UW Oshkosh Journalism Alumna Speaks About Influence

1 11 2017

By Lizzy Ritschard (@lizzymritschard)

Mariah Haberman was back on the UWO campus on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 for the University’s Speaker Series. Haberman spoke about how to build influence. She explained to the UWO students that influence is greater than power. By having influence you are able to persuade people through logic, emotions and overall, cooperative appeal.


Haberman said that the key element to become an influential person is authenticity. She continued reinforcing this idea by telling the students to not pretend they are something that they aren’t.

Other useful tips Haberman shared with the students to build influence are to listen more, build a reputation by becoming a problem solver, share the credit with others, say people’s names more and remember them, and finally connect with others on common ground. These tips can help any person become more influential in the workplace, at school and in life.

“There’s no such thing as a neutral reaction” Haberman said. She went on to explain that you either leave people with a better or worse feeling about yourself or about them. This is why it is important to have some self-awareness of how you come off to another person.

People are moved when you make them feel better. In order to try to help people feel better Haberman said that you should help others to get ahead and help them see their contributions.

Haberman left the students with some final advice, “sell yourself” when it comes to trying to get a job or something else you want. Make sure to talk yourself up, but don’t forget to back it up as well. Because remember, the most important takeaway is to be authentic.

Interested in learning more about influence? Follow these tips for persuading others from the Center for Creative Leadership, or check out this insight from HubSpot’s summary of Dale Carnegie’s advice.


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.



Five Things We Learned From Our Conversation With Rene Delgado

29 10 2015

By Carissa Brzezinski (@CJBrzezinski)

Journalism department alumnus, Rene Delgado, is the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Delgado was awarded this honor for his work as Associate Creative Director at Leo Burnett. Delgado took time to speak with students and faculty about advertising, originality, and the Super Bowl. The top five insights:

  1. Go with your gut

Know when to speak up when you have an idea. Delgado was the mind behind the “In Bed Tagger” app, a twist on the old fortune cookie joke, which allowed users to add an “In Bed” image to pictures they took. This app was a part of a campaign for Sealy mattresses. Delgado said this app almost didn’t get made because he and his colleague almost didn’t pitch it. The last pitch of the meeting, turned out to be the best idea of the day.

Not only should you speak up, but don’t be afraid to trust your first idea as well. Delgado said his first idea for a localized McDonald’s ad supporting the Chicago Blackhawks ended up being the idea that got made.

  1. You are going to fail

“You are going to fail a lot, and that’s OK,” Delgado said. “So, do what you like to do, and do it a lot.” You need to be willing to work for what you want because…


  1. Hard work pays off

Most of the time you will be working on basic projects, the ones that do not have a large budget and fill the day-to-day workweek. Eventually you get to work on the big projects. For example, a big project for Delgado was the Super Bowl. One of Leo Burnett’s clients is esurance. Delgado was a part of esurance’s national campaign “Sorta You Isn’t You” which debuted at the 2015 Super Bowl with ads starring Bryan Cranston and Lindsay Lohan.

  1. Pursue your passion


Bring that passion to your job because it can result in memorable experiences. Some projects are going to mean more to you and your passion is going to be what makes those projects successful. Delgado showed two recent projects that meant a lot to him. The first was an ad titled “#EqualDreams” for esurance in support of the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling. The second is a new campaign entitled “Put The Guns Down” for Chicago Ideas with the hopes to prevent gun violence through music.

  1. Be memorable


For those graduating, one of Delgado’s key pieces of advice is to be memorable. “You realize you are a brand.” Delgado said.

The way you present yourself to prospective employers can determine whether you get the job.


Welcome to Sarajevo

3 03 2015

Professor Miles Maguire and Fulbright Scholar Mirza Mehmedovic are hosting a screening of Welcome to Sarajevo on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Sage 1210.

welcome to sarajevo

The movie is about a U.S. journalist in the 1990’s who tried to report the brutality he had seen in the Bosnian war zone. The film will be introduced by Mehmedovic, a Bosnian native, and will be followed up with a talkback session.

“I will probably say a few words about my experience at war because even if I was a child at that time, I remember a lot of things from war and I believe it should be the mission of the people who were in war zones to tell the people,” Mehmedovic said. “I really think it is something terrible, the most terrible thing that could happen to any human being.”

Mehmedovic said the film will be interesting to students who don’t know about the Bosnian war so they can see what happened and how things changed.

“It might be an interesting story to show how silly war in Bosnia was and how terrible it was and how difficult for journalists not from Bosnia it was to understand what was actually happening in Bosnia,” Mehmedovic said. “Because any war is very stupid war. It’s a quite universal story that can be applicable to anywhere in the world.”

The Bosnian war started in 1992 when some countries, Bosnia included, wanted to leave communism and become a democratic country.

According to Mehmedovic, this film took footage of the actual war zone from foreign journalists to use in the film instead of recreating the scenes of killed and wounded as in Hollywood.

“Some of the scenes in that movie are original scenes made right from war, they’re not movie scenes,” Mehmedovic said. “It looks terrible but I think it’s good they used [those] kind of scenes in the movie because that’s the way to show what was actually happening there. Not just Hollywood movie scenes, those are real scenes of real people wounded by grenades in Sarajevo.”

The movie night is being sponsored by the Department of Journalism, Photo Club, UWO History Club, English Club, University Honors Student Association and the UW Oshkosh chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

13 Tips From a Pro | Guest Speaker Jeff Griffith

17 10 2013

By: Kaila Kissinger (@KailaKissinger)

Jeff Griffith, Creative Director at Men’s Health Magazine, received the Distinguished Alumni Award last week from the UW Oshkosh Alumni Association. While in Oshkosh, Jeff was kind enough to meet with students during classes, Advertising Media and Visual Media Design, and also met with the Ad Club. He shed some light on the advertising industry and told stories about his experiences.

Jeff Griffith Distinguished Alumni Award

Bill & Judi Biglow, Jeff Griffith, Harvey Jacobson, Elaine & Gary Coll

Jeff has a pretty amazing career history – starting young with a complete portfolio by his sophomore year at UW Oshkosh, working on ads for Miller while still in school, getting his first job as an Art Director in Honolulu, starting his own publication and ending up in New York. If you want to check out some of Jeff’s work, take a look at his online portfolio. Even though he has had a lot of great career opportunities, in his presentation to the Advertising Media class Jeff still stressed to not only look for jobs but to focus on what experiences will come from them.  He went on to give the class some tips on how to land a job or internship…

  1. Figure out your goals NOW – write them down
  2. Be a sponge – absorb everything, take in your surroundings
  3. Know yourself – what are you good at? What do you suck at?
  4. Be marketable
  5. Turn off your phone – listen and observe. Know what’s going on around you.
  6. Try talking to people – what do people have to say about you?
  7. Know the company you’re interviewing with – what do they do? Who are they?
  8. Follow the company – know some details, focus on whom you are meeting with
  9. Subject header “hi” – be relevant. No one is going to find or open an email with a subject that says “hi”
  10. Email attachments – if you’re sending your resume via email… have your name in the document title
  11. Shake my hand – also say your name, chances are the person doesn’t remember it
  12. Ask questions in the interview – let them know you’ve done your research
  13. Thank you note – email immediately and use a situational detail so they remember who you are

Have you had an internship yet? If so what other tips could you add to this list?


Grad Thanks Journalism Department for Jumpstarting Career and Party.0

5 05 2013

By: Jake White



My name is Jake White and I am a professional storyteller… well I guess most people call it motivational speaking.  So before this  weekend’s ceremonies, I want to share a short story of how the Journalism Department at UW-Oshkosh launched my career before I even graduated.

To give you an idea of what I do… I basically travel to schools and conferences, meet awesome people, and talk about the importance of depending on ourselves for our own happiness. Others might call me a health educator, substance abuse speaker, or hopefully even a peer educator.

This all started because my freshmen year I got involved in clubs and organizations. I was so involved that the staff asked me to speak to hundreds of incoming freshmen each year about student leadership and involvement. It took me awhile, but I finally realized that this could actually be my profession. So I decided that I would use my journalism classes to build a business. Here’s how I did it:

  • Step 1: Gather Materials

In order to spread the word about my service I needed marketing materials. My friend Michelle (also a Journalism major) took some killer photos for me, and my other friend Nathan (Radio TV Film major) helped me put together a demo video.

  • Step 2: Create Marketing Basics

I used the materials to create a website in my Online Publishing class. I had learned some basics from my Worldwide Web Site Development class and this one gave me a broader skill set. The main project was to publish our own website. While working toward an A, I was contacted by a school that found my site on Google and wanted to book me for a speaking gig!

  • Step 3: Build a Platform

Since the website would be good to reach administrators and those who booked me, I needed a platform to connect with students who I hoped to influence. I started a business called Party.0 Sober Parties with my buddy and built a strong social media presence in my New & Emerging Media class. After just a semester we had a blog and Facebook page that was reaching people from all over the U.S. (and even Australia!)


Now this doesn’t pertain to my current career direction but I owe the proudest moment of my life to Dr. Hansen from the Journalism Department as well. Her projects always have pushed me and expanded my network. The summer of my sophomore year I traveled across the country to take an internship I wasn’t given, hopped from house to house each night for a place to stay, put on an amazing music festival, and had the best experience of my life. I found this opportunity because of an interview we had to do for her Principles of Public Relations class.

Thanks UW-Oshkosh for having a sweet Journalism department and great people to keep it growing! I couldn’t have done all this without you!


Jake White

-Alcohol Safety/ Motivational Speaker

-Co-Founder of Party.0 Sober Parties

-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence Winner 2013

 –Call or text me at 920.216.1827

Wayne Parmley: Thoughts on Creative Process

1 04 2013

By: Eli Drljaca (@edrljaca)

Wayne Parmley spoke at UWO to Dr. Lee’s ad copy layout class to give the class his thoughts on the creative process recently. Wayne Parmley was once a freelancer in northern Wisconsin, and now is the creative director for ACP, a business located in Neenah.

Parmley did a great job of explaining to the class what all goes into making finalized products or ideas in the creative scheme of things. He told the class that the major characteristic that CEO’s are looking for in today’s age is “creativity”, and stressed just how important it is to add your creativity to the project at hand and not to worry about multi-tasking because that will add stress and reduce the efficiency of the creative team.

Taking time is crucial in the creative process, not everything is going to come to mind at ease, so it’s okay to go ahead and take time, imagine and daydream and let the creative juices flow naturally and let the ideas come to you, versus rushing the concepts and losing full potential.

He made the point that there are three questions you should be asking yourself when it’s typing up a resume or heading into an interview.

  1. Who are you?
  2. What do you do?
  3. Why do you matter?

Question number three is the one that will really help you succeed and hopefully set you apart from other competition. As far as asking questions goes, “Make sure to always keep asking them.” Parmley said to the class.

Listening to Wayne Parmley’s speech was nothing short of motivational, it surely helped me think more about my future and how to separate myself from others and I hope by reading this it also helped you learn the same.