WAUKESHA, WIS.— Julie Ferris, an adjunct lecturer of communication at Carroll University, was The Pfister Hotel’s first writer-in-residence from November 2010-April 2011. The Pfister narrator interviews hotel visitors and shares their stories on the Pfister’s blog. Ferris’s columns were collected in a book, the first in a series for the narrators, and a release party with honors, awards and readings will be Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at 6 p.m. in The Pfister Hotel Lobby Lounge, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. This event is free and open to the public, and will continue to 11 p.m. in the Rouge Room. Her book is available for purchase in the Pfister gift shop.
“The Pfister narrator program has served as a great way to honor our guests and their experiences at the hotel and beyond,” said Joe Kurth, general manager of The Pfister Hotel. “The exposure and success of the program is continually growing.”
An established blogger, Ferris also has experience in teaching, management, public relations and media writing. She holds a doctorate in mass communications and journalism from The University of Iowa. She is a public relations account supervisor at Cramer-Krasselt in Milwaukee and is active as president of the American Association of University Women-Milwaukee Branch and a board member for the Social Development Foundation in Milwaukee County.
Ferris has taught at Carroll since 2008, and her courses include Media and Society, Intercultural Communication, Introduction to Public Relations and Introduction to Advertising. She has presented academic papers at the 2011 Cultural Studies Association conference related to performance of gender at the Bristol Renaissance Faire, and at the 2010 National Communication Association on Madison-based blogger Penelope Trunk and her business column.
The Pfister selects a new narrator every six months. For more information, visit http://www.thepfisterhotel.com/Pfister-Narrator/