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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

June 11, 2012

Northwest students learn from industry experts in New York City

By Ben Lawson, media assistant

Northwest Missouri State University students interested in public relations and graphic design traveled to New York City recently to learn from industry professionals.

A group of 12 students traveled with Christopher Graves, assistant professor of art, to study how graphic design firms in New York City operate. A group of eight students also went to New York City to study public relations firms, accompanied by Dr. David Shadinger, assistant professor of public relations.

Both were part of separate three-credit-hour courses offered between April 29 and May 6. This was the first opportunity for students to study public relations firms in New York City, but Graves has been taking the trip with design students for many years.

“Years ago, I was just convinced my students needed to get out and see the real world,” Graves said. “I wanted them to see the design industry and what it is like. New York City is kind of the capital of that, and I wanted students to see the typical agency and how they work out there.”

Both classes toured a wide variety of operations each day in New York City. The public relations class toured companies like IBM, Marriott Event Planning and McGarry Bowen, the company that developed the concept for Android phones. The classes heard from young professionals in public relations or graphic design about what it is like to work in their industry.

“The biggest benefit of the class goes back to networking,” Shadinger said. “Hearing from young professionals about what it is like working in New York City and what they had to go through to land their jobs gave students a better understand of the industry.”

Students also learned about internship and job openings and had the opportunity to review their portfolios with professionals.

“It was cool just to see the city side of things and how fast paced the lifestyle is out there,” Emma Clark, a junior public relations major from Kirksville, said. “It was really interesting to see how the big-name brands operate.”

There were no prerequisites for either class. In addition to the costs per credit hour, students are expected to pay their travel expenses.

Students interested in enrolling in either of these classes next year should contact Graves at 660.562.1322 or at, or Shadinger at 660.562.1048 or at 

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468