Monthly Program

So You Want to Be a Communicator. Now What?
Friday, November 16, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
(Panel will start promptly at 2:30; attendees and panelists are welcome to stay and chat afterwards.)
Murphy Hall, Room 130
Moderator: Monica Wittstock, Law School, Incoming Communicators Forum Chair

Register here.

We’re doing something a little different this time—inviting new student members to a panel discussion about what it means to be a communicator. Our panelists will speak and answer questions about their career stories and current roles. This will be a great panel for new communicators and anyone who wants the inside scoop on what their colleagues do.


  • Matt Kucharski, president at Padilla
    Matt Kucharski is a seasoned public relations, strategic communication, and marketing professional, helping clients across a wide range of industries build, grow and protect their brands and reputations. Throughout his nearly 30 years in the field, he has been a continuous trend watcher, learner, educator and innovator – helping the agency and clients stay ahead of “what’s next.” More info on Matt
  • Rebecca A. Moss, College of Liberal Arts, LATIS (Liberal Arts Technologies and Innovation Services)
    Rebecca A. Moss is a librarian by training, with a background in art history. Her current role is Assistant Director for Enhancing Learning. She is interested in innovative thinking, emergent technologies and incorporating play into work. Helping CLA engage more broadly with the community is a big driver. She says adopting sketchnotes into her daily work has allowed her to process ideas more thoroughly, and retain more information.
  • Lacey Nygard, University Relations
    Lacey Nygard joined the University of Minnesota in 2014 and works as Assistant Director of Public Relations. In her role she works with administrative and academic units to uphold the reputation of the University system. Before joining the University, she worked in an advertising and marketing agency serving the public relations needs of clients across several industries. She believes that relationships—both internally and externally—can make or break the reputation of an organization.
  • Steve Wehrenberg, Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication
    Steve brings more than 35 years of professional strategic communications experience to the journalism faculty, including the last six as CEO of advertising agency Campbell Mithun. Starting in public relations, he shifted to copywriting, but then spent nearly 30 years in account, strategic and agency leadership positions.

Light refreshments provided.

This panel is free and open to all.

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