Senior Producer, Outreach & Web Design
Harris Shovelin is completing the final year of his Master of Arts in Communications at Sacred Heart University. After career stints in the restaurant industry and government contracting, he decided to make a career out of his passion for journalism and digital media by enrolling in the MACOMM program. Harris served as a producer for the 2017 SHU Media Exchange and is currently a Communications and Public Relations intern with Pratt & Whitney. Visiting friends, family, and old colleagues in Washington, DC and North Carolina is one of his favorite activities. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and resides with his wife and cat in Middletown, CT.
Erin Morgan is a second-year graduate student in Sacred Heart University's Masters of Communication program, concentrating in Corporate Communications and Public Relations. In 2016 she graduated from SHU with a bachelor degree in Management. During her time as an undergraduate at Sacred Heart, she wrote for two online media outlets, The Odyssey Online and College Fashionista. This experience drove her to further her education in Digital Communications. During her time as a graduate student, she worked as the Graduate Assitant in the Student Life Department where she oversaw Red's Pub. Her responsibilities included developing the staff training program, planning and executing all Pub events, creating marketing strategies, and supervising the Student Union Manager staff, which she too was part of during her undergraduate years. Erin served on the Editorial Team for the 6th Annual Media Exchange in 2017. After realizing her passion for this event, she decided to take her experience to the next level and is currently the Outreach Coordinating Producer for this year's Media Exchange. After receiving her Master's Degree this upcoming August, she plans on kick-starting her career in Digital Communications and hopes to work with clients by developing strategies to help organizations find their way in the digital society we are living in.
Producer, Web & Graphics
Tom Spierto is a current graduate student studying communications and digital multimedia production at Sacred Heart University, and is on track to graduate this upcoming August. Tom completed his undergrad at Sacred Heart as well, receiving a bachelor’s in digital communications. Throughout his five years at Sacred Heart, Tom has interned at WTNH-News 8 in New Haven, WPIX-11 in New York, and most recently, the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games with NBC Sports in February. Along with being a full-time student, Tom works in the Office of Volunteer Programs and Service Learning as a Communications Graduate Student. He is responsible for the creation of graphic elements, social media, and working with community partners in the Bridgeport area. After obtaining his master’s degree, Tom hopes to pursue a career working on the creative side of television for either sports or news. He thanks everyone who has helped him along the way here at Sacred Heart, and wishes nothing but the best for the 2018 SHU Media Exchange!
Aleta Magliocchetti is a graduate student in the Masters of Communication program at Sacred Heart University focusing her degree on Corporate Communication and Public Relations. Aleta received her Bachelor's degree in Communications from Sacred Heart University as well. Throughout her time at Sacred Heart, Aleta also minored in Fashion Merchandising, and was also the Fundraiser Chair for the SHU Theater Arts Program. After she graduates, she hopes to pursue a career in Fashion Public Relations.
Bryson S. Boettger
Hailing from west coast, Bryson S. Boettger completed undergraduate work in Philosophy and Political Science at Saint Mary’s College of California. He then decided against his long-established plan of attending law school, instead opting for a more kinetic career path courtesy of the United States Army. After spending four years as a Medic with the Third Infantry Division, as a squad leader as well as a Combat-Lifesaving and advanced marksmanship instructor, he decided on a career in Public Relations. Writing for the communications department, tutoring, and consulting on the side, he is set to graduate with his Masters in PR and Corporate Communications this upcoming August.
Ivan Roman is a current graduate student in the Masters of Communication program at Sacred Heart University, focusing his degree on Public Relations and Corporate Communications. Ivan received his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Central Connecticut State University. His background includes working with many non-profits, such as mental health for adults, young adolescents, and children; he truly enjoys using his creativity and compassion to help those in need. Currently, Ivan works for the Department of Social Services. After graduating this summer, he hopes to find work in Public Relations or Corporate Communications and further develop his skill set.
Karina Rodriguez is a graduate student majoring in Digital Multimedia and Production. Karina received her Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Farmingdale State University of New York. After years of working at New York's number one hospital, she decided to finally start pursuing her dream which is to work in the entertainment industry. She is currently working with the New England Auto Museum as a Social Media Intern. With social media becoming such a great platform for advertising, she knows this experience will only add to her list of skills. After graduating in August of 2018, she hopes to work in the entertainment industry either in front of or behind the cameras.
Kate Truong is a graduate student in the Masters of Communication program at Sacred Heart University focusing her degree on Corporate Communication and Public Relations. Before her Masters program, Kate worked as an Online Marketing Director for one of the best reputation trade schools in Waterbury, Connecticut. With a strong background in social media, graphic design, and four years of experience on cross-functional teams in team-oriented environments, Kate has proven to be capable of building and executing marketing and social media plans that deliver excellent results. After graduating from school this coming August, Kate looks to advance her career in the Communication for Educational organization field.
Kara Fanelli is a first year graduate student in the Masters of Communication program at Sacred Heart University focusing her degree on Corporate Communication and Public Relations. Kara received her Bachelor's in Psychology from Sacred Heart University as well. Throughout her time at Sacred Heart, Kara has worked in Residential Life and Student Government and now is the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Greek Life. After she graduates next summer, Kara hopes to work in the Event Planning Industry.
Abdullah Albariqi is a Sacred Heart Digital Media graduate student from the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In late 2015, he arrived in the United States with ZERO English, and after one year of hard work and dedication, he successfully joined the Communications School at Sacred Heart University to start studying for his Master’s Degree. In the near future he hopes to become a professional writer and a successful businessman.
Riham Abdulaziz Faden
Riham Abdulaziz Faden is a current graduate student at Sacred Heart University in Digital Multimedia Production. She finished her undergraduate at Umm Al-Qura University, Saudi Arabia, in Public Relations. She was the president of cultural affairs for Saudi Student Association at Sacred Heart University. She is a social media supervisor of Cancer Survivor Organization in Saudi Arabia since 2014. An enthusiastic person with an excellent knowledge of Media Production. Documenting and covering stories are her passion, and it is great to shoot, edit, and write scripts. She hopes to work in a creative corporation to enhance her skills. She is a quick learner who seeks an opportunity to utilize the knowledge in the field of media. Currently, she is recording several films and working to reach her dream, to be a successful short filmmaker. Riham will receive her Master's Degree this upcoming August.
Daif Alghamdi is a graduate of the King Abdulaziz University, and majored Public Relations. He was fortunate to graduate in the media field because it was a new major at that time. After he graduated, he worked in journalism for 12 years. He used to correspond news to a local newspaper. He was interested in his job and exerted great effort to cover important events. However, he was full of ambition that he decided to pursue his study at a well-known university. He studied at SHU to update his media background and enrich his potentials so that he would do the best to his profession home. He came to SHU because he knew it had an amazing media program. He worked as a correspondent and an editor which requires to know some skills to transfer the scene to words so that the reader will not only know it but will live it. His main career goal is to work in a worldwide newspaper agency in Saudi Arabia. His current MA study will empower me with examples of how journalists should work and be unbiased towards transferring the reality and making the reader updated. In addition, he will study standard universal rules of how to be a successful journalist who looks for truth and avoid fallacies.
Lobabah Baslom is a current graduate student specializing in Digital Multimedia Production at Sacred Heart University. She finished her undergraduate courses in Public Relations at Umm Al-Qura University in Saudi Arabia. Currently, she is passionate about organizing and covering conferences. It refers mainly to the fields of photography, documentation, reporting, and media production. Her goal is to get a Ph.D. so that to become a university professor able to contribute to the development of the educational process and media content in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In addition, she has strengthened and improved her academic background with advanced courses in Social Marketing.