VOICE Alumni

Alex Hough

Editor-In-Chief -- Spring 2008


Achievements at the Voice:
Helped revived a paper that had been dormant for years. Organized a Rock the Vote event. Worked on new Voice Constitution and Policy Manual.

Where are they now? Transferred to and graduated from Emerson College in MA where she now works as a Development & Alumni Relations Coordinator.
Jason Stives

Arts & Entertainment Editor -- Spring 2008


Achievements at the Voice: Covered numerous local music stories including Bamboozle. Was given the Troxell Communication Award for excellence in New Media and Journalism.

Where are they now? Transferred to Rutgers and went on to write for The Daily Targum. Graduated in Spring 2012. Continues to write for Pop Break. He interviews numerous famous musicians and actors and recently was on the set of Doctor Who. Read his Doctor Who season 7 premier review here.
Susana Sanchez

Editor-in-Chief -- Fall 2008-Spring 2009


Achievements at the Voice: Expanded the staff from 5 to 15 members. Won an NJCPA second-place award for Features Writing article on the need for a health center at MCCC.

Where are they now? Transfered to Hampshire College with full scholarship graduated and is now working at Princeton University.
David C. Hoyt

Editor-In-Chief -- Sept-Nov 2009


Achievements at the Voice: Won NJCPA award for Hard News writing coverage of local juvenile corrections facility graduation.

Where are they now? Won the Jack Kent Cooke scholarship and transferred to Stanford University where he majored in International Relations. David was a liaison officer at the US Dept. of State and interned at The White House in summer 2011 in the office of presidential correspondence. He is now a legal associate at McCrystal Group.
Emma Kay
 
Staff Photographer -- Fall 2008-Spring 2009


Achievements at the Voice: First Place NJCPA award for photographs of Big Apple Circus.

Where are they now? Transferred to and graduated from Rutgers with a major in Gender Studies.
Jarret Courtney
 
Designer -- Fall 2008-Spring 2009


Achievements at the Voice: Appeared on the cover of the Voice more than any other other student in MCCC's history.

Where are they now? Transferred to and graduated from University of the Arts, PA. Now works in professional motion graphics and video editing.
Caroline Fling

Copy Editor -- Spring 2008-Spring 2009


Achievements at the Voice:
Joined The VOICE after spotting numerous typos and editorial errors, circling them and taping her fixed copy to the VOICE office door. Became the first and most dutiful copy editor of The VOICE's new era.

Where are they now? An NJ STAR she transferred to and graduated from Rowan.
Katrina Brophy

Opinion Editor -- Fall 2008-Spring 2009


Achievements at the Voice:
A scholar and tennis star, Katrina wrote numerous opinion articles on everything from lines in the testing center to smoking hut bans.

Where are they now? Transferred to Rutgers and majored in Social Work. Is now Senior Care Manager at Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Mercer County.
Ken Rosen

Design & Layout Editor -- Fall 2008-Spring 2009


Achievements at the Voice: Learned InDesign on the fly and designed numerous covers and interior spreads. Took photos and conducted interviews, including rescuing a floundering senior reporter who got tongue tied interviewing a local congressman.
Where are they now?
Transfered to Savannah College of Art and Design. Became Editor in Chief of SCAD's paper, District, which won Columbia University's Gold Crown award in Spring 2012 (among dozens of other awards) under Rosen's leadership. Worked at Mashable.com, and USAToday, now writes for the New York Times's City Room Blog.
Eva Surany + Kendra Yu (center and right)

Designers -- Fall 2008-Spring 2009

Achievements at the Voice: Won NJCPA award for Layout & Design spread on Obama's Inauguration. Yu won Honorable Mention for photographs of the inauguration.

Where are they now? Surany transferred to University of the Arts, PA and Yu transferred to Temple U. in PA. Surany has been published in Drawing for Graphic Design and is now a graphic designer, strategist and copywriter at Surany Research & Development LLC.
Matt Williams

Staff Reporter -- Fall 2008-Spring 2009


Achievements at the Voice: Won First Place Regional Mark of Excellence award and Third Place NJCPA award for his article "Hate Crime hits too close to home" and Second place NJCPA for his opinion article "Porn reduces our capacity for intimacy."

Where are they now? Attended Burlington CCC then transferred to Rowan to study Psychology. He now lives in Florida and works at Ecolab.
Ron Russell III

Science Reporter -- Spring 2009-Spring 2012


Achievements at the Voice:
Ron wrote a well regarded article in the fact that, despite the rumors, Rutgers does not have its own strain of gonorrhea. He wrote other pieces on science and health and wrote an award-winning article in the increase in number of students taking remedia classes because of state wide cut score changes.

Where are they now? Worked as a TA in Mercer's bio labs. Is now in medical school.
Daisuke Katsumata

Reporter -- Fall 2008-Fall 2009


Achievements at the Voice:
Daisuke contributed articles on the Late Night Series and the expansion of the James Kerney campus and assisted in the building of a core staff.

Where are they now? Left college to work and later transferred to Ramapo.
Sarina Prior

Copy Editor -- Fall 2009-Spring 2010


Achievements at the Voice:
Wrote fair and balanced articles on topics such as the imbalance ratio of male to female students at MCCC and the sources behind increased text book prices. Sarina served as a mentor to many reporters exhibiting great patience in helping them develop strong writing skills.

Where are they now? Left Mercer to devote time to her family.
DeChele Covington

Senior Reporter -- Spring 2009-Fall 2009


Achievements at the Voice:
Wrote investigative reports on MCCC's English class course fees and the demand for night classes. Wrote an opinion on how men need to pull up their pants at MCCC (one of the most read articles on the VOICE website).

Where are they now? Transferred to Rider University and graduated as a Journalism, Public Relations and TV major. She now works for the BlackRock financial services company in Princeton, NJ.
Amber Zahn

Senior Reporter -- Spring 2009-Spring 2010


Achievements at the Voice:
Wrote numerous articles with particular focus on daily issues for students such as high unemployment rates and the lack of parking and handicap access.

Where are they now? Transferred to Rutgers University where she worked for the RU Television Network.
Jackie Pachuta

Senior Reporter -- Spring 2008-Spring 2010


Achievements at the Voice:
Wrote on topics as varied as school spirit at Mercer to men's soccer to reviews of the Rocky Horror Picture show. Jackie covered the entire campus.
Where are they now? Transferred to and graduated from TCNJ. She now works at the New Jersey Division of Pensions and Benefits.
Veronica Furman

Senior Reporter -- Fall 2009-Spring 2010


Achievements at the Voice:
One of the chief contributors to the VOICE's viral and award-winning article on the LGBTF kiss-in being broken up by campus police.
Where are they now? Transferred to and graduated from Montclair State University. She now works as a pop culture writer and editor, and performs with The Murder Mystery Company.
Matt White

Senior Reporter -- Fall 2009-Spring 2010


Achievements at the Voice: Was lead writer on the LGBT Kiss-in story that helped propel The VOICE to the number one spot in the nation in the SPJ Mark of Excellence awards. Main writing focus was Arts & Entertainment, specifically revealing the best of the local music scene. Wrote on the MCCC - Phish connection.

Where are they now?
Transferred to Rutgers Camden and graduated in Spring 2012. Then studied at Concordia College. Now works at Imagem Music.  
Dmitry Gurvits

Senior Reporter -- Fall 2009-Fall 2010


Achievements at the Voice: Covered numerous award  winning topics including the county sheriff interrupting a class (a story that went viral), students being banned from campus, a controversial kiss-in by the LGBTF and a murder and manhunt in Mercer county.

Where are they now? Wrote for the United Nations News Service. Transferred to The New School in NYC where he worked at The New School Free Press. He is now Chief Development Officer at CITTA.
Sara Gatling


Editor-in-Chief-- Fall 2009 - Spring
2010


Achievements at the Voice: Took over mid-semester, organized the Voice's first (and only) First Amendment Free Food Festival. Won a national finalist (and first place in region 1) SPJ award for breaking news reporting: "Murder and Manhunt in Mercer County."

Where are they now?
Transferred to Columbia University in NYC where she graduated cum laude with dual majors. She lives and works in New York City.
Kelly Smith

Editor-In-Chief -- Fall 2010


Achievements at the Voice: Lead the CMA trip to Louisville, KY where the VOICE won second place for best in show awards. Organized the VOICE's 5K road race. Covered many major campus events including campus crime increase and suicides of 3 students within one week.

Where are they now?
Transfered to TCNJ as an NJSTAR and majored in Exercise Science. Graduated in spring 2012 and went on to receive a Masters in Education. Completed teacher training in 2014 and now works as a Health and Physical Education teacher at Charter Schools USA in Florida.
Daniela Rocha

Senior Reporter -- Fall 2009-Spring 2011


Achievements at the Voice: Covered numerous award-winning topics including Megan's law, the 9/11 memorial, roadside memorials, and prescription drug abuse on campus. Won more awards for writing and investigative journalism than any other VOICE staffer before or since.

Where are they now?
Transferred to and graduated from San Diego State University. Travelled in Europe and Asia as a stringer reporter for international news publications. Settled in Vietnam where she teaches English and Journalism.

Lisa Olson

Senior Reporter -- Fall 2009-Spring 2011


Achievements at the Voice: Covered numerous topics including motorcycle safety laws, Cornel West's lecture at MCCC, a prayer vigil at the UN and a visit to Buck's County by President Obama.

Where are they now?
Transfered to Baruch College -CUNY

Chris

Photographer -- Fall 2009-Spring 2011


Now works at the FBI. Seriously.
CJ Harker

Photography Editor -- Fall 2009-Spring 2011


Achievements at the Voice: Won first place in the nation for his sports photography of MCCC men's soccer and first place in Region 1 (includes all of North East and Mid Atlantic states) for his feature photography spread on roadside memorials from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Where are they now?
Transferred to University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Graduated 2014. Now works as a portrait and documentary photographer.

Tim Hester

Senior Reporter -- Fall 2010-Spring 2011


Achievements at the Voice: Wrote articles on problems with advising at MCCC and the lack of recovery and AA meetings on campus. Attended CMA conference in Louisville, KY.

Where are they now?
Transferred to Rider University with a substantial scholarship. Graduated with degree in Public Relations and now works in Customer Interaction at CENLAR.
Jason Pomerantz

Editor in Chief -- Spring 2011


Achievements at the Voice: Lead the VOICE through a turbulent series of adviser shifts. Increased staff size. Won numerous photography awards including regional and national SPJ Mark of Excellence awards.

Where are they now?
Changed majors and is graduated from MCCC in spring 2012. Moved to California.
Anna Bosted

Editor in Chief -- Fall 2010-Fall 2011


Achievements at the Voice: For her reporting on an altercation between an African American student and a student who was dressed as a Nazi won third place Society of Professional Journalist's Region 1 Mark of Excellence award. Lead the VOICE through a series of leadership transitions. Attended two CMA conferences.

Where are they now?
Transferred to Rutgers University to study Labor Relations. Graduated spring 2013. Worked for New Jersey Department of Environmental protection. Now works at ERO Resources. Moved to Colorado 
Amanda Knoblock

Reporter -- Fall 2011-Spring 2012


Achievements at the Voice: One of the only VOICE staffers to get her first article on the front page of the VOICE, Amanda wrote several page 1 above the fold articles. Her first was on mold shutting down a school in Trenton. Her second was on a tuition hike and its link to Chinese New Year. She had a talent for tying together disperate material..

Where are they now? Graduated from MCCC spring 2012.


Val DaGrain

Sports Editor -- Fall 2010-Spring 2011


Achievements at the Voice: Wrote numerous sports stories and won awards for his sports writing and photography throughout the 2010-2011 school year.

Where are they now?
Has established a career in new media and distinguished himself as a rap artist.

Kellie Rendina

Senior Reporter -- Fall 2011-Spring 2012


Achievements at the Voice: Was one of the lead writers on the article series that uncovered Prof. Watson's behavior at MCCC. Also wrote on issues related to foreign language offerings at MCCC and ops on MCCC clubs and on military integrity.

Where are they now? Graduated from MCCC spring 2012. Graduated from TCNJ as an NJSTAR in 2014. Worked for Princeton Packet publications. Now works for Garietts International. 
Laura Pollack

Senior Reporter -- Fall 2010-Spring 2012


Achievements at the Voice: Starting out on the sports beat and working her way up to Editor-in-Chief, Laura lead one of the strongest investigative reporting teams in the history of The VOICE. Over the course of two-and-a-half years, Laura wrote dozens of articles, including the Prof. Watson trilogy, an article about cuts in NJSTARS funding, an investigative report on Mercer's non-compliance with the Clery act, and investigative report on prostitution in Trenton. She won severals awards for her work including an NJCPA award for photo illustration.

Where are they now? Graduated from MCCC in December 2012. Transfered to Rowan where she wrote for The Whit. Graduated in 2015. 




Noelle Gilman

Reporter 2012


Achievements at the Voice: Wrote features on everything from dubstep to parkour. Won Press Patriot and Mark of Excellence awards for Investigative Reporting with Kellie Rendina and Laura Pollack.

Where are they now?
Transferred to Rutgers to finish undergraduate and graduate studies.

Dylan Vaughan

Reporter 2013


Achievements at the Voice: Wrote features on numerous topics including one of The VOICE's most read stories online about harness race driver Ron Pierce. Attended College Media Association conference in Chicago with The VOICE.

Where are they now?
Transferred to Fairleigh Dickinson to finish undergraduate study.

Dan Asnis

Reporter 2011-2013


Achievements at the Voice: An avid Mets fan, Dan wrote features on everything from environmental degradation to reenactments of Washington crossing the Delaware. Also contributed photography and won a New Jersey Collegiate Press Association for his photographs of winter surfers at the Jersey shore.

Where are they now?
Transferred to Fairleigh Dickinson to finish undergraduate study in Communications, Television and Film and now works as a photographer at Lifetouch Sports and Special Events Photography.

Matthew Grant Arnold

Senior Photographer 2011-2013


Achievements at the Voice: Among several award, Matt won that national first place Mark of Excellence award from the Society of Professional Journalists for his photos of the Chinese New Year parade in New York City.

Where are they now?
Following Photography and Digital Media studies at Mercer, Matt now works for Verizon Fios and Apple Inc.

Ken Napier

Senior Reporter 2011-2012


Achievements at the Voice: Ken distinguished himself for his column writing, winning two Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence awards and one New Jersey Collegiate Press Association award for his work.

Where are they now?
Having once been arrested under the charge of piracy (for poling a makeshift skiff on the Delaware river, or so the story went), Ken has made a series of eclectic career shifts. Ken worked for a time as a process server, and is currently working for AE Power Systems.

Kristie Kuschyk

Reporter 2013-2014


Achievements at the Voice: Won a New Jersey Collegiate Press Association award for profile writing.

Where are they now?
Kristie transferred to Rider University and graduated with a degree in Public Relations. She worked as a Sports Business Analyst in New Jersey before moving to the Washington D.C. area where she now works for NTT Data as a consultant at The World Bank.



Emily Lucasewycz

Arts & Entertainment Editor 2012-2013


Achievements at the Voice: Working up from staff reporter to copy editor, Emily focussed primarily on writing arts, entertainment and local culture stories while at The VOICE.

Where are they now?
After completing her Communication: New Media degree at MCCC, Emily went into the workforce working with animals in different venues such as animal hospitals and pet resorts.

Dan Povio

Editor in Chief 2013-2014


Achievements at the Voice:
In addition to attending College Media Association conferences in both Chicago and New York with The VOICE team, Dan also won a first place New Jersey Collegiate Press Association award for news writing and a first place Press Patriot Award for critical reporting in 2013.

Where are they now?

Dan now works for Music & Arts, the largest band and orchestra instrument retailer in the United States.

Sean O'Connor

Reporter 2013-2014


Achievements at the Voice:
In addition to attending the College Media Association conference in New York in 2013, Sean also won a second place New Jersey Collegiate Press Association award for features writing for his work on the problems with online learning.

Where are they now?

Sean is currently studying History at William Paterson University and serving as a WPU Assistant and Student Ambassador, as well as Learning Center tutor, on MCCC's West Windsor campus.

Kevin Xavier Cox

Sports Editor


Achievements at the Voice: -----.

Where are they now?
Transferred to Rutgers and finished undergraduate studies in Sports Journalism.

Carl Fedorko

News Editor 2013-2014
Editor in Chief 2016


Achievements at the Voice: Arriving at The VOICE with strong writing skills, Carl distinguished himself both mentoring new writers and in his column writing and investigative reporting, for which he won first place award in 2014 from the New Jersey Collegiate Press association.

Where are they now?

Starting as a staff reporter, Carl's writing abilities helped him ascended through the ranks from Opinions Editor, to News Editor, to Editor in Chief. A Marine Corps veteran, Carl took time off from school in 2014 and 2015 to pursue work with the New Jersey Transit Authority. He returned to MCCC in Spring of 2016 to complete his Associates in Communication.

Caitlin Kevett

Copy Editor 2016-2017


Achievements at the Voice:
In addition to serving as copy editor, Caitlin contributed reviews and arts articles, helped acclimate new writers to The VOICE and attended the spring 2017 College Media Association conference in New York City.

Where are they now?
Caitlin has transferred to Montclair University to continue study in Communication.

Savannah Dziepak

Photography Editor 2016-2017


Achievements at the Voice:
Consistently contributed both column articles, such as one on Breast Cancer Awareness, she stood out for her excellent photography earning Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence award in 2017 for her theater photos of "'Twas The Night Before Christmas."


Where are they now?
Transferred to William Paterson University to pursue a dual major in Biology, with an Ecology concentration, and K-12 Education. She was awarded the Robert Noyce Scholarship which covers $10,000 of tuition per year for students planning to teach in the STEM field in NJ.

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