Angie Johnson is a May 2007 graduate of the Communications department with a BA in both Communication and English, who is hard-working and a highly successful individual. Angie's career goal was to work in writing and editing and maybe a little publication design. She has achieved that goal - - Angie is currently the Grant Proposal Specialist in Institutional Advancement at the College of St. Scholastica.
A couple of Angie's favorite classes were Newswriting and Reporting and Feature Writing, which have proven to be very helpful because of their strong writing emphasis. She also loved Public Relations with Julie Ahasay because of the valuable real-life skills that she was able to learn from it. She stressed that the class was a lot of fun and she especially enjoyed doing the final project, which includes creating a full public relations plan for a company and presenting the ideas to the class and if possible to the client that the plan is for.
Angie highly values the knowledge and experience that she has gained from the courses she has taken with Julie, Ed Smith, and Steve Erickson because they have actually worked out in the field, know what it's really like, and are very knowledgeable. She really liked how all three of the teachers stressed keeping up with news and current events, and especially how Julie adapts her courses to fit around actual on-going issues in the advertising and public relations fields.
Angie also recently had the unique opportunity to present a research paper that she completed in Brad Gangnon's Persuasion course last spring. The research was about how women's bodies are portrayed in advertising. Angie attended the conference where she and many others with similar research topics discussed what each of them found. She really liked getting to hear what other people researched and how they went about it.
Angie is currently working on an internship with Dads and Daughters, which is a non-profit organization that focuses on "making the world safe and fair for all daughters." For her internship she is doing a research project for the organization to discover what the biggest safety threats are to girls at certain ages in their lives. She said she was definitely glad to have had Persuasion because it taught her how to go about tackling a huge research project.