Catherine Berry, known by her friends as Catie, grew up in Chardon, a small town about an hour north of Kent State. As a child, Catie loved to play outside with her friends and was very involved in tennis and basketball.
As she got older, she found her love for the media industry. In high school, Catie went to Auburn Career Center for Interactive Multimedia Technology where she learned about everything from communication to video editing. When she came to Kent State she found that videography was not her calling and decided to look into the communication field. After one class, she fell in love. She has since become an applied communication major with a minor in organizational communication in the School of Communication Studies.
Catie is also very involved in her co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega (APO). This will be her sixth semester in the fraternity, and she has held positions such as Fellowship Chair, Leadership Chair and Fundraising Chair. She greatly enjoys her time in APO where she is always doing service for the campus or the nation. Being in the fraternity has taught her a lot about herself as well as how to communicate with all types of people.
After she graduates in May, Catie hopes to find a job in the marketing or public relations industry. She hopes to move to San Francisco to secure a job at United Airlines or Pixar. Catie’s advice to all students, young and young at heart, is to always follow their dreams because if they do they will never work a day in their lives.
Chloe (Quan) Dong is a graduate student majoring in public relations in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She completed her first semester at Kent State in the Teaching English as a Second Language program before transferring to the PR program in fall 2012.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and has experience as an English teacher and translator which gives her mastery of English and Chinese.
She was appointed as an interpreter for the International Emergency Management Society 17th Annual Conference held in Beijing in 2010. Additionally, she was appointed as the spokesperson for the China Social Welfare Education Foundation. In 2009, she was awarded the title of “Ambassador for Peace” for her contribution to all the charitable events by the Foundation.
“All of these meaningful experiences shaped my personality, language skills, adaptability, and ability to think on my feet, and ultimately gave me a more confident public face,” said Dong.
In addition to working as a marketing assistant in CCI, she is a teaching assistant in the ESL center.
Nicole Gennarelli is a journalism and mass communication graduate student working on her Master’s degree in media management. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in public relations from Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2012.
This is Nicole’s third year working in the Dean’s Office, and she loves the hands-on PR experience she can apply to her future career. She hopes to enter the public relations agency world after graduation in May 2014.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with friends and family and indulging in reality television.
Melinda Yoho is a senior in the School of Visual Communication Design, majoring in photo illustration with a minor in photojournalism. At Kent State, she studied photography abroad in Turkey and Greece in 2011 and in India in 2012.
She worked as a choreographer and the Senior Still Photography and Graphic Design Manager with KSU Independent Films on ‘Research: The Musical’ in 2011. Before coming to Kent State, Yoho was a store manager, assistant manager and key holder for Family Video from 2003 to 2009.
At Kent State, Melinda worked for Design Solutions during fall 2010 and currently works as a photographer and graphic designer with the marketing team for the College of Communication and Information. She is also the administrative assistant to David LaBelle, director of the photojournalism department in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and has served as photo editor for Jargon Magazine for the past two issues.
She graduated high school from Yoho Christian Academy in 2002 and plans to earn her bachelor’s degree from Kent State in 2013. Yoho, 28, lives in Cuyahoga Falls with her parents and two brothers. In her spare time, she goes Lindy Hopping and makes cross-stitch designs.
The Medina, Ohio resident is taking full advantage of her college opportunities. Erica is involved in many campus organizations including the Public Relations Student Society of America, the Golden Key International Honors Society, and the Chi Omega Sorority. She also works at the university as a campus tour guide, a Registration Assistant for DKS, a PR assistant for TeleProductions and is a member of the CCI Marketing Team. She also enjoys volunteering with the Newman Center.
Erica comes from a family of PR people with ties to Kent State. Her father is a PR practitioner who received his Master of Arts in Journalism with a concentration in PR from KSU in 2012. Her brother is also majoring in PR at Kent State, where he serves as TV2’s weather director.