Kayla Rausch, '16
Junior Kayla Rausch, a Communication and Digital Media Design major, is actively involved in WMCO and Orbit TV, Muskingum University’s radio and television stations. She is the Promotions Director for both and is a deejay for WMCO. She is also the President of the American Association of University Women and a member of the Emerging Muskie Leaders, in addition to working several campus jobs.
Kayla, who is from New Philadelphia, Ohio, was familiar with Muskingum because both of her parents were Muskies; her dad received his M.A.E. and her mom completed some of her undergraduate work at Muskingum.
Kayla attended two conferences during the month of October. At the first, the Ohio Communication Association, she presented her undergraduate research: “Gender isn’t black and white but Grey, a Gender analysis of Grey’s Anatomy.” She explains, “My research focuses on the gender relationships between four of the main characters in Grey's Anatomy and how they accept or reject their gender roles.” Kayla was one of several undergraduate and graduate researchers to present at the Ohio Communication Association conference.
Kayla also attended the College Broadcast Inc. National Conference in Seattle, Washington alongside several other Muskies. Last year, the group created a video relating to the bomb threat that was called in on campus last year; the video was a finalist at the conference. Kayla says, “I spent three days attending different sessions about different electronic media topics ranging from 50 Promotions in 50 Minutes to Developing a Code of Ethics. Our video sadly didn't win, but we were finalist out of 800 total entries.”
Kayla says, “My experiences at Muskingum have far surpassed anything I could have imagined college would be like. I have had so many opportunities to make new contacts, get to travel, and really embrace the Muskie experience. I have sat on committees for the Board of Trustees, received three years of media experience, and a well-rounded education while being here.”