Newsletter February 18, 2018

Greetings and salutations, ONA USFSP fam!

I hope that everyone had a happy Valentine’s Day, whether it was spent with a special friend, a loved one or all by your special self. 🙂

We here at ONA USFSP certainly feel the love.

Our own Cristian Saldivar and Tommy Hilliard took on the creation of a Valentine’s Day podcast for Connect.

You can see that here.

Professor Casey Frechette and Poynter’s Ren LaForme worked with interested students on the ins and outs of capturing audio.

We had special guests visiting from the University of Tampa and their nascent ONA chapter.

Our vice president, Amanda Drapiewski, is collaborating with the Student Environmental Awareness Society (SEAS).

SEAS is looking for volunteers to help with shooting and editing a recycling project for fall orientation. As of right now, they are shooting every Monday at 4 p.m. in the Student Life Center. For more info, please contact Amanda at

Student leaders Emily Bowers and Tommy Hilliard are lining up guest speakers to help students to meet working communications professionals, to learn more about the communications professions and to gain valuable skills.

We’re gearing up to represent at the American Copy Editor Society annual conference in Chicago where we will be running the digital newsroom.

(Wish us luck, and plan on following our coverage from home. It should be at least as interesting as curling, and you know that you watched too much of that recently.)

We appreciate your engagement with our newsletter, and we love seeing you at meetings. As always, if you have any questions, suggestions or pure praise, you can share the love by replying to this newsletter, emailing us at or through social media on Twitter and/or Facebook.

Warmest regards,
Lorien Mattiacci
President, ONA USFSP