Lumen: new year, new staff

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By  Melissa Freund

Lumen Editor

 

Hello, Lumen readers,

     I hope that everyone has had a fun and relaxing summer, and is excited for the new school year. The 2013-14 Viterbo University Lumen staff would like to welcome everyone back to campus. With a large number of the previous staff graduating last spring, the Lumen press-room is filled with many new faces. 

     One newcomer joining the staff this year is junior business management major Gage Maurer. Given his interests and talents in business and economics, Gage will be heading the business manager position. Coming to Viterbo from Madison, Wis., Gage dove in to the local community last year, with his run for the La Crosse City Council.

     The campus life editor for the coming school year will be Brittany Thompson, a senior nutrition and dietetics major with minors in psychology and ethics. Originally from Prior Lake, Minn., Brittany spent a short period of time as a member of Viterbo’s volleyball team. 

     Melissa Vach will be taking over as the arts and entertainment editor. Melissa originates from La Crosse, Wis. She is an English major with writing emphasis, who will be graduating in the spring. Melissa has previously had articles published in Lumen as a part of her news reporting and writing course. 

     The final new addition to the Lumen staff is Ryan Miller, a junior business major from Mauston, Wis. Ryan will be taking the position of sports editor on this year’s staff, and like Melissa, Ryan has previously been a contributing writer for Lumen.  Ryan is a member of Viterbo’s baseball team.

     Jessica Schurmann, is one of three returning staff members.  A senior studio art major with a painting emphasis from Mauston, Wis, she will be filling the positions of on-line editor, photographer, and graphic designer. A semester studying art in Florence, Italy has driven Jessica to combine her love of art and travel in her future career plans. After Viterbo University, Jessica hopes to pursue a Global Education masters and eventually work in a university setting as a study abroad coordinator.

     This year’s assistant editor position will be filled by Jessica Hartling, who is from Waukesha, Wis. She is a senior biochemistry major who is excited to graduate this December. Last year she told Lumen she wanted to get a Harry Potter related tattoo. Over the summer, she finally got it! Jessica was previously the assistant campus life editor, and is looking forward to writing for Lumen again and working with her colleagues. 

     And I am Melissa Freund, a senior English education major, with a psychology minor, from Marshfield, Wis. I was last year’s assistant sports editor and took over as the online editor at the end of the year. In my free time, I enjoy expressing my creative side through drawing and painting. I am very much looking forward to my new role on the Lumen staff and am excited to see what this year’s staff is capable of. 

We sincerely hope that you enjoy reading the Lumen and will return to the newsstands again and again. 

 

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