• Kylar Sharp

2018 KMSU auction recap

Minot State University’s broadcasting and professional communication program just wrapped up its 20th annual KMSU Auction Thursday, Nov. 29. The KMSU Auction is an annual event presented by students enrolled in Comm 354. Janna McKechnie, director of alumni relations & annual giving, is responsible for making the KMSU Auction happen and teaches course.

“I was very pleased with how the auction ended this year. It was a struggle at the end of it, but the students managed to come together and make this happen. At the end of the night, it was a complete success — it was great,” McKechnie said.

The broadcasting and professional communication program raised about $9,200 by the end of the night. Ten percent of the money was donated to Backpack Buddies, KMSU’s partner for this year’s auction.

“Backpack Buddies is a fantastic organization and one that is close to my heart. Backpack Buddies started out as a project of mine because it was a Minot State project, so I was able to help out early on and be part of the process. I think being able to give back to something that makes kids not hungry is very rewarding thing for everyone in the class,” McKechnie said.

Minot State students who participated in the auction enjoyed working with Backpack Buddies and made it a mission to raise more money than what was raised last year.

“Danielle Rued and the rest of the staff at the Souris Valley United Way do an amazing job with Backpack Buddies. We were excited to partner with them and give them a little gift and the children involved as well,” Minot State broadcasting and professional communication major Taylor Rizzari said. “We wanted to raise more money this year than we did last year because we really wanted to help out Backpack Buddies and the broadcast program. Due to a lack of donations, I was surprised that we did surpass last year’s total.”

The talent who helped out with auction took it upon themselves to meet that goal and also to just have fun.

“I think the talent did amazing. We had few new faces this year who handled their roles well and did great under pressure. This year, we wanted to help out our talent more by implementing note cards that kept us more organized. We just wanted to make the night fun for everyone involved,” Rizzari said.

The department will use this money to help send students to conferences and also bring in new equipment for the department like cameras, lights, and microphones.

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