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.







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Alexa Smith, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Alexa, strategic communications major, spanish minor, and environmental certificate candidate, hopes to one day become a tree. Her best friends are plants and the occasional human that can keep it chill. You will always find her with music in her ears and in her head, whistling or even grooving to an unheard tune. When there’s time to breath, she enjoys floating in water, looking at the sky, and cooking delicious, flavorful food. Extracurricular activities include sleeping and wandering. Once free from the grasp of higher education, she hopes to disappear into the wilderness of Oregon with a dog or four, build a treehouse and fill her lungs with the cool, mountain air. From her treehouse, she will spread the love of nature that is environmentalism. One day, Alexa hopes to change the world.



Alexandria Polanosky, Co-Editor-in-Chief / Multimedia Editor

Alexandria is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is a third-year photojournalism major at Ohio University. She is also pursuing an environmental studies certificate as a result of her passion for environmentalism and sustainability. She recently returned from studying in South Africa for six months and will be forever grateful for her experience there. She loves to immerse herself in the local culture of Athens as well as other organizations on campus. Alexandria is currently a multimedia intern for the OU Office of Global Opportunities. And one day, Alexandria hopes to change the world. (



Kelly Fisher, staff writer
Kelly is a senior who, aside from College Green Magazine, spends her time writing for WOUB’s culture blog, freelancing for the Athens News and editing Southeast Ohio Magazine. She’s fascinated by health news and loves data-driven journalism (creating spreadsheets, wrestling data out of the hands of government officials… all that fun, nerd stuff). This summer, she traveled to Leipzig, Germany for an internship program at the University of Leipzig’s student radio station, mephisto 97.6. After returning to the states, she interned at the Commercial Appeal, the daily newspaper in Memphis, Tennessee. When not being important, her true loves are her turtles, coffee, Nutella and quirky standup comedians. And one day, Kelly hopes to change the world.



pastedImageKaitlin Kulich, staff writer

Kaitlin is more than ready to put her green thumb, journalistic mind, and quirky artistic self to work here at College Green Magazine. Kaitlin is a freshman in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and is planning on specializing in environmental studies. Having a passion for the arts as well, Kaitlin is a part of The Lost Flamingo Company at Ohio University and loves to redefine herself through her character rolls. Kaitlin hopes and dreams of becoming an international correspondent who helps third world countries develop sustainable and eco friendly resources and life styles. And one day, Kaitlin hopes to change the world.



Keragen Corpening PicKeragen Corpening, staff writer

Keragen may only be a freshman, but she’s an old lady at heart. She can often be found knitting, swaddled in a blanket and watching the Game Show Network. Other hobbies include hiking and zinging one-liners, and her life goal is to be the next Leslie Knope (except multilingual). She is a freshman Journalism major hoping to earn a concentration in Environmental Studies and a minor in Japanese. Keragen dreams of expanding environmental policy in the U.S. and globally, and she wants to freelance translate science journals (or something equally fun) from Spanish and Japanese to English. And one day, Keragen hopes to change the world.



Kylie Rienschield, staff writer

Kylie is currently a junior double majoring in environmental health science and occupational hygiene & safety. She is also a proud member of the Habitat for Humanity Athens County chapter, ASSE/AIHA/EH organization, and a volunteer for Community Food Initiatives. When she isn’t studying or writing, she is most likely watching Mad Men on Netflix, cooking up a storm in the kitchen, taking pictures of the Athens scenery, kayaking/hiking at Strouds Run, discovering new music on Spotify, or running around campus. Her dream is to work in the field of food safety and regulation, discover economical and sustainable ways for communities around the world to obtain fresh food and water, live a fulfilled life and share her happiness with others. She desperately wants to travel and experience what the world has to offer. She has many things on her bucket-list and one of them is to change the world.



FullSizeRenderBess Sommerfelt, staff writer

Bess is from Columbus, Ohio and is a soon to be sophomore at Ohio University. Although currently an undecided major, Bess plans to enroll in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism next fall and eventually have a certificate in environmental studies. Her passion for environmental activism has given her incredible opportunities and opened her eyes to many possibilities. Writing about environmental ideas, issues, and trends is something Bess finds to be important, yet enjoyable at the same time. She’s known to wear her heart on her sleeve, spend most of her time outdoors, and can always be found at the local coffee shop. One day, Bess hopes to change the world.



Melanie Rudolf, staff writer

Melanie is a senior graduating with a Bachelors of Specialized Studies in Environmental Biology and Sustainability with an Environmental Studies Certificate. She has a deep passion for adventure and likes to experience the natural landscape at a slower pace, usually through backpacking and biking. This past summer, she travelled to Eastern Europe and backpacked along the Peaks of the Balkans Trail through Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro. In addition to backpacking, Melanie enjoys cuddling her dog Silvilla, sharing home cooked food, gardening and bogeying down at her partner Conor’s shows. You can find her most Saturdays working at the Donation Station at the Athens Farmer’s Market. After graduation in December, Melanie hopes to work in the sunshine, connecting humans with the environment and restoring damaged ecosystems, and one day, Melanie 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. (