Alumni Profiles

Krystal JonesKrystal Jones ‘05

After graduation Krystal pursued her master’s degree in public relations at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Since then She has attained senior positions within in a variety of organizations and industries. This includes executing media relations and copywriting for a marketing firm specializing in small businesses (GREENCREST), managing public and analyst strategies and initiatives for a business segment of Quest Software, spearheading public relations efforts for technology clients at O’Keeffe & Company, and most recently, developing and implementing communications and marketing strategies as a senior brand manager for the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“I knew attending Heidelberg was one of my best decisions because of the life-long friends I made, but this was also made clear on an academic level when I discovered I was better equipped for graduate coursework than many of my classmates. Each day I build on the skills and knowledge I learned at Heidelberg. I owe my entire career and the person I am today to the knowledge I acquired and the people I met at Heidelberg University.”

 

Todd FaulknerTodd Faulkner ‘03

At Heidelberg, Todd worked at the student run television station WHEI-TV. He served as producer, reporter, anchor, executive producer and station manager. These experiences would greatly help him throughout his career.

Early in his career he spent time interning at WDTN-TV in Dayton, Ohio. He also lived in New York City and served as an assistant to a variety of projects at ABC's Good Morning America.

Todd then worked for the NBC affiliate in Clarksburg, West Virginia, WBOY-TV. He worked as a producer, reporter and morning anchor. He also was the primary fill-in anchor for all evening newscasts. Todd covered a number of breaking news situations, the Sago Mine explosion and President Bush's many visits to the Mountain State.

Now an Emmy award winning journalist, Todd works for WPSD Local 6 in Paducah Kentucky. He started out as a weekend anchor, but now serves as main co-anchor of the 5, 6 and 10p.m. newscasts Monday through Friday.

Melissa HarrisonMelissa Harrison ‘02

“From my first day on campus, Heidelberg CTA embraced me as a student and a future professional communicator. The department taught me how to write accurately, clearly and concisely. It exposed me to the inner workings of a daily television news show and a fully operational radio station. The smaller class sizes and one-on-one individualized attention gave me a leg up on students from other larger schools who had to wait years before gaining practical experience. Heidelberg CTA gave me the confidence to passionately pursue my career.”

That confidence has served her well. Early in her career, Melissa spent time in Ohio politics. She served as a legislative aide for two state senators, was a spokeswoman for a statewide race for Attorney General, and worked in communications for the Ohio Senate.

From 2007 to 2011, she served as the communications director for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency under Governor Ted Strickland. While at Ohio EPA, Melissa developed media strategies for highly technical scientific issues, executed public events with high ranking public officials and established strong working relationships with members of the press.

In 2011, she served as the spokeswoman for the We Are Ohio campaign, which succeeded in protecting collective bargaining rights for public workers in Ohio. As spokeswoman, Melissa fielded all media calls, appeared on national television, led editorial board meetings and debated in forums and on television.

Melissa is the current Communications Director at National Resources Defense Council Action Fund.

Monica MoszkowiczMonica Moszkowicz '02

During her time at the Berg, Monica focused her communication studies on broadcast journalism. She spent a lot of time at the WHEI FM radio station hosting several radio shows each semester and served as Music Director. She ran camera and the board during WHEI TV’s “Live at Five” news show. After graduating, Monica started working at a local RadioShack and was promoted to store manager. She then applied for and was offered a job at the RadioShack corporate office in Forth Worth Texas. 

"Working for a large company in the home office serving over 4,500 store locations and 35,000 employees is something I never expected for myself. Thankfully, the knowledge gained from various communications classes (Mass Communication Law and Speech, for example), paired with skills developed in Writing, Ethics, and Computer Technology classes, has left me very well-prepared and ready for the challenge."

Monica’s abilities and accomplishments allowed her to move up through the company. – from creating and releasing field communications as a Store Communications Specialist, to designing and publishing instruction guides and web communications in the role of Visual Merchandising Communications Specialist, to my current position as a Visual Merchandising Floor Planning Analyst.

Her current position requires daily one-on-one written and verbal communication with field employees and management, so it is imperative to have a good basis of writing and presentation skills, as well as problem-solving. She spends time working with other departments, requiring a strong sense of teamwork. All of these aspects were ingrained in her by the skilled and qualified professors in her communication course studies at Heidelberg.

“Even though I am in a completely different place (both occupationally and geographically) than I thought I would be upon graduation, I am happy, successful at work, and well-prepared for whatever life throws at me. I owe my accomplishments in part to the qualified professors, enriching course studies, invaluable experiences, and meaningful relationships I made at Heidelberg.”