Aviso discovers legacy in staff and faculty

 

The Aviso has been around since 1958, and it features a rich history of student involvement. Several current faculty members are part of its legacy.

Linda Leon, director of spiritual formation, began her involvement as a business manager in a time when The Aviso used to have subscriptions from local businesses and Malone graduates. She eventually became an editor during her time on staff.

“I loved the gamut of stories that we pursued together,” Leon said. “I also loved figuring out a way to write [stories] that would make sense.”

Past Aviso Staff. From left to right, Adam Klemann, Michael Garwood, Linda Leon and Chris Abrams (Photo by Kelsey Garrett)
Past Aviso Staff. From left to right, Adam Klemann, Michael Garwood, Linda Leon and Chris Abrams (Photo by Kelsey Garrett)

Leon continues to use The Aviso in her current Malone position.

“In my role it’s always important to know what’s on students’ minds, so I’ve always read The Aviso.  I want to know what students consider important and what students value,” Leon said. “I want to keep up with the news all over campus because I am in a particular office in a particular world and building. It’s helpful to know what’s going on in other areas of campus.”

Leon emphasized the sense of connectedness The Aviso provides the campus community for both staff and students.

“I encourage students to see The Aviso as the voice of the student body and to not only read it, but consider submitting articles to it and being more involved with it,” Leon said.

As well as having subscriptions, The Aviso used to visit local art galleries and cover Downton Canton’s First Friday.

Michael Garwood, instructional technology specialist and current Aviso advisor, covered community stories.

“I got to meet a lot of cool people trying to collect sources in downtown areas,” Garwood said.

Garwood said balancing the community with students’ concerns remains The Aviso’s mission.

“Ultimately what The Aviso has been about is student focus- trying to find ways that Malone students can get out into the community,” Garwood said.

After serving as a staff writer and video editor as a student, Garwood is exploring a different side of publication as an advisor.

“Now I get to advise what directions they would like to take with The Aviso. It’s kind of a new role that I’m falling into, but I’m enjoying it so far,” Garwood said.

Chris Abrams, vice president of student affairs, was a sports writer and journalism major as a student. His experiences gave him an opportunity to become familiar with staff in sports.

“I think what I enjoyed most was getting to know some of the staff at Malone a little bit better. It got me into the coach’s office as a student,” Abrams said.

Abrams relies on his past experience when making decisions regarding students in his current position, especially when reflecting on getting the physical paper into students’ hands again.

“I’m really excited about the fact The Aviso started printing the paper again,” Abrams said. “As students go into the dining hall or go to have a coffee somewhere, they actually have something tangible they can interact with. Although I understand our society is more online, you can’t really do [newspapers] the same way online.”

Leon, Garwood and Abrams are not the only current faculty members with a past linked to The Aviso.

Cindy Ries, associate professor of English, was an editor from 1976 to 1979. Dave Yakley, director of design, served as a writer, sports editor, assistant editor and editor between 1990 and 1994. Carrie King, special events coordinator, was a staff photographer from 1995 to 1996. Adam Klemann, information technology manager, served as a writer and technical support from 1997 to 2001. Amber Balash, content manager, also worked on staff as a student.

 

Cathy Weyand is a Staff Writer for The Aviso

 

 

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