Member Monday: Katherine Ross

Q: Your name?
A: Katherine Ross

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

Q: What is your role?
A: Director of Sales and Marketing at The Daily Pennsylvanian

Q: How long have you been in student media?
A: 27 years

Q: What are you most excited to work on this year at your student media organization?
A: Developing our digital products including newsletters & our mobile app, DP+

Q: What’s a fun fact about you?
A: I’m originally from California

Q: What’s something in student media you wish you could learn more about?
A: I would like to become more well versed in social media!

Q: What’s your favorite place you’ve ever visited, and if you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
A: Favorite place I have ever visited was the south of France. And, if I could travel anywhere it would be back to Australia. There was so much that I didn’t see the first time.

Is there a CMBAM member at your school we should feature on Meet a Member Monday? Share your suggestion with Julie Salter, Awards & Member Recognition Director, at [email protected] or Sam Oldenburg, Communications Director, at [email protected]

Member Monday: Sarah Scarborough

Q: Your name?
A: Sarah Scarborough

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

Q: What is your role?
A: Director of Student Media

Q: How long have you been in student media?
A: 21 years

Q: What are you most excited to work on this year at your student media organization?
A: The activity and engagement we are seeing so far from our students is awesome, exceeding pre-Covid numbers and we are off to a good start revenue wise, too! All in all I am looking forward to a great year!

Q: What’s a fun fact about you?
A: I’ve seen Phish approximately 27 times and plan to keep going as long as they tour. 💃

Q: What’s something in student media you would like to learn more about?
A: I am interested to hear how people are doing revenue wise compared to pre-covid and ALSO if they are noticing more engagement with print this year. Students seem to be picking up our publications at a much higher rate than before.

Q: What’s your favorite place you’ve ever visited, and if you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
A: Favorite place would be Hawaii, the land of my birth. Where would I go? I’d love to rent an RV and drive across the country.

Is there a CMBAM member at your school we should feature on Meet a Member Monday? Share your suggestion with Julie Salter, Awards & Member Recognition Director, at [email protected] or Sam Oldenburg, Communications Director, at [email protected]

Member Monday: Allen Vaughan

Q: Your name?
A: Allen Vaughan

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

Q: What is your role?
A: Daily Nebraskan General Manager

Q: How long have you been in student media?
A: I’ve been in student media for 3 years

Q: What are you most excited to work on this year at your student media organization?
A: I am most excited to see what our students do on social media, particularly Instagram and TikTok

Q: What’s a fun fact about you?
A: I’m obsessed with the St. Louis Cardinals and fantasy baseball

Q: What’s something in student media you wish you could learn more about?
A: I love learning about the history of other college media programs and I love to see who has transformed their businesses into digital winners. The stories are the best and I want to know them all!

Q: What’s your favorite place you’ve ever visited, and if you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
A: The older I get, it’s more about the journey and the people I’m with. But it’s hard to top lying on a beach with a good book, a good drink(s) and some quiet. Something tropical, please!

Is there a CMBAM member at your school we should feature on Meet a Member Monday? Share your suggestion with Julie Salter, Awards & Member Recognition Director, at [email protected] or Sam Oldenburg, Communications Director, at [email protected]

Member Monday: Elaine Do

Q: Your Name?
A: Elaine Do

Q: At what school do you work?
A: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Q: What is your role? 
A: Advertising Design Manager

Q: How long have you been in your current role?
A: I started at Mustang Media Group as an advertising designer in the Spring of 2019, then I was an assistant advertising manager in the Fall of 2020, and finally I became advertising design manager Fall of 2021.

Q: What is your dream job?
A: My dream job is to work as a graphic designer at a design studio or design firm! I want to work in a firm/studio because I want to have the opportunity to work with a multitude of different brands and companies.  

Q: What is a fun fact about you, your town, your University?
A: Fun fact about San Luis Obispo: there are no drive-thrus here.  

Q: What are you most proud of at your current Student Media Org?
A: I am so proud for my entire team wining the College Media Group of the Year!! It is a true testament to everyone’s hard work and endless efforts over the past year. 

Q: What is your favorite snack on a road trip?
A: Taco Bell’s steak quesadilla is honestly so unmatched.

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!

 

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