ESC Weekly Update - November 20, 2014

Welcome to the ESC Weekly Update – your source for internships, job openings and news from the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University.

The Elliott School will honor December graduates at a come-and-go reception from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Elliott Hall Commons. Graduates are invited to bring family and guests for refreshments, tours and to meet the faculty before checking in for commencement. Graduates will also receive a gift. Contact Eric Wilson, 978-6059, with questions.

Save the dates for two important, annual Elliott School events in spring 2015. The ESC’s job and internship fair is set for the afternoon of Feb. 4, and the awards and scholarship banquet will be held the evening of April 21. Both events will take place in the Rhatigan Student Center Ballroom. Contact Eric Wilson, outreach director, for more information at 978-6059.

Two Elliott School assistant professors are conducting a study and looking for grandparents who are the primary caretakers of at least one grandchild. The grandparents will take part in one-hour interviews about communication dynamics in grandfamilies. Primary researcher Jessica Bertapelle is the product of a grandfamily; Jennifer Tiernan is co-author of the study. This month, Bertapelle presented some preliminary findings at the Gerontological Society of America's Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington, D.C. For more information about this study and how you can help, go to http://www.wichita.edu/thisis/wsunews/cnews/?cnid=15423.

ESC instructor Becky Nordyke and students in her Comm 312 Nonverbal Communication class presented Quilts of Valor to three local veterans – including one Wichita State student – Nov. 17. Nordyke and her classes participate in this project regularly.

Editor’s note: The Elliott School Update will not publish on Nov. 27 because of the Thanksgiving holiday. The last issue of the semester will be released Dec. 4.

Spring semester enrollment began Nov. 10 and one Elliott School class – Comm 502 Public Information Writing, CRN 21506, taught by Eric Wilson – is already full. The ESC has opened up another section of Comm 502, CRN 26584, to provide another option for students needing the class next semester.

In Multimedia Wichita: Projects in Communication Law and History, a new spring semester elective class for undergrads and graduate students, participants will research, write and produce a short documentary on a topic that delves into a subject related to the history of communication and/or the First Amendment in Wichita or Kansas. Technical skills and experience with documentaries are not prerequisites. Enroll in Comm 662Z/862Z, CRN 26452, or contact Professor Pat Dooley, pat.dooley@wichita.edu, for more info.

The Elliott School is offering a new online class, Business Journalism, in spring 2015. Students in this elective course will learn how to analyze, interpret and effectively report on corporate financial documents and financial markets, write profiles, interview executives, and understand mergers and acquisitions and how companies are structured. Eric Wilson, who participated in a national fellowship at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University in January 2014, will teach this experience-based class. Enrollment information: Comm 662S, CRN 25611, 3 credit hours, prerequisite is Comm 301. Contact Wilson at eric.wilson@wichita.edu or 978-6059 for more information.

Jobs and Internships
The Wichita State University Foundation seeks to fill the newly created position of senior director of donor engagement. The director will oversee all facets of donor engagement, including communications, special events and stewardship, to build positive relationships with donors, prospective donors and friends of the university. Requirements include five years of experience in fundraising, event planning, donor relations and/or special projects and demonstrated experience with high-level administrators. To apply, submit cover letter addressing your qualifications, a résumé, salary requirements and at least three professional references to Rebecca Reiling, human resources manager, WSU Foundation, rebecca.reiling@wichita.edu by Dec. 14.

The WSU Foundation is hiring a director of development for the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Qualified candidates should have experience in higher education fundraising, as position will be responsible for major gift development ($35,000+), and managing a portfolio of 90-110 donors and prospects. The director is the primary liaison between assigned college(s)/departments and the Foundation, responsible for coordinating prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship with the college dean(s). At least three years or equivalent of successful work experience in major gift solicitation, marketing, or financial/trust/wealth management fields. CFRE designation and graduate degree preferred. To apply, submit cover letter addressing your qualifications, a résumé, salary requirements and at least three professional references to Rebecca Reiling, human resources manager, WSU Foundation, rebecca.reiling@wichita.edu before Dec. 8.

The Great Plains United Methodist Conference is looking for a part-time communications intern. Responsibilities include writing stories and press releases, taking photos, shooting simple videos, creating brochures, managing online content and assisting with other projects as needed. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere, etc.) and social media are critical. Applicants should be willing to interview new people, able to deal with constructive criticism, and available to work 10-12 hours per week. Starting pay is $8 an hour, with a possible increase to $10 an hour after a 4-week probationary period. Office is located near Harry and Webb in Wichita. To apply, send your résumé and cover letter b to Cindy Kelly at ckelly@greatplainsumc.org by Dec. 1.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in the nation, is hiring a full-time regional promotions admin in Wichita. Duties include verifying promotion logs and content, maintaining inventory and managing station promotion budgets. Knowledge of traffic systems, broadcast experience and excellent communication skills are required. Apply at www.sbgi.net/employment.

The Dodge City Daily Globe has an immediate opening for an entry-level reporter. Duties include news coverage, feature writing and, if warranted, possible prep sports coverage during the postseason. Looking for a person who wants newspapers to be their career, not just “a job for now.” The paper also seeks a sports reporter. Contact editor Roger Bluhm for more information, rbluhm@dodgeglobe.com.

KWCH TV is offering two paid spring internships. One internship opportunity is for a news producer and the other is for a sports producer. Interns will learn the daily demands and challenges of a digital media and broadcasting operation, provide real-world application of skills learned in college and prepare for future employment. Apply at http://www.schurz.com/careers/career-opportunities/?fuseaction=mExternal.searchJobs&searchUserDefined19ID=36.  For more information, contact Robert Marin, executive producer, at rmarin@kwch.com or 831-6146.

RSA Marketing Services is hiring an interactive/Web design intern. The student will engage in front-end and/or back-end design and development for dozens of sites, many on WordPress platforms, integrate SEO, develop artwork for online efforts and work with the region’s first Google Partner Agency. This position is on a permanent hire track and is flexible depending on schedule. Pay is $12 per hour for this co-op position. Interested applicants should send résumés to brian.austin@wichita.edu. Visit http://hydraulicnetworks.com for more information.

The Kansas Health Foundation is hiring an experienced communication officer responsible for visibility and publicity efforts supporting its President and CEO, and senior leadership team. Will develop media and marketing strategies; build and strengthen relationships with reporters; identify gaps and raise visibility in areas that are currently under-represented; and more. Demonstrated expertise in earned and social media, as well as creative writing is required, as well as a bachelor’s degree and at least five years of professional experience in communications. Interested applicants should email a cover letter describing relevant experience and a CV or résumé with salary history to Marsha Newell, human resources representative, mnewell@khf.org.

LIN Media is a local multimedia company that operates 43 television stations and seven digital channels in 23 U.S. markets, plus a diverse digital portfolio. The company values the experiences and perspectives a diverse workforce brings to its daily operations and has offered a minority scholarship and training program since 1998. Two scholarships are awarded each year – one for an individual focused on a career in broadcast television and one for an individual focused on a career in digital media. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, have a declared media major and at least sophomore standing, and be a U.S. resident of non-white origin. Apply at http://www.linmedia.com/minority-scholarship/ by Jan. 16, 2015.

WSU has a new scholarship opportunity for students. University Dining Services and the Sodexo Foundation are accepting applications for the Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarship program through Dec. 5. This program recognizes students who are finding creative solutions to eliminate hunger in America. Winners get a $5,000 scholarship and a $5,000 matching grant to give to the charity of their choice. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/1xybgER.

The Elliott School Update is published on Thursdays from August to May when classes are in session. Questions or content for consideration? Contact Eric Wilson, ESC outreach director, eric.wilson@wichita.edu or 978-6059.

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