College of Communications names student marshal

November 23, 2009

A journalism major from Hummelstown, Pa., will serve as student marshal for the College of Communications at Penn State during fall commencement exercises on Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Lauren Boyer, 21, will complete her college career with a 3.97 grade-point average and a minor in communications arts and sciences as a complement to her degree in journalism.

Boyer will be escorted by faculty marshal John Curley, professor and distinguished professional in residence in the Department of Journalism.

“John Curley has always been an inspiration to me, not only because of his professional accomplishments, which are amazing, but also because it means a lot to a student that someone of his stature has an open-door policy,” Boyer said. “I know that I can come in any time to talk about journalism pursuits and life in general.”

Boyer took two classes with Curley, the former president and CEO of Gannett Co. Inc. and the first editor of USA Today, who also served as Boyer’s thesis supervisor for her Schreyer Honors College thesis.

After graduation, Boyer was selected for a yearlong reporting fellowship at the Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. She said choosing a career in journalism was a “no brainer.”

“Throughout my life, my parents had always encouraged me to read the newspaper,” Boyer said. “The passion to pursue a career as a journalist really didn’t kick in until high school, when I found my niche as the editor-in-chief of Hershey High School’s newspaper.”

During her junior year of high school, Boyer traveled to Carnegie Hall in New York City where she accepted a national Scholastic Writing Awards Gold Key in journalism, for an article she wrote about Alzheimer’s disease.

“Since then, my life has literally revolved around journalism,” Boyer said. “When I graduated, I purposely started Penn State in the summer session of 2006, with the idea of getting a head start at The Daily Collegian.”

During her time at Penn State, Boyer involved herself in writing-centered organizations. From June 2006 to April 2008, she covered beats at the Collegian, reporting on student government and the first elections of the University Park Undergraduate Association.

In the summer of 2008, Boyer was a city desk intern at the Patriot-News, where she wrote more than 70 articles and learned how to improve her confidence as a writer and reporter. Last summer, Boyer interned with the Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents’ Association where she covered state news from the capitol newsroom.

“As a reporter, that was the biggest challenge I ever faced, being thrown into the fire of the longest state budget impasse in modern Pennsylvania history,” she said.  “Everything was new to me, and the reporters from the various papers were invaluable to my educational experience.”

Boyer, who wrote her honors thesis on newspaper coverage of the state budget stalemate, was honored with her selection as student marshal.

“Because I’m graduating earlier than most of my peers, in 3.5 years, it is especially meaningful,” she said. “It’s an honor to be recognized for the hard work I’ve put into not only getting good grades in my courses but also putting those skills to work in real-world situations.”

  • Lauren Boyer.

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