Member Monday: Gracie Bryant

Q: Your Name?
A: Gracie Bryant

Q: At what school do you work?
A: University of South Carolina

Q: What is your role? 
A: Garnet Media Group Marketing Director

Q: How long have you been in your current role?
A: I’ve been marketing director since 1st semester Freshman year, so I’m finishing up my 6th semester with Garnet Media Group.

Q: What is your dream job?
A: My dream job changes based on the day you ask me, but right now I’d love to work in a full-service agency managing hospitality clients. 

Q: What is a fun fact about you, your town, your University?
A: I sing! My sister and I have been singing together since we were young and won Best Duo in SC a few years ago which was really cool. 

Q: What are you most proud of at your current Student Media Org?
A: I am most proud of the way we’ve grown throughout the past few years. When I started it was a one-woman team and Garnet Media Group wasn’t well-known across campus. Now people recognize us at events, the work we produce, on social media and more. Seeing that brand awareness grow has been so rewarding and allowed us to accomplish more than I thought we would!

Q: What is your favorite snack on a road trip?
A: I am the queen of road trip snacks! I usually have a few options, but my favorite is probably gummy peach rings. 

Member Monday: Kathy Ciesinski

Q: Your Name?
A: Kathy Ciesinski

Q: At what school do you work?
A: University of Michigan

Q: What is your role?
A: General Manager

Q: How long have you been in student media?
A: 10.5 years. I joined the team as Sales & Marketing Advisor in 2011, and became General Manager in 2018

Q: What are you most proud of at your current Student Media org?
A: We just wrapped up our 10th annual “My Baby’s Graduating!” section. In 2020 and 2021 we published a limited run based on parent interest. This year we’ll be back at the Big House, handing them out on graduation day. I am forever grateful to CMBAM for posting the annual contest entries, which is where I first saw this idea, and to Chrissy Beck at Duke for helping me take their publication prototype and run with it.

Q: What is a fun fact about you, your town, your University?
A: I would like to clarify that in your recent Google search of my name, I am not a mezzo-soprano opera singer or voice professor. That would be my father’s cousin.

Q: What is a media project you would most like to pick someone’s brain about?
A: How to get students on board with accepting sponsored content. 

Q: What is your favorite snack on a road trip?
A: A quick rundown of what’s typically in the car on my annual summer cross-country trip to Colorado: Reduced-fat Ruffles and Cheetos, White Cheddar Smart Pop, some variety of pretzel, trail mix, Starburst, Skittles, orange-flavored Life Savers, and chocolate, of course. Sounds like a lot, but it’s for two weeks, and it’s vacation!

 

Kim’s contact is [email protected]

Member Monday: Brooke Vogelsmeier

Q: Your Name?
A: Brooke Vogelsmeier

Q: At what school do you work?
A: Northwest Missouri State University

Q: What is your role? 
A: Advertising Manager

Q: How long have you been in your current role?
A: I started as a sales representative at Northwest Student Media in the spring of 2020. I held that position for a year before I became advertising manager in the spring of 2021.

Q: What is your dream job?
A: My dream job was to work in the digital world of advertising. I have signed a contract to work for Precision Reach as a Digital Advertising Operations Specialist in the agricultural industry after I graduate.

Q: What is a fun fact about you, your town, your University?
A: University: Northwest was originally a teacher’s college. Most recently, our men’s basketball team won their third consecutive national championship and fourth in five years. 

Q: What are you most proud of at your current Student Media Org?
A: I am proud of the strong relationships between our reps and our clients. We’ve helped small businesses thrive and updated our media platforms to meet client wants/needs through digital advertising. 

Q: What is your favorite snack on a road trip?
A: Candy: Strawberry Sour Punch Bites 

Drink: Dr. Pepper is a MUST, but only in a fountain drink.

Member Monday: Evan Mealins

 Q: Your Name?
A: Evan Mealins

Q: At what school do you work?
A: Auburn University

Q: What is your role? 
A: Editor-in-Chief

Q: How long have you been in your current role?
A: Since May 2021

Q: What is your dream job?
A: Investigative reporter at a national publication

Q: What is a fun fact about you, your town, your University?
A: Me: I ran a half marathon around a track once. Auburn: I’ve always liked the unofficial slogan (The Loveliest Village on the Plains) comes from a poem by Oliver Goldsmith (The Deserted Village). Auburn University: They can’t keep you from sleeping in the library (unconfirmed by seems to be true). 

Q: What are you most proud of at your current Student Media Org?
A: Our ability to make real, tangible changes on our campus. 

Q: What is your favorite snack on a road trip?
A: Gummy worms

member Monday: Caroline Shipley

Q: Your Name?
A: Caroline Shipley

Q: At what school do you work?
A: Texas Tech University

Q: What is your role? 
A: Student Marketing Manager

Q: How long have you been in your current role?
A: I started with The Daily Toreador as an Account Executive and I was in the position for a year before I moved into the Student Marketing Manager role. I’ve been in this position for the school year. 

Q: What is your dream job?
A: An outdoor adventure guide!!! I’m currently trying to make that a reality through working with Wilderness Therapy organizations. 

Q: What is a fun fact about you, your town, your University?
A: Fun fact about me: I slept outside for a total of 5 weeks this past summer. Fun fact about Lubbock: It’s the easiest town to navigate because the streets are set up on a grid system. Fun fact about Texas Tech: In case you haven’t heard, we have the best atmosphere in college basketball!

Q: What are you most proud of at your current Student Media Org?
A: I think something about the DT that’s super cool is that we try to match our audience’s needs and the needs of our clients. We have several special sections that do both of those things throughout the year. 

Q: What is your favorite snack on a road trip?
A: It’s a weird combination: honey BBQ Fritos (they hit different on the road) and cherry sours!

Member Monday: Kim Blumhardt

Q: Your Name?
A: Kim Blumhardt

Q: At what school do you work?
A: Colorado State University

Q: What is your role?
A: Advertising Director

Q: How long have you been in student media?
A: 33 years

Q: What are you most proud of at your current Student Media org?
A: I am especially proud of how Rocky Mountain Student Media has been able to adapt to the changing media environment by introducing new revenue streams, while at the same time maintaining strong traditional print revenues. We have fostered relationships with university partners that have allowed us to grow in areas that are not typically growth areas. Covid forced us to get back to some “old school” ways of doing things and in the end it was a step forward instead of a step back. Who knew?! 

Q: What is a fun fact about you, your town, your University?
A: I was an advertising sales representative at my college newspaper, The Daily Nebraskan, University of Nebraska. Aside from a couple short stints at our local newspapers, my entire career has been with student media.

Q: What is a media project you would most like to pick someone’s brain about?
A: Tic Tok. 

Q: What is your favorite snack on a road trip?
A: Cheese Popcorn. My go to since college days.

Kim’s contact is [email protected]