Communications student marshals selected

April 20, 2009

Six graduating seniors have been selected to serve as student marshals for the College of Communications during spring commencement exercises at noon Saturday, May 16, in the Bryce Jordan Center.

Angela Haupt, of Reading, Pa., who compiled a 3.99 grade-point average and will earn a degree in journalism will represent the College of Communications as its overall student marshal. Along with her outstanding classwork, Haupt built a successful and varied reporting resume while at Penn State. 

She worked as a staff reporter for The Daily Collegian, completed separate internshps with the Reading Eagle and USA Today, and served as a correspondent for the Harrisburg, Pa., Patriot-News. In 2008, Haupt was a first-place winner with a personality profile piece she wrote for the William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program. She will be escorted by faculty marshal Malcolm Moran, the Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society and a professor in the Depatment of Journalism.

Erin Holt, of Allentown, Pa., will serve as thr advertising/public relations marshal. A Schreyer Honors Scholar, Holt has compiled a 4.0 GPA while completing minors in business and communication arts and sciences. She has been a member of the AdClub since 2005, serving as its event planning chair in fall 2007. Her internship experience includes two summers with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs baseball team and a summer with Klunk & Millan Advertising. She will be escorted by Senior Lecturer Steve Manuel.

Ashley Mills, of West Decatur, Pa., will serve as the film-video marshal. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA and completed minors in history and theatre. Also a Schreyer Honors Scholar, her thesis work was a documentary titled “Portrait” on which she served as writer, director, producer and editor. Along with her work at Penn State, she completed internships in London with Big Earth and Elixir Films. She has been an active member of Penn State’s Dance Marathon since 2007 and served on the videography committee and was the director of the College of Communications webcast of Thon. She will be escorted by Associate Professor Barbara Bird.

Stephanie Durning, of Kearny, N.J., will serve as the journalism marshal. She has been named to the dean’s list every semester since 2005 and has served as an anchor and reporter for the student-produced television news program “Centre County Report.” In addition, she served as a news reporting intern with WJAC-TV (Channel 6) in Altoona-Johnstown and as an intern for “Elvis Duran and The Morning Show” with WHTZ-FM (Z100) in New York City. During her time at Penn State, Durning also served as a general assignment reporter for PSN-TV and as an associate producer and anchor for ComRadio. She will be escorted by Assistant Professor Michelle Rodino-Colocino.

Rachel Guldin, of Lebanon, Pa., will serve as the media studies marshal. A member of the Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies, Guldin compiled a 4.0 GPA and completed a minor in sociology. She completed internships with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and WITF-TV (Channel 33) in Harrisburg, Pa. She also served as a camera operator for the webcast of Thon and volunteered for the Ralph Nader presidential campaign. In addition, she was a four-year member, and section guide officer in 2008-09, of the Penn State Blue Band. She will be escorted by Associate Professor Ronald Bettig.

David Anderson of La Plata, Md., will serve as the telecommunications marshal. He completed a double major with journalism, and added a minor in Spanish, while earning dean’s list accolades every semester at the University. As a student studying in the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, Anderson gained internship experience with the State College Spikes and Altoona Curve. A member of the Army ROTC, he also worked at WMAJ-AM in State College and served as mass coordinator for Catholic Campus Ministries. He will be escorted by Associate Professor Marie Hardin.

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Last Updated May 20, 2009