Thursday, June 29, 2017

CBS Sunday Morning Producer Amy Wall (GSAS ’94) on Her Passion for Telling Stories

Amy Wall (GSAS ’94) is a producer for CBS Sunday Morning.  She has done stories on a wide range of subjects such as the Carnegie Hero Awards, The Women’s March, government funding for art organizations, and profiles on every day people, such as the story about a man who takes care of the horse Waco Hanover, a retired harness racer.  She recently shared with us how NYU helped to shape her journalistic career, and how Czech puppet-maker and filmmaker Jiri Trnka inspired her to go into journalism.

Do you have a favorite memory from your time at NYU?

I studied English and American literature at NYU.  I was a part-time graduate student so I didn’t spend a huge amount of time on campus.  I was working at CBS News full-time so it’s always been about work for me.  I had an early morning shift at CBS back then working in the affiliate video newsgathering and distribution department called Newspath. When I ended my work day, I started my student day.  Night classes were brutal.  I still feel bad for my linguistics professor.  That was my latest class and I had a very hard time keeping my eyes open.  The class was great – it wasn’t his fault!  But I will say…I absolutely loved the NYU library.  I spent a lot of time there.  I remember riding home on the subway with books piled high on my lap.  I must have been quite a sight, but I also remember feeling so proud to finally be an NYU student.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Tausha Cowan (CAS ’07) on her Travel Blog The Globe Getter and How to Balance Seeing the World with a Full-Time Job

Tausha in front of El Castillo at Chichen Itza in Mexico
We caught up with blogger and travel expert Tausha Cowan (CAS ’07) to find out her tips for planning vacations, booking summer travel, and balancing globetrotting adventures with a full-time job. She works in the Travel & Lifestyle Services department at American Express and has visited more than two dozen countries since she graduated from NYU.

What did you study at NYU?

I majored in Journalism and had minors in French and Africana Studies. I particularly enjoyed my Journalism classes because of my natural curiosity; it’s my inclination to ask questions. I also participated in the CAS Presidential Scholars program, which was a great experience. When I found out about the program, during a prospective student campus visit, I knew that NYU was where I wanted to go.

Some of my fondest memories of NYU are from the CAS Presidential Scholars trips and my study abroad experiences. I traveled to Florence my freshman year and to Prague my sophomore year. I also studied abroad in Paris for a summer and spent a semester in Ghana. I think very highly of the Scholars program, and I am still friends with several of my former classmates. I was also very involved in extracurriculars at NYU, especially the Academic Achievement Program (AAP). 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Alumni Mentor Jill Jichetti (CAS ’97, Gallatin ’01) and her Student Mentee Korey Caron (CAS ’19) Talk about the CAS Alumni Mentorship Program

Photo Credit: Lauren Elizabeth Photography

Student Mentee Korey Caron (CAS ’19)

What are you studying and what are your professional goals?

I am a Dramatic Literature major with a minor in Business of Entertainment, Media, and Technology (BEMT) through Stern, Tisch, and Steinhardt. I learned about the BEMT program through the CAS cohort program.

I want to direct theater. I have been doing theater since elementary school, both on stage and backstage. I just had the opportunity to assistant direct “From up Here,” the CAS Theater spring production. It was written by NYU alumna Liz Flahive (Tisch ’02). I also co-founded a student club this year, Broke People Theater, with some of my classmates. We had our first festival in the fall and our second festival this spring. Next semester, we are planning to expand to three events.

Can you tell us about your experience having an alumni mentor this semester?

I am building a professional website for my capstone project and Jill has been giving me her input, as a director. She advised me to include a full production history and a resume, as well as photo content. I am excited to get involved in professional theater in New York, and she encouraged me to direct a fringe festival play before I graduate, if possible. Since she has prior experience directing in fringe festivals, she was able to give me specific advice.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Blair Simmons (CAS ’16) on Creating “Staging Wittgenstein” Which was Accepted into the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Ella Barnes (Tisch ’16) Photography
Alumna Blair Simmons (CAS ’16) created her play “Staging Wittgenstein” when she was awarded the DURF research grant her senior year at NYU. She presented the theory of the piece at the 2016 Undergraduate Research Conference. Her play was later workshopped and staged for Dixon Place on January 28, 2017. It has since been accepted into the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and will be performed at the festival in Scotland this August.