The Beacon

2015-2016 Staff

Luke Modrovsky

Luke Modrovsky is in his final semester double majoring in sport management and communication studies. Luke started at The Beacon as staff writer for opinion and quickly moved up, becoming assistant opinion editor in Spring 201...

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...

Toni Pennello

Toni is a senior communication studies major with minors in psychology, philosophy and women's and gender studies. Toni began as a staffwriter in 2015, and served as assistant news editor before she became Editor-in-Chief....

Sara Pisak

Sara Pisak is a Senior English Creative Writing and English Literature major. Sara is the Opinion Editor for The Beacon.

Kimberly Hein

Kim Hein is a senior Communication Studies major with triple concentrations in Strategic Communication/PR, Rhetorical Studies and Broadcast Production. She also has minors in Sports Management and Women's and Gender Studies....

Allison Rossi

Allison is a sophomore elementary childhood education major with a special education certification. She is a staff writer for the Opinion section.

Eric Casey

Senior Communications major with a concentration in Broadcasting and Journalism. Minor in Integrative Media. Host of radio show "Indie Flavour" on 90.7 WCLH. News addict, music guru, major fan of Horror genre, and attends many ...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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