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Travel = Museums

IMG_4549When I was 16 I wanted to see the Mona Lisa, in person. Travel means art museums. At home, like many people, I forget what’s in my backyard. Thankfully the Minneapolis Institute of Arts just send me a few emails reminding me of their new exhibit, Italian Style:  Fashion Since 1945.

Fantastic marketers, the MIA employs direct marketing via email and social media, such as their Facebook page and videos, to remind art lovers to visit. Getting there is only part of the marketing journey; consider the brochures, catalogs, and signage one encounters at a museum, as well. In fact, I have rather large box of postcards from museums I’ve visited all over the world.

Art in Your Backyard

Yesterday, I took my marketing communications students to the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery yesterday to understand the role of artists statements as supplemental media. In preparation, they read two different perspectives on this type of writing:

And then wrote their own about Adé Bethune: The Power of One Person and the Great Mother of Islam.

The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery is free and open every day. Plan your visit, soon.

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Videos courtesy of the Duke University Libraries Digital Collections

Would you buy television advertising? — The question of the week in Integrated Marketing Communications at St. Catherine University.

American Safety Razor: Burma Blockade Deodorant, 1950s-1960s


Pillsbury Instant Mashed Potatoes

P&G: Bonus Laundry Detergent, 1970s

P&G Sparkle Crest Toothpaste, 1980s

Coca-Cola: Fresca, 1970s

Find more vintage commercials at adViews.

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Before I attended college I was shy and studious. Seriously. Nothing scared me more than speaking in front of a group. God help me if I had to use a microphone. That all changed when I joined my college radio station and gleefully stapled my FCC license to the station ceiling.

I poured over every page of CMJ (College Music Journal) and often drove to the cities to catch a show at First Avenue. When I DJ’d, there was no Internet of Things. We passed around mixed tapes, musical knowledge, and concert bootlegs like snapchats. Content Marketing for college radio bands meant free tickets and records in the mail (e.g. sampling). If I went to a concert, I always played the band on my show. The marketing of the time worked. Now, I just follow my favorite bands on Instagram and Twitter.

Photo courtesy of KUMM Morris (http://www.kumm.org/)

Photo courtesy of KUMM Morris (http://www.kumm.org/)

College radio was the best thing I did in college.

As a professor, I should really say, “Go to class, listen attentively, and think critically.” So do those things first, but then join your college radio station.

Nothing in college compared to hosting a radio show at KUMM 89.3 more politely known as the All New U 90 or the U-90 Alternative. The Model UN and Entre Nous  were definite highlights of college and actually prepared me for a successful career in business (see LinkedIn for that) but…radio was fun.

Find Your Voice with Radio

KUMM had a broadcast range of maybe 3 miles (we had a short tower), so I was pretty sure that if I stuttered or mispronounced something no one would hear me. For two hours every week, I played music I loved, announced songs, and begged my friends to call in and request a song. Was I funny and engaging like Mary Lucia? No, but somewhere along the way I stopped whispering and spoke up.

logo-radiohereAt St. Kate’s our station is named Radio Here. Listen and DJ. Contact Professor Joshua Haringa to learn more.


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Okay that’s what I should be doing — 3 down and 1 that’s almost perfect. But I needed a screen break, so I’m sharing my acting debut with you.

I hope you watch it. As videos go it’s a little long at 2 minutes 15 seconds….but it showcases the humor and passion of some of my amazing colleagues:

“Poundsign Get Back to Work” —  Provost, Dr. Colleen Hegranes

“Hashtag Do you have time to chat?” —  COO, Dr. Brian Bruess

“Hashtag Great Minnesota Get Together” —  Vice President, Bea Abdallah

“Hashtag Wiggity Wiggity Wildcats ” —  Athletic Director, Eric Stacey

“Hashtag Sassy Lassie Trivia” — Associate Director of Student Activities, Brigette Marty

Kudos to the St. Kate’s MarComm team for the idea and making back to school hashtag fun.

My acting debut:  376 views


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A very popular contest at the Irish Fair of Minnesota is the Best Legs in a Kilt contest. Learn more (and enter if you qualify) about this fun event in this student blog excerpt.

Who has the best legs at the Irish Fair of Minnesota?

DSC_2986The Irish Fair of Minnesota offers so many fun activities and shows to watch! They have entertainment for everyone. This is made possible by the many vendors that help sponsor and support this FREE fair!

The Best Legs in a Kilt Contest!


img_1One such vendor is the Highland Kilt Company! Although they sell products, they also sponsor the Best Legs in a Kilt Contest. It is a contest hosted by the Irish Music & Dance Association for men of all ages. These men enter the competition for fun. They show off their legs and make the audience laugh. They attract many people to the fair and brings attention to Irish culture as well as Highland Kilt Company’s main product, kilts.

Competition Rules

There are 6 different categories for the men to be judged in:

  • Best Legs in a Kilt
  • Best Distinguished Gentlemen Legs in a Kilt
  • Best Youth Legs in a Kilt
  • Best Chicken Legs in a Kilt
  • Hairiest Legs in a Kilt

Other categories may be added if approved by the contest organizers. The category must be added prior to the entry deadline, which is Saturday, August 9th, 2014 this year. The prize for the winner in each category is a sash, the title and bragging rights. The compete:

  • You must be male
  • Wear a tartan or contemporary style kilt
  • Your act must be family friendly, meaning no explicit or offensive material and no dangerous weapons
  • NO late entries. So, sign up by Saturday, Aug. 9th,2014
  • the decision is made by a panel of judges for each category

Find more information about the Rules here. This is a popular contest that everyone can have fun with! Its fun entertainment!

Shop Kilts at the Fair

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The Highland Kilt Company goes to many different Irish fairs across the nation hosting the Best Legs in a Kilt Contest.  Their product, kilts and other accessories, are represented in a fun and attractive way in this contest. The Highland Kilt Company can be found selling kilts and accessories at the newly expanded Irish Fair of Minnesota Marketplace!

You can also find them at their website and on Facebook!

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Why do you go to the Irish Fair of Minnesota? I’m sure it’s for very different reasons than you do. Read on to hear a St. Catherine University student’s perspective.

Discover the Irish Fair of Minnesota!

There’s something for everyone at the Irish Fair of Minnesota! Games, contests, music,dance, food, and fun family activities! Here are some of the things that I’m excited for.

Food and Drinks!

Guess what am I most excited about? Yes! All the delectable food! I’m excited to see who the food vendors will be and I can’t wait to try some of the various Irish beers (remember your IDs).

Other Activities

Other things that I’d like to check out include basket weaving and Irish doll making. I wonder what those activities will be like. They sound really fun!


There will be a Baking Contest too! One contest will be for soda bread baking and the other will be for scones! Come try your luck and test out how good your recipe is! Maybe you’ll be the lucky favorite.

Kickoff Party!

There’s also a Kickoff Party taking place on August 7th, 7 pm-10 pm. The Mahones will be providing the music for this Kickoff and tickets will be sold for $20 and on the day of the Kickoff, $25.


The fair is less than a month away and it sounds so exciting already! These are just some of the things that I’m excited about the fair. To learn more about the fair visit irishfair.com and check out what excites you. Come to this FREE event on August 8th-10th and join the fun!

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The Irish Fair of Minnesota offers an amazing lineup of Irish and Celtic music. See the full music schedule here.  Below is a blog post about the musical duo,  Sister Tree, from one of my St. Catherine University students.

Music with a Celtic and Irish Feel

Looking for music with a Celtic and Irish feel? Sister Tree is a couple of wonderful gals who found each other through their musical journey and now produce their own original melodic sound.  Both demonstrating their vocal abilities, Dee masters the mandolin and Kerri works the fiddle.  These ladies are wonderful musicians for sure!  You can find these ladies perform at numerous festivals and other events and even hire them for your own events.

Photo courtesy of Sister Tree

Photo courtesy of Sister Tree

On Sister Tree’s website you can find lists of their upcoming events and also samples of their music.  One of their samples is a song called Wild Mountain Time; a lovely song whose sound is strong yet calm.  They have a familiar, yet unique sound in their music.

Performing at the Irish Fair of Minnesota

Like what you hear? If you are in the metro area the second weekend of August then you can catch them at the Irish Fair of Minnesota! On August 10th, Sister Tree will be having 3 performances throughout the day.

If you’d like to learn more check out Sister Tree’s Website or Facebook!

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