ESC Weekly Update - May 8, 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 hosted its first Scholarship and Awards Banquet April 28 for an overflow crowd of nearly 200 attendees. Read Wichita State’s news story about the event at

Starting in fall 2014, ESC students will be required to have a personal laptop computer. Communication is a 24/7 industry and access to technology is an essential element in a quality communication education in the 21st Century. While most students bring a laptop to college, declared ESC majors who don’t have one can request a one-time boost in student financial aid for required technology through the WSU Office of Financial Aid. Visit our FAQ page for more about the laptop requirement, http://webs.wichita.edu/?u=elliott&p=%2FLaptop%2F. Learn more about the topic from The Sunflower, WSU’s student newspaper, at
http://www.thesunflower.com/news/article_13310694-d07a-11e3-8430-001a4bcf6878.html and http://www.thesunflower.com/opinion/article_2c64bf58-d079-11e3-b21b-001a4bcf6878.html.

Elliott School senior Travis Gillespie received scholarships from the Kansas Professional Communicators at the group’s annual conference May 2 in Hutchinson.

Shocker fans, don't miss out on the first Wichita State Day at the K June 21, when the Kansas City Royals take on the Seattle Mariners. Join your fellow Shocker fans for an afternoon of Big League action at the ballpark, while supporting your university. The first 750 Shocker fans who bring their official WSU Day ticket to the table located at Gate B will receive a limited edition black and yellow KC Wichita State cap. For more information or to purchase 20 or more tickets, contact Britt Gardner at 816-504-4174 or britt.gardner@royals.com. Go to http://www.wichita.edu/j/?2899 for more information.

Editor’s note: This is the last newsletter of the semester. Publication will resume in mid-August. Stay up to date on ESC news over the summer by visiting our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/escwsu.

Faculty Accomplishments
Elliott School assistant professors Jessica Bertapelle and Jennifer Tiernan are looking for grandparents and grandchildren of all ages to take part in interviews about communication in grandfamilies (families in which grandparents are the primary caregivers of their grandchild/grandchildren). They were on KSWC’s Brett and Sierra Show in Wichita May 7 discussing the study. You can watch the interview at http://www.kwch.com/brett-and-sierra-show/grandparent-study/25859622. If you or someone you know would like to participate, call 978-6129 or email jessica.bertapelle@wichita.edu.

Dan Close, associate professor, and Laura Kelly, alum and adjunct, gave a presentation titled, “What a Serial Killer Taught Us,” April 26 at the Society of Professional Journalists Region Seven conference in Overland Park. Kelly, formerly of The Wichita Eagle, was an author and the team leader of “Bind, Torture, Kill: The Inside Story of BTK, the Serial Killer Next Door,” published in 2007 by HarperCollins. Close was the book’s editorial consultant and project editor. Ann Hoskinson, ESC graduate student and Sunflower ad designer, presented a session on “Embracing Newsroom Diversity” at the conference.

Advising Tips
If you are still looking for classes for the summer, check out Comm 301 Writing for the Mass Audience, Comm 321 Intro to Film Studies (online) or Comm 862Q Communication and Pop Culture (starting in early June), or Comm 510 Editing or Comm 525 Advertising Copywriting (these begin in late June). All have seats available as of May 8. Some unique fall classes with open seats include Comm 310 Intro to Photojournalism (taught as a two-week presession in early August); Comm 570 Magazine Production; Comm 660W Sports Journalism (co-taught by national sportscaster Gary Bender); Comm 662L Sex, Violence and the Media; and Comm 662S Business Journalism.

The WSU Foundation is accepting applications for the 2014-15 Core Values Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to the undergraduate student who best articulates in a 500-word essay how he/she exemplifies the WSU Foundation’s core values of integrity, relationships, teamwork and service. Go to http://www.wichita.edu/j/?2896 to learn more about additional requirements and the application process. Application deadline is June 15.

Jobs and Internships
The Wichita Public Library is looking for a summer communication intern. Duties include compiling monthly calendars, creating publications (posters, ads, fliers and newsletters), providing support for library events, writing news releases and proofreading. Intern must have experience with Microsoft Office, Publisher and Adobe Creative Suite. Pay is $10 per hour for up to 10 hours per week. Position may continue into the fall. For more information or to apply, contact Abigail Crouse, communications and marketing manager, at acrouse@wichita.gov or 261-8524.

United Way of the Plains seeks a summer marketing intern/co-op student to write and design for printed projects, newsletters and feature stories, produce an electronic newsletter and assist with Web and social media content. Pay is $9 per hour, up to 15 hours per week. Apply today by logging into your cooperative education account, or by contacting Sara Muzzy at 978-6986.

The Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs at Wichita State seeks a part-time communications project associate. This team member will collaborate with internal and external WSU stakeholders, and provide strategic advice and plan development/implementation for marketing efforts. Associate will collaborate with University Relations in establishing and implementing communication strategies for new projects and existing services, project execution and oversight, Web content development and maintenance and social media content. Position is responsible for initiating market research and analysis to determine market requirements for existing and future stakeholders. Bachelor’s degree in integrated marketing communications or electronic media and three to five years of work experience in corporate communications and social media preferred. For more information, call 978-7240.

KFDI News in Wichita has openings for two on-air reporting positions. Students should have solid reporting and writing skills, with radio experience preferred. Qualified applicants should contact Justin Case, operations manager, at 821-2002 or jcase@jrn.com.

The Intensive English Language Center on campus needs volunteers to be conversation leaders starting in June. Conversation Leaders spend a couple of hours on Wednesdays going out and conversing with international students. Please contact Cassie Zeiner, conversation coordinator for Intensive English, at cassie.zeiner@wichita.edu or call 978-6040 for more information.

The Derby Informer is looking for freelance writers to cover sports, government news and features, as well as a part-time graphic designer. Photography experience is helpful for writers. Designer’s duties include page layout, ad design and posting stories online using a content management system. Please send inquiries, résumé and availability to Rhonda Cott, rcott@cox.net. Call 210-4995 with questions.

The Atchison Globe, a twice-weekly newspaper in Northeast Kansas, seeks a driven city/GA news reporter. Degree in journalism preferred. Send résumé and four to six writing samples to Logan Jackson, news editor, logan.jackson@npgco.com.

If you have information that you would like to be considered for inclusion in the ESC Weekly Update, please send to Eric Wilson, instructor and outreach coordinator, or call 978-6059. This e-newsletter is normally published on Fridays from August to May.

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