MTT Awards Chris Joseph with a Scholarship for 2017-18 School Year

Chris Joseph – Mizzou Triangle Tigers scholarship recipient

Our alumni chapter has awarded a $2000 scholarship for the 2017-18 school year to Chris Joseph, who is in the Missouri School of Journalism Class of 2018. He is currently a CBS News National Desk Intern in New York City and has worked as a KOMU 8 News Reporter. Below is information Chris provided us when we asked him to tell us about himself.

Wow!  I am humbled and extraordinarily grateful for this scholarship.  Thank you so much! 

I was born in the suburbs of Philadelphia and then spent some time in Connecticut.  When I was three (in 1999) my parents and I moved to Chapel Hill and I’ve lived there ever since!  I grew up in Chapel Hill and I’m proud to say it will forever by my home.

I was a die hard UNC fan as a kid.  The 2005 and 2009 national championship teams will forever be my heroes.  I still have Sean May and Tyler Hansbrough jerseys in my closet back home.  I went to Carrboro High School and graduated in 2014.  I was varsity in football and lacrosse, and was a member of the 2012 football runner-up squad from Carrboro my junior year.  I was a captain and all-conference in lacrosse my junior and senior seasons. 

I became involved in the school newspaper, The JagWire, my sophomore year and went on to be the Editor in Chief of the paper my senior year.  I would not be involved in reporting today if my journalism teacher sophomore year, Ms. Jan Gottschalk, had not told me I was good at it. I took her words to heart and decided that was going to be my life path. 

Growing up in Chapel Hill, I obviously had a strong connection to the university.  However, I wanted to explore the country.  My counselor in high school recommended I look at Mizzou for its journalism program.  I applied and was accepted the fall of my senior year, and that spring break I visited Columbia for the first time.  I was sold.  The campus, community, and journalism school was everything I was looking for.  

Since I’ve been on campus, I’ve tried to keep busy.  I spent time with MUTV 23 (the student television station), played club lacrosse my freshman year, worked at KOMU, and was initiated into the Missouri Alpha Chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.  I also held down jobs at the Mark Twain dining hall and the Applebees off Nifong. 

My favorite thing about Mizzou is easily the people.  I have made friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.  The people I’ve encountered have helped me grow, mature, and open my mind to things I had never would have encountered in Chapel Hill.  Being in the Midwest also allowed me to pursue my passion for travel, as I have been lucky enough to see St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago, Colorado and New Orleans among other locations. 

I intern at the national desk at CBS News in New York City.  It is the nerve center for all the news operations that CBS News produces on its national network.  I am responsible for keeping tabs on developing stories, making phone calls to confirm information, arrange for the coverage of local events, and any other odds or ends the national assignment editor has me do.  I work a little over 40 hours a week and have had fantastic networking opportunities with my fellow interns and our superiors.  The culture at CBS News is amazing and it’s a place I would love to work at in the future.

I am also involved with the New York study abroad program run by Reuben Stern.  I take a class every Tuesday evening where we talk with a guest lecturer about their experience in the vast journalism field.  We also tour various media outlets.  So far we have seen the Wall Street Journal, the Today Show, and BuzzFeed among others.  It has provided a great deal of guidance and insight into the industry and has also presented ample networking opportunities. 

I’m not sure where the winds will take me after graduation.  I’d like to work as a television reporter and eventually make my way back to New York City in one capacity or another.  I’d also like to be an anchor eventually.  There are many factors I have to weigh in my job hunt this spring.  I don’t know definitively what path I want to take.  Right now I’m just trying to live in the moment and enjoy the internship.

A fun fact about my time at Mizzou is Shakespeare’s Pizza is my favorite March Madness viewing location. Again, thank you so much for this scholarship!

Triangle Tigers Support Local Film Production

During it’s North Carolina Premiere at the Longleaf Film Festival in Raleigh, members of the Mizzou Triangle Tigers chapter showed their support for THE HARROW, a psychological thriller filmed in North Carolina.  Mizzou Triangle Tigers board member, Jill Hammergren was the Associate Producer and Production Unit Manager for the movie. At the event, THE HARROW won 2017 Narrative Feature Best Drama and received a  2017 Tar Heel Tie-in recognition for having a North Carolina connection. “We filmed this feature at several locations in Greensboro, Oxford, Raleigh, and in Alamance and Person counties,” said Hammergren.  “It was an intense 18 days of production. We were very fortunate to have some terrific locations, and work with many excellent people and businesses, who helped make the production happen in North Carolina.” In THE HARROW, protagonist, Miller Lee (Tom McKay), spends his days in self-imposed solitude in an empty century-old North Carolina slaughterhouse. He is haunted, or kept company, by visions of Gale (Maggie Geha), a woman he loved a decade ago who was brutally murdered. Ruth (Sonya Harum) comes into his world. She’s a young woman who is desperate to know the truth about her mother’s life and death. This need drives her to push through the dark passages of Miller’s psyche. Miller feels empathy and kinship for Ruth, but as much as he wants to help her, Miller can’t give Ruth what she desires most. Over three nights together in the slaughterhouse, Miller and Ruth trade elements of their own grim past, lifting layers and untangling the web. “We shot this film over three weeks during the tobacco harvest season in North Carolina. I wanted to set this story in the South, which has always seemed to me as America’s greatest wealth of history, tradition and stories,” said Kevin Stocklin, Writer/Director, THE HARROW, “The characters in this story are all tightly bound to their past, struggling to break free from their deeds and circumstances. Their tragedy is that, even though their hearts can change with time and revelation, they remain forever bound to the deeds of their youth.”

THE HARROW is available on DVD and for digital download.

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Tobin Helps Us Score Membership Goal

Karen Tobin joined the Mizzou Triangle Tigers during our May picnic and helped the alumni chapter meet its membership drive goal of 10 new members in 2016-17. Board Members Jim Morgan and Jim Wahlbrink, membership chairs, created a membership drive football field sign, that moved the football 10 yards down the field for every member who joined this year. Karen’s membership scored a touch down. Pictured is Jim Morgan and Karen moving the football on the sign into scoring position.

Karen moved to Raleigh in January 2017 from St. Louis, Missouri, her hometown. She was relocated by her employer BSA LifeStructures, an architecture engineering design firm, which has offices in St. Louis and Raleigh.  Welcome, Karen! We are grateful to her along with the nine new members listed below for helping us meet our Mizzou Triangle Tigers membership goal!

  • Mary Beth Seaton
  • Bill Seaton
  • Bruce Northcutt
  • Greg Northcutt
  • Ken Fiend
  • David Fiend
  • Trey Salacki
  • Megan Schroeder
  • Bruce Schroeder

Mizzou Night at Carolina Hurricanes Showdown Against St. Louis Blues

The Mizzou Triangle Tigers are gathering at the PNC Arena to watch the Carolina Hurricanes play the St. Louis Blues!

What: Mizzou Triangle Tigers Hockey Night

When: Saturday, April 8, 2016

Where: PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh, NC 27607

Join the Mizzou Triangle Tigers for the Carolina Hurricanes/ St. Louis Blues Showdown.

Tickets are in the lower level


Mizzou SEC Kickoff Watch Party Mizzou Vs. Georgia 9/17/16

Mizzou Triangle Tigers Chapter hosts the SEC Opener Kickoff Party! Join your fellow Mizzou Alumni for a celebration watch party as the Tigers take on the Georgia Bulldogs. Friends and families are welcome. We’ll have drink specials, a Mizzou menu, prize drawings and a 50/50 raffle and more. Kickoff is 7:30.

Student Engagement & Campus Collaboration

The Mizzou Triangle Tigers chapter collaborated with the Mizzou Alternative Breaks group in January 2016. They were in Pittsboro, NC volunteering at the Carolina Tiger Rescue.  We invited all of the MAB students to a networking event at WRAL-TV in Raleigh on January 14, 2016.


Mizzou Triangle Tigers Chapter Leader Attends Leadership Weekend at MU

Congratulations, Triangle Tigers! In our first year of being a full-fledged Mizzou AlumnTT-Capstone Certificatei Chapter,  we’ve achieved Capstone Status with the Mizzou Alumni Association. This is quite an achievement in a very short time frame. Jill Hammergren traveled back to Columbia in September, 2015 for an Alumni Leaders Weekend Training Event and accepted the recognition.

Here’s a recap of our accomplishments in the 2014-15 year:

  • Launched Mizzou Triangle Tigers Alumni Chapter, August 2014.
  • Had a successful chapter kickoff event in October 2014. 50+ people attended!
  • Held a networking event at The Glass Jug – Craft Beer Store
  • Held football watch parties for most televised games at Sammy’s Tap & Grill in Raleigh.
  • Gathered candy and sent care packages to military serving around the world as part of Operation Gratitude. cropped-websiteheader-11
  • Hosted a special dinner for 12 Mizzou Students, who were part of the Mizzou Alternative Breaks program. They were in the area serving special needs children over their Holiday break.

    MAB Visits NC in January 2015

    MAB Visits NC in January 2015

  • Cheered on the Mizzou Baseball Team when it came to Cary, NC for a Tournament in Spring 2015.
  • Cheered on the Mizzou Softball Team when it was in town for a tournament at NC State University in Spring 2015. Watch the big win for Mizzou 13-3!
  • Had a joint watch party with the Tennessee Alumni Chapter for a Mizzou Basketball game.

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  • Held a Mizzou Triangle Tigers Pig Pickin’ and Student Send-off Event in May 2015. 60+ people attended that event at Historic Oak View County Park in Raleigh.

New Board 2015-2016

Announcing the 2015-16 Mizzou Triangle Tigers Board of Directors voted and MTT Board Mtg Aug 2015approved during our Sept. 2 meeting:

President: Melissa Everitt
Vice President/President Elect: Tim McKay
Secretary: Karen Salacki
Treasurer: Tina McKenna
Communications Chair: Angela Jamison
Student Engagement Chair: Laura Burkett
Social Chair: Jill Hammergren
Fundraising/Scholarship Chair: Mary Dionne
SEC/MU Liaison: Jeff Northcutt

We welcome two new members who have joined the MTT Board Directors and will be serving on committees — Keith Jones and Cathy Feind along with Jim Wahlbrink and Matt Elhers.

WRAL-TV News Broadcast, Tour & Dinner

On Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, 5:30 pm, the Mizzou Triangle Tigers Board will gather to watch a live broadcast of the news, go on a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the  WRAL-TV Studios and enjoy a free Pizza Dinner with 12 WRAL studioMizzou Alternative Break students visiting the Triangle. We have space for 15 additional alumni, so please RSVP today to if you’d like to join us. This is a free event. The  WRAL-TV Studios are located at  2619 Western Boulevard, Raleigh, NC 27606. Arrive promptly at 5:30 to check-in and get seated for the 6 pm live newscast.


News Watch Party at WRAL-TV

The Mizzou Triangle Tigers Board invites you to a different kind of watch party! Next Thursday, Jan. 14, at 5:30 PM, we’ll be gathering at the WRAL-TV news station to watch the live broadcast of the 6 PM news, tour the station and then enjoy a pizza dinner. Mizzou students who are volunteering during their Mizzou Alternative Break will be joining us. Due to limited space, we can accommodate the first 15 Mizzou alumni who RSVP to Jill Hammergren now The event is free. Those attending are asked to arrive promptly at 5:30 to WRAL-TV Studios, 2619 Western Boulevard, Raleigh, to get checked-in and ready to watch the live broadcast. See you therWRAL studioe!

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