UMD Communications Grads "Comm" Home; Some Hope For Good

By KBJR News 1

October 8, 2013 Updated Oct 8, 2013 at 12:59 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)
Downtown Duluth turned into Bulldog Country this weekend as the University of Minnesota Duluth celebrated its Fall Homecoming.
UMD fever hit from the athletes on campus to alumni on Superior Street.
Graduates of the communications program gathered at the Greysolon Ballroom for a reunion.

"We have people here from Alaska, California, Colorado and all over the place." said Dr. Mike Sunnafrank of UMD.

The gathering was more union than reunion.
This event was a way for the communications program to get its past grads to be today's mentors.

"Put them together with our current students so the current students can get some idea of what's out there for them when they get out of here." said Sunnafrank.

According to professors from UMD, a comm degree opens the door to several career fields.

"Public relations, advertising, social networking, human relations, sales and marketing and all sorts of things." said Sunnafrank.

The sorts of things one can find right here in the Northland.
Duluth Mayor Don Ness did his best to convince today's students to stay here when they graduate and perhaps even lure some of the alumni home.
That's why the event stressed networking with others.

"In tighter labor markets when the economy is down and jobs are harder to find it is important to make personal connections." said Dr. Aaron Voyson of UMD.

The mayor and the communications professors feel any college in the Northland can urge their grads to stay in the region and feed the economy that trained them the way UMD is.
The UMD profs are tired of spending four years with people then seeing them leave.
They'd rather...

"See them grow and remain connected because it is sad when they leave and this gives us an opportunity to bring them back home." said Sunnafrank

In Duluth, Dave Anderson, KBJR 6 and Range 11.

UMD's communications department hopes to make the reunion an event that repeats every one to two years.