Surprising people of State College: Spring 2012

Video posted April 1, 2012 in News by Bianca Hooper, Hayley Wildeson, Travis Patterson and Haley Blum


Students from Comm 481 Multimedia reporting were recently given an assignment to fan out across the community and find regular people who do something surprising.

Duane Moore is a campus pastor. Marie Ebner is a senior double majoring in biochemistry and biology, Ann Sciandra is studying advertising and business. Mark Digliois a Penn State student, too, learning about international politics.

But there's a lot more to these four people than first meets the eye.

About the Contributors

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Travis Patterson

2012 Graduate / Broadcast Journalism

I am most interested in becoming an on-air meteorologist.  I have taken several courses to my Broadcast Journalism degree as well as completed a Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting from the Penn State Meteorology department.  Currently I am interning for Weather World, helping to produce and edit the daily 15-minute weather magazine show.

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Haley Blum

2012 Graduate / Print Journalism

I’m a senior print journalism major graduating in May 2012, and I’m also the editor-in-chief of Valley, Penn State’s student-run life and style magazine. I’ve interned at USA TODAY in its News, Life and College departments for the past two summers, and I’m looking to pursue a career reporting on music or higher education.

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Hayley Wildeson

2013 Graduate / Photojournalism

Hayley studied photojournalism at Penn State with a minor in civic and community engagement.  She plans to work for a non-profit upon graduation to combine her passion for multimedia with her love of helping people.

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Bianca Hooper

2012 Graduate / Public Relations

Bianca Hooper is a Public Relations major, and English minor at Penn State. During her college career she has had several internships. Hooper has interned at W.Q.E.D multimedia in the productions department, the Tribune Review as a editorial/news, the Educational Opportunity Centers as a programming intern, and with P.H.E.A.A as a customer service intern. Hooper is also highly involved in student clubs on campus. Currently she serves as the Chaplain for the United Soul Ensemble choir, step & dance team, and as an Account Associate for Happy Valley Communications, a student run Public Relations Firm. In the past Hooper served as the associate editor and Public Relations Coordinator for Absence Magazine, where she launched the 1st St. Valentine promotional contest to increase literary submissions. She has also served as the President of Residence Hall council where she launched the first Alcohol awareness campaign at Penn State Greater Allegheny. Hooper is also a recipient of the Eric A. and Josephine S. Walker Award, a prestigious award given to students who demonstrate good character, scholarship, leadership, and citizenship.