Public Affairs staff increased by three
Norwich’s Office of Public Affairs has hired two new writers and a full-time photographer to help the University achieve the goals of its comprehensive branding efforts. Located in the Public Affairs Office, Kristin Calkins and Dave Santos are writing and pitching stories to the media on Norwich people, programs and events, while Jay Ericson will serve as the University’s senior photographer. Norwich’s branding campaign, an important part of the NU2019 Strategic Plan, is under the direction of Vice President Fred Snow.
Santos comes to Norwich from Portsmouth, Virginia, where he served as Media Relations Specialist for the U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area Public Affairs Office. Retiring from the Coast Guard as a Chief Warrant Officer in 2003, he last served as a Leadership and Management School Instructor at Coast Guard Academy.
Santos is a graduate of the Defense Information School and Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y. His military assignments have included tours of duty at Governor's Island, N.Y., Washington, D.C., and Honolulu, Hawaii. During his career he has been a part of the Coast Guard's response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the TWA Flight 800 plane crash and a number of high-profile oil spills and search and rescue cases.
Santos currently resides in Berlin with his wife, Loretta, and their two boys, Dylan, 10, and Griffin, 7.
Also new to the Public Affairs team is native Vermonter Kristin Calkins, a seasoned writer who has worked as an advertising copywriter and journalist for the past ten years. Calkins graduated with a B.A. from the University of Vermont in German and English Literature and studied in Salzburg and in Vienna, Austria on a Fulbright Scholarship. An avid skier and cyclist, she has traveled the roads on four different continents.
Calkins is married to Jamaican Olympian Kim Rowe, who held the world record for the 400-meter dash from 1972-1975 and was the first to be asked to participate on the Jamaican Bobsled team, which inspired the film Cool Runnings. The couple resides on a farm in South Royalton, Vermont.
In September, Norwich announced the hiring of Jay Ericson as the first Senior Photographer for the University. Ericson comes to Norwich from a successful freelance business based in Stowe, Vermont. He has a wide range of photographic experience and a passion for photojournalism.
An avid outdoorsman, Ericson began his career as a professional photographer 11 years ago in California, photographing outdoor sports such as fly-fishing and rock climbing. His style and creativity were quickly recognized, and subsequent assignments have taken him across the world to such places as Morocco, Chile, Argentina, New England and the Western United States.
Ericson’s images have been published in both national and international magazines and newspapers. Most recently, his work has been featured in Forbes, Newsweek, Skiing Magazine, Powder, and locally in Vermont Magazine, the Times Argus, Rutland Herald and Seven Days. His fine art prints have been shown in galleries throughout the western United States and in Vermont.
Ericson graduated with a BA from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and an MS from the University of Montana, where he was an Adjunct Professor in the Photojournalism Department.