How Will We Spend This Year?

The MSC class of 2015 is nearly two months into the program – I don’t know about anyone else, but it’s hard for me to believe! I spent months anticipating the start of classes, getting excited to meet the cohort, and becoming apprehensive about fitting the course load into my schedule. But since class began, it has been amazing to me how easy it has been to engage with the subject matter (and amazing how quickly I remember the feeling of relief after turning in a midterm). What’s even harder to wrap my head around than the fact that I’m a student again is how fast I know this year is going to fly by. As I watched the Chicago Marathon runners make their way past my apartment last month, it struck me that I can approach this year in one of two ways: as a marathon or as a sprint. In ways, it will feel like both. We will all need to pace ourselves so that we don’t experience “worker burn out” (Thanks for the term, Roloff), and in other ways we’re going to need to fully throw ourselves into our classes so that we can squeeze as much out of them in this short time as possible.Marathon I think we have a choice here, though. Will we look back on our time in the MSC program as a well-paced, long jog to the finish, or will it be a flash-in-the-pan, all-out sprint? I’m going to work with every fiber of my being to choose the former. Just from sitting with you all in class, chatting at lunch, and emailing about assignments, I’m quickly realizing how quickly this year will go and I want to not only enjoy it but to actually remember it! So I’ll see you all on Saturday with my coffee mug full and my typing fingers at the ready – and maybe later on with a beer in hand at happy hour! (After all, we’ve got to have some fun alongside all of that brilliant thinking, right?)

Celebrating 30 Years of MSC

More than a hundred alumni and faculty filled historic Annie May Swift Hall on Saturday, October 11, 2014 with the energy and enthusiasm characteristic of the MSC community. Attendees of the MSC 30th Anniversary Symposium began the day with a wave of smiles, friendly greetings, and conversations with faculty and old classmates. The symposium’s packed agenda provided alumni with interesting and innovative ideas to advance their thinking and help them excel through current challenges and opportunities. Alumni made new connections and gained fresh perspectives on communication principles and practices through this highly successful event.Anniversary SymposiumThank you to everyone who participated in MSC’s 30th Anniversary Symposium!

MSC 30th Anniversary Symposium

The 2014-2015 academic year marks the Master of Science in Communication program’s 30th anniversary. In honor of this milestone, the program is hosting a symposium of academic engagement, exploration of emerging ideas and networking for alumni on Saturday, October 11, 2014. The symposium will feature faculty and alumni sharing innovative practices and inspiring stories. Attendees will hear from industry leaders, participate in interactive sessions, and learn about leading ideas in communication. This full-day event will culminate in a cocktail reception for alumni, faculty, and current students.The symposium is open to all MSC alumni and there is no cost to attend. Click on the link below to register.For questions about the symposium or registration, contact Tova Vance, MSC class of 2010, at or 773-510-6307.

MSC Professor Irving Rein’s New Book is Now Available

MSC Professor Irving Rein, together with Ben Shields and Adam Grossman, has recently published a new book titled: The Sports Strategist: Developing Leaders for a High-Performance Industry. This book blends authors’ extensive industry experience and academic expertise to provide a comprehensive view of leadership strategies that will position readers and their organization for sustainable success in the industry. The Sports Strategist features numerous case studies that help to frame pressing issues within the sports industry and also identifies best practices from other industries and applies them to the sports world.  

Journey To The Final Stretch

It’s crazy to think that entire program has come and (almost) gone. It seemed like only yesterday that I was making the final preparations to move to Illinois and start this program. And now? We’re at the halfway mark of our the final quarter. Only 3 more weeks of class before we walk across the stage and become official Masters of Communication.imageThere have been moments in the program where the journey has felt long, but when I look around at the wonderful people I’ve met, I want the time to slow down. I will always remember one moment in particular. I was out at dinner with a group of friends from the cohort. It was a normal night of laughter, drinks and chatting about life… when suddenly, it hit me. I was surrounded by a group of amazing individuals who were not only from different walks of life, but also different parts of the world. United States, Dominican Republic, Korea, Thailand, China, Indonesia, just to name a few. It’s remarkable how MSC is able to cultivate such a diverse of individuals together. Words cannot express how incredibly blessed I felt at that moment and every Saturday for the past 10 months.When I started the program, I wasn’t sure what to expect. As a new student, you’ll hear alumni and past MSC bloggers talk about the relationships you build and how much you’ll take from your cohort. It feels like a lot of pressure to foster those relationships early on, but if you’re a new student reading this, know that it all takes time. The first quarter was challenging for me, I was in a new city and didn’t know anyone. But as long as you keep an open-mind and open-heart, the relationships will develop naturally. And as you’ll hear from many, those relationships will be life-changing.This final quarter has been invigorating, challenging, and bittersweet. We’re almost there MSC’14. It has been such a pleasure meeting each and every one of you, but this is not goodbye, it’s just the beginning of an exciting new chapter.It’s the final stretch, here we go!

Northwestern University’s 156th Annual Commencement

10371447_10102931674163372_1801054456325944884_nOn June 20th, about 15 MSC to-be graduates participated in Northwestern University’s 156th Annual Commencement.  We all met at Francis Searle, helped one another figure out how to wear our ‘hoods’, took photos, met family members, and then hopped on the shuttle bus to Ryan Field. Upon arriving at the field, we became part of the ‘purple sea’ of undergraduate students, graduate students and doctoral students. The energy was electrifying.  Huge accomplishments were being recognized and honored at this ceremony. The sense of pride from the students, families, friends and faculty members was palpable. MSC sat in a group with Northwestern’s School of Communication, distinguishable by the silver tassels that all of us wore. We listened to Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director, Riccardo Muti address the crowd with a light-hearted, encouraging message.  After the ceremony concluded, we turned in our robes, went our separate ways, and mentally began to ‘gear up’ for our last term as MSC students at Northwestern.  Today, we have just 39 days left until we officially receive our diplomas and graduate with our Master degrees.  Can’t wait!

Sam Logan Khaleghi’s (MSC ’10) produces Matt Austin music video now featured on

Sam Logan Khaleghi’s (MSC ’10) produces Matt Austin music video now featured on Congratulations Sam!Matt Austin: Redneck Date Night Music Video RECORD EAGLE ed-in-country-music-video/print

Another Term Comes to a Close

photo (5)As another term comes to a close, graduation day becomes more and more of a reality.  In just 8 weeks, each member of the MSC class of 2014 will receive his/her diploma.  A diploma is printed on a piece of paper but that piece of paper does not embody what MSC at Northwestern truly means.  The diploma will be a symbol of not only the knowledge gained through the MSC program, but the relationships and experiences built.  Last Saturday during lunch, as I walked around campus with some of my classmates — my friends, enjoying the beautiful lake path, I reflected on this notion. I have come to enjoy being at class on Saturday because I know that I will be learning something that I will be engaged in, and also because I know my friends will be there beside me, too. I know that I am not the only person who feels this way either.  With that said, fellow classmates, let’s dive in to our final term with everything we’ve got! Cheers to one term left!