Be Connected is a podcast created by students in the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University. It features stories about alumni, current students, and other happenings in the college (such as building renovations and what faculty are doing outside the classroom). Student creators contribute all of the story ideas, writing and editing.
How to Listen to the Podcast
You can listen to the podcast episodes at the links below or through your Apple or Android device.
For Apple Users
Go to the Apple Podcast App and search Be Connected.
For Apple and Android Users
Use Spotify, SoundCloud or Google Podcasts and search Be Connected Marquette.
Be Connected Episodes
Three former transfer students offer their advice to current and potential transfer students to help ease the transition to Marquette University. Zuzu Siam shares her story, and the journey of two other students who transferred to the Diederich College of Communication.
Alumnus Chris Marrs is a working actor, writer and producer whose entertainment career began in the Diederich College of Communication. He shares his journey and gives advice to students interested in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry.
Three alumni shared their wisdom with students interested in careers in sports media during a Diederich Drop In meeting on Teams in the Spring 2020 semester. The episode features Brad Galli, Jen Lada and Sophia Minneart.
Pulitzer prize winning Alumna Jacqui Banaszynski shared her insights with students wanting to pursue a career in journalism. In this episode, hear from her as well as some journalism students regarding their choice of major and whether the pandemic has had any impact that decision.
Coping with COVID-19
Instead of a student-created story, this episode of the podcast features faculty member BarbVolbrechtsharing the comments of some students in the college of communication as they switched from in-person to online classes in the Spring 2020 semester. Students share how they were dealing with the quarantine and their classes.
Some inspiration for college students who don't know what to major in from Alumnus Joe Martinez. He wanted to do something in the music industry and ended up as an expert in online advertising and marketing.He works from his home, travels around the world and has his own YouTube channel.
Bus vs. Building
When thinking about opportunities in life, people often mention the importance of walking through a ‘new door.’ This episode focuses on a door with a Gothic style arch that's been the focus of much reminiscing in Johnston Hall as the year comes to a close.
College students put in a lot of time and effort when it comes to selecting a university to attend and what to major in, but there's also planning along the way to help with life after graduation.
James Ford Murphy
James Ford Murphy has worked as an animator on “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters Inc.,” and the Academy Award-winning features, “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles,” and “Ratatouille.” That’s just part of his biography at Pixar Animation Studios.
Imagine having over 30 years experience in sports journalism and working with noted sports journalists like Adrian Wojnarowski, Dan Wetzel and Charles Robinson. It's not something Gerry Ahern has to imagine, he experienced it when he was at Yahoo.
Drew discusses how he brings passion for filmmaking and experimentation to the classroom.
Alumnus Ron Smith is back at Marquette as director of NNS, a publication with a rich history.
Alumnus Luis Hernandez shares a story of gratitude for the Educational Opportunity Program.
Alumnus Matt Mallinger ended up taking a position in an unexpected medium: podcasting.
Alumna Dana Leonard shares the risks she took to jumpstart her career at a creative agency.
Alumnus Nick Parrot discusses collaborating with Theatre Arts faculty on creative work.
The MIC Speakers Lab is led by Ms. Tracey Sturgal to help students gain skills in public speaking.
New Online Degree
Dr. Kati Berg was interviewed to discuss the new online degree in Strategic Communication.
Hannah, a Corporate Communication major, is participating in a student-run business program this summer.
This former Advertising student is expanding Little Liv, her vegan ice cream business.
This recent graduate used internship opportunities to tap into his love of visual storytelling.
Acting Dean Feldner
You never know when a career opportunity will come along, and neither did Acting Dean Sarah Feldner.
Farewell to Joe Brown, assistant professor of digital media, who heads to Denver in July.
Sue Clinton Retires
Imagine enjoying your job after working at the same place for 51 years. That's Sue Clinton's story.
Passion for Comedy
Graduating senior David Klinger started a club to nurture his love for making people laugh.
Caroline Norton shares why she chose to leave her home in Alabama to attend Marquette.
Finding a Major
JP Bauer shares his unusual path to finding his major within the Diederich College of Communication.
Graduate student Michael Hendricks talks about his journey in the field of communication.
In episode 5, we interview Fox 6 reporter and successful alumnus Aaron Maybin.
Alumni visit the newly renovated second floor and share memories during homecoming.
New possibilities for creative pursuits are opening up in the basement of Johnston Hall.
Learn all about the exciting renovations that are happening on the second floor of Johnston Hall.
Dr. Kimo Ah Yun
Acting provost Kimo Ah Yun discusses Diederich Initiatives that help students succeed.