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Department of Mass Communication Student Profiles

   

Aubree Telck, MCOM major

Aubree Telck

Focus:  Audio/Video Production
Hometown:  Hollsopple, PA

Why Mass Communication?
Mass Communication was actually not my first choice. During ninth grade I had decided I was going to major in Music Education, with a focus in Trumpet Performance. By senior year I hit a bump in the road, felt I didn't have what it took to go into music, and became very lost. Instead of entering my Freshmen year of college in the Fall of 2009, I decided to take that time to figure things out. I enrolled for the Spring 2010 semester at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. Still feeling lost every step of the way, I knew taking the time to at least get my general education credits out of the way while dabbling in a few other classes here and there would help me finally figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I found myself scrambling during the Spring of 2012, before graduating with an Associates of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts, still trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I knew I wanted a Bachelor's Degree, but I didn't know for what.

While attending PHCC, and working full time, I was also helping one of my brothers with the promotion and production of his band. I had remembered going on a college trip, with a friend, during my junior year of high school to FSU, so I started doing some research. As I looked through FSU's website I figured I should try doing something in music production. I came across the Mass Communication major and just fell in love with how everything was mapped out. Every other Mass Comm or Mass Media major I looked into from other colleges didn't measure up to FSU's Mass Communication major. I had also been very interested in video as well as audio, so when I saw there was a focus in Audio/Video production I knew this was a focus that would help me become very versatile to employers, it peaked my interest, and that I had to come visit.

Why Mass Communication you ask? I wanted to be part of a major that helped me be versatile because that is what employers are looking for these days. I opted for the focus in Audio and Video production because I knew that would give me a leg up over the other people I would be competing with for jobs in this field. I wanted to be a part of a major that has professors and staff members who care about their students, see the potential in them, and push them just as hard as I try pushing myself. I wanted a major I can be proud of, happy with, and enjoy the work I'm doing. I found that with Mass Communication! It can be tough, it can be very stressful, and sometimes I still think I may be a little lost, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Mass Communication is something I love doing and can see myself loving it for years to come.

How I stay involved
I've commuted from Pennsylvania to FSU so staying involved as a commuter student can be pretty tough at times, but I have slowly become more and more involved with each semester. I devoted my first semester to focusing more on classes. Then I joined the archery club. By my second year, I was hired as an equipment room monitor. This helped me learn a lot more about the video production equipment and I was involved with the inventory of the equipment at the end of each semester. I was the student representative on the Faculty Search Committee to find Professor Micheal McAlexander's replacement. This is where we found Professor Annie Danzi for the job. I was also involved in a one credit directed study with Dr. Boehm. I took my Research Methods paper, turned it into a poster, and presented it in the Third CLAS Undergraduate Research Symposium.

I went on an all expense paid trip to Philadelphia with Dr. Whalen and three other students where we applied concepts from Mass Comm Theory and Telecommunication Law to places like the Ben Franklin Museum, Independence Hall, and the Liberty Bell. We also were part of a movie viewing for the documentary 1971. After watching the film, we were able to meet and talk with the cast and director. When I came back from Philly, I spent the summer helping Melanie Lombardi pack the old studio for our move to the new building. Professor McAlexander gave me a once in a life time opportunity when he asked me to help him with his move to California, which I jumped at! I was also involved with the training of all the new equipment in our new building.

This semester, I am doing another directed study as a Teaching Assistant for Professor Danzi's Intro to Video Production class and Dr. Lombardi's Multi-Camera Studio class, a directed study as an Editor for TV-3, and recently joined the on campus comedy/production group Danger Faraday. I have one semester left and I've already started planning more ways to be involved because I think any experience I get whether in class, out of class, on campus, or off campus is a great way to prepare me for my future.

Life after FSU
Life after FSU is such a terrifying and exciting thought. I'm really excited to see what the world is like outside of being a student. I'm also really excited to see what comes next for me. The terrifying part is the unknown. I don't really have a strict plan for my life after graduating. I know I want to continue working in video production and will do what I can to get there. I think I want to focus more on editing, but will take any advantage and experience I can get my hands on, especially when it comes to the Mass Communication field. While it can feel rather unsettling to feel lost or not have a plan, I'm okay with going day by day. It's been working for me so far and I've had some amazing opportunities because of it.

Christine Parisi

Christine E. Parisi


Focus: Field Reporter/Anchor
Hometown: Salisbury, PA
 
Why Mass Communication?
I have always loved “explaining the facts” through reporting. From the time I was a little girl, I was holding my imaginary microphone and making videos. I moved around a little throughout my college career, but finally found stability and comfort at Frostburg. My major was not originally Mass Communications, until a little birdie (Dr. Lombardi) forced me in to the program. I’ve been stuck ever since…and incredibly happy.
 
How I stay involved
I try to get my hands on a camera whenever I can; create videos, do some stand-ups, familiarize myself with editing, or simply just have fun. I think we have a great program that provides us many opportunities to “stay involved”.
 
Life after FSU
It’s up to whatever the Good Lord has to offer me. I’m not putting any time restraints on myself, or limiting my options. If I am meant to leave the area I will, and if I am meant to stay, I will. Whatever the case, I know I will use the talents I have been given, and obtained through my degree at Frostburg State University as a Mass Communication Major.