Kim StobbKim's Alumni Blog

Meet Madison, Wisc. resident, Kim Stobb ('07), our most recent (and very prolific) alumni blogger.


February 25, 2010
Last Blog Entry

I graduated from Northern almost three years ago (oh my, that "I feel old" weight just landed on my shoulders). When I left Marquette I knew I'd stay in touch with the close friends I made and the classmates I worked with. But what I didn't know was how often and unexpectedly I'd interact with other people with ties to NMU.

There was the lady wearing the NMU hoodie in the grocery store last summer who I said hello to and found out that her son played for the football team. (Go ‘cats!)

There's the gal who heard I went to Northern through a professional organization we're both involved in. We met for chai tea and chatted about the good times and great professors (Wally Neibauer!) we had during our separate times at school.

And there's the lady driving the Oldsmobile - who has the Wildcat paw sticker on her car - that I see a few times a month during my commute to work.

Or what about the two client bios I wrote that mention each individual "graduated from Northern Michigan University"?

It's amazing to me that in such a big world, there are so many people with ties to Northern. In the past week I went to a NMU recruitment meeting with my sister, planned a Ladies Weekend with two fellow Wildcats, booked a trip with an alumna from D.C. to visit another alumna in Portland, met a lady whose son is taking a campus tour in March and bumped into a man wearing a NMU coat at a hockey game in Green Bay. It turns out said man (Todd) played hockey for the Wildcats in the ‘90s and he brought his son, Kayden, to watch the local league game. I asked Kayden if he played hockey; "I'm only four and I can't play until I'm five." Then I asked if he was going to be a Wildcat like his daddy someday, he shook his head yes really fast (like only little kids can do and look adorable) and added, "I even have a Wildcat jersey!"

Random stories and future hockey recruits aside, Northern has had a positive impact on many people. My time on campus helped make me who I am today - from the classes, professors and equipment that gave me skills for my profession to the friends and staff members that gave (and still give!) me advice on life outside of work.

I'm not sure how much value this blog post brings to current or prospective students but to the alumni it's a reminder that staying connected and interacting with our alma mater isn't as hard we might think… and that's good for me to consider as I say goodbye as the Life After Northern blogger.

I've had so much fun sharing old stories and writing about why Northern rocks. If you're trying to pick a college, reach out to one of NMU's admissions officers. They'll be able to answer your questions. If you're attending Northern today, take a minute. Look around. Someday you'll be exchanging job stories and reality TV updates with the students you're working on a group project with. Go to that student organization meeting. You might end up traveling to New York City or standing up in someone's wedding that you meet there (trust me, it's happened!). Say hi to someone new, stop by a professor's office. You'll learn a lot by doing both. And if you're an ‘ol alumni like me, stay in touch. Blog. Say hi to the woman wearing the NMU hoodie. Join the Alumni Association. Ask the man wearing the NMU coat if he went to Northern. Heck, you can even beep at the car with the Northern sticker!

I'll leave you with a quote. Dale Carnegie once said, "People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they're doing." Have I ever told you how much fun Northern is?

Thanks for reading and all my best.

-Kim

 Go Wildcats!


February 3, 2010
NMU - Down Under!

Hesitant about attending Northern because you're not sure you'll have enough opportunities for jobs after school? Wrong!

Meet Tara Baker.

BakerI met Tara while on set of Public Eye News, NMU's student-run, daily broadcast news program. Tara (Wauconda, Ill.) was putting her major - electronic journalism - to use while I was dipping my toes into real-life experience for my minor.

If you think producing, filming, editing, anchoring or floor directing a live TV show on campus isn't enough experience as a broadcast student, imagine the possibilities off campus. Local radio and TV stations. Yes. But think of the events that happen in Marquette. Have you ever heard of the U.P. 200? It's kind of a big deal in Marquette every February. So much so that ESPN (yes, THE ESPN) hired Red Line Films to document the event. Tara happened to be a student in Dr. Dwight Brady's production class at the time. Red Line Films reached out to Dr. Brady for extra footage (since his class was making a documentary of the same event) and while sharing footage, he also passed along Tara's name and resume. Fast forward a few months and Tara, diploma in hand, is driving out east to work at ESPN.

"NMU's variety of classes, hands-on training and small class size allowed me to have much more real life experience before even stepping foot out in the real world," Tara explained.

Tara currently works in event production at ESPN. Some of her responsibilities include editing video, conducting interviews and putting statistical graphics on the TV screen. Her team broadcasts lives games and events from remote locations. She's currently in Australia and is headed to South Africa for the World Cup in June.

"I'm extremely lucky and fortunate," Tara added. "I work in sports (my passion) and I get to travel (another passion). I know I wouldn't be where I am if I hadn't attended NMU."

I think a lot of us feel the same way, Tara.

I'll talk to you all soon… for my last entry as NMU Alumni Association blogger.

-Kim


Jan. 25, 2010
All around the world

Last week at work I was updating one of my client's bios. I made a few minor tweaks, read the first sentence of the last paragraph and stopped:

 "Fountain received his bachelor of science degree in business administration from Northern Michigan University."

 Can you imagine how excited I was? Immediately I sent my newfound fellow Wildcat alum an e-mail to share the good news. What a small world we live in! As I start the last few blog entries in my tenure as Alumni blogger, I'd like to highlight a few Wildcat alums across the country.

 Meet Rebecca Thompson.

Rebecca ThompsonI met Rebecca in the winter semester of 2004 after she was elected student body president. She appointed me secretary of finance and helped launch my involvement with ASNMU. It shouldn't surprise you that Rebecca (Detroit, Mich.; BS ‘09) took her campus experience, internship with the Department of Homeland Security and degree from Northern straight to Washington D.C. and is continuing to help young people get involved and active in their communities.

 Rebecca is the director for Young People For (YP4), a strategic, long-term leadership development program that identifies, engages and empowers the newest generation of progressive leaders to create lasting change in their communities. (Editor's note: Sounds a bit like Northern to me! A perfect fit for Rebecca.) In this position, Rebecca is responsible for everything from fundraising to managing the staff and developing relationships with local and national organizations.

 Like most recent graduates, Rebecca had no full-time work experience when she left NMU and notes that being active on campus and in the community was critical to finding a job. "I use everything I learned while at NMU, every day. My experience with ASNMU, Black Student Union and the Student Leadership Fellowship Program taught me how to work with new people, plan events, manage staff, develop budgets and so much more."

 "Making the decision to attend Northern was one of the best decisions I've ever made. It forced me to move away from home, get beyond my comfort zone and gave me an opportunity to discover who I was," Rebecca added. "The relationships you make with staff and faculty is something not every campus can boast about. [President] Wong, David and Martha Haynes and countless other people have helped me tremendously since leaving. From serving as a reference to giving me honest advice, having that support system [from NMU] has been amazing."

When Rebecca isn't working in D.C., she's promoting Northern through her board position with the Alumni Association. "The [alumni association] staff is amazing and their job is to help connect alumni to both current students as well as other alumni. We can all be tremendous resources to each other and meeting other Wildcats is always great!"

 And I couldn't agree more with Rebecca. Join the Northern Network; find alumni on Facebook. Attend Homecoming, renew your Alumni Association membership, send an e-mail to a client when you find out he's a Wildcat! Get involved and show your Wildcat pride in any way that you can.

 Until next time,

Kim


Jan. 13, 2010
Sizing up the situation

Classes for Northern's winter semester started this week and for a collection of students, it is their last "first day of the semester" as they graduate in May. They'll collect their last set of syllabi, buy their last round of books and prepare for 16 weeks of studying before taking their degrees out into the world.

 So how does a degree from NMU compare to degrees from other schools? Do Wildcats bring as much to the table as grads from universities? You betcha! Perhaps this NMU alum is a bit biased. Or maybe I love Northern too much. But I whole-heartedly believe a degree from NMU equally compares to those from schools around the country.

 I work in Madison so needless to say there are a lot of Badger alums in my office building. Do I feel outnumbered? Yes. Do I feel inadequate because my resume states I have a Bachelor of Science degree from NMU instead of UW-Wisconsin? Nope. Maybe I'm even in a better spot because I bring an outside perspective on my field into the building or because I was allowed to be more than just a number when I was on campus and in the classroom.

 Now… this blog isn't the place to start the whole Wildcat vs. Badger matchup. What's important to note is that it's not about where you go to school that matters most. It's about how you apply what you learn.

 Northern--home to 180 academic programs, a student-faculty ratio of 23:1 and average classroom size of 28--offers students the perfect setting to practice what they're learning in the classroom around the campus, community and world. The over 300 student organizations, option to study abroad, the Superior Edge program, the Student Leader Fellowship Program, volunteer center, internship credits, and design, broadcasting and science labs are just a few ways students can earn hands-on experience to bring to future employers. And that, not the name of the degree-issuing university, is more important than any Wildcat/Badger match up.

 With Wildcat pride,

-Kim


Jan. 4, 2010
PR 101… blog style

When I tell people I work in PR, they give me one of two responses. They either say "Oh, so you're a professional spinner" or "What is that"? To which I respond, "absolutely not" or "let me explain".

Public Relations is communicating an image to a desired target. It's an ever-changing and fast-paced industry; there are various forms of public relations and different outlets to work in. Let's talk about the different forms of PR first.

  • External PR: Sharing company information with audiences outside of the corporation. Examples of how this is done include: writing press releases and sending them to the media, pitching company stories to reporters, coordinating interviews for TV, radio, magazines and newspapers, event planning and managing company Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  • Internal PR: Relaying information throughout the organization one works for. Updating information on the company's Intranet site or internal blog, writing and producing an employee newsletter and drafting company-wide e-mails.
  • Community relations: Spreading news about the company throughout the community it resides in. Methods to execute community relations depend on the size and location of the company. Many larger organizations have foundations that support local charities and schools. PR's job is to make sure the community knows how the organization gives back--whether that be by pitching the information to a reporter or posting pictures on the company's Facebook page.
  • Media relations: Disseminating information about the organization to TV and radio stations, newspapers, magazines and bloggers. Back when I went to school (I can't believe I just wrote that because it wasn't THAT long ago!) I learned about telling company stories to "traditional" print and broadcast reporters but in the past few years, "new" or "social" media has emerged and gained importance in the PR world.
  • Crisis communications: Managing communication within and outside of the organization during times of natural disaster, industry crisis or corporate chaos! PR's role in crisis communication is to have a plan developed before crap hits the fan and to execute that plan when the storm hits. You need to decide who is the face of your organization to the media, who relays information to employees and what information is to be shared.

And where can one "do" PR? Well, I like to break it down into three outlet categories:

  • Agency: Working for an agency allows PR professionals to disseminate information and communicate on behalf of multiple clients (the companies that hire the agency for projects) and also to promote the agency itself. (I work for Hiebing but I do PR for Hiebing and clients that hire us.)
  • Corporate: Handling communication needs for one organization. Examples: Kohl's department store, Mercury Marine, General Motors.
  • Non-profit: Managing messages and relaying information for non-profit organizations. Examples include Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, some health care companies and causes like Relay for Life.
  • Often times, corporations (where corporate communicators work) and non-profits (where non-profit communicators work) will hire agencies to help with said corporations marketing and communications needs.

What PR all boils down to is telling stories to the people that need to hear them. Whether it's from one business to another in hopes of partnering together or whether it's from one company to consumers sharing the benefits and perks of that company's products.

You get your company in the news. You coordinate interviews between reporters and company spokespeople. You plan events. You monitor the media. You plan communication strategies for our company. You write. You edit. You write some more. You blog for your Alma Mater…. Wink wink.

If everything I mentioned above has you scratching your head in confusion, think of it this way. Without semi drivers, there wouldn't be products in the store for consumers to buy. Without PR practitioners, there wouldn't be stories on the news, in the paper or in magazines. We're the link--and, like truck drivers, we often go unnoticed. But if you take us away, uh oh, you're in trouble!

I hope you all had a happy holiday. I know it's been a few weeks since I last wrote (what can I say, except the truth: things got busy-busy-busy at work) but I've got big plans for the blog in 2010--including highlighting Northern alums from around the country.

Until then, Go ‘cats!

Kim


Dec. 7, 2009
Back on the grind

After a four-day weekend of family gatherings, Christmas decorating and sweet potatoes-a-plenty, it's time to put my PR hat back on and focus on the week ahead. As I mentioned in my first blog entry, I work for Hiebing, an integrated marketing and brand development agency in Madison, Wis. Since the purpose of this blog is to expose you to life after NMU, I think the first thing to do is explain Hiebing - where we are, what we do and how we roll.

Let's start with the fun stuff: Hiebing was named after our founder, Roman Hiebing. While he's retired, his legacy lives on through his published work, successful campaigns and 51 employees. We're the largest agency in Madison and we're located downtown, right off "the square"--the block of streets around Wisconsin's capital building. Our building is an old church. That's right. We converted a church into a hub for design, copy-writing and marketing.

So what do we do inside the building? Work hard and play hard, of course! Companies hire us to do a combination of things under the big themes of marketing, research, public relations, design and interactive services. We develop brand identities, rename products, create and design websites, disseminate news across local, trade or international markets, coordinate photo shoots, secure media space and research target markets.

And what does all that mean? Company A has a new product. We work with reporters to get that story in the paper and on TV. Company B is just starting and needs an identity - something that consumers will remember. We research what types of people will use Company B's services and develop an integrated marketing plan to help shape the brand, promote the company and tell the company's story to the people who will patronize Company B. Company C has been around for 100 years and needs a fresh image. We dig to discover what consumers love about that company, how we can incorporate that into messaging and where the company needs to overhaul its marketing tactics. Company D needs production help so we shoot and edit commercials, create annual reports and design and produce collateral pieces (brochures, signs, etc) for it throughout the year.

Take a minute to think about all the places you're influenced by brands: product placements on your favorite TV show. Ads splattered on the bus you ride on your morning commute. Commercials. In-store coupons. The sponsor of your favorite team's park. Billboards. Marketing touches everything - and that's exciting and a tiny bit scary if you really think about it! Regardless of how far and wide marketing and public relations expands, I love being a part of it. I'll share more about the PR department (since that's where I work and what my degree is in!) in the next entry.

More to come -

Kim


Nov. 23, 2009
Give Thanks

Thanksgiving or fall harvest bannerNo doubt about it, It's been a tough year for our great country. Whether you're reading this and you're in your senior year of high school or you're an alum who has been working for 25 years, I'm sure you have felt the effects of the economic slowdown. Perhaps one of your parents lost his or her job or you're fighting to show your worth at work as rumors of layoffs escalate. Regardless of the economic situation you find yourself in, I want to encourage each of you to be thankful for something this week.

It's so easy to get caught up in all the bad things going on around us that we forget to stop and realize that it's the little things in life that mean so much:

Health. Having shoes on our feet. Solving a problem. Happiness. Learning to play guitar. Hearing a song that brings back memories. Packer victories. A smile from a stranger. An unexpected compliment. A new baby. Leaving work an hour late and not getting stuck in 5:00 p.m. traffic!

Take a minute to think of the things that you appreciate or the things that you might not usually be thankful for but are blessed to have in your life. Then take another minute to think of the people that you could thank this weekend: your mom for her awesome homemade food. Your dad for sitting down and watching football with you. Your friend or family member serving in the military. Your spouse. Your children. Your clergy members. Your friends. Your educators.

As we enter the holiday weekend, I'm thankful for my annoying-yet-smart-and-beautiful little sisters. They picked on me last night over family dinner but I love them. Ashley found a school she wants to apply to and Casey received her acceptance letter from NMU! There's nothing more exciting than realizing your little siblings will soon be miles away and out of your hair! (Just kidding. I'm very proud of them and happy that I have them in my life.)

Give thanks--for things big and small in your life. Eat lots of turkey. And I'll chat with you all next week.

Go ‘cats!

-Kim


Nov. 16, 2009
Applying

If you've been following my blog regularly, you know that I took one of my baby sisters on a campus visit to NMU roughly two weeks ago. I know, I know. I need to stop calling Casey and Ashley "my baby sisters" because they're 17 years old but it seems like just yesterday I was changing diapers and making them do whatever I said. (Funny how time changes things!)

So last week I wrote about the campus tour and the nostalgia of being back home on Northern's campus. What I didn't have room to write about were the meetings that Casey had after her tour. She met with Becka Zemba in the Admissions department and JoDee Larsh from Financial Aid. I knew Casey was overwhelmed on the trip but Becka and JoDee made her feel comfortable and answered the questions that Casey, mom and I had.

Becka talked to Casey about what her interests are and what she is thinking about majoring in--To which Casey responded, "I work a lot but I like playing softball and hanging out with friends" and "I don't know yet." Poor Becka had to work hard--but she gave Casey lots of resources to take home and look at. We even discussed the options NMU has for undeclared students, like the First Year Experience Program. I'll definitely be talking more about this awesome program in a later blog post!

After our Admissions meeting, Casey went to Financial Aid. (This is the portion of the campus tour I never had on my campus visit but after what I learned, I wish I would have!) Did you know you can call NMU's Financial Aid office with questions on your FAFSA? (That's the Free Application For Student Aid and you can learn more here. I didn't and I wish I would have. I think I might have saved a few thousand dollars if I would have asked about listing incomes for divorced parents. Lesson learned: The Financial Aid Office exists to help students fund their educations; ask them questions!

Because NMU rocks, Casey is automatically eligible for two scholarships since she's from Wisconsin, has at least a 3.0 high school GPA and had a good ACT score. It turns out Northern's tuition is more affordable than some in-state schools! Now that brought a smile to both Casey AND mom's faces.

We toured campus, talked about majors and financing college, ate at the Den (where Casey discovered her favorite salad dressing. "Dude, they have Poppyseed Dressing. I'm totally going here!" No lie. She actually said that!) But there was one more thing we had to do before leaving campus--stop at the bookstore!  I grabbed a new Alumni hoodie and smiled as Casey made mom buy her both a NMU sweatshirt and pair of "Wildcat" sweatpants!

Since our tour, Casey has applied to NMU and we're waiting for her high school to send all the final documents. Fingers crossed she gets good news!

It's time to get back to work but I've got plenty of blog posts in the hopper. Talk to you soon.

-Kim


Nov. 3, 2009
Back on campus

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See all of Kim's photos in the online gallery.

One of the coolest things in the world is being a big sister. It's also the source of my biggest headache but as with every thing in life, you take the good with the bad. I am the oldest and have been blessed with three half siblings. Casey and Ashley are twins; seniors at Laconia High School. Patrick lives with my dad and is a junior at Waupun High School. I love being able to be a part of their lives (I work only an hour away) and watch as they become little people and find their place in this world.

As Casey and Ashley started their college search, the informational packets filled the mailbox and they started talking about what they want to do when they grow up. It took me back to when I was in their same spot - eager to grow up, 'get outta the house' and find a school where I could really be myself. And of course, that made me miss Northern.

Outside UCSo rewind to late August when Casey sent me a text message saying "I'm going to visit NMU on October 30." To which I replied, "I'm taking off work and going with you!"

I haven't been to campus since December 2007 - when I watched my pal, Ken Laverty, from the CAPS department graduate. I was so excited to get back that I took Casey and my mom on a driving tour of campus Thursday night after we arrived in Marquette! It was dark, you couldn't really see much and Casey was overwhelmed with all the info I was throwing at her (a la 'This is Jamrich hall. You'll have a lot of your general ed classes here and on Sunday nights we'd watch the campus movie being played in the big lecture hall.')

Friday morning we made our way to the Hedgcock building to meet our tour guide in the Admissions department. The group of potential students was so big that we had to divide in half. As we waited to start our tour, I kept snapping pictures of Casey. She was getting annoyed, and I'm sure it was probably embarrassing for her, but I'm the big sister and it's my way or the highway. Right?

Campus tour on a rainy dayOur tour guide did a great job explaining all the perks of campus (Wildcat shuttle, 250+ student organizations, laptop for every student, suite-style dorm life, meal plan, dining dollars, Cat Cash, student activity fee sponsored events, Campus Cinema, PEIF passes, Starbucks on campus, library hours, the list goes on.) It was definitely hard to be quiet during the tour. I wanted to tell these kids, "PICK NORTHERN. It's the best decision you'll ever make!" But, because I'm trying to let Casey make a decision on where she goes without my excitement influencing her, I just sat back and took pictures while they all listened to the tour guide.

Casey on tourCampus is still beautiful. It was a rainy day but the colors were nice and the memories of my time on campus filled my mind. There have been a few changes, like shelters for the Wildcat shuttle being built, but the rest of campus remains the same. The lower level of the library was a brewin' with group meetings, laptops were set up by Fieras and friendly faces greeted our tour group as we wandered throughout campus.

There's so much more to talk about, but there's only so much room to write for each post. Watch for more "Back on campus" info later and check out a few pictures I took from our campus visit here.

-Kim


Oct. 29,  2009
Lifelong learning. Lifelong friends.

As I blog, you'll probably read "One of the best parts of Northern", over and over again. (What can I say? I enjoyed my time at NMU!) Today's "One of the best parts of Northern" was inspired by the trip I made over the weekend to stand up in a friend's wedding. In the past six months, I've seen four Northern alums tie the knot, two of them to each other!

Colleen and BrianOn Friday I left work early to hit the road for Andrea Jerabek's (BS, '06) wedding. The four-hour drive up north got me thinking about the friends we make in college and how they impact our lives, for more than our time on campus. I met Andrea when I was searching for my first place off campus and toured her apartment. It turns out we knew some of the same people and she was a year ahead of me in the Public Relations program. The two of us wound up in Dr. Ganzert's Mass Comm Law course together and she introduced me to another gal in the class, Colleen O'Reilly (BS, '07). Between discussing class assignments and our involvement with the Public Relations Student Society of America, it turns out the three of us really liked each other's company and decided to move our friendship off campus game nights, movies and of course, those famous Thursday night trips to Applebee's! (C'Mon, who doesn't love half-off appetizers?!?)

As our friendship was developing, Andrea and I introduced Colleen to a guy (Brian Dawe, BSN, '07) we knew on campus. If you haven't seen the story on how we did that, check out Northern's alumni magazine, Horizons. And just a few weeks ago Andrea and I were able to stand next to Colleen as she married Brian!

Colleen Andrea and KimThe three of us had a lot of fun on campus and we've stayed in touch since graduation - taking turns driving to each other's homes for "ladies weekends" and sharing stories and giving advice over the phone as life and work hand us difficult, stressful and sometimes crazy situations. It's been a privilege to support these two beautiful and smart women as they start the next chapter of their lives, and our friendship started on Northern's campus!

In May I flew to Colorado for an extended weekend with Chet Nichols (BS, '06) Katie Lodovisi-Nichols, Katey Newton (BS, '08), Amy Pascoe (BS, '07) and Jess (Olsen) McGurn (BS, '06) as we watched Michelle Cox (BS, '07) get married. Seven friends from one college organization (Go, ASNMU!) in the same city to celebrate a milestone in someone's life. How cool is that?!?

Colleen and KimThe point I'm trying to make in this blog post is that Northern provides its students with a great education, but it's not just about the learning (yes, mom, school IS important!) but equally important are the people you meet. There are great professors and support staff around campus and there are about 9,000 other students for you to interact with. One of my favorite parts of NMU was seeing familiar faces as I walked from the UC to the Academic Mall but also the opportunity to meet new people every day.

To the current students, get involved! Open your residence hall door, join an organization, take a class for "fun". You never know who you'll meet, it could end up being a friend that you'll have forever. To the alumni, what fellow Wildcats do you stay in touch with? How often do you see each other? Where do you meet? And what old NMU pals should you reconnect with? Pick up the phone, hop online. Reconnect.

Time to get some work done as I'm off Thursday and Friday to head to Marquette! (Watch for a blog post later this week as I join one of my baby sisters on a campus tour - I can't wait to get back on campus!)

More later,

Kim


Oct. 23, 2009

Two months ago I received a note in my NMU alumni e-mail account reminding me to renew my Alumni Association membership. I scribbled, "renew NMU" on my to-do list and my mind began to replay memories from my time in Marquette. Making new friends. Group meetings in Olson Library. Breakfast at Tommy's. Presque Isle. Welcome weekend. Sunday night movies in Jamrich. The Dog House. My adorable apartment on Longyear. Graduation. And then I thought, "Man, I miss NMU. I need to find a way to get involved."

Fast forward to last week when I received an e-mail from Northern's Marketing department asking if I'd be interested in being the next alumni blogger. Interested? Are you kidding me? Interested is for people who can't commit, I'm IN. Sign me up! And here I sit, writing my first post. I graduated cum laude in May 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in public relations and a minor in electronic journalism. I write almost every day for work and currently a big focus in the PR industry is utilizing social media (blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) for clients so this opportunity for me to help the alumni association goes together like Peanut Butter and Jelly. Mickey and Minnie. Adam and Eve. Salt and Pepper. Green and gold. (Go 'cats! Go Pack!)

Now before I start rambling about what I do and how I use my degree (those are future posts!) I suppose I should tell you a little bit about myself. I grew up in Ladoga, Wis.,a tiny, unincorporated town outside of Fond du Lac. There are approximately 10 houses in Ladoga so I attended school in the village of Rosendale (Anyone who has ever driven the stretch from Madison to Green Bay knows Rosendale as the "speed trap of Wisconsin") and graduated from high school in 2003. I spent four years running around Northern's campus, from classes to ASNMU and PRSSA meetings, promoting the USOEC's events, anchoring the news on Public Eye or helping with the First Year Experience program. After graduating from NMU I accepted a PR position at Hiebing, Madison's largest integrated marketing agency.

There's plenty to talk about memories, tips and campus updates, but we'll save those for upcoming entries. I'm excited to be able to share tales as the new "Life After NMU" blogger but I'm signing off for now.

More later,

Kim


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