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Let’s Talk Liberal Arts & Human Development Careers!

Friday, November 6th  |  10:00 – 11:30 AM

Free Virtual Event  |  Registration Required
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Students majoring  in the Liberal Arts are often not represented in career related events or do not think of their majors as marketable.   Yet, through their academic learnings they are developing analytical, communication, teamwork, lifelong learning skills, etc. that many employers seek. The ‘soft skills’

This panel presentation will address topics such as career prospects, the intersection of what students are learning in the class to it’s application in the world of work outside of academia and a glimpse into what is happening in the industry at a local, national and perhaps international level.  The session is open to all students, faculty, and employers.  


Dr. Justin Walden, Moderator
Associate Professor of Organizational Communication and Strategic Communication, NDSU

Justin A. Walden, PhD is an associate professor of organizational communication and strategic communication in the Department of Communication at North Dakota State University. Walden spent eight years as a newspaper reporter and public relations professional before entering academia. He studies employee-organization relationships, work-life boundary navigation, and media use routines in work/professional contexts. His teaching involves a combination of hands-on activities and a consideration of the ethical principles in practice.


Andrew Jason, Panelist
Director of Special Projects, Emerging Prairie

Andrew’s entire professional career has been born out of a love of Fargo. During his almost nine years at Spotlight, Andrew worked his way up from unpaid intern to Editorial Director where he oversaw a team of a dozen talented staff in telling the story of Fargo-Moorhead’s growth. During those formative professional years, Andrew discovered the work that Emerging Prairie is doing. He is excited about the opportunity to continue growing Fargo into being nationally recognized for its ecosystem. In his free time, you can find him hiking with his wife and dog, enjoying a beer at the breweries, playing piano or counting down the days until his next trip.


Ashley Peifer, Panelist
Events and Marketing Intern, NDSU Career and Advising Center

Ashley is currently an NDSU Junior majoring in Strategic Communications with a minor in Entrepreneurship.  She interns at the Career and Advising Center as the Events and Marketing Assistant and is the Vice President of the NDSU Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Through these academic, internship and student organization involvements, she is learning how to integrate and implement the skills that she’s learning in the classroom into potential career paths, by attending public relation (PR) events, resume building workshops, and listening to professionals in her field who guest speak at meetings.  Her journey at NDSU may not be the exact journey she planned when she first stepped foot on campus, but now, she would not change a thing and is very content with how far she has come!


Dr. Carrie Anne Platt, Panelist
Associate Professor of Communication and Associate Dean in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, NDSU

Carrie Anne Platt teaches courses on emerging technologies, media, popular culture, and research methods in the Department of Communication, while supporting students and faculty across the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences through her role as Associate Dean. Dr. Platt developed COMM 101: Majors and Careers in Communication to help students identify potential careers, network with recent alumni, learn more about their major, and navigate opportunities available at NDSU. This course was featured in a recent Best Practices article published by the Journal of Communication Pedagogy. Dr. Platt is currently expanding her teaching repertoire to include facilitation of remote learning for kindergarten and second grade, as her children attend school through Fargo Public School’s Virtual Academy.


Mason Rademacher, Panelist
Public Policy & Workforce Development Coordinator, FMWF Chamber 

Mason is originally from Sauk Rapids, MN and after graduating from high school in 2015 attended North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) where he graduated with his Associates Degree in 2017 before transferring to NDSU. Mason graduated from NDSU in 2020 with his Bachelor’s Degree in Management Communications and a minor in Political Science. Throughout his time at NDSU he was involved in Student Government, serving as an executive commissioner and then student body president, Blue Key Honor Society and his fraternity, Delta Tau Delta. Mason currently lives in Fargo and works at the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce.


Matthew Warner, Panelist
PhD Candidate, NDSU

Matthew Warner is a doctoral candidate in the Rhetoric, Writing and Culture program of the English department at NDSU.  Prior to enrolling in the program, he worked in software development in the United States and in China. 


This event is open to all NDSU students, staff, faculty, to employers as well as the general public… but prior registration is required to receive the link.

This event is free to attend.

NDSU Students  >>  Please register in CAREERLINK

NDSU Staff and Faculty  >>  Please register here

Employers  >> Please register here

General Public  >>  Please register here


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