Griffins Spread Their Wings
Success Stories from the Class of 2016
“I make magic on a daily basis.”
My coolest internship experience at Marymount Manhattan College was working for the makeup artist of Wicked, Craig Jessup ’05—we became really close and are still in touch now. The internship introduced me to amazing individuals and gave me a look into the world of a makeup artist on a Broadway show.
I now live in Orlando, FL and am an entertainer for Walt Disney World. I get to hang out with a few of the characters and make magic on a daily basis. It’s a truly rewarding job to be able to see children smile or scream with joy. Marymount gave me the tools to adjust to the moment and to find a dream and go after it with all that I have. It took me eight auditions before I got a position with Disney, and I couldn’t be happier with where I am today.Kelli Kardell ’16
Class of 2016, Major in Theatre, Minor in Journalism
I transferred to Marymount Manhattan College in 2013 from a small school in Washington state. A week after graduating with a BS in International Business and an Economics minor, I started working at UBS in their Wealth Management division in Weehawken, NJ.Tamaki Kern ’16
Class of 2016, Major in International Business, Minor in Economics
“Marymount has not only taught me how to grow as an artist, but also as a person.”
I’d have to say that my time at Marymount has prepared me well—Before graduation, I was asked to design the New Jersey Youth Theatre production of Into the Woods, after designing their production of Cabaret last year. I will also be working with Hip to Hip Theatre (a touring company that presents free Shakespeare in various parks) this summer designing their productions of Julius Caesar and As You Like It (directed by MMC’s own Professor David Mold). This coming fall, I will be designing T. Schreiber Studio’s main stage production of The Mother****** With The Hat. Marymount has not only taught me how to grow as an artist, but also as a person.Miguel Urbino ’16
Class of 2016, Major in Theatre Design and Technical Production
My internships at MMC—doing photography at Nickelodeon, production management for MTV, and production at Refinery29—have prepared me well to start working as a Production Assistant on Law & Order: SVU. I can’t wait to work with the directors and producers on what is the longest-running scripted drama on television.Ashley Coppolino ’16
Class of 2016, Major in Communication Arts
It was an invitation to the “Pre-Raphaelite Legacy” Scholars Day at the Met, by Dr. Jason Rosenfeld that galvanized my desire to become a museum curator in my beloved field of nineteenth-century British Art. Listening to the discourse generated that day inspired my junior year self to attend graduate school. I also completed Curatorial and Archival internships at museums and libraries in New York City, attended the Southern Italy study abroad program with Dr. Rosenfeld, and visited countless museums and galleries, often with the exhibition’s curator or the artists represented.
However, my most valuable experience at Marymount was earning Honors in Art History. Under the guidance of Dr. Adrienne Baxter Bell, I developed my Senior Art History Seminar paper into a 35+ page paper that represented the culmination of all I learned over the past three years and served as a perfect writing sample for my applications to graduate programs. I was accepted to my two first choice schools: The Courtauld Institute of Art and The University of York. I chose the Master’s program in the History of British Art at York and will start in Fall of 2016. I passionately believe that the most important part of attending college is the connections one makes with professors and fellow students. At MMC, our professors certainly taught the curriculum but also expanded on ideas we brought to the classroom and encouraged discourse that allowed us to learn from one another. This atmosphere of encouraging active scholarship greatly contributed to the success I have achieved thus far as an art historian.Estée Tanel O’Connor ’16
Class of 2016, Major in Art History
Now that I’ve finished my BA in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, I’m looking forward to attending Teachers College, Columbia University in the fall to pursue a masters degree.Sarah Villegas ’16
Class of 2016, Major in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Since graduating I’ve been interning in the Fashion + Grooming department at Men’s Health magazine. My responsibilities include helping out with the fashion closet, assisting on photo shoots, creating content for Men’s Health online and for the Style social media accounts. I am also finishing my MS in Publishing from Pace University this upcoming academic year.
My internships at MMC included Vimbly and Rubenstein Communications, where I served as a PR intern for the Tribeca Film Festival and worked the red carpet and media check-in during the festival.Julianne Jones ’16
Class of 2016, Major in English and World Literatures
Jo Swenson ’16 earned their BA in English and World Literatures and will be attending Goldsmiths, University of London to pursue a graduate degree in Comparative Literature.
Jessica Norton ’16 earned her B.A. in Communication Arts and is a Pop Writer for MTV News and is helping to develop the new editorial website for AwesomenessTV which just launched. She also plans to pursue a graduate degree in Media Management at The New School in the fall.
Lauren Avarista ’16 earned her BA in Theatre Arts and is moving to Nashville after landing a country music recording contract. She records under the name Lauren Lizabeth and her new single ‘TO BE YOUNG’ is currently playing on 100 radio stations nationwide.
Alec Lafavore ’16 earned his BA in Political Science and BA in Theatre Arts and has begun his position as a Graphics Assistant at MSNBC. Alec was hired into a permanent job directly from his MSNBC internship.
Carol Wagner ’16 earned her BA in Psychology and had highly selective internships at Sesame Street Workshop, Nickelodeon, and now the Broadway League. She is participating in the Disney College Program this fall and plans on applying to graduate school for developmental psychology.
Jackie Nelson ’16 earned her B.A. in Art concentrating in photography with three minors in art history, studio art and art therapy. She accepted a paid internship position at InStyle magazine. This opportunity came by way of a MMC Alum who recommended her for the position.