Bethany VonSeggern graduated in fall 2018 with a B.S. in public relations. She is the Digital Operations Assistant with the News Press Gazette and continues to help The Griffon as EIC. She seems to be the alumnus the yearbook can’t keep away. VonSeggern enjoys working with our publication for many reasons and feels honored to be part of process to create this historical document for Western.
I am a senior Convergent Journalism major, graduating in May 2019. As the yearbook photo editor, I’m glad I can help out the staff with any photography needs and also see my own photos being published in the book. I have also had stories and photos published in the Griffon News and local newspapers back home in Nebraska. Outside of school, I love to play video games, watch movies, shoot a variety of photos and cheer on the Nebraska Cornhuskers (GBR!). After graduation, I want to find a job that puts all of my writing, photography and videography skills to the test.
Assistant Organization Editor
I am a junior here at MWSU with a major in Public Relations. Upon graduation in 2019 I anticipate working in a field that involves any of my passions in life. A few of them are special needs children, education or community involvement. Outside of working towards my degree, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters, going hiking and attending a vast variety of events.
Organization Photo Editor
I am a double major in convergent journalism and cinema. Aside from yearbook, I am the managing editor of The Griffon News. In the future, I want to work in a field that allows me to continue being a storyteller. Outside of school, I enjoy watching films, writing scripts and playing with my dogs.
Social Media & Web Content Editor
I am a junior Convergent Journalism major here at MWSU. I plan to graduate in May of 2020. Outside of being a part of the yearbook staff, I am on the basketball team as well. Outside of school, I spend most of my time doing homework or hanging out with my teammates. Once I graduate, I would like to be a sports anchor.
Assistant Photo Editor
I am a Junior Convergent Journalism major. This is my first semester with the yearbook. I have also worked as a reporter for the Griffon News for one semester and Griffon Update for two semesters. I’ve also contributed to a story that was published in the St. Joe News-Press. I love my family, sports, and dogs.
I am a junior majoring in Convergent Journalism. Along with being editor-in-chief for The Griffon, I am involved in putting out Griffon Weekly, the weekly e-newsletter for the university, as well as taking on photo opportunities for our public relations and marketing office. I am also the treasurer for the newly-introduced Missouri Western chapter of the Society of Collegiate Journalists. My hobbies include photography, filming, reading, writing, playing video games, singing, and spending quality time with loved ones and close friends. My current “end goal” is to become a photojournalist for National Geographic or Nebraskaland, or even to report for IGN or another entertainment media publication.
Kaleigh Pryor is a senior Public Relations major with a minor in Entrepreneurship at Missouri Western State University. She has been extremely active during her four years at MWSU. She has been a member of Tri Sigma sorority, the Panhellenic Council executive board, a Student Ambassador, a Griffon Edge Mentor, and a Showcase Day Leader. Along with being active on campus, she has maintained part-time positions with American Eagle Outfitters and Bath and Body Works in the East Hills Mall since 2014, as well as working multiple other jobs on and off campus. Some of Kaleigh’s passions in life are adventure and traveling. During the summer of 2017, she interned at 96.5 The Buzz in Kansas City and also traveled to Europe with the Department of Communication and Journalism for a 13-day-long study abroad trip. Kaleigh enjoys alternative music, dancing, reading, avocados, good coffee and the beautiful state of Colorado.
Christian Sarna is a sophomore Strategic Communications major with a Biology minor at Missouri Western State University. He currently works on campus as a peer adviser for the Student Success and Academic Advising Center. He is interested in crisis communication and higher education, especially as those topics relate to the experiences of students within traditionally marginalized groups. He plans to continue with student affairs at the graduate level. In his free time he loves to illustrate, do photography, and make music with his younger brother.
Maddisyn is studying Strategic Communication and Entrepreneurship at Missouri Western with the plan to graduate in spring of 2021. She was a recent intern for BeeHouse, a makerspace startup in the heart of the Crossroads Art District in Kansas City. In her role as Event Coordinator, Maddisyn organized event promotions on social media and facilitated BeeHouse sewing socials, First Fridays, and the Grand Opening. It was in the thick of BeeHouse where Maddisyn fell in love with the grit and grind of small businesses. Over the past year, she has developed a small business plan of her own in the horticulture field that she will be trialing in the spring and summer of 2019, with the goal of launching her business, Urban Horticulture, in the spring of 2020. In her spare time, Maddisyn enjoys collecting vinyl, kayaking, and finding new houseplants.
Trasean Stepney’s hometown is St. Louis, Missouri. He is currently a convergent journalism major in his third year here at Missouri Western State University. He has created packages for Griffon Update and has hosted multiple events for W.A.C. After graduation, Trasean wants to have a career that involves music entertainment and broadcasting. Along with being a full-time student, he is a residential assistant for Scanlon Hall. He is also a leader and choreographer for the Missouri Western Dance Company. He enjoys anything that involves music and laughing.
Kalee Black is junior Public Relations major with two minors in entrepreneurship and general business at Missouri Western State University. She recently graduated from North Central Missouri College with a degree in Associate in Arts. Kalee plans on graduating from Missouri Western State University in December of 2020. Outside of college, she likes to spend time watching Netflix, cooking, and playing with her pets.