Arts and Letters Career Studio + Expo

This premiere event is free. Registration is appreciated but not required. Students are invited to attend any or all of the sessions.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Plaster Student Union

The Arts & Letters Career Studio + Expo is a conference-style event that provides students in the College of Arts and Letters the opportunity to interact and network with alumni and employers, attend panel presentations and mini-workshop sessions, get their portraits taken for their LinkedIn profiles or websites, and have their resumes and portfolios reviewed.


The Arts & Letters Career Studio + Expo consists of the following session tracks:

PSU 312: Expo Networking

11:00–2:00 Open Networking and Exhibits. Participants include—

  • City Year
  • The Kitchen, Inc.
  • KSMU—Ozarks Public Radio
  • KYTV
  • Marlin Network
  • Penmac Education Staffing
  • Social Security Administration—Kansas City Region, Center for Human Resources
  • Springfield Public Schools R-12
  • SummitMedia LLC


PSU 313 (Traywick Room): Panel Presentations

11:10–12:15  "Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda: Advice for students interested in arts professions

Panelists:   Derrick Docket, Director of Marketing for Wentzville School District 

Jennifer Jester, CEO & Founder of The Creative Infusion Company, Owner of School of Rock Springfield, & MSU Music Instructor

Zoe Zelonky, Youth Program Director, Springfield Little Theatre


12:40–1:45  "Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda: Advice for students interested in letters professions

Panelists:   Paige Oxendine, Program Coordinator, eFactory, Missouri State University’s IDEA Commons

Trysta Herzog, Marketing and Media Consultant

Bridget Dierks Vice President of Programs, Community Foundation of the Ozarks


PSU 314A: Headshots

Come dressed appropriately to get your free portrait taken by Missouri State University's Office of Visual Media.


PSU 314BC: Resume /Portfolio Reviews

Stop by for a quick review of your resume and/or portfolio. Reviewers include—

  • Elisabeth Anderson and Sarah Patton from 417 Magazine
  • Nicole Edens and Gena Flores from Jack Henry & Associates, Inc.
  • Christina Casey from Penmac Education Staffing
  • Michael Jarvis from Missouri State University
  • Career Center staff  

Portfolio reviews:

Jeremy Shreckhise, Senior Art Director, Marlin Network


PSU 315A: Handshake

All Missouri State University students have a free account on Handshake, the platform for managing your career: search and apply for internships and full-time positions; research employers and read reviews written by other students; register for career events, and more! Have you completed your free profile yet? If you need help or just have questions about Handshake, stop by for individualized assistance.


PSU 315BC: Mini-Workshops

These are short 15–minute presentations on various topics.


11:00–11:15 "Networking" presented by Bridget Dierks, Vice President of Programs, Community Foundation of the Ozarks

11:30–11:45 "The Importance of Internships" presented by Alex Cobb, Chief Human Resource Officer, SeniorAge

12:00–12:15 "Navigating Job Transitions" presented by Trysta Herzog, Marketing and Media Consultant

12:30–12:45 "Your Social Media Presence" presented by Derrick Docket, Director of Marketing, Wentzville School District

1:00–1:15 "Making Your Resume Forward-Thinking" presented by John Turner, Senior Instructor, MSU English Department

1:30–1:45  "Top 10 Things to Do When Interviewing" presented by Michelle Moulder, Assistant Federal Defender, Office of the Public Defender


In addition, we'll have lots of handouts for you to take with you and posters on a variety of career-related topics!