It’s That Time of Year Again: Scheduling Classes

24 02 2014

By: Andrea Larson (@andrea_larson_)

It’s that time of the semester again where students have to start thinking of their schedule for next semester The process is different for journalism students and can be confusing at times, so I want to help you understand the process a little better!

Once you declare yourself a journalism major or minor and reach a certain number of earned credits, you stop meeting with your UARC adviser and start meeting with a journalism faculty member to schedule your journalism classes. This does not mean you can not still go to your UARC adviser for questions on classes outside of the journalism department, but to be able to enroll in a journalism class, you must visit with the faculty member you are assigned.

If you have below 45 earned credits, continue to schedule your classes with your UARC adviser; if you have above 45 credits but have a GPA below 2.5, contact Crystal Marschall if you want to enroll in journalism classes (there are still some options for you). When you have above 45 credits and a 2.5 GPA or higher is when you can start meeting with your journalism faculty adviser instead of a UARC adviser you were first assigned when coming to Oshkosh. You can find your faculty adviser located on the first page of your STAR report.

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The registration date on your STAR report might be different than the journalism advising week, which is March 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10 for summer and fall semester 2014. Always keep a look out for an email from the journalism department of when the advising week will be. The more credits you have, the sooner you are able to sign up to meet with your faculty adviser:

• 90 earned credits and more and honor students: Monday, March 3 and Tuesday, March 4

• 60 through 89 earned credits: Wednesday, March 5 and Thursday, March 9

• 45 through 59 earned credits: Monday, March 10

Faculty not have signs attached to their doors or by their doors that give you spaces to sign up for a time that is best for you. At the top of each page, the day will be listed, so make sure it is one you are able to sign up on! Also, don’t forget to write it down, I forgot a couple of times and wasn’t able to get in the classes I was hoping to.

If you have any questions or good advising tips, please comment below. Good luck!


NODAC 2014: Dribble, Dunk, Donate

11 02 2014

By: Andrea Larson (@andrea_larson_)

Every year, the Public Relations Students Society of America (PRSSA) participates in the National Organ Donor Day Awareness Competition (NODAC). Thousands of Americans wait on the organ donation list, hundreds more recipients in need than willing donors. The PRSSA members work hard to bring this awareness to campus by planning an on-campus activity, providing information on the importance of organ donation.

Neal Corby, vice president of PRSSA, said the Oshkosh Chapter started planning and marketing for the event early last semester, hoping to bring more awareness and a large crowd. This year’s theme is Dribble, Dunk, Donate. The activity is geared around a three-on-three basketball tournament. There can be three to six people on a team, they can be mixed (both men and women), and is open to everyone, not just UWO students and staff. First-place winner will receive a $300 cash prize!

How can you sign up?

• Look for tables stationed in Revee Memorial Union and at the UW Oshkosh men and women’s basketball games

• Message their  Facebook or Twitter page with your team name and captain’s name

• Tweet @AssistTheList

• Email with your team name and captain’s name

• Fill out the survey on SurveyMonkey by clicking here

The event will be held on Sunday, April 27, in Albee Hall and will start at noon and end with the last team standing. Sign up today and support PRSSA and organ donation!


Super Bowl Ads 2014 – Which was your favorite?

7 02 2014

Phil Aiello (@phil_ilo)

For the fourth time in five years, the 2014 Super Bowl has set a record for the most-watched television event in U.S. history, drawing 111.5 million viewers.

For many viewers, the Lombardi Trophy match-off between Denver and Seattle was just something that happened between breaks in commercials. For other’s, the tone of advertisements also defined the tone of the game with one word: disappointment.

Nonetheless, each year Super Bowl ads raise the bar, and the price tag. Advertisers spent more than $4 million to buy a 30-second ad spot for the MetLife Stadium hosted game. Many broke the bank with the use of appearances by celebrities, villains and sports hall-of-famers.

However, we would not dare to celebrate one of America’s favorite past-time sport, (or the most viewed televised event of the year) without the use of social media – including  controversial backlash. Esurance, the most-tweeted brand of the evening, offered to give away $1.5 million to select tweeters who utilized the hashtag #EsuranceSave30.

Top nods were given to Budweiser, Coca-Cola, Chobani, H&M, T-Mobile Audi and Toyota. But we want to know what your favorites were. We have selected some of the top ones, now we want you to vote!


Click here to vote!