Behind the Bearcat

Northwest MO State University Career Services

Hannah Christian and Travis Kline reveal the stories behind the amazing people at Northwest Missouri State University.

All Episodes

This week Hannah and Travis chat with Northwest Assistant Library Director/Access Services, Terra Feick, about creating her own internship, working in the library and what she looks for in a student employee. Remember to subscribe for more and learn more about the video podcast at www.nwmissouri.edu/career/podcast.htm.

Nov 26

22 min 51 sec

This week Travis and Hannah chat with Co-Founder and CEO of Peep Connect, Valentine Osakwe, about founding a company, coming to study in the US and what he looks for when he hires. Find Val on Twitter at @valoderah and Peep Connect at @ConnectPeep. Remember to subscribe for more and learn more about the video podcast at www.nwmissouri.edu/career/podcast.htm.

Nov 19

33 min 22 sec

This week Hannah and Travis talk with Northwest Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, Veronica Watkins, about her journey as an artist, what inspires her work and the vital skills art students learn. Learn more about Veronica's work on her Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/vlwatkinspottery/. Remember to subscribe for more and learn more about the video podcast at www.nwmissouri.edu/career/podcast.htm.

Nov 12

33 min 37 sec

This week Travis and Hannah talk with new Northwest Career Services Specialist, Casey Wenstrand, about 4H, his journey to Northwest and recently going the Career Services office. Remember to subscribe for more and learn more about the video podcast at www.nwmissouri.edu/career/podcast.htm.

Nov 5

25 min 18 sec

This week Travis and Hannah talk with Northwest Alumni and current Director of Development and Public Relations at Bidwell Riverside Center, Alison Hanner, about her multiple internships in college, being picky while searching for a job and working for a non-profit. Check out the music video mentioned in the episode at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97iAa_XavFw. Remember to subscribe for more and learn more about the video podcast at www.nwmissouri.edu/career/podcast.htm.

Oct 29

27 min 31 sec

This week Hannah and Travis chat with Northwest School of Communication and Mass Media Senior Instructor, Jacquie Lamer, about her amazing career journey, how she ended up teaching at Northwest and the We Gotchya group’s roots and accomplishments. Remember to subscribe for more and learn more about the video podcast at www.nwmissouri.edu/career/podcast.htm.

Oct 22

39 min 1 sec

This week Travis and Hannah talk with Senior PR major and current Career Services Event Coordinator Intern, Grace Stephens, about how came to work in Career Services, the advantages of going to a rural high school and why getting involved on campus is a big deal. Remember to subscribe for more and learn more about the video podcast at www.nwmissouri.edu/career/podcast.htm.

Oct 15

18 min 59 sec

This week Hannah and Travis chat with Junior Sports Media Major, Corbin Smith, about being a student athlete, what it’s like to work at the Northwest Missourian, and how he deals with both positive and negative comments on his writing related to race at Northwest. Remember to subscribe for more and learn more about the video podcast at www.nwmissouri.edu/career/podcast.htm.

Oct 8

18 min 15 sec

This week Travis and Hannah chat with Northwest Coordinator of Systems and Processes and new Director of esports, Paul Bennett, about what esports are, living where you work and the rewards of working in student affairs. Remember to subscribe for more and learn more about the video podcast at www.nwmissouri.edu/career/podcast.htm.

Oct 1

30 min 10 sec

This week Hannah and Travis talk with new Northwest School of Communication and Mass Media Instructor, Dr. Kylie Wilson, about getting hired during a pandemic, how her love of talking lead to a PHD, and how putting ranch on everything makes her a true midwesterner. Remember to subscribe for more and learn more about the video podcast at www.nwmissouri.edu/career/podcast.htm.

Sep 24

24 min 34 sec

This week Travis and Hannah chat with the new Career Services Graduate Assistant, Taina Dias, about being an international student from Brazil, why she loves the midwest and how networking has been a huge part of her life in America. Remember to subscribe for more and learn more about the video podcast at www.nwmissouri.edu/career/podcast.htm.

Sep 17

23 min 36 sec

This week Hannah and Travis talk with Technical Operations Manager at Disney and Northwest alumni, Mike Patterson, about following a girl to Northwest, working with big names like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Marvel and his current gig at one of the largest entertainment companies in the world. Remember to subscribe for more and learn more about the video podcast at www.nwmissouri.edu/career/podcast.htm.

Sep 10

42 min 32 sec

This week Travis and Hannah talk with the new Assistant Director of Career Services, Kat Falke, about being a first-generation college Student, her many positions at Northwest and what she is looking forward to in her new new role with us. Remember to subscribe for more videos and learn more about the video podcast at www.nwmissouri.edu/career/podcast.htm.

Sep 3

22 min 13 sec

Behind the Bearcat is back for Season 3! This week Hannah and Travis talk about the multitude of changes in the Northwest Career Services office since the end of Season 2 and what they are planning for the year ahead. Remember to subscribe for more videos and learn more about the video podcast at https://www.nwmissouri.edu/career/podcast.htm.

Aug 27

7 min 6 sec

It's the season two finale episode! This week we talk with Dr. Clarence Green, Vice President of Culture at Northwest and Chief of UPD about his journey from East St. Louis, IL to Northwest Missouri State University, what UPD does to cultivate campus community and what the heck a VP of Culture is.

Apr 30

46 min 3 sec

This week Hannah and Travis talk with Associate Professor of Management and Director of the Melvin D. & Valorie G. Booth School of Business, Dr. Ben Blackford about working at Wal-Mart for more than two decades, becoming a professor and school director and his advice for students thinking about their futures.

Apr 16

31 min 31 sec

This week Travis and Hannah talk with Sophomore English Education major and Career Ambassador, Rhebe Fulbright about being the Vice President of FLO, student diversity at Northwest and the power of research.

Apr 9

38 min 44 sec

This week Hannah and Travis talk with Career Ambassador and Senior Political Science: Public Administration major, Grace McCarty about her time at Northwest, her future plans and advice she has for incoming students.

Apr 2

26 min 33 sec

This week Travis and Hannah talk with new Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion, Brittany Roberts about how she got to Northwest, what the Diversity and Inclusion office is doing and her advice for Bearcats.

Mar 26

28 min 43 sec

This week Hannah and Travis chat with Northwest Associate Professor of Mass Media, Dr. Bob Bergland about coming to Northwest from nearby rival Missouri Western, what it takes to be a good journailst and his thoughts on Bearcat culture.

Mar 19

40 min 45 sec

This week Travis and Hannah talk with the Editor in Chief of the Northwest Missourian, Rachel Adamson about being a multimedia journalism major at Northwest, working at Scooters coffee and her future plans. Check out the Missourian online at https://www.nwmissourinews.com/.

Mar 12

24 min 2 sec

This week Hannah and Travis chat with Northwest Student Involvement Coordinator, Drake Summers about being a Human Services major, transitioning from a student employee to a full-time staff member and what a Student Involvement Coordinator actually does.

Mar 5

30 min 23 sec

This week Travis and Hannah talk with Northwest Associate Provost of Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Justin Mallett about being from the same hometown as Oprah, his academic journey and how he came to Maryville, MO.

Feb 26

45 min 31 sec

This week Hannah and Travis talk with Northwest Executive Director of Student Recruitment, Jeremy Waldeier about his customer service work experience, his management philosophy and what he looks for in a student employee.

Feb 19

31 min 52 sec

This week Travis and Hannah talk with senior Ag Science major and Career Services Event Intern, Sadie Graham about showing livestock, her extensive internship experience and future plans.

Feb 12

24 min 38 sec

This week Hannah and Travis chat with KXCV/KRNW Membership Dev/Events Coordinator, Helen Konstantopoulos about growing up in the restaurant business, being an educator and living in Greece.

Feb 5

29 min 58 sec

This week Travis and Hannah talk with Northwest Assistant Director of Academic Support, Dr. Ashley Strickland about her years of working with students, the journey from LSU to Northwest and the importance of mentorship in her life.

Jan 29

29 min 12 sec

This week Hannah and Travis talk with Northwest Senior Graphic Designer, Ashlee Hendrix about being a first-generation college student, getting involved in the Maryville community and what she looks for in a student employment application.

Jan 22

27 min 4 sec

This week Travis and Hannah talk with Northwest Assistant Professor of Sociology, Dr. Giselle Greenidge about teaching at the high school and college level, adapting classes to the pandemic and what sociology actually is.

Jan 15

28 min 10 sec

This week Hannah and Travis talk with Northwest Student Senate president Kirayle Jones about how he got to Northwest, getting involved on campus and his plans to work in higher education.

Jan 8

19 min 8 sec

This week Travis and Hannah talk with Kim Mildward, Economic Development Planner at the Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments about being a two time Bearcat, working in rural government and the amazing opportunities she had at Northwest.

Jan 1

24 min 34 sec

This week Hannah and Travis talk with Senior Art Studio major, Shelby Theis about deciding on a major, preparing for grad school and working on a large scale mural in Oregon, MO this past summer. Learn more about the mural project at https://www.nwmissouri.edu/media/news/2020/10/06Theis-Scottmural.htm

Dec 2020

31 min 27 sec

This week Travis and Hannah Talk with Northwest Academic Advisor and Success Coach, Latonya Davis about being a first generation college student, changing careers as an adult and the importance of creating and cultivating relationships. Check out Latonya's YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfnTwawjmnMm3QO-A9K4Zog.

Dec 2020

33 min 58 sec

This week Hannah and Travis talk with senior English Education major and Vice President of H.E.R.O., Levi Bradley about finding Northwest, getting involved with the campus Diversity office and the importance of self care.

Dec 2020

22 min 12 sec

This week Travis and Hannah talk with two time Bearcat alum and Horace Mann Reading Specialist, Michelle Vaught, about growing up in a small town, being an educator in the time of COVID and the importance of being true to yourself.

Dec 2020

29 min 47 sec

This week Hannah and Travis talk with Northwest Director of Nursing, Dr. Brooke McAtee about becoming as nurse, starting the nursing program at Northwest and going from being a Tiger to a Bearcat.

Nov 2020

31 min 47 sec

This week Travis and Hannah talk with Northwest alumni and Lead Cytogenetic Technologist at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Damian Bridges about being a second generation Bearcat, working in a lab and her plans in retirement.

Nov 2020

23 min 52 sec

This week Hannah and Travis talk with Northwest Associate Professor of Recreation and Assistant Director of the School of Health Science and Wellness, Dr. Tyler Tapps, about growing up in a small town, being in the Air Force and working in Higher Education.

Nov 2020

45 min

This week Travis and Hannah talk with sophomore Mass Media major and Bearcat Life vlogger, Courtney Rowe about being a child model/actor, coming to college and dealing with COVID stress. Check out My Bearcat Life on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTX1LGxTp7qb5xPNgj7UHAA

Nov 2020

21 min 8 sec

This week Hannah and Travis talk with Northwest Coordinator of Academic Support, Lindsey Holt, about being an SI at Northwest, working with student Athletes during COVID and not be afraid to jump.

Oct 2020

26 min 12 sec

This week Travis and Hannah talk with Northwest junior and current president of Active Minds, Cayla Vertreese, about her journey to Northwest, how Active Minds helps the mental health of students and staff and how she handles the stresses of life.

Oct 2020

45 min 4 sec

This week Hannah and Travis talk with Northwest Hope 4 All Coordinator, Monica Zeigel, about working in the prison system, preventing student suicide and cultivating happiness in your life.

Oct 2020

26 min 55 sec

This week Travis and Hannah talk with Real Estate Associate and Northwest Alumni, Tracey Steele, about being an outstanding intern, his years working in television across the country, and deciding to go to law school.

Oct 2020

37 min 26 sec

This week Hannah and Travis talk with Northwest Web Assistant and senior IDM: Computer Science Programming major, Nolan Harless about his time in the Northland CAPS program in high school, merging tech and creativity and the value of networking.

Oct 2020

23 min 41 sec

This week Travis and Hannah talk with Edward Jones Financial Planner and former Bearcat Men's basketball player, D'Vante Mosby, about his basketball journey to and at Northwest, becoming a financial planner and becoming involved with the Northwest Alumni Association.

Sep 2020

27 min

This week Hannah and Travis talk with Northwest Multimedia Specialist and alumni, Brandon Bland, about working at World's of Fun, the video work he does for the university and the power of staying scared and hungry.

Sep 2020

34 min 27 sec

This week Travis and Hannah talk with December 2019 graduate, Grace Niemeyer, about finding a job during COVID, freelancing and study abroad in Ireland.

Sep 2020

31 min 40 sec

This week Hannah and Travis talk with alum Allison Kreifels, principle at Mid-Buchanan High School, about working as a waitress, what she looks for in a teaching candidate and the importance of networking.

Sep 2020

30 min 14 sec

This week Travis and Hannah chat with the new Career Services Graduate Assistant, Samantha Cress, about discovering your career is outside your major, a gap year working as a bartender and what it's like to work for Career Services at Northwest.

Aug 2020

28 min 34 sec

Behind the Bearcat is back for Season 2! This week Hannah and Travis talk about what they learned in COVID and plans for season 2. Make sure to follow on your podcast platform of choice and follow us on YouTube. https://www.nwmissouri.edu/career/podcast.htm

Aug 2020

17 min 16 sec