Campus media get new leaders

Posted May 18, 2007
Seanette Garcia
With only two years under her belt, sophomore radio broadcasting major Hannah Nakama has been chosen as the new KULV program director for fall 2007.

Seanette Garcia
Recently acquainted with the University of La Verne, transfer student Giselle Campbell tackles her senior year with a new title, La Verne Magazine editor in chief.

Seanette Garcia
Going into her fourth semester on the newspaper staff, Marilee Lorusso will enter her senior year as University of La Verne’s Campus Times editor in chief.

As the spring semester is coming to an end it is time for the communications department to unveil the fall 2007 editors-in-chief for the Campus Times, La Verne Magazine and the new program director for KULV.

Marilee Lorusso and Giselle Campbell will lead the communications department into another successful semester of newspaper and magazine production, respectively.

Hannah Nakama will head KULV for the entire year.

These prominent positions go to students who have shown exceptional work in the past, and who can handle the multiple responsibilities that come along with the titles.

The position of editor-in-chief for the Campus Times will be filled by Lorusso, a junior journalism major with a minor in Spanish.

Lorusso spent two semesters on the Campus Times as a staff writer, and this semester held the position of LV Life editor. She is also a member of the La Verne Magazine staff.

“I’m excited and looking forward to continuing on the newspaper staff,” Lorusso said.”I really enjoy being on the paper and working with other journalism majors,” Lorusso added.

“Marilee really distinguished herself this semester,” said Elizabeth Zwerling, associate professor of journalism and Campus Times adviser.

In previous years the editor-in-chief has had several semesters experience as an editor but this semester, all eligible candidates were first-time editors making the selection process a little different.

“She is going to be responsible for making sure that everyone else does their job,” Zwerling said. “It is a very demanding job.”

“I hope to continue to keep the paper going in a positive direction,” Lorusso said.

Campbell, a junior communications major with an emphasis in public affairs, will lead the fall 2007 La Verne Magazine staff as its new editor in chief.

“I was really shocked when Randy asked me,” Campbell said.

Randy Miller, adjunct professor of communications, is the magazine adviser.

Campbell, a transfer student from Cal Poly Pomona, has only been at La Verne for one semester and was thrilled to be chosen for the position.

“As a transfer, I think I will bring in a different point of view,” Campbell added.

Miller described Campbell as “bright, thorough and capable. Besides being a good writer, she conducts herself professionally,” Miller said.

Campbell will work alongside of Miller helping to select, assign and edit stories.

She will also be responsible for making sure that the students keep on schedule and that the magazine is published and distributed before the end of the semester.

The position of program director for KULV is a yearlong position that will be filled by Nakama, a radio broadcast major, who will start her junior year this fall.

“She was selected because of her knowledge and past experience,” said Michael Laponis, professor of communications and adviser to KULV.

“I’m super-excited,” Nakama said.

When Nakama first joined the KULV staff it was her personal goal to become program director.

“She will be in charge of anything and everything that goes on the air,” Laponis said.

“I really want to make the station more known on campus,” Nakama said. “I want to be everywhere and anywhere. KULV in your face!”

With new leaders and new ideas, the communications department is eager to put these fresh faces to work and see what they are made of.

Each time the communications department brings in new leaders La Verne gets a new fresh burst of flavor.

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