Beautiful Social is excited to announce our thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth Foley Fellows: Madison Auer, Emma Brenner, and Kelly O’Malley. Abbey Piro, will continue as a Fellow in the Spring 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 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 its mission and values. We asked Madison, Emma, and Kelly to introduce themselves. Here's what they had to say.
Hi! My name is Madison Auer and I am a junior at Saint Joseph’s University. I am a Communications major with a minor in Art and I am from Catonsville, Maryland.
I am so thankful for all of the diverse opportunities that Saint Joe’s has introduced into my life. On campus, I love the variety of activities that I have been able to involve myself in. Currently, I am the Crew Captain for our Saint Joseph’s Love Your Melon Campus Crew. I also work at Saxby’s café, the newest student run café location on campus. In the past, I have also loved participating in a variety of service programs, from PSIP to Magis.
Outside of campus, I also run and maintain my bead business, madauer beads. I have always loved creating new bracelet designs, and I draw much of my inspiration for them from my time at the beach, while I am close to the ocean. I also pursue my love for photography, style, décor and writing through my personal blog, which I started during my freshman year Communications course at Saint Joe’s. I love combining my interests in fashion, writing and photography, and I look forward to ways that I can continue this in my future.
Something that I love about Saint Joe’s is the presence of service. Serving others always seems to present itself at the center of everything I do at Saint Joe’s. This was something I didn’t realize I valued so highly when considering my future home for school, but now I see its importance even more, especially after beginning my Communications courses at Saint Joe’s.
I first heard about Beautiful Social during one of my freshman year advising sessions. I was immediately captivated and inspired by its course layout and mission. I knew it was a class I needed to take, and in the future, serve as a fellow for. I enrolled in Beautiful Social the fall semester of my sophomore year where I had the opportunity to work with Ubuntu. Now, I am so grateful and extremely excited to serve as a fellow for the spring semester. I am inspired by the mission to promote positive social change through social media, as well as the focus on the human person within B:Social. I cannot wait to engage with our non-profit organizations and share the stories of the people that we meet with! Here’s to another amazing semester of B:Social at Saint Joe’s.
Hello, everyone! My name is Emma Brenner and I’m a junior Communications major from Tinton Falls, NJ.
Here at SJU I’m involved as a crew member of the Love Your Melon crew as well as a committee member of Relay for Life, two organizations that mean so much to me. I am so excited to a Foley Fellow for Beautiful Social this spring!
Last semester, I was fortunate enough to be a student of Beautiful Social, working as a consultant for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. This experience was unlike any other I have had, as it allowed me to truly appreciate the gift that is the Beautiful Social program. Being a student of this course has ignited a passion in me about using social and digital media to implement meaningful change, and I felt that my journey with Beautiful Social wasn’t finished, which is why I applied to be a Foley Fellow!
I am a firm believer in the idea that if we use social media the right way, we can make a difference in our world. B:Social is a direct example of that. I feel so privileged to have taken a course in which we are able to encounter real life situations and scenarios, and use what we have learned as Communications students to produce meaningful work.
I am looking forward to my future as a Foley Fellow, and I am even more looking forward to growing as a student and person. I hope to enable new student consultants to find their own meaning of what Beautiful Social means to them, which can end up being the greatest lesson.
Hi everyone! My name is Kelly O’Malley and I’m a junior Communications major with a minor in English, originally from Stratford, Connecticut.
On campus, I choose to stay involved by participating in organizations such as the Phi Sigma Sigma Fraternity and Relay For Life. This upcoming semester, I am beyond excited to serve the Beautiful Social Research Collaborative as a Foley fellow!
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a passion for all things creative. Whether it be within literature, music, art, or photography, I appreciate any area where I can freely express myself. What I admire most about the Communications department here at SJU is how students are able to do social good through these outlets!
B:Social has truly provided me with the space and accommodations to be creative whilst helping the Philadelphia community. This past semester, I served as a student consultant for the collaborative and was granted the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than myself. Because of Beautiful Social, I worked alongside a local nonprofit where I got to interact with students, faculty, and all those who participate in urban education reform. It was such a rewarding and unforgettable experience.
Going forward, I cannot wait to take on this role alongside the other fellows. Here is to more change, connection, and togetherness in 2019!