COMM WEEK

May 4-8, 2020


IT'S RAINING COMM!

A series of events created by Communication students for Communication students and alumni, Parkside peers, and community guests to showcase what it means to study Communication and to be a Communication professional.

DAILY BLOG POSTS

Posts that feature information on Communication minor and certificate programs written by students who know best!

Monday, May 4

Communication Major

Monday, May 04, 2020
Liana Lopez

Communication major requires 45 credits to complete before graduation. Students admitted to the major should plan to complete the 100- and 200-level requirements in communication (including required course work in other departments) before taking upper-level courses. These courses have been planned and sequenced so as to provide a broad overview of the field, introduce essential skills, and help students plan their futures both within the program and following college graduation. At least 15 credits of upper-level courses in the major must be completed at UW-Parkside. The communication major must also have a minimum 2.25 cumulative GPA in order to enroll in COMM 495 Senior Seminar, the department’s capstone course.

The courses within the Major prepares students for real life events such as social media tools, computer tools, presentation skills, and creativity, flexibility, and project style assignments. This major helps students prepare for the real world and give them job skills for jobs like Public Relations, Human Resources, Event Planning Health Communication, Digital Media Consultant, and many more jobs that are constantly changing as society and technology advances. The major will give hands-on training to develop the job skills needed for occupations within the umbrella of Communication.

View the catalog for required courses.

Tuesday, May 5

Public Relations Minor

Tuesday, May 05, 2020
Jay Carroll

What is PR? 

  • PR is the practice of managing or maintaining the relationship and information given between an organization or individual and the public 
  • Often there are times where one has to perform professional maintenance to gain a favorable public image by a company or other organization or a famous person 
  • A PR specialist Deals with Damage Control, press releases, and keeping client's image in good standings 

The Minor 

  • At UW-Parkside a minor in public relations allows students to develop general understandings of the concepts and practices involved in being a public relations practitioner or being a member of an organization responsible for various communication tasks 

This program is overseen by Dr. Adrienne Viramontes of the Communication Department 

To complete this minor a total of 18 credits is needed 

View the catalog for required courses.


 

The Digital and Media Literacy Certificate

Tuesday, May 05, 2020
Jay Carroll

From UW-Parkside's website “This certificate provides critical tools and what Michael Wesch calls “knowledge-ability” for accessing, analyzing, interpreting, critically questioning, and creating a range of media texts. The interdisciplinary certificate is designed to enhance workplace and community-based participation for citizens and those involved in some capacity in the digital media industry.” This program is overseen by Dr. Linda Crafton of the Communication Department 

View the catalog for required courses.

Wednesday, May 6

Organizational Communication

Wednesday, May 06, 2020
Liana Lopez

Requirements for the Organizational Communication Minor (18 credits) 

A minor in organizational communication is designed to help students analyze the role of communication in organizations in order to communicate more effectively within an organization by developing skills in oral and written communication as well as group communication and qualitative analysis skills. The minor is especially appropriate for students who are interested in management, human resources, and team- or project-based work. 

I am personally minoring in Organization Communication and I find the tools and skills that I learned from the classes required for the minor to be beneficial and provide great hands on experience with project styles that we will need in jobs such as Human Resources, Public Relations, and Event Planning.  

View the catalog for required courses.

Thursday, May 7

Digital Media and Production Minor and Certificate

Thursday, May 07, 2020
Anthony Shiffra

The Digital Media and Production Minor and Certificate are programs that are offered through the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Communication Department. The minor consists of 21-24 credits of classes from the Communication, Art, and English Departments. According to the UWP website: “the Digital Media and Production Minor is designed to prepare students to be adept at creating, producing, and critiquing digital written, oral, aural, and visual communication”. The program is run by Dr. Jacqueline Arcy. 

 The Digital Media and Production Certificate is a less in-depth study of Media and Production consisting of 15-18 credits of classes from the Communication, Art, English, and even Music departments. The certificate lists the same goals as the minor, but it is open to Non-Degree seeking students who are looking to enhance their skills in media production and development. The program is overseen by Dr. Jacqueline Arcy.

View the catalog for required courses needed for the minor.

View the catalog for required courses needed for the certificate.


 

Conflict Analysis and Resolution Certificate

Thursday, May 07, 2020
Anthony Shiffra

The Conflict Analysis and Resolution Certificate is a program offered through the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Communication Department. The certificate consists of mainly Communication courses but can include Sociology, History, and Philosophy as well. According to the UWP website: “This certificate prepares students to be professional conflict mediators. Students learn, through course work and field experiences, how to analyze and respond to conflicts at multiple levels – interpersonal, organizational, cultural, and international”. The goals of this program are empowerment, compassion, and social justice. This program is overseen by Dr. Jonathan Shailor. 

View the catalog for required courses.

Friday, May 8

Health Communication Minor and Certificate

Friday, May 08, 2020
Tanesha Yancey

The Health Communication Minor if offered to degree seeking students of any program. Designed to conquer barriers in health and communication this minor will provide the requirements for careers involved with patient advocacy, healthcare administration or the medical industry. You will need to complete 20 – 26 credits for this minor. This minor requires 20 – 26 credits.  

If you are already a healthcare professional or looking to become one, the Health Minor Certificate is a great way to enhance your communication skills. This certificate requires 15 – 18 credits.  Dr.Theresa Castor is Head of the Health Communication Minor and Certificate. 

View the catalog for required courses.

DIGITAL PANEL WITH ALUMNI

Tuesday, May 5

Four successful Parkside alumni reflected on their time at Parkside and shared insight into their professional journeys since graduating with a degree in Communication. Students, faculty, and guests joined the conversation virtually.

Kristal Kaiser

Kristal Kaiser 

Class of 2009
Communication  |  Certificate in Professional Writing  

Current Career 
Marketing Director, Saz's Hospitality Group 
 

Kristal Kaiser has over two decades of experience in marketing communications, advertising, public relations and event management spanning the organizational spectrum from non-profit to agency to global corporate. She is currently the Marketing Director of Saz’s Hospitality Group. She graduated with her BA in Communication and certificate in Professional Writing in 2009.

Debra Lafler

Debra Lafler 

Class of 1997
Communication

Current Career
Employee Wellness and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Manager

Why I chose Parkside
I got a full athletic scholarship for the sport of racewalking, which was a part of the women’s cross country and track team. 

Terra Scott

Terra Scott  

Class of 2018
Communication

Current Career
Staffing Manager, Ajilon
 

Why I chose Parkside
I had started my college career at another Wisconsin UW school in fall of 2000. It wasn't for me at the time. I decided when I was a Sophomore to take a couple years off of school and re-evaluate what was important to me while working and saving some money. I knew that I always wanted to go back so when the time was right, I began researching schools closer to Milwaukee and read that UW-Parkside had a great program for Communication as well as being popular for students going back to finish their education. I decided to apply and was accepted! I went back in January of 2005 and walked December 2017. I made lifelong friends, stay in touch with one of my Professors and am so happy I received my degree from there.  

Current Career
I currently am a Staffing Manager for a recruitment firm in Wauwatosa called Ajilon. We are part of the largest staffing firm in the world, The Adecco Group. This is a fulfilling role in that I help people reach their career goals on a daily basis. I specialize in a few different areas and I care about my candidates, as well as the client. One of my favorite parts in this role is working on higher level caliber positions where I am earning the trust of my client and working hard to find a good match with a candidate whom I know, will fit the bill and be happy in their position. It's very rewarding.  

Prior to that, I was a Global Trade Show Manager and worked in Events as well! I did that for a decade. I worked with people from all over the world in Asia, Europe and the USA. It was a challenging position and I formed many great relationships. I would be happy to discuss that role as well, since I did that for so long. 

Nicole Ann Sicuro Leipski

Nicole Ann Sicuro-Leipski 

Class of 1998
Communication & Psychology

Current Career
Nutrition Educator, UW-Madison Extension (FoodWIse program) 

Why I chose Parkside
Small class sizes, no teaching assistants, professors engaged in the community and the classroom, diverse student body, and excellent experiential learning opportunities (internships, service learning, etc). 

Career
Nutrition Educator, University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension (FoodWIse program)  

Prior to my work with UW-Madison Extension, I was a UW-Parkside Admissions Counselor from 1999-2010 and I'm happy to speak to this career as well.

Learn more about Communication at Parkside.

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