Meet Kimberly! She said she loves being a part of the CJ Department because of the opportunities to collaborate with fellow students and community partners. She said she especially enjoyed CJ 351, strategic event planning, because “it gave me the opportunity to assist in the planning and execution of a communication and journalism conference for high school students and this experience confirmed my interest in the event planning field.” This summer Theisen will apply what she learned in CJ 351 and other CJ courses to her events internship at the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Meet Brett! She is the PR and Event Planning intern for the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic and she said she uses a lot of concepts she learned from her CJ classes to do the marketing for events she plans for the clinic. Hayden said, “I’ve loved being apart of the CJ department because of the amazing professors I’ve been able to learn from.”
CJ students Janel Riegleman and Maddie Forrest recently attended the Central States Communication Association conference in Omaha, Nebraska, with Dr. Mary Worley. Riegleman and Forrest are currently conducting undergraduate research with Worley on enhancing campus safety in regard to the rise of mass shootings on college campuses. The trio hopes to share their research at the Central States Communication Association conference next year, and they attended the conference this year to get a feel of what to expect.
“The Central States Communication Association conference was one of most interactive and hands-on experiences I’ve been able to have during my college career,” Forrest said. “It was fascinating to see and hear all of the similarities between how communication courses are being taught around the central states. It was definitely reassuring to know that what we are being taught at UWEC is preparing us effectively for potential careers in the Midwest.”
“It was a wonderful weekend,” Riegelman added. “We learned from PR professionals, professors and students.”
The students also will present their research at CERCA May 2 and 3.
Meet Holly! She is a peer diversity educator, member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and has been a first year experience mentor for CJ 105. “The CJ department has been a great way for me to meet students who are genuinely excited about the work they are doing,” White said. Working with community partners in CJ 307 and 355 have been great opportunities to make connections and understand the magnitude of her studies, she said. Her favorite part about the CJ department is the professors who are invested in students’ success and care about students at a deeper level than just academics.
Meet Kim! She said she loves being a part of the CJ department because of the awesome professors who never fail to challenge students to think critically and work hard. Many meaningful friendships and connections were created through her CJ classes, she said, especially CJ 307 Small Group Communication with Dr. Nicole Schultz. She said she liked the Social Problem Research Project (SPRP) component of the class, because “SPRP was a project that gave me an opportunity to lead my group and work closely with a community partner.” Her experiences with SPRP gave her the inspiration to take a year off after graduation in May to volunteer as a Young Adult Volunteer in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “The CJ department offers many opportunities in classes to get real world experience and I would recommend taking advantage of every opportunity,” North said.
Meet Sami! Through her involvement with the CJ Department, she spent January in Washington D.C. for a three-week internship at The Washington Post as UW-Eau Claire’s 20th Ann Devroy Fellow. She also has made connections with local journalists through the department and has been working at the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram for the last two and a half years. She is part of the group of journalists working on the ongoing Civil Conversations reporting project and also has an internship content writing for a local skincare start-up called Melnaturel.
“Although it took me a little longer to discover my passion for journalism, I’m so glad I did,” West said. It all started when she joined The Spectator as a first year student, taking on an editing role after that first semester. Because of her involvement and success on the student newspaper, she decided to pursue journalism. She became editor-in-chief of The Spectator last spring after five semesters of involvement. West said she is thankful for and honored to work with her mentor Jan Larson as well as other CJ faculty and staff through the years.
“Not only did my experience at The Spectator lead me to a future in journalism, but it also led me to further understanding who I am and the person I wish to be,” West said. “Although I’d always enjoyed reading, writing, books and the news, I spent my whole life thinking I wanted to become a teacher. Through the CJ department, I realized journalism is my passion and, in some respects, is a form of teaching in itself. Journalists seek the truth endlessly and tell stories to inform the public of these truths they may not have been otherwise aware of — I’m so glad to be part of that.”
Follow the blog posts of UW-Eau Claire students on Inside Eau Claire as they report on the 10th annual Civil Rights Pilgrimage. Photo credit © 2018 Samantha West
In honor of Women’s History Month, College Feminists will host “Spoken Words for Womyn’s History Month: A Collection of Voices” at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, in the Cabin. Both original spoken word as well as recitations of powerful women throughout history will be performed as a celebration of womanhood in remembering the experiences of these women who overcame great obstacles in an effort to make their communities a better place for their daughters.
Meet Andee! She first became involved with the CJ Department through The Spectator, where she had various positions for a couple years before dedicating her time to other reporting and research projects within the department. Andee said thanks to her professor and mentor Jan Larson she went on a couple immersion reporting trips, first to Selma, Alabama, to interview child foot soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement. This past summer she also embedded herself in a team of UW-Eau Claire researchers as they helped identify Holocaust burial grounds in Lithuania. Andee has also had two summer internships and two winterim fellowships, all in journalism, including the Ann Devroy and Stephen Koepp Fellowships.