Beautiful Social is excited to announce our sixteenth and seventeenth Foley Fellows: Shannon Pepe and Max Rosenfeld. Kelly O’Malley and Emma Brenner will continue as Fellows in the Fall 2019 semester.
Foley Fellows are named for John Cardinal Foley, who served as Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem from 2007 to 2011 and held the position of Vatican correspondent for the Philadelphia’s archdiocesan newspaper.
The Fellows are exemplary students who function in ways similar to Project Managers: they act as liaisons between the clients and the student teams and help the teams succeed in their projects. Fellows also perform in ways similar to teaching assistants in that they lead class discussions, plan and take part in Beautiful Social activities, and work with the Director to ensure the program is living up to it’s mission and values. We asked Shannon and Max to introduce themselves. Here's what they had to say.
Hi everyone! My name is Shannon Pepe and I’m a senior Communications major and Marketing minor from Edison, New Jersey. After visiting SJU and getting a chance to learn about their Communications program, I knew this was the right school for me! I immediately got involved with the communications department and began working in their gear room which ended up enhancing my love for all things tech.
For as long as I can remember I’ve always had a passion for creating. As I got older I found that photography gave me the best outlet to express this creativity. In middle school I received my first DSLR camera and ever since, have working to improve my skills and create photos that I’m proud of. I love to capture moments and try to communicate a story through the images I choose to take. I am so lucky that SJU has given me an environment where I can express my creativity and continue to create the art that I love.
Ever since I took Civic Media my sophomore year at SJU, I've been extremely interested in social change and the work that goes into making that change possible. In the Fall of 2018, I was a student consultant for the Beautiful Social Research Collaborative. This class opened my eyes to a whole new type of work that I never knew I was passionate about until now. I was fortunate enough to work with not only an amazing team but nonprofit as well. I feel truly blessed for the opportunity Beautiful Social has given me to learn and grow and decided that being a fellow would be the best way to give back.
As a Foley Fellow I hope to that I can continue to help make a change and inspire those along the way to do the same. I couldn’t be more excited to share all my creativity and knowledge with Beautiful Social next semester. I believe that together we can spark change and continue to spread love and I can’t wait to do so.
Hello! My name Max Rosenfeld and I’m a senior Communication Studies major from Robbinsville, New Jersey with an interest in digital content creation and production. I’m so excited to be returning to the Beautiful Social Research Collaborative for a third semester, this time as a Foley Fellow!
I spent the Fall 2018 semester as a consultant with Legacy Youth Tennis and Education, which provides a safe, entertaining outlet for tennis players at varying competitive levels. Legacy Youth Tennis and Education also provides educational and character programming. In the Spring 2019 semester, I was a consultant for Lifting Up Camden’s Youth (LUCY Outreach), an incredible outreach program that gives kids in South Jersey a chance to grow as individuals and pursue educational and career-based opportunities. For myself along with many others in B: Social, working with organizations such as Legacy and LUCY Outreach are some of our first times becoming empowered in a professional environment- which is one of my favorite things about the course!
Aside from class, I enjoy watching and playing sports, hanging out with friends, and spending way too much time on Netflix. I work with a company that uses social media to standardize the athletic recruiting process and appreciate how digital tools allow us to connect and build together. I can’t wait to see what this semester holds!