Spring 2015 Student Workers
IMAGE: Katie Smith
Katie Smith, Senior Public Relations Major
Katie Smith is a senior public relations major with a minor in business Spanish from Rootstown, Ohio. This is her second semester at Flash Communications, and she is the assistant coordinator. She interned at Lividini & Co. in New York City during the summer of 2014. Katie was the academics beat reporter for the Kent Stater in the fall of 2013. Katie served as the Vice President of Public and Alumni Relations for Panhellenic Council for a calendar year and had an opinion column in the Kent Stater this fall. She is competing in the 2015 National Bateman Case Study Competition and is the press and publicity chair for her sorority, Delta Zeta. After studying abroad in Madrid, Spain her sophomore year, she developed a strong desire to see the world. Katie hopes to hone her writing skills during her time at Flash Communications and after graduation plans to move to New York City or abroad to work at a fashion PR agency.
Jake Crissman, Senior English Major
Jake Crissman is a senior English major with a public communication minor from Euclid, Ohio. This is his first semester as an intern at Flash Communications, and he is eager to get to work. He is a former Daily Kent Stater columnist and has won awards for his prose writing. Jake is looking forward to gaining professional writing experience and building his portfolio so that he can finally stop working in the food industry. After graduation, Jake hopes that his invaluable college education will pay off and he will find a challenging yet rewarding job that stimulates his creativity.
IMAGE: Rachel Gill
Rachel Gill, Junior Public Relations Major
Rachel Gill is a junior public relations major with a marketing minor from Fairview Park, Ohio. This is her second semester as an intern at Flash Communications and is also the Vice President of Fundraising for the PRSSA Kent chapter. She is also currently interning at Fahlgren Mortine, an integrated marketing and communications agency in Cleveland. Last spring, Rachel was the personal technology beat reporter for the Daily Kent Stater. While at Flash Communications, she hopes to improve her professional writing skills and enhance her portfolio. After graduation, Rachel hopes to pursue a career in agency or travel PR.
Haley Keding, Sophomore Public Relations Major
Haley Keding is a sophomore public relations major from Medina, Ohio. This is her first semester working for Flash Communications and has experience in both print and broadcast journalism. She worked for TV2 as a correspondent and associate producer for spring 2014 and served as the religion beat reporter for The Kent Stater the following fall. Haley is also a member of the PRSSA Kent chapter. Now that she’s at Flash Communications, Haley hopes to apply what she’s learned in the classroom and strengthen her writing skills. After graduation, she plans to use her public relations degree to do international missionary work.
Amanda Knauer, Senior Public Relations Major
Amanda Knauer is a senior public relations major with a marketing minor from Erie, Pennsylvania. She is actively involved in the PRSSA Kent chapter where she served as the Vice President of Fundraising last year and currently is the Community Relations manager. Amanda was the medicine beat reporter for the Daily Kent Stater and has also spent some time working on TV2. This past summer, she interned at UPMC Hamot in Erie where she was a part of the marketing/communications team. While at Flash, Amanda hopes to improve her writing skills and work on her portfolio. Upon graduation, she wishes to work in the sports or entertainment industry.
Samantha Tuly, Senior Public Relations Major
Samantha Tuly is a senior public relations major from Solon, Ohio. Samantha is the Vice President of professional relations for the PRSSA Kent chapter. She was the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising beat reporter for the Daily Kent Stater and was a competitor in the 2014 Bateman Case Study Competition. Samantha interned with Dix & Eaton, an integrated communications firm in Cleveland, during the summer of 2014. Upon her graduation in May, Samantha hopes to pursue a career in agency PR.
IMAGE: Endya Watson
Endya Watson, Junior Public Relations Major
Endya Watson is a senior public relations major from Cleveland, Ohio. This is her first semester as an intern at Flash Communications, but was the on and off-campus entertainment reporter for the Daily Kent Stater in spring of 2014. She also has intern experience from working in the marketing and development department at the Children’s Museum of Cleveland. Endya is a member of the McNair Scholars Program and conducted research on international public relations best practices in summer of 2014. Currently, she serves as the Director of Public Relations for Black United Students. While at Flash Communications, Endya hopes to build her portfolio and improve her writing skills.
Ashlyne Wilson, Senior Newspaper Journalism Major
Ashlyne Wilson is a senior newspaper journalism major from Akron, Ohio. As a beat reporter last spring for the Daily Kent Stater, she covered the religious organizations and issues on and around the Kent State campus. This summer, Ashlyne hopes to gain internship experience with a magazine or newspaper publication. This is her first involvement writing for public relations, and hopes to use her experience at Flash Communications by expanding her writing portfolio and learning how to write in different communication styles. After graduation, she plans on going to graduate school for public relations or creative writing, and become an entertainment writer.