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Stan Piekarski graduated with a BA in Media Communications in 1990. He is now a Sound Designer at Visiontracks, Inc., a St. Louis-based, full-service multimedia production company specializing in video/audio production, multimedia programming, live events, web design, media marketing, e-Learning, and interactive video training. Stan also gives back to Webster by partnering with the Center for Portfolio Development & Internships to host School of Communications student interns.
We asked Stan to give us a better idea what it is that he does, and how he advises those who’d like to follow a similar career path. Continue reading
There is always a way to help.
After seeing the destruction left behind by the tornado that swept through Joplin earlier this month, a handful of the folks at St. Louis-based Moosylvania are putting their talents to use and raising funds for victims. Rachel Hamblin (BA, Advertising and Marketing Communications, 2006) is one of those involved.
“Moose is the kind of place where if you have an idea and the energy, we’ll push you and give you support and let you fly,” Hamblin told the Maplewood-Brentwood Patch.
Moosylvania’s idea? Design and produce 16 original prints devoted to Joplin, sell the prints and send the profits to Southwest Missouri. The artwork already has been available online for a week and 200 prints have already been sold. Prints are $25 each and can be viewed and purchased through PayPal.
Jaime Williams (BA, Media Communications, 2003) always enjoyed music and singing in her church choir, but she never really thought of it as a way to make a living, or even as a subject in which to earn a degree.
“[Singing] is something that I’m naturally good at, but if there’s too much structure around it I lose that passion,” she said. “I didn’t want it to be something I had to do. I just thought music would always be sort of a hobby for me. It was something I did at church.”
Williams instead enrolled at Webster University to become a marketing professional. And she did become one … marketing herself to a successful singing career. “Because of my background at Webster, I’m very, very picky about my personal branding,” Williams said. “It’s just me.”
Webster University alumna Taran Hensley will grace the red carpet later this month at the 37th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards in Las Vegas, Nev. — and it’s a gourmet pretzel that got her there.
Hensley (BA, Media Communications, 2003) is a marketing professional, an entrepreneur and president of Mom’s Originals, a local business specializing in gourmet pretzels, treats and more. Hensley and her mother Jody will travel to the ceremony to distribute their treats to stars traversing the red carpet.
An estimated 1,400 guests are expected to depart with an Official Emmy Gift Bag.”I don’t think the paparazzi is going to be all over us or anything, but who knows what’s going to happen?” Hensley said. “We’re pretty excited.” Continue reading
Rob DesHotel earned a bachelor’s degree in media communications from Webster’s St. Louis campus in 1988. The native St. Louisan moved to Los Angeles in 1989 with his drums and electric typewriter, determined to make it as either a drummer or a writer. DesHotel landed his first job as a production assistant on the NBC daytime soap opera “Santa Barbara,” and was promoted to a writer’s assistant after a year.
After two years on “Santa Barbara,” he got a job working at Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions (“Soap” and “The Golden Girls”), where he was a writer’s assistant on two shows that quickly came and went: “Good & Evil” and “Nurses.”
During this time, he and his then-partner wrote a “Simpsons” spec, which eventually helped them get their first jobs as staff writers on “Hope & Gloria.” They then quickly landed an agent at Creative Artists Agency, and more jobs — writing shows like Nickelodeon’s “The Adventures of Pete & Pete,” and USA’s “Duckman.” Continue reading
Looks like Bollywood may have a new star. Luv Sinha (BA, Media Communications, 2004) recently debuted in Sadiyaan, a period drama set in 1947 Punjab. Sinha is a Webster University Thailand alumnus and son of Indian actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha. Continue reading
Webster University’s School of Communications once again will be well represented at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival running Feb. 12-21 in Missoula, Mont. Four current students, three alumni and two faculty members will all be part of the 10-day event.
Cody Stokes (BA, Independent Film Production and Management, 2007) and Stewart Copeland (BA, Film Production, 2008) both have films showing; Sarah Truckey (BA, Media Communications, 2006) will be blogging and Twittering the event; Webster Film Series Director Mike Steinberg remains as festival director; and adjunct professor Cliff Froehlich will serve as judge for the feature competition.
SOC students Jessica Hogan, Jerod Welker, Austin Childress and Ellen MacPhearson were brought on as programming associates. Continue reading
The Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education on Monday appointed Jim Salmo (MA, Media Communications, 1985) as the new vice president for advancement at Rhode Island College.
Salmo also will serve as executive director for the RIC Foundation. He starts Feb. 8.
Salmo previously served as associate vice chancellor for development – health services at the University of Missouri.