2019 Communication Week


Wednesday, October 16

9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

RSC 266  Digital Transformer

A graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism, Tony Berg was cited as having the skills for a “digital transformation” as the new Midwest regional publisher for McClatchy, over the Kansas City Star and The Wichita Eagle. President, publisher, VP of advertising, multimedia sales executive and director of advertising, is there a part Berg hasn’t played? We’ll let him answer that. Standing room only.

RSC 265  Voice of the City

Megan Lovely puts her big personality center stage as the voices of Mayor Jeff Longwell and the Wichita City Council members. This ESC “One to Watch” writes more than 300 speeches a year and manages 20+ social media channels between the City of Wichita, the media and the public. Come groove on her one-woman show.


11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

RSC 266  'I make drinks, book bands and promote shows'

Booking agent to the stars, for Rock Island Live, Barleycorn’s and now Wave, Jared Parson has been sweet talking musicians into Wichita gigs for 16 years. What’s he ride? “A penny-farthing.” Favorite band? “Today, Avett Brothers.” How’d he pay for college? “Literally with bartending tips.” Check him out. There’s no cover.

RSC 265  The Camera Man Can

The world moves fast. He captures it. Heath Balderston, principal at Intake Studios, will talk video and his way-cool clients — from AMC Theatres to Home Depot to Shocker Athletics — in a rundown of his red-carpet career.


12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

RSC 233  The Main Act (lunch provided)

Catch our headliner Wendy Johnson as she gives us the skinny on being ESC’s 2019 Outstanding Alumni. Her time as Riverfest Admiral Windwagon Smith and Wichita Public Schools strategic communication director make her one cool cat. Can you dig it? #FreeLunch 


Thursday, October 17

9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

RSC 265  Planes, Trains and Automobiles

If it has wings or wheels, Shocker Ad Lab has totally been there, done that. Join Ad Lab’s Madeline McCullough, electronic media’s Jessica Newman, and students Tarin Barnes and Connor Freund as they share three videos spearheaded by ESC’s ad agency and far-out elective. — Annnddd action!


11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

RSC 266  The Most Interesting Man on Adobe

Where could an open emphasis in communication take you? Sean Jones, a 2016 graduate, has catapulted from an internship at CityArts to communications specialist for Wichita Public Library and freelance designer for a cabaret-style theater. Jones is proof that ESC’s lesser-structured emphasis area is every bit as groovy as the rest.

RSC 265  Social Media Butterfly

ESC alumna and “One to Watch” Shae Blevins studied journalism but she pays her bills as a digital strategist for Greteman Group. Working on accounts from aviation to construction, with expertise in everything from content marketing to data analytics to website management, learn how Shae does, what Shae does, and why.

RSC 262  Improving Your Pitch

Give Ryan Schafer, Koch copywriter and “One to Watch,”a peek at your portfolio before the career fair. After all, a guy who created a mock political campaign to land himself a job that didn’t exist knows a thing or two about dy-no-mite work.


11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

RSC 256  Careers for the Creative

Practice landing a gig at ESC’s mini career fair. Chat it up with professionals from Envision, Inc., Harvest Marketing Company, KMUW-89.1, Mark Arts, Signal Theory, Wichita Furniture and Wichita Public Schools. Bring a resume or business card and brush up before you peace out. As an encore: Free headshots for your resume or LinkedIn profile.


12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

RSC 233  Showstopper Wins the Golden Ballot (lunch provided)

ESC alumna Lacey Cruse has a song in her heart for the people. Live and in person, she’ll share how she climbed the charts to her new gig as the Sedgwick County Commissioner for District 4. Come hear her belt it out. #FreeLunch