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The beat of her own drum

Natalie Shelton ’05It’s not every day that one gets to perform on stage at Boston’s Symphony Hall, especially if you are not a professional musician.

But that day recently came for Natalie Shelton ’05. She got to play the timpani, a giant classical drum, during a performance at Boston’s Symphony Hall. Her performance was part of a new Boston Symphony Orchestra program in which amateur musicians from various professions are selected through an application process, brought together, provided brief rehearsal time, and then given a chance to play in front of a live audience. [Read more...]

Kenneth Babby ’02 named chair of baseball company board

Kenneth Babby ’02Kenneth Babby has been named chair of the 10-member board of Minor League Baseball’s Baseball Internet Rights Company (BIRCO). Babby is the owner and chief executive officer of the Akron RubberDucks. BIRCO manages digital and interactive media rights of its member Minor League Baseball clubs and leagues.

A story about the appointment on MiLB.com pointed out that during Babby’s first season with the Akron Aeros (former name of the RubberDucks), he emphasized improving the fan experience at Canal Park and achieved a 11.9 percent increase in attendance. He also was instrumental in adding a privately funded $1.65 million HD video board. (Babby’s success was also chronicled in a September 2014 article in Cleveland Business.)

The MiLB.com story noted: “Babby’s experience with Internet rights and media advertising began in 1999 as a summer intern for the Washington Post. He climbed the ranks and eventually attained the position of vice president of advertising, and most recently, the chief revenue officer of Washington Post Media and general manager of Washington Post Digital, its online and social media counterpart.”

Ted Nesi ’07 listed as one of best political reporters in the country

Ted Nesi ’07The Washington Post this winter confirmed again what we at Wheaton College already know: Ted Nesi ’07 rocks as a reporter. He made the newspaper’s “2015 list of best state political reporters.”

Nesi, who majored in political science at Wheaton, covers politics and the economy in and around Rhode Island at WPRI-TV. This semester he is teaching “Journalism” at Wheaton as a visiting instructor of English. [Read more...]

A new page in her story after Wheaton

Maricielo Solis ’14

Maricielo Solis ’14

Maricielo Solis ’14 was selected into the NBCUniversal Page Program in fall 2014. The yearlong program is a rotational training and development program that serves as a pipeline for entry-level positions within NBCUniversal. During the year, pages have the opportunity to work and gain hands-on experience within different departments throughout the entire NBCUniversal organization. The three-month assignments allow pages to explore their interests and develop their skills in media.

The program is highly competitive, only accepting 2 percent of the 16,000 annual applicants, and has helped the careers of many famous anchors, producers, actors and media personalities.

“I hope to hone my journalistic skills, make connections in the media industry and get more experience in news production,” said Solis, who majored in international relations at Wheaton. “My ultimate goal is to land a job as a production coordinator and work my way up to become a TV anchor/reporter and producer of documentaries and independent films.” [Read more...]