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Communication

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Earn a Communication Degree

Develop communication skills to complement any career choice

Employers desire candidates with strong communication skills meaning communication majors are marketable and successful. Our communication program includes instruction in theoretical and practical approaches to understanding human relationships and public discourse. Students who choose  the communication major will refine their oral and written communication skills.

While in this program, you will participate in an internship to help build your resume. Our Catholic college is located in a metropolitan setting, allowing us to use professional communicators to teach some of our courses. Interested in journalism? You have the opportunity to work on a publication whose advisor is a professional journalist at the Wichita Eagle.

Communication class creates website for The Lord’s Diner

Service is at the heart of a Newman University education and when Professor of Communication Audrey Hane heard that her spring 2020 class could become involved with The Lord’s Diner, she jumped at the opportunity.

Hane was in search of a capstone project for her senior class that involved experiential learning and service-learning, which are both components of Navigator, the new student success program at Newman. When she found out that The Lord’s Diner needed to upgrade their website, it proved to be a perfect task for students majoring in various communication fields.

The Lord’s Diner is a nonprofit organization within the Wichita Diocese with a mission is to serve the hungry in Wichita. The organization is run by a small paid staff and more than 6,000 volunteers who represent various faiths and denominations. Volunteers serve hot and nutritious meals 365 evenings a year.

Jan Haberly, director of The Lord’s Diner, knew the organization’s website needed to include more information to better reach their audiences.

She said, “As part of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, our webpage was linked within their site. We were limited with the information that we could share and we felt like we needed more detailed information … in particular, for potential volunteers.”

Creating a website requires more than ability and skill in web development. Students were tasked with advancing the mission of the nonprofit organization by collaborating with each other and leadership at The Lord’s Diner.

Hane said the overall learning goal was for students to see how the communication skills they acquired as Newman University students could be used to advance the mission of a nonprofit organization.

“I also wanted them to develop team and collaboration skills, presentation skills, exercise leadership and utilize interpersonal skills such as networking, conflict resolution and relationship-building,” she explained. “As an added bonus, they completed a project that they can add to their professional portfolios.”


Hane considered having the students volunteer at The Lord’s Diner in order to orient themselves with the diner but after talking with a colleague with high-level experience in service-learning, she decided to have the students dine with the guests instead.

“This was a transformational experience and changed the way they approached the project,” said Hane.

In addition to learning about The Lord’s Diner, students were challenged with learning new skills within their field to be successful in this project.

“The biggest challenge the students faced was transitioning from pursuing an area of focus that aligned with their interests and strengths (social media) to creating a website, which was more out of their comfort zone. 

“They were also challenged when they realized that various organizational members at The Lord’s Diner had different ideas about how the project should best be accomplished. The students had to rely on their interpersonal skills to navigate the varying perspectives of the decision-makers. This allowed them to utilize conflict resolution skills as well as find ways to stay motivated when the project was challenging.”

Kristin Lau ’20, information technology and management information systems graduate, spoke with students in Hane’s class to bring their ideas to life through the creation of the website.

Lau was excited to take on this real-world project for the class. “I was basically taking over from where the communication class under Professor Hane left off,” she said. “They had created the site mock-up (layout) and discussed it with me and Newman University Web Technology Specialist Daniel Murphy. Then, they presented it to The Lord’s Diner who approved with some minor changes. After the semester ended, they shared all the relevant files with me … like the mock-ups, approved content and photos that were going to be on the site.”

Creating a WordPress website from scratch was a new and exciting experience for Lau.

“After all, how often is it that students like the communications class and I would get to practice our skills on helping a real company,” she said.

Taking creative liberties, at the instruction of The Lord’s Diner, was her favorite part.

“The top of the home page was just supposed to be a video with a paragraph of the mission beside it but I decided to put a video as a giant header with the mission overlaid onto it. I also had fun picking the colors for the site,” she said.

Through this project, Lau learned PHP programming language, how to create a WordPress template, various WordPress functions as well as how to add plugins and publish a site. Most importantly, she learned how to work with a client, a highly transferable real-world skill.

Scholarship/Internship Opportunities

NU Baseball

Social Media Intern(s)

Newman Baseball is looking for two Social Media Interns for the fall of 2020 and the spring of 2021. The ideal applicants will possess strong knowledge of the digital media landscape, including various social media sites (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook). The successful candidates will be responsible for contributing to video projects, monitoring and posting on various social networks and baseball marketing and promotions. Those looking to gain valuable online media experience to add to are encouraged to apply.

Marketing / Promotion Intern(s)

Newman Baseball is looking for two (2) marketing interns to join our program for the fall of 2020 and spring of 2021. The ideal applicants will possess a strong knowledge of the social media landscape as well as be able to promote our events and promotions for the 2021 season. The positions will work with our coaching staff to promote the baseball program as well as collaborate with the athletic department on all marketing campaigns. Those looking to gain valuable marketing and promotion experience to add to their portfolio are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit: a cover letter explaining your interest in marketing / promotions in general and in this position specifically; a resume outlining your experience; and a list (if possible) with links to any marketing or promotional events you have helped with, to Coach Maus at [email protected]

WICHITA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Has three intern opportunities available:

Co-op Student, Media Productions/ Video Marketing - Spring 2020

Co-op Student, Marketing and Design - Spring & Summer 2020

Co-op Student, Strategic Communications - 150th Anniversary Support and Special Projects

Wichita Professional Communicators

Wichita Professional Communicators (WPC) has a $2,000 scholarship ready for one of your outstanding students. Details and deadlines are on the WPC website, along with our user-friendly online application.

http://www.wichitaprofessionalcommunicators.com/about-wpc/scholarships/

This is an annual and local scholarship to students pursuing degrees in communication related fields, such as advertising, digital media, editing, graphic design, journalism, marketing, photography, public relations, public speaking and writing, and who attend Wichita area colleges and universities.

Requirements:

  Online application

Minimum 45 Credit Hours completed, Minimum 3.0 GPA, Resume, Copy of Transcript (unofficial), One letter of recommendation, Three or more work samples

Complete applications must be submitted by midnight, Monday, March 2, to be considered for our 2020 scholarship of $2,000. The award will be presented to the winning candidate in spring 2020 at a WPC meeting. A one-year membership in NFPW/Kansas Professional Communicators and WPC will be awarded to the recipient as well.

 WICHITA WIND SURGE INTERNSHIPS

The Wind Surge are offering a variety of internship opportunities for the 2020 season. All internships are paid and include many great perks for becoming a member of the Wind Surge internship program. These internships will start in March and conclude in mid September. All applicants must attend a college or university and MUST be able to receive college credit upon completion of the program. Also, please limit submissions to one (1) of the following current internship descriptions:

Community Relations, Game Day Press Box, Game Day Press Box-Night, Promotions, Media Relations, and Operations

Learn more about the Wichita Wind Surge Internships

 

KORVA COLEMAN DIVERSITY in JOURNALISM INTERNSHIP

The KMUW Korva Coleman Internship is geared toward training college students of color to be part of the next generation of public radio reporters and newscasters.The Coleman intern will get an immersive, hands-on learning experience at KMUW, Wichita’s award-winning National Public Radio station, as well as mentoring from NPR newscaster Korva Coleman.

 

 VICTOR MURDOCK COMMUNICATIONS SCHOLARSHIP

The Victor Murdock Communications Scholarship was established in 1976 for students at Newman University who are interested in careers in Journalism or Communications.  It is funded on an annual basis by the Victor Murdock Foundation and takes into account the financial need of each applicant.  It is the desire of Newman University to provide funds that will enable talented students with a financial need to be successful in their pursuit of a college degree.

Learn more about the Victor Murdock Communications Scholarship

 

Latest Communication News

Congratulations to Courtney Klaus for being selected for the Wichita Professional Communicators’ 2019 scholarship.

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Congrats to the staff of The Vantage, who today snagged 30 individual awards at the Kansas Collegiate Media awards.

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Newman students, alumni and professor present as panel at KATE conference

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Associate Professor of English Susan Crane-Laracuente, Ph.D., reached out to two of her colleagues with a rough idea for a panel proposal. Together, the three crafted “What Now? Millennial Writers Engaging the World”

Senior Anthony Navarrete lands internship with KSN-TV

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After attending the spring semester Highway 54 Career Fair, which is co-hosted by Newman University and Friends University, Newman Jet student-athlete Anthony Navarrete has landed an internship position with KSN-TV — a local news station

Alumni News

CJ Campbell '19 lands job with Nebraska Huskers

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Matt Riedl giving a tour of Catholic Diocese of Arlington’s multimedia studio to students from St. John Paul the Great Catholic High School, sharing the diocese’s communication strategies for meeting people where they are through various types of media. 

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Delaney Hiegert '18

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Paige Thompson'17 accepted into the KU Health, Sport & Exercise Science MSE/Sport Management program

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Dear Paige Thompson:

Congratulations! I am pleased to inform you that you have been admitted to the Health, Sport & Exercise Science MSE/Sport Management - Online program at the University of Kansas for the Spring 2020 term.

 

 Keeper of the Plains Matt Riedl '15 relocates to Virginia

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 Newman graduate Madison McCollum second to take on the Disney College Internship Program

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Congratulations to class of 2002 alum Nicholas Grillot with Hinkle Law firm for being named to the Wichita Business Journal's 40 Under 40 list

 

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 Congrats to Kendall Anderson class of 2015

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Alumna named in Wichita Business Journal 40 under 40

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Jessica (Fagherazzi) Oberwortmann ’14 has been driven to succeed her entire life, and now she is doing just that. Oberwortmann began doing marketing and branding work for friends on the side but the requests got so large that eventually, she turned it into her very own business

Ariana Esparza '18, Comm. Major reflects on experience at Newman 

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One of Newman University’s traditions during its annual Baccalaureate Mass is for selected students to share a reflection. In 2018 Communication major Ariana Nayeli Esparza shared her thoughts about her Newman experience.

 

About Our Faculty

Communication Department

Our faculty and staff have the knowledge and experience to help you prepare for a career in communication. If you need clarification on a class assignment or advice on how to approach your future, you can feel confident that our faculty is available and ready to help.

Job Outlook

While pursuing a degree in the field of communication, you can expect a promising future.

"The Class of 2017 graduates with the highest projected increases in average starting salary are social sciences and communications graduates. The projection for social sciences graduates - $53,459 - has climbed almost 15 percent over last year’s projection.

Careers

A degree in communication will give you the opportunity to work in a variety of fields and specialties. Here are some examples of potential careers and their median salaries*. 

* Salaries are based on median wages (professionals with years of experience) in the United States according to 2018 statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Internships

Our communication students have the opportunity to gain real-world experience by interning in our Wichita community. Some of our students have interned at the following locations: 93.9 Radio Station, Atomic Billboards, Clear Channel Communication, Intrust Bank Arena, KAKE-TV Channel 10, The Wichita Eagle, Wichita Thunder, Wichita Wingnuts, and the YMCA.

Get Involved on Campus

One of the best ways to find success during your college career is to get involved in campus clubs and organizations. Within our communication program, our students can join the Communication Club and Communications Facebook Club. These organizations allow for personal growth, networking, and future career success.

Program Outcomes

 

Success Story — Delaney Hiegert, Class of 2018

Newman student Delaney Hiegert loves to write. Luckily for her, she turned this hobby into a successful career opportunity when she decided to join The Vantage, the Newman University student-produced newspaper. Delaney had been an undecided major, but once she became more involved in the paper, she decided to become a communication major. This only led to more opportunities, as the advisor at Newman helped her to land an internship with the Wichita Eagle. When asked about the experience, Delaney said, “It was really fun. I got to write stories I was interested in. It was a good way to expand my connections and network a little bit.” While her internship came to a close, Delaney was offered a freelancing position that she was able to continue through the school year.

“Playing volleyball and being a communication major was the best decision I ever made. I couldn't have asked for college to go any other way, and now I'm excited to see what opportunity Newman has given me for the future.”

Emily Harvey, Communication (Summa Cum Laude)

“Coming to Newman University, I was a little anxious about it being a small school because I didn't really know if I was going to have the same college experience as some of my other friends, however that became my favorite thing about Newman. I was able to be involved in so many different aspects of campus, student organizations, and different things on campus that really helped me grow as a leader, as a person, and I think that is a big reason why I'm headed to KU Law in the fall. I really am thankful for all of the opportunities that Newman has provided for me because I don't think that I would be where I am right now if I went anywhere else.”

Delaney Hiegert, Communication (Summa Cum Laude)