Blue Chip Awards
The annual COM Blue Chip award is given to College of Communication seniors who are leaders at Boston University, the College of Communication or in the community. These students also have demonstrated talents in their area of interest, are involved in professional activities and have excelled academically.
|Miles Branman adores the automotive industry, digital strategy, marketing and communication. At COM, he’s hosted and served as executive producer for “Terrier Nation” on butv10 for four years. He was also vice president of BU’s PRSSA chapter. His specialty is modern integrated marketing strategy related to data analytics and the auto industry. Starting in August, Branman will be the newest addition to the Boston-based social sentiment analytics company, Crimson Hexagon. He currently produces and writes for “Fast Lane Daily,” an automotive news show, and is a member of several automotive media associations.
|Liz Breen is delighted to be graduating from COM with a degree in film and television. She spent her time at COM taking advantage of every opportunity available to her, from writing for and acting on BUTV10’s “Bay State,” to working for the Student Activities Office, to volunteering in the Community Service Center through programs such as Siblings and Alternative Spring Break. Outside of the campus bubble, Breen held a post-production internship with “Antiques Roadshow,” landing a job as their assistant editor that following summer. Afterward, Breen ventured even further off campus, spending her last semester participating in the BU in LA program and acting as a script intern on TBS’ “Conan.” Back in Boston, she recently started a full-time job working at WGBH’s creative department. When she isn’t working, she is tweeting (@beinglizbreen).
|Brian DeVito is graduating cum laude as a bachelor of science in communication with a minor in theater design and production. Brian is also a recipient of the Scarlet Key, BU’s highest honor for undergraduates. He has served as a student admissions representative and scarlet speaker through the Office of Admissions, worked with the university’s marketing office, participated in the Alternative Spring Break program, and served three years on the executive board of On Broadway. DeVito has spent two years of his time at Boston University as the school’s mascot, Rhett Terrier. Focusing much of his work in the arts and emerging marketing technologies, he is looking to blend the two by providing new tools to arts organizations and helping brands connect with consumers through experiential marketing. DeVito would like to thank Professors Stephen Quigley and Mina Tsay, and Dean Sabovik for their help and support.
|Ali Donohue is graduating from COM with a degree in journalism and a minor in visual arts. She worked at WTBU, the university’s student-run radio station, throughout her time as a student, hosting two music shows a week and presiding on the station’s executive board for the past three years. This spring, Donohue won a broadcast award from the Associated Press of New England for Best Radio Feature at the college level for a piece on Ladyfest Easthampton, a female-centric punk music festival. Additionally, Donohue is a 2012 recipient of the Boston University Scarlet Key Award. Her journalistic and photographic work has appeared in the Boston Phoenix‘s print and online editions. This past year, Donohue helped plan the Smash it Dead Fest – a music festival that aimed to raise awareness about sexual assault – while raising over $4,300 for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. While studying at Boston University, Donohue worked as a teaching assistant for Professor Anne Donohue (no relation) and at Mugar Memorial Library as an Anita Green Scholar under Mary McGowan. Donohue would like to dedicate this award to Professor Donohue, Mary McGowan and her parents for all of their support. Donohue plans to continue to live and work in Boston after graduation.
|Joel Kahn is graduating magna cum laude from COM with a degree in film and television. During his time at BU, Joel developed, produced and starred in his own video cooking series for The Quad, BU’s independent online magazine, called “Cooking on the Quad.” Joel also served as a staff writer and publisher at The Quad, covering events such as the New York City Wine and Food Festival and the Sundance London Film Festival. After graduation, Joel plans to move to New York where he will pursue a career in film, television or possibly culinary journalism.
|Jason Kaplan (@jasonmkaplan) is a student, writer and Hot Wheels car collector. He is graduating COM cum laude with a degree in advertising. But don’t let his scholarly achievements distract you: Kaplan balances the rigors of academia with several extracurricular activities — including his position as creative director in AdLab and his participation in The Dear Abbeys, BU’s all-male a cappella group. Kaplan would like to thank his friends and professors for their unyielding support and advice, as well as his family for all the above.
|Maggie Kimball is graduating with a film and television degree from COM, where she served as a teaching assistant for both graduate students (in Production I) and later for high school students at BU’s Academy of Media Production for two summers. Kimball also worked as an intern at the European Independent Film Festival while studying abroad in Paris. Outside of COM, Kimball created trailers for College of Fine Arts plays and events (“Wanted,” “Incident in the Mud,” “The Director’s Projects”), as well as working on personal projects including music videos, short sketch videos, and documentary-style “video memoirs.” In 2012, Kimball took home first prize at the Redstone Film Festival for her short film Entrapped, which she wrote and directed. Post-graduation, Kimball plans on living and working in Los Angeles.
|Ashley Simmons is a native of Weymouth, Massachusetts and attended Notre Dame Academy in Hingham, Massachusetts before starting her college career at Boston University. Simmons majored in public relations and worked as the student manager of Boston University’s women’s ice hockey team for four years. She is an avid fan of Boston sports teams, including the New England Patriots and Boston Bruins, and hopes to pursue a career working for a professional sports organization. After two semesters working in BU’s own PR Lab, she is focusing on either media relations or community relations. Her passions include hockey, football, reading and spending time with her friends and family.
|Kedzie Teller is a journalism major with a Spanish concentration, graduating summa cum laude from COM. Since coming to BU, Teller launched his own tennis website; wrote and copy-edited for InMadrid Magazine in Spain; and worked for three years as a web editor at the Dean of Students’ office. Outside of COM, Teller is one of the captains of BU’s Quidditch team and might be competing in London this summer on the first ever national squad (roster pending). Aside from journalism, Teller is deeply passionate about sports, and he aspires to work for a professional sports organization, specifically the Association of Tennis Professionals or the Women’s Tennis Association.
|Christina Vailas is graduating with a degree in public relations and a liberal arts concentration in economics. Vailas, a New Hampshire native, was part of the Women’s Rugby Football Club at BU, serving the team as public relations/fundraising director, social chair and captain. As a student, Valias hosted her own radio show at WTBU; worked as executive producer on a music video; and interned at record labels and various public relations agencies. She is continuing her career in public relations as a junior marketing/PR assistant at Federici Brands LLC in Connecticut. Valias would like to thank her friends and especially her family for all their love and support.
|Christine Warner is from Needham, Massachusetts and is graduating with a major in communication and a minor in visual arts. At COM, Warner served in various positions, including president, for the College of Communication Student Assembly (COMSA). As a creative member of the 2010 National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC), she collaborated with the creative, account and media teams to develop a campaign that placed 1st in the district competition and 5th in the national competition. A faithful Catholic, Warner acted as a retreat producer and committee leader for the BU Catholic Center. Through her internships at agencies such as Hill Holliday, MK3 Creative, and inSegment, Warner discovered her passion for digital media. Upon graduation, she is excited to begin her career in digital media at Digitas in Boston. Warner is extremely grateful to Boston University and COM for the incredible academic, professional and personal growth opportunities over the past four years.
|Emily Webb is graduating cum laude with a degree in film and television. This semester, she worked for the Boston Bruins marketing department during the hype of the 2011 Stanley Cup Championship win. At BU, Webb studied abroad in London and Australia, and she hopes to make it back to the land of Oz. Webb was highly active on campus, working for the Fitness Center, Family Recreation Department, Center for English Language, School of Management and the BU Hockey and Basketball Teams. She also stayed active athletically – in addition to rowing for the Masters Club, Webb trained with the triathlon team to complete her first triathlon this May. She hopes to continue her passion for the entertainment and sports industry in Los Angeles after graduation.
|Emily Wienberg is graduating magna cum laude with a B.S. in public relations and a minor in history. She is also an alumna of the College of General Studies, where she was recognized for her Capstone project. During her four years at Boston University, Wienberg worked with the Student Alumni Association, serving as the communications chair for the past year. She has also worked at the Undergraduate Admissions Office since her freshman year, working as a student admissions representative, a scarlet speaker and a tour guide who was frequently found walking backwards down Commonwealth Avenue showing off the campus to prospective students and their families. Wienberg spent the spring semester of her junior year studying and interning in London, where she worked at The Rabbit Agency, an award-winning social media company, and traveled to eight countries in Europe – her favorite trip was a weekend in Paris! This past year, Wienberg interned at Morrissey & Company in Boston, and is extremely excited to be joining the team at SHIFT Communications in Boston as an account coordinator after graduation.
|Chris Wilcox is graduating cum laude with a degree in communication and a minor in African studies. During his time at BU, Wilcox was a resident assistant; a two-time executive board member with the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA); an Alternative Spring Break coordinator; a BU Class Gift committee member; an admissions ambassador coordinator; a student admissions representative; and a program advisor for orientation. Wilcox also competed twice as Mr. College of Communication in the Mr. and Miss BU pageant. BU recently honored him as Senior Man of the Year for his participation and leadership on campus. Taking his interest in communications research and online communities outside the classroom, Wilcox interned at Schneider Associates, StudentAdvisor.com and Communispace Corporation. After graduation, Wilcox will return to Communispace, an agency specializing in online consumer insight communities for market research, as an associate community manager.
- Nicholas Forster
- Ron Utin Lalkin
- John Batoha
- Sarah Crozier
- Julie Frey
- Mary Kate Joyce
- Alex Shuck
- Rachel Sprung
- Katelyn Stokes
Chelsea Starr Alexander
|Chelsea Starr Alexander loves showing her BU spirit and getting involved! An advertising major and a business administration and management minor, Chelsea has been actively involved within COM and on-campus activities including: COM Ambassador/Peer Advisor program, Delta Gamma, AdLab, PRSSA and Global Medical Brigades. She has also held numerous positions on BU’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) executive board. Mostly notably, Chelsea served twice as Event Coordinator of PRSSA’s annual PR Advanced conference. Chelsea has also taken her interest in communications outside the classroom and into several different sectors through internships with LA INC. The Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau, 360 Public Relations, Museum of Fine Arts—Boston and NBC Universal. Chelsea was recently awarded BU’s Senior Woman of the Year award for her participation and leadership on-campus. Chelsea plans to work in either Advertising or Public Relations and aspires to create integrated and effective communication campaigns.
|Casey Berger will graduate summa cum laude from both the College of Communications and the College of Arts and Sciences, with a dual degree in film and television and philosophy. She is this year’s recipient of the Matchette Prize for Excellence in Philosophy and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. At Boston University, she has worked on numerous student films and produced an episode of the BUTV series “Shadows.” Off campus, she has worked for a local television station in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio, and worked as an executive assistant for an entertainment attorney in Boston, whom she accompanied to the Cannes Film Festival last May. She is also an enthusiastic athlete: she participated in her first half-marathon in January, for which she raised over $4,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and she will be testing for her black belt in Taekwondo this June. She plans to pursue a career in the film industry.
|Cecelia Hart is a broadcast journalism major from Virginia, graduating magna cum laude from the College of Communication. This spring, the Associated Press honored Cecelia with two awards for best hard news feature and best use of sound for two radio pieces she produced for Professor Anne Donohue. Cecelia is also a recipient of the Scarlet Key. Cecelia has a minor in women’s studies, and has focused much of her work in radio and television on women’s issues, specifically women’s health. She dedicates this award to her parents, Kim and Linda Hart, and to her third parent, Professor Anne Donohue, without whom none of this would be possible.
|Allison Kushner is graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree. Allison completed three majors and a minor during her time at Boston University. She hopes to combine her degrees in international relations, history and broadcast journalism to pursue a career as a foreign correspondent. During her undergraduate career, Allison interned at the Massachusetts State House and with New York State’s Legal Department, was a member of three academic honor societies and Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. She also served as a resident assistant for Boston University and participated in two study abroad programs. Allison is currently a finalist for a fellowship in the Middle East where she hopes to pursue her career as a foreign correspondent.
|Lyle Moran is graduating summa cum laude from Boston University with a degree in journalism and minor in history. He was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Lyle was initially interested in doing sports writing when he entered college, but found a passion for political writing during his participation in the Boston University Statehouse Program in his junior year. He was a Statehouse correspondent for the Lowell Sun and Berkshire Eagle as part of the program, and wrote about issues ranging from budget cuts to homelessness. Lyle interned for the New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University during the summer of 2009. As part of his work with NECIR, he helped research and write a story about the lack of state regulation of the mortgage industry during the housing crisis. He also worked on a stimulus-tracking project for ProPublica, an investigative news organization based in New York. In the fall of 2009, Lyle worked on a story about the Cash for Clunkers program, which was published on the front page of the Boston Globe on January 2, 2010. Lyle also has written for the Daily Free Press since he first stepped on campus. He was the business editor of the paper in Fall 2009 and previously wrote about sports and campus news. In recent months, he has freelanced for the Associated Press and the Statehouse News Service in Boston. Lyle will begin writing for the Associated Press in Boston starting in June 2010.
|Sarah Mosser graduates with a degree specializing in advertising and with a minor in art history and visual arts. When she’s not running through the streets of Boston with the D1 track team she captains, she’s absorbed in advertising. Last summer, she interned at an ad agency in Dublin, Ireland, where she mastered the art of slagging amid print ads and radio spots. As a senior, she was an art supervisor in AdLab, and a teacher’s assistant to a design and new media course. She was also a creative member on BU’s National Student Advertising Competition team, which has advanced to the national competition after placing first in the region. Her work has been on display, including this year’s Community Benefit Ball poster she co-designed, and a wall mural she produced sophomore year that’s still hanging in the Writing Center. Aside from her creative interests, she has volunteered with Student Food Rescue and been a member of the InterVarsity Athlete Chapter since freshman year. After four years, she can’t get enough of Boston. She’ll be leaving home in Buffalo, NY once again to attend graduate school at BU, working towards a masters degree in graphic design. Look out for Mosser as this year’s COM commencement speaker!
|Jeannie Nuss studied journalism and Spanish literature at BU. She earned her first bylines at The Daily Free Press before working as a coop on the city desk of The Boston Globe. Jeannie interned for the Associated Press in Madrid, Spain, and Boston, where she contributed to print, online, and video coverage of breaking national stories, including Ted Kennedy’s funeral. During her senior year, she’s worked as a weekend reporter at the Globe. Jeannie is an aspiring foreign correspondent and speaks fluent Spanish and basic Arabic. She’s moving to Columbus, Ohio, next month to work for the AP.
|Abigail Schreer is from Seattle, Washington but has had an incredible time while studying in Boston. She will graduate with a degree in Public Relations and a concentration in Women’s Studies. Abigail was an active member of the College of Communication Student Assembly (COMSA) throughout her 4 years and this fall served as COMSA’s Vice President of Student Affairs, planning the annual COMmunity Benefit Ball to benefit the Katie Bleck Scholarship Foundation. She also was privileged to serve as a COM Ambassador to the classes of 2011, 2012 and 2013. Abigail applied her COM knowledge through internships at the Boston Ballet and Broadway Across America- Boston as well as at Public Eye Communications, an entertainment publicity agency in London. Outside of COM, Abigail was on the planning committee for the BU’s largest annual fundraiser, Dance Marathon and was extremely involved in BU On Broadway, BU’s only musical theater performance group. For On Broadway, she performed, worked on technical crews and served 3 years on the Executive Board, 2 years as secretary and this year as the President, earning the OBie award for Most Valuable Senior.