Six selected as communications student marshals

Six graduating seniors have been selected to serve as student marshals for the College of Communications during spring commencement exercises scheduled at noon Saturday, May 4, in the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus of Penn State.

The students chosen have shown outstanding achievements both in academics and extra-curricular activities, prompting their selections as representatives for their respective majors.

Eric Feinstein, from Ellicott City, Md., will serve as the overall marshal for the College of Communications. Feinstein will be graduating with a major in broadcast journalism and a minor in political science. He has completed internships at WRC-TV (NBC 4) in Washington, D.C., and Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. Feinstein was a producer and reporter for the student-produced “Centre County Report.” He also was a producer for “Penn State Sports Night” and a reporter and analyst for Penn State Network TV.

Feinstein is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Kappa Tau Alpha honor societies, the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism and the Penn State chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Blaire Kelly, from Jenkintown, Pa., will serve as the advertising/public relations student marshal. Kelly majored in advertising and psychology, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She completed an internship with Carat Media Agency, served as the media and integrated marketing communications chair for the American Advertising Federation’s National Student Advertising Competition and was creative manager for the business division of The Daily Collegian.

Kelly also was an active member of the advertising club and the club swim team. She was involved with the Penn State Dance Marathon as a member of an operations committee and has done work for an environmental communications research project.

Ernie Lehman, from Navarre, Ohio, will serve as the film-video student marshal. Lehman, a member of the Schreyer Honors College, will be graduating with majors in film-video and marketing. He is a recipient of the 2011 Penn State START Conference Diversity Award and has served as president and race director of the cycling team.

Lehman served as a teaching assistant in the Smeal College of Business and worked as a research assistant in the College of Communications. Lehman is a producer, videographer and editor for StudioNow on campus and has completed the Boy Scout requirements for rank of Eagle Scout.

Anita Oh, from North Wales, Pa., will serve as the journalism student marshal. Oh, also a member of the Schreyer Honors College, will be graduating with a broadcast journalism major and sociology and international studies minors. She is a member of the Kappa Tau Alpha honor society.

Oh served as president of the Penn State chapter of Ed2010 and as beauty and health editor of Valley Magazine. She was a freelance writer for the Centre Daily Times and served as an anchor for the “Centre County Report.” Oh participated in the international reporting class that traveled to Shanghai and has completed internships at Fox News Channel, B94.5 Radio in State College and J-14 Magazine. Oh also served on two THON committees.

Alyssa Bender, from York, Pa., will serve as the student marshal for media studies. Bender, also a member of the Schreyer Honors College, will be graduating a media studies major and sociology minor. She is a member of the Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity.

Bender served as a College of Communications peer mentor and worked as an economic and community development program assistant at Penn State. She was a member of two THON committees and a dancer for THON 2013. She also worked as a camp counselor at the Summer Institute for the Gifted.

Sara Battikh, from Panama, will serve as the telecommunications marshal. She completed majors in telecommunications and economics, and a minor in business.  Battikh has completed internships with Copa Airlines, Buenos Dias-TVN Panama and Telefonica Movistar.

She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society and the Penn State Marketing Association. She is one of six students to serve on the board of directors for The Daily Collegian and worked as an anchor and producer for ComRadio, the Internet-based, student-run radio station housed in the College of Communications. Battikh is a member of the Hispanic Catholic Ministry and the Lebanese Student Association.

Last Updated May 23, 2014