UWO PRSSA Wins Big at National Conference

19 10 2017

By: Monica Salmeri @MonicaSalmeri

Nine students represented The Dr. Julie Henderson Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) at the PRSSA National Conference in Boston, MA from Oct. 6-10.

The students attended professional development sessions, networking opportunities and national award ceremonies. The chapter received a total of six awards including two chapter and four individual awards.

The chapter was once again recognized with the Star Chapter award, an award earned by only 10 percent of PRSSA Chapters worldwide.

PRSSA received second place in the annual National Organ Donation Awareness Competition presented by the AJF PRSSA Chapter at Rowan University. This award was based on the chapter’s Blooming Lives campaign that was completed in April, 2017. During this campaign, the chapter promoted organ donation facts on social media accounts and culminated the campaign with a flower drive. This campaign added an additional 93 people to the National Organ Donation Registry.

Individual awards were given to Katie Biersach, a senior majoring in Public Relations. These awards include the National President’s Citation and Ron Culp Scholarship for Mentorship. To be eligible for the National President’s Citation, you must possess leadership and professional skills, have a strong understanding of PRSSA and be an active member at the chapter and national level. Biersach received the Ron Culp Scholarship for Mentorship for her outstanding dedication to mentoring her peers.


“Mentoring is important because it fosters the future professionals of our industry,” Biersach said. “Personally, I have found mentors in my colleagues and professors and because of my positive experiences, I wanted to do the same for others.”

Biersach and Monica Salmeri were both awarded the PRSSA Gold Key Award. The National Gold Key honors the outstanding public relations student and leader. Winners are those who excel in their academic study of public relations, have pursued ambitious professional development opportunities and are leaders in their PRSSA chapter. Biersach and Salmeri join Heather (Wade) North, Jessica Bedore, Holly Kloth Botsford, and Hilary Stoeberl as UW Oshkosh Titans who have received this honor.

The Chapter continued to build a strong name for itself nationally at the conference and hopes to continue the award-winning tradition into the future.

Interested in joining PRSSA? Come to a meeting on Wednesdays at 5:30 in Sage 3218.





Tent City Builds Excitement for Next Year’s 50th Reunion Celebration

13 10 2017

By Christina Basken @christinabasken

Reeve Memorial Union swarmed with students and alumni laughing, chatting, and enjoying delicious food and games while learning about what each booth offered during Tent City.

Before the homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 7, all were welcome to partake in this event. The Department of Journalism was one of many booths you could visit during this event.

“Tent City brings a lot of people on campus together to just enjoy food with family or visitors,” said Rachel Medley, a first-year nursing student. “They’ve got a bunch of different clubs and dorms set up at booths here which is cool because it’s informative for first-year students like me.”

The journalism department welcomed students, visitors and alumni to their booth for a fun newspaper toss to win free prizes and to inform new students about the opportunities available within the department.

Tent City Pic.jpgColleen McDermott, Acting Dean of the College of Letters and Science, said it was really nice for current students to be able to see alumni and see what they can strive to become.

“I’m looking forward to seeing alumni come back. They were our former students, my former students, who are stopping by just to say hi and catch up and tell me all the success that they’ve had since their time at UW Oshkosh, and that’s really fulfilling for faculty members,” said McDermott.

Many alumni also came back to UWO for this event to build anticipation for the department’s upcoming 50 anniversary celebration slated for next year.

According to retired faculty member Gary Coll, the journalism program started as an emphasis in the Department of English. In 1968, David Lippert got the charter to offer a major in Journalism and we split from the English department.

“The 50th anniversary is a really important milestone for our department,” said Coll. “So much has changed. The Department of Journalism, when I came, had about four or five students and there was only one emphasis, news editorial.”

The department is planning a two-day celebration where students and faculty can share in the story of how journalism keeps moving forward.

On Oct. 5, 2018, there will be professional sessions, networking, tours and an Alumni Awards Dinner. On Oct. 6, 2018, j-alumni can gather for an entertaining evening filled with live music, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Join our facebook page to keep informed about our upcoming 50th Anniversary Celebration!

UW Oshkosh Journalism Alumna Comes Back for University Speaker Series

11 10 2017

By Lizzy Ritschard (@lizzymritschard)


Mariah Haberman, Journalism Alumna 2010



Mariah Haberman will be back on the UWO campus on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. She will be the guest speaker for the University Speaker Series in Reeve 227. Haberman will be sharing about her current job as writer and TV host of Discover Wisconsin.

Haberman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, with an emphasis in advertising and public relations in 2010.

If you are interested in journalism, radio TV and film, or writing come check out Haberman at the University Speaker Series. This event is free and open to everyone.

To learn more about Mariah and the path she took to land Discover Wisconsin, check out her previous blog post.



Journalism Students Start Strong for Fall 2017

2 10 2017

By Sara Hansen, Ph.D., Chair


If you linger in our hallways, you can’t help but overhear lectures on AP Style to advertising design, advising conversations between faculty and students, or students discussing current events in the Reading Room. The Department of Journalism has an atmosphere of active learning, media research, professional discussion and swirling curiosity that makes for interesting Mondays – and all other days of the week.


Students develop strategies in JOUR315: Public Relations Techniques

In my first semester as department chair I see this activity from a new perspective. As I engage with our motivated students and highly committed faculty, I see many ways in which our students are starting out strong for a productive year of study and internships. This positive atmosphere makes our department both a resource and a home to help our students advance as young professionals. Here’s a view of what’s happening:


  • Our internship coordinator, Barb Benish, is meeting with many students to update resumes and apply to jobs – 85% of our students have one to five internships before graduation, and new openings are added frequently on our internships webpage.
  • Four active journalism clubs across disciplines of advertising, public relations, writing/editing and visual – are welcoming speakers, touring news organizations and agencies in the field and creating professional work. Ad Club hosts Stevie Sleeter (a j-alumna) from Envano Interactive Business to talk digital advertising at 5:30 p.m. tonight. PRSSA will travel with Dr. Kristine Nicolini to Boston on Friday for national conference.
  • The award-winning Advance-Titan is at full staff yet still accepting applications for a variety of roles. Eight students and Dr. Vince Filak will travel to the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention later this month.
  • Journalism’s advising week and open house welcomed our majors in journalism and public relations, as well as students in the interdisciplinary Interactive Web Management major, and program minors. Faculty members meet with more than200 students for one-on-one advising at least twice a year.

The Department of Journalism will welcome students and alumni at the UWO Homecoming Tent City this Saturday to preview our 50th anniversary celebration happening in 2018. Join us to catch up, enjoy refreshments before the game and experience some vintage journalism – including a newspaper-throwing contest.Information continues to get updated for our two-day 50th celebration for 2018 on our website and alumni Facebook group.

Starting strong can only mean positives for the growth of our students, our program and our alumni – who we welcome back at every opportunity. Go Titans!