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OC Holds a Piece of Her Heart – Beth Romeo ’12

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Beth (Mitchell) Romeo ’12 is the definition of an engaged alumna. Not only does she visit campus multiple times a year and makes an effort to get to know current students, she also serves on the The University of Olivet Alumni Council, striving to uphold a strong and interactive alumni network. The council also provides several scholarships to Olivet students, hosts alumni events and serve as ambassadors of The University of Olivet and the Office of Alumni Engagement. The motivation for Beth’s dedication to Olivet stems from her immensely positive experience as a student herself.

Beth’s parents discovered The University of Olivet while helping her older brother make his college choice. When it came time for Beth to go down the same path, they had never forgotten about Olivet and encouraged her to visit campus. Beth didn’t think her big personality would fit into such a small campus and student body, but she couldn’t have been more wrong. After only a short time on her visit, Beth felt at home at Olivet, thanks to the warm welcome by faculty and staff, including Joanne Williams, associate professor of journalism and mass communication (JMC).

“I truly love The University of Olivet,” Beth said. “It’s not always easy to put into words because it’s a feeling you get when you’re part of the family here. Olivet is an accepting place and welcomes people from all backgrounds. Everyone from college administration to other students are and always have been friendly and supportive.”

AlumnI Council members Sue Topping ’77, Camille Lavey ’76 and Beth Romeo ’12 (L to R) volunteering on Move In Day.

After discovering radio broadcasting through her high school’s station, Beth pursued a degree in JMC with a focus on her passion. While Olivet has a student-operated radio station, known as WOCR 89.1 “The One,” radio broadcasting classes are not a large part of the curriculum. In order to meet Beth’s specialized needs, Professor Williams and other JMC faculty members created an independent study course to supplement her studies. In her independent study, Beth had the opportunity to complete job shadows, interview radio professionals and even lead the practicum course for students enrolled in the WOCR course.

In addition to her studies, Beth also was involved in Greek life through the Alpha Lambda Epsilon society, serving as president of the organization; the Black Student Union, also serving as president; and was even the station manager of WOCR for three years on top of her other roles and duties with the station. Beth said, “You could say I tried to have my hands in everything. But I really just loved the culture at Olivet that encouraged students to be involved and step out of their comfort zone.”

Beth now serves as the programming coordinator for the Public Media Network, a community media center, in Kalamazoo. In her role, she is responsible for the scheduling, content management and archiving of five cable local television channels, and she also teaches video and audio production/editing workshops. In addition, Beth has her own DJ business, Bethtizzle’s DJ Service, a fun side job she has held since her time in college. Fellow Olivet alumni weddings are some of her favorite gigs.

“At Olivet, I earned a great education and grew as a person,” Beth said. “I discovered who I was and who I wanted to be, and was given the tools to reach my goals. I like to think that I will be involved with Olivet one way or another forever.”

Find more information about the The University of Olivet Alumni Council, including how to donate or apply for scholarships. Be sure to say hello to Beth at an upcoming campus or alumni event. Also, check out the journalism and mass communication program to learn more about the opportunities and advantages of attending The University of Olivet.

 

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