Are you ready for spring 2016 advising?

28 09 2015

By: Brenna McDermot @letterstowomen

With only a few days before advising starts on Wednesday, Sept. 30, this is the perfect time to make sure you are prepared. Ask yourself these questions before going to your appointment:

  1. With whom do I want to advise? You don’t have to advise with the person on your STAR, so sign up for advising with whomever you feel most comfortable. Make sure that you let Cindy Schultz know if you plan on changing advisers so that it can be changed on your STAR.
  2. Have I signed up? Sign up for a 15-minute meeting with your adviser on the colored sheets attached to their doors. You can’t have a meeting unless you are signed up.
  3. Have I printed out my STAR? Advisers need your STAR to know what classes you have taken and need to take. Because appointments are short, there isn’t time for you to print your STAR out at the beginning of the appointment.
  4. What classes do I want to take? Go on Titan Web and review all the class options available. Again, there won’t be time during your appointment for your adviser to tell you about every class.
  5. What class CAN I take? Too often classes conflict, so pay attention to what times the classes you want to take are scheduled. Also, look to see if the classes you want have prerequisites that you must meet.
  6. Do I have backup classes? Unfortunately, some classes fill quickly because of the small enrollment cap, and they might be the classes you want. Have some alternatives that you are willing to take if this happens.

Even though advising can be overwhelming and frustrating, being prepared and flexible will make the process more enjoyable. For more information on journalism advising, please visit this link: view this link Happy advising!


Journalism department introduces public relations as new major

23 09 2015

By Brenna McDermot (@letterstowomen)

Public relations is debuting as a major in the journalism department this fall 2015 semester.

With projected job growth being 23 percent according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of public relations is growing rapidly, especially as online communication and media become more relevant in people’s life. This in addition to public relations being journalism’s most popular emphasis prompted former journalism department professor Julie Henderson to make public relations its own major.

Moreover, UW Oshkosh is the only university in Wisconsin and one of 28 universities in the country whose public relations program achieved Certification in Public Relations.

What is public relations? According to the Public Relations Society of America, public relations is a “strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and their publics.” It’s not spin. It’s not making someone or something look good.

Even though most people think that public relations practitioners only do media relations, the breadth of job options is diverse. Here are some of the fields in which public relations practitioners work:

  • Employee relations
  • Social media
  • Event planning
  • Brand management
  • Crisis communication
  • Government relations
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing

So what kind of person is most suited for public relations career? Public relations practitioners write well, talk easily with others, enjoy no two days being the same, can handle multiple projects at once, think from multiple points of view and work calmly under tight deadlines.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in real-word public relations projects such as creating campaigns and blogging in class and in Public Relations Student Society of America.

Required to take 39 credits, public relations majors can obtain a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. The major does not require a minor, but it is encouraged.

To learn more about the major, contact professor Sara Steffes Hansen (, professor Jean Giovanetti ( or journalism department chairman Timothy Gleason (

‘Fall’ Into Department Clubs

18 09 2015

By Carissa Brzezinski (@CJBrzezinski)

Welcome back, everyone! As the new school year gets underway, so do student organizations. If you’re worried that it’s too late to join, don’t be! Our department offers four unique clubs and the student newspaper to help you get the most out of your journalism experience.

For students interested in advertising, check out Ad Club. Led by President Billy Hadley, Ad Club meets on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in Sage 3412. You can learn more about the club on Facebook and Twitter.

Newly renamed as The Dr. Julie Henderson Public Relations Student Society of America at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (PRSSA) is for students interested in public relations, the management of relationships between organizations and their publics. PRSSA is led by President Megan Klamrowski and meets on Thursdays at 5 p.m. in Sage 3412. Students can look at past projects on their blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

Students who have an interest in broadcasting or an emphasis in writing/editing are encouraged to join the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). Led by President Elizabeth Pletzer, SPJ meets on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. in Sage 3408. Students can learn more on its Twitter.

If you would like the opportunity to hone your reporting, writing, or editing skills, join the student newspaper The Advance-Titan. The A-T is led by Editor-in-Chief Katie Knox, who you should contact if you are interested in a position. Even though production night is on Wednesdays, work is being done throughout the entire week. Students can learn more on its website, Facebook, or Twitter.

Interested in photography? Photo Club welcomes students to explore their creative talents while sharpening photography skills. First meeting to be held Thursday, Sept. 24 at 4:30 p.m. in Sage 3420.Meet other students who love photography, learn about photo outings and competitions. We will also take suggestions for guest speakers. Email Haley Walters at if you have any questions. Students can check the club’s Facebook and Twitter for updates.

What did you do during your summer vacation?

3 09 2015

By Cindy Schultz (@SindeeLouHu)

What did you do during summer vacation? That question always seems to be asked during the first week of a new school year. Well, I wish to share with you a number of things that the Department of Journalism did during our 2015 summer vacation.

We got word early in May that the new Public Relations Major ( has been approved. This is very exciting news since we are the only UW System school to offer a PR major. Thank you, Dr. Julie Henderson, for your tireless work to make this dream come true.

Speaking of Dr. H., she spent many hours cleaning out her office to prepare for her retirement and eventual move to Minnesota. Best wishes to her in this next journey of her life.

The offices and computer labs went through a deep-cleaning process. Table surfaces were cleaned, carpets were scrubbed, computer equipment was anti-bacterially cleaned, and the inside of the windows were washed. My desk has not been this clean (or empty) since we moved into Sage Hall in summer 2011.

Cindy Office Deep Clean

In addition to everything being sparkling clean, our department was very fortunate to have our 2015 Lab Modernization Request approved. This allowed us to purchase new computers and install them into our Advanced Computer Lab–Sage 3420. We pride ourselves on having the very latest in technology for our students’ learning experiences.

Computer Installation

Last, but certainly not least, the faculty and staff have been working tirelessly this summer on our self-study documentation that will be sent to the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) by Sept. 9, 2015, and then forwarded to our site team visitors who will be on campus Oct. 11-14. ACEJMC is the organization that grants accreditation to our department once the site team determines that we have met rigorous standards for curriculum, assessment and diversity among other values and competencies for which our department is known. Watch for emails to participate in the accreditation process early in the fall semester.


The weather has turned fall-like. The semester will start in a few short days. We are excited to have the halls of Sage teeming with students once again. See you soon!