Public Relations and Athletic Communication
Keeping a schedule is important. Matt Thome would know. Here’s a list of the activities he’s done in his first year alone:
- Sports Editor and Advertising Manager for The Current
- Men’s Basketball Statistician
- Men’s Basketball Manager
- Men’s Basketball Social Media Manager
- Baseball Public Address Announcer
- Freshman Class Representative/Bass Vocalist in the Carthage Choir
- Percussionist in Concert Band
- Percussionist in A.F. Siebert Chapel Worship Band
- Member of Alpha Lambda Delta Freshmen Honors Society
“Putting academics first doesn’t mean you can’t have fun,” Matt said. “Carthage is an amazing place and there is always something going on. I’m very involved and still have time to study and get good grades. It’s all about balance and learning the skill of time management will make your life much easier after college.”
“The faculty is always there for their students, so don’t be afraid to ask for help.”
“To be an athletic director, sports information director, or director of athletic communication at a college or university.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“Matthew Tuttle. His public speaking class showed students how to appropriately speak, not only in an academic setting, but in a professional one as well. The way he presented the material made it very easy to understand and he was one of the most approachable professors on campus. He made his class intellectually stimulating and a lot of fun.”
Sports Editor and Advertising Manager for The Current; Men’s Basketball Statistician; Men’s Basketball Manager; Men’s Basketball Social Media Manager; Tutor; Baseball Public Address Announcer; Freshman Class Representative/Bass Vocalist in the Carthage Choirl Percussionist in Concert Band; Percussionist in A.F. Siebert Chapel Worship Band; Member of Alpha Lambda Delta Freshmen Honors Society.
“Aural Skills. It was very difficult, but it was the most rewarding class I have taken this far because it helped me greatly develop my ear training.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“I covered the 2014 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championships for Carthage’s Office of Communications and Athletic Department. I also attended the Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Association’s National College Media Convention in New Orleans with The Current in October 2013.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“There are a ton. Performing at the WCDA (Wisconsin Choral Directors Association) Convention with Carthage Choir, traveling to New Orleans with The Current, working for the men’s basketball team, covering the 2014 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championships ‘Sweet Sixteen’ at DePauw University, announcing baseball games on campus, and spending time with my friends in the dorms.”
Favorite spot on campus
“The atrium to the A.W. Clausen Center for World Business. Sitting by the fountain and looking outside is very serene and is the perfect spot on campus to either relax or get things done.”
Biggest surprise so far
“Being asked by Molly Polk and the Office of Communications to cover the 2014 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championships ‘Sweet Sixteen’ when the Lady Reds made it past the first and second rounds of the tournament that were hosted here at Carthage. Covering college sports is truly what I want to do with my life and this was the first opportunity for me to go out and do this on my own. I was so appreciative that they trusted me to fill such a large role. I learned more that weekend than I’ve ever learned before and I loved every minute of it.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“Eight-year-old me would never have thought that I would want to work in athletics for the rest of my life. Up until my junior year of high school, I was set on becoming a choir director. I was always involved in sports throughout my life, but I didn’t enjoy them all that much until I discovered my love for writing and how I could incorporate the two. I love how no game is ever like another, so there is always something new to write about. I never get bored when I’m writing about sports, it doesn’t even seem like a job.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“Be prepared to experience a lot of different aspects of communication. You will be writing a lot, but you will also be doing graphic design projects and learning about business as well. The work is really fun and I guarantee that you will enjoy it. Make sure your writing skills are well practiced, because they will be tested right away. Being a strong writer will make your life a lot easier, and you will enjoy your classes more. If you’re not a strong writer, don’t worry. You will continue to grow in your writing. The faculty is always there for their students, so don’t be afraid to ask for help.”