Getting Ready for Summer and Fall Advising

24 02 2015

By: Ian Arthur (@Ian_CHILDonFIRE)

Are you ready for your summer and fall 2015 advising meeting? Advising for the summer and fall semesters is right around the corner. Advising helps you make sure you are taking the right courses and are on track to graduate. Students can start signing up for advising appointments on Tuesday, Feb. 24. Below are some tips to make sure you get the most out of advising.

  1. Sign up for the appropriate time and do it early.

Your advising dates are based on the amount of credits you have completed. There will be colored sheets posted next to journalism advisers’ doors. Make sure you sign up for the proper dates that correspond to the number of credits you have earned. The earlier you sign up the better. An earlier spot will help ensure the classes you need are not full.


  1. Make sure you come prepared with your STAR report.

Meetings with your adviser only last 15 minutes. Make sure you bring a printed copy of your most recent STAR report. It is available on Titan Web. Advisers will not have a copy of your STAR report and will NOT print one for you. If you do not have your STAR report, you will be asked to sign up for a different appointment.

  1. Have a list or idea of the classes you wish to take.

Classes fill up quickly and are first-come, first-served. If you have heard of a certain class you want to take, write it down. If there are a couple of classes you are curious about, write them down and think of questions you can ask your adviser. Also keep in mind only three journalism courses accept students whose GPAs are below 2.50. If you are unsure whether you meet the requirement, ask your adviser.

  1. Read the e-mails from Cindy Schultz

E-mails were sent out starting Monday, Feb. 23, to journalism majors and minors. The e-mail will tell you how to look up your adviser and total credits earned, as well as specific course requirements and department policies for dropping classes. This e-mail is the most important thing for you to read regarding journalism advising.

  1. Show up on time.

Since you only get 15 minutes it is extremely important that you are on time. Adviser schedules are often tight and the adviser will likely tell you to come back at another time if you are late.

Keep these tips in mind and you will be fully prepared to get the most out of advising. More advising information is also located here. Also, do not forget the journalism department’s Chili Chill-Out is Thursday, Feb. 26, at 4:30 p.m. in Sage 3408. Journalism faculty, groups and students will be there to socialize and answer any questions.


Lease It Or Leave It

24 02 2015

By: Nicole Kiefert (@nicole_kiefert)

Signing a lease can be an intimidating process, especially when trying to decipher the fine print. Students are encouraged to ask for help when looking into the fine print before signing a lease.

Luckily, students on campus have the chance to talk to landlords and city officials one on one and get more information on things to look into before signing at the PRSSA Lease It Or Leave It event scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Reeve Memorial Union 207.

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Isaac Haight, president of the Oshkosh PRSSA chapter, said the event was started as an idea for the Bateman competition, a case study competition for public relations students around the nation.

The Bateman competition gives students the chance to apply what they learned in class and create a full on campaign for a specific client. This year’s client is Home Matters, an organization focused on raising awareness and funds for more affordable homes and bettering communities across the United States.

“We are assigned a client each year and in the fall we research the topic and in the spring we complete a campaign,” Haight said. “Because our client is Home Matters, we thought that a renting social would be appropriate for a college audience.”

The faculty adviser for the club, Professor Julie Henderson, said it is important for students to come and find out important information before they move out and live on their own.

“We will do this by having tables set up with information from landlords, the City of Oshkosh, the electric company, insurance agents, etc.,” Henderson said. “It will be a great opportunity for students to gather a lot of relevant information in one spot.

PRSSA member Sam Broughton said it is especially helpful for underclassman who have not had the experience of lived off-campus yet.

“We thought it would be great for underclassmen to learn how to rent smart off-campus in Oshkosh, and with 10 different realtors and multiple public works officials, Lease It Or Leave It will give them a chance to talk to a lot of different experts,” Broughton said.

“It’s important people attend, especially students who are looking to rent for their first time, because a lot of students rush into agreements without reading the fine print or understanding their rights as a renter,” Haight said.

In addition to all the information, there will also be a variety of door prizes with a chance to win a grand prize of $200 toward rent expenses. Food will also be available to students participating.

5 LinkedIn Tips for a Killer Profile & More

18 02 2015

By Ian Arthur



During fall semester the Department of Journalism hosted a LinkedIn workshop run by students – and yes cookies were involved. Students came together to optimize their profiles and bounce ideas off one another about how to tame the LinkedIn beast. Here are the top five tips from the event.

1. Have a supreme summary.

Having a short summary about yourself on your profile is essential for your profile’s search engine optimization (SEO) as well as showing uniqueness to set yourself apart from the competition. Also, this summary is your first impression with anyone who sees your profile. Make sure to include your elevator pitch, which is a short summary of why you make a good job candidate, aspirations as a professional and anything else pertinent to your job search.


2. Find an eye-catching cover photo.

LinkedIn allows everyone to have a cover photo for free. Taking advantage of this is another way to personalize your profile, to make it your own and to create a memorable impression to recruiters. Choose a photo that can represent you or your industry, but keep it professional.

3. Include how you impacted your employers.

With each previous employment opportunity on your page, make sure to not only describe your role within that position, but also show the impact you made. Adding the total revenue you helped generate or how many people read the publication you wrote are just a few ways to show your impact.


4. Spread the endorsement love.

As a wise person once said, “Thou shalt spread endorsements on LinkedIn.” OK, so maybe no one ever mentioned that, but you should really endorse professionals so that they return the favor. Having endorsements not only shows you have skills but shows you are active in your professional network.

5. Looking for a job? Download LinkedIn Job Search.

Another great resource that some people still haven’t adopted is the LinkedIn Job Search app. This app makes searching for jobs on the go a breeze and even lets you apply directly for jobs on the app with your profile – no cover letter or resume needed.


LinkedIn is the largest professional network in the world. It’s essential to have a profile today because recruiters are starting to rely so heavily on it. And let’s face it, it’s an amazing networking tool. I challenge you today to start making LinkedIn your new favorite social network.

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