Student Spotlight

Tony ArveschougTony Arveschoug

Anthony (Tony) Arveschoug is a senior from Pueblo, Colorado. Tony spent his childhood in Pueblo, leaving for a year to live in Cortez and run track. During his years at Pueblo Centennial High School, Tony broadened his athletic participation to include soccer as well as becoming involved in DECA and Senior to Sophomores.

Upon graduation, he remained to study political science at the University of Colorado-Boulder while his parents moved to Montana. After a year of study, he found himself dissatisfied with the size of the institution and uninterested in political science. Tony visited his parents over the summer to work and was encouraged to look at Rocky Mountain College, which was launching a men's soccer program under new head coach Richard Duffy. Impressed by the small, student-oriented biology department (an interest spurred on by an admiration for medical personnel who treated him after a severe roll-over car accident), Tony made the decision to transfer.

Tony's first exposure to communication studies came through enrollment in a small group communication course taught by Assistant Professor Shelby Jo Long-Hammond. She encouraged him to look at communication studies as an area of study, and he soon added it as a second major to complement his biology studies. During his second year, Tony resigned from the soccer program in order to focus solely on academics. He has built excellent relationships with faculty from both the communication studies and biology faculty, and he is involved in a collaborative research project with Shelby Jo Long-Hammond and Assistant Biology Professor Phil Jensen. Tony looks forward to graduation in 2013 and moving on to graduate school to study medicine.

Q & A

What are your areas of study?
I'm majoring in both communication studies and biology

Are you involved in any athletics?
I was involved in the men's soccer team for two years. I participate in intramural sports now.

Are there other extracurricular activities or organizations that you are a member of on- or off-campus?
I work at St. John's Nursing Home. I work for RMC as a tutor (physics, chemistry, biology) and also as a student ambassador. I'm also involved in research will Shelby Jo and Phil

Is there a class or particular subdiscipline you are especially fond of?
I enjoy all of my classes – usually. The subdisciplines that interest me the most are bioinformatics and anything related to evolution and the medical field.

Are there any other special programs (study abroad, internships, honors program, etc.) that you have participated in or will be involved with while at RMC?
I am currently working on a honors project that rhetorically analyzes anti-evolution legislation proposed or passed from 2002-2011, and I've worked on chemical research with Gavin Kirton.

How has communication studies played a role in your academic life?
Communication studies has broadened my academic experience. Instead of focusing only on strict empirical studies, research, and math – the underpinnings of science – communication studies has afforded me the opportunity to explore interpretive theory and has shown me the benefits of framing issues based on perspective.

How has communication studies played a role in your personal life?
The most apparent role is in functioning communication. Communication studies has developed my sense as a speaker – both interpersonally and publicly – and my proficiency as a writer. Communication studies has also fostered an appreciation for the symbolic value of communication beyond information transfer. 

Do you have any advice for fellow students in the communication studies program or those considering it as a major or minor?
The benefits of studying communication are twofold. On a practical level, communication studies will make you a better communicator. On an intellectual level, communication studies will expose you to a world of theory that is engaging, challenging, and useful in a host of other disciplines. 

How do you plan to utilize the skills and concepts in communication studies in your career?
As an aspiring doctor, something that interests me is medical staff-patient interaction and communication. I would like to use my communication studies foundation to analyze such interactions in hopes of improving health care and patient understanding.

Is there anything else you would like to say about the communication studies program and/or faculty?
The communication studies faculty are great. They are inviting, practical, knowledgeable, and very student-oriented. Without their encouragement, I would have never explored communication studies, and I would have missed out on something that has enriched my educational experience.

Callie Eike

Alumni Spotlight

Callie Eike

Callie Eike has certainly led a varied life defined by change. "I don't have a hometown because I was an Air Force brat; my dad flew F-16s and we moved a lot," she remembers. Homeschooled until high school, she was enrolled first in Centennial and then Vallivue High Schools in Idaho. Afterwards, she attended MSU-Billings for two years before transferring to RMC for her last two.

Although she's certainly seen her share of moving, basketball has been a constant in her life. Growing up playing the sport, she continued through college and had a brilliant career while at RMC. She also led the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) as a student-athlete, graduated with a bachelor's of art in communication studies, and maintained a 3.60 GPA.

Now working in Billings at Kinetic Marketing as an account executive and video editor ("a little bit of PR, strategic marketing, and creative editing"), Kallie stays close to her family and enjoys her time with her husband, Kale (from Melstone, Montana and also a Battlin' Bear basketball player) and their Golden Doodle, Rocky. Her older brother, Colter, continues the family tradition of service as an Army helicopter pilot and is expecting his first child with his wife, Sara. As for their parents, Callie and Colter's father remains a pilot at heart while supporting her mother, who continues to battle courageously against an incurable strain of cancer.

Q & A

What was your area of study?
I graduated with a bachelor's of arts with a major in communication studies.

Were you involved in athletics?
I played basketball for RMC.

Were there other extracurricular activities or organizations that you were a member of?
I led the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) on campus.

Was there a class or particular subdiscipline you are especially fond of?
Meditation was awesome. I also enjoyed the interviewing and geology classes.

Are there any other special programs (study abroad, internships, honors program, etc.) that you participated in?
I interned for Bobby Beers, the RMC athletic director, as well as for Billings School District 2 Athletics.

How has communication studies played a role in your academic life?
The fax that I had a communications degree got me a job right out of college at KTVQ-Q2 News as an on-air personality.

How has communication studies played a role in your personal life?
I learned a lot about how to deal with organizational communications when I entered the work force.

Do you have any advice for students in the communication studies program or those considering it as a major or minor?
Use the communications skills that you learn and build networking skills as well. Erin Reser taught me quite a bit about networking, and that has helped me be successful as well.

How do you plan to further utilize the skills and concepts in communication studies in your career?
Overall, I have been able to use by communications degree in a TV personality job position and now in a marketing and public relations position. I didn't focus on either of those in college, but the overall concepts surrounding a communication studies degree have helped me to rely on those skills I did learn and to be confident in the knowledge I gained while working toward my degree.

Is there anything else you would like to say about the communication studies program or faculty?
The fact that I have a college degree and had good grades helped a lot in getting a job out of college. Working hard, going to class, and getting good grades, as well as building relationships has helped me and will continue to help me be successful. RMC required me to take classes outside of my major, and those classes are also helpful in deciding what you ultimately want to do for a career.

 
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