Mary Betz

Mary Betz

I am a Global Communication major at Kent. I am minoring in Chinese because of my great interest in Asian culture. I also have a certificate of Teaching English as a Second Language, which has given me the opportunity to teach abroad in Germany and China. I have a love for traveling, learning languages, and gaining more insight into other cultures. In my free time, I enjoy cooking new foods and watching Japanese anime.

 

Katy Coduto

Katie Coduto

I am a dual-enrollment student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. I’m an electronic media undergraduate and a media management graduate student. Prague will be my third time studying abroad in just over a year, and I’m excited to take this opportunity and explore a new country! After Prague, I will be working for TV2 KSU, Kent State’s on-campus student-run television station, as the general manager. I’m hoping to explore online reporting in the United States and the Czech Republic and understand what makes them different. I want to understand these differences and learn to work through them because I see myself working in the online world upon graduation in May 2014.

 

Leah Heiser

Leah Heiser

I’m a senior in  Communication at KSU, and my goal is to graduate from Kent with a major in Interpersonal Communication and a minor in Organizational COMM. I used to study Art Education but I switched over to communication a few semesters ago. Art, defining it in general terms, will always be an interest and an awareness of mine. Over the summer, I work for a floral design company called Blooming Designs. There, I design annual and perennial floral arrangements. I enjoy working for this company because I like the feeling of accomplishment I get from seeing the beginning and end results of a finished product. I also enjoy combining nature and design together. After I graduate, I want to continue my career in the field of exterior design.

 

Anna Hoffman

Anna Hoffman

Dobrý den! Jmenuji se Anna Hoffman. I am currently a junior at Kent State University, studying Political Science (with an International Relations concentration) and Communication Studies (with a Global Communication concentration). I just got back from spending the semester in Washington, D.C., where I interned as a research assistant for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and I am planning on spending this upcoming Spring semester in Geneva, Switzerland. I love when I get the chance to incorporate both of my majors into my work, and I think our trip to Prague will be a great opportunity to do so. In my free time I like to bake desserts, play hacky sack with friends, and watch too many TV shows. I am always looking for ways to travel, and enjoy documenting my adventures with my camera.

 

Kyle Jones

Kyle Jones

I am currently a junior at Kent State University. I am majoring in Public Communication with a minor in Interpersonal Communication, and I am from Youngstown, Ohio. Currently I am a full-time student, and also work full time for the Ohio Department of Motor Vehicles. I was approached by Dr. Catherine Goodall in March about the opportunity to study abroad in Prague this summer. After researching the culture in Prague, I decided that this was the perfect opportunity for me to study abroad. While in Prague I plan to further research health campaigns and mass media messages. As a communications major, it is essential to be able to communicate with people from all backgrounds, ethnicities, and cultures. After successful completion of my trip to Prague, I hope to enhance my communication, researching, and storytelling skills. After graduation, I hope to become a deputy registrar for the Ohio Department of Motor Vehicles. This will bring together my desire to own a business and make use of my public relations skills. I would eventually like to attend graduate school and obtain a master’s degree in Health Communication.

 

Nicolle Kovacs

Nicolle Novacs

My name is Nicolle Kovacs, a senior majoring in communication studies with a public communication concentration who is from Aurora, Ohio.  I have strong interests for the medical field, event planning, and photography.  My free time is spent on pastel drawings, at bonfires, and adventuring around Northeast Ohio. I have hardly ventured past the Ohio border, and never past the U.S.A. border, so I am ready to start one of the biggest adventures of my life.

 

Kaitlynn LeBeau

Kaitlynn LeBeau

I am a junior broadcast journalism major from Canton, Ohio. I am an aspiring news anchor and reporter, which is why I am studying at Kent State University. I have been involved in TV2, the student-run television station, both on-air and behind-the-scenes, since my first semester at KSU. I will be the station’s News Director for the fall 2013 semester. I am incredibly grateful to take my storytelling overseas! This is my first time out of the country, and I couldn’t be more excited that the destination is Prague. I know that immersing myself in the Czech culture will change me both as a person and as a reporter. I hope this class is just the first of many adventures abroad.

 

Grace Murray

Grace Murray

I am a junior pursuing a degree in news with a concentration in magazine journalism. In addition to reporting, I have a strong interest in languages. I have studied Latin and Spanish and have recently begun looking into Italian and Portuguese. “Modern Media and Democracy” will give me the opportunity to delve into different cultures, which is what I hope to one day do for National Geographic. In the fall I will be the news editor for the Daily Kent Stater and an intern for WKSU, all while continuing to strive toward the goal of running a half marathon with a time below one hour and 30 minutes.

 

Kirstie Ratzer-Farley

kirstie ratzer-farley

I am a non-traditional student, studying both communication and political science.  My hope is to join the non-profit field to work towards equality in regards to LGBT and women’s rights.  I am very interested in how communications and political science are closely woven together and how communication has such a vital role in politics.  When I am not studying I like to participate in half-marathons, marathons and ultra-marathons, cycle and spend time with friends, my husband and my cat.  I also really enjoy traveling both domestically and internationally.

 

Erica Torre

Erica Torre

I am a senior at Kent State University and will graduate in December 2013. I am is pursuing a major in Communication Studies, with a focus in Organizational Communication, and a minor in Public Communication.  I am a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, The Society of Leadership and Success, the Upsilon Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, and the Laurels chapter of Mortar Board.  After graduation, I intend to own and manage a consulting company that deals with local, national, and international organizational communications and relations.  I enjoy traveling, hiking and exploring nature, spending time with friends and family, and playing with my dog, Serendipity.  I also work as a consultant for Clinique at Macy’s in Mentor.  This is my outlook for the Prague experience:  “This course offers me the exciting opportunity to gain a global perspective through immersion in another culture. While I truly appreciate the many prospects that living in the United States offers, learning about and experiencing life in another country and within another culture is an invaluable resource for a communications student.  St. Ambrose once advised, If you are in Rome, live the Roman way; if you are elsewhere, live as they do there.”  I believe this to be a good piece of advice; respect the diversity of our world and learn how to convey respect for other cultures. Technological advancements have made it possible for the world to share a global sense of community.   I welcome the challenge and the responsibility to work together to find universal solutions to shared problems and find commonalities between our cultures.”

 

Candace Perkins Bowen

Candace Bowen

An associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, I teach newswriting and direct the Center for Scholastic Journalism and the Ohio Scholastic Media Association. In other words, I focus a lot of my work on those involved in high school publications, both the teachers/advisers and the students. Before coming to Kent State in 1995, I taught in St. Charles (Ill.) High School and Marshall High School in suburban D.C.  I also love to travel and made my first trip to Prague by bicycle less than six months after the Velvet Revolution there when it was still Czechoslovakia. I came back several times after that, including for five weeks in  Summer 1998 to teach “fact-based” American journalism to Czech teens for the Soros Foundation. I’m excited to show Kent State students this beautiful, fascinating part of the world.

 

Catherine Goodall, Ph.D.

Catherine Goodall

I’m an assistant professor in the School of Communication Studies. I teach classes dealing with media use and effects, message processing, persuasion, and health communication. I completed my Ph.D. in Communication with specialization in media and health (minor: social psychology) in 2009 from the Ohio State University. My research program investigates processing and effects of health messages in the media. I explore issues like news consumers’ responses to coverage about public health concerns, and processing and effects of health marketing, and health promotion messages. Although much of my research is in the context of health communication, I have a broader, more generalized teaching expertise in media processes and effects. This makes me particularly interested in the role of modern media in democracy in the United States and the Czech Republic. I look forward to working with students as they explore these issues in Prague.

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