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Notable Alumni: Emily Ascani

Emily Ascani notable alumni

Emily Ascani, STRC 2012, is currently a Project Manager at Liquid Interactive, an interactive marketing agency in the Lehigh Valley. Specializing in user experience design, creative design, website development, search engine optimization, social media strategy and mobility consulting, Liquid has been named a Top Interactive Agency by BtoB Magazine for five consecutive years.

In her role as a Project Manager, Emily uses her public relations background to facilitate and schedule client work through internal and client communication. Prior to her current position, Emily worked as a Media Facilitator at Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit to promote student work through social media channels covering fourteen school districts in Carbon and Lehigh counties.

While at Temple, Emily served as Vice President for Temple PRSSA, Assistant Firm Director for PRowl Public Relations, President of Temple’s Panhellenic Association and a sister of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority. Emily held a variety of public relations internships over her four years with companies such as Breslow Partners, Jubelirer Strategies and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

Explain how your experience at Temple helped you get to where you are now?

Temple provides so many opportunities for students, but it is up to you to harness and use them as effective learning experiences. Working part-time, being involved in student organizations and interning as a full-time student taught me valuable time management skills, as well as what I did and did not want from a future career. It is easy to show up to class and fly by in an unpaid internship, but the difficult part comes with being present and building yourself as an individual with these resources.

How do you continue professional development on a post-grad level?

I really enjoy coming back to campus for events with alumni networking through Temple PRSSA or PRowl Public Relations. I think it is really valuable for students to hear from someone recently out of school to bridge the gap between the seasoned professionals they are usually networking with at their internships and other school events. I have also recently joined the Marketing Committee as a part of the Young Professionals Council for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. I also act as a Contributing Writer for Elite Daily.

What does it mean to you to be Temple Made?

Being Temple Made to me is about opportunity and reinvention. As Strategic Communication students with the city of Philadelphia at your fingertips, there are no boundaries. College years (and post-grad life) are a time for you to be a million different people, to try new things and see what kind of person you want to be.

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Notable Alumni: Niki Ianni

Niki Ianni notable alumni

Niki Ianni, STRC 2012, is currently the Special Events Coordinator at The Humane Society of the United States, the largest and most effective animal protection organization in the country.  In her role, she helps manage several high donor events, from small cultivation programs to large-scale fundraising galas with more than 500 attendees.

Prior to her current position, upon graduating, Niki joined The HSUS as a public relations specialist where she managed the media relations campaigns for several key campaigns including animal research issues and puppy mills, and garnered media coverage in top tier outlets including The New York Times, L.A. Times, Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

While at Temple, Niki majored in Strategic Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. During her time in the department, Niki served as the Firm Director of Temple’s first and only student-run PR firm, PRowl Public Relations and was co-chair of Temple PRSSA’s PR committee. She credits her post-graduate opportunities and success to her involvement in both organizations, which she claims provide PR students with the best hands-on experience and networking opportunities possible.

Niki also held several internships at key Philadelphia institutions during her time at Temple, including The Franklin Institute and the Wilma Theater, as well as two small PR agencies, Fleischman Gerber & Associates and Sharla Feldscher PR. During these internships, she planned a variety of special events and developed media relations and social media strategies for many clients in the non-profit sector.

“My advice for any PR student looking to enter the industry is simple,” said Niki. “Dive in. Join organizations; take on leadership roles; get your name out there, even if it means working for free; network and build a circle of mentors; and embrace every single opportunity that comes your way. To me, that is the definition of being Temple Made and the foundation for a successful career.”

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Notable Alumni: Lauren Apple

lauren appleLauren Apple, STRC 2010, is a Gender Studies master’s student at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Bringing together her love for travel, education and meeting new people, Lauren began this two-year master’s program in the Fall of 2011 and is set to defend her thesis and graduate in June 2013. Then, Lauren plans to return to her public relations roots and secure a recruitment department position at her university in Budapest. Read More »

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Notable Alumni: Jaime Scofield

Jaime Scofield, STRC 2011, Enterprise Communications Coordinator, Lincoln Financial Group

Jaime Scofield, STRC 2011, is currently the Enterprise Communications Coordinator at Lincoln Financial Group. At Temple, Jaime majored in Strategic Communication with a business minor. Jaime felt that having a general business foundation would help her to be a better communicator and to understand company and client operations. Within the department, she enjoyed taking leadership classes such as Leading Groups & Team Building and Communicating Leadership, where she learned to manage a variety of personalities and working styles within groups.

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Robert N. Johnson

Robert N. JohnsonRobert N. Johnson, StOC ’08, is an associate with the firm Anne Klein Communications Group. In this role, he is a member of account teams serving clients in several industries including financial, healthcare, chemical and technology. In this role, he supports the account team as they develop crisis communications, media relations and social media strategies. Prior to joining Ann Klein Communications Group, Johnson was a publicist with Vlahos Public Relations, a boutique communications firm in Philadelphia.

Working at Vlahos, he developed his skills in media relations, event planning and writing for the media. Previously, Johnson worked with Jamba Inc., a market-leading smoothie brand based in San Francisco, as a marketing coordinator.

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Robert N. Johnson

Robert N. JohnsonRobert N. Johnson, StOC ’08, is an associate with the firm Anne Klein Communications Group. In this role, he is a member of account teams serving clients in several industries including financial, healthcare, chemical and technology. In this role, he supports the account team as they develop crisis communications, media relations and social media strategies. Prior to joining Ann Klein Communications Group, Johnson was a publicist with Vlahos Public Relations, a boutique communications firm in Philadelphia.

Working at Vlahos, he developed his skills in media relations, event planning and writing for the media. Previously, Johnson worked with Jamba Inc., a market-leading smoothie brand based in San Francisco, as a marketing coordinator.

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Lindsay Bues

Lindsay Bues,photo of Lindsay Bues StOC ’09, currently serves as Public Relations Coordinator at Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization. As PR Coordinator, Lindsay is responsible for further developing the Philabundance brand as well as expanding relationships with regional media and increasing Philabundance’s visibility throughout the region.

Lindsay joins Philabundance after volunteering with AmeriCorps through the Volunteer in Service To America (VISTA) Program, where she was placed at North Penn United Way to organize and streamline their communications and media relations strategies. She recently graduated from Temple University with a degree in Strategic and Organizational Communication in 2009. While at Temple, Lindsay served as chapter president of Temple’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) while interning at LevLane Advertising.

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Lindsay Bues

Lindsay Bues,photo of Lindsay Bues StOC ’09, currently serves as Public Relations Coordinator at Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization. As PR Coordinator, Lindsay is responsible for further developing the Philabundance brand as well as expanding relationships with regional media and increasing Philabundance’s visibility throughout the region.

Lindsay joins Philabundance after volunteering with AmeriCorps through the Volunteer in Service To America (VISTA) Program, where she was placed at North Penn United Way to organize and streamline their communications and media relations strategies. She recently graduated from Temple University with a degree in Strategic and Organizational Communication in 2009. While at Temple, Lindsay served as chapter president of Temple’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) while interning at LevLane Advertising.

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Notable Alumni: Meredith Avakian

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Meredith Z. Avakian, '06 Public Relations,Public Affairs Specialist, DuPont Co.

Meredith Z. Avakian, ‘06, is a public affairs specialist at DuPont Co. in Wilmington, Del. In this role, she provides tactical and strategic communications support to senior leadership in the company’s Integrated Operations organization, such as speeches, talking points, video scripts, web site updates and other tools.
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Notable Alumni: Zayne Amer

Zayne Amer

Zayne Amer, '06 Public Relations Graduate

Zayne Amer is currently a graduate student at the American University in Cairo. She is studying for her M.A. in teaching English as a foreign language. In addition to her studies, Zayne occupies herself by taking on freelance public relations projects Read More »

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