Meet your 2017 Graduate Assistants and Student Aides

Rachael Kelly, Internship Graduate Assistant

Rachael is a loud-and-proud lover of the written word. Born in Canada but raised in Arizona, she left the Grand Canyon State in 2012 to study journalism and law at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The self-proclaimed bibliophile got her start writing about real estate and art, but most recently worked in communications where she designed marketing mockups, took photos, and made videos for the oldest law school in Canada. When she wasn’t at the farmers’ market or at work, she was copyediting two novels and one nonfiction work that went to print this past summer. She’s very much looking forward to learning the ins-and-outs of publishing and managing the MS Pace Publishing Blog. You’ll often find Rachael with a coffee in one hand and a book or magazine in the other reading about art, history, or contemporary culture. 



Kimberly Holcombe, Publishing Lab Graduate Assistant

Kimberly Holcombe was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. She received her BA in English with a Creative Writing minor and her MA in Writing at Coastal Carolina University. For the past two years, Kimberly was the design editor, copyeditor, and managing editor of CCU’s online literary journal, Waccamaw. Waccamaw is where she found her passion for the publishing industry, bringing her to Pace University’s M.S. in Publishing program. At Pace, Kimberly will be the graduate assistant in the publishing lab, maintaining the lab and helping students when needed. She will also help write posts on the M.S. in Publishing blog. When she isn’t working, writing fiction, or editing, she is listening to music, playing video games, or hanging out with friends.

Bryan Potts, Pace University Press Graduate Assistant

Bryan Potts is an incoming graduate student in the M.S. in Publishing program. A proud Jersey boy, Bryan was a Literature major (concentration in Creative Writing) and International Business minor at Ramapo College of New Jersey. While at Ramapo, he was part of the editorial team for Trillium, the college’s student-run creative writing magazine and proudly served as the student representative on a council to reconfigure the structure of Ramapo’s general education courses. He also served as a consultant at the Center for Reading and Writing on campus and was a Supplemental Instructor for the Educational Opportunity Fund program for two summers. Editing and writing are two loves of his life, though he also dreams of one day owning and operating his own Murakami-esque jazz bar. He is an avid board and video gamer and is especially interested in studying the publication and editorial processes that tie-in products, novelizations, and multimedia projects.

Elliane Mellet, Pace University Press Graduate Assistant

Ely Mellet was born and raised in Houston, Texas but moved to Chicago to study Journalism and Graphic Design at Loyola University. Ely interned at the Better Government Association helping to hold government officials accountable and was a terrible radio host at her university’s radio station. She had hoped to publish news articles that would change the world but soon realized that books were much more influential in instilling change and offering new perspectives. Ely is a graduate assistant for the Pace University Press and will be aiding in the editing and production process for the journals published there. Ely is excited to begin her first year in the M.S. in Publishing program at Pace, but not excited about New York winters.

Jennifer Thompson, Office Student Aide

Jennifer Thompson is in her second year in the program with an expected graduation date of May 2018. From Atlanta, GA, she went to Pennsylvania State University for undergrad and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Psychology. She loves to travel and has been to England, France, and Costa Rica. (She will be in Thailand in January.) Besides her obvious passion for books and reading, she has a special interest in children’s books because she doesn’t want to grow up. In her Student Aide position, she will be handling any and all office-related tasks, as well as helping out with the blog.

Lin Wu (Grace), Publishing Lab Student Aide

Lin Wu (Grace) is a current M.S. in Publishing student at Pace University. She graduated from Kent State University in Ohio with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. After being an editor’s assistant back in China at a local magazine publisher years ago, she started to have a passion for magazine publishing and production. Grace is very excited to learn about publishing through this program and working towards her goals. 


Looking forward to getting to know you all!

 

Introducing the New M.S. in Publishing Graduate Assistants and Student Aides!

The M.S in Publishing blog would like to officially welcome and introduce you to the Graduate Assistants and Student Aides for the 2016-2017 academic year. Learn more about your classmates and their positions within the department.

 

Breana Swinehart
Graduate Assistant ,  MS Internship 
Assistant

Breana Swinehart is an incoming graduate student in the MS Publishing program. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, she went south to receive her BA in English, with a focus in Creative Writing in Fiction and Poetry, from the University of South Florida in 2015. During undBioergrad, she was an editor for USF’s undergraduate literary inquiry. Breana went on to apprentice for a year under a literary agent and was able to further cement her interest in the process of taking a query and seeing it through to becoming a published work. While she’s interested in receiving more intensive knowledge and experience in publishing through the program, she’s mostly excited to be able to make a career out of her hobbies of reading and editing other people’s work.

 

Rachel Diebel
Graduate Assistant , Pace Press

Rachel Diebel graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a BA in English Literature in May of 2016, where she enjoyed analyzing Edith Wharton,accidentally founding a student filmmaking program, and hiking in the Olympics. She hails from a tiny town of 500 people in Eastern Oregon and is now pRachel Diebel Photo Paceursuing her masters degree in the (much) bigger city of New York, where she is living with two other Oregonians to ensure that she doesn’t forget her Pacific Northwest roots. Rachel hopes to work as an editor at a young adult publishing imprint because she believes that the books we read when we are young are the ones that change us the most.

 

 

Taylor Lear
Graduate Assistant , Pace Press

Taylor Lear is a recent graduate from the University of Georgia, where she received bachelor degrees in English and Advertising. She spent her undergraduate career working at an independent bookstore, studying abroad in Oxford, and reading arguably too much Shakespeare. She itls currently working on her masters degree in Publishing at Pace University, and is optimistic that she will fall in love with New York City as much as she fell in love with Athens, Georgia. Taylor is currently interested in pursuing publicity and marketing for her post-graduate career, but she is excited to learn about all other areas of publishing during her time at Pace.

 

 

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Zhongke Li
Graduate Assistant , Student Aide

Zhongke Li is a student from Sichuan Province, China. He graduated this summer majoring in Publishing and Editing from the Beijing Institute of Graphic and Communication.  He interned at the biggest textbook publishing company in China, People’s Education Press. Li also has experience working with other media forms, like Weibo (Chinese twitter). He is passionate about book publishing and wants to produce content that audiences of all ages will be entertained by.

 

Anna Bailey
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Anna Bailey is a first year student in the M.S. Publishing Program, who graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communication Studies. During her undergraduate career, she worked at a small publishing company consisting of just four writers and editors; there she learned she had a passion for editorial work, which she plans to pursue through this program. During her free time, Anna likes to relive her old childhood dream of becoming a poet and participating in fantasy hockey.

 

Kevin Mercado
Graduate Assistant , Lab Assistant

Kevin Mercado will be the new Graduate Lab Assistant at Pace University. He was born and raised in New York City, but took some time away from the city to complete his Bachelor’s degree in the state’s capkevin-mercadoital at the University at Albany. There he majored in English and double-minored in Business and Journalism. While at UAlbany, he joined college chapters of national and international organizations such as Amnesty International and Peace Action and was the Opinions Editor of the school paper, the Albany Student Press. He recently discovered his passions for the technical aspects of books and book making from his experience managing and creating a section for a weekly circulating paper and is excited to return home to further develop his publishing skills. During his down time he probably watches too much TV, reads, and manages his own writing blog.

Interested In Being A Graduate Assistant for the “Pace Press” in 2013?

The M.S. in Publishing program is announcing the opening of a Pace University Press, Graduate Assistant position for the Spring 2013 semester.

 

Any M.S. in Publishing students with a thorough knowledge of Adobe InDesign and Editing Experience should consider applying for this position!  

 

If you are interested in becoming a Graduate Assistant and have the neccessary credentials, please email your resume to Professor Sherman Raskin at sraskin@pace.edu.  Upon receipt of resume, applicants will be informed of tuition remission and graduate assistantship benefits.

Introducing the New M.S. in Publishing Graduate Assistants and Student Aides!

The M.S in Publishing blog would like to officially welcome and introduce you to the Graduate Assistants and Student Aides for the 2012-2013 academic year.   Learn more about your classmates and their positions within the department.

 

Diana Cavallo

Student Aide, Publishing Office

I graduated from Pace University, Pleasantville in May of 2012, with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications, and a minor in Creative Writing.  I’m very proud to say that at Commencement, I was given the highest honor awarded to a graduating senior, the Trustee Award.  During my undergraduate education, I was the editor of the Honors College newsletter, SCHOLASTICA, and contributor to VOX  Literary & Arts magazine. I have held three internship positions, two within the publishing at The Association of American Publishers and Nancy Yost Literary Agency.   I am still undecided as to whether I would like to work in magazine or book publishing, but am very interested in the editorial, publicity and marketing fields.  Ultimately, I would like to become a novelist and children’s author.

 

 

Jennifer Clare

Graduate Assistant, Pace Press

I graduated from Ramapo College with a BA in Communication Arts concentrating my studies in writing.  I have had many great internship experiences working for TWIST Magazine, Nickelodeon, Cosmopolitan, and now Pace University Press. My internships have opened up my career interests to include editorial, production, design, and marketing in both books and magazines. I also have a lot of interest in digital aspects of publishing.

 

 

 

Trey Prothro

Graduate Assistant, Pace Press

My name is Trey Prothro, and I’m originally from St. Louis, Missouri. In May 2011, I graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism in Magazine Editing from the University of Missouri at Columbia. While in undergrad, I had the opportunity to work as a staff reporter for the Columbia Missourian, staff writer and section editor for Vox magazine, editorial intern at ALIVE Magazine (a monthly lifestyle publication in St. Louis), and TIWIMUTA magazine (an annual art fashion magazine published by Andre Walker and based in New York City). My publishing passion is with magazines. Although most of my experience and background is on the editorial side of publishing, I would like to learn more about the business aspects of publishing to be an overall more strategic publisher in the future. I’m new to the city, and this is my first semester in the M.S. Publishing program. I’m beyond excited to be here!

 

Dan Shao

Lab Assistant

I graduated from Zhe Jiang Gong Shang University in 2010, and my undergraduate major was editing and publishing. I am interested in book publishing, copyright, digital publishing and magazine as well.

 

 

Jenna Vaccaro

Graduate Assistant, Lab

Jenna Vaccaro graduated from American University in Washington, DC in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society.  In college she interned with the publication The Humanist, a magazine for critical social inquiry. Jenna spent 4 years working at the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art as a publications and events assistant, working on exhibition catalogs and the scholarly journal Ars Orientalis. Jenna is interested in working with current events and pop culture, news-based publications, and science-fiction. In her spare time, she plays guitar and plans vacations.