#MakeYourMark – Billy Marrs


Billy Marrs

What makes Shepherd Communication the best kept secret? That’s right, it’s our students! Shepherd Comm students are some of the best and brightest around and they are guaranteed to make a big mark in the world today. It’s for that reason we are sharing some of their stories through our #MakeYourMark campaign.

Whether it’s in the classroom, workplace, or in extra curricular activities, our Comm students are shining through! Don’t believe us? Check out some of our Alumni Posts to see the great things that have been happening since graduation.

Still don’t believe us? Meet Billy! He answered a few questions for our Instagram team to show you how you can #MakeYourMark in our department.

Fun Fact?
Billy got to participate in an internship on a film set this past summer. It was for a movie called “Days of Power” and it was shot in his hometown. He got to meet Eric Roberts which was pretty insane! Billy was a production assistant and helped out with a little bit of everything. However, he primarily helped designed sets. He has been interested in film his whole life. He loved making home videos as a young kid, and spent his time making goofy videos with his friends. Through those early experiences he developed a real passion for working with video. This internship really gave him a look into the industry.
Cool Projects? 
Billy is in the digital filmmaking concentration so he just finished up his capstone which was an experimental film called “Through Different Eyes.”

He was really happy with how it turned out and felt that it is definitely his strongest piece to date. It was an idea that he really developed in his head and it turned out to be this really weird and fun finished product. It was truly an experimental film.

Plans for Post Shepherd Graduation?

Billy said he will try to find a job working for a production studio. He hopes to be able to work with video, whether shooting or editing. Those are his two favorite areas of the film industry. He may also do freelance stuff on the side for extra experience and income.

Advice for new students? Don’t be afraid to be creative. Be confident and stay true to yourself.
No matter what area of communication you are interested in, the Shepherd University Communication Department wants to help you #MakeYourMark. Check out @sucomm on instagram to see more of Billy’s story and start working on your own! Shepherd Comm may be one of Shepherd University’s best kept secrets, but with students like these it won’t stay that way for long!

2015 is here! New Years Resolutions from Communications Peers!

2015_new_yearThe New Year is here! 2015 is full of surprises for us all. A new year comes with new challenges and new goals for everyone.  Some of our students will be experiencing their last semester here at Shepherd University! Graduation will be here before you know it. We asked some of our fellow students what their resolutions are for the coming year in the Comm Department for next semester. We also asked them what their general resolution for 2015 is!

Senior Communications Major Billy Marrs 


Communications Department Resolution: Billy’s resolution for the next semester is to stay focused and graduate!

Personal Resolution: Billy would like to spend some time working on his portfolio and to continue to build it as much as possible!

Junior Communications Major Torin Penwell


Communications Department Resolution: Torin’s resolution is to find a good internship next semester. Being a junior means that he will be graduating soon so an internship is a big thing on his to do list!

Personal Resolution: Torin would like to better himself by learning to go with the flow of things and to not be so uptight.

Senior Communication Major Melanie Williams


Communications Department Resolution: Melanie’s last semester is Spring 2015. So her capstone project is what she wants to focus on. Her resolution is to make the best capstone project she possibly can!

Personal Resolution: Melanie wants to better herself. This means making improvements on her mind and body. She would like to get more active and get more tattoos! Melanie said she is “simply going to do me.” She’s going to snowboard more, go to the gym, do yoga weekly, and focus on being true to herself.

Junior Communications Major Silas Wade


Communication Department Resolution: Silas’s resolution for next semester is that he wants to start putting an hour or two a week into learning how to use software programs, and also start collaborating with people instead of doing projects solo.

Personal Resolution: Silas’s resolution is that he would like to start getting up earlier in the morning and start taking Spanish more seriously as a major. Interestingly enough Silas is a DOUBLE major (props to you Silas)!

Looks like everyone in the department has some very positive resolutions for this coming year! We would like to hear all of our subscribers resolutions as well! So leave a reply and tell us what you want to do in the year that is 2015!