Dec. 16 -- Jan. 8
What are your plans for the future?
My goals for the future are directly aligned with God's goal for my future. Wherever God may put me, in the Twin Cities or elsewhere, I will honor Him. I look forward to see God's plan for my life!
What opportunities have you had at Northwestern?
Professors and faculty at Northwestern have encouraged me to succeed professionally. As a result, I had a social media internship last summer, and I currently have a research assistant internship. My student worker position at the NWC Center for Calling & Career has given me an understanding of internal communication and organizing events. Northwestern has also given me the opportunity to become involved in the Student Activities Council, which is a great chance to get to know more people!
What is your favorite thing about NWC?
My favorite thing about NWC is the emphasis that is placed on becoming Christ-focused. I believe NWC is providing students the tools and abilities to go into the work field armed with the knowledge and love to share God's truth to others.
What have you been up to since graduation?
Shoveling money into the dark abyss, also known as student loans. However, while I've been doing that, I also moved to Bakersfield, California to work for KAXL radio. I'm the afternoon DJ and production director. I also started a rock & hip hop show a few years ago called Level 6 Radio, which, aside from Bakersfield, has also been on air in New York, Minnesota (you can hear it on Hope 95.9 out of Forest Lake), Las Vegas, South Carolina and on Heart Radio USA. I also freelance comedy bits to radio prep services that service stations across the country. I'm coming up on my 10th wedding anniversary and have two daughters (Zoe-6, Sophia-2) plus one on the way. It is also worth noting that I work only a block away from In-N-Out Burger.
What advice do you have for students?
If you really believe, deep in your heart, you can achieve your goals! Just kidding, that's not true at all. Work hard. Focus on what you are passionate about, and pour your efforts into refining the skills that will make your passion that much more effective and marketable. Start networking. Get to know as many people in your field as you can, keep and grow those relationships. Offer to do things for free as much as you can to get your foot in the door, maybe several doors. Or, marry a doctor. Also, if you get married and have a kid while in college, they let you skip a lot of chapel.
Comm students cash in on $12,000 prize
This fall a group of six Communication Department students participated in a contest to create a marketing plan for the upcoming film Trade of Innocents, which tells a story of struggle and redemption while revealing the horrors of human trafficking.
The team worked tirelessly for two weeks assembling a marketing plan, brochures and other promotional materials for the film. They focused on the theme of "The Justice Generation," setting the film as the kick-off event for a lifestyle change for college students who would enter the fight against human trafficking.
All of their hard work paid off when they received a check for $12,000 worth of scholarship money to reward them for their winning entry. In addition, the students' names will be listed in the end credits of the film when it comes out in early 2012.
The film's producer, William Bolthouse, wrote to the students, "Your marketing strategy was one of the top submissions with compelling ideas, comprehensive strategy, and your executive summary nailed it. The emphasis and tagline to "Join the Justice Generation" answered our objective of reaching students and encouragement with the material. The submission was well done, and the marketing strategy came in above par."
While the students were undoubtedly excited to receive their scholarships, they also expressed satisfaction with the experience they'd had creating the project. Senior Hannah Rivard explained, "I was proud to be part of such an excellent cause: to motivate college students to pursue a lifestyle of justice and support a truly worthy film. That was a reward in itself. I also had tremendous satisfaction from working on a professional-level marketing plan and learned many valuable skills about doing one."
Professor Ann Sorenson, who advised the students in their work, commented, "What impressed me most was seeing how these students from various disciplines came together and worked extremely hard to produce a project that was outside of school and outside of a grade."
|Northwestern meets Nashville in its
new Recording Arts program
Nashville, Tennessee, home of the Grand Ole Opry and one of the largest music hot spots in the nation, will be a key part of Northwestern College's new Recording Arts program.
Recording Arts includes a core of classes from the Electronic Media Communication (EMC) major and a semester of study at the Contemporary Music Center (CMC) in Nashville. This new program will teach students to understand key aspects of the recording industry's philosophies and practices and allows students who are interested in musical and non-musical recording to learn about and experience it the broadest sense.
"Many students have expressed intense interest in music production," said EMC professor Mark Seignious. "Students have shown interest in the business side of the music industry. At least six recent Northwestern graduates have managed to maneuver into technical audio, yet non-radio, careers. We want to offer students the opportunity to receive a Christ-centered recording education so they'll be prepared to enter the recording industry with Biblical knowledge and experiences."
At CMC students will have the option of choosing between two tracks within the recording arts general program, either tech , emphasizing the recording process or business, emphasizing artist management/business plans.
Communication Department chair Doug Trouten said, "While the music industry may have moved from vinyl to MP3s, it still needs people who use technology to make artists sound best. The new Recording Arts track will prepare students for careers as studio engineers, music producers, and more."
The new Recording Arts program will be available beginning in fall of 2012.
|Cayla Yund, princess and PR major
Parades, ball gowns, endless waving. It's all part of freshman Public Relations major Cayla Yund's job as an Aquatennial Princess.
The Minneapolis Aquatennial is an annual festival that celebrates the city's lakes, rivers and streams. Each year, 50 contestants from throughout Minnesota compete for title of Queen of the Lakes and the two Princess positions. As an Aquatennial Princess, Yund represents Minneapolis throughout Minnesota and the Midwest area.
Yund explained, "I build relationships with communities that participate in the Aquatennial celebrations. I also serve on a local level to promote a spirit of volunteerism."
Before Yund was crowned Aquatennial Princess, she held a similar position in her hometown as the Cambridge Ambassador, which actually led her to become a PR major. "My decision to become a Public Relations major stemmed from my year as ambassador. And as an Aquatennial Princess, my role is to serve as a public relations ambassador for the City of Minneapolis. At the majority of events I attend, I do public speaking and converse with many people, which gives me a lot of experience in the public relations field."
Yund values the skills she has received and will always be thankful for the relationships she has made. "Being Aquatennial royalty is like being part of a family. I try to keep a journal of all that makes an impact on me, because I don't want to forget one moment of my journey."
|Military hero and communicator visits campus
From Kabul, Afghanistan to Roseville, Minnesota, Lieutenant Colonel Shawn Stroud uses his skills in communication to accomplish many things. Stroud is a public relations officer for the U.S. Army, and in November he visited Northwestern College to speak in Professor Kent Kaiser's PR Principles and Concepts class.
Stroud displayed his enthusiasm for communication as he spoke with students and shared his personal experiences. One aspect of his career that he discussed was his use of communication and people-reading skills during interrogations.
Senior Hannah Rivard commented that listening to Stroud reminded her of how multi-faceted being a successful communicator is. "I learned much more about how the military has to specially communicate with their publics and how sensitive different subjects can be----that people can often take things the wrong way or can be very defensive about the military, which makes their job really hard."
Professor Kaiser said of Stroud's presentation, "It was a complete privilege to have a guest speaker as knowledgeable and accomplished as Lt. Col. Shawn Stroud. He brought a valuable perspective to the class that we were blessed to have conveyed. It was an honor to have him take time to contribute to education at Northwestern."
|Note From the Chair|
Anyone who has graded papers by college students knows that when research and analysis fall short, verbosity often takes over. Trying to disguise lack of thought with complicated phraseology is a longstanding academic tradition, but being able to cut through such grandiloquence is a useful skill for anyone who hopes for a career involving communication.
With that in mind, here are a number of familiar Christmas song titles, obscured by lexiphanic writing. See how many you can identify.
Example: Heavenly beings at extreme altitudes from whom my associates and I perceived auditory stimulus emanating.
Translation: "Angels We Have Heard on High"
1. Sir Lancelot with severe laryngitis
2. Boulder of the tinkling metal spheres
3. Vehicular homicide was committed on Dad's mom by a precipitous darling
4. Wanted in late December: top forward incisors
5. The apartment of two psychiatrists
6. The lad is a diminutive percussionist
7. I exclaim, a member of the round table with missing areas
8. Cup-shaped instruments fashioned of a whitish metallic element
9. Oh small Israel urban center
10. Far off in a hay bin
11. Kong, Lear, and Nat Cole ...that's us!
12. Duodecimal enumeration of the passage of the yuletide season
13. Leave and broadcast from an elevation
14. Our fervent hope is that you thoroughly enjoy your yuletide season
15. Listen, the winged heavenly messengers are proclaiming tunefully
16. Jubilation to the entire terrestrial globe
17. Do you perceive the same vibrations which stimulate my auditory sense organ?
18. Parent was observed osculating a red-coated unshaven teamster
19. May the Deity bestow an absence of fatigue to mild male humans
20. Uncouth Dolph with the crimson proboscis is aware of the nature of precipitation, darling.
(Click here to see the answers.)
Doug TroutenCommunication Department Chair