eduWeb Digital Summit Announces 2019 Scholarship Recipients
We’re extremely excited to announce our first-ever eduWeb Scholarship for Developing Professionals winners! These individuals have 3 years or less of higher education experience and are ready to attend eduWeb Digital Summit and soak up as much information, support and time with friendly peers! Congratulations to all five of our scholarship winners!
Social Media Manager, Indiana Tech University
Amber Owens is 27-years-old and a graduate of Trine University with a bachelor’s in communications and new media studies. As a previous English and Journalism major, she fell in love with new media while taking a college class that examined the way we interact with social media. Since then, it has been her dream to do what she now gets to do every day – find new and exciting ways to create and distribute content while interacting with the audience in a genuine, human way. When not on Instagram, she volunteers her time with retired/rescued racing greyhounds, is an avid consumer of pop culture, and enjoys attending comic cons around the country.
“Not only is my position brand new at my university, but it is also my first marketing role, and I am incredibly excited to have the opportunity to learn from industry professionals that will help me to set a new standard with our online presence and give us a boost to set ourselves apart. Additionally, we’re in the midst of a massive rebrand, and the ability to attend the conference will both provide me with new tools help further our university mission and to also help transition our new brand online at the same time.”Amber Owens
Social Media Strategist, Columbia College
Callie Goodwin is the Social Media Strategist at Columbia College SC. She completed her undergrad from Columbia College in 2017 and will be graduating with her Master’s in Higher Education Administration just 3 days after conference is over. When she isn’t studying, Callie runs a photography business and loves exploring new cities in an effort to find the best cup of coffee.
“I am so excited about receiving this scholarship because I am a #TeamOfOne, which means not many people around me truly understands what my work life is like. I can’t wait to meet others who not only understand, but have wisdom and advice I can learn from! An added bonus is that this conference falls between my last grad class (Sunday) and graduation (Saturday)! So it’s like the best kind of graduation present!”Callie Goodwin
Marketing and Communications Coordinator, University of Dallas
Carla Starman is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Office of Undergraduate Admission at the University of Dallas. Carla, a first generation student, was inspired by the impact of education and made the career change into higher ed almost three years ago. Originally from Kansas City, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, she now resides in Dallas with her four-legged best friend – a pug-mix named Charles.
“I am excited to have received this scholarship for many reasons. Higher education is changing, and now more than ever it is important for institutions to differentiate themselves. Technology is changing as well, and its role in recruiting has evolved drastically in the last few years. I was fascinated at eduWeb 2018 listening to a presentation on the ways Texas A&M is using VR technology, and I sat captivated by the analytics presentation titled “Three Chords and You’re A Rockstar” – I had gained knowledge and insight from these like-minded individuals that is hard to get from just reading a whitepaper. I know that at the eduWeb 2019 I will be surrounded by people who are prepared to share and collaborate, and most importantly people who have a passion for higher education.”Carla Starman
Digital Marketing Specialist, University of New Haven
Marisa Healy is a Southern Connecticut-based digital marketing professional and currently serves as the Digital Marketing Specialist at the University of New Haven. A primary focus of her role is attracting new students to the university through their website and other digital products. In previous roles, she worked in the healthcare industry, most recently for a major Connecticut hospital. Her passion is website design, specifically IA and UX. She believes a good website needs to constantly evolve to suit the user’s needs and expectations. A fun fact about her is that before she transitioned to a career in marketing, she trained and taught horseback riding full-time.
“I am honored and thrilled to have received the eduWeb Scholarship for Developing Professionals. I believe staying relevant is crucial in my role in digital marketing and being able to attend this conference will help me further my education on industry trends and new technology. I am very excited to meet other members of the industry and learn from the fantastic presenters at eduWeb 2019.”Marisa Healy
Student Communications Coordinator, George Mason University
Meg Yoder currently works as Student Communications Coordinator for the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. It’s a position she loves because she gets to harness her creativity every day to find new ways to connect nearly 4,000 students to policy and engagement resources to make them more well-rounded and successful students. When she’s not designing student success resources, you’ll find her working on textile arts, reading history, and canoeing with her family (and a dog or two) on the creeks of Northern Virginia.
Whether it’s writing for our Student Success Blog or creating an Adobe Spark video to remind students that it’s time to register, digital technology is essential to the work I do, which is why I was thrilled to receive the scholarship to attend this year’s eduWeb Summit! I cannot wait to learn from what others in the field are doing.Meg Yoder