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Public Relations Team

Katie Ronzio

Hometown: McHenry, IL
Major: Public Relations
Year in School: Junior
Student Organization/Media involvement: Cardinal Communications, PRSSA, Alpha Chi Omega, the Honors College
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “BSU at the Games drew me in as an eager high school senior when I applied to Ball State. I can't wait to gain more pitching experience for such a cool organization.”

Samantha Coppedge

Hometown: Fishers, IN
Major: Public Relations
Year in School: Senior
Student Organization/Media involvement: Greek life (Sigma Kappa), Cardinal Corps, Fraternal Values Society
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “I got involved with BSU at the Games in order to widen my horizons and experience something new. I hope to be able to grow both as an individual and as a future PR Professional from this experience. This will be my first time leaving the country so I'm excited to be able to spend it at the 2016 Olympics!”

Hannah Riffle

Hometown: Evansville, IN
Major: Public Relations
Year in School: Senior
Student Organization/Media involvement: PRSSA, Cardinal Communications, Currently a Consumer Intern at Edelman Chicago
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: "BSU at the Games is a professional development opportunity that other universities don't offer. To grow as a student and professional, being involved in media relations for the games was a no brainer. I've always loved watching the Olympics and it's exciting to have an inside look."

Kendall Davies

Hometown: Rockville, IN
Major: Public Relations
Year in School: Senior
Student Organization/Media involvement: Cardinal communications, PRSSA, Alpha Phi
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “I got involved because it is an amazing opportunity and learning experience! I've wanted to be part of BSU at the Games since I was a freshman. I love the Olympics, so getting involved with BSU at the Games is the perfect way to play a part in it and gain professional experience.”

Kelsey Fox

Hometown: Noblesville, IN
Major: Public Relations
Year in School: Senior
Student Organization/Media involvement: Comm Club, BSU DM
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: "I was apart of the BSU at the Fair last summer and loved the experience and getting to develop my skills."

Lindsey Sharp

Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN
Major: Public Relations & Spanish
Year in School: Sophomore
Student Organization/Media involvement: Cardinal Communications, PRSSA, Rotaract of Ball State, Honors College
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: "I believe this gives me a wonderfully opportunity not only to gain 'real-world experience' but also to build relationships with my peers while working toward a common goal. This is an experience not many will have the opportunity to partake in, and I'm so thankful I've had it!"

Jillian Wilschke

Hometown: St. John, IN
Major: Public Relations
Year in School: Sophomore
Student Organization/Media involvement: Cardinal Communications, PRSSA, CCIM SuperParty
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: "I wanted to learn more about my major through this unique learning experience. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to feel involved in the Olympics, even if it is just from America."

Cassie Sloma

Hometown: South Bend, IN
Major: Advertising & Public Relations
Year in School: Senior
Student Organization/Media involvement: AAF, ADAPT, PRSSA
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: "When I was a senior in high school I heard about the team Ball State sent to London for the Olympic games in 2012, and ever since then I knew I wanted to be apart of it. I am looking forward to experience the Olympic games and the culture Rio de Janeiro has to offer, all while gaining important professional experience."

Maddie McGarvey

Hometown: West Chester, OH
Major: Public Relations
Year in School: Junior
Student Organization/Media involvement: Cardinal Communications, Dance Marathon, Chi Omega
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “Ball state provides so many ways to get real-world experience and I wanted to take advantage of that. I'm also very passionate about pursuing a career in fundraising and special projects, so this was a perfect way to get more experience in that field.”

Kelsey Jones

Hometown: Oxford, IN
Major: Public Relations, Sport Communications Concentration
Year in School: 2nd year graduate student
Student Organization/Media involvement: Cardinal Communications, PRSSA
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “Ball State at the Games allows me to incorporate my interests in both PR and sports while providing an invaluable experience and networking opportunities."

Suzanne Scheetz

Hometown: Lafayette, IN
Major: Advertising & Public Relations
Year in School: Senior
Student Organization/Media involvement: AAF and Adapt
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “I have always wanted to study abroad and the idea of working with the Olympics is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I could just not pass up. This program has helped me expand my education and learn things that I would have never learned in a traditional classroom.”

Reilly Small

Hometown: Carmel, IN
Major: Public Relations
Year in School: Sophomore
Student Organization/Media involvement: PRSSA
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: "I love traveling and Rio had been a place that's been on my bucket list for awhile, which is what initially got my interest. After finding out what we were going to be doing, I thought I could put my social media skills to do something really cool while advancing my PR skills."

Photography Team

Reagan Allen

Hometown: Muncie, IN
Major: Photojournalism
Year in School: Sophomore
Student Organization/Media involvement: Daily News, Ball Bearings
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “BSU at the Games is something I've wanted to do while still in high school. I remember junior year coming to Ball State for J-day and listening to a lecture about their latest trip for the Olympics and I fell in love. It's my first "real world" journalism experience and I knew if I didn't take the chance to go now I probably wouldn't have this opportunity again. I don't want to live with the regret of not doing it and missing out on the opportunities that could come from it.”

Allison Coffin

Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN
Major: Photojournalism
Year in School: Senior
Student Organization/Media involvement: Daily News/Sigma Kappa
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “It's an opportunity to travel to somewhere I've always wanted to visit.”

Maggie Kenworthy

Hometown: Syracuse, IN
Major: News & Photojournalism
Year in School: Senior
Student Organization/Media involvement: Ball Bearings
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “I felt like BSU at the Games would be a once in a lifetime experience that would help me grow as both a photographer and a human being in general.”

Stephanie Almador

Hometown: Fishers , IN
Major: Photojournalism
Year in School: Sophomore
Student Organization/Media involvement: Daily News
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “It was going to be a great experience and I've always wanted to visit Brazil and to be working on pieces involving the culture in rio and San pablo. Seemed like a perfect opportunity.”

Grace Hollars

Hometown: Muncie, IN
Major: Photojournalism
Year in School: Sophomore
Student Organization/Media involvement: I work at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as a Race Marketing Intern where I work on the live production team, run the social media and I work with the photographer for the racing side.
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “BSU At The Games has been a goal of mine since I was a freshman in HS. I have always loved the Olympics and the thought of going as a photographer sounded crazy, but I wanted to do it. The fact that I am going and I have accomplished this goal is surreal.”

Writers

Kara Berg

Hometown: Novi, MI
Major: Journalism News & Telecommunication
Year in School: Junior
Student Organization/Media involvement: Daily News, Online Student Association
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “I love reporting and writing and I have always loved the Olympics. As a former athlete, going to the Olympics has been my dream, so being able to combine sports and reporting is an amazing opportunity I couldn't pass up.”

Jake Fox

Hometown: Alexandria, IN
Major: Journalism News & Telecommunications
Year in School: Senior
Student Organization/Media involvement: Ball State Daily News
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “When I got to Ball State and heard about this program, I was amazed that it was even a possibility. I couldn't turn down the chance of a lifetime to travel to another country and cover the biggest sporting event in the world. I look forward to the opportunity of improving my craft while covering a worldwide phenomenon.”

Marquice Gee

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Major: Journalism
Year in School: Freshman
Student Organization/Media involvement: NABJ
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “I've been looking forward to doing BSU at the Games since I came across an article about the Sochi Games my sophomore year in high school. I had no clue I would be going as a freshman, but I'm so excited that I get this opportunity to get my foot in the door of my career!”

Miller Kern

Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN
Major: Journalism & Spanish
Year in School: Sophomore
Student Organization/Media involvement: Ball Bearings
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “I participated in BSU at the Fair and I loved working with Ryan and Colleen. I love traveling and learning about different cultures. I think BSU at the Games is a perfect combination of my interests.”

Elizabeth Wyman

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Major: Journalism & News
Year in School: Junior
Student Organization/Media involvement: Assistant sports editor Ball State Daily News
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “I got involved with BSU at the games because I knew my athletic abilities wouldn't get me to the Olympics. So I tried my writing skills. Sports and telling stories are my passions. BSU at the Games will help me craft my skills to someday be a sports journalist for a newspaper.”

Robby General

Hometown: Skokie, IL
Major: Journalism & Telecommunications
Year in School: Junior
Student Organization/Media involvement: Ball State Daily News, Newslink Indiana, Online News Association, Cardinal Analytics.
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “BSU at the games was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I simply couldn't pass up. Nothing brings the world together quite like the Olympics, and I saw this as a chance for me to expand my journalism skills by telling the stories of those people in and around the Olympic Games."

Madeline Grosh

Hometown: Muncie, IN
Major: Journalism & Telecommunications
Year in School: Junior
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “Incredibly interested in news broadcasting, saw an incredible opportunity to enhance my knowledge/skills of journalism and photography, and thought it would be a great way to meet people prior to the start of the school year. Plus, I grew up hearing about the BSU at the Games trips, and have always wanted to go on one, myself."

Kaitlin Lange

Hometown: Liberty Township, OH
Major: Journalism News & Telecommunications & Political Science
Year in School: Senior
Student Organization/Media involvement:: former editor of Ball State Daily News, Online News Association, Cardinal Metrics
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “Growing up, I always loved watching the Olympics. Ever since the Sochi Olympics, I've been dreaming of covering the games. I'm hoping to tell quality stories about athletes and about the culture of Brazil."

Hendrix Magley

Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN
Major: Journalism & Telecommunications
Year in School: Junior
Student Organization/Media involvement: WCRD-FM, Intern at WTHR-TV
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “I'm involved with BSU at the Games because I'm looking to gain more career experience for my future career as a sports journalist.”

Casey Smith

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Major: Journalism & Telecommunication & Anthropology
Year in School:Sophomore
Student Organization/Media involvement: Daily News, ONA
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “As a young journalist, BSU at the Games offers fantastic opportunities to report professionally and abroad. I'm excited to be a part of this team because of my passion for reporting at large events and my love for Olympic sports.”

Myla Townsend

Hometown: Marion, IN
Major: Journalism & Telecommunications
Year in School: Sophomore
Student Organization/Media involvement: National Association of Black Journalists
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “It sounds like a wonderful opportunity and once in a lifetime experience!”

Colin Grylls

Hometown: Chula Vista, CA
Major: Journalism
Year in School: Senior
Student Organization/Media involvement: Daily News
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “BSU at the Games is one of the reasons I transferred to Ball State, because going to the Olympics is an amazing opportunity for an aspiring sportswriter.”

Mallory Weil

Hometown: Lansing, MI
Major: Journalism & Telecommunications
Year in School: Junior
Student Organization/Media involvement: NewsLink Indiana & The Association For Women In Sports Media
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “I love sports and I've always wanted to cover sports ever since I was young, and there is no better opportunity than covering the worlds largest sporting event. I'm excited to learn and live out a little bit of my dream.”

Laura Arwood

Hometown: Platte City, MO
Major: Journalism and TCOM
Year in School: Senior
Student Organization/Media involvement: The Daily News
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “I’m ready to do some fun, fast turn around reporting and hone my graphics game!”

Kendra Mehringer

Hometown: Jasper, IN
Major: Sociology
Year in School: Senior
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: "I knew study abroad was something I wanted to do before graduating. When I received an email inviting people of various majors to attend the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, I just knew this was an opportunity I could not let pass me by. Culture, race, gender, and humanity in general is incredibly interesting to me. I feel so grateful to be able to study at the Games!"

Gabriella Harbridge

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Major: Fashion Merchandising & Design Apparel
Year in School: Junior
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: "I wanted to gain more journalism experience, practically in fashion journalism. Since I am a double major in fashion, I wanted to expand my horizons further. From the athletic uniforms, to street style, and with both Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro being in the top twenty list of Fashion Capitals in the world, I did not want to miss a thing."

Victoria Ison

Hometown: Bloomington, IN
Major: Journalism & Spanish Lit
Year in School: Senior
Student Organization/Media involvement: Latter-day Saint Student Association, News & Notes (Honors College student news magazine)
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: "I spent the 2012 Summer Olympics in London studying the effects the Games can have on a city, and couldn't pass up this chance to end my college career doing the same - from a journalistic perspective. Besides, this is the last course of my undergraduate career; I had to go out with a bang."

Broadcasting

Cory Craig

Hometown: Greenwood, IN
Major: Journalism News & Telecommunications
Year in School: Junior
Student Organization/Media involvement: NewsLink Indiana Sports
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “Having the opportunity to travel to Brazil to cover the Summer Olympics is a dream come true and a major stepping stone to my career path in sports broadcasting.”

Nathan DeYoung

Hometown: Middletown, IN
Major: Journalism & Telecommunications & Meteorology
Year in School: Junior
Student Organization/Media involvement: NewsLink Indiana, WCRD 91.3 FM and Ball State Storm Chase Team
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: "There is something about the world coming together in one place to share individual and global passions and interests. I have a great passion for sharing the experiences with people. I wanted to be able to use my skills to help others experience and be a part of the world's stage 5,000 miles away."

Sarah Ebeyer

Hometown: Whiteland, IN
Major: Journalism & Telecommunications /
Year in School: Junior
Student Organization/Media involvement:
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “All my life I have poured my heart and soul into being a gymnast. This is an opportunity to my love for the sport and use it to help build my knowledge in my major. Every athlete has an amazing story that deserves to be told.”

Saxony Wynecoop

Hometown: Cicero, IN
Major: Journalism & Telecommunications
Year in School: Senior
Student Organization/Media involvement: WCRD, Audio Engineering Society
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “I want to expand on my skills of production in a fast pace setting while having an experience that is incomparable to the classroom.”

Brie Isom

Hometown: Batavia, IL
Major: Broadcast Journalism
Year in School: Junior
Student Organization/Media involvement: Newslink Indiana, Alpha Gamma Delta, Dance Marathon
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “Why I got involved: I am very passionate about my major, so I try to be as involved with media at Ball State as I possibly can. When I heard about BSU at the Games, I had to participate. I could not pass up a once in a lifetime opportunity. I am so excited to do what I love in Brazil. Go USA!”

Tony Sandleben

Hometown: Fishers, IN
Major: Journalism & Telecommunications & Political Science
Year in School: Senior
Student Organization/Media involvement: producer, anchor and reporter for NewsLink Indiana, anchor for WCRD News and reporter for Indiana Public Radio
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “My freshman year of college, I was made aware of BSU at the Games. I saw it as an opportunity of a lifetime. I have always had a passion for sports reporting and, over the last few years, I have also developed a passion for general news reporting. I noticed with the Olympics, I can get both. Between the games themselves, as well as the issues in Rio, whether it be Zika, crime, political scandal or what have you, I have an opportunity to report on news that affects the entire world, which is something I have always wanted to do. BSU at the Games gives me a chance to truly see the impact news reporting can have on everyday life, and I cannot wait to see what opportunities await me in Rio.”

Christian Schinbeckler

Hometown: Carmel, IN
Major: Digital Video Production
Year in School: Senior
Student Organization/Media involvement: Cardinal Sports Live
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “I was an intern at the United States Olympic committee my Junior year of college and I saw BSU at the games as way to continue being involved in both the Olympic movement and in filming high level sports related videos.”

Abby Lutz

Hometown: Rockville, IN
Major: Telecommunications and Journalism
Year in School: Senior
Student Organization/Media involvement: NewsLink Indiana, Pi Beta Phi
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “I heard about Ball State at the Games when I went on my first tour as an incoming freshman. I've always loved travel and I see this as an excellent opportunity to strengthen my broadcasting skills."

Documentary

Janie Fulling

Hometown: Brownsburg, IN
Major: Digital Storytelling & Cultural Narratives
Year in School: Junior
Student Organization/Media involvement: The Digital Corps, Peer Advocate Leaders
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “My goal is to increase cross-cultural understanding through video and documentary, and BSU at the Games is giving me the opportunity to learn the culture and the people of Rio. My work is going help people in the States better understand what the city is like, adding context to the Olympic games as a whole.”

Kellen Hazelip

Hometown: Salem, IN
Major: Computer Technology
Year in School: Sophomore
Student Organization/Media involvement: Ball State Daily News, Student Government Association, Cardinal Vision/ESPN3
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “I got involved because going to the olympics under an actual news organization is a once in a lifetime experience. I could never pass it up.”

Chicago Team

Alan Hovorka

Hometown: Frankfort, IL
Major: Journalistic Data Analysis & Presentation
Year in School: Senior
Student Organization/Media involvement: The Ball State Daily News, Cardinal Metrics and the Online News Association
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “My involvement with BSU at the Games stems from my love for data-driven content. I'll be working with our graphics team in Chicago to analyze data and build online interactives so readers can explore results and other stats for themselves.”

Graphics Team

Jennifer Firoved

Hometown: Troy, MO
Major: Journalism Graphics
Year in School: Junior
Student Organization/Media involvement: SND, CASE, UML Designer
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “I wanted to be present as history is being made and help to record it. Going to Rio, being present during the Olympics, it's a once and a lifetime opportunity.”

Web Designer

Bradley Jones

Hometown: New Castle, IN
Major: Photojournalism
Year in School: Junior
Student Organization/Media involvement: Ball State Daily News
Why I got involved with BSU at the Games: “My goal is to help create the best and most easily navigable site I can. I also want to expand my knowledge on coding and web design/development and how content management works.”