TAMPA, Fla. (May 21, 2015) – University of South Florida students who worked, interned or volunteered at WUSF Public Media this past semester received well-deserved recognition for their contributions at a recent ceremony.
USF Senior Ashley Ligon from Orlando won the James and Jo Ann Heck Award for her work in the WUSF Public Media business and finance department. Ligon is scheduled to graduate next spring with a degree in education. She hopes to teach high school social sciences.
Spring Hill Senior Julia Poholek worked in the programming department at WUSF, helping the staff with programming, fundraising and behind-the-scenes projects. Because of her contributions, Poholek won the Dean and Barbara Martin Award. Poholek is a humanities major who will graduate in 2016. She hopes to work at NPR Music Radio.
The James and Jo Ann Heck Award and the Dean and Barbara Martin Award are given each year to students who work or intern at WUSF and who exemplify scholarship and dedication. The Hecks and the Martins set up these awards as endowments to WUSF for the purpose of employing students.
“Having USF students on our team each semester is one of the great joys of working at WUSF Public Media,” said JoAnn Urofsky, General Manager. “These students come to us with bright minds, great energy and lots of ideas. We are consistently impressed with how dedicated they are to learning about what it’s like to work in public broadcasting.”
In addition to mentoring and coaching USF students each semester, WUSF Public Media staff members also teach a Mass Communications class called ‘Advanced Studio Production’ each fall. They are also frequent speakers to other USF classes.
WUSF Public Media is a comprehensive media organization that provides media services to the community and businesses through public broadcasting and multi-media production services. Licensed to the University of South Florida, WUSF Public Media has been serving the public interest through programming, educational outreach and community partnerships for 50 years. For more information, visit www.wusf.org.