DECEMBER MODEL RAM: Jennifer Bordman Meek
November 06, 2018
San Antonio, TX
While at ASU, I was Jennifer Bordman (maiden name) (1987-1991)
Graduated ASU Class of 1991, summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism
Please give us a little bit of your background, your hobbies, what you like to do you in your spare time, etc.
The art of finding and telling a great story has led me to a career as a communications professional for more than 20 years including journalism, corporate communications, public relations and marketing. In my spare time, I’m an amateur gourmet cook, avid sports fan and participant, and fan of the arts. I am a proponent of the merits of higher education and am the proud mother of a son and daughter who are both honors graduates pursuing their college careers.
What is your current occupation?
Senior Communications Advisor, Marathon Petroleum
While at ASU were you involved in any organizations or teams and what was your role?
Yes, while at ASU, I was a reporter, then Advertising Manager, then Editor of The Ram Page campus newspaper. I was also involved in the Society of Professional Journalism (SPF).
In what ways did ASU help you to achieve your goals after graduation?
The University and Journalism dept. helped facilitate three internships that allowed me to gain valuable experience and determine my career path. My senior year and the summer after, I completed internships at a local newspaper, public relations firm, and broadcast station.
What skills did you take away from ASU?
My education and experiences at ASU prepared me well for my career – not only the academic curriculum, but also opportunities for hands-on experience that made me ready for the job market.
Were there any faculty or staff that made a difference for you during your time at ASU?
Yes, two of my professors were instrumental in my college career. Richard Seaman, assistant journalism professor and advisor to the college newspaper The Ram Page and Dr. Judith Norwood, journalism professor. Mr. Seaman taught basic reporting and was able to connect with students and share applicable job situations from his years of experience as a managing editor. He was even more instrumental in his role as the advisor to the student newspaper The Ram Page. He taught us how to find and write a great story, but always with ethics, fairness, professionalism, determination and perseverance – all attributes that have driven my career since. He was a great story teller as well and shared his wealth of experiences and sense of humor with us. Dr. Judith Norwood was also a great professor I admired and learned much from. She was tough but fair, teaching one of the hardest classes in our curriculum – Media Law. She was extremely knowledgeable and always willing to share that knowledge, and take the time to interact with, counsel and guide her students.
What is one of your fondest memories of ASU?
Homecoming – great tradition, school spirit, parades, parties, events. So much fun!
Also, while Editor of The Ram Page, at one point our student newspaper uncovered a story that we investigated and published, exposing a local credit card scam and finding and verifying sources to corroborate it. Our weekly Ram Page edition published the story and scooped the local daily newspaper The San Angelo Standard-Times.
Can you please provide a quote about your experience at ASU/what ASU means to you?
My experience at ASU prepared me well for my future academically and provided real-world experience to hit the ground running in my field. Even more importantly, the campus, faculty, staff, and advisors provided a warm, friendly and encouraging environment for students to grow, learn, explore and achieve. I have great memories of my time at ASU as a Ram!