Rob ZinkanRob Zinkan is in his 15th year with Indiana University, currently in a system-wide role as associate vice president for marketing, serving as marketing liaison to the flagship campus leadership and marketing community; working to develop, champion, and deploy the university’s brand strategy; and leading IU’s internal marketing agency. Previously, he worked at the campus level as vice chancellor for external affairs at Indiana University East and assistant dean for advancement at Indiana University–Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC). Rob earned his bachelor's degree from Wabash College, master's from Xavier University, and doctorate from Creighton University. He authors the University Advancement blog and is a past chair of CASE Indiana.
Melody Oldfield is assistant vice president for university relations and marketing at Oregon State University, managing the university’s integrated marketing communications plan in support of Oregon State’s overall strategic plan.
Since coming to Oregon State in 1999, Melody has developed and implemented marketing strategies that have increased enrollment, alumni engagement, and visibility in target markets. The university’s Powered by Orange campaign earned multiple awards and national recognition.
Prior to joining Oregon State, Melody worked in community relations at Wachovia Bank and at an Atlanta-based advertising agency.
Laura Shields is associate director of university marketing at Oregon State University. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Laura joined Oregon State in 2009 as a marketing specialist and has also served as marketing manager and assistant director.
She and her colleagues promote the Oregon State University brand through strategic marketing communications and creative services, and they also manage university-level web content and social media networks.
Prior to joining Oregon State, Laura served as public relations specialist at MGM Resorts International.