Tag: Vice President

Lovin’ the Rambler Network

Lovin’ the Rambler Network

A lot of people ask me why I went to Loyola, a private college in Chicago rather than a state college back home in Minnesota. Some argue that I would get the same degree and same education without having to pay so much.

What I tell them is that I’m not paying for the degree (which, by the way, I would argue isn’t at all the same education I would get at different college) but, rather, I’m paying for the connections. People at Loyola are well connected, and I had the feeling that if I went to school here, they would hold my hand and help ensure that I found employment after graduation.

This Tuesday my Digital Media Campaigns class was visited by Alecia Dantico, @danticoa, who is the Vice President for Edelman Digital, the digital facet of the largest private public relations firm in Chicago. She spent more than an hour talking to my Digital Media Class and ended by giving her card and telling us that we should contact her whenever we want or whenever we need advice.

Then the next day as I’m visiting my capstone professor for next semester, Herb Ritchell, he gives me the contact information for a Loyola Alum who also works for Edelman Digital. So I emailed her and set up a time to meet over coffee. As of writing I’m waiting in the Starbucks at the Aon Center to talk to her about post-graduate opportunities.

So the Rambler Network runs deeper than I thought; and if anything, it is what’ll put me in a better position to land a job after college.

Running the Higher Education Panel was a Learning Experience

Running the Higher Education Panel was a Learning Experience

As I write, I’m sitting in the back of Mundelein Auditorium waiting for an event to finish. They’re just doing panel discussions, so I don’t need to be too proactive.

But that wasn’t the case last night and this morning.

For a while I’ve been passed around as a go-to contact for events in Mundelein Auditorium (Loyola’s home for the arts). On my website (www.EvanFazio.com) I spoke about supporting a speech by Robert F. Kennedy JR.

A little while later I was contacted by Suzan Cibulskis, one of the nicest executive assistants I’ve ever met. I went to her office and we planned her event. But on the night of the setup I ran into problems. The projector and screen that I had rented for free from the Digital Media Lab at Loyola weren’t big enough. Even further, the VGA cable wasn’t long enough to connect the laptop on the podium to the projector.

I went into problem solving mode. I first called the Digital Media Lab, but they didn’t have anything longer. Then I called my department, and they didn’t have anything either. I looked around the auditorium but to no avail. I know I had seen a long one once, and now it had disappeared. So I decided to look in our supply closet.

Only one problem; my key got me into the main office, but not into the supply closet. I called Campus Safety for an admit (basically to let me in) but they didn’t have an access list for that space and weren’t able to help me out.

So I settled for putting the projector on the stage, which made the screen a little smaller (it was small enough already) because of the short distance between projector and screen, and the projector got in the way of the screen itself.

The morning of the event it was deemed that the screen was not large enough, and especially so with the projector on stage. Luckily, Rob Kelly (Vice President of Student Development) knew to call the Office of First Year Experience and they managed to bring over a larger screen. We started the event only 10 minutes late, and by the time the first video was over we were back on schedule.

So I learned a lot about how many different departments work together. I could see what the Digital Media Lab had to offer, how things sometimes disappear from common spaces like the auditorium, how Campus Safety selects their admits, and, most importantly:

When the Vice President calls a department, they come running.