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Testimonials

2015

Kelsey Schriver

"Knacktive is set up almost EXACTLY like advertising agencies and their new business pitches. It was a great experience for me that I was able to work through in Maryville rather than waiting for the summer internship season."

Kelsey Schriver

Owen Rauckman

"The soft skills that I developed in Knacktive have greatly improved my ability to effectively work in multidisciplinary teams. Plus, it was a lot of fun!"

Owen Rauckman

Logan Shields

"Teamwork and communication, the greatest skills you will develop while being a part of Knacktive."

Logan Shields

Bree Skipper

"Knacktive gives you an opportunity to competitively work hands on, with a team, for a real world client. You get to meet many connections and receive feedback from some very powerful people. It's the ultimate entrepreneur opportunity at Northwest."

Bree Skipper

Devin Lyons

"Knacktive is the pinnacle of my formal education, providing me with the tools to be successful in any career field. Teamwork and collaboration with peers, industry professionals, and faculty make it the prominent interdisciplinary learning experience on campus."

Devin Lyons

2014

Wes Rockwood

"Knacktive taught me push the limits by showing me how. It prepared me to learn in an ever changing field and showed me how to be a well-rounded marketer. Knacktive instilled confidence in my work and skills, and I can say that I would not be where I am today had I not participated in the program."

Wes Rockwood

Rachel Sielaff

"Knacktive is an amazing experience that allows its participants to grow as individuals, leaders and team members. The class lets you dive deep into a project that takes you on a roller coaster of a ride through the ups and downs of a real-live client with a real-live problem. Nothing can take the place of the experience Knacktive gives you, nothing can prepare you more for the real world. While I'm still pretty disappointed my team didn't win, because we definitely should have, I'm still thankful for the class and everything I learned."

Rachel Sielaff

Carlton Wilcoxson

"Knacktive gave me a confidence in my ability to work with a team and think creatively. It was great experience to work and compete with some of the brightest kids on campus."

Carlton Wilcoxson

Owen Rauchman

"Knacktive is the ultimate team experience. Working with people who have different personalities and skill sets greatly prepared me for collaborating in the workplace."

Owen Rauchman

Wyatt Price

"You get the chance to interact with people of completely different disciplines, just like you’re going to be doing once you graduate. Your future employers look for people with experience like this."

Wyatt Price

Marissa Bell

"Being involved in Knacktive gave me a chance to work with people I would not have had a chance to work with in my other classes.  It gave me a chance to work with an amazing team and a real client."

Marissa Bell

2013

Erick Klix

"During Knacktive, I was able to apply what I knew in a real world situation."

Erick Klix

Ryan Taylor

"Knacktive is an excellent opportunity to actively apply communication, organizational, creative, and role-specific skills beyond the high-level scenarios and case studies of traditional coursework."

Ryan Taylor

Alex Reid

"Knacktive is a truly fantastic experience. What it gives not only shapes our present mind, but it reinforces past lessons and builds future opportunities. It is a class that I will always remember."

Alex Reid

Lauren Hansen

"Knacktive was the one of the most interactive class that I took at Northwest. I learned so much about the details that go into producing a marketing plan book and the various dynamics of working with a group. When I mention Knacktive during interviews, employers love hearing about the real world experience I received from this class. I would tell any fellow peer to take this class if given the opportunity."

Lauren Hansen

Melissa Peitzmeier

"Knacktive was one of the best experiences I had during my time at Northwest, it prepared me tremendously for the real world. Knacktive is definitely one of my favorite memories and class at Northwest. It was a life-learning experience!"

Melissa Peitzmeier

Neil Robinson

"Knacktive was a great opportunity to work with some of the great minds not only in my major, but other majors around campus as well. I learned way more than I could ever imagine from my team mates, and am grateful for that experience. Knacktive has been by far my favorite class at Northwest."

Neil Robinson

Philip Gruenwald

"Creating promotional tactics with my team prepared me for the non-profit marketing position I earned after graduating."

Philip Gruenwald

2012

Allie Richards

"I went a completely different direction but the experiences that Knacktive provided were still very helpful. Knacktive builds character by providing a secure avenue to work independently. It provides leadership opportunities, builds communication skills, and definitely highlights the importance of teamwork. I am very thankful for my time in the mass communication department and the opportunity to be a part of a Knacktive team. I am currently a graduate student at Kansas State University pursuing a Masters in Geology."

Allie Richards

Jenny Hoffman

"Knacktive really put the 'real world' into perspective for me and made me realize that this experience will benefit me in the long-run. I am better prepared for graduation and obtaining a full-time job in my field. Not only did Knacktive give me the experience and opportunity verify that I am in the right major, but also gave me the opportunity to prove to myself that I have learned a lot from my time at Northwest by having to teach others about my field of expertise."

Jenny Hoffman

Ian Stanek

"In Knacktive, you have to work on a team, and if you’re not talking to each other, nothing’s going to get done. It’s a huge lesson in communication, which a lot of companies are looking for."

Ian Stanek

Darcy Epstein

"Knacktive was a great way  to gain experience in my dream career. Through the project, I found that project management is something I am passionate about and the right path for my future."

Darcy Epstein

Chayse Barr

"I am so glad I was pushed to join Knacktive last semester, I didn't truly realize how much it really prepared us, I know what to expect at an agency, the process isn't completely new to me like it is for some others, and the experiences I had are definitely going to benefit me in the future!"

Chayse Barr

Caroline Bowlin

"Knacktive helped me to understand what it really was like working as a project team. We had to learn how to work with people from lots of different disciplines. It also helped me learn how to work under pressure and to really get creative about how to do business with different companies under different constraints."

Caroline Bowlin

Jason Orndoff

"Knacktive is a truly eye opening. It takes the knowledge learned in class and puts it to use in a real situation."

Jason Orndoff

2011

Anna Kirk

"I am glad to see Knacktive is going strong. It was one of my favorite college experiences and a killer resume booster. ;) The skills you learn are transferable in nearly any industry or role- I talked about this program in many job interviews."

Anna (Montegomery) Kirk

Elise Jones

"Knacktive has presented many opportunities for me including an internship at the leading digital marketing agency VML. It was a great experience."

Elise Jones

Robert O'Doherty

"Through Knacktive, you have the chance to work with real world clients, you are responsible for real deadlines and you get to work with a variety of fresh talent from other departments. Anyone interested in working in an agency one day would be crazy to pass this opportunity up."

Robert O'Doherty

Dylan Parlor

"As a college graduate you need something that will set you apart from others. Knacktive has that capability. Every potential employer has asked me about Knacktive in some way during my interviews since the course ended. They are amazed that someone so young had the opportunity to work on a marketing campaign for a nationally recognized company. Knacktive can only help you in your future goals by preparing you for what is to come after college."

Dylan Parlor

Tyler Ramaekers

"Being a part of a Knacktive team gave me the opportunity to go out with a bang my senior year. The connections I made and the real-life experience gave me the drive and confidence to merge directly into a competitive field...fast."

Tyler Ramaekers

Ian Stanek

"My Knacktive experience allowed me to increase my portfolio, grow my skill set, and to increase my abilities as a leader and team member all while having great faculty around to support us!"

Ian Stanek

Keri Stoner

"My knack is writing. I enjoy the creativity that writing expresses. With writing any situation can come alive through an array of words. It is a way to analyze any aspect of a given situation logically and creatively while still providing a tangible result."

Keri Stoner

Where Are They Now?

YearNamePositionTeamCurrent Job
2016 Alex Edwards Graphic Designer Happy Grillemore
2016 Georgina Ruano Art Director Happy Grillemore Graphic Design Assistant – Northwest Missouri State University
2016 Kristina Calfee Media Manager Happy Grillemore Internet marketing specialist at Shore Motor Company
2016 Megan Wallace Copywriter Happy Grillemore
2016 Paris Adrian Public Relations Manager Happy Grillemore
2016 Sami Cintron Project Manager Happy Grillemore
2016 Sandip Subedi Interactive/Digital Manager Happy Grillemore
2016 Sephrina Knorr Strategic Planner Happy Grillemore
2016 Aly Baker Media Manager Red Light
2016 Ashley Ward Art Director Red Light Graphic Design Intern at Heartland Foundation
2016 Courtney Leinen Graphic Designer Red Light Graphic Design Intern at St. Joseph Mustangs
2016 Kiley Dukes Strategic Planner Red Light
2016 Lilly Tighe Project Manager Red Light
2016 Matt Rames Interactive/Digital Manager Red Light
2016 Nene Nwaturuocha Copywriter Red Light
2016 Sydney Jones Public Relations Manager Red Light
2016 Caitlyn Burkemper Art Director Team Served Missourian Advertising Director, summer Muller Bressler Brown intern.
2016 Emily Meyers Project Manager Team Served Christian Public Speaker
2016 Hari Tarlapally Interactive Digital Manager Team Served Associate Software Engineer Internship at MasterCard
2016 Jessica Smith Strategic Planner Team Served
2016 Kasie Pote Public Relations Manager Team Served Starting MBA this fall
2016 Lizzie McCoy Copywriter Team Served
2016 Selina Kendall Graphic Designer Team Served
2016 Sydney Oetter Media Manager Team Served
2016 Anna Hastert Project Manager A Seasoned Exchange
2016 Coleten McGuire Interactive/Digital Manager A Seasoned Exchange Associate System Analyst - Protective Life
2016 Hailey Liston Copywriter A Seasoned Exchange Missionary at The Fellowship of Catholic University Students
2016 Jayde Balentine Graphic Designer A Seasoned Exchange
2016 Miranda Foster Public Relations Manager A Seasoned Exchange
2016 Shauna Tomlin Strategic Planner A Seasoned Exchange
2016 Simone Page Media Manager A Seasoned Exchange
2016 Tressa Akins Art Director A Seasoned Exchange
2015 Devin Lyons Project Manager HotSpot IT Business Systems Analyst and Strategic Projects Lead – AgriVision Equipment Group
2015 Jacob Lueck Strategic Planner HotSpot Coach Support Specialist at Hudl
2015 Taylor Polacek Public Relations Manager HotSpot Executive Lead Intern – Target
2015 Dani Allen Copywriter HotSpot
2015 Angela Bode Art Director HotSpot Art Director at Rodgers Townsend
2015 Ally Vonderschmidt Graphic Designer HotSpot
2015 Kelsey Schriver Media Manager HotSpot Channel Intern – Meers Advertising
2015 Kyle Hamilton Interactive Digital Manager HotSpot Consultant at Cerner
2015 Carsen Berry Project Manager GhostHawks Merchandising Manager at American Eagle Outfitters in NYC
2015 Carlton Wilcoxson Strategic Planner GhostHawks Account Manager Intern – McGarrah Jessee Advertising
2015 Kenzie Hoyle Public Relations Manager GhostHawks Marketing and Event Coordinator at the Kansas City Power & Light District for the Cordish Company
2015 Jake Mlnarik Copywriter GhostHawks Community Manager at Barkley
2015 Caitlyn Burkemper Art Director GhostHawks Missourian Advertising Director, summer Muller Bressler Brown intern.
2015 Megan Hazelrigg Graphic Designer GhostHawks Barry Pointe Family Care, LLC
2015 Kim Porter Media Manager GhostHawks
2015 Logan Shields Interactive Digital Manager GhostHawks Software Engineer Intern - Cerner
2015 Hope Garrett Project Manager KnecTech Analyst - Federal Reserve Bank
2015 Lara Dennis Strategic Planner KnecTech Marketing Database Specialist at Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway
2015 Alex Mortallaro Public Relations Manager KnecTech Creative Copywriter at TriDigital Marketing
2015 Kirsten Berger Copywriter KnecTech FOCUS – The Fellowship of Catholic University Students
2015 Nathan Matt Art Director KnecTech Design and Marketing Intern - Proxibid
2015 Kristen Hollabaugh Graphic Designer KnecTech
2015 Katie Pattison Media Manager KnecTech Associate Producer – Bearcat Productions
2015 Kevin Mott Interactive Digital Manager KnecTech Technology Support Assistant
2015 Owen Rauckman Project Manager Fully Charged User Experience Developer Intern – Garmin International
2015 Skylar Olberding Strategic Planner Fully Charged JulFalls City Technology Director
2015 Jenni Kirk Public Relations Manager Fully Charged Mobility Coordinator, Global Mobility at Cerner Corporation
2015 Lindy (Sharp) Kurtz Copywriter Fully Charged
2015 Bryce Arrington Art Director Fully Charged Missourian Designer
2015 Summer Lowe Graphic Designer Fully Charged Public Information Specialist with the Missouri Department of Insurance
2015 Wade Callow Media Manager Fully Charged Digital Marketing Specialist at ER Marketing
2015 Bree (Skipper) Walter Interactive Digital Manager Fully Charged Software Engineer/UX Team – Netsmart Technologies
2014 Carolyn Robinson Project Manager A-Plus Front End Manager – Menards
2014 Amanda Lovell Strategic Planner A-Plus Management Trainee – Enterprise
2014 Shelby Montgomery Public Relations Manager A-Plus Promotions and Event Coordinator at Horseshoe Casino Council Bluffs
2014 Hollie (Smith) Kosorog Copywriter A-Plus
2014 Cassondra Haggard Art Director A-Plus Hastings Entertainment
2014 Clint Utter Graphic Designer A-Plus Graphic Artist - Gannett
2014 Chris Bowser Media Manager A-Plus Consultant – Cerner Corporation
2014 David Nguyen Interactive Digital Manager A-Plus Velocity Software Engineer Intern - Cerner
2014 Wyatt Price Project Manager Blackboard System Engineer – Cerner
2014 Jessica Vervaecke Strategic Planner Blackboard Human Resource Administrator – KBP Foods
2014 Rachel Sielaff Public Relations Manager Blackboard Account Coordinator at SJC Marketing
2014 Taylor Hartong Copywriter Blackboard Social Media and Public Relations Strategy Execution Specialist – SJC Marketing
2014 Laura White Art Director Blackboard Graphic Designer – Sutherlands
2014 Chelsea Nebel Graphic Designer Blackboard Human Resource Coordinator at Advance Services, Inc
2014 Taylor Neff Media Manager Blackboard Affiliate Expansion Coordinator - AmeriCorps VISTA
2014 Nikki Justice Interactive Digital Manager Blackboard Software Engineer - Cerner
2014 Emily Bowman Project Manager Gold Stars Assistant Manager – Shopko
2014 Marissa Bell Strategic Planner Gold Stars Consulting Analyst - Cerner
2014 Zach Gouldsmith Public Relations Manager Gold Stars Media Relations – AAPC Publishing
2014 MacKenzie Magwire Copywriter Gold Stars MBA program
2014 Wes Rockwood Art Director Gold Stars Graphic Designer – Northwest Missouri State University
2014 Adam McNairy Graphic Designer Gold Stars MBA Graduate Student - Northwest
2014 Carlton Wilcoxson Media Manager Gold Stars Assistant Account Executive – McGarrah Jessee
2014 Erick Klix Interactive Digital Manager Gold Stars Software Engineer – Garmin International
2014 Jacob Lueck Project Manager Pencil Productions Coach Support Specialist at Hudl
2014 Kelli Stoner Strategic Planner Pencil Productions Employment Specialist – Murphy-Hoffman Company
2014 Rachel Kakareka Public Relations Manager Pencil Productions Assistant Food Service Manager – Aramark
2014 Christina Smith Copywriter Pencil Productions Client Relations Specialist – DST Systems
2014 Justin Bruss Art Director Pencil Productions Graphic Designer – Haberfeld Associates
2014 Colby Bredensteiner Graphic Designer Pencil Productions Graphic Designer – JE Dunn Construction
2014 Julia Laimans Media Manager Pencil Productions
2014 Owen Rauckman Interactive Digital Manager Pencil Productions User Experience Developer – Garmin International
2013 Ryan Taylor Project Manager AutoActive Android Developer – Vertigo Media, Inc.
2013 Katie Walz Research Manager AutoActive Asst. Manager – Enterprise
2013 Kathryn McAdams Public Relations Manager AutoActive Professional Services Consultant – Cerner
2013 Sondra Langley Copywriter AutoActive
2013 Christine Chinberg Art Director AutoActive Freelance Graphic Designer
2013 Wes Rockwood Graphic Designer AutoActive Graphic Designer – Northwest Missouri State University
2013 Alex Reid Media Manager AutoActive Law Student – Drake University
2013 Daniel Vance Interactive Digital Manager AutoActive Account Manager – Brand KC
2013 Steven Scheffe Project Manager Clutch IT Associate Developer – Commerce Bank
2013 Lauren Hansen Research Manager Clutch Account Executive – Yelp
2013 Montoya Lucas Public Relations Manager Clutch Functional Specialist – Cerner
2013 James Snodgrass Copywriter Clutch Law Student – DePaul University
2013 Kirstie Mulligan Art Director Clutch Art and Creative Director – Northeast News
2013 Michelle Castillo Graphic Designer Clutch Paraprofessional-ISS - North Kansas City Schools
2013 Tess Edwards Media Manager Clutch Delivery Consultant – Cerner
2013 Ronald Brightwell-Kelley Interactive Digital Manager Clutch Software Engineer - Cerner
2013 Mel Peitzmeier Project Manager Fusion Ad Operations Specialist - Yahoo
2013 Neil Robinson Research Manager Fusion Digital Media Strategist in Melbourne Australia - Keypath Education
2013 Phillip Gruenwald Public Relations Manager Fusion Social Media Specialist – Lutheran Hour Ministries
2013 Karlee Liberty Copywriter Fusion
2013 Kristin Berry Art Director Fusion Marketing Specialist at The Richdale Group
2013 Katie Asher Graphic Designer Fusion
2013 Bryce Young Media Manager Fusion Client Services – eShipping
2013 Christopher Parker Interactive Digital Manager Fusion
2013 Denise Dibben Project Manager #TeamVerge Project Manager – Service Management Group
2013 Kelsey Knowlton Research Manager #TeamVerge Consultant – Cerner Corporation
2013 Emma Clark Public Relations Manager #TeamVerge
2013 Patricia Hughes Copywriter #TeamVerge
2013 Dustin Powell Art Director #TeamVerge Production Artist – Speedpro Imaging
2013 Kyle Lindenmeyer Graphic Designer #TeamVerge Customer Service – O’Dell Publishing
2013 Chris Bowser Media Manager #TeamVerge Consultant – Cerner Corporation
2013 Erick Klix Interactive Digital Manager #TeamVerge Software Engineer – Garmin International
2012 Darcy Epstein Project Manager Next Gen Systems Engineer – Cerner
2012 Jason Orndoff Research Manager Next Gen Support Analyst – Cerner
2012 Kayla Schmerbach Public Relations Manager Next Gen Auditor - KBMG
2012 Evette Massey Copywriter Next Gen Residence Hall Director – University of St. Thomas
2012 Allie Richard Art Director Next Gen
2012 Dustin Powell Graphic Designer Next Gen SpeedPro Imaging
2012 Alex Webster Media Manager Next Gen Account Coordinator – Turn the Page Online Marketing
2012 Jasmine Black Interactive Digital Manager Next Gen Database Administrator – Garmin International
2012 Paul Johnson Project Manager Alchemy
2012 Tasha (Sherman) Overmiller Research Manager Alchemy Sales Manager for Battlefrog Portland
2012 Kyle Ryals Public Relations Manager Alchemy Freightquote
2012 Brooke Berryhill Copywriter Alchemy Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
2012 Amanda Herzberg Art Director Alchemy Graphic Designer – Interpower Corporation
2012 Lauren (Green) Konrad Graphic Designer Alchemy Graphic Designer – Meredith
2012 Chayse Barr Media Manager Alchemy Project Manager – Red Fuse Communications
2012 Steven Scheffe Interactive Digital Manager Alchemy Software Development Engineer – Commerce Bank
2012 Bryce Coffendaffer Project Manager Confido Project Manager – Velociti Inc.
2012 Jenny Hoffman Research Manager Confido Human Resource Consultant – Sandhills Publishing
2012 Keira Kesslar Public Relations Manager Confido PlattForm
2012 Michael Nay Copywriter Confido Quality Assurance Analyst – MMGY Global
2012 Anne Spencer Art Director Confido Graphic Designer – Barkley
2012 Lauren (Shaver) Flanery Graphic Designer Confido Graphic Designer – William Jewell College
2012 Michaela (Fernen) Koehler Media Manager Confido Creative Design Specialist – Nebraska Furniture Mart
2012 Ian Stanek Interactive Digital Manager Confido System Engineer - Cerner
2012 Sarah Morman Project Manager Spark Designer – Mint Design Group
2012 Caroline Bowlin Research Manager Spark Velocity Analyst – Cerner
2012 Andrew Maddux Public Relations Manager Spark Communication Specialist – Air Methods
2012 Moira Cozad Copywriter Spark Energy Development – Synergy Energy, LLC
2012 Rachel (Hicks) Dignan Art Director Spark Graphic Designer for Holladay Distillery
2012 Aaron Shaffer Graphic Designer Spark Freelance Designer
2012 Christine O’Brien Media Manager Spark Assistant Broker – Burns & Wilcox
2012 Chad Whiting Interactive Digital Manager Spark Web Developer – VML
2011 Lauren (Atkinson) St. John Account Ex. OnPoint Project Manager at Meers Advertising
2011 Courtney Edwards Art Director OnPoint Graphic Designer – Alpha Dog Marketing
2011 Keri Stoner Copy OnPoint Sales Coordinator – Rhythm Engineering
2011 Brandi Kapfer Graphic OnPoint UX Developer – Answers.com
2011 Ian Stanek IDM OnPoint System Engineer – Cerner Corporation
2011 Elise (Jones) Lake Media OnPoint Senior Software Analyst – Cerner
2011 Emily Wilkins PR Director OnPoint Corporate Communications - THUMBTECHS
2011 Dylan Parlor Researcher OnPoint Client Services Specialist – Sirius Computer Solutions
2011 Rob O'Doherty Account Ex. Synergy Senior Paid Search Strategist at Centro in Dallas, TX
2011 Brandon Guffey Art Director Synergy Graphic Designer – Burns & McDonnell
2011 Britny (Wisong) Wagener Copy Synergy Communications Manager – Turn the Page Online Marketing
2011 Nicole Kreikemeier Graphic Synergy
2011 Nathan Jessen IDM Synergy Interactive Web Developer – VML
2011 Melissa Watson Media Synergy Experience Planner – Bernstein-Rein Advertising
2011 Lindsey A. Steele PR Director Synergy Technical Support Analyst - Cerner
2011 Anna (Montgomery) Kirk Researcher Synergy HR Business Partner at Black & Veatch
2011 Dillon Martin Account Ex. Up & Up Licensed Insurance Agent – Farmers Mutual
2011 Kyle Caswell Art Director Up & Up Self-Employed  Graphic Designer
2011 Natalie Nowiszewski Copy Up & Up Marketing Assistant – Pendo Management Group
2011 Rebekah Poteet Graphic Up & Up
2011 Tyler Ramaekers IDM Up & Up Solution Architect - Cerner Corporation
2011 Ashley (Lovely) Hazen Media Up & Up Account Manager at Aureus Medical - Travel Nursing and Travel Allied Health Staffing
2011 Devin Aaron PR Director Up & Up Public Relations Account Executive at R&R Partners in Las Vegas, NV
2011 Jonathan Cook Researcher Up & Up