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Victoria Lusk

Freelance Ad Designer, Creative Writer, & More

Location:Aberdeen, South Dakota, United States
12 Skills
Bachelor of Arts in English: Writing. Bachelor of Arts Speech Communication: Public Relations. Experienced in multiple positions at a student-ran newspaper. Successfully completed internships with the Aberdeen American News’ Special Sections Department and as Assistant Editor at TempWorks Software. Able to effectively communicate in a variety of situations. Proven ability to work on multiple projects, meet deadlines, and problem solve. Knowledge of computer programs including Microsoft Word, Adobe CS5.5 (including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Dreamweaver), and Outlook Express, as well as online publishing sites such as WordPress.

Skills and Qualities Summary
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Leadership Skills
• Interpersonal Skills
• Computer Skills
• Resourceful
• Self-Motivated
• Flexible
• Strong Work Ethic
• Assertive
• Reliable
• Creative
• Positive
• Professional
• Detail-oriented

Professional Experience
Aberdeen American News, Aberdeen, SD
Special Sections Freelance Writer, March 2012 - Present
Key responsibilities: interview, write, and submit stories for publication.

Student Marketing Team, Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD, January 2012 - Present
Key responsibilities: work with the campus and community coalition to create a social
marketing campaign for binge drinking among students ages 18-24; conduct research,
including observations, surveys, interviews, and focus groups; design advertisements;
write content, including monitoring a wikispace and press releases.

Northern State University Student Publications: The Exponent, Aberdeen, SD
Co-Editor, August 2011 - May 2012
Advertising Manager, January 2010 - August 2011
Editor-in-Chief, September 2005 - December 2006
Page Editor, January 2004 - September 2005
Key responsibilities: page and layout design (using Quark and InDesign); assign write
and/or edit news stories; design advertisements and/or mailings/flyers (using Adobe
Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator); communicate effectively with Editorial Board, other staff
and with local/national businesses; etc.

TempWorks Software, Inc., Eagan, MN, December 2011 - April 2012
Assistant Editor
Key responsibilities: edit blog article submissions; manage contacts and subscribers; write
SEO articles and press releases; market research; format and send daily staffing industry
news to subscribers; etc.

Aberdeen American News, Aberdeen, SD
Special Sections Internship , January 2010 - May 2010
Key responsibilities: interview; write stories/advertorials or gather information for three
publications (In Good Company, the f.u.n. magazine, and Connections).

Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD
B.A. English: Writing and B.A. Speech Communication: Public Relations
Graduation Date: May 5, 2012
Relevant courses: Marketing, Public Relations, Advertising, Creative Writing (Fiction, Non-
Fiction, and Poetry), Hypertext Writing, Professional/Grant/Technical Writing, Persuasion,
Group Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Web Page Design, Advertising
Design, and Graphic Design.

Honors and Awards
• Recently nominated for Non-Traditional Student of the Year.
• Recently won second place in a wine label design contest.
• Since continuing my education, I have been named to the Dean’s List for six consecutive
semesters as I have maintained a 3.6-4.0 GPA from 2009-present.
• Awarded an “Excellence in Service Award” called Simply the Best in 2007.
• Nominated for the national direct support professional award ANCOR in 2006.

Clubs, Activities and Other
• NSU English Club
• Worked with a student team to revive NSU’s online Fine Arts magazine Northern Lights,
which publishes works from students, faculty, and staff. The works include short stories,
poems, essays, artwork and other mediums.
• Occasionally write for “What the Health,” which is a blog sponsored by the Aberdeen
American News.