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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Greetings from West Linn

My name is Neil, and I am a Police Sergeant, for the last 20 years I have done police work ranging from patrol to detectives. One of my current responsibilities is that of Public Information Officer, which is basically the PR person for the department. I supervise all of our community outreach programs, crime prevention activities, traffic enforcement team and bicycle patrols. Never a dull moment.

I met Tyler when she taught my Public Relations class at the University of Phoenix here in the Portland, Oregon area. It was the first time I had any formal training in PR, and I found her class very beneficial.

I grew up in New York City, and moved to Eugene, Oregon when I was 18. That was quite a change, but it was the best move of my life. I have visited Ireland (where my family is from), England, Holland, and Germany. I have only lived in Oregon and New York, but I travel domestically quite often.

I look forward to corresponding with you, best of luck!

Monday, February 13, 2006

Bridget's Introduction!

Hello everyone! My name is Bridget. I first met Tyler while taking her internship class at the University of Portland, then later took her PR class. As a student at the University of Portland I completed two PR internships: with the Humane Society for Southwest Washington, an animal shelter, and with the Portland Rose Festival, a month-long civic celebration featuring parades, an art show, a carnival and more. After graduating in December I returned to the Rose Festival where I am currently working as an Events Assistant. To see a little more about what I do (and what Chelsey did) at the Rose Festival visit

I grew up in Bozeman (a small college town) and Wise River (a tiny ranch town) in beautiful Montana. I was lucky to study abroad in London, England twice during college. Other countries I've visited are the Czech Republic, Italy, France, Wales and Canada.

Enjoy your time learning with Tyler and have fun! I'm looking forward to answering your questions!

Jessica's Introduction


My name is Jessica Morrison and I live in Portland, Oregon. I was a student of Tyler's at Marylhurst University, where I am pursuing an MBA. I currently work at David Evans and Associates as the energy business line marketing manager, but prior to DEA I was involved in PR roles. DEA is a 900-person engineering design firm, and our energy clients include wind project developers, utilities, and other traditional energy companies.

My PR experience includes coordinating media relations for PacifiCorp (a local utility) before moving to Waggener Edstrom where I handled PR for Microsoft's MSN, and eventually Young & Roehr Group, where I worked with science and technology clients including FEI (nanotechnology), and Sharp Microelectronics (semiconductors). I also led a year-long PR campaign for a local music nonprofit as part of my involvement as the VP of community service for the Portland chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

I love to travel, and have been fortunate to live in Granada, Spain during college, and Santiago and Iquique Chile, where I taught ESL from 2002 - 2003. I have also visited Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, England, Scotland, and most recently Mexico. I hope to travel to Asia in the near future!

I look forward to meeting you all!


Thursday, February 09, 2006

All About Mark!

Hello! My name is Mark and I work for Weber Shandwick, a public relations firm in Portland, Ore. I've worked for the company for more than five years, and primarily I focus on managing product reviews for the Windows Mobile division of Microsoft (which develops software for Smartphones and Pocket PCs).

Tyler was my public relations professor in college, at the University of Portland. She really helped me start my PR career on the right foot!

Countries I've visited include: Canada, England and Norway. States within the U.S. I've visited include: California, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Washington state and Washington D.C.

Hello from San Diego

Hi, my name is Chelsey and I took Tyler's PR class at the University of Portland. During my undergraduate studies, I was fortunate to learn about the various types of PR through four internships. Two were with the Portland Rose Festival Association (a non-profit organization), one with HMH (a marketing communications agency), and the last with PacifiCorp (an electric company).

I'm originally from the Big Island of Hawaii and currently pursuing a master's degree in mass communication and media at San Diego State University in California. Upon graduating from college in 2003, I spent two years living in Japan. Through the JET Program, I had the opportunity to teach in Japanese high schools while traveling around Asia. Visiting numerous places in Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Hong Kong were awesome experiences and I hope to return to the area in the near future.

Enjoy your time with Tyler! I look forward to exchanging questions and ideas with all of you.

Aloha, Chelsey

Friday, February 03, 2006

Hello from Portland!

My name is Mckenzie and I met Tyler my senior year at the University of Portland in her internship class. After graduating in 2004, I got an internship in the Portland office of Fleishman-Hillard International Communications and was hired as a full-time employee three months later. I work with numerous local and national clients, coordinating marketing efforts and media relations.

I have had the privilege to live in Oregon for most of my life but also spent some time living in London and Cape Town, South Africa. In addition, I have traveled to various places in the United States, through Europe, and to Japan and China.

I hope you all enjoy the class. I am looking forward to your questions!
Thanks, Mckenzie

Thursday, February 02, 2006

American blogger introductions

American participants:
Please give a paragraph or two about yourself, including: how we know each other, your experience in Public Relations, what states you've lived in, and what countries you may have traveled to for vacation or work.

Many thanks!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Introduction to the class

From March 6 -24 six of my former American students have graciously agreed to participate in responding to questions from my Chinese public relations students at Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China, Hubei Province. Here's where you'll see the dialog.

Sometimes I'll post specific questions and will ask the American bloggers to respond. Since my class in Wuhan will be so big, my Chinese students will work in teams, vying for the opportunity to have their question/response posted. (They will earn BONUS points for having their question selected by either myself or my TA.)

The hoped outcome of this exchange is a better understanding between all of us--Chinese and American--from a cross-cultural perspective, but also in exploring the discipline of public relations.

My thanks to the American blogging team for adding this activity to your busy work and personal lives. I know my Chinese students will enjoy this so very much.