Communication Testimonials


Seth Kastle (2005)
Wichita, KS

As co-manager at Walmart, I have responsibility for the entire facility and management team. My facility currently averages between $80 and $100 million in sales a year, and has just under 400 employees. A great deal of my daily activities include planning to complete projects such as seasonal changeovers, merchandising or aligning sales and wage percentages. Walmart is also an evolving company, so managing and executing change is also a big part of what I do. Having the opportunity to work with kids through the KYLA and KYLC activities that I participated in not only gave me deeper appreciation for the importance of youth leadership, but also introduced me to the different approaches one has to take when faced with a different audience. Working with high school and middle school kids showed me that I would have to take different approaches to varied audiences that I would encounter in my career. It’s a skill that I am still developing today. The strategic planning skills I learned in my program at Fort Hays have been invaluable to me.
Bryce Augustine (2009)
Product Support Specialist
Garmin International
Gardner, Kan.
As a Tech Support person, I answer phone calls and help solve GPS problems of the customers, assist customers with map updates and guide potential customers to find a system that correlates with their needs and wants. While a student at Fort Hays State University, I worked at Wal*Mart and had my internship there. That position offered me good representation of the working world and experience in balancing several different aspects of life. In my job at Garmin, I promote team work and self confidence when training new agents, as well as expressing the importance of good communication skills. I have adopted a situational leadership training method as each person learns at a different pace. My academic experiences at FHSU prepared me well for this position.
KaleyKlausKaley R. Klaus (2012)
Coordinator for Campus Support
Campus Labs
Buffalo, NY
I am currently a Coordinator for Campus Support at Campus Labs, a Higher One company. In my position, I provide implementation and ongoing support to member institutions who utilize the Compliance Assist Accreditation, Planning, and Program Review modules. Compliance Assist is software that assists higher education institutions with accreditation submissions, as well as, strategic planning and assessment processes on campus. Campus Labs also provides other products for assessment in higher education. My job requires a lot of interaction with clients of Campus Labs. Most of my communication is done via email, and I also provide training and presentations via webinar. The FHSU Communication Studies program helped prepare me for these types of interactions because of the wide array of projects given. Also, while I do not work directly with marketing, or public relations, department in the company I play a vital role in making sure our clients are happy with our services and continue to utilize our products on their campuses.
TashaRichmeierTasha Richmeier (2012)
Marketing Coordinator
Nex-Tech Wireless
Hays, KS
I am responsible for managing and implementing social media strategies for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, etc. I develop press releases, radio scripts and other materials to promote Nex-Tech Wireless and its services. I also brainstorm, plan and execute promotional events. FHSU’s wide range of course offerings gave me the ability to choose classes that not only interested me, but proved to be useful in my professional career. I am able to utilize course such as Desktop Publishing and Business & Professional Speaking on a daily basis. Multimedia Production helped me expand on disciplines I had initially learned in high school and also apply them frequently in my day-to-day work. The Public Relations and Crisis Management & Strategies courses educated me on how to create a plan from beginning to end, address and overcome obstacles, and implement in a business environment. My professors did an amazing job of educating me on these topics and how I could immediately implement them into my profession.

AmandaFairbanksAmanda Fairbanks (2007)
Instructor of Speech
Keiser University
Ph.D. student in Student Affairs in Higher Education, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas M.S. in Communication Studies: December, 2008 The opportunities and experiences I had at FHSU were instrumental in helping me achieve my personal and professional goals. I was able to be involved in a number of organizations which provided me with leadership experience and helped me build relationships across campus. Specifically, the faculty and staff of the Communication Studies department contributed greatly to helping me achieve my goals. My experience working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Communication Studies Department was a great experience and helped me realize that working in higher education is what I truly wanted to do. I would not be where I am today professionally without the opportunities presented to me during my time at FHSU.

Lindsey Mong (2012)
Administrative Assistant
Hays, KS
As an administrative assistant at a local general dentistry office I am responsible for daily patient relations including face to face interactions, phone communications, scheduling, and insurance efforts. I work to make the administrative side of a dental visit as smooth and easy as possible for patients while managing a busy schedule and workload for multiple dentists, dental assistants and hygienists. FHSU's course load and knowledgeable faculty afforded me the valuable education and experiences I needed to thrive in a fast-paced work environment. I was able to develop my skills in multiple communication areas including: public relations, marketing, communication software and journalism. Meanwhile, my elective courses established a well-rounded general education and fulfilled my personal interests.

KlintSpillerKlint A. Spiller (2011)
Sports Writer
Hays Daily News
Hays, KS
My experience at The University Leader was instrumental to my development as a reporter. It taught me how to write on deadline and sharpened my writing skills. If it weren't for The Leader, I am absolutely positive that I would not have been offered a job immediately out of college. The Hays Daily News saw my work in The Leader when I was a freshman and hired me as a stringer, which is a part-time sports writer (I mostly covered high school athletics on weekends as well as some Fort Hays events), during my sophomore year. I worked as a stringer until I graduated. Through my work at The Leader and my work as a stringer, The Hays Daily News actually called me and offered me a full-time job without me even applying.


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