Film-video major selected as communications student marshal

A film-video major who earned dean’s list status every semester at Penn State will serve as student marshal for the College of Communications during commencement exercises Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Allison Ornik, from Villanova, Pa., paired her bachelor’s degree with a business minor.

Along with her outstanding work in the classroom, Ornik served as a Homecoming production captain for two years and worked as an editing laboratory assistant in the College of Communications. She also completed numerous internships and gained hands-on experience working on two independent feature-length films.

Ornik’s internships this past summer were at Steve Carell’s Carousel Productions and at the reality television company Bunim/Murray Productions. After spending a summer working in Hollywood, her interests lean toward working in scripted television, with an interest in the young teen demographic. She plans to move to Los Angeles in pursuit of her career aspirations.

“Children are impacted by media of all types, particularly television,” Ornik said, “and I hope to be involved in programming and production that both entertains and influences them in a positive way. ”

Ornik’s faculty escort, Rod Bingaman, a senior lecturer in the Department of Film-Video and Media Studies, said she certainly made an impact at the University.

“She’s the kind of student you like to represent the college and the program because she projects all the best attributes of our mission,” Bingaman said. “She understands the social aspects of the profession and fulfills them with dignity and geniality. You simply don’t get a student like her very often.”

Ornik is the daughter of Penn State alumni Adrian and Beverly Ornik.

Last Updated November 25, 2013