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I'm a graduate of James Madison University who wants to be creative for a living. Through my collegiate training and internships with several publications -- the Daily News Record, Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine and C-ville News & Arts Weekly -- I have developed excellent research, written communication and editing skills and demonstrated my proficiency in AP style, interviewing, collaboration, and the ability to assume leadership roles. My strongest skill is effective written communication, and I have a flair for storytelling. My talents include answering questions such as "What's the word I'm trying to think of?" and "What's a better way to to say...?"
Please view my resume and examples of my published work below, and contact me at [email protected] or (434) 284-3126.
Please contact me with opportunities to write for your publication.
Political Science senior seminar capstone paper explaining my research design for a political psychology experiment
This study explored how Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and their campaigns framed the contraception conversation to dominate the definition of birth control and establish its salience (or lack of) as an election issue.
Fall 2012 Internship - Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, Va.
This Friday, Skyline Middle School will debut Alice in Wonderland Jr., the drama program's first "big" musical production, made possible by enthusiastic support from students and parents.
Whether planning a cheap and spontaneous weekend trip or searching for a last-minute hotel room from the airport, mobile travel apps connect users to the Information Superhighway to conduct the research and booking at any point along their journey.
Though the world tends to divide along ethnic and religious lines, a story of successful intergroup collaboration in another part of the world aims to inspire members of Harrisonburg's own religiously diverse community. Aaron Kintu Moses of Uganda will visit Harrisonburg's Beth El Congregation on Oct. 28 to speak about his efforts to preserve his community's Jewish identity in the face of intolerance, and discuss ongoing development projects in Uganda.
Few events provide Harrisonburg residents with a better way to celebrate their differences and explore their similarities than the upcoming International Festival. Each September, the daylong festivities at Hillandale Park invite community members to showcase their culture through art, music, dance, food and crafts.
Pg. 7: Big changes are on the horizon for January 2013, and while Harrisonburg residents have mixed feelings about the Affordable Care Act, the reforms could most impact students, health care providers, seniors and the uninsured.
Calling all dancers, singers, snowflakes, mice soldiers and sugarplum fairies! This Saturday, the Rockingham Ballet Theatre begins open auditions for the Nutcracker Ballet, inviting children ages 8 1/2 to 15 to vie for dancing parts, as well as a role in the new children's choir.
Part 1: Profiles of Harrisonburg's up and coming entrepreneurs
Part 2: Profiles of Harrisonburg's up and coming entrepreneurs, continued
JMU student publications
The “Maharaja Bowl” began with a recipe for curried lentils from “Extending the Table” by Joetta Handrich Schlabach, an international collection of everyday recipes “in the spirit of more with less.”
Co-written with Beth Cole: Every trail has a story behind it. In the Shenandoah Valley, these stories go back for generations.
The hill on the side of the Integrated Sciences and Technologies building got a wild and rugged makeover this summer, an earthy contrast to the bright flowerbeds and neatly trimmed lawns that characterize most of campus.
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Service-minded students Karen Kappert and Bibiana Oe spent their spring break on a mission to spread some serious cheer. While exploring New Orleans, La. on an Alternative Break trip they lent a hand at Project Lazarus, a non-profit organization serving people who have HIV/AIDS.
To get a taste of what it takes to sustainably grow 60,000 pounds of produce each year, eight JMU students ventured to Clagett Farm and let their inner gardeners take root.
Concern for textbook costs has risen as steadily as the prices, but readers who reach for electronic textbooks to save money could end up costing themselves more time for the same grade.
Since receiving her invitation last week to attend the White House “Champions of Change: Women/Girls in STEM” event on Dec. 9, Computer Science major Marissa Halpert has been excited “like you wouldn’t believe.”
When a fan asked her about the political allegories in her book series, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling said, “I wanted Harry to leave our world and find exactly the same problems in the wizarding world.”
During summer 2011, medical personnel and students began making unconventional “house calls” to bring primary care to Harrisonburg’s homeless through weekly on sight clinic visits to area shelters.
During a spring break filled with snow days and winding van rides through hills and hollers, the nine students who spent their week serving in Wise County, Va., experienced more than a vacation.
After 12 years of service as head of the Department of Nursing, Dr. Merle Mast is ready for a new challenge. On May 3 the nursing faculty held a dinner party to celebrate and reflect on her contributions to the department.
Caring for an elderly or ill family member is not an easy job, and currently 34 million adults nationwide provide long-term care for an adult who is 50 or older.
JMU Dietetics has come far since its humble debut in 1911 at the Normal and Industrial School for Women at Harrisonburg. Back then, students gained experience in their “food production and manufacture” courses by serving meals to their peers in the campus dining room, located in the basement of present-day Jackson Hall.
When it comes to the future of clean energy, ISAT majors know which way the wind blows. Senior students with concentrations in energy share this knowledge with communities by helping install wind turbines through Wind for Schools, a federal program that educates K-12 students about wind energy.
Where many students see an expanse of empty hillside between the interstate and the retention ponds on JMU’s east campus, world-renown artist and designer Michael Singer envisions a public art landscape that fosters ecological renewal.
On Sept. 17, JMU psychology professor Dr. Jessica Irons hopped on a 15-hour flight from D.C. to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and embarked on the teaching opportunity of a lifetime.
This fall, physical education and exercise science students played a huge role in initiating the Overcoming Barriers project, a new grant-funded mentoring program that partners students with community members who have disabilities.
Hundreds of aspiring scientists explore real-world technology challenges each fall through the FIRST LEGO League competition, hosted regionally by the JMU Colleges of Education and Integrated Science and Technology.
Doctoral students from a wide array of disciplines had an uncommon opportunity last summer to research the complex topic of neurolinguistics in an advanced seminar with CSD professor Dr. Cynthia O’Donoghue.
Last spring, JMU Athletic Training alums Pratik Banjade and Jared Miller (’10) achieved YouTube superstar status with their video, “Athletic Trainer: Smooth Professional,” which has received over 67,000 views since its April debut.
This March, psychology lecturer Kimberly DuVall earned one of the highest honors college students can award: the ranking of top-rated professor in the nation on the popular website RateMyProfessor.com.
Now in its fifth year, Movin’ and Groovin’ Day is still teaching local kids the fun and importance of health and exercise, now as a special event for JMU’s Girls’ Golf Program.
This May marks the graduation of the first class of students from the Intelligence Analysis (IA) degree program as they are about to enter the professional intelligence field.
Since the first journey to Guam in 2008, Dr. Todd Sabato, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences, has offered students a unique three-week glimpse into the dynamic world of HIV/AIDS, from an unparalleled Micronesian perspective.
Located in Stanley, VA, not far from JMU’s campus, the Healthy Families of Page County organization offers students an opportunity to assist families at risk for child abuse and neglect.
Last fall the Department of Communications Sciences and Disorders welcomed new faculty member Dr. Christy Ludlow, who brought with her a wealth of research experience and new opportunities for CSD students to explore.
Not many young people like being told to turn down their music, but Communication Sciences and Disorders professor Dr. Dan Halling might have a new method to make them listen.
Last semester three CISAT professors appeared as guests on STEM Sell, bringing scientific discussion to students’ attention through their own radio station.
Psychology professor Dr. Matthew Lee challenges students to analyze their preconceptions about diversity by researching the different demographics of JMU’s student body.
JMU students are taking their psychology studies outside of the classroom and into the minds of the elderly by experimenting with arts and crafts as a form of memory enhancement for Alzheimer’s patients.
In 2007, JMU agreed to participate in a two-year national research project conducted by the Pacific Institute for Research in Education (PIRE), an independent nonprofit health organization. Funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, PIRE gave JMU a grant that included free access to the AlcoholEdu program and $1000 to implement it, which was spent on giveaways for students as an incentive for participation.
Last semester JMU adopted a campus chapter of Active Minds, bringing the student body a new and valuable resource for learning about mental health issues.
There may be new scientific evidence supporting the idea of “mind over matter,” a subject Dr. Ulas Kaplan, a Psychology professor teaching his third year at JMU, explored in a study of mental imagery last semester.
Nursing students earned national recognition for assisting families in the community who are taking care of elderly adults.
High School (I started early)
An example of page design I created as Editor-in-Chief of the 2009 issue
A spread I designed to showcase select secrets created by students at Albemarle High School. (One of them might be mine.)
An example of simple page design I created for the Table of Contents and Editors' letter pages