Goodbye to Katie
A first glance at Katie Morrison’s letter inquiring whether the RMC office offered internship opportunities in communication said more than just expressing interest in spending 10 summer weeks in a professional, work-related environment.
Katie knew well why she wanted to come to Colorado. She wrote: “Being able to work with the Rocky Mountain Conference in any capacity, would be an amazing learning experience.” She wanted to have “the opportunity to grow as an individual, and … develop [her] skills in every area possible.” And she wanted to be close to her family, too, as her dad, Wayne Morrison, is a pastor in Brighton, located North of Denver, and 28 miles away from the RMC office in South Denver.
She came, and she conquered, I could say. August 6 was her last day with our team. As part of her responsibilities, Katie did news writing, and plenty of it, including 20 major stories, edited the NewsNuggets, prepared items for the upcoming new edition of the Mountain Views, assisted us with social media, and related online tasks, and was involved with marketing aspects of our communication programs.
As someone who experienced being a communication intern in my professional past, I was delighted to be involved with someone who could be given a variety of tasks, and see the talents, skills and work ethic which Katie will be remembered for. Her internship also included assisting with news development at the General Conference Session in San Antonio, TX. It was a benefit to the North-American Division, and the Mid-America Union Conference’s OUTLOOK news coverage to have the millennial set of eyes and an honest appraisal of what was said and done.
“Katie has brought energy and an ability to help all of us look at things through different glasses. When she has written articles for publication, she gave things a different slant then we are used to,” commented Ed Barnett, RMC president.
“She uses different words than those we had been used to as she sees things through the eyes of a twenty-one year old,” Barnett added.
From San Antonio, Katie’s articles from the General Conference Session were shared with the church around the globe. “It was pleasing to hear a report from our North American Division communication director commenting that ‘we will keep our eyes on you when you are ready to graduate from Union College.’ It was almost as if we watched a young college student come into her own this summer. Personally, I want to thank Katie for a job well done,” Barnett shared with the NewsNuggets.
On her last day at the office, Katie reminisced: “I remember how I felt at the beginning of the summer, nervous and unsure of how I would fit in, and now that I've reached my last day, I can't imagine not coming into the office tomorrow and seeing the people who have taught me so much these last 10 weeks, she said.
“My summer, which looked so dismal and boring in May, turned out to be one of the most impactful experiences of my life and I couldn't be more grateful for what I've learned and the people that taught it to me,” she added.
Katie’s immediate plans are to travel to Italy and spend a year learning Italian at Istituto Avventista di Cultura Biblica Villa Aurora in Florence. Returning back to Union College next year in her final college year, she will be completing her B.S. in Business (Marketing) with Minor in Communication.
Thank you, Katie. You will be missed.Viaggi sicuri, Katie. [Text and photo by Rajmund Dabrowski]