Volume 15, Issue 2 | October 1, 2020
Student News
Northwestern Productions kicked off its first ever 24 hour film challenge. As the name implies, participants only had 24 hours to complete pre-production, production, and post production. Raeann Goetz, Northwestern Productions executive staff member, said, “It will be a challenging endeavor, but it is all about having fun and doing something new with film!”

The purpose of this activity was to let students experiment with film and complete a project.
Communication Studies student Caleb Garland '24 taught the PR workshop all about social media and its uses for reaching people on each platform.
2003 Northwestern graduate, Adam Hannan, was named the General Manager of KNWS (Life 101.9) in Waterloo, Iowa earlier this summer. He has been part of the station since 2016 and is also one of the morning show hosts.

He loves creating team-building events at the station such serving hot dogs and snow cones to the staff. Recently, he showed up for a segment on the show dressed up as the popular lead character from Disney’s The Mandalorian. Adam says as the GM he decided the morning show needed more Mandalorians. He called the bit The Managerlorian.
Electronic Media Communication alumnus, Vanshay Murdock ('18), recently accepted a new job with KMSP-TV, Fox 9 News as a Photojournalist and will be leaving WITI-TV, FOX 6, "I’ve enjoyed my three years in Milwaukee. [FOX 6] has THE best Photojournalists & Reporters in the country. I have learned A LOT and I’ll definitely miss collaborating with them." Vanshay is excited to be back in the Twin Cities with Fox 9, "I can’t wait to drive around familiar areas and highlight the community I grew up in."
Note from the Faculty

Well everyone, it is October.  It remains my favorite month after all these years, for the lovely colors strung up and blowing everywhere—so abundantly that there is no need for added decorations for my annual celebration on the fourth.  

This month enters with a mixture of joy and stress for many each year.   

In the joy column:  
  • lovely colors,  
  • homecoming festivities,  
  • being settled into a routine,  
  • cozy sweaters and jeans back in action.   

And stressors:  

  • looming mid-terms,  
  • needing to act on that developing fall relationship before someone else does,  
  • wrapping up quad one classes,  
  • the sleepover stage of life with a roommate long gone.   

Some years, we tire from sprinting throughout September and realize sprinting isn’t sustainable all schoolyear long.  We’d better slow our pace and find a way to not burn out by Halloween…or Harvest Festival…or Trunk or Treat Ministry Night—whatever is or isn’t deemed acceptable both theologically and pandemically speaking at this calendar flip in history… 

Lift yourself—lift your eyes, your chin, your prayers, your weary body out of bed for an early stroll—and receive the gifts around you.   

  • The beautiful sunrise through the trees.   
  • The dew-dripping leaves and grasses.   
  • The mercies of a new morning.  
  • Companionship with the Creator.  
  • Your breath hanging in the air.   
  • The pumpkins and squash and ever-changing leaves. 

Have faith that if you look up, He will be faithful to show you His goodness. His beauty. His powerful hand to redeem ALL things. As Psalm 24 reminds us, this world and all who dwell in it are the Lord’s. In these verses, we are reminded to seek God’s face and lift our heads. 

Psalm 24 

1The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof,
    the world and those who dwell therein,
for he has founded it upon the seas
    and established it upon the rivers. 

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
    And who shall stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
    who does not lift up his soul to what is false
    and does not swear deceitfully.
He will receive blessing from the Lord
    and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
    who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah 

Lift up your heads, O gates!
    And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
    The Lord, strong and mighty,
    the Lord, mighty in battle!
Lift up your heads, O gates!
    And lift them up, O ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is this King of glory?
    The Lord of hosts,
    he is the King of glory! Selah 

This Psalm brings the simple song “This is My Father’s World” to my mind as well as a new favorite “Be Alright” by Evan Craft with Danny Gokey and Redimi2.  Check it out on You Tube and be comforted remembering God’s promises to us in Isaiah 41:10: 

Fear not, for I am with you;
    be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. 

Isaiah 41:10  

Dear Lod—Creator, Sustainer, Giver of Wisdom and Joy—I pray for your direction, protection, intervention and JOY to penetrate our lives as we lift our heads to you. Fill us with your strength, Truth, and joy as we seek to walk with you, Christ, each day.   

Help us to be wise in our use of our time, our words, our relationships, and all our other resources that we may honor your creation in us by taking good care of our bodies, lives, and relationships.  We are weak and need your strength.  Please work in us to grow in Joy and strength as we rest in you. Nehemiah 10:8. 

In Jesus’ name and under the covering of His grace we pray. Amen. 

With deep confidence in Christ, 

Laura Watkins, M.A.
Adjunct Instructor
Upcoming Dates

October 1-2

October 14-15
Quad 1 Finals 

October 18-19
Fall Break (no classes) 

Featured Student
Meghan Gattorna ('22)
Public Relations
What are your plans for the future?

My future plans are still decently open right now, but I am looking to pursue a job in either event planning or in human resources. However, I am just looking for God's leading right now as I am still figuring out my plans!

What opportunities have you had at UNW?

I have had a lot of great opportunities at UNW! I have grown a lot in my knowledge of public relations through my classes and great professors. I have also gotten a chance to complete an internship this past spring for the Five16 Film Festival, working as the event planning intern with Melissa Clutter. I've also gotten to do some workshops and have gotten some great networking opportunities through various events and connections. 

What is your favorite thing about UNW?

My favorite thing about UNW is the encouragement that I have received through every single year of college! My professors have been extremely supportive, open to questions, and are always looking to help me succeed. I have been extremely blessed by Professor Marshall who is constantly pushing me to work harder, to strive for the best, and to help me succeed in my future career someday!
Featured Alumni
Carson Mithelman ('20)
Media Production, Film Track
Where has life taken you after UNW?

After graduating from UNW in December of 2020, I knew I wanted to move out to Los Angeles. After several months of finding the perfect moment to move, I finally did it. I’ve been living in LA for 2 months now and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked on some pretty big projects since moving out here, one of which is Jordan Peele’s newest thriller, “Nope.” For that film, I worked as a Health & Safety Production Assistant which essentially makes sure the production doesn’t get shut down with too many COVID cases. As Health & Safety PA’s, we help with COVID-19 testing as well as enforcing other safety protocols on set. It’s not necessarily the most exciting job, but it’s allowed me to meet incredible people and observe every department from up close. After working on “Nope,” I booked a 6 month long job for a Reese Witherspoon produced & Amazon Prime show titled “Daisy Jones & The Six.” My official title is Health & Safety Testing Admin and I’m really focusing on coordinating all of our Covid-19 testing. It’s allowed me to bond with the cast and crew since I was brought on during pre-production. It’s an amazing project, and I can’t wait to see where it leads me in the next few months

What advice do you have for current students?

My advice to current students is just to get out there and work on stuff. Even if you feel the project won’t benefit you in the moment, those connections you make can help you later down the line without you realizing that now. And if you’re thinking of moving to Los Angeles or Atlanta to work on bigger productions, it is possible and you just have to be willing to make that jump. 
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