Alumni Throwback: Nate Rykman


Nate Rykman, ’15

UPC Publicity Assistant, 2013 – 2014, & President, 2014 – 2015


What was your fondest memory at UPC?

I always liked the First Flight Week. I loved it as Publicity Assistant and President because I got to expose new students to what UPC and the Union were about. I liked the variety of events we were able to host for these new students. We were able to get freshmen relaxed and comfortable on campus, and encourage them to meet new people. We could see that we had an impact on these students.

What was your favorite project or assignment?

I have to say J Cole. The lead up to the concert was so exciting and fun. In my role, I was able to develop the marketing for that concert and get people excited about it. There was so much hype surrounding the concert. That had to be my favorite experience at UPC.

What would you say had the greatest impact on you at UPC?

I didn’t appreciate it at the time, but, in hindsight, I am thankful for the full-time staff around UPC. They really led and supported us. Looking back, I see now how their influence helped me as a leader. The amount of professional development that UPC was able to teach me was incredible. In the years after, I realize how much I gained from the staff.

Where did you go after graduating?

I went to grad school at Texas A&M for a Master’s in Marketing. That was a great experience. I did a few internships along the way and I had a great time developing my skills. After I graduated from grad school in December of 2016, I got my first full-time job as a digital account manager for Tegna. I managed the digital advertising across the Tegna network of local news stations. I moved to New York this year for a promotion to a campaign management role for Tegna.

What is your favorite thing about your job now?

The people I work with. In this case, the job comes second to the great people who make the job exciting and fun. The people I work with make my job very interesting and exciting every day.

How did working for UPC prepare you for your role now?

My time at UPC gave me a sense of accountability. I got real-world experience with an actual budget to work with and real consequences attached to every decision. Planning those large events taught me accountability that transfers over to my current role.

What’s one thing you miss about UNT?

I miss the weirdness of UNT. UNT is such a weird place in the best way possible and the people there are an amazing group of people. It was cool to see so many diverse interests on campus. I didn’t appreciate it at the time, but now I know how special UNT is.

What advice do you have for current students?

Soak up as much of the college experience as you can. College is such a unique time in your life where you have so many opportunities to do so many things all the time, especially the opportunities provided by the Union, and those don’t exist outside of college. This is a great time to develop yourself as a leader and make friends or connections. Embrace as much of college as you can. Go Mean Green!

If you could be an animal, which would you be?

Dog, specifically a corgi.

What’s something you could not live without?

My phone, specifically Apple Music.

What is on your music playlist?

The new MGMT album and also a podcast called Song Exploder.

What is your favorite color?

Navy blue.

What can you not leave the house without?

My phone and a denim jacket.

If you could do anything in the world, what would you do?

I would visit art museums all over the world and study art history.