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The Star Tribune Scholars Program sees a big increase in funds...and more student news from Murphy Hall.

Star Tribune Scholarship Increased in 2005

star tribune scholarsThe SJMC's most prestigious scholarship, the Star Tribune Scholars Program, was significantly increased in 2005. Recipients of the scholarship are now awarded $15,000 per year for four years, an increase of $5,000 per year per student.

The program is a partnership between the School and the Star Tribune Foundation, and both organizations increased their contribution by $2,500 per student to achieve the increase. Star Tribune Scholarships are awarded every year to two outstanding incoming freshmen who demonstrate excellence in journalistic ability and interest in pursuing journalism as a career. In addition to the $15,000 grant, renewable for four years, each student receives a paid internship at the Star Tribune during the summer after the junior year.

The program is one of the most lucrative scholarships offered by the University of Minnesota, and according to Star Tribune Foundation manager Sam Fleitman, it is one of the foundation's favorites to fund. "We love this program," Fleitman says. "It combines everything the Star Tribune Foundation supports into one grant: education, journalism, and students, and it involves excellent mentoring and coaching from our own newsroom." Fleitman notes that the Foundation and the SJMC made the decision to increase funding this year because of rising tuition costs. "As the cost of education continues to rise, we'll review the grant amount each year to make sure we are keeping up with the students' needs," she says.

All eight of the current Star Tribune Scholars received the increased funding in 2005, and the two most recent recipients are particularly grateful. Emma Carew, originally from Eden Prairie, Minn., has been interested in journalism since middle school. She is currently the only freshman staff reporter at the Minnesota Daily; she also plays in the Campus Band, the Women's Athletic Band, and serves as a freshman intern to the Korean Student Association board. One day, Emma hopes to write for Rolling Stone, combining her interests in writing and music.

Rodrigo Zamith, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, is also keeping busy. In addition to his course work, he's working part time at the Star Tribune and looking forward to his internship in two years. He hopes to use what he learns in the newsroom and from his professors in the SJMC to pursue a career as a foreign correspondent, and eventually, as a novelist.

SJMC graduates win multiple awards, student journalism's "triple crown"

s.p.j. winnersRecent SJMC graduates earned a number of high-profile student journalism awards in the summer and fall of 2005. Of particular note is Lou Raguse (B.A. '05), who earned the "triple crown" of student journalism: Raguse took first place in the national William Randolph Hearst television news competition, won a student Emmy Award from the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Television Academy in the College News category, and was the national winner in the Sports Photography category in the Society of Professional Journalists' Mark of Excellence award competition.

The SJMC had a sweep in the 2005 student Emmy awards. In addition to Raguse's award in the College News category, Raguse and classmate Tyler Richter (B.A. '05) were the winners in the Non-News/Entertainment category. Only two student Emmy Awards are given each year.

Several other SJMC graduates were awarded SPJ Mark of Excellence awards as well. Kent Erdahl (B.A. '05) was the national winner in the Television General News Reporting category; Tyler Richter was the national winner in the Television Feature Photography category; and Drew Geraets (B.A. '05) was a national finalist in the Magazine Non-Fiction Article category. Mark of Excellence Awards honor the best in student journalism, offering 45 categories for print, radio, television, and online collegiate journalism.

Meet the cohort: Professional M.A. in Strategic Communication

Students in the first cohort of the new Professional M.A. in Strategic Communication program have just completed their first semester, and according to program director and professor John Eighmey, are living up to high expectations. "The students in the first-year class are wonderful, really smart strategic communicators," says Eighmey. "You can see them applying lessons learned from every class to advance the organizations they work for and their own careers."

Karen Beasley holds a bachelor's degree in Organizational Management/Communication from Concordia University. Currently, she works for American Express Financial Advisors as a brokerage senior service representative.

Amy Danielson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, with a B.A. in cultural studies and comparative literature. She also works for the U of M, in the Office of the Vice President for Research, as an associate editor.

A graduate of the University of St. Thomas, Jonathan Dueck holds a bachelors degree in telecommunications. Dueck is an advertising policy specialist for the Star Tribune.

Kurt Errickson, a University of Minnesota graduate, holds a B.A. in history. He currently works for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Council 5 as a staff representative. Joshua Gerads graduated from the U of M-Duluth with a B.A. in English. His current position is with Nonprofit Solutions, Inc., as a communications coordinator.

Justin Ihle graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in journalism and mass communication. Ihle is currently a recruiter for Assurant Health.

Karen Keller holds a bachelor's degree in public relations from Drake University. Keller currently works for TURCK, Inc., as a marketing programs coordinator.

Rebecca Lunna, a senior account executive with Periscope, holds a B.A. from the University of Vermont with a major in English.

Jessica Mooney earned a B.A. in art history from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Mooney is a senior editor at the University of Minnesota.

Shreya Mukherjee holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Delhi University in India and an M.A. in creative and media enterprises from Warwick University, UK. Mukherjee is a project specialist for The Minnesota Daily.

Currently an editor at the University of Minnesota, Alan Olson holds degrees from both the University of Minnesota and Gustavus Adolphus College. He has also completed graduate work in Spanish at the University of Northern Iowa program in Soria, Spain.

Adam Pagel holds a B.A. in english and writing from the University of Minnesota. Currently, Pagel is an admissions counselor at the U of M.

Matt Rogers graduated from Amherst College and holds a B.A. in philosophy. Rogers is the director of communications for AlivePromo.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin- Madison, Katherine Staiger holds a B.A. in English. She also holds an M.L.S. from Emporia State University in Portland, OR. Staiger currently works for 3M as an information specialist.

Carrie Stowers holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota in theatre arts. Stowers is the web/marketing coordinator for the U's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Deborah Stull Erickson graduated from the University of North Dakota with a B.A. in communications/public relations. She currently works in the U's Office of Human Resources as a communications project manager.

Kelly Weber holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in strategic communication. Weber now works for Comcast as a community affairs coordinator.

A graduate of St. Olaf College, Shana Weiss holds a B.A. in English and communication/ theater. Weiss also holds an M.A. from the College of St. Scholastica in management. Her current position is as a business development specialist for Hiway Federal Credit Union.

SJMC student participates in Pioneer Press sports columnist contest

Hanna Loberg, who is studying sports broadcasting in the SJMC, was one of the published participants in the Pioneer Press's "Average Joe Columnist" contest this fall. The contest is a 16-player, tournament-style competition in which readers write competing stories about the Vikings and the NFL. Loberg wrote an entry column, which was one of the 16 accepted for the competition, but was eliminated in the first round. This is the second year Loberg has been selected to participate in the contest.

PRSSA selected to host regional conference

The SJMC's Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter was selected to host a PRSSA regional activity for 2006. PRSSA's proposed event, entitled "Let Us Entertain U," will focus on entertainment public relations. The event will be held in Murphy Hall March 31-April 1, 2006. PRSSA chapters from a number of Midwestern universities will be invited to attend.

SPJ wins Chapter of the Year

At the national convention of the Society of Professional Journalists in October, the SJMC's student chapter of SPJ was named Chapter of the Year for Region 6, which includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota. This is the second consecutive year that the SJMC's chapter of SPJ has been named Chapter of the Year.

AdClub partners with Risdall Advertising

This year's AdClub fostered a new partnership with the Risdall advertising agency. Agency chairman and CEO John Risdall invited 25 AdClub members to be "interns for a day" on December 9; students spent the day shadowing agency staff, learning about the day-to-day operations of the business, and brainstorming ideas for clients. Carolyn Ahlstrom, the vice president of AdClub, developed the partnership with Risdall and planned the intern for a day program. "Risdall has phenomenal staff," she says, "and it was a great learning experience for everyone involved."

Graduate student news

Ph.D. student Itai Himelboim presented several papers, including one with SJMC professor Brian Southwell at the 6th Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers in Chicago on October 5-6. That paper was entitled "Are Blogs Actually An Alternative Information Source Compared To Traditional Media? Linking Patterns In News Blogs." Himelboim and fellow Ph.D. student Julie Jones presented their paper, "A News Generation Gap? Framing Blogs In Mainstream Media" at the same conference. Himelboim also presented a paper entitled "Applying Network Analysis To The 'Network Of Networks': The Case Of Usenet Discussion Groups" at the 3rd annual New Research for New Media symposium at the University of Minnesota in September.

SJMC graduate student and instructor Neal Karlen (above) discussed his book "Shanda: the Making and Breaking of a Self- Loathing Jew" at Magers and Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis on December 5, 2005.

Ph.D. candidate Amy Mattson Lauters was honored with two awards for her paper entitled "'We are Legion': Community- Building and the Farmer's Wife, 1955-1962." The two awards, Honorable Mention for the Maurine Beasley Award for Oustanding Paperin Women's History, and Honorable Mention for the Robert Lance Memorial Award for the Outstanding Student Paper, were given to Lauters at the American Journalism Historians Association's annual conference in October 2005.

A paper written by Kelly J. Hansen Maher, Fellow at the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law, was referenced in a September 19 story on the BTK killer posted on the Accuracy in Media Web site. Maher's paper notes that "the BTK killer had long perceived Wichita media as a tool for publicity . . . [he] frequently demanded media attention, writing, 'How many do I have to kill before I get my name in the paper or some national attention?'"

Ph.D. student Adina Schneeweis presented her paper entitled "Framing Race: An Analysis of Images of African Americans in U.S. Television Programs Broadcast in Romania" at the National Communication Association Conference in Boston in November.

SJMC graduate student Jun Wang received the first place Markham Prize from the International Communication Division of AEJMC at the 2005 AEJMC convention in San Antonio for his paper titled "Hong Kong Cultural Identity in Jackie Chan's Hong Kong and Hollywood Movies."

Ph.D. student Huaiting Wu's paper entitled "Globalizing Chinese Martial Arts Cinema 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'" has been accepted for publication in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Media, Culture & Society.