established the rules for musical theatre still being followed today. It is considered one of the most beloved and truly American musicals of all time.  Oklahoma is directed by Northwestern alum Nathan Cousins, joined by a wonderful cast and crew including musical and vocal directors David Kozamchak and Doreen Hutchings, and choreography by Jolene Konkel. this will be a production you do NOT want to miss!


The show runs October 31, November 1-2, 7-9 in Maranatha Hall with performances at 7pm every night.  Tickets are available to the general public October 9th at the Ticket Office, 651-631-5151, or for purchase online at https://unwtickets.com.


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University of Northwestern -- St. Paul professor, Dr. Kent Kaiser, spoke about phubbing (the act of phone snubbing) with KMSP FOX 9 TV on September 4, 2013.


Click here to view his interview.


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The Xi Xi chapter of the communication honor society Lambda Pi Eta at Northwestern has chosen the following students to lead the organization this year:


Benji Fernandes, president
Sarah Metraus, vice president
Lauren Barmore, secretary/treasurer
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Communication Students and Sports by Emma Ripley


Along with students moving back in and the beginning of classes, fall at University of Northwestern brings Fall sports. Whether that be soccer, volleyball, or football, Communication students have plenty of opportunities to be a part of the action by working behind the scenes.  This may entail a variety of activities from snapping pictures from the sidelines, to working in The Column office for the sports section. 


Electronic Media Communication major, Tyler Cate, hopes to have a career in Sports Broadcasting and has found a place with the Sports Radio Talk Show for Eagle Sports. He has the opportunity to conduct play-by-play's during the games, athlete interviews, and game previews. Tyler is very thankful for the opportunity to do this at Northwestern, especially to prepare for future internships and jobs. When asked about the benefit of hands-on-experience he said, "You can't really run a radio show in the classroom and do things like, operate the board and live production. You can't really progress as a broadcaster without getting out into the field and broadcasting shows or games. Hands-on stuff specifically: mic time, board operation and voice tracking. The EMC department does a great job of allowing students to use equipment and resources to learn and grow in the broadcasting field."

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A Note From the Chair

As a faculty member, I get to attend two graduations each year. But this year there's a third significant graduation in my life - my own. After about a decade of picking away at it a little at a time, I finally finished my Ph.D. in mass communication at the University of Minnesota.


Being both a student and a professor has been an interesting experience. Each class I took, in addition to being about whatever it was about, also became a little demonstration of how to (or not to) run a class. I often found myself thinking, "That's a great idea for an assignment" or "I will try to never do this to my students."


Here are a few tips for students from my recently concluded career as a student: 

  • When a teacher gives you a month for an assignment, it's usually because you'll need a month to do it well - not because the teacher wants to give you time to book that last-minute all-nighter to finish it up.
  • It really doesn't take any longer to do homework right away than it does to do it after putting it off as long as possible. (And doing it right away makes your life better.)
  • Work on acquiring the skills and the knowledge the course represents, and the grades will take care of themselves. Years from now nobody will care what grade you got in a class, but they will care if you learned the things that grade was meant to represent.

By taking just one class at a time, I made my graduate education stretch out over most of a lifetime. Now it's done, and for the first time I can recall I am not looking ahead to finishing a program of education. But of course that doesn't mean that I'm done learning. I'm looking forward to starting in on the list I've been building of "Things to learn once I finish my doctorate." Will it be a new language? Computer programming? Card tricks? I haven't decided yet - but as a lifelong learner, I'm looking forward to years of study ahead.


Doug Trouten, Ph.D.
Communication Department Chair 


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