The School of Media Arts & Design recently hosted a multi-city Alumni Summit involving 20 MSUM alumni representing Film, Graphic Communications and Graphic Design and 75 current SoMAD students and faculty. The three-hour event included an in-person panel of Fargo-Moorhead alumni and four video panels of alumni living and working in New York, Minneapolis, New Orleans and Los Angeles, who addressed questions concerning the transition from undergraduate to post-graduate life. Topics of discussion included:

* Relocating to larger markets
* The Importance of Networking
* Finding the “right” internship
* The realities of working freelance

and many more.

Participating alumni included:

Film: (New York) Aaron Lehman ’11, Patrick McKeown ’13 (Minneapolis) Amber Johnson ’09, Eric Carlson ’10, Alyssa Yule ’13 (New Orleans) Gabe Wimmer ’08, Laurel Hasbargen ’06 (Los Angeles) Brent Rockswold ’06, Kate Enge ’10, Conor Holt ’13, Zach Marion ’07 (Fargo-Moorhead) Wayne McConnell ’04 (Indiana) Jesse Balzer ’11.

Graphic Design: (Minneapolis) Rachel Brixius ’13, Kyle Weik ’12. (Fargo-Moorhead) Andre Pilch ’13, Ben Brouillard ’03.

Graphic Communications: (Fargo-Moorhead) Josh Anderson ’06, Corey Trick ’07.

This summit was funded in part by a grant from the Solomon G. Comstock Memorial Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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