Bob Wunderlich, and Advertising and Public Relations major, has landed a job with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He graduates in December and starts the position in January.
Wunderlich, an athlete who played football for Grand Valley, will work in inside sales for the Cleveland Cavaliers National Basketball Association (NBA) team, as well as the Gladiators (the arena football team), the Monsters (the minor league hockey team), and the Canton Charge (the D-League pro basketball team). He will also be helping with concerts and events that take place at The Qucken Loans Arena, otherwise known as “The Q”.
“My job really entails being able to effectively communicate with the public through phone calls and presentations,” Wunderlich said. “I will be calling many people throughout the day who are interested in attending an event or game. Many times I will end up bringing clients down to the arena to view what they will be getting if they do end up buying the seats for whatever they are interested in. I will follow up with them during the game or event to make sure that all their needs are being met and they are happy with the experience they are having.”
Wunderlich did an internship with Quicken Loans in the summer of 2013 and leveraged the opportunity to get an interview with the Cavaliers. He spoke with Quicken Loans owner Dan Gilbert, who also owns the Cavaliers. His interview opportunity came this fall and was very competitive, involving several group interviews in the same room with others seeking the same job. He says his classroom experience in Advertising and PR courses really helped prepare him for the interview process and the job.
“My time spent in the classroom helped me be ready for this position,” he says. “Being able to speak effectively and present well are two things that we work on in every class. The one thing I learned in the classroom is that being persuasive is key for many things, especially in interviews. If I wasn’t able to be persuasive in my first phone interview, then none of the other interviews would have taken place to get my this job.”
Atikh Bana, an Advertising and Public Relations major, was named one of 50 “Most Promising Multicultural Students” by the American Advertising Federation (AAF).
Eight advertising professionals from around the country gathered at AAF headquarters in Washington, D.C. last month to make the final selection for the 2015 class of students.
The Most Promising Multicultural Student (MPMS) Program is part of AAF’s initiative to promote diversity and inclusion within the industry. Each year, students from AAF’s 200 college chapters apply for the program, and a group of advertising professionals convene to select a new class of Most Promising students. Selected students participate in a four-day industry immersion program that includes professional development workshops, agency visits and a recruiter’s expo. Most promising students represent the top of their class and have passionately demonstrated their future success in this industry through internships, leadership activities, community service, innovation and creativity.
“We selected from a pool of some of the most talented and diverse students I’ve come across,” said Christena J. Pyle, Diversity & Inclusion Supervisor with Omnicom Group and 2015 MPMS Judge in an AAF news release. “When you start here, with this caliber of talent, what you end up with is a class of students that could very well change our industry. 2015 is not even ready!”
More information about the MPMS Program and AAF can be found on the AAF web site.
GVSU Professor Ellis will be traveling to Belgium to continue his work with the International Theatre Association. During this trip he will be selecting international theatre companies for the World Festival of International Amateur Theatre.
The International Amateur Theatre Association (IATA) works to promote education through theatre. Ellis will be helping the International Theatre Association by selecting no more than 20 theatre companies to represent this year’s theme of “On the Run” which will highlight the experience of refugees, immigrants, or exiles. Ellis described his criteria when judging the theatre companies.
“We want to choose a group that would be globally representative and works with high artistic standards,” said Ellis. “The theme-centered festival is unusual and important because it guarantees that most of the groups applying to the festival will have created the work specifically for the festival. So, we’re likely to see very recent and original work.”
Before this trip, Ellis has been to Belgium four times in his work with the International Theatre Association. He described his excitement to return and explore the country.
“The country is rich in cultural distinction and I enjoy its historical architecture and the friendliness of the people,” said Ellis. “I’m going to the ancient city of Antwerp, which takes its name from the historic custom of chopping-off the thief’s hand and tossing it into the local river as punishment for thievery. Of course, Belgian chocolate is famous and I always bring some home for the wife and family.”
Ellis is also interested in the theatre performances in Belgium.
“The Belgians do some of the most creative theatre in Europe, so I hope to catch a performance or two while I’m there.”
More information about the IATA and the World Festival of International Amateur Theatre is available at http://www.aitaiata.org/gil/.