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Communications and Agricultural Education

Communications and Agricultural Education

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ACJ alumni are making a difference in big ways. Whether by working with the Foreign Agricultural Service at the United States Department of Agriculture or leading one of the nation's leading agricultural publications, K-State ACJ alumni represent agricultural and environmental stakeholders in their everyday work as communicators.

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ACJ students receive notices about job and internship opportunities several ways. The program's listserv serves as the primary channel. Stay connected to our group on Facebook! If you have an opening you would like to promote, send a description and contact information to faculty member Jason Ellis, and he will gladly share it with the students!

Graduate Program

Meet Robin Blume

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Robin Blume

Graduation Year: 2009

Major: Ag Communications and Journalism / Animal Sciences and Industry

Hometown: Wheaton, Kansas

Marketing Coordinator at Frontier Farm Credit

How did your time at K-State prepare you for your job?

Mostly all of the activities and classes, I use many of the things I learned in my work every day.

What class helped you the most?

AGCOM410: Ag Magazine. It was great to create a finished product and really showcase your work!

How are you still involved with K-State?

We do a lot of activities with K-State through sponsorships. We also offer a student board where seven students from across the College of Agriculture serve on an advisory board for our company. We meet in our office or on campus and work regularly with faculty. I also go to as many sporting events as possible.

How did the faculty help you while you were at K-State?

They really pushed me to explore things and to get involved. The advisers take an interest in the students.

"Internships lead to jobs. I interned with Frontier Farm Credit the summer before my final year of college I kept working here 20 hours/week. They then offered me the full-time position when I graduated," - Robin Blume.

Meet Brad Parker

Brad Parker

Graduation Year: 1998

Major: Agriculture Journalism Minor: Agribusiness

Hometown: Plainville, Kansas

Communications Director at the Kansas Soybean Association and Kansas Soybean Commission

How did your time at K-State prepare you for your job?

I learned to problem solve and got a solid background in writing and photography. Beyond that, I learned to meet people and interact, learn from them and then pass on the information I obtained.

What class helped you the most?

MC303: Advanced News and Feature Writing was really valuable in the end, no matter how much I dreaded writing for the Kansas State Collegian. My composition classes helped me a lot as well, as I was able to define my style and really find my “voice” in my writing.

How are you still involved with K-State?

I worked out of state until the last year, but I’ve always made an effort to check in with faculty and staff in the department. Now that I’m back in Kansas, I look forward to assisting the college, FFA, and FarmHouse however I can.

How did the faculty help you while you were at K-State?

I had a lot in common with my adviser, and his advice went well beyond academics, he remains a mentor to me in many areas.

"Don’t get too focused too soon. Stay nimble and diverse – there are so many opportunities for you to take advantage of in the journalism school and in the College of Agriculture," - Brad Parker.