We've all gotta go sometime.

Though we wish we could keep these lovely people around, they've all gone on to bigger things.

Hannah Smith

President

Major

Advertising

What I want to be when/if I grow up...

I hope to one day work for an agency either in Account Management or Copywriting. 

Fun fact 

I broke my elbow (at 19, as an "adult") and had to have surgery to rebuild it. 2 metal plates, 4 pins, and 7 screws later, and I am good as new...

 

Favorite project

I'd have to say my favorite project was the NSAC Wienerschnitzel campaign. It was so fun to be involved in the creative process and presenting our campaign was such an adrenaline rush for me. I just love the attention...

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Chris Cole

President, Creative Director

Major

Advertising

What I want to be when/if I grow up...

Art Director and eventually Creative Director at a big agency. 

Fun fact 

I am a Big Brother super fan! It is my dream to win the show!

 

Favorite project

Wienerschnitzel National Student Advertising Competition

The team was so ready to compete. I loved getting to design the book (sometimes). All of the work was worth it when we won best plansbook at the District 6 Competition.

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Maggie Burke

Vice President, Head of Research

Major

Public Relations

What I want to be when/if I grow up...

If I grow up, I want to be working in environmental communications/advocacy. (And if that doesn't work out, I have a backup plan of acting/modeling.)

 

Fun fact 

I'm an expert juggler.

 

Favorite project

My favorite project I worked on was the NSAC Ocean Spray case. We didn't have a lot of time to work on it, but the work we created exceeded all expectations. It was the first time I really realized how fun this career could be and the first time I've ever been so proud of 'school' work. 

Nick nelson

Director of Accounts

Major

Advertising with a minor in Marketing

What I want to be when/if I grow up...

I would enjoy working closely with a small team of creatives, whether in-house or an agency, leading the team towards a common goal maximizing output while also catering to clients. 

Fun fact 

Hobbies include painting, fish keeping, and working on my car

 

Favorite project

My time spent teaming up with the SIU Theatre Department has been the most rewarding. Handling everything from press releases to posters has taught me more about myself and my team than any classroom ever could.

Andy Phillips

Treasurer and Lead Videographer

Major

Double Major in Cinema & Advertising

What I want to be when/if I grow up...

Ideally, I will work as a producer on film sets or a supervising editor for a movie trailer company. However, I would also love to be the creative lead on ad campaigns.

 

Fun fact 

I can do spot-on impressions of obscure stand-up comedians.

 

Favorite project

Oh man, there's so many that I got to be a part of. All of the NSAC creative was a thrill to be on, but I also really loved working with clients to make their dreams into a reality.

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Ryan Mccarthy

Director, Digital Media

Major

Advertising

What I want to be when/if I grow up...

I would like to work as a creative director or content producer for an online brand or an advertising agency.

 

Fun fact 

I have been performing stand up comedy since I was 19!

 

Favorite project

Going to New York City for the Student Advertising Conference hosted by AAF, I was able to create a vlog-style video showing Saluki AdLab in a more relaxed atmosphere. Traveling with your teammates and friends made for an excellent experience, and the finished product reflected that.

Alex Hansen

Account Manager

Major

Media Management and Strategic Communication, MS

 

What I want to be when/if I grow up...

I would like to work in a paper sales company, and then eventually, create my own sports marketing agency. I am basically Jim from The Office. 

 

Fun fact

I’m the best ping pong player you’ve ever met. 

 

Favorite project

Building Carbondale's holiday basketball tournament marketing program from the ground up.

Megan Mccarthy

Account Manager

Major

Advertising

What I want to be when/if I grow up...

Advertising account manager for a sports company like Dick's or Nike.

 

Fun fact 

I got a sports injury at a sports bar...don't ask.

 

Favorite project

Anything promoting local businesses.

Laura Carver

Senior Creative Director

Major

Drawing

What I want to be when/if I grow up...

I want to work in the film industry as a concept artist/illustrator.

 

Fun fact 

I was homeschooled but still have semi-decent social skills.

 

Favorite project

Wienerschnitzel National Student Advertising Competition this year: We had a solid and passionate team that was willing to put in the work.

Katie alleman

Major

Geography

What I want to be when/if I grow up...

Working for a non-profit organization to eliminate waste in manufacturing, hands-on working in communities to promote sustainability.

 

Fun fact 

I grew up in the smallest county in Illinois. 

 

Favorite project

“Who is living in our trees?” for Giant City State Park Visitor Center in the kids corner as an educational game; Children can match the description or outline with the life size images of the various animals of Southern Illinois. 

SHAWN DAVIS

Creative Director

Major

Advertising

What I want to be when/if I grow up...

I'd love to work in any industry that promotes either social services, outdoor programs, or sustainability.

 

Fun fact 

I like almost everything I try, kinda like a dog. 

 

Favorite project

I loved working with Community Health Partnership of Illinois because the work lined up so well with my own interests. We were able to help represent a historically underrepresented group. It felt very meaningful.

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