Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Life as a Graduate / Journalist

After talking to my graduate advisor, I've decided on and enrolled in a class for the spring semester that I can use my $700 scholarship with: Communication 812: Contemporary Theories in Communication.

"Study selected conceptual models useful in the academic study of human communication, including theories involving such contexts as interpersonal communications, public communication and mass communication."


Don't worry, I made sure with my advisor that I could take this class without having taken the other two classes that I should have taken before this semester's class. Next fall, though, I was told, I need to try to take both Comm. 801 and 802: Introduction to Communication Research and Historical and Qualitative Methodologies in Communication Research, respectively.

Also, just as an update: Some poor sap got suckered into taking that position at KPTS, and they're going to be working their tails off for half the pay they deserve for it. Someone must not have done their research. I actually called my interviewer after the interview to make sure the proposed salary of "20 to 24" was either "dollars per hour or thousand per year." That's probably why I didn't get a call-back interview. They knew I was too smart to take something that paid so poorly for all the work they needed done. What do you want to bet they'll be trying to fill that position again in another month or so?

On a sad note, our church's Ministry Assistant has decided to resign. She's going back to school to become a Lay Assistant in the Kansas District. One of the lines in her letter surprised me somewhat (although, maybe it shouldn't have considering the state of our synod): "I am disturbed by the many divisions within the Synod at the present time and the 'confessional' stance taken by some." She also said that she supports all of the resulutions that were passed at Convention in July. Maybe I shouldn't be all that surprised; afterall, she is a babyboomer.

I really wish there were more confessional Lutherans leading our youth. Our young people have too much to deal with the way it is to be led by those in our Synod who are liberal enough to be part of the E*CA. By the same token, I know that there are some very confessional members in the E*CA who might be more comfortable in the LCMS. I've met some of them, and a couple have recently joined our church because it is so very confessional. In fact, it's the most confessional and traditional Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod in our entire city (out of about 8, I think).

May God bless our journey!

5 comments:

TKls2myhrt said...

She wrote: "I am disturbed by the many divisions within the Synod at the present time and the 'confessional' stance taken by some."

All I can say is that I am disturbed that she is disturbed by a confessional stance! Yikes!!! For that statement to be made certain does give testimony to the division. It is good that she is honest about it, though.

Mrs. T. Swede said...

I agree, but do you think it was a good idea for her to air her dirty laundry about her disagreements with our church and synod like that in a letter to all of our church's members? I'm not sure. I know that I learned some things about her that I didn't know about before, and it made me think less of her for it. I think I would rather not have known.

But, at least she knew enough to start going to a different church. I'm sad to see her go because she was a good and friendly person, but if she can't get along with our pastor, the Board of Spritual Life and the fact that we are a confessional church body, then it's good that she left.

TKls2myhrt said...

On one hand, it was professional. On the other hand, it is good that she revealed her colors. Maybe when she switches to another church and digests non-confessional fare, she will realize that she was wrong.

TKls2myhrt said...

On one hand, it wasn't professional. On the other hand, it is good that she revealed her colors. Maybe when she switches to another church and digests non-confessional fare, she will realize that she was wrong.

TKls2myhrt said...

Tried to stop that first comment, but couldn't. I wrote "professional", but I meant not professional.