April 30, 2007

Delano graduate wins College Emmy

By Kelsey Linden
Staff Writer

Delano graduate Cole Mathisen recently won a College Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts for science and television newscasts.

“We didn’t really know what we would get, but we ended up getting first place, and beating out some bigger schools like the University of Southern California, Berkley, and Emerson College,” Mathisen said.

He gave a large amount of the credit to SCSU by saying, “It’s pretty amazing that St. Cloud State University was able to beat them.”

“When I came to St. Cloud, I was going to go into aviation,” he recalled, “but not even after one semester, I kind of knew that my heart wasn’t into it.”

After discovering that St. Cloud State University was one of the top 10 colleges for broadcasting, he thought, “What the heck, this is what I want to do.”

Mathisen decided to major in broadcast journalism and minor in coaching.

In all that St. Cloud had to offer for Mathisen, he took full advantage of every opportunity.

“I kind of just did everything I could,” he said. “There were a lot of opportunities here, and it was really hands-on. I have done a lot of reporting on air. We broadcast all the hockey games here, and I anchored our newscast.”

Mathisen enjoys journalism as a whole, but he expressed even more interest in radio and “the TV side, as well, because there are a lot more opportunities on air.”

After nearly four years in college, Mathisen was more than pleased to win such an award.

Mathisen and a group of 10 traveled to Los Angeles to receive the award.

“We cheered so loud, everyone kind of looked at us funny,” he said. “They announced our name and showed our newscast. There were a lot of celebrities there too, so it was kind of neat.”

Some of the guests at the ceremony were featured in many television shows such as Dancing with Stars, Desperate Housewives, and American Idol.

Upon meeting the celebrities, Mathisen said, “Being in their presence, it was neat.”

Mathisen believes that “the judges were impressed that we actually put on a daily newscast.”

Most other schools did not take the competition to that level. In describing the newscast, he said, “It’s like anything you’d see on the six o’clock news. I guess we kind of just blew the competition right out of the water. It was definitely unique.”

Mathisen was very complimentary towards the university in terms of equipment and resources.

“You’d be surprised if you came up and saw the station yourself,” he said. “It’s very professional.”

Students have access to teleprompters, green screens, and more.

“The opportunities are almost endless,” he said.

Mathisen’s parents, Mike and Lori, have been his support group.

“Mom and Dad are always eager to critique me in everything I do,” he said with a laugh.

He also has two siblings, an older sister, Kristi, and a younger brother, Cody.

When it comes to hobbies, Mathisen is very involved and enjoys flag football, hockey, and co-ed volleyball. He also sets time aside for photography.

Mathisen graduated from Delano High School in 2003. Now 22 years old, and nearly graduated from college, he still looks back at Delano as his home.

“Whenever I tell people about Delano, I always say great things. It’s a small town, but you’re not short on education,” he said. “There’s a lot of opportunities that I had.”

Mathisen also believes that he truly developed his love for broadcasting in high school when he would broadcast the baseball games and host the pep rallies.

“It’s getting comfortable and building up your resumé,” he said. “I’d like to stay as close to the Midwest as possible. Maybe it’s just the small town kid in me. I have no reason to leave. It’s always been my home and it’s comfortable.”

Mathisen is currently finishing up his last few weeks at St. Cloud State, and will graduate Saturday, May 12.

As of right now, Mathisen is considering a job in Mason City, Iowa as a reporter, but he has been coaching baseball in Sartell and plans to channel his energy toward that this summer.

In the future, Mathisen is “looking to be a sports reporter right out of college. I just want to be on air.”

If Mathisen could offer any advice to aspiring broadcasters, he recommended, “Go to St. Cloud State because there is a lot of opportunity. Use all the opportunities you can. Get involved early and do as much as you can, but follow your heart. For some, TV just fits.”

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