Amanda Stovicek '12
Amanda Stovicek graduated from Heidelberg University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing. Since graduating, she was accepted into the Master's of English program at Kent State University and offered a teaching assistantship with the English Department. Amanda has taught three College Writing classes since Fall 2012, and is teaching another course in the fall. She is studying literature at Kent and her interests range from 19th century sensationalism to modern science fiction. Amanda writes poetry in her free time and plans on publishing her work in the future. She will continue her education and will be applying to Master's of Fine Arts programs in the winter. Amanda is grateful for her time at Heidelberg and owes much of her success to the inspiration her professors gave her.
Matt Echelberry '12
The day after Matt graduated from Heidelberg, he began working full-time as a news reporter for "The Galion Inquirer" in Galion, Ohio. He covers local news, meetings and events, takes pictures, helps with the layout for each print issue and updates the publication's website. Being a journalist has familiarized Matt with local government and has allowed him to cover a variety of fun events, such as the Tough Mudder and local music concerts. Last fall during the Presidential campaign, he attended political rallies, where President Barrack Obama and Mitt Romney spoke.
Matt has fond memories of the English department professors and his peers inside the walls of Pfleiderer. From intensive work sessions of critiquing other students' writing, to late nights reading classic literature and contemporary genres, there was never a dull semester in an English classroom. While his time at Heidelberg sharpened his writing and critical thinking skills, it more importantly showed him the different types of writing and other professional skills he will use throughout his career.
Jennifer Eckersley '93
On campus Jennifer was involved in many extracurricular activities including Greek life, the political science club, the television station, and orientations. She served as president of her sorority, Kappa Psi Omega, and was student council president her senior year. During her Junior Year, she participated in the Washington Semester Program at American University, where she developed valuable experience and contacts. As part of the program, she interned on Capitol Hill in her congresswoman’s office.
After graduation, Jennifer moved to Massachusetts to be the campaign manager for a state representative’s race. The victorious campaign took her to the Massachusetts State House where she served as a legislative aide for State Representative Barry Finegold. Several years later she became a Public Affairs associate for the Rasky/Baerlein Group in Boston, MA. There she was responsible for government relations, media and community relations on behalf of her clients. She served as a legislative agent on several high-profile, statewide ballot initiatives. These projects required her to be versed at dealing with elected officials, local and national media, business leaders and the public. She was also responsible for coordinating state-wide editorial board tours and speakers bureaus.
As a lobbyist, she advocated on behalf of clients including the National Safety Council, Fidelity Investments, Ford Motor Company, the Massachusetts Association of HMOs, and The Committee to Encourage Charitable Giving. Through her efforts, she received a grant from the Department of Energy used to promote solar energy. She oversaw the formation of a first-of-its-kind partnership between The Department of Energy and a regional New England news station. As a result of this project, she coordinated the launch of a solar energy awareness program.
During this time in her career, she also moderated a local political talk show for four years. She volunteered at local cable stations working behind the scenes on a movie review show and on several live, election night specials, both while in college and years after.
In 2001, she served as Director of Corporate Communications for GTECH Corporation, a publicly traded global lottery company based in Rhode Island.
Ms. Eckersley serves a spokesperson for various charities and television projects, including commercials and corporate videos. Her experience in dealing with local and national media and the strong written and oral communication skills she learned at Heidelberg well prepared her for these opportunities.
Ms. Eckersley currently manages the marketing/media relations and charitable endeavors on behalf of her husband Dennis Eckersley, Hall of Fame baseball pitcher and TBS studio analyst and Boston Red Sox broadcaster. An opportunity of a lifetime came when her husband was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in July 2004 and Ms. Eckersley wrote his Induction Speech, which is now preserved in history.