He soon assumed increasingly more responsible roles at FM90, with jobs in programming, promotions, sales, and eventually management. All the while, he kept “involvement” as part of his vision for radio.
It is a vision many see clouded by electronic uncertainty. Audio, video, and printed words readily streamed over the Internet are challenging tra- ditional media. It’s a trend Stoltman feels can be reversed on the personal level.
As an example, he points to the return of the local National Guard unit after serving in Iraq. FM90 was with the troops, broadcasting live as buses rolled through cities. That broad- cast created a real-time connection between the soldiers and their fami- lies, friends, and communities.
“Local radio and local news are irre- placeable,” he explains. “People want that familiar voice telling them the day’s news and putting smiles on their faces. The quality of content, com- pared to just availability of content, will be the deciding factor for the lis- tener. Providing a product that serves the community will keep radio alive much longer than some predict.”
Stoltman looks forward to that future following graduation in December. He fully expects to put into action the lessons about involvement and community-based radio that he learned at BSU.
Ask most college students to cite qualities of a dream job, and they’re likely to list that it relates to their field of study, has tasks they love to do, provides challenges as well as opportunities, and offers the possibil- ity of success.
Anna Parthun, a senior nursing major from Becida, MN, would add one more item to her dream-job list: it will break your heart while lifting your spirits.
Parthun hopes to serve on a Mercy Ship once she’s completed her school- related obligations. The vessels pro- vide health care to the impoverished in ports around the world.
“The poorest person in the United States is 20 times richer than most people in a third-world country,” she says. “We lose sight of what huge resources we have and the ways we really waste them. I’m as guilty as anyone.
“Growing up, I’ve seen poverty. But I don’t know what real poverty is like in other parts of the world. So my heart’s ready to go out and see that.”
Parthun started on her heartfelt path by completing the Licensed Practical Nursing program at Northwest Tech- nical College (NTC) before graduat- ing from Northland Community and Technical College’s Registered Nurs- ing program. She enrolled at BSU
while working in the family care center at North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji.
She is the product of a program that facilitates transition from NTC to Northland to BSU, allowing students to eventually earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing while working in the field. It’s an opportunity that leads to better jobs as well as more employment options for those who complete all of the steps.
Along her way, Parthun discovered nursing means more than taking care of people. It means becoming an advocate for patients; communicating needs; managing home care with fami- lies; or tracking x-rays, lab requests, medications, and whatever else appears on a patient’s chart.
“Some people say, ‘I could tell that nurse was in here just to do her job,’ and that was it,” explains Parthun, who brings deep religious convic- tions to her chosen profession. “But a nurse has to have empathy and a caring spirit. We’re called as Chris- tians to lift up those who are broken and hurting.”
Eventually Parthun hopes to matricu- late to pediatric medicine or patient education. By then, her career path will be a dream come true.
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