By Carissa Brzezinski (@CJBrzezinski)
A UW Oshkosh journalism department alumnus is returning to sell and sign copies of his first children’s book, “Hail Titans: Take a Walk with Clash,” at Homecoming on Oct. 17.
In author Cory Jennerjohn’s recently published book, Clash will take young readers on a tour of the Oshkosh campus.
Jennerjohn said he is looking forward to returning to campus for Homecoming, specifically, seeing the new growth on campus like the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center.
“I haven’t even seen the Student Rec and Wellness Center yet,” Jennerjohn said.
The book is Jennerjohn’s own two sons’ first introduction to Clash. His eldest son Carson, 5, liked the mascot. However, Bennet, 2, was unsure of what to make of him.
“Clash is an intimidating presence,” Jennerjohn said laughing.
Even though Jennerjohn said this will be his only book on UW Oshkosh, he is currently working on a similar project with UW-Stevens Point and hopes to collaborate with the rest of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in the future. Jennerjohn said he also has an exciting potential project in the works involving the Big Ten, but it will not be aimed towards children.
Jennerjohn expected this first project about UW Oshkosh to last four to six months. Instead, it was a more than a yearlong process, which he said taught him patience.
“The communication process can be overwhelming,” Jennerjohn said. “For example, I had to have patience in choosing an illustrator, editing, making changes and overcoming the multiple hurdles involved with branding, and rightfully so.”
While writing the book itself was a learning process, Jennerjohn said he learned valuable lessons from his time in school as well.
“The journalism professors made me think outside the box and be assertive as a journalist,” Jennerjohn said. “I received memorable support and advice from my adviser Miles Maguire. He told me ‘Use the most of your time. Don’t let a dead end stop you from getting ahead elsewhere.’”
To purchase a copy of “Hail Titans: Take A Walk With Clash,” Jennerjohn will be on campus Saturday, Oct. 17 selling and signing copies at the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center from 9:30-11 a.m. and then at Tent City, south of Titan Stadium, immediately following from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.