Testimonials – Don’t Believe Us? Ask Our Students

Ryne Jacobson
Broadcasting and Media Arts Concentration

“USF had just the type of program I was looking for. I wanted a Communication & Media Arts Department where I could be hands on with the equipment from day one and get involved with everything. That’s exactly what USF let me do. Not only was it easy to get involved in the different clubs, but other students are more than willing to help. It seems like everyone tries to bring out the best in each other. I believe the professors have something to do with this desire to excel and be involved. I love coming to class because the professors make you want to come. The professors in the Communication & Media Arts Department are just as willing to help as other students are. Any time I have ever had a question about something I didn’t understand, the professors always have an answer. Overall, my experience so far at USF has been a great one.”


Megan Beutel
Media Arts Concentration

“When I was looking at schools, University of St. Francis immediately stood out from the rest. The historic campus and surrounding grounds are beautiful and the small class size is perfect for me. USF is like an ever-growing family. Everyone is so friendly, the professors are helpful, and I am making many life-long friends. My major in Communication & Media Arts allows me to express myself in a multitude of ways from graphic design and animation to television and radio. We have some excellent facilities to work with including a TV production studio, radio station, and a fully updated Mac Lab. As a MCOM student, I have the opportunity to work on our school newspaper, The Encounter, be a part of the production of Exploring Joliet, or be on the radio, 88.7, The Edge. I love it here, and look forward to pursuing an internship in my senior year. ”


Thaschara VanDyke
Public Relations, Advertising, Journalism Concentration

“When I decided to transfer to another college, I looked for a college that was close to home. I wanted the college experience, but I still wanted to be near my family. USF provided that option. I am able to go home in between breaks from classes and I can spend my vacations home from school without the far travel. In addition, I found out that USF was more affordable than other colleges that I wanted to attend. I looked at tons of art schools and schools with communication programs, but the majority of the schools had high tuition and did not offer financial assistance. The counselors at USF took the time to find out my financial situation and gave me options to pay for my education. I was able to apply for and receive scholarships. Finally, USF had the best communication & media arts program. The classes are small and professors are hands-on. Furthermore, USF gave me the opportunity to try my hand at Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations. I have had so many wonderful opportunities with meeting new people and making new friends. I would not change my decision to attend USF for anything in this world. ”


Patrick Keating
Communication & Media Arts Alumni

Patrick Keating, a staff photographer with WLS-TV Chicago since 2000, is no stranger to awards either. He is an Emmy-nominated video journalist and two-time winner of the Peter Lisagor Award. Keating, whose responsibilities include shooting, editing and satellite truck operation, was on the field in Houston when the Chicago White Sox won the World Series in 2005, and was on the ice in Philadelphia after the Chicago Blackhawks captured the Stanley Cup in 2010. He has covered historic events such as the Democratic National Convention in 2008, the Shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003 and the Presidential Election recount in 2000.


Katrina Krone
Communication & Media Arts Alumni

Katrina Krone excelled in a public relations internship at a local nonprofit agency. So much so, that Katrina’s supervisor recommended her to the Media Relations Deputy at the State’s Attorney’s Office. She interned there, providing writing and editing help as well as graphic design and event coordination. After graduation, in 2009, they hired her. Katrina has since leveraged her communication skills and governmental experience into a state-wide public affairs position at a huge professional association headquartered in Chicago.


Carey Villegas
Communication & Media Arts Alumni

Carey Villegas graduated from USF’s journalism and communication program in 1993. He quickly made a name for himself in visual effects production, working at what was the Midwest’s largest post-production facility in Chicago. He moved to Los Angeles in 1995 to work on feature films at Digital Domain, which landed him credits on major films including “Titanic,” “What Dreams May Come,” “Fight Club” and “Armageddon.” In 1999, he joined Sony Pictures Imageworks as a visuals effects supervisor to work on the feature films “Cast Away” and “What Lies Beneath.” He also supervised and ensured the delivery of shots for blockbusters “Alice in Wonderland,” “Hancock,” “SpiderMan 3,” “I Am Legend” and many more. His work on “Alice in Wonderland” earned him a special effects Oscar nomination.