Department of Mass Communications



Curt Carstensen

Director of Operations, Northwoods League
Broadcasting, 2006

"The hands-on experience I gained at St. Cloud State through the campus radio station, KVSC, and the campus television station, UTVS, were vital to my growth as a broadcaster. Additionally, having experimented with the wide variety of roles that exist in radio and TV broadcasting, I was able to leave St. Cloud State knowing exactly what type of broadcasting jobs I would most enjoy and excel at doing. I’ve chosen a career outside of broadcasting, but the skills I gained at SCSU remain useful to me today."

Berta (Shermer) Hartig

Marketing Coordinator, St. Cloud Metro Bus
Public Relations, 1999

"My experience as an active mass communication student established valuable personal and professional relationships, which continue to flourish more than 10 years later.  These bonds were forged through PRSSA.

In class, I learned the specifics of writing and PR planning. Outside of class, I learned the importance of developing a strong network of friends who share a professional interest.  This is how I got my internship, which led to my first job, which lead to a wonderful experience, which led to my new job!

I am forever grateful for the emphasis the accredited SCSU mass communications program placed on being involved in the professional organizations. It was an investment of time that paid off early and often."

Pascha K. Parks

Vice President, The JPG Group
Advertising, 1998

"I often tell people that choosing to attend St. Cloud State University was the best decision I've ever made.  I enrolled at SCSU in 1994 with dreams of owning my own advertising agency some day and was able to accomplish that goal just 10 years after graduating.  My agency, The JPG Group, has offices in Virginia, Duluth and Minneapolis, Minnesota.  I credit my success to the incredible education I received at SCCU.  The instructors in the Mass Communications department are seasoned professionals who not only have a wealth of experience to share but also have a contagious love for the business."

Joel Myhre

General Manager, Fergus Falls Daily Journal
Journalism, 1993

"My experience overall was a good one. I feel strongly that the coursework aided the development of my skills not just in writing and reporting, but photography and page design gave me a strong advantage over others who were coming into the journalism job market at that time. I was especially impressed with the classes taught by adjunct staff who also had worked or as journalists, photographers and editors, including John Bodette, Mike Vadnie and Mike Knaak.

I also have felt theory coursework such as mass communications law and ethics provided a good base that I have found to have used much more frequently than I expected to over the years.

The mass communications department also provided opportunities outside of the classroom, such as the University Chronicle, an internship program with the Monticello Times and the Society of Professional Journalists gave me a heads-up over the competition.

As someone who has, over the last 12 years, hired many reporters, I would in a minute hire a St. Cloud State University mass communications graduate who takes full advantage of the many opportunities the program offers."