Volume 11, Issue 8 | April 1, 2017
What's Going on With
Students and Alumni?
Meghan Ronayne, ’16 PR grad, has landed a job as program coordinator for the Angel Foundation in Minneapolis.

AmeriPride & Canadian Linen & Quebec Linge Director of Communications Ben Saukko, APR, was the guest speaker in Dr. Kaiser's PR Event Planning & Management class on March 1.

98.5 HD4 The Remnant has partnered with Hastings Ford and Hastings Chrysler to present The Gray Havens in concert at the Knight Performance Hall on Saturday May 6 at 7pm. Tickets for students and alumni are just $12! The general public is $17. Celebrate the last weekend before finals!

UNW Communications Department hosted prospective students at "Major Discovery," an event welcoming prospies to experience the departments around UNW. Alumni Jeanette Purcell, Daniel Schultz, and Sam Ray attended the event to give prospective students advice on learning at UNW. Students Benjamin Johnson, Tatyana BreitKreuz, Jonathan Laansma, and Sarah Bengtson also attended to give prospective students an inside look on current students' perspective.

UNW International Relations Student Lakka Benti won a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Czech Republic.

Resourceful PR major Hannah Spiel lands a White House tour on first day thanks to Minnesota Representative Erik Paulsen.

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 Beverly & John Lord 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. If you are unable to attend, you can view the live stream here: CTV North Suburbs

Sarit Bridell
Department News


COM3805 C.S. Lewis & Communication
Fall 2017 Quad 2
TR 10:50 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Dr. Jackie Glenny

C.S. Lewis: The Master Communicator

Discover the man and influence that made him a master of the art of communication. Search out his contributions in the topic areas of teaching, fictional writing, apologetics, preaching, radio broadcasting, poetry, essays, and film.

Department News

In March, Dr. Kaiser served as a judge for PR Video category of The Associated Church Press’s "Best of the Christian Press Awards." 

The Macalester College grade 5 bagpipe band, of which Dr. Kaiser is a member, took first place in its division at the Winnipeg Scottish Festival on March 4.

In early March, Dr. Kaiser served the Catholic Press Association by judging the a total of 53 entries in the "newspaper of the year" categories for the organization's 2017 Press Awards.

Dr. Jackie Glenny distributed her book, “The Gainey Experience: The Life and Leadership of Daniel C. Gainey,” published by Josten’s Inc. of Bloomington, Minnesota at Josten’s National Meeting in January (see pictured). The book highlights Josten’s pivotal 1933-1968 CEO’s leadership engagement in business, education, politics, and equestrian breeding and gives insight for those pursuing a future in corporate leadership. Copies of the book can be purchased from Dr. Glenny who can be contacted at

Note from the Chair

Prepare to Register for Fall Semester
Soon, you will meet with your adviser and discuss your plans for next semester. Be sure to sign up to see your adviser so that you can be cleared to register before your registration time arrives.
Especially if you are a communication studies, public relations, or professional writing major, you probably have plenty of space in your free electives to earn a minor without adding time to your undergraduate career. Be sure to discuss the possibilities with your adviser. Also, if you choose to do a minor, be sure to let the Registrar's Office know your plan. There is a simple form to complete to add a minor.
The communication minor is particularly easy to earn, as one of the required courses is Public Speaking (SPE1075/1825, 3 credits), which everyone at Northwestern is required to take as part of the Core Curriculum. That means the communication minor effectively requires only 13 credits. Please spread the word to your friends across campus; earning a minor in the Communication Department could be beneficial to them and could look good on their resumes.
There are a couple of new minors in our department: Event Planning and Sport Communication. If you are interested in either of these areas, please discuss it with your advisor. Also, please help us to recruit non-Communication students into these minors. Either of them could be fun and valuable to students of many different majors across campus.
You might wonder whether or when a minor would be beneficial for you.
People who major in communication-related fields often work in professional service capacities for companies and organizations with diverse business specialties. Like accounting and other professional services functions, public relations, communications, and related functions do not exist except to support those diverse business interests. Therefore, it is highly beneficial for someone in communications to gain knowledge of a specialty area, or at least of some basic topics related to that specialty area. Note that half the credits for a minor can overlap with the requirements for your major; therefore, earning a minor might not be as much work as you think.
For example, someone wanting to do communication work for a health care company might have an advantage in knowing some of the terminology associated with health care; perhaps a biology, chemistry, or other science minor would be beneficial. Someone wanting to work for a sports team might benefit from a PE or coaching minor. Someone wanting to work in communications for a school could benefit from an education minor of some kind.
Be Proactive.

Dr. Kent Kaiser APR
Chair, Department of Communication
Upcoming Events

April 10
Five16 Film Festival 
July 15

Northwestern Christian Writers Conference 
Awards and Scholarships available!

July 17-21
UNW Game + Tech Camp
(for high school students)
Featured Student
Tatyana Breitkreuz
Communication Studies '18
What are your plans for the future?

When it comes to possible future plans, I have short-term and long-term goals in mind, knowing full well that they could change at any time. Dream jobs don’t usually get handed to you right out of college, and considering my dream job, the sports information director for the University of Oregon track & field and soccer teams, I realize it will take years of networking and work experience to work up to being qualified enough to apply for this position. A short-term career goal would be working as a sports information director for a larger-sized high school or a private university such as University of Northwestern.
Aside from primary future work goals, I would love to invest my time and energy into things I truly love such as coaching a high school track & field and cross country team, become more connected and involved in my home church, and deepening relationships with the friends that are closest to me.

What opportunities have you had at UNW?

College has been filled with opportunities that have matured me, shone light on my strengths and weaknesses, and have helped me make the most of my time at UNW. Being on a sports team, both track & field and cross country, has been a great opportunity for me to make long-lasting friendships as well as opening me up to the world of college sports.  I was also able to have an internship with Bethel University, which was only possible through professors at UNW who introduced me to their Sports Information Director. This internship, which mainly had me writing for Bethel’s sports teams as well as doing stats at games, showed me not only my enjoyment being involved in college sports, but from a different angle. Finally, on-campus jobs such as my position in UNW Admissions has strengthened my communication skills along with giving me the opportunity to represent my school in the best way I can through my experience at UNW. College sports, internships, and on-campus jobs have been opportunities for me to strengthen my time management skills, increase my interest in sports public relations as a future job, and broaden my experience working with the public.

What is your favorite thing about UNW?

My favorite part about UNW would be the relaxed environment that fosters the growth of friendships. UNW makes almost every experience comfortable yet meaningful. Also, I appreciate the professors who invest much time into furthering us in our education as well as our futures beyond Northwestern. While a fair amount of work is required to receive the benefits from courses, other times professors are almost dropping professional contacts and incredible work and internship opportunities into our laps so that we can thrive inside and outside the classroom. I can see the pride and desire in each of my professors to fulfill the mission of the college itself, and that is foster growth in students intellectually and spiritually as well as provide a Christ-centered education that prepares students to serve and glorify God in their future professions, families, communities, and church. 
Featured Alumnus
Samantha Ray 
Public Relations '15
Where has life taken you after UNW?

Since graduation, I have worked with a number of advertising agencies in the Twin Cities. I started with an agency called Nemer Fieger, working on an advertising account for Subway Restaurants. I had the privilege to work on multiple projects including television and radio commercials. Recently, I have worked as a Email Marketing Specialist at one of the largest agencies in MN, the Lacek Group, managing accounts for Carnival Cruise Lines and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

What advice do you have for current students?

Take advantage of the time that you have to do internships. There are many opportunities at your stage in life, and if you get started early enough, you can graduate with multiple years of relevant work experience.

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