Hometown: Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Major: Integrative Public Relations
College: College of the Arts and Media
Graduated: December 2011
Even before she was a student here, Natalie Shattuck knew this was a special community. As a lifelong resident of Mount Pleasant, she grew up seeing the strong partnership and connections between the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and CMU.
“I was born and raised here and didn’t think I’d go to college here,” she said. “Growing up, I saw how CMU collaborated with the tribe and how the university respects their traditions. Now I photograph several CMU events and witness how that partnership keeps going.”
As the managing editor for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe’s Tribal Observer, a monthly publication for its members and entities, Natalie is creating a living history of the tribal nation and Anishinaabe culture with stories, photos and the written record.
The Tribal Observer regularly recognizes member achievements, public notices and events. It also raises awareness of issues affecting its members and the local community. Natalie’s March 2016 story, “Slavery in Michigan: Prosecutor discusses local sex trafficking case,” was picked up by national publications and shared on social media.
“It was my intent that it would be an eye-opening article about human-trafficking and raise awareness as it happens even in small towns,” said Natalie.
When she graduated high school, Natalie debated attending CMU or pursuing a music career. She has woven her passion for music into her career. She regularly photographs each concert and entertainer who performs at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort.
She credits the internship for the integrative public relations program as a steppingstone to promoting concerts. She interned for the radio station WIOG 102.5 FM in Saginaw, Michigan, doing commercial voiceovers and was part of a street team of interns who coordinated live remotes.
She’s also the part-time public relations specialist for the Gem Theater in St. Louis, Michigan, and for the annual St. Louis Blues Festival. She’s taken to the stage as an opening musical act at the Gem, the blues fest, and Max and Emily’s Summer Concert Series in Mount Pleasant.
In 2018, she was recognized by CMU as a ‘10 Within 10’ recipient, a program that recognizes young alumni who bring honor through work in their career or community.
“Before I chose my path of study at CMU, I was worried I would never have a success story of my own. ‘10 Within 10’ is an honor. It confirms my pride for CMU and my love for my career.”
Her pride for CMU and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe is on full display when the community comes together for a home football game wearing their best maroon and gold.
“I’ve been on the field to photograph the CMU Traditions Day when the tribe is recognized,” she said. “With hundreds in the stadium and the feeling of unity between two communities, it is hard to feel anything but an overpowering sense of surreal, positive emotions.”