CWUCommunication NewsCommunication News Advisor Urges Employers to Give Young Applicants a Chance, 06 Jun 2016 08:17:54<p><img alt="" src="/communication/sites/" style="width: 144px; height: 180px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: right;">In a <em>Seattle Times</em> guest editorial, Corwin King, a retired professor of communication and longtime student advisor at CWU, says employers would do well to remember their own first jobs and extend a helping hand.</p><p>An old family friend liked to tell how he got started in the creamery business. He was looking for a job and saw an ad in the paper for an ice-cream maker. He went down to the local creamery where the manager asked him if he knew how to make ice cream. He said yes, so the manager told him to come back Monday for a tryout.</p><p>Actually, he didn’t know how to make ice cream. But over the weekend, he went to the library and checked out some books. By Monday, he’d learned enough to get by. From there, he rose through the ranks until he himself was managing the creamery, ­ from which he retired many years later, successful and well-off.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Seattle Times</a>.</p>First Amendment Festival Features Pulitzer Winner Douglas Blackmon, 06 May 2016 10:17:07<p><img alt="" src="/communication/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 127px;"></p><p>The weeklong First Amendment Festival at CWU will feature a keynote speech from <a href="">Douglas Blackmon</a>, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. He is also co-executive producer of the acclaimed PBS documentary of the same name.</p><p>Blackmon's speech, set for 7 p.m. May 11 in the Student Union and Recreation Center Ballroom, is free and open to the public.</p><p>Blackmon has worked as the chief of <a href="">The Wall Street Journal’s</a> Atlanta bureau, and was a senior national correspondent for the paper until 2012. He’s also the executive producer and host of <a href=""><em>American Forum</em></a>, a public affairs program produced at the University of Virginia’s <a href="">Miller Center</a> and aired weekly on more than 250 PBS affiliates across the country. He is the co-founder and former board member of two socially and ethnically diverse charter schools that serve more than 600 students from kindergarten through eighth grade throughout Atlanta’s inner city.</p><p>“This is my first time speaking at the First Amendment Festival,” Blackmon said. “I am honored to be the keynote speaker at an event that celebrates the rights that many of us take for granted.”</p><p>His speech is part of this year's campus dialog called <a href="">Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice: Black and Brown Live Do Matter</a>. It is also one of several events in the Department of Communication’s fourth annual First Amendment Festival May 9-12, designed to help students learn about and exercise their First Amendment freedoms.</p><p>First Amendment Festival events:</p><ul><li>Keynote Speaker Douglas Blackmon, 7 p.m. May 11 in the SURC Ballroom</li><li>Marketplace of Ideas, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 9-12 in the SURC</li><li>Speak Out Central, noon-1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the SURC Pit</li><li>Free Speech Walls, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday on the east and west SURC patios</li><li>Food For Thought (give up your First Amendment rights for free pizza), 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday on the east SURC patio</li></ul><p>Parking at CWU is free after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except where marked and at residential halls.</p>Pulse Magazine Selected Best Student Magazine!, 14 Apr 2016 16:53:37<p>Central's student-run Pulse Magazine was selected Best Student Magazine by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) this week in its regional Mark of Excellence Awards.<br><br>The student-run publication beat out magazines from universities across a four-state region spanning Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.<br><br>The award from SPJ, the leading professional journalism organization, puts Pulse automatically in the running for national awards against 11 other regional winners.<br><br>Pulse took home two other Mark of Excellence awards, including a first place nod for former student Jess Macinko in the Non-Fiction Magazine Article category for his story chronicling the day-long Office of Legislative Affairs student tour of the State Capitol, "The Gong Show: Lobby Day," with photos by Derrick Clarit.<br><br>Graduate Seth Lonborg was a finalist in the Best Use of Multimedia category for "5,588 Miles, One Love," a profile of The Burg radio host and Kenya native Tim Nakhisa that included an embedded video, photos and a music playlist -- all created by Lonborg.<br><br>Other Central students named in these awards include former Editor-in-Chiefs Brielle Rutledge and Lindsey Wisniewski, former Associate Editor Kyle Kuhn, and Graphic Designers Mackenzie Loete, Vanessa Cruz and Laurel Fisher. Jennifer Green serves as Faculty Adviser for Pulse through the Communication Department.<br><br>In a statement, the SPJ explained that the Mark of Excellence awards "honor the best in student journalism" with judges asked to choose only "outstanding work worthy of such an honor."<br><br>National winners will be announced in late spring, with awards handed out at the fall Excellence in Journalism conference.<br><br>Full SPJ release available here:<br></p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>Pulse Magazine Wins National Honor!, 25 Feb 2016 10:42:37<p>Central’s student-run lifestyle magazine, Pulse Magazine, won a fourth place “Best in Show” award in the Feature Magazine category on Sunday at the Associated Collegiate Press National College Journalism Convention in Los Angeles.<br><br>Students submitted the latest issue of Pulse, available online <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>, to the contest. This is the second year in a row Pulse has taken home this honor.<br><br>“I am really excited about getting the ACP award and I know the rest of our staff is, too,” said Pulse Editor-in-Chief Brielle Rutledge.<br><br>Pulse’s Art Director, Mackenzie Loete, added, “All of the long days and late nights we've put into each issue of Pulse really pay off when we go up against big colleges across the U.S. and place fourth."<br><br>The 64-page issue was only the second official printed edition of the magazine, which comes out twice per quarter and was previously available solely online.<br><br>It featured a cover story on the lengths aspiring dancers will go to in order to perfect their craft, as well as articles on local wineries and one student’s experience attending the One Young World summit in Thailand.<br><br>Some 20 students traveled to the convention, which ran Feb. 18-21, to attend professional training sessions and workshops on journalism and design. Those students will come back and apply that learning to their work for The Observer student newspaper and Pulse Magazine.<br><br>The full list of ACP award winners can be found <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.<br><br>For more information:<br>Jennifer Green<br>Faculty Adviser, Pulse Magazine<br><a href=""></a><br>(509) 963-1046</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></a href=""></br>CWU students produce video about ESPN reporter's fight against cancer, 20 Oct 2015 07:36:17<p>Two Central Washington University students produced a video this summer about a mammogram ESPN journalist Shelley Smith received following treatment for breast cancer.</p><p>CWU senior public relations major James Naranjo and senior broadcast major Kevin Kalb partnered with two University of Washington students to start their own production company, InfiniteLimits Media Group, and pursued the story.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p>Phil Backlund retires from CWU, 05 Aug 2015 13:46:10<p><img alt="" src="/communication/sites/" style="width: 462px; height: 300px;"></p><p>Staci Jacobson says a day doesn’t go by in her work at the Ellensburg Enterprise Rent-A-Car office that she doesn’t use the communication skills she learned from Central Washington University professor Phil Backlund.</p><p>“Everything I learned in his classes and from his teaching I put to use every day,” said Jacobson, a 2014 Central graduate and management trainee with Enterprise. “Add to that what I’m learning through Enterprise and, it’s all a great foundation that can overcome any barriers to good communication and better understanding with anyone and in any relationship.”</p><p>Backlund formally ended his Central teaching career as a professor of communication studies June 30 and retired after more than 43 years as a professional educator, with 36 of those years at CWU.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.<br>&nbsp;</p></br>CWU student starts 10-week intern stint as YH-R reporter, 17 Jun 2015 07:43:21<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/communication/sites/" style="width: 168px; height: 250px; float: left;">Central Washington University senior and Yakima native Aaron Kunkler joined the </span><em style="line-height: 1.4;">Yakima Herald-Republic </em><span style="line-height: 1.4;">staff this week as an editorial intern.</span></p><p>Kunkler, 24, will serve as a general assignment reporter for 10 weeks. A 2008 West Valley High School graduate, he is majoring in journalism and minoring in political science at CWU, where he has written for the campus paper, the <em>Observer</em>.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Yakima Herald-Republic</a>.</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></em style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">Backlund Chosen as a 2015 Distinguished Professor, 28 May 2015 11:14:54<p><img alt="" src="/communication/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 250px; margin-left: 7px; margin-right: 7px; float: left;">The designation of Distinguished Professor is the highest award attainable at Central Washington University and represents the highest level of performance. Each year, nominations are sought in four categories—teaching, service, and research/creative expression for tenured professors, and a non-tenure track distinguished faculty award for teaching. Phil Backlund, communication, received the Distinguised Professor honor for teaching.</p><p>Backlund, who has taught at CWU for 35 years, is considered a legend among communication students. As an advisor to the CWU chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Honor Society, he guides a RotarAct Community service student organization, and consistently encourages students to submit to regional and national conferences for presentation. He is not only a strong record of teaching in the classroom, but also a teaching force within the department, offering encouragement and support to his colleagues. In addition, he has expanded his classroom to include students involved in CWU’s Asia University America Program (AUAP) and has created and taught courses for international graduate students from China.&nbsp; He has also taught students in Macau and Hong Kong, China, and in Pakistan and South Sudan. According to his colleagues, “His passion for communication and instruction is not bound by language, country, or culture."</p><p>Distinguished professors will be recognized at the Honors Convocation on June 12.</p>CWU PULSE magazine is now live!, 12 Mar 2015 13:55:03<p>The new issue of CWU's PULSE magazine is now live!<br><br>The latest issue of PULSE magazine, CWU's online, student-run lifestyle magazine, is now live.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Click here</a> for great reads on Central's own poetry professor, Xavier Cavazos, Spring Break getaways in Washington State, how to get the perfect shave, a guide to the summer's music festivals, and more.<br><br>PULSE is created entirely by students in CWU's Communication Department.</p></br></br></br></br></br></br>The AroundCampus Group Celebrates Top-Performing Sales Intern and CWU Student, Mia Patterson, 02 Dec 2014 13:39:32<p>December 2, 2014 (Chapel Hill, NC) – The AroundCampus Group (AC), a nationwide college-based marketing company, announced today the recipients of the 2014 AroundCampus Sales Excellence Award, including Central Washington University student, Mia Patterson.</p><p>Patterson started her journey toward success in May 2014 when she joined over 600 interns from across the country at the AC Sales Foundations Academy, a week-long, all-expenses paid sales training program in Chapel Hill, NC. Her next steps brought Patterson back to the community surrounding Central Washington University, where she worked to develop personalized advertising solutions for local businesses.</p><p>“Every year we are blown away by the exceptional talent that our interns bring to the organization,” said Jeff Stencel, Vice President of Sales at The AroundCampus Group. “The Sales Excellence Award goes to the students who not only have a successful sales record, but bring creativity, excitement, and professionalism to the position.”</p><p>The Sales Excellence Award was presented to Patterson at the annual Camp AC Retreat, held November 7-9, 2014.&nbsp; Camp AC invites the 40 most extraordinary interns back to Chapel Hill, NC, to celebrate their achievements, analyze the summer, and brainstorm ways to improve the 2015 business strategy. The Carolina Inn, a Chapel Hill landmark established in 1924, served as the perfect backdrop to honor and celebrate the 25 recipients of the Sales Excellence Awards.</p><p>Patterson sold $50,000+ and finished as number 2 out of 640 interns.</p><p>For more information about The AroundCampus Group sales internships, please visit&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"> The AroundCampus Group Website</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Kristen M. Wisdorf<br>Vice President, Sales Recruiting &amp; Development</p><p>The AroundCampus Group<br>88 VilCom Center Drive, Ste. 160 | Chapel Hill, NC 27514<br>C: 608.387.9362 | P: 800.743.5556 ext. 6156 | F: 800.743.0009<br><br>formerly University Directories</p></br></br></br></br></br>