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WRITERS

From The Hill to Seneca Lake, our student news team is here to keep you informed. These are the faces behind the scenes, the Hobart and William Smith students who write the articles, do the interviews and keep the Daily Update fresh and exciting. Learn more about them, and take a look at some of their favorite stories.

 

Caitlyn D'Agati

Caitlyn D'Agati '15
Hometown: Clifton Park, N.Y.
Major: Public Policy with a concentration in Health Care
Study Abroad: Carmarthen, Wales
Internship: U.S. Department of State
Favorite DU Story: My favorite DU stories are about the remarkable alums. It is inspiring for me to discover how successful many alums have become and how their time at HWS has strongly impacted them and their careers.

Why I work in the Office of Communications: I've been working for Communications since my first year here at HWS and now I am a senior, and I still really love it. Working for Communications allows me to be more involved with the HWS community while also being able to write, which is one of my favorite hobbies.

 

Caitlyn D'Agati

Ato Bentsi-Enchill '17
Hometown: Accra, Ghana
Majors: International Relations & French
Study Abroad: Brussels, Belgium
Favorite DU story: I did a story covering Judge Helen Shores Lee’s keynote speech "From Dynamite Hill to Birmingham's Hall of Justice: Celebrating Past Accomplishments and Embracing the Future."

Why I work in the Office of Communications: Keeps me updated on what's going on around campus. The staff are super fun and friendly (and Eddie), and that's what kept me here!

 

Dominique DeRubeis

Dominique DeRubeis '18
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Major: Undecided
Favorite DU story: My favorite DU stories are about the alumni to see where they take their liberal arts education and the types of adventures they embark upon. Each story seems to be different but a remarkable success in their lives post-college.

Why I work in the Office of Communications: I have always loved to write since middle school and by working for the Office of Communications, I have reasons to attend a host of HWS activities and learn more about the communities and ways to involve myself or ways in which others can involve themselves on campus.

 

Kayli Ennis '17
Hometown: Canterbury, N.H.
Major: Media and Society

Why I work in the Office of Communications: I work in the Office of Communications because I believe everyone should give back to their community. Helping keep the HWS community up to date by writing stories and taking photographs of events is my personal way of giving back.

 

Anna Dorman

Rachel Fischer '16
Hometown: River Vale, N.J.
Major: Writing and Rhetoric
Study Abroad: Brussels, Belgium
Favorite DU Story: My favorite stories are always about our alums. It’s so interesting to see how former HWS students have used their education to do so many different and amazing things.

Why I work in the Office of Communications: I’ve always loved writing, and being a student writer has allowed me to learn to write for an online audience. I’ve loved the experience of writing in a new setting, and being in the Office of Communications keeps me up-to-date on campus events!

 

Anna Dorman

Morgan Gilbard '15
Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Major: English
Internship: Rubenstein Public Relations; LFB Media Group
Favorite DU Story: My friend Clover's work with Teach for America was recently profiled, and I'm extremely proud. She's a walking example of the impact HWS students can make.

Why I work in the Office of Communications: In addition to incorporating my love for writing, working for Communications gives me the opportunity to learn so much about the community. It’s something new everyday.

 

Meredith Groman

Douglas Hoagland '15
Hometown: Cazenovia, N.Y.
Majors: English & European Studies
Study Abroad: Rome, Italy
Favorite DU Story: My favorite Daily Update story to cover was the article I wrote on Mark MacNamara for the P.S.S. Fall Issue 2014 (Managing Mammals, Small and Tall). I drove with our photographer Kevin Colton to Germantown, N.J., where Mark showed us around his exotic hoof stock farm, riding in a safari jeep, and standing near herds of wild Canadian Elk and Siberian Oryx.

Why I work in the Office of Communications: I work for the HWS Communications Office not only to build my experience as a writer, but to also learn all that I can from those I interview. I love working here because no interview or article is the same, and the other employees in the office are as friendly as they are helpful and fun.

 

Stephanie Kenific

Stephanie Kenific '17
Hometown: Syracuse, N.Y.
Majors: English & Public Policy
Internship: Geneva Music Festival
Favorite DU Story: Geneva Music Festival-related stories and campus happenings.




Why I work in the Office of Communications: All the staff are friendly and supportive, and I have learned so much already!

 

Stephanie Kenific

Allison Kuklinski '16
Hometown: Syracuse, N.Y.
Major: Media and Society
Study Abroad: Hong Kong
Favorite DU Story: Though I can't choose one specific story, my favorite stories to write about are those that remind me how collaborative and strong the HWS community is. It is a pleasure to write about the amazing alumni/alumnae, students, parents, faculty and staff that make Hobart and William Smith Colleges a truly extraordinary place.

Why I work in the Office of Communications: I work in the Office of Communications because I love writing, the friendly environment, and because I get to share with others all of the great opportunities and events that HWS has to offer!

 

Nate Nacheff '17
Hometown: Short Hills, N.J.
Major: Undecided
Favorite DU Story: My favorite stories are the ones that cover current students getting esteemed job positions. I really like these stories because they represent the HWS product well, and motivate younger students to continue to work hard.

Why I work in the Office of Communications: I work for Communications as a student writer because I really enjoy writing. More, I enjoy that the staff around the office is extremely kind and professional.

 

Amy Schenk

Avery Share '15
Hometown: Syracuse, N.Y.
Major: Writing and Rhetoric
Study Abroad: London, England
Internship: Blue Tomato Reviews (London)
Favorite DU Story: Anything on Reunion Weekend, it's always so much fun to interview and talk with alums of all ages and hear their stories of their HWS experience.

Why I work in the Office of Communications: It's a great way to improve my writing skills and also talk to students and alumnae about all the cool things they're doing on campus and within different communities.

 

Melissa Tyler

Melissa Tyler '18
Hometown: Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Major: Media and Society
Favorite DU Story: My favorite DU article was about the Lunar New Year Festival. I loved writing and researching this topic because it gave me the chance to learn about other cultures, specifically Chinese customs.

Why I work in the Office of Communications: Working in Communications allows me to gain experience in a professional setting while writing about a place that I love.

 

Harrison Wasserbauer

Harrison Wasserbauer '16
Hometown: Canton, Conn.
Major: Ecomonics
Favorite DU Story: The Arts Experience piece for 2015





Why I work in the Office of Communications: I work at the office of communications because I can work to improve my writing.

 

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Artist, computer whiz, steady hands under pressure – it takes a lot of skills to be a top-notch photographer. Our students excel at the art and science of the photograph, bringing campus events and student activities to life. Take a look at some of their favorite photo shoots and how they feel about the office that keeps it all in focus.

 

Nam Bakiika

Namboowa Bakiika '15
Hometown: Blackstone, Mass.
Major: Global Health
Study Abroad: Rennes, France
Favorite Video: Dance Department Video





Why I work in the Office of Communications: This is an office that has the lovely job of showing prospective students and their families our HWS community. I've had the pleasure of turning my hobby of photography into a part-time job and working with superb mentors.

 

Bea Barber

Bea Barber '16
Hometown: Summit, N.J.
Majors: Studio Art & Media and Society
Study Abroad: Copenhagen, Denmark
Internship: Gilt Groupe




Why I work in the Office of Communications: I work in the Communications Office because it gives me the opportunity to put my interest in photography to practice in an environment that pushes me outside of my comfort zone.

 

Christopher Bell

Christopher Bell '18
Hometown: Riverside, Calif.
Majors: Asian Studies & Psychology








Why I work in the Office of Communications: I work for Communications because I love getting others involved. I hope to one day unify all clubs and activities to encourage further growth in our campus culture.

 

Billy Bird

Billy Bird '17
Hometown: Bethesda, Md.
Major: Computer Science
Study Abroad: Cophenhagen, Denmark
Internship: Smithsonian Center for Cultural and Folklife Heritage
Favorite Photo: Kevin Colton’s shot of the lake during winter, partially frozen.

Why I work in the Office of Communications: I work at Communications because I enjoy expressing the quality of education that myself and others are receiving at HWS.

 

Hannah Bishop

Hannah Bishop '15
Hometown: Linwood, N.J.
Major: Comparative Literature
Study Abroad: Ecuador and Peru
Internship: National Geographic; Awamaki (NGO in Peru)
Favorite Photo: Fireworks during Senior Week.



Why I work in the Office of Communications: I like that I'm able to attend all kinds of events through my job, and everyone in the office is great.

 

Cydney Chibnall

Cydney Chibnall '15
Hometown: Kansas City, Miss.
Majors: Psychology & French
Study Abroad: Rennes, France
Internship: Children's Mercy Hospital





Why I work in the Office of Communications: I work for Communications because I love being able to have a job doing something I usually do for fun: photography. I have always loved photography, and take pictures everywhere I go. Seeing photos that I've taken show up on the school website is one of the coolest things, too! But also, the people in the office are so fun to work with, and the office environment is so relaxed, that I look forward to going in to work.

 

Michaelann Denton '18
Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica
Major: Chemistry

Why I work in the Office of Communications: I work here because I have always loved photography, and I enjoy capturing emotions and important moments in one’s life!

 

Carlen Deskin

Carlen Deskin '15
Hometown: Guilford, Conn.
Major: Studio Art
Study Abroad: Carmarthen, Wales
Internship: Arts Collection; Theatre photographer in Wales





Why I work in the Office of Communications: I work for communications in order to get more experience in a field that I love (photography) in a more professional setting.

 

Rachel Geiogamah

Rachel Geiogamah '18
Hometown: Chandler, Ariz.
Major: Studio Art









Why I work in the Office of Communications: I started working in Communications because I love photography and would like to have it as my job one day. Getting the chance to work in a professional setting and having it be my job is a great experience.

 

Sheamus O'Sullivan

Subin Nepal '15
Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal
Majors: Political Science & International Relations
Internships:Young Memorial Foundation; Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (New Delhi)
Favorite Photo: Fall folliage and night photography!


Why I work in the Office of Communications: Photography has always been a passion of mine. Working at Communications is just a great way to sharpen skills associated with photography. Plus you are surrounded by wonderful people and of course, Eddie, the black lab - who, by the way, never listens to me!

 

Sheamus O'Sullivan

Sheamus O'Sullivan '15
Hometown: Norwell, Mass.
Major: Architecture
Study Abroad: Rome, Italy
Internship: Beat NB: Save Kids with Cancer
Favorite Video: The video I was in: Why I am thankful for HWS video.


Why I work in the Office of Communications: I enjoy seeing behind the scenes of campus dynamics.

 

John Pallera

John Pallera '17
Hometown: Carson, Calif.
Majors: Biochemistry & English
Favorite Video: The “Happy” video







Why I work in the Office of Communications: I work for Communications because this department is made up of an awesome and talented group of people and because they provide opportunities for me to pursue different types of media-based projects, such as the “Happy” video for the Colleges, and I am able to grow as a student.

 

Nick Stewart

Nick Stewart '15
Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
Major: Architectural Studies
Study Abroad: Rome, Italy
Favorite Video: Solving HWS web series






Why I work in the Office of Communications: I have the opportunity to do something other than what I study. I am very interested in media and it is a great outlet from my other commitments on campus.