Just Landed: Crystal M. Ginn ’06

Crystal M. Ginn

SCAN highlights School of Communications alumni who recently landed jobs in their field. Crystal M. Ginn (BA, Interactive Digital Media, 2006) works as production coordinator for Siegel & Gale in New York.

SCAN: How did you land your job?

Crystal M. Ginn: Craigslist! Sounds funny but, really, that’s how I landed this job. I had reached out to listings all over the Web and had forgotten about this one to be honest. Continue reading

Weekend Seminars Keep Alumni on the Cutting Edge


It’s not that she was a novice when it came to using Adobe Photoshop, but Maria Bingaman (BA, Public Relations, 2004) knew the computer program could do so much more.

“In my role as a manager, I use it on a daily to weekly basis,” said Bingaman, a marketing and communications manager with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. “Sometimes you get stuck using the same old techniques and tools, so it’s nice to learn new tips or try things that you usually don’t.”

To supplement her knowledge, Bingaman attended the latest SOC offering — a day-and-a-half seminar covering some of the latest trends in technology. Continue reading

Dean’s Discretionary Fund Earmarked for Student Travel

Sanjin Alisic wasn’t even sure he wanted to attend.

The 2007 SIGGRAPH International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Technologies was across the country in San Diego, Calif. — an expensive plane ticket for an experience Alisic wasn’t sure would be worth it.

It was the supportive financial nudge from the dean’s office that made the trip possible. Continue reading

Just Landed: Benjamin K. Shown ’05


SCAN highlights School of Communications alumni who recently landed jobs in their field. Benjamin K. Shown (BA, Interactive Digital Media, 2005) works as a graphic designer for George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

SCAN: How did you land your job?

Benjamin K. Shown: After graduation I landed a fantastic 7-month graphic design internship at MASS MoCA that really helped me focus and fine-tune my design skills. With a polished portfolio Web site at benjamink.com, I applied for 50+ jobs on the east coast in the fall of ’05 and landed only three interviews — one of them being at George Washington. Continue reading

Just Landed: Peter Schmalfeldt ’04


SCAN highlights School of Communications alums who have recently landed jobs in their field. We kick off the series with Peter Schmalfeldt, the owner and founder of Manifest Interactive, an interactive media company based in Webster Groves.

SCAN: How did you land your job?

Peter Schmalfeldt: After working freelance out of my house for a few years, I teamed up with my business partner, John Kramlich, and landed a location here in Webster Groves. Since we had worked together on prior projects, and had a relatively decent client list, we decided to incorporate. I came up with the name Manifest Interactive and went through the process of making us a legit business here in Webster Groves.

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