Category Archives: Alumni Profiles

Phil Cooper: AV/IT Support and Production Specialist

What’s challenging/interesting/rewarding about my current job? In terms of challenging, it was almost a complete departure from the broadcasting field and getting immersed into a world of audiovisual and information technology systems in a non-clinical healthcare setting. There were no more newsrooms, no more hard deadlines, nothing of the sort, and it was a drastic culture change for me as

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Mike Colombo: Anchor/Consumer Investigative Reporter Fox 2/KPLR 11 St.Louis

What’s challenging/interesting/rewarding about my current job? Challenging: Meeting people dealing with tragedy. Advocating for consumers dealing with issues. The schedule. Interesting: Going places and meeting people I wouldn’t otherwise have access to. Learning about things I wouldn’t necessarily pursue on my own. Rewarding: Helping people gets results they couldn’t on their own. Drawing attention to people/issues that need attention but

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Frank Cann: Owner/Operator: CANN Productions, Inc.

What’s challenging/interesting/rewarding about my current job? The most challenging and rewarding part of my job is navigating the power of video content in today’s ever changing marketing landscape. How do I use various communication proficiencies in my work? Written communications: From content scripts to responding to RFP (Request for proposals), strong, clear communication is vital. Oral communications: My job requires

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Julianne Touhy: Senior Meeting Planner at the American Bar Association

What’s challenging/interesting/rewarding about my current job? Planning a successful meeting is always a challenge. We are always looking for ways to be more innovative and to keep our members engaged. A rewarding part of my job is producing a successful meeting and knowing that I contributed, in a small way, to the decisions of tomorrow. How do I use various

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Colleen McCormack: Customer Experience Representative at Pinnacol Assurance

What’s challenging/interesting/rewarding about my current job? I answer the phones and love getting to trouble shoot and explain to policyholders, injured workers, and providers what things might be confusing to them in the world of workers comp insurance in Colorado How do I use various communication proficiencies in my work? Emails, phone calls, faxes I do ‘em all. I’ve found

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Beth Zelinski Williams: Wesley K. Clark & Associates

What’s challenging/interesting/rewarding about my current job? I work for a small consulting firm so I wear a lot of hats and being busy always makes the days go by quickly. I enjoy getting to talk to/meet different people from around the world and we are always working on new projects, which keeps things interesting, albeit some are more exciting than

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Courtney Lillard: Public Speaking Instructor; Recruiter

What’s challenging/interesting/rewarding about my current job? What I found most rewarding is the opportunity to return to my alma mater to apply what I learned during my graduate program. I feel I am able to understand my students’ position and really focus on their learning process individually as communicators. This is also challenging because most students vary in their skills,

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Kayla Epley: Substitute Teacher Quincy Public Schools, Graduate Student at Quincy University

What’s challenging/interesting/rewarding about my current job? I love that I get to work with students across a wide age range and from a variety of backgrounds.  Even if you are in the classroom every single day, no day is ever the same. I love getting to know the students and knowing that I can provide some consistency in their lives.

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Mike Fay: Media Analytics Director (WTOL)

What’s challenging/interesting/rewarding about my current job? The biggest challenge facing the entire industry is disruption. How we navigate that is going to be incredibly important over the course of the next 5 years. As television broadcasters, our specialty is video. Aggregate video consumption has never been higher. We just need to be able to properly reach the people viewing all

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Rebeka Porter: ALT (assistant language teacher for English)

What’s challenging/interesting/rewarding about my current job? The most challenging thing, that’s slowly becoming better, is communicating with my coworkers. I’m very lucky at my JHS that there are so many fluent English speakers. However, there’s still a language barrier where we have to take time to make sure we properly understand each other. At my elementary school, there’s about two

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