Creating the Epidemic: the Preproduction to a Short Film

0From the Kennedy assassination to September 11th, government conspiracies have historically captured the imagination of the public with many people believing they are true despite contradicting evidence. Several conspiracies have attracted my personal interest due to their links with the macabre, one prominent example being MKUltra. Epidemic will bring attention to physical and mental illness, as both have occurred in my immediate and extended family and I felt compelled to bring social awareness towards the topic.
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Mr. Alpha Sigma Tau. A Male Pageant Fundraiser for The Laurel Center

I’m Kathryn Leonarczyk. I am a student at Shepherd University studying communication and English. When I first got into the department, I had no idea what I wanted to concentrate in, so I picked New Media. This is a broad concentration so I have gotten the chance to take a wide range of classes. I have found a love for public relations, as well as marketing.

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Into the Life of Black Rock Farm

Mig Mac CowWhat began as a fun, little Instagram account turned into a capstone project called Into the Life of Black Rock Farm. This was a social media campaign designed for a local farm with the goal of increasing brand awareness, social media presence, and interest in products among potential customers. Continue reading

Social Media & Small Collegiate Organizations: A Research Study

capstone backboard picAs a communications student, I spend a majority of my time in the basement of Knutti. However, I am also active on the other side of campus in a music fraternity called Sigma Alpha Iota. Shortly after becoming a member of this fraternity, I discovered that the organization was not well known to others even on the same campus. This sparked my interest. Could their social media presence be to blame for this oversight? Is this the case with other small organizations? Continue reading

Peace Corps: An Autoethnographic Film

I have always been fascinated with the Peace Corps. The honor and dedication it takes to serve is inspiring. Peace Corps: An Autoethnographic Film is based on a pursuit I have been very passionate about for years. It is a film that dissects what it is was like to serveIMG_1098 in the Peace Corps, as told by two volunteers, Dr. Carrie Messenger and Michael Bailey. The film focuses on how the volunteers coped with distance, gender roles, cultural conditioning, and more. The Autoethnographic film, Peace Corps will spark curiosity in the audience about the Peace Corps, educate them on different cultures, and create a better understanding of how volunteers are impacted by this enriching experience. The concept behind creating an autoethnographic film was sparked by my desire to showcase how personal experience can help shape a better understanding of culture and a society. Continue reading