member monday: Will parchman

Q : Your Name?
AWill Parchman

Q: At what school do you work?
A: UT Arlington

Q: How long have you been in student media?
A: 1 year

Q: What are you most proud of at your current Student Media org?
A: In 2021, we were named finalists for 16 College Media Association awards, including 5 for sales and marketing success in the midst of the pandemic.

Q: What is a fun fact about you, your town, your University?
A: Me: I interned with the Dallas Cowboys in college and got to share office space with legendary Cowboys broadcaster Brad Sham. 

Town: Arlington just broke ground on the inaugural Medal of Honor Museum, which will honor America’s Medal of Honor recipients.

University: After a 12-year journey, UT Arlington was just named a Texas Tier One institution for research excellence. 

Q: What is a media project you would most like to pick someone’s brain about?
A: A periodic culture and entertainment-focused feature magazine.

Q: What is your favorite snack on a road trip?
A: Combos

Connect with Will: [email protected]

Member monday- Kelly Merges

Q: Your Name?
AKelly Merges

Q: At what school do you work?
A: UNC Charlotte

Q: How long have you been in student media?
A: 17 years at UNC Charlotte. 15 years as the assistant director, one year as the interim director, and this is my first year as the director. 

Q: What are you most proud of at your current Student Media org?
A: I am most proud of the growth and development my students are able to experience here in our program. It’s exciting to watch them gain media skills, but it’s even more rewarding to watch them mature and develop their leadership skills.

Q: What is a fun fact about you, your town, your University?
A: I recently earned my master’s degree in Educational Leadership with a focus on Higher Education from UNC Charlotte. Quite a few years ago, I earned my bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations from Nicholls State university in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Nicholls is affectionately known to Louisianians as “Harvard on the Bayou”. I still can’t believe I earned another degree at this point in my career.  

Q: What is a media project you would most like to pick someone’s brain about?
A: I’d like to know more about shifting to a less-revenue focused funding model. Revenue has been on the decline here, so i would like to know how we can become less dependent on that revenue while maintaining our current offerings to students. 

Q: What is your favorite snack on a road trip?
A: Pecan Divinity from the Cracker Barrel Country Store

Connect with Michelle: [email protected]

Member Monday: Michelle Kurland

Q: Your Name?
AMichelle Kurland

Q: At what school do you work?
A: California State University, Fullerton

Q: How long have you been in student media?
A: 6 years

Q: What are you most proud of at your current Student Media org?
A: I am incredibly proud of how our Daily Titan team pulled together in 2020 and retained our business despite incredibly difficult circumstances. More than that, we were able to maintain a sense of work ethic and positive morale while working remotely for 18 months!

Q: What is a fun fact about you, your town, your University?
A: I have played soccer almost my entire life and have been playing on the Black Widows (a women’s recreational soccer team) for 16 years. The city motto of Placentia, CA is “A pleasant place to live” (and after living her for more than 20 years, I would have to say it is). The “First Intercollegiate Elephant Race in Human History” was held at CSUF in 1962. This is where our mascot, Tuffy the Titan, derived its name.  

Q: What is a media project you would most like to pick someone’s brain about?
A: I would love to know more about student micro-influencer marketing.

Q: What is your favorite snack on a road trip?
A: Red Vine

Connect with Michelle: [email protected]

Member Monday: laura metcalf

Q: Your Name?
A Laura Metcalf

Q: At what school do you work?
A: Louisiana State University

Q: How long have you been in student media?
A: 3 years

Q: What are you most proud of at your current Student Media org?
A: I am most proud of the students that work in my office. It is so rewarding to hear their ideas and see their visions come to life. Each year they continue to get better and better, and I love seeing that growth!

Q: What is a fun fact about you, your town, your University?
A: Every football National Championship game LSU has ever gone to has been played in New Orleans – including the time we went back in 1959! I have attended all of them (except for the one in 1959), as I am a proud graduate of the university. GEAUX TIGERS! LSU is in Louisiana’s capital city of Baton Rouge, which is home to the nation’s tallest state capitol. 

Q: What is a media project you would most like to pick someone’s brain about?
A: Graduation Issues – how do you sell ads to the parents?

Q: What is your favorite snack on a road trip?
A: Sour candy

Connect with Laura: [email protected]

Member monday- joanne shiosaki

Q: Your Name?
AJoanne Shiosaki

Q: At what school do you work?
A: Gonzaga University

Q: How long have you been in student media?
A: 26 years

Q: What are you most proud of at your current Student Media org?
A: There are two things: When students find their niche in selling and the great jobs students get after graduation.

Q: What is a fun fact about you, your town, your University?
A: Spokane is the birthplace of Bing Crosby and Keyboard Cat. Gonzaga’s most famous alumnae is John Stockton, Utah Jazz 1984-2003. 

Q: What is a media project you would most like to pick someone’s brain about?
A: IMG, NCAA athletics and how to collaborate with them

Q: What is your favorite snack on a road trip?
A: Anything on a stick or comes in a small bag.

Connect with Joanne: [email protected]

Member Monday — Sam Oldenburg, WKU

Q: Your Name?
ASam Oldenburg

Q: At what school do you work?
A: Western Kentucky University

Q: How long have you been in student media?
A: 4 as an adviser and 4 as a student.

Q: What are you most proud of at your current Student Media org?
A: I’m proud of my students persevering through this pandemic to still do the best they can under the circumstances while being willing to try out innovative new endeavors. 

Q: What is a fun fact about you, your town, your University?
A:  I worked as a self-employed balloon artist while I was in high school, twisting balloon animals at fairs, festivals and parties

Q: What is a media project you would most like to pick someone’s brain about?
A: Programmatic advertising

Q: What is your favorite snack on a road trip?
A: Werther’s Original Caramel Hard Candies

Connect with Sam: [email protected]