CHADRON – Twelve Chadron State College students studying graphic design or public relations attended the 2018 Meet the Pros Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, Feb. 1-2.
This year marked the 55th time the Omaha division of the American Advertising Federation has hosted Meet the Pros.
The conference hosted college students from Nebraska and surrounding areas as well as professionals in the advertising industry.
CSC graphic design students, led by Mary Donahue, professor of visual and performing arts, were Troi Arnold of Cozad, Neb., Whitney Coop of Columbus, Neb., Taylor Juelfs of Potter, Neb., Jessica Rawlings of Kimball, Neb., and Holly Real of Wright, Wyo.
Public relations students, led by Dr. Shaunda French-Collins, associate professor of communication and social sciences, were Torri Brumbaugh of Gering, Neb., Kelsey Brummels of Ewing, Neb., McKenna Jones of Louisville, Neb., Katelyn Lambert of Scottsbluff, Neb., Mariah Linders of Rushville, Neb., Yen Nguyen of Hanoi, Vietnam, and Sharaya Toof of Alliance, Neb.
Conference attendees listened to several presenters with varying backgrounds, experience and specialties in the advertising industry. Some topics discussed were creating an emotional connection with viewers, how technology affects the way of advertising and how to get out of your comfort zone.
Students also had opportunities to network with professionals, receive information about internships positions and review their resumes and portfolios.
Brumbaugh said she found the conference to be exciting and motivating for her upcoming career.
“In public relations and communications, there are so many routes to take, but hearing from professionals helped me see what I was truly passionate about,” Brumbaugh said. “It motivated me to finish out the semester and apply for any and all internships I can get my hands on.”
—Kelsey R. Brummels, College Relations