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Scripps students head to Chicago, LA to network

Alex Koumas | Feb 20, 2012

Scripps students head to Chicago, LA to network

By Alex Koumas, ak289507@ohio.edu and Erin Roberts, roberte1@ohio.edu

Ohio University students with alumnus and producer Randall WinstonRIGHT: Media Arts and Studies students and associate professor Roger Cooper pose for a photo with Scripps College alumnus and producer Randall Winston, BSC '89, on the set of "Cougar Town," during the 2010 MDIA in L.A. trip. / Photo provided.

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 20, 2012) – Several Scripps College of Communication students will be traveling to Chicago and Los Angeles in the coming weeks for networking experiences and industry tours.

Later this week, members of the Ohio University Advertising Association (also known as Ad Club) will head to Chicago for three days (Feb. 22-25) to visit agencies Mindshare and Red Frog Events and to interact and connect with advertising professionals. Many of these students will attend the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Career Day in Chicago, which features keynote and panels on topics such as résumé writing and interviewing tips. The conference facilitators will also assist students in setting up agency tours.

The Ad Club trip will formally conclude with an Ohio University Alumni Dinner at the Blue Agave, where students will have the opportunity to interact with a number of Scripps and Ohio University Advertising Association alumni in Chicago. On Saturday, students will enjoy a “fun day,” where they can partake in extracurricular activities around the city, such as shopping or sightseeing.

A group of 40 students from the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will also travel to Chicago next week (March 1-4) to interact with seasoned public relations professionals and to visit several different agencies in the area. The agencies they will visit include Burson-Marsteller, GolinHarris, Weber Shandwick, Fleishman Hillard, Ogilvy, Red Frog Events and Ketchum. Students will also attend a networking dinner that Friday evening with professionals from the above and other agencies and organizations around Chicago, some of who are Ohio University alumni.

PRSSA President Heather Farr believes trips like these add value to the student experience.

“Students will leave Chicago with valuable contacts, an insight into agency life, new friends and, hopefully, great memories that they can attribute to PRSSA and Ohio University,” Farr said. “If nothing else, I hope that the students end the trip feeling invigorated and excited about their future career in PR, whether they plan to work in Chicago or not.”

Finally, 20 Media Arts and Studies students will be visiting Los Angles over spring break (March 18-24) as a part of the “Media Arts and Studies in L.A.” program. This program began in fall 2010 when students expressed an interest in learning more about the entertainment industry to Professor Roger Cooper.

“I mentioned we had considered starting a program in Los Angeles during class and, afterward, about twenty students came up and said they wanted to do a trip,” Cooper remembers. “Within two weeks, I had 50 students that wanted to go.”

Cooper said last year’s trip was a success and laid the foundation for continued interaction between the school’s students and a large number of media arts and studies alumni who are living and working in L. A. Students pay a $950 program fee that covers lodging, meals and activities and are also responsible for scheduling and covering the costs of their own flights.

Thirty-three students expressed interest in this year’s trip, and a school committee chose twenty to make the trip through a process that included letters of recommendation and review of academic standing.

“This trip makes L.A. real for students,” Cooper said. “It’s not just an abstract place, but somewhere our alumni go and actually make a living with the skills they’ve learned here.”

Students will stay in a hotel in Burbank, California, and will visit companies that relate to video and audio production, digital media and media management. They will embark on tours of video game, recording and movie studios, including 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers and DreamWorks Studios. Additionally, they will attend a live taping of a sitcom, observe television and film shoots and tour historic Hollywood.

Cooper says this year’s group includes mostly upperclassmen. Sophomore video production Maggie Lawlor is one of the lucky underclassment to have been chosen for the trip.

“It’s a really great opportunity to go on this trip,” Lawlor said. “I am looking forward to meeting Ohio University alumni to see how they got to be where they are now. I’m also excited to tour studios so I can get a better idea as to if this is what I want to do.”