Staff Bios

College Green Magazine is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students at Ohio University as well as a few local contributors. While most members are journalism students, we strive to recruit from a variety of majors and backgrounds. If you would like to get involved in any way, please feel free to contact members of the Executive Board.

_KMH5260Cassie Kelly, Editor-In-Chief

Cassie is quite the busy bee. She is a junior in the E.W. Scripps school of Journalism and has plans to get the environmental studies certificate, before she graduates. She is the Vice President of the Society of Professional Journalists, works two jobs on campus and is a full time student. Cassie recently found out that she has an intolerance to soy which greatly limits her ability to eat out and buy processed foods. Luckily for her, she loves to cook. In fact, she has created a food blog where she posts all of her soy-free recipes for others in her situation. On rare occasions when she finds time for herself, she loves to attend concerts, go for long runs in the woods, and shamelessly binge watch Netflix. Her future aspirations include an internship with Discovery News or a publication whose focus is in science journalism, traveling the world (check Ireland off the list), and having a pet Romanian sheep dog.(editor@collegegreenmag.com)

1374377_542857475809256_1173876729_nOlivia MiltnerManaging Editor

Olivia is from Columbus, OH, and is a journalism student at Ohio University. She loves classical mythology and old movies, but Kung Fu Panda will always have a special place in Olivia’s heart. Yoga is her go-to stress reliever and she also enjoys archery, fishing, and hiking. Her dream job is to work for National Geographic an hopes to travel the world reporting on social and environmental issues. And one day Olivia hopes to change the world.

 

 

IMG_4157Janice Brewer, Lifestyles Editor

Janice Brewer is a transfer student from Dayton, Ohio and a sweet potato addict. She is creating her own Bachelor of Specialized Studies in Sustainable Food Systems with a Nutrition Minor, a Business Administration Minor, and an Environmental Studies Certificate. Janice wears so many hats in the community by working for Shagbark Seed and Mill, working at the Campus Involvement Center, volunteering with Community Food Initiatives, organizing and empowering Food Matters Club (as VP), and writing blogs for the Global Justice Academy. In her rare free time she picks berries at Vest Berries in Stewart, Ohio. To say that Janice is passionate about her studies would be an understatement. She plans to attend graduate school studying food systems and hopes to change the world through food. (lifestyles@collegegreenmag.com)

 

photoTaylor Stano, Social Media Editor

Taylor loves to be actively involved on campus and outside of class. She is majoring in Journalism and is seeking a social media certificate. She’s secretary for the Society of Professional Journalists and is the treasurer and goalkeeper for OU’s womens’ club soccer team. Taylor also writes for Thread Magazine. When she has free time, Taylor loves to watch New Girl re-runs, play with puppies, dance like no one is watching, and receive cooking lessons from her roommate. Taylor aspires to travel the world, enjoy spectacular food, own a lake house, and impact the world.

 

 

Alexandria Polanosky, Multimedia EditorAlexandria

Alexandria is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is a photojournalism major at Ohio University. She is also pursuing an environmental studies certificate as a result of her newfound passion for environmentalism and sustainability. She loves to immerse herself in local Athens culture as well as other organizations on campus. Alexandria is currently an intern for the College of Arts and Sciences communication department and is involved with Project C: Clicking Creates Change. She is planning on traveling the world beginning with studying in South Africa spring semester.

 

Alyssa Nedrow, c1499445_10202730579765649_950985379_nontributing photographer

Alyssa, originally from Chardon, OH, is currently a photojournalism major at Ohio University. Alyssa has always been interested in different cultures’ and people’s stories. Through photography, she hopes to share the stories of people she meets throughout life’s journey. Fun Fact: Alyssa can name all of the US Presidents in order. Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, is her favorite. And one day Alyssa hopes to change the world.

 

 

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Nicaylen Rayasa, staff writer

Nicaylen is a senior from Mentor, Ohio, studying Meteorology and Environmental Studies. He enjoys music, cooking Indian food, and hanging around the ocean. Through his early age of observing and attempting to chase thunderstorms, he has gained an obsession with weather. Traveling has always been a major part of his life; having lived in China and India and climbing all sorts of exotic mountains across the world. His life goal is to become a climate scientist and study all there is to know about climate change.

 

 

 

courtneyBCourtney Brooke, staff writer

Courtney Brooke, originally from the snow belt of Ohio in Chardon, is currently majoring in Outdoor Recreation and Education and receiving her certificate in Environmental Studies. She enjoys a good vegan meal and anything to do with music. In her free time she enjoys identifying trees, dancing around her room, and eating insane amounts of food in one sitting. Courtney plans on moving out West and hopefully working with an environmental education program after college. She hopes to one day change the world.

 

 

liv2Olivia Harlow, staff writer

Olivia Harlow is a senior from Louisville, Kentucky, double majoring in Photojournalism and Journalism.  Her love of traveling the world has led her to pursue a specialization in International Studies.  Liv hopes that through her photography and writing that she can help give a voice to the voiceless and impact the lives of people around the world.  In her spare time, Liv is either training for triathlons, having dance parties by herself, or binge eating desserts at Fluff.  She’s overly obsessed with animals, especially lions.  And she most definitely believes in unicorns and fairies.  She hopes to circumnavigate the globe and eventually settle down out West.

 

 

IMG_5104Bethany Bella, staff writer

Bethany Bella is a Scripps freshman majoring in Journalism News/Information, with hopes to obtain an Environmental Studies Specialization. Hailing from Columbus, OH, Bethany loves writing, posting travel and Divergent-inspired pins on Pinterest, and is just beginning to dabble in photography. She aspires to work for the National Geographic Society and dreams of traveling around the Central/South American region. Someone who loves hiking and biking outdoors, Bethany is also a bit of a book-nerd: Harry Potter and The Infernal Devices are two of her personal favorites. One day, Bethany hopes to live in a surfing culture community, maybe back on Kauai where she most recently spent the summer. Check out her blog here!

 

Mathew Rob285391_3367557565221_946407609_nerts, Local Contributor

If he’s not lost in a good book or a good vegetarian meal, then Mat enjoys writing to save the Earth. Mat graduated from Ohio University with a B.S. of Journalism and an environmental studies certificate in May 2013. In addition to the mission of College Green Mag, he also blogs for the Voinovich School, is an undergraduate researcher at CE3, and a student-member of the Kanawha project. He hopes to one day live beyond the walls of the modern city, to dwell in a community where the paradigm of sustainability is in full strut. He’s highly addicted to pierogies, chips and salsa, plants and herbs. One day you will see him riding his bike through Athens; be sure to wave! And one day Mat hopes to change the world.

 

301365_3864399215157_1649337033_nGracie Umana, Local Contributor

Gracie is a senior studying Photojournalism with a specialization in Italian language. Gracie is currently the Photography Intern for the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and is working with Project C: Clicking Creates Change. She loves warm puppies and great local and organic food. Mid-March will be the one year anniversary of her decision to be a vegetarian. One day she hopes to live in a progressive community supported by local agriculture. Her extensive backpacking trips as an early teenager have pushed Gracie to leave no trace (except through ideas and photographs, of course). Gracie is inspired by student activism and bright landscapes. In her spare time she enjoys binge eating chips and salsa, and when there is no more salsa, cuddling with the Mound Street neighborhood cat is the next best. And one day Gracie hopes to change the world.

 

IMG_4211Bernhard DebatinFaculty Advisor

Originally from Germany, Bernhard Debatin has been teaching at Ohio University since 2000. He loves local history and exploring the area, knowing many (but not all) dirt roads and hiking trails in Athens County by now. He enjoys canoeing on the area’s lakes and rivers in his lightweight Kevlar canoe that appears to be bigger on the inside than on the outside. He is particularly fond of the Raccoon Creek and he is an active member of the Raccoon Creek Water Trail Association. His longstanding interest in environmental issues led him to develop an environmental and science journalism course, incorporating field trips throughout the region to show students the effects of coal mining and other resource extraction on water quality and the environment. (debatin@ohio.edu)