By Jessica Broverman, Editor
The third annual Senior Colloquium was held in the Alumni Room on Monday May 4. The Senior Colloquium is an academic seminar in which professors and students come together as soon-to-be graduates elaborate on their senior capstone projects. This year’s colloquium included three different capstone groups.
The first group to present included Tara Adamczyk, Nathan Johnson, and Katie Ralbusky, all of which are Journalism majors. The group used their different minors to research domestic violence in and around the West Liberty and Wheeling area. These students received donations for domestic violence shelters and delivered thirty bins of personal care items.
“Just seeing the looks on the victims faces when we brought those bins, it really made you realize that whether you are writing a story or not, you have to respect them,” said Adamczyk. Their minors include Criminal Justice, English and Social Work.
Communication Studies majors, Shannon Foley and Andrew Jones, researched the transfer process at West Liberty University. They gathered this research by creating a short survey asking transfer students a series of questions about how easy the process was and whether or not WLU was helpful in their process for a transfer. These students then reviewed all surveys, and met several times a week to come up with a concrete evaluation of the transfer policies and processes at West Liberty.
The last group to present included six Public Relations majors. The students include Jennifer Mohney, Olivia Morgan, Kacie Murray, Levi Smith, Jeffery Tice, and Emily Unnone. These seniors created, “Come Together through ICC”. Through-out their capstone, these students created several events to bring students on the hilltop together through marketing and PR strategies. They used social media to promote Tracking Topper, in addition to holding a tailgate on campus before a WLU baseball game.
Before all of these presentations, Public Relations major Richard Tyler, reflected on his two year internship with Maureen Zambito. Tyler elaborated on the work he has done and how he has helped improve many things about West Liberty, one of which is Hilltopper Headlines.
“Our viewing percentage has reached 47%, which may not seem like a lot, but it was 30% last month,” said Tyler about Hilltopper Headlines. “Hilltopper Headlines, in my opinion, was very unprofessional and it has come a long way from what it once was.”
To learn more about these students and their Senior Colloquium projects, you can contact any of their professors. Michael King Professor of Public Relations, Ryan McCullough Professor of Communications, and Tammie Beagle Professor of Journalism.