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Genesis Student Spotlights

Mary Grace Geise '19
Orthopaedics

Where and with whom did you do your Genesis?

I did my Genesis with Judge Deena Calabrese, a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge and a Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Judge.

What was the highlight of your Genesis?

Sitting in on two trials was the highlight of my Genesis experience. I witnessed two trials: a sexual abuse trial and a homicide trial. Before the experience, I thought I would spend most of my time in an office, so to be able to sit right next to the judge and be a part of jury selection and the actual trials was incredible. I was able to see so much more than I thought I would.

I was also able to observe the Mental Health Court in action. It was really interesting to see because the court system working with social workers and community agencies to give someone with mental health issues a second chance and help reintegrate them into society.

What was challenging about your Genesis?

It was depressing and challenging to watch the sexual abuse case, especially to see a woman have to take a stand in front of the person who raped her. I also didn’t understand some of the legal vocabulary and process, but I was able to learn by asking a lot of questions.

Has Genesis influenced your plans for your college studies or career pursuits?

This experience brought to life my concern for social justice. I was able to learn a lot about the justice and prison system, and this tied into my previous learning and concerns about mass incarceration. I definitely want to continue learning more about criminal justice, but at this time, I plan to pursue my love of dance as my college major.

My Genesis experience was...

My Genesis experience was inspiring because of Judge Calabrese. She is one of the strongest women I have ever met. She was knowledgeable, respected, and tough. It was inspiring to be around her and see her in action!

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Julia Ludwick '19

Julia Ludwick '19
Orthopaedics

Magnificat Genesis Student Profile

Where and with whom did you do your Genesis?

I did my Genesis with Dr. Manuel Martinez at Orthopaedic Associates (his clinical practice) and University Hospitals at St. John Medical Center (surgery location).

What was the highlight of your Genesis?

Magnificat Genesis I was able to view three surgeries. The first two surgeries were total knee replacements and the third one was arthroscopic surgery. Surgery is something most people do not experience, so being in the operating room (OR) involves so many different emotions. I sometimes felt bad for the person on the table depending on the surgery being completed, but I also felt excited because I was able to see the different parts of the body I learned about in class, up close and personal. I was thankful to have this opportunity this person gave me by viewing their surgery, but also felt sad because of the pain they would feel when they woke up.

What was challenging about your Genesis?

One challenge was having several other medical students on rotation with the doctor during the time of my Genesis. Throughout my time with Dr. Martinez, medical students from Lake Erie College of Medicine were in their orthopaedics rotation. Many of them gave me advice for undergraduate degrees and applying to medical school, and shared several stories about different experiences they have encountered. These students were mainly males with few females. They gave me many tips on life, medicine, different home remedies, and how to study for different types of medical tests. This has given me a lot of insight on how I will need to time manage, prepare for college, and find different ways to survive classes.

Magnificat Genesis

Has Genesis influenced your plans for your college studies or career pursuits?

Through my Genesis experience, I was able to form a clearer idea of what I wanted to pursue for my academic career. I have known for a long time that I wanted to be in the medical field, but always wondered which speciality. I was really interested in bones and anatomy through my exposure to the human body in my classes in Advanced Chemistry and Honors Anatomy & Physiology during my junior year. I instantly fell in love with the human body and was really fascinated with its functions and the different ways you could manipulate the body.

My Genesis helped me to see what was in the textbook at school and apply it to the surgeries I observed. Dr. Martinez even pointed out some key factors while in surgery to help me understand where the different landmarks were in the body. It was extremely fascinating to watch what once was just words on a piece of paper become real with an actual human person. It was a feeling of surrealism and even excitement. This experience has most definitely solidified my choice to pursue my academic career as an orthopaedic surgeon.

My Genesis experience was...

My Genesis experience was an opportunity of a lifetime because I was able to experience something behind closed doors that people are not usually able to see. It allowed me to appreciate the medicine and technology that we may not think of as important in our everyday lives.

Kara Coulter '19, Fashion and Design

Kara Coulter '19, Fashion

Where and with whom did you do your Genesis?

I did my Genesis with Jevon Terance in Lorain, Ohio. Jevon is a local designer, who grew up in Lorain and has built his own fashion brand, which includes apparel, jewelry, and accessories. Madison Maniaci ‘18 helped me to connect with Jevon after he served as her Genesis mentor.

What was the highlight of your Genesis?

The highlight of my experience was being able to help participate in New York Fashion Week in Jevon’s show this September.

It was so cool. We began on Saturday working in a room with a bunch of other designers and models. Jevon would have to quickly put the models in his outfits, which required lots of quick thinking and a good eye for design. Later, we helped with set-up for the fashion show by getting all of the clothes prepped, pressed, and set out in proper order, as well as assisting with last minute finishes. Once the show began, I helped ready the models for their multiple runway appearances and assisted Jevon with tasks as the fast-paced show came together. It was incredible to see everything come together so quickly!

What was challenging about your Genesis?

A challenge was realizing how you are constantly busy and running around.

Has Genesis influenced your plans for your college studies or career pursuits?

Yes, this experience has made me realize I want to pursue a career in fashion. This helped me realize that I am more interested in the business and marketing side of fashion rather than the design side. I am now considering going to Kent University or the University of Cincinnati because they both have very well-known fashion programs. I hope to major in fashion merchandising and minor in design.

My Genesis experience was...

My Genesis experience was beneficial because I was able to see all the processes involved with being a designer. I was also able to expand my resources by networking, meeting new people, and making connections with different people in the fashion industry. Now I know many people in the fashion industry who could help me in the future. My experience also helped me realize that this is what I want to do in the future.

Photos from Kara's Genesis

Grayce Shuker '19, Film and TV Production

Grayce Shuker '19
TV and Film Production

Where and with whom did you do your Genesis?

Summer Pre-College Program in Film and TV Production at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Marist College is one of my top choices for college. When I visited, the availability and opportunity to participate in the Pre-College program really caught my interest. I researched this program further with my parents and I decided that the Film and TV Production course sounded most appealing to me and was most similar to my interests in the Communications field.

What was the highlight of your Genesis?

The highlight of my experience was being able to be totally immersed in a field that I am interested in, but never really had any real-world experience with. It felt so exciting to be working with high-class, professional grade cameras, editing software, and other similar equipment.

Some of the projects that I completed were screenwriting/playwriting and writing for teleprompters for interviews, working with computer graphics and teleprompter software, learning about the Audio/Visual aspects of Film and TV Production where I had the chance to work as a floor manager, audio mixer, work on the light board, and learn about various camera angles and technical components of cameras, such as field cameras, small camcorders, and high-quality movie studio cameras.

One project we worked on was to record interviews and shoot “news packages” with field cameras on the Fourth of July. We traveled to the local parade and took turns operating the cameras and interviewing parade participants. Once we had a significant amount of footage, we returned to the editing suite in the Communications building at Marist and spent three days using Avid, a professional editing software, to edit the footage we captured at the parade. I was shocked to experience first-hand how valuable significant footage is and how much hard work goes into the whole production process, not only in shooting but also in editing. My team and I spent many hours shooting and many hours editing to create a news package that was only three minutes in length.

Our biggest project was creating our very own movie. Although it was a very intense process, it was an experience of a lifetime! My professors hired professional actors, and another professor of Screenwriting in the Communications school at Marist, Dr. Dan Amernick (who actually wrote a few episodes for the hit 90’s TV sitcom, “The Nanny”) wrote the script for the movie. We held about eight full days shooting both indoors and outdoors. We used the experience that we gained through alternating jobs for the interviews and took turns in various positions for the shooting days as well. Editing the footage from the movie was a much larger process than the news packages since there was so much more footage, so a specialized group of about five of my fellow students chose to edit the footage for three days. On the final day of the course, my team and I presented our movie to our parents and families.

What was challenging about your Genesis?

One challenge was shifting my focus to only taking one course a day. In my regular everyday classes, I am used to seven to eight hours a day of different subjects, but this experience involved taking one course in Film and TV Production for eight hours a day with only a bit of variance in topics. Although at times it was hard to adjust to this shift, I was able to put such focus into this course because it is a field I am genuinely interested in.

Has Genesis influenced your plans for your college studies or career pursuits?

Yes, this course has definitely influenced my plans for both college studies and career pursuits. I plan on majoring in communications. Through my Genesis, I have found that I am most productive in my work and find the most enjoyment and fulfillment in a creative, hands-on setting. I very much enjoy the entertainment field, whether it be music, theatre, dance, performance, or even social media. My pursuit of study in communications can encompass each of these subtopics which makes me very happy and excited for what my future may hold.

My Genesis experience was...

My Genesis experience was eye-opening because I was able to take the information that I learned and incorporate into so many different parts of my life. I now have different experiences that will help me as a student and as a person. I can utilize my experience in front of the camera to further develop my dance and acting skills. I can use what I learned about teleprompting and computer arts skills using Avid, a professional video editing software, for my interest in graphic design. I can use the skills I learned in script writing, writing for video interviews, and collaborating with others in my future, possibly in public relations or human resources. There was such an abundance of opportunities that I was able to take advantage of and they are so beneficial to me. I was able to put them all into my toolkit which I can use in my future no matter where I end up.

Jackie Martinek '19, Criminal Justice and Civics

Jackie Martinek '19
Criminal Justice and Civics

Where and with whom did you do your Genesis?

Cleveland City Hall with Elena N. Boop, Chief Assistant Director of Law, Litigation

What was the highlight of your Genesis?

The highlight of my genesis experience was learning so much about the opioid epidemic from the meetings I attended and the conference calls I had the chance to listen to. Learning about the opioid epidemic was the highlight of my experience because it broadened my understanding of an issue that affects so many people. I learned about the chain of causation in regards to how the epidemic initially began. I had the opportunity to see a model, or simulation, created by experts to show the importance of the impact of the opioid epidemic’s effects on national and Cleveland levels. I also learned the economic damages associated with the epidemic.

It was also the highlight because I was able to see the legal perspective on the issue when the model was being discussed and simulated. The model focused on various aspects such as parallel developments, opioid use and supply, cost drivers, economic costs, and defendant actions.

What was challenging about your Genesis?

The most challenging aspect was the amount of time I spent sitting down. It may seem minute, but it made me realize that I would prefer to have a career where I am on my feet.

Has Genesis influenced your plans for your college studies or career pursuits?

My Genesis experience greatly affected my future. While I enjoyed my Genesis experience and learned a lot from it, I now know that I do not wish to pursue a career as an attorney. I am still interested in criminal justice, but I think I would prefer a career where I am on my feet more. I find criminal justice to be an interesting field because it impacts our entire society. Peoples’ lives can often depend on the successes and failures of the criminal justice system, and I think working in the field of criminal justice, like law enforcement, would be an amazing way to live my life.

My Genesis experience was...

My Genesis experience was eye-opening because I had the opportunity to learn more about issues affecting my city and how the criminal justice system actually works.

Kate Daugherty '19, Sports Information

Kate Daugherty '19
Sports Information

Where and with whom did you do your Genesis?

I did my Genesis with the Cleveland State University Sports Information Department. I worked with Renee Adam, the Associate Sports Information Director. While there I also worked with the Assistant Sports Information Director, Spencer Kowitz, and the Assistant Athletics Director, Brandon Longmeier.

What was the highlight of your Genesis?

I had many highlights as I was able to see many different sides of the Athletic Department and be involved with so much throughout the different games and with different sports, including helping with stats, scoreboard operation, ESPN streaming, crowd music, document preparation, actual game day operations, media meals, marketing in the Kids Zone, in-game advertising, archive documentation, and updating league rankings.

One highlight fulfilled a lifelong goal. During one of the Men’s Basketball games that I worked, I was working on the Cleveland State Stat Crew. We sat next to the visiting team radio broadcasters — one of whom was Jim Rosenhaus, a radio broadcaster for the Cleveland Indians that I have grown up listening to. My goal has always been to be able to sit next to Rosenhaus while he called a radio game and hand him stats and information to help his broadcast. Throughout the game, the stats crew would print stat sheets for the media members and I handed stats to Rosenhaus and realized that the media paperwork he was using was paperwork I helped to organize in the Green Room. After the game, Al Pawlowski (TV pre and post game for the Indians and the radio voice of the CSU Vikings Men’s Basketball) introduced me to Rosenhaus. He was happy to see that I was a young woman who wanted to work in the sports industry and got this opportunity to try it through my Genesis project.

What was challenging about your Genesis?

One challenge I experienced was that the Athletic Office was going through a staffing transition and the people I worked the closest with were balancing responsibilities they don't normally, although this was also a good experience for me to see how people juggle this when it happens in the real world.

I also found it challenging because while I am an avid football and baseball fan, I know less about soccer, volleyball, and basketball, and I was unfamiliar with the CSU-specific policies and campus.

Has Genesis influenced your plans for your college studies or career pursuits?

My experience has definitely confirmed that I want to go into Sports Information. In college I plan to major in Sports Management, with extra coursework in Business. I have a good start on my sports career, as I have already worked as the on-site producer, spotter, and engineer on high school football radio broadcasts for ACP Productions and AM 1260 The Rock for the past four years. I will be attending Malone University. After college, I hope to work in a Sports Information Department at the high school or collegiate level and continue to be involved with sports as a career.

My Genesis experience was...

My Genesis experience was hands-on. I was surprised by two things: how much knowledge I already had from working with my dad on high school football games and how everyone I encountered was willing to let me do hands-on work on my own during a game.

I already knew about the crazy, odd, and long hours that go into this field and my Genesis experience confirmed that. One day, Renee was at the Wolstein Center from 8 in the morning until 10 or 11 at night — her normal hours when there's a basketball game. I was also already comfortable speaking with the media and understood which paperwork they needed, as I knew what the games notes, rosters, media guides, and programs were and how they're all different. I understood that when a game was on ESPN or the local Channel 43 that there would be specific media timeouts. I didn't think about the fact that I already had this knowledge until Genesis gave me the opportunity to use it in action.

I was surprised that on my first day of Genesis, Spencer let me work the scoreboard for soccer, a sport that I really knew nothing about. He taught me how to use the different settings on the scoreboard and this small experience could be what helps me to start working with the Athletic Department at my own college. The ESPN streaming team allowed me to help set up a few pieces of equipment. During the volleyball games I was encouraged to jump in and play the music to get the fans pumped up. While I had experience already with football stats, basketball is a completely different game and I was able to help with those stats. I also got to try on a marketing role — helping to test the fan experience time-out games, handing out slinkies to fans, and — the most surprising — running the marketing ads on the courtside banner. There was a lot riding on this role because sponsors paid money for their advertising and I had to get it right. I also learned from the radio announcers who make themselves cheat sheets called "boards" with all the players' information for both teams. They showed me how they use the information the Sports Information Department provides to create their boards.

Jane Snider '19, Health and Wellness

Jane Snider '19
Nutrition and Wellness

Where and with whom did you do your Genesis?

I did my Genesis with Jackie McNamara, the Wellness Program Manager, at Hyland Software.

I have been passionate about nutrition and wellness for a while. I run Cross Country, practice yoga, and enjoy healthy eating, so I thought I would really like to focus on this as a career.

What was the highlight of your Genesis?

On my last day, I worked with Hyland’s onsight dietician to do a demo about how to make healthy in-season meals. We made ice cream from frozen bananas, a few salads, and some healthy snacks. It was so fun because the food was delicious and I was able to help lead the demo for the employees.

What was challenging about your Genesis?

When I started my Genesis, Jackie, my Genesis mentor, was working on the project to make nutrition labels for the grab-n-go section in the cafeteria. She wanted to provide nutrition labels so that people could see what they were eating. In order to complete this project, we had to work with the chef and the company that delivers the food to learn about all the ingredients in the foods. Then, we had to learn how to use a software program to make nutrition labels. It was a bit of a complicated process to figure out how to add the correct ingredients and the amounts of each ingredient, but it felt like a great accomplishment when we completed the labels and finished the project!

Has Genesis influenced your plans for your college studies or career pursuits?

My Genesis helped me narrow my direction in the field of nutrition. Before my Genesis, I thought I wanted to work in a corporate setting as a nutritionist. But after talking to the onsite dietician about her work and learning the difference between working in a corporate setting and a medical setting, I decided that I would prefer to work in a medical setting. I like working with food and eating healthy, and I think working as a registered dietician will allow me to do this work more directly with a variety of people in different settings.

My Genesis experience was...

My Genesis experience was helpful because now I am more confident in my plans for the future. I intend to major in nutrition and dietetics in college. The biggest takeaway for me is that it helped me realize what I wanted to do, which is not what I had originally planned.