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2014-2015 Staff

Danny Van Brunt

Danny Van Brunt is a senior communication studies major with concentrations in broadcast production and multimedia journalism. He also has a minor in marketing. Danny started at The Beacon as a staff writer for Sports, became...

Andre Spruell

Andre Spruell is a senior communication studies major with concentrations in broadcast production and multimedia journalism. He also has a minor in sociology. Andre started on The Beacon as a staff writer for sports, then...

Rachel Leandri

Rachel Leandri is a senior communication studies major with concentrations in strategic communications/public relations, multimedia journalism and broadcast production. She also has minors in dance and women's and gender studies. Rachel...

Sara Pisak

Sara Pisak, is concluding her first year as a Beacon staff member, serving as Assistant Editor of the opinion section. A Dean’s List student, Sara is a junior English Creative Writing and English Literature major. Sara has also...

Mandy Stickles

Mandy is a senior communication studies major, with concentration in Journalism and Broadcasting. She joined the Beacon Spring 2014, and she currently serves as the opinion editor. Mandy is a Dean's list student who is inducted...

Alyssa Mursch

Alyssa Mursch is a senior communication studies major with a concentration in journalism. She also has minors in Political Science and Women and Gender's Studies. Alyssa joined The Beacon during her sophomore year as a sta...

Gabby Glinski

Gabby Glinski is a senior Communications Studies major, with concentrations in journalism and public relations. She joined the Beacon in 2014 as a photographer and writer for the news section, and served as Assistant News Editor...

Rasha Shaker

Rasha Shaker is a senior Communication Studies major, with concentrations in broadcast media and public relations. Before attending Wilkes University, she obtained her Associates of Applied Science degree at Luzerne County Community...

Purvit Patel

Purvit Patel is an Environmental Engineering with a minor in Political Science and Geology Class of 2018. He started as a sports photographer, and now serves as one of two Chief photographers on staff. Purvit chose to work...

Shawn Carey

Shawn Carey is a senior at Wilkes University. He is a Communication Studies major with interests in Broadcast Media and Journalism, as well as Public Relations and Organizational Communication. Shawn transferred to Wilkes University...

Sarah Bedford

Sarah Bedford is a senior Communications Studies and Political Science double major, working towards concentrations in journalism, public relations and rhetoric. Sarah has been on the Beacon staff since her freshman year, a...

Dr. Kalen Churcher

Dr. Kalen Churcher is an assistant professor of Communication Studies. She began teaching at Wilkes in 2014, and also advises the student newspaper, The Beacon. Dr. Churcher is an alumna of the Wilkes Communication Studies ...

Brandon Gubitosa

Brandon Gubitosa is a sophomore Business Management major and is currently the Sports Editor of The Beacon. After taking over midway through the second semester as Sports Editor, saving the sports section Brandon is back....

Nicole Zukowski

Nicole Zukowski is a junior Communication Studies major with concentrations in journalism, public relations and rhetoric. Nicole, a Dean’s List student, is also studying in three minors: History, Marketing, and Women’s and...

Frank Passalacqua

In his third year on The Beacon, Frank switches it up after the previous two years as Sports Editor. Now the Opinion Editor, Frank uses his journalism and public relations track to the newspaper staff. Frank is a senior communication...

Jennifer Baron

I'm from the small town of Vandling, Pennsylvania and I attended Forest City Regional School District from Kindergarten to 12th grade. I graduated with roughly 60 kids which is why one of the main reasons I chose Wilkes as my...

Justin Topa

Justin Topa, a senior at Wilkes University, currently serves as The Beacon’s Life, Arts and Entertainment Co-Editor. He is a student within the Department of Communication Studies and has dual concentrations in both public relations...

James Jaskolka

James Jaskolka is the editor-in-chief of The Beacon, and a senior communication studies major. Armed with concentrations in journalism and public relations, as well as a minor in English, James displays a strong passion for the ...

Ashley Evert

Ashley Evert is a senior Communications Studies major studying dual concentrations in journalism and public relations. She is also studying three minors: English, Integrative Media, and Women's and Gender Studies. Ashley has...

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