Department of Communication Studies

Testimonials

David Altmann

David Altmann

Leadership and Organizational Communication Spring 2016

David graduated with a degree in Communication Studies in spring 2016. His emphasis is leadership and organizational communication. Immediately after graduation, David started working as a national account manager at Coyote Logistics in Minneapolis. He says what he enjoys most about his job is the culture. It is a fast paced environment and every day is different. He has the opportunity to work with many people across various backgrounds. Being a graduate of the Department of Communications Studies has helped him in his professional career by allowing him the skills necessary to sell services and manage conflict in the workplace. The courses that have been most beneficial to his career are CMST 448: Communication and Contemporary Leadership and CMST 330: Intercultural Communication. His advice for future graduates is to start your job search early and utilize resources such as LinkedIn for jobs and networking opportunities.
Meghan Fletcher

Meghan Fletcher

Intercultural Communication Spring 2016

"When I first began furthering my education at St. Cloud State, I was unsure of what I wanted my focus to be. As an eager freshman, I attended my first Communication Studies class and suddenly knew where I belonged. During my senior year, I joined the Communication Studies Club where students get to practice networking and forming bonds with their professors and peers. By spring semester, this club was like a second family to me. I joined the executive board as the administrative assistant. I took on responsibilities and used communication tactics from the classes I was taking to submerge myself into the role. I formed many life-long relationships with professors as well as classmates during my academic career at St. Cloud State. I practice these skills to succeed in my current career with C.H. Robinson, a third-party logistics company. No matter where my career path takes me, my roots lie with the Communication Studies program at St. Cloud State University."
Ashley Konz

Ashley Konz

Communication Studies Supplementary Major Spring 2016

"Being a graduate of the Communication Studies department has given me the tools that I need to be successful; an extensive understanding of how we communicate, a quality education, and most importantly confidence in myself. Shortly after graduation, I was hired on to work for Hubbard Interactive - Powered by 2060 Digital as a full time social media strategist. I had the communication skills from my degree which has been a major asset to my position, as I know how to effectively write posts and blogs for my clients to reach their target audience. Upon graduating, I realized that with a Communication Studies degree you can do anything. The possiblities are endless because at the top of most job applications the first requirement listed is great communication skills. My advice to graduating students is to push yourself to learn more and to gain experience. There is no limit on how much you can learn. Furthermore, keep an open mind about your future and what career you want. If you're confident in yourself and your education the possiblities will be endless for you."

Kelli Halek

Kelli Halek

Persuasion and Advocacy & Applied Relational Conflict Management Minor, Spring 2016

"Completing a B.A.  in Communication Studies allowed me to accomplish my educational goals and launch my professional career as a restorative justice and mediation specialist. The relationships built with professors at SCSU have been long lasting. I am still in communication with many professors in the capacity of professionals sharing the same interests, mentor/mentee and professional support as needed. The Communication Studies department created a sense of community within the department. I always looked forward to coming to class and seeing my professors and classmates. I am also grateful for the many occasions professors challenged me and showed me that I am academically capable of far more than I had imagined. As a graduate of the program, I reflect on my experience and find myself missing class discussions."

Nick Twerberg

Nick Twerberg

Relational Conflict Management Minor Fall 2015

Nick Twerberg graduated with a degree in Communication Studies in fall 2015. He has a double emphasis in leadership/organizational and relational communication. As an undergraduate, Nick served a year as the chief financial officer for the Communication Studies Club. Additionally, he served a year as the vice president for the Archery Club. After graduation, Nick got hired as a recruiter for Aerotek in Maple Grove. What he enjoys most about his job is the interactions with his coworkers and clients as well as the fast paced environment. He says there is never a dull moment. Graduating with a degree in Communication Studies has helped him succeed professionally by allowing him to stand out with a degree that is applicable to multiple fields. He says the two classes that have helped him most in his career are CMST 341: Communication in the Workplace and CMST 327: Nonverbal Communication. His advice for future graduates is not to narrow their options for potential careers. A communication degree opens so many opportunities for success. Sometimes the best opportunities are the ones that are unexpected.