Volume 11, Issue 7 | March 1, 2017
What's Going on With
Students and Alumni?
Cody Durkee (PR '13) has landed a new job, as Corporate Communications Manager at Digital River in Minnetonka.

Senior PR major Katie (Meinke) Meek has landed an internship in the admissions office at Legacy Christian Academy in Andover MN.

Adam Hannan ('03) has joined Life 101.9/Waterloo as Production Director/Morning Show Co-Host

Ryan Nissley ('08) will be joining Life 96.5/Sioux Falls as Production Director/Afternoon Host

Slate and Main partnered with University of Northwestern Media Production majors on a national branding promotional video for Renpure. Recording Arts track student Sam Pederson created the music while UNW’s Studio Tech Brad Johnson produced and mixed the track. Associate Professor of Media Production Mark Seignious wrote and co-produced the spot. Slate and Main’s Jared Myers ('15) edited and served as Director of Photography along with the rest of the Slate and Main team, Kent Katterjohn, Jake LeVoir, and Slate and Main owner Keith Eveland. Eveland says, ”It is a great privilege to work with Northwestern. The students don’t act like students, they act like professionals. They display Godly character and are a joy to interact with." Listen to the Track!

PR major Gillian McIntosh has landed an internship with the Irish Fair of Minnesota.

News Coming Your Way!
Five16 Film Festival

Get ready to once again dress up and walk the red carpet as the Five16 Film Festival is quickly approaching. Five16 invites you to come and watch the best short films University of Northwestern – St. Paul has to offer on April 10th 2017.

The festival is taking place right in UNW’s newly renovated Knight Performance Hall. Before heading into the performance take time to stop at the Five16 photo booth to strike a quick pose for the paparazzi and grab some tasty popcorn. 
Five16 is UNW’s own take on the iconic Sundance Film Festival featuring the best independent films. UNW is proud to showcase its film program and the student’s short films through the event. The festival is modeled after the verse Mathew 5:16. This verse encourages everyone to let their light shine before others and to glorify God in all that they do.
The Office of Admissions is also hosting an event prior to the festival for prospective students. Interested students can come and receive a tour of the Mel Johnson Media Building, eat dinner, experience the festival, and meet current students and faculty. Check-in and open house begins at 4:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 5:30 with the festival to follow, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Reservations can be made at
Bring the whole family and enjoy a spectacular evening to showcase the best short films created by the students at UNW. For more information on the festival visit
Admission is open to the first 1,500 people to arrive.

Sarit Bridell
Department News

Thanks to the combined efforts of faculty and staff at University of Northwestern, a new minor in Sport Communication has been added to the catalog under the Department of Communication.

Sport Communication Minor……………16 credits

Required Courses:
MEP1012 Audio Production       3
MEP3225 Radio News               3 


MEP1013 Video Production        4
MEP3226 TV News                    3

2 credits from JOU or MEP courses: 1625, 2016, 2625, 2627, 3625, 4625, 4627

Select remaining credits from the following: HPE2015, 2016, 3007, 3009, 3025; KIN2005; PRL3187; approved practicum or internship enrollments.

Note from the Chair
Build a Portfolio

You might have heard professors or students talk about portfolios and wondered what they are.
A portfolio is simply a collection of your work. Portfolios are critical in the world of communication, because communication work is about proving what you can do. A portfolio shows exactly what you have done; thus, it shows an employer what to expect you to be able to do in the future.
In many regards, a portfolio is better than a resume. It provides, in many cases, a better indication of your abilities than a transcript or a grade point average.
You might wonder what you should put in your portfolio. In my classes, I often refer to individual assignments as good portfolio pieces. Yet students often create non-class-related work that is every bit, if not more, valuable in a portfolio. You should think of any work you create for an internship, a job, or a volunteer position as potential portfolio material.
Should you include in your portfolio absolutely everything you ever created? Of course not. Early in your college career, you will probably want to include everything you create, but as you progress through school, internships, volunteer work, and jobs, you should review the contents of your portfolio to assess what to upgrade and replace. For example, if you create a dozen press releases in your college career, you should think about maybe including your top three. Consider including pieces from nonprofit-, for profit-, and public-sector experiences. Think about the type of job you would like to land after college, and include pieces relevant to that industry.
You should divide your portfolio into sections, by type of piece—for example, maybe you would have a section for press releases, a section for speech transcripts, and another for feature stories.
You might wonder what to do with multimedia pieces. This is where an electronic portfolio comes in handy. You might include links to web content you have created. You might include digital files of your written work, and you might include audio or video files. Such an “electronic portfolio,” as it is called, may be useful when applying for distant internships and jobs: you may include a link to an electronic portfolio in an email or on your LinkedIn page.
Ultimately, when you are interviewing for an internship or a job, the ideal situation is one in which the conversation centers on your great work, rather than on your personal qualities or nebulous career goals or theoretical job situations.
Once you are in a job, a portfolio can continue to be a useful tool: looking through it from time to time can jog your memory about tactics you have employed before but maybe have forgotten and thus can bring a fresh approach to your everyday work.
Now, go build your portfolio.

Dr. Kent Kaiser APR
Chair, Department of Communication
Upcoming Events
March 2-12
Spring Break

March 13
Five16 Film Festival Submissions Due @ 10 am

April 10
Five16 Film Festival 
July 15

Northwestern Christian Writers Conference 
Awards and Scholarships available!

Featured Student
Evan VanHoever
Public Relations '17
What are your plans for the future?

My primary goal for the future is to graduate. That comes first. After getting my masters degree, I would love to someday teach Public Relations part-time and work Public Relations part-time. 

What opportunities have you had at UNW?

I've worked on the journalism staff, writing stories, as well as Eagle 7, doing news. The PR program has provided quality resources and training for internships as well as hands-on support in finding and landing internships.

What is your favorite thing about UNW?

The level of professionalism and the quality relationships within the PR program and greater student body are superb and unforgettable. 
Featured Alumnus
André Floyd '16
Public Relations
Where has life taken you after UNW?

Following graduation, I got a job as a public relations assistant for the Minnesota Timberwolves. I also work promotions for KQRS and The Vibe radio stations. 

What advice do you have for current students?

Advice I would give for current students is to make as many connections as possible and to diversify yourself well enough to be able to work in various fields. I would also encourage students to learn multiple skills that will make you an asset to multiple organizations.

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