Student Success​​​​​​

Elaine Genandt 

Graphic Communication 

Elaine Genandt Genandt designs ads for clients such as Target, Aveeno and the Lifetime television show Army Wives.

“The graphic communication program set me up with the right tools to be able to take my first job as a designer,” said Genandt. “Thanks to the professors and the hands-on work we did in class, I knew how to run the programs and knew what to expect in a real-world experience.”    


The Pulse where she gained experience using InDesign, managing the staff and planning the layout for the newspaper. She also was a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America(PRSSA).


“PRSSA was absolutely fantastic because it gave me real-world experience,” says Genandt. “We would work on campaigns and I would help design things for different competitions and clients.”



“Jeanette Drake was a fantastic mentor who was always pushing me to be better and was always able to help me find the right ways to do things in the professional world,” said Genandt. “Diana Montague helped me learn how to understand writing and to be able to take that writing and turn it into something more visual.”


Apart from getting involved and gaining real-world experience, Genandt says that students interested in a career in design should take the time to learn as many different skills and creative software as possible.  


“Learn all the mediums of design,” said Genandt. “Learn Web, learn print and learn video. These days, everyone wants Web and video so it is important to learn those skills early and follow the trends.”  

By Katie Baumgart ’12

vick travVick Travagliante

Communication/Broadcast Telecommunication and Communication/Broadcast Journalism


Vick Travagliante, left, works withSam Foutz during a live broadcast fromm the AMU during PRSSA'sannual Deck the Trees event.

At Findlay we use a system called Adobe Audition, which is also a system that is used at most radio stations across the nation. At WTAM I spent a lot of time on the Adobe. 

This was great because the tutoring I received at WTAM will help me with my ability to pump out some great new commercials for WLFC, and help others as well. The way they helped me out is that they had me cutting interview clips from work they did that day--and then they'd use those clips on the "Sportsline" radio show (which is heard in 38 states and half of Canada). 

The best part of working at WTAM was seeing how Kevin Keane, the Sportsline host, and Andre Knott, the Browns beat reporter (who really took me under his wing), interacted with the play


Kevin invited me to a Cleveland Indians game and showed me how he watches the game from a reporter’s perspective rather than a fan's. While at the Tribe game I got to meet some of the players and enter a place that some never have a chance to.

Andre, on the other hand, would take me to Browns camp all the time and he would watch the players the way a fan would. However, when it was time to interview them he flipped the switch. 

My passion is sports broadcasting, not becoming a sports talk show host. My time at WTAM helped me clarify this. 

Working in major market radio was great. It was an honor to be part of the team at WTAM and to be given an opportunity to work there.

Elise D​eCo


Communication/Broadcast Telecommunication

 Emmy Award winner

One day in the morning meeting, it was discussed that someone needed to court that day to wait for the results of two cases. I volunteered.   


It was quite an interesting day.  I sat in on the sentencing of a man accused of murder and I also sat in on the verdict reading for another local murder case.  These cases were spread out throughout the day with the verdict being read in the morning and the sentencing in the afternoon. Before that day, I had never been in a courtroom with a prisoner before, so it was a little scary, but I was happy for the experience.

After that I started to serve as assistant producer. This was great experience for me, but the producers were shuffled around and I ended up working with a new producer. Before long I found myself quite at home doing this work.

I had stories to write each day and the producer also pick out my own sound bites for stories and showed me how to use the video source program on the computer.

The producer made me popular person at the station. She told her boss about my skills as an assistant producer, which eventually got me a meeting with the associate director of the station who promised me a good reference and even a good job after I graduated from school.