Alumni in the Field

Chris Morehouse
STU Degree: BA ’13
Major: Journalism
Job Title: Scout for the Columbus Blue Jackets
Location: Columbus, Ohio

What are the duties and responsibilities of your work?
My job as a scout for the Columbus Blue Jackets can be described as a talent evaluator. I travel the world watching hockey, focusing mainly on draft-eligible players, and try to make my best evaluation on their potential level. It’s important for me to focus on what the player’s projection and abilities will be few years down the road, and not their current skill level. I look for the type of player that will fit best into what we’re trying to build as a team moving forward.

How can students prepare themselves at STU to work in your field? (eg. volunteer work, internships, extra-curricular activities, specific courses)
I would say that getting involved in activities within the university community is always a good thing. I think it teaches you how to multitask and opens your mind to new things. I think every student should take at least one Communications course because being able to communicate is important in the workforce. So much of what is out there today is digital and you never have to leave your computer, but it’s my belief there’s no substitute for being able to speak your mind and share your views effectively. My advice would be to have a balance between book smarts, technology, and hands-on learning.

How has STU and your liberal arts education helped you in your career?
STU taught me communication skills and organization skills, which I use daily in my position. For me, being able to communicate with my colleagues, as well as the players I’m interviewing, is very important. As for the organizational skills, in my line of work I have to plan my own schedule, book my own travel, my own rental cars, and hotels—so when you’re traveling to 200 games a year all over the world being organized is very important. I also learned about hard work. I was in a unique situation coming to STU knowing I had only a little over two years to graduate, so I really had to go to work, focus and get things done.

Christopher Cameron
STU Degree: BA'12
Major: Communications
Job Title: Sports Information Officer and Special Events Coordinator for Durham College and UOIT
Location: Oshawa, Ontario

What are the duties and responsibilities of your work?
My role at Durham College and UOIT, where I’m part of a shared athletic department, covers a wide spectrum. The sports information duties include writing all press releases, management of social media accounts, creation of game day programs, and coordination of post-game interviews. In my role I also coordinate all our major events such as our Hall of Fame, athletic banquet, tournaments, and student-athlete volunteer opportunities off campus. The final aspect is managing the game day operations for Durham College basketball, volleyball, and soccer home games where I supervise 16 student staff.

How can students prepare themselves at STU to work in your field? (eg. volunteer work, internships, extra-curricular activities, specific courses)
The way I prepared myself when I was at STU was simply by being involved in as many things as possible. It all started when I volunteered with the student newspaper, which is where I discovered my love for writing. From there I was involved with athletics, I freelanced with the Daily Gleaner, and used my professors as a resource as much as possible. The classroom learning, alongside my hands-on experiences on and off campus, gave me a strong skill set.

How has STU and your liberal arts education helped you in your career?
STU taught me how to think critically and react quickly on my feet. The communications courses used applicable exercises to train me for the fast-paced career, while the professors were always willing to take extra time to speak in detail about how I could refine my skills. My time at STU feels like a blur when I think about it, but that’s because there was always something to be involved in. My advice is to take it all in, get involved on campus and in Fredericton as much as possible, and get to know your professors.