Charting your Path – COMING SOON!
Saint Rose Communications Department is coming out with a newsletter. The communications department doesn’t have any formal tactics or strategy in place to show the development or accomplishments of the communications department, its students, or its alumni. The opportunity the communication department newsletter will bring is engagement from current students and alumni and a marketing tool to get new students wanting and researching Saint Rose. The newsletter will include department news, alumni stories, student and faculty spotlight, interns, things trending in the communication field, clubs in the communication department, and class notes. The newsletter will be published once every semester and subjected to change if needed. The first newsletter will be completed by the end of this semester, Spring 2019.
Five Saint Rose students have taken on the initiated becoming the first to publish a communication newsletter with the help of Professor Mark Congdon. The students are Breanne Colon, Nina Laluz-Rivera, Daria Lee, Tamia McDonald, and Skylar Wolfe. The team as of now are looking for writers. If you are interested in building a professional portfolio, networking, and making a difference in the Saint Rose community write for COMpass Newsletter. If you are interested in writing for the COMpass newsletter please contact COMpassNewsletter@gmail.com.
The COMpass newsletter team will start promoting via social after spring break, March 13th. PLEASE BE ON THE LOOK OUT! They’ll be creating different social media pages to spread content and information. The first post will be attached to the Saint Rose Communication Department Facebook page to inform everyone about their new social media pages.
As of now if you have any questions, please contact COMpassNewsletter@gmail.com or any of the five students publishers or Mark Congdon.
About the Writer: My name is Tamia McDonald from Queens, NY. Currently a senior at Saint Rose majoring in business with a concentration in sports management and a minor in communication with a concentration in PR & Advertising. I am one of the publishers of the COMpass Newsletter. If you would like to know more you can email me at email@example.com and/or add me on LinkedIn.
[The students in ENG 252 are writing blog posts highlighting campus and community events and opportunities.]
Jacqueline Kirkpatrick (MFA Creative Writing ’15) has news for us:
Hobart just informed me that my creative nonfiction piece “Alive” will be published in the next two weeks!
Be sure to look for Jacqueline’s piece and leave a comment if you enjoyed it.
Any news to share with the English community? Use the form to share your updates about publications, jobs, fellowships, awards, etc.
Jessie Serfilippi (MFA Creative Writing ’18, BA English ’15) has some news for us:
I’m excited to share news of my upcoming publication. My essay, “Under the Cover of Breeches and Bayonet,” is being published this November in the forthcoming anthology, Fierce: Essays by and about Dauntless Women, published by Nauset Press. I will be taking part in a reading for the anthology on December 15th at Soho20 Gallery in Brooklyn, from 2-4pm.
Any news to share with the English Department community? Use the form to share your updates about publications, jobs, fellowships, awards, etc.
In the menu at the top of this page, you’ll note we have a new form for submitting news. Current students, alumni, faculty–send us your new and noteworthy information. Have you secured a new job? Received an award? Taken up a fellowship? Had a new publication?
We want to know!
Fill out the form and we’ll be sure to let the community know.
NABA is a not-for-profit organization that provides assistance and support to those who are visually impaired or blind. The organization serves fourteen counties and helps people of all ages.
During my internship I worked under Michele O’Hare, the head of development and marketing at NABA. During my time there some of my tasks included writing articles for the newsletter, entering information into the organizations databases, conducting interviews and working during one of NABA’s fundraising events.
I wrote several articles for their annual news letter as well as their website. I wrote an article for their website about the Blind Golfers Association, asking people to volunteer as coaches. I also conducted an interview with NABA’s employment specialist and wrote an article about the Work Experience Training program she put together.
What I was most excited about was the mail appeal letter I wrote. I wrote it about Lois Winner, an elderly woman with vision loss. The mail appeal letter is sent out asking people across the fourteen counties NABA serves to donate during the holiday season. This mail appeal letter will reach thousands of people. It was exciting to know so many people would see something I wrote. It was also a nice experience that I got to meet and have lunch with Ms. Winner and read her the letter I wrote.
Another task that really stood out to me was my work during NABA’s Casino Night fundraiser. The fundraiser took place at the Albany Country Club and had more than two hundred guests in attendance. My job was to sign people in and collect their information for the mailing list. Although the job was not difficult, it was eye opening. Prior to this internship, I had no idea the amount of work that went into a not-for-profit. They rely on donations to provide support to those who need it, making fundraisers such as Casino Night a big deal. It was interesting to see all the preparation and dedication from people working at NABA to pull off such a large event.
I benefited a great deal from this internship. Before working at NABA, I had a very limited idea about what it meant to work for a not-for-profit. I now know that it takes a lot of work, and you have to be willing to do an assortment of tasks in order to help the organization.
One day, I ended up making salad in NABA’s kitchen for a luncheon they were having. My internship advisor told me that when you work for a not-for-profit you have to be willing to do anything to help out, and sometimes that means making salads. That’s when I realized that working in a not-for-profit is something I could see myself doing as a career. I like the idea of never sitting and doing the same thing day in and day out. I learned a lot about what it means to be professional as well as the importance of performing tasks given to me in a timely manner.
This internship connected directly to being an English major. Working on newsletter articles each week as well as working on articles for the website allowed me to use my writing skills. I also got to conduct an interview with a NABA employee, as well as people that attended NABA’s Tech Fair. I had learned about interview techniques in an English class I took Freshman year which made it easier and less stressful. Furthermore, I had to write emails and perform tasks in a timely manner, which I believe is relevant for every major, not just English.
My biggest advice to students about to embark on the journey of finding an internship is to go somewhere you’re interested in but might not know a lot about. Going to a not-for-profit was so beneficial to me because it allowed me to see another side of business. In my opinion, there’s no better time to try something new then during an internship. You’re really not going to lose anything from going somewhere you don’t know a lot about, you’ll end up learning so much. I now know I would like to work for a not-for-profit which is something I would have never learned about myself had I not interned at NABA.
Samantha Short was the Social Media Intern at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY. Here’s her account.
My first duties were to create events on the Sanctuary Facebook page and website and create pages on the Sanctuary ticket seller website, Brownpapertickets.com. I also helped create an entirely new segment on their website called People Power. In this part of their website, I created new stories about almost all of the people who volunteer and spend their time helping out with the Sanctuary. The People Power page has buttons that navigate you to each section of the page: for example, I created the Kitchen Sanctuary button, which has a different story for each person that has dedicated their time in helping to prepare and share food with the community. I have also written stories for the intern page, the Youth Media Sanctuary page, the Funders and Inspiration page, as well as many more organizations and people that volunteer. I also wrote up the press releases for their events of the Fall 2013 season, as well as attended some events to help out with the door and café.
I met artists and presenters from all over the world who came to perform and speak at The Sanctuary. I have definitely broadened my horizons by learning about these different artists and organizations that are affiliated with The Sanctuary. I have not only learned a lot about these people, but I have also learned a lot about different types of media, which was helpful because I would like to pursue a career in that field.
After writing all the stories, descriptions, bios, and press releases, I now think being an English major was the right path for me. I enjoyed studying the different bands and performers that came to The Sanctuary as well as writing about them on the website to attract the public. When I first came to college, I was unsure of what I wanted to do with my future, but since I started my internship at the Sanctuary, I think I would like to go in the direction of social media and public relations since I enjoyed my time doing this type of work.
Before I started my internship, I thought the only thing that English majors could do with their degree was either become an author or become a librarian. Since my search for an internship, I realized that there is a lot more that could be done with an English degree. I enjoy working with different types of media, and I have realized that there is a need for people who can write and communicate with others in the media world.