Student Highlights


All OSU Sports Media majors garner a plethora of practical experiences. Whereas students produce much media content through classroom labs and assignments – some of which is ultimately published by external outlets – all students are strongly encouraged to work outside of class while in the program. The majority of OSU Sports Media majors complete internships with media organizations, professional sport teams or leagues, and college athletics programs.

OSU has the largest Sports Media stand-alone program in the world, with more than 220 majors and declared pre-majors in fall 2016. Students who attended high school in 38 different U.S. states were enrolled in the OSU Sports Media program during the 2014-15 and/or 2015-16 academic years. Accordingly, the bios below are just a snaphshot of the kind of talented students enrolled in the OSU Sports Media program and the type of experiences our students garner.


Mikayla Barker Mikayla

Sports Media/Production and Strategic Communications Tracks

A native of Round Rock, Texas, Barker was one of the first freshmen to appear as an on-air reporter for OStateTV’s Countdown to Kickoff in 2014. As a former i-Reporter for the award winning Texas high school football radio show, Friday Night Fanstand, Barker gained early experience before her time at OSU, filming games, giving live radio updates, conducting interviews and using social media for game updates. Barker has also held various behind-the-camera positions in many OStateTV productions. She also helped pioneer OStateTV’s new basketball pre-game show, Countdown to Tipoff. Barker interned in the summer of 2015 for the Tulsa NPSL team, Tulsa Athletics, as a video production intern and social media coordinator. She was hired in the summer of 2015 to write online articles for the growing news website, The Odyssey. In addition, Barker serves as a student ambassador for the School of Media and Strategic Communications (SMSC). She is also a dedicated student of the Honors College, which enables her to work closely on extra research projects with professors in the SMSC.

“From the minute I stepped foot in the SMSC, I knew this was a place where I would succeed,” Barker said. “The opportunities and instruction I’ve received here are invaluable. Coming to OSU was the best decision I’ve ever made.”

Learn more about Barker at http://mikaylabarker.com


C.BrownCourtney Brown 

Sports Media/Production Track 

A native of Plano, Texas, Brown is a student production assistant with Orange Power Studios, the in-house video production unit of Oklahoma State Athletics. She has worked for OSU Athletics since her freshman year,  starting as an intern in the Athletics Communication office. Through Orange Power, Brown has traveled to various athletic events including the 2014 & 2015 NCAA Division I men’s wrestling championships and the 2015 Cactus Bowl in Tempe, Arizona. She began garnering sports media experience in high school when she produced videos as an intern with Nancy Lieberman Basketball. As a junior, Brown was honored as an inaugural recipient of the Information Display and Entertainment Association's Inspire the Passion Award, which honors students and interns working in the game entertainment and video production industry. Within OSU SMSC, Brown serves as President of the Oklahoma State chapter of the Association for Women in Sports Media, and was part of the group that traveled to AWSM’s 2013 National Convention to accept that year's National Student Chapter of the Year Award. She was honored with the OSU SMSC’s Sam Love scholarship award for the top junior sports media production student in the spring of 2014.

“What has helped me improve the most in the Sports Media Program is the faculty,” Brown said. “When I ask any professor for help or advice, I’m asking someone with years of experience in the sports media industry. The faculty is truly the greatest resource of our program.”

View Brown’s portfolio at http://browncourtney12.com 


Jonathon Cotton MugJonathan Cotton

Sports Media/Production Track

Hailing from Holden, Massachusetts, Cotton is in his second full year working for Orange Power Studios, which is OSU's in-house video production studio. Among the videos Cotton has made for Orange Power Studios includes promos for the OSU men’s basketball and cross country teams. In 2014, Cotton completed a summer internship at WCRM 830 AM in Worcester, Mass. and was a co-producer for the morning news show. He was also responsible for updating the Facebook page and created a Twitter account for the morning show on WCRN.

“Coming to OSU was the best decision I have ever made,” Cotton said. “Becoming part of the Cowboy family was something special and I will cherish my time at OSU for the rest of my life.”   

Follow Cotton on Twitter @JonCotton58 and see examples of his work at http://jonathanscotton.com  


attachmentAmelia Henderson

Sports Media/Production Track

Hailing from the small town of Atlanta, Indiana, Henderson decided on a career in sports media after playing 15 years of high-level amateur ice hockey, a sport in which she was the starting goalie for the USA National Women’s Hockey Select team that trained in Denver, Colorado. Henderson works in OSU Athletics’ in-house video production office, Orange Power Studios, as well as in a variety of positions both on-air and in production with OStateTV, including as an anchor on The Poke Report.  She also works as a video reporter for the Stillwater High School Pioneer Media team, mostly producing features. Henderson also has garnered significant freelance experience as a runner and grip for both CBS Sports and ESPN. She is a member of the OSU Sports Media Club, National Broadcasting Society and OSU-AWSM. Henderson was honored as Miss Indiana Teen America 2012 and has made the President’s and Dean’s Honor Roll throughout her college career while also working as both a server and public relations director for Tokyo Pot, a restaurant in Stillwater.

“OSU has given me so many opportunities,” Henderson said.  “I’ve gotten an immense amount of hands-on experience in all realms of TV. And with the help of my professors, my growth has been extensive and I can’t thank them enough.”

See examples of Henderson’s work at http://ameliahenderson.wordpress.com/  


Dominic HoldenDHolden

Sports Media/Strategic Communications Track

A native of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Holden is the lead equestrian SID for OSU Athletics Communications, where he has served as a student assistant for the past two years. Holden has also been a media relations intern for the minor league baseball team, Kansas City T-Bones, and a game operations intern for FC Kansas City, an American women’s professional soccer club. He has also worked as a production runner/utility for ESPN and Cox Communications for sporting events at OSU, the University of Oklahoma and Wichita State. At Oklahoma State, he is the primary director of media for the Stillwater High School Pioneer Media Team.

“The hands-on experience that OSU has provided has been extremely beneficial for me,” Holden said. “Every aspect of this program shows why it is second to none in the country.”

Learn more about Holden at http://dominicholden.wordpress.com/


JLanghamJohn Langham

Sports Media/Strategic Communications Track

A native of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Langham is an intern in the OSU Athletics Ccommunications office. Langham has also regularly worked as a production runner/utility for ESPN and Cox Communications for sporting events held at OSU. At Oklahoma State, he helps run the Stillwater High School Pioneer Media Team, where Langham serves as one of the team’s directors of media and video coordinators.  As part of his responsibilities, he oversees all content posted through a variety of social media channels and the team’s official website (stillwaterfootball.com), as well as assisting in the shooting and editing of all videos produced. He is a member of the OSU Sports Media Club.

“Attending Oklahoma State has been the best decision of my life,” Langham said. “The school itself is amazing, but for someone interested in the sport media field such as myself, the opportunities that the SMSC and Sports Media program provide are invaluable.”

Follow Langham’s career at http://johnlangham.wordpress.com


Zach LeeZach3

Sports Media/Multimedia Journalism Track

A native of Houston, Texas, Lee is a freelance video editor for Oklahoma State Athletics, for which he makes motivational videos for the OSU football team to watch before they take the field. Lee also works for Orange Power Studios, the in-house media production unit of OSU Athletics. He transferred to OSU his junior year after attending the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he worked with the UTSA Athletics Communications department as a student assistant. Lee worked the NBA Finals in San Antonio in 2013 and 2014 as a production assistant for NBA Entertainment. He also worked the second and third rounds of the 2014 NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament as a statistician. In high school, Lee interned with the Houston Texans as a videographer and editor. He co-hosts a weekly sports talk radio show on KXZY, the Oklahoma State student radio station. Lee was awarded the Sam Love Memorial Scholarship for Senior Top Scholar in Sports Multimedia Journalism News for the 2015-16 school year.

“The resources and equipment I have access to are huge reasons I love this university,” Lee said. “I’m able to make my ideas come to life because of the editing software here at OSU.”

Read more about Lee at http://zachdlee.com/ 


mcewanAnnice McEwan

Sports Media/Multimedia Journalism Track

Leaving the dreary weather of the Pacific Northwest and her native Oregon, McEwan enrolled at OSU specifically for its Sports Media program. Originally interested in broadcast journalism, McEwan began writing as a sports reporter for the O’Colly during her sophomore year. McEwan’s time with the paper helped garner experience on the print side of sports journalism while covering OSU football, men’s basketball and softball. McEwan is now one of the hosts for OState TV’s football pre-game show, “Countdown to Kickoff,” where she provides game analysis and insight into the team. She was also featured as color commentary in OStateTV’s live broadcast of the 2015 baseball series between OSU and Baylor McEwan spent the 2015 summer as an intern with Tulsa's Channel 8 (KTUL ABC). 

McEwan is a member of the OSU Sports Media Club and OSU-AWSM chapter, and has also served as secretary for the OSU-APSE chapter.

“With experience being such an important part of our field, OSU’s program is geared towards the success of its students,” McEwan said. “We have access to not only the knowledge, but the skills required of our majors.”

Follow McEwan on Twitter @annicemcewanor and view her portfolio at http://annicemcewan.com


Patrick OsbornePatrick2

Sports Media/Multimedia Journalism Track

A native of Mustang, Oklahoma, Osborne is an intern for the OSU Athletics Communications Office. Since arriving at OSU, he has made it his goal to gain valuable experience in as many different areas of sports media as possible. He was previously a 2014 summer intern at his hometown newspaper, the Mustang News. Next he spent part of his sophomore year as an intern at Smirk New Media, an Oklahoma City-based social media consultant. Most recently he spent the summer of 2015 as intern for WJCL, the Savannah, Georgia, ABC television affiliate. When available, he has worked as the public address announcer for the Mustang High School baseball program since 2013 and has served the same role at various Oklahoma Secondary Schools Athletic Association playoff events. He has also had freelance-photography work published in the Norman Transcript and the Mustang News. At Oklahoma State he is a regular writer for the Stillwater High School Pioneer Media Team, where his articles have also been published on the OklahomaSports.Net website, which covers smaller-division Oklahoma colleges and high school sports. For his work in the classroom Osborne was awarded the Hal Phillips Memorial Scholarship for the 2015-2016 school year.

“Choosing Oklahoma State was by far the best decision of my life,” Osborne said. “All the professors have helped me grow as a journalist and as a person. I’m incredibly thankful for all they’ve done for me and I know everything they do is in an effort to help me be more successful once I leave OSU. I truly believe I will be successful thanks to the opportunities I’ve had thanks to this school.”

Follow Osborne on Twitter @PatrickONealOSU and access his portfolio via https://patrickosborne10.wordpress.com


KurtisKurtis Quillin

Sports Media/Multimedia Journalism Track

Raised in Floresville, Texas, Kurtis Quillin is an alumnus of OSU’s Sports Media Camp, which he attended while in high school. Quillin is a regular anchor for The Poke Report on OStateTV and works in a variety of positions for Countdown to Kickoff and other OStateTV productions. He is also a director of media for the Stillwater High School Pioneer Media Team, working primarily as the team’s video reporter and one of the video coordinators. He is also responsible for staffing the entire crew for all home and road games. Some of his written works from covering the Pioneers were published by OklahomaSports.Net. He also shoots and sends highlights of Stillwater’s games for air on KOCO-TV, Oklahoma City’s ABC affiliate. In addition, Quillin serves as an ESPNU Campus Connection Contributor and was a recipient of the Bill and Nita Connors Sports Media Scholarship two years in a row. In the summer of 2015, Quillin interned at the sports desk at KSAT-TV, the ABC affiliate in San Antonio, Texas, where he produced, anchored, edited and wrote a vast array of projects as well as covered the WNBA’s San Antonio Stars for the station. Quillin is the president of the National Broadcasting Society at Oklahoma State. Interestingly, he also works as a high school football, basketball and baseball official for the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association.

“Leaving South Texas to attend OSU was the best decision for my media career,” Quillin said.  “The professors are incredible and I’ve grown as not only a journalist but also a person, being away from home.  I will be forever grateful to all of the professors who helped me get where I am and I know I can be successful with the opportunities I’ve been afforded at Oklahoma State.”

Follow Quillin on Twitter @DrKurtis and his career at http://KurtisQuillin.com  


C.J. Richards

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Sports Media/Multimedia Journalism Track

A native of Oklahoma City, Richards is an intern for OSU Athletics Communications, serving as the primary media relations SID for OSU women’s tennis. Richards has worked numerous NCAA championship events, including the 2015 Division I women’s basketball regional in Oklahoma City and the 2015 NCAA Division I baseball regional in Stillwater. His freelance articles have been published in the Stillwater News Press.

“Attending Oklahoma State had always been a dream of mine,” Richards said. “The ability to gain valuable experience through the Sports Media program has been incredible.”

See examples of Richards’ work at http://carrollrichardsjr.com


Nathan Ruiz CQ1Nathan Ruiz

Sports Media/Multimedia Journalism Track

Ruiz traveled halfway across the country from his native Reno, Nevada, to come to Stillwater. After attending the OSU Sports Media camp during high school, he began reporting for the O'Colly, OSU's student newspaper, early in his freshman year. He spent a semester as a news reporter before becoming one of the paper’s two beat writers for the OSU baseball team. He has covered the team for the last two years and is expected to do the same in the spring of 2016. He has also covered the Cowboys’ football and men’s basketball teams during his time with the O’Colly, where he served on the editorial board as sports editor in the fall of 2015. Ruiz spent the summer after his freshman year as a sports intern with the Reno Gazette-Journal, his hometown newspaper, covering several local events and teams, including a celebrity golf tournament and the town's minor league baseball team, the Reno Aces. He followed that with an internship with The Oklahoman, serving as a copy desk editor and page designer for the sports department of the largest newspaper in the state. A double-major in Sports Management in the Spears School of Business, Ruiz is a member of the SMSC’s Sports Media Club and National Broadcast Society and is currently vice president of the university’s chapter of the Associated Press Sports Editors.

 “The more I think about it, the more I know I made the right choice in coming to OSU,” Ruiz said. “In my time here, I’ve learned so much about the world of sports media and met several students who share my interests. There’s numerous opportunities at OSU for students who want to work in sports media, and I’m so thankful to have them all at my fingertips.”

To learn more about Ruiz, follow him on Twitter @NathanSRuiz or take a look at his portfolio at http://nathanruiz.wordpress.com


Lauren Russell LaurenRussell

Sports Media/Strategic Communications Track

Originally born in Stillwater before eventually moving to Oklahoma City, Russell long wanted to attend OSU for its Sports Media program. However, during her four years at OSU, she declared each of three Sports Media program tracks, starting with multimedia journalism, then moving to the production track before deciding on a major in sport strategic communications. Russell is currently working for the Oklahoma City Thunder as a paid intern in the media relations/basketball operations department. Her responsibilities include helping coordinate pre- and post-game media interviews with Thunder players, as well as transcribing players/coaches interviews and press conferences. In the summer of 2014, Russell interned with Triple Play Sports Radio in Stillwater where she recorded/edited ads and co-hosted on-air. In the fall of 2014, she interned at Go Pokes TV, the FOX Sports affiliate for OSU football, conducting segments with reporter Robert Allen. She has had print articles published in the Stillwater News Press ap=nd the O’Colly.

 “For me, OSU has always been home, so naturally there was never another option,” Russell said. “Once I settled into the SMSC program I realized it was the best decision I had ever made. The professors have offered beneficial help from day one. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be working my dream internship with the Thunder.”

Follow Russell’s career at http://LaurenRussellPortfolio.com


MRyanMika Ryan

Sports Media/Strategic Communications Track

A native of Southlake, Texas, Ryan has interned in various positions with OSU Athletics since the beginning of her sophomore year in 2014. She started with OSU Athletics Marketing and Promotions, working events for every sport throughout the year. This academic year she is interning with OSU Athletics Communication. She hopes to become the next Erin Andrews or a professional public relations specialist for an NFL team/player.

“Coming to OSU was by far the best decision I could have made,” Ryan said. “In just two years, I have been given so many opportunities that I likely would not have received anywhere else.”

Learn more about Ryan at http://mikaryan.com  


Cody StavenhagenCody Stavenhagen Mug

Sports Media/Multimedia Journalism Track

A native of Amarillo, Texas, Stavenhagen spent the Fall 2015 semester in his second stint as a sports intern at The Oklahoman. He finished second at the 2014-15 William Randolph Hearst Foundation National Writing Championship in San Francisco and was the only student-journalist in the country with two top-five pieces in the Hearst Foundation’s yearly contests. Stavenhagen spent the summer of 2015 covering the AL West champion Texas Rangers as an associate reporter for MLB.com. He has also served as editor in chief, managing editor and sports editor at the O'Colly, in addition to serving as a contributor to GoPokes.com and completing an internship at the Amarillo Globe-News. He will intern with the Minneapolis Star Tribune in January. Stavenhagen has also been recognized with numerous awards from the College Media Association, the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists chapter and the Oklahoma Collegiate Media Association.

“In three years, I’ve had opportunities at OSU I likely could not have received anywhere else,” Stavenhagen said. “I originally thought about attending other schools, but OSU has proven to be the right choice in every sense.”

 Follow Stavenhagen on Twitter @CodyStavenhagen or see his work at http://codystavenhagen.com  


Caleb Surly GamedayCaleb Surly

Sports Media/Production Track
 

A native of Rogers, Arkansas, Surly recently completed a summer internship with ESPN at the company's headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. His work within the ESPN Social Media Production Department included creating content across multiple platforms for major brands such as SportsCenter, NBA, NFL, Baseball Tonight and ESPN2 programs. He also assisted in the production and coverage of events including the NBA Finals, NBA Draft, MLB Home Run Derby and MLB All-Star Game. In March 2014, Surly worked for ESPN as a production and operations runner when College GameDay came to Stillwater before he was invited to work again with College GameDay at the NCAA Division I men’s basketball Final Four in North Texas. He continues to travel around the country for ESPN and is part of an Emmy Award-winning production team that made company and cable television history with its coverage of the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship. Surly finished his first year on the College GameDay crew at the 2015 Final Four in Indianapolis and has more recently been talent assistant to Chris Fowler for primetime college football. Surly has also worked for SEC Nation, SportsCenter on the Road, FOX Sports, the Big 12 Conference, KNWA's Razorback Nation (Fayetteville, Arkansas) and the O'Colly. In addition to being the president of Sports Media Club, he is the OSU chapter vice president of the Association for Women in Sports Media and increasingly involved in various other organizations on campus. Surly continues to garner honors and achievements during his college career, winning two first-place OBEA awards in radio and television. At the 2015 South Central Broadcasting Society regional competition, his OstateTV feature news package won the grand prize and his radio sports package was named a finalist. He is a 2015-16 OSU Senior of Significance (Hall of Fame), and was honored with the OSU SMSC’s Sam Love Memorial Scholarship for top senior sports media production student in the spring of 2015. The OETA Foundation recently recognized Surly as the 2015 William Thrash and Gene Dillehay Scholarship recipient for most outstanding broadcast student in the state of Oklahoma. Now in his second year interning with OSU Athletics Communications, Surly will begin his promotion to assistant OSU men’s basketball SID this season.

“God has blessed me with experiences I could only dream about,” Surly said.  “The Oklahoma State Sports Media program will set you up for success, but it’s up to you to chase your dream, work hard and make it happen.” 

Connect with Surly on Twitter @CSwurlz and learn more about him at http://calebsurly.com


Doug Thompson Thompson

Sports Media/Production Track

Hailing from Burlington, Washington, Thompson came to Oklahoma State to pursue a career in sport media. He is a student production intern at Orange Power Studios, OSU State Athletics' in-house video production studio. Thompson is a member of the Stillwater High School Pioneer Media production team, where he is a videographer during SHS football games. He also spent his freshman year writing for the O'Colly, covering OSU women’s soccer, Oklahoma City Thunder basketball and the NFL. Recently, Thompson has helped Tyler Media produce its Oklahoma State football pregame and postgame shows with the Oklahoma City radio station, 107.7 The Franchise. He is involved in the SMSC chapters of Sports Media Club, the Association for Women in Sports Media and National Broadcasting Society.

“OSU is simply the best place for me,” Thompson said, “I couldn’t imagine going to school anywhere else to get the kind of experience, training and networking that I do here. I understand now why students from all over the country, including myself, chose to go to school here.”

You can follow Thompson on Twitter @doug_thomp and at http://douglasmthomp.wordpress.com


GeraldTracyGerald Tracy

Sports Media/Multimedia Journalism Track

A native of Keller, Texas, Tracy is the President/Founder of the National Association of Hispanic Journalist chapter on campus and has served as the vice president of the OSU Sports Media Club for two years. He has worked for both the O’Colly, the OSU student newspaper, and Orange Power Studios, the video-production unit of OSU Athletics. Off campus, Tracy runs the SB Nation site, Cowboys Ride For Free, as the managing editor, works as a producer and writer for the Oklahoma City radio station 107.7 The Franchise, and is the voice of Newkirk High School football, calling play by play for the high school’s football and basketball teams. Tracy is also a reporter/anchor for OstateTV.

 “I came to OSU not only because this is the only school in the Big 12 with the major, but it also provides the best opportunities for all of its students,” Tracy said. “We are provided with great professors, great classes and amazing opportunities such as KXZY, the O'Colly, and much more to do on campus.”

View Tracy’s portfolio at http://geraldtracy.wordpress.com


 Mark Travis meandkobe

 Sports Media/Multimedia Journalism Track
  

A native of Corpus Christi, Texas, Travis has been a credentialed member of the media since he was 15 years old. In 2008, Travis founded his own website, http://butthegameison.com/, where he provides his insight on the NBA, European soccer and other major stories in the sports world. Travis received his first credential in 2009 when he was invited to cover Team USA Basketball’s training camp in Las Vegas, Nevada, giving him the opportunity to interview budding superstars like Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant. Travis has covered Team USA Basketball’s annual camps every year since, including the team’s pre-Olympic visits to Washington and New York in 2012. In 2012, Travis became an NBA columnist for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, with an emphasis on covering the Mavericks, Rockets and Spurs. Travis covered the 2013 and 2014 NBA Finals for the Caller-Times, providing game recaps and columns from San Antonio and Miami. He has been credentialed to cover the Mavs and Spurs over the past four postseasons and has also covered the Dallas Cowboys and the NBA Summer League for Caller.com. Ironically, Travis was allowed into the Heat locker room after the 2013 NBA Finals while Grammy-winning rapper Drake was denied entrance.  His longform feature on Marcus Smart for SB Nation, which can be accessed under the student highlights tab of this website, was cited on-air by ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas for its high-quality during an ESPN men’s college basketball primetime showdown between Memphis and Oklahoma State.

“Oklahoma State’s Sports Media program offers a great deal of hands-on experience to its students, and the amount of experience and knowledge that the faculty provide is unmatched across the country,” Travis said. “Whether you have them for a class or not, professors all throughout the program are always willing to offer feedback on your work, and they go to great lengths to help you land on your feet after graduation.”

You can follow Travis on Twitter @Mark_Travis and keep tabs on his experiences at http://MarkTravis.com


Chandler Vesselschandler 28129

Sports Media/Multimedia Journalism Track

A native of Moore, Oklahoma, Vessels began writing for the OSU independent student newspaper, the O’Colly, in the fall of 2014. He started as the beat writer for the OSU soccer and women’s basketball teams. Now in his third semester, Vessels has worked his way up to become a football and men’s basketball beat reporter. He was an intern with OKC Friday in the summer of 2015, where he covered both news and sports. Vessels has also written blogs for the popular OSU website PistolsFiring and has been among the primary writers for the Stillwater High School Pioneer Media Team. Vessels is also a member of the OSU Associated Press Sports Editors chapter and the OSU Sports Media Club.

“I knew from the beginning that OSU was the right school for me,” Vessels said. “In a little over a year, I have gained valuable skills through the multiple hands-on opportunities available to OSU Sports Media students.”

Follow Vessels on Twitter @ChandlerVessels or view his work at http://thesportsvessel.wordpress.com


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Sports Media/Strategic Communications Track
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A native of Huntington Beach, California, Walton has worked as a student intern for OSU Athletics Communications for the past two years. He was appointed the men’s tennis SID position in 2015. Walton also serves as director of media for the Stillwater High School Pioneer Media Team. He did freelance production work for ESPN’s College Gameday when it aired live from Stillwater. The senior has worked numerous times with the Big 12 Conference, Missouri Valley Conference, ESPN, Fox Sports and the NCAA as a runner, locker room steward and statistician.

“The Sports Media program at Oklahoma State is the best one you will find in the nation,” Walton said. “All the connections and experience I’ve gained from this program are a blessing and I couldn’t have made a better choice than to come to Oklahoma State.”

Learn more about Walton at http://brandonmichaelwalton.com


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Elias Williams

Sports Media/Strategic Communications Track

 

Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, Williams is currently an intern in OSU’s Athletics Communications office, where he is the sports information director for the OSU track and field and cross country teams. During his time in Athletics Communications, Williams has had the opportunity to work two Big 12 and NCAA Championships, while also doing freelance work for Cox Communications and ESPN. Williams has been named to the President's Honor Roll at OSU four times and has made the Dean's Honor Roll in each of his collegiate semesters. During high school he obtained a position in the Social Media Command Center in his hometown during the 2012 MLB All-Star Game and was invited back the following year to assist with the MLS All-Star Game. Williams has written several articles for The Crossroads newspaper out of southeast Missouri, covering the Kansas City Chiefs, Missouri Tigers and even politics. Williams is currently among the inaugural exceptional undergraduates enrolled in the SMSC’s new four + 1 program, which allows seniors at OSU to take graduate courses for credit while finishing their required undergraduate courses as well.

Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, Williams is currently an intern in OSU’s Athletics Communications office, where he is the sports information director for the OSU track and field and cross country teams. During his time in Athletics Communications, Williams has had the opportunity to work two Big 12 and NCAA Championships, while also doing freelance work for Cox Communications and ESPN. Williams has been named to the President's Honor Roll at OSU four times and has made the Dean's Honor Roll in each of his collegiate semesters. During high school he obtained a position in the Social Media Command Center in his hometown during the 2012 MLB All-Star Game and was invited back the following year to assist with the MLS All-Star Game. Williams has written several articles for The Crossroads newspaper out of southeast Missouri, covering the Kansas City Chiefs, Missouri Tigers and even politics. Williams is currently among the inaugural exceptional undergraduates enrolled in the SMSC’s new four + 1 program, which allows seniors at OSU to take graduate courses for credit while finishing their required undergraduate courses as well.

 “Working in Athletics Communications has been one of the best experiences of my life,” Williams said. “I honestly couldn’t imagine going to school anywhere else. OSU has been more than I could ask for.”

Follow Williams’ career at http://eliaswilliams.wordpress.com/


AYoungAshleigh Young

Sports Media/Multimedia Journalism Track

A graduatof the athletic powerhouse Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California, Young came to Stillwater specifically for the OSU Sports Media program. She is currently an intern with the Oklahoma City Thunder in the media relations department where she interacts with the media and collects post game notes from coaches and players. Young interned with the productions department of NASCAR during the 2015 summer in North Carolina. For NASCAR, she traveled to races and worked with Sprint Vision, produced in-house videos for clients and worked as a production assistant for driver commercials. Young’s first internship with Time Warner Cable in El Segundo, California, allowed her to garner experiences behind the scenes on a live television set while working with the Lakers, Dodgers, Sparks and the LA Galaxy. While at OSU, she served as a social media specialist intern with OSU Communications (media relations out of the OSU President’s office) and later interned for the 2014-15 academic year with OSU Athletics marketing, where she assisted in pre-game preparations and did in-game promotions.

“My time at OSU has allowed me to expand my working opportunities and gain experience that I wouldn’t have had a chance to have anywhere else,” Young said.

Learn more about Young at http://www.ashleighmyoung.com.