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Alumna works for Studio One alumna Mary Welder promotes hi-tech innovations for a world-wide company. Her career started with her college internship at Studio One. Welder served as associate producer, producer and tour guide for five semesters. After graduation, Welder took her skills to the Wallace Group, a Twin Cities public relations firm, where she worked as an account representative. She then moved into the role of marketing director for General Growth Properties, a shopping mall management company. After several years in the professional world, Welder updated the job title on her résumé to “Mother.” She focused on her new role for six years. For some, it can be difficult to get back into the workforce, but Welder bounced back after the baby. “I stayed in the business world just enough to…[have] an appetite for it,” she says. Her break from the cubicle gave her a new perspective. “I was ready to go back to work when I did… [I] am a better employee because I [understand] both sides of a working mother and a stay at home mother.” Welder now holds a communications specialist position at IBM in Rochester, Minn. She works with media relations, exclusive communications, employee publications and community communications. Additionally, she consults with executives and departments to develop strategic communication plans for IBM’s Smarter Planet initiative. The Smarter Planet campaign strives to help the world become more interconnected and intelligent through technology. IBM has offices across the globe, but IBM’s Rochester complex covers nearly 3.6 million square feet and is the largest IBM facility under one roof. However, she says she sees some similarities between her college internship and current occupation. “Studio One is such a team oriented environment...no matter what position you held, you played a valuable role and that holds true to the field I am in today,” she adds. - Continued on next page
- Continued from previous page Although Welder finished college years ago, she gives back to UND. Welder is a member of the UND Television Center Advisory Board. This group is helping develop and implement a strategic fundraising plan. “Last year, Mary came back to UND to meet Studio One students and talk about her work at IBM. Her experience with projects like ‘Watson,’ a computer that competed on ‘Jeopardy!,’ gave students a Fortune 500 perspective,” explains Barry Brode, UND Television Center Director. She also helped the Studio One program receive a grant from IBM. Her work resulted in a $1000 equipment grant that was used to purchase equipment.
This summer, Studio One installed a high-end scan converter that enables students to use “Skype” technology to interview guests from remote locations. “Many television stations now rely on ‘Skype’ instead of expensive satellite technology,” adds Brode. “This grant will allow us to interview people who never step foot in our studio,” says Monte Koshel, Executive Director of Studio One. Koshel adds it will open up exciting opportunities for the Studio One program’s 25 year anniversary. While Welder knows how quickly technology can change, she illustrates that professionalism, effective communication and giving back are constant business values. - Barry Brode, Miranda Mars, Suzanne Irwin
Studio One family We love staying in touch. Here are a few Studio One alumni sporting some SWAG. Mike Brookbank | Cleveland, Ohio “I’m a Reporter/Multi Media Journalist for ‘the List,’ a new nightly news magazine debuting this fall on six Scripps Howard television stations across the country.” Scripps says, “The List” is a nightly news magazine at the intersection of news and pop culture. The show’s design is to entertain and pull back the curtain on the top-trending stories of the day.
Dylan Reichstadt | San Francisco, Calif. “I started out managing the administrator program on Justin.tv, which monitors and removes content that violates our Terms of Service. I also manage the help desk and Twitter support platform.” “This summer, I was sent out [to California] to cover live events, which included charity music concerts and startup conferences. I couldn’t have done this without Studio One! My first event was a week after I arrived in San Francisco and I [covered] it alone. I set up our equipment with confidence and ran the switcher. I felt like I was right back in my photographer and technical director position at Studio One!”
“Show me the money!”
Do (fun) work
Do you remember that great movie line? It’s one of those movie memories etched in my mind. The UND Foundation shows me a donation report every time someone sends a gift. The report creates special memories for me because I know how much your support means to our students. Donors impact the lives of our students. Some donors have even contributed more than once. Taking the first step to donate is more important than the amount of your contribution. Every dollar makes a difference. Show me how you can make a difference this fall. When we launched our fund drive, we set our sights on three goals – student scholarships, equipment upgrades and a building addition. These goals have driven our campaign since the beginning. This fall, Studio One will celebrate its 25th anniversary. We have a lot to accomplish before we launch this special season. Won’t you help? We’re excited to announce a texting campaign to support Studio One. It is easy to do and it will give you an opportunity to connect with a current Studio One student. From October 4 to 11, you can text in a pledge. We are asking every alumnus to contribute 25 for 25. That’s $25.00 for 25 years! If you valued your Studio One experience, please help us by participating in our texting campaign. Our 4.5 million dollar goal can be accomplished with your pledge. It’s a lofty goal but it’s one we can attain. We’ll send you more information about the texting campaign and our 25 year anniversary soon. Your donation will ensure that tomorrow’s students will receive the same Studio One experience you did. Sincerely,
Barry S. Brode P. S. Donors who contribute $1000 will receive a Studio One business card holder.
Jenna Hamann, - Studio One alumna (11’-12’) helps rake leaves for a Grand Forks community member. After graduation in May 2012, she was hired as an Account Administrator at Archway Marketing Services in Minneapolis, Minn.
The Greater Grand Forks community took a different approach to “going green” this spring. Eager volunteers equipped with rakes, trash bags, and neon ‘do work’ T-shirts took over the town. Students from the University of North Dakota jumped into the ‘do work’ theme surrounding The BIG Event held at UND. Studio One interns joined other students, friends, staff and faculty by taking part in the annual community clean-up. Throughout the day, Studio One interns visited the homes of three senior citizens and raked yards, washed windows and vinyl siding and set up lawn ornaments. The enthusiastic volunteers completed assignments despite rainy conditions. “I wanted to be part of The Big Event so that I could do something good for the community. I was able to take a little time out of my day to make theirs that much better,” says Nick Johnson a marketing intern at Studio One. “We shared plenty of laughs throughout the day and were able to work together and become closer as a team,” adds Suzanne Irwin Studio One director of marketing. “I loved seeing the little things we were able to do make such a big difference in their lives,” explains Jenna Hamann Studio One student marketing director. “Seeing the smiles on their faces and the way they enjoyed us being there to help out was amazing,” Hamann adds. The concept for The BIG Event began in 1982 at Texas A&M University as a way to thank the city for all they do for the university. The BIG Event has become the largest nationwide single day service project. UND joined The BIG Event in 2005 and has continued the movement. - Richelle Ballenger
Studio One receives 30 awards Student work was submitted in regional contests including the Northwest Broadcast News Association, Society of Professional Journalists and the North Dakota Professional Communicators. “It’s great when students are rewarded for all their hard work. Our interns work to constantly improve their skills and these competitions prove their efforts and talent stand up to others in the region,” adds Monte Koshel Studio One Executive Director. The show has received 619 awards for program and individual work in the past 25 years of productions. Intern, Cory Robertson (right) was one of the many students receiving awards for work in contests over the past academic year.
Back: (l-r) Brian Gendreau, Dag Amdam, Glendon Gengel, Matt Petrowiak, David Schalow, Kent Luetzen, Dylan Reichstadt, Cory Robertson, Nick Pavia, Marv Leier, Jon Schaeffer, Victoria Hvaring, David Folske Middle: Derek Korczak, Cody Orr, Stephanie Flyger, Katie Link, Stephanie Waldref, Chris Urlaub, Brady Bruhn, Nicky Byrne, Jenna Hamann, Kelly Kracht, Brittany Konop, Miranda Mars, Megan Rangeloff, Jinsook Lee, Suzanne Irwin, Monte Koshel, Barry Brode Front: Ashley Trdan, Richelle Ballenger, Maddy Ackerman, Tarah Peters, Krista Cooley, Chelsy Grover, Tonya Peters, Miranda Hilgers, Olivia Faacks, Katie Fletcher, Lisa Casarez, Caitlin Mullally, Stephanie Scheurer Not pictured (students): Chrissy Casinader Not pictured (staff ): Scott Lima, Fred Remer, Dale Ricke, Lori Shafer Back: (l-r) Brian Gendreau, Timm Uhlmann, Nicholas Johnson, Devin Krinke, Jimmy Gefroh, Jon Schaeffer, Kellen Peters, Matt Petrowiak, Kelby Leake, Cody Orr, Dylan Reichstadt, Dag Amdam Middle: (l-r) Marv Leier, Victor Correa, Ashley Trdan, Miranda Mars, Stephanie Fyger, Alisha Strand, Averi Haugesag, Brittany Konop, Cecilie Engeseth, Derek Korczak, Phillippi Sparks, Cory Robertson, Monte Koshel Front: (l-r): Suzanne Irwin, Meghan Forney, Brianna Kump, Kara Protasio, Stephanie Scheurer, Olivia Faacks, Richelle Ballenger, Katelyn Fletcher, Chelsy Grover, Jenna Hamann, Madalyn Ackerman, Barry Brode Not pictured (students): Caitlin Mullally, Megan Rangeloff Not pictured (staff): Scott Lima, Dale Ricke, Fred Remer, Lori Shafer