My biggest passion is to write. I have written for newspapers, magazines and websites -- both in editorial, marketing and PR roles.
Learning on the job: Trulaske students gain real-world marketing experiences through Inside Sales Lab
The class fit her schedule, so she signed up on a whim. What Natalie Gilliam, BS BA ’20, did not realize was that the personal selling class taught by Wayne Keene, associate teaching professor of marketing, would help her find a career that fit her skillset — and later, her life.
“It was the best accident I've ever been part of,” Gilliam said.
‘Meant to be a marketer’: Trulaske alumna guides Nissan campaigns, branding through transformative times
Long before Allyson Witherspoon, BS BA ’99, traveled the globe as a top-level marketing executive, she took a class in international advertising as a junior at the Trulaske College of Business majoring in accounting. She had a knack for numbers, but not the same passion that she discovered for marketing after listening intently to a lecture and discussion about the famed “Got Milk?” campaign — and the reasons behind why it would not work in various parts of the world.
‘We can have a better life’: Public health alumnus recalls own American journey, works in fight against COVID-19
When he can find the time, Okash Haybe ’19 enjoys reading books — in particular, non-fiction books on public health issues. One of his favorites is “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream” by former President Barack Obama.
Haybe’s American dream began in Minneapolis in 2005 as a teenage immigrant from Somalia by way of Kenya. Upon his summertime arrival with his family, Haybe could not believe how different his new home was.
“It was exciting because we had that sense ...
Double Album: Career services director unveils different side in pursuit of Nashville-sized music goals
If Meredith Shaw BA ’99, M Ed ’09, is dreaming, please do not wake her up.
Decades ago before starting her career at the University of Missouri, Shaw worked at a country music radio station in Jefferson City, KATI (94.3 KAT Country), thinking that if she could not go to Nashville, Tennessee, to be a songwriter, that would be the next best thing.
The anecdotes are plentiful, colored with vacation destinations — yet during his time as an assistant teaching professor in the Marketing Department of the Trulaske College of Business, Don Meyer, BS Ed ’78, made it a point of not divulging too much about his time as an international marketing executive for Anheuser Busch to his students. For doing so could possibly go against one of the main pillars of his teaching philosophy: being relatable.
Alumni of the M.Ed. in Learning Design and Technology (LDT) online program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota knew the skills they learned would be useful in their classrooms. But few could have predicted the situation facing teachers all over the country as schools have switched to online learning modules in the interest of maintaining proper social distance practices to lower the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sitting in the counseling center of Park Center High School with a row of college pennants hanging above her bright pink hair, Sara Schreiner M’97 loves to surround her life with colors — both in a traditional sense and with the colorful experiences that she has had traveling and studying all over the world.
“Her passion for helping students is unmeasurable,” said Jody Hansen, the educational support professional assistant at Park Center who works alongside Schreiner.
Laura Sonday ’19 did not plan on falling in love with Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. After having two older sisters (Mara ’10, C’17, M’18 and Anna ’13) and her mother, Mooreen M’04, attend the university, she liked the idea of blazing her own trail at a different school after graduating as a tennis standout from South St. Paul High School in 2015. But fate had other ideas.
A passion to serve: Saint Mary’s educator balances higher ed schedule with volunteer firefighting, emergency services
George Diaz M’10 claims that he has plenty of time for hobbies. They include taking a joy ride on his motorcycle and enjoying outdoor culinary arts such as grilling.
Given his daily lists of responsibilities, though, one could assume he might not get as much downtime as he would like.
Doctoral counseling psychology student explores Hmong roots, creates large regional following with videos
Before the keynote speaking engagements, the social media following, and the website, there was a video filmed on the cell phone of Calvin Yang M’17.
In August 2017, he had just finished one of his first classes on the Twin Cities Campus and was en route to his Doctorate in Psychology of Counseling Psychology.
For years, depression has been associated with cognitive difficulties. A Saint Mary’s doctoral student is the lead author on a study recently published in the Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, which provides a new perspective.
The Next Mission: Former U.S. Army colonel seeks to improve military transition into civilian life through dissertation research
It’s a small piece of limestone, about the size of a fist, encased behind glass.
To Col. Mitchell Brew, though, it means so much more.
Fractured in its nature, it would become a constant reminder of the time his career path in the U.S. Army would irrevocably change — and the cornerstone of the dissertation he is writing while working on his Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
“It was the most nerve-wracking, out-of-body, exciting thing I’ve ever done in my life. I felt like I couldn’t breathe.”
Such was the reality of Amber Leong M’10 earlier this summer, walking out to a cold and quiet Los Angeles studio clad in a warm, yellow dress as a contestant on ABC’s “Shark Tank” with all eyes on her — including a group of five wealthy entrepreneurs-turned-investors.
CAFNR researchers help blaze new trail with single cell isolation technologies
After opening a cold storage unit nestled inside the Sears Greenhouse, Beverly Agtuca points at one soybean plant growing in an inoculant of rhizobia, a special kind of bacteria that fixes nitrogen. Then she moves those plants next to a batch of soybean sprouts growing without the rhizobia bacteria, but with a traditional nitrogen-laden fertilizer. Given the plants’ collective youth at this stage, it is not possibl...
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Almost everyone probably has heard of this proverb at some point in their lives, but Gabriel Abdulai has made an amendment to the saying: “Teach me how to own the pond, so that I never go around looking for a pond to fish at, because if I own the pond, I know the time to fish and I can determine the kind of fish to grow inside.”
Abdulai, a native of Ghana, is a first-year master’s student in b...