How to Cook Up a Thanksgiving Feast Dorm-room Style

21 11 2011

By Sheng Lee (@shengdanger)

Are you celebrating Thanksgiving from the dorms this year? Well don’t despair because you can still cook up a feast by borrowing a delicious and easy-to-make recipe from the exotic hillsides of Laos. This tasty traditional treat will impress your friends, save your wallet and can be made in the confines of your room!

Hmong egg rolls may seem complicated to make, but whipping up a batch is easier than you may think. The ingredients and supplies needed can be found at your local grocery and Asian food stores and the total costs adds up to be only about 15 dollars!

To begin, here are lists of ingredients and supplies you will need to craft simple, yet tasty Hmong egg rolls.


  • 10 ½-ounce package bean thread noodles
  • 1 package of 25 rice paper sheets
  • 10-ounce bag of coleslaw mix
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground pork
  • 2 large eggs
  • Salt
  • Vegetable oil


  • Foodservice gloves
  • Chopping knife
  • Scissors
  • Baster brush
  • Cutting board
  • Colander
  • Large bowl
  • Medium bowl
  • Small bowl
  • 4 qt. deep fryer


  1. Place the unpackaged bean noodles in the medium bowl. Pour in boiling water to cover all of the noodles and let it soak for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, the noodles should be “al dente,” an Italian phrase that translates to “to the tooth.” In plain English, this means the noodles are fully cooked, but not too soft.
  2. Drain the noodles in a colander and let them sit at room temperature to cool. Once the noodles are cool, cut and remove the strings that bind the noodles together. Then take the scissors and cut the noodles into 3-inch lengths one handful at a time; set aside.
  3. Finely chop the medium yellow onion.
  4. Put on the foodservice gloves and get ready to dig in to the fun part! In the large bowl, mix together the noodles, coleslaw mix, chopped yellow onion and ground pork. Then crack in one whole egg and add salt to your liking. Mix thoroughly with your hands.
  5. Heat vegetable oil in the deep fryer on medium-high heat.
  6. Peel the rice paper sheets apart.
  7. Position one sheet of rice paper so it looks like a diamond. Scoop about one-half cup of eggroll mix onto the rice paper, 2 inches in from the bottom corner. Mold the mixture into a 3-inch log. (see diagram below)
  8. Pull the bottom corner up and over the filling and tuck along the edge of the log. Roll the sheet away from you once, and then fold the left and right corners in. The corners should touch in the middle of the egg roll. Roll once more so the bent in corners are covered.
  9. Separate the egg white from the second egg into a small bowl. Dip the baster brush into the egg white, and then baste the remaining top corner of the rice paper. Finish rolling the egg roll and smooth the last corner over so it is sealed. If the eggroll filling is not securely sealed in the rice paper, gas bubbles will cause the rice paper to crack, spilling the pork and vegetable mixture into the oil. Repeat steps seven through nine with the remaining rice paper and egg roll mixture.
  10. Cook the egg rolls for about 10 minutes or until they are slightly golden brown. The egg rolls will continue browning once you take them out of the oil, so once they are slightly golden brown, remove them from the oil immediately and set them on top of paper towels to drain and cool.
  11. For an extra fancy touch, cut the egg rolls in half at a diagonal angle for presentation. Serve alongside Mae Ploy sweet chili sauce for the perfect appetizer or side dish and enjoy!

Video: J-Alumni Give Advice on How to Land the Job You Want!

16 11 2011

Oct. 21, 2011
UW-Oshkosh Department of Journalism alumni give students tips on how to land the job they want.

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Read more about the panel session here!

8 Tweeces of Advice From Recent J-Dept Grads

14 11 2011

By Lindsey Noack (@LinzCnoack)

During this year’s Homecoming (#uwoj2011) , a group of recent graduates from the Journalism program came to Sage Hall to talk with students on how they found their job after finishing school. The panel, consisting of Jason Disbrow (@jay_diz), marketing brand manager at Walnut Hollow; Brittany Dorfner (@Brittany_D), account coordinator at Scheibel Halaska; Jon Huser (@myBekins), marketing manager at Bekins A-1, Inc.; and Katie Steil (@KSteil2), marketing specialist at Stanley Black and Decker, gave out tons of recommendations to soon-to-be grads based on their experience in the job world and here are some of the ones I thought were especially helpful:

 How many times have you thought , “When am I going to use this again?” As students, a lot of times we’re just looking to survive a class and don’t pay attention to the programs or formats we’re learning. Take advantage of the new information you’re receiving, especially in technology, because you never know what knowledge you will need in future jobs. Try taking classes in fields you might never have considered. For example you may not be a photography major, but in many journalism jobs it’s helpful to know what makes a picture interesting and how to take it.


This seems too easy to be a piece of advice, but it is a good thing to constantly be aware of. Between classes and internships, there is a lot of resume-worthy pieces that you are creating so don’t forget about them once they’ve been turned in. Keep a separate computer folder for easy access or print out a double copy when you hand a project in. This will prevent searching for portfolio pieces the night before an interview.

When employers give you a sheet of job responsibilities and areas they’d like you to be experienced in, they are also giving you bullet points to include in your cover letter. Think of accomplishments that relate directly to what you would be doing. Another tip from the graduates? Make sure to quantify what you’ve done by giving specific numbers and percentages of the results.
No matter how much you enjoy writing, this is one of the skills employers value most. Even with the transfer of news from newspapers to the Internet, you’ll still need to know good grammar, sentence structure and correct spelling. The world of journalism is changing, but good writing always stays the same.

If you’re a soon-to-be graduate it’s a good idea to start consistently checking Twitter accounts and websites that post job openings. Even if you aren’t quite ready to apply, you can get an idea of what most businesses want in applicants and work on building up an holes in your resume before graduation.

Even if you’re excited and proud of the internship and work experience you’ve gained throughout college, let your personality, not your ego, shine through when interviewing. Sell yourself as the best person for the job with confidence, not cockiness. Don’t go in expecting a huge salary and big title. See what a company is willing to offer and realize everyone has to start at the bottom sometime.

Getting offered a job is exciting, but before accepting it, make sure to think if it seems like a type of company you will connect with. A “dream job” isn’t just about the work you’ll be doing, but also the people and atmostphere you’ll be surrounded by for 40 hours a week. If you don’t feel like you naturally click with the company you might want to reconsider taking the position.


This was one of the best pieces of advice I heard because it’s not something we think about once we’ve found a job. We’re just excited to be working! But always re-evaluating your situation is a big part of growing as a professional. If you feel you’ve gotten everything there is to offer out of a job, don’t be afraid to start looking for a better position that offers you more growth.

How to Build Your Resume When You Don’t Have an Internship

9 11 2011

By Samantha Anderson (@shinebright90)

Whether you are between internships or just haven’t landed your first one, you can still take steps toward a career in journalism.

Here are some tips to continue building your resume and portfolio:

1. Join a club 

Get involved in on-campus groups. Whether it’s the campus newspaper or a club like PRSSA or SPJ, there are groups on campus that can help you become a better writer or expand your skills in a specific area like photography or social media.

2. Volunteer your skills

Find organizations that can benefit from your skills and abilities, but maybe don’t have the resources available to hire an intern or pay you. LOTS of small businesses and non-profits can benefit from having an online presence, for example, but may not know how to build or maintain it.

I have volunteered my skills at my church by helping the church brand itself and keep that brand consistent throughout its online presence and promotional materials. I also oversee the production of our monthly newsletter.

Additionally, my dad started an insurance agency a few years ago and I have spent the last several months building and maintaining social media sites for his company as well as putting together a quarterly newsletter and writing marketing letters to prospective and current clients.

3. Use your skills on the job

Look for ways to implement your skills at your current job or look for a part-time job that will allow you to exercise your skills. There are MANY jobs on and off campus that could benefit from social media sites and blogs, new website content, someone to take photos of their events, someone who can write press releases, etc.

Internships are important. But you can start building your resume and portfolio now by finding valuable experiences, paid and unpaid, to continue growing and expanding your skills.

Samantha Anderson is a senior Journalism student at UW Oshkosh.

Homecoming 2011 Video Recap

4 11 2011

Did you miss out on this year’s J-Department homecoming events? Check out these videos on why students and alumni feel social media matters and on J-alums’ thoughts about returning home to their alma mater.

Anybody who figures social media for a fad or flash in the pan hasn’t consulted the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s journalism students or alumni.

UW Oshkosh’s IMC department took a moment to ask a few members of Homecoming 2011’s Department of Journalism student and alumni Tweetup — a face-to-face gathering of Twitter social media users — why they believe social media matters as we move deeper into the 21st Century.

Here is a quick video encapsulation of their answers, including some thoughts by Tweetup featured alumni speaker, Troy Janisch, ’89, the social media manager for American Family Insurance and popular blogger (@socialmeteor).

Five winners of University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Alumni Awards share their reflections on earning the accolade, the growth of the campus and the impact their educations had on their careers. They accepted their awards on Friday, Oct. 21 as part of UW Oshkosh’s Homecoming 2011 events.

J-alumni include: Lori Kraus ’02, Michael Fredrick ’97 and Pat Stiegman ’88.