Joyce Weaver ’61
As an elementary school teacher for 28 years, I used my journalistic expertise from my Snapper experience to work with gifted students part of the time. During the 80’s I published an off-set printed newspaper, called Sixth Sense. For 10 years I taught classes on style, copy-reading, types of newspaper writing (news, features, sports and editorials) and allowed the students to type their stories, write headlines, layout the pages of the paper, and proof the galley sheets. I advised these students during a 6-week course in the Hempfield School District under the supervision of Lancaster-Lebanon IU13. These courses were enrichment classes that included about 14-18 students at a time. It was a very rewarding experience!
I also worked part-time in the late 1970’s under Carole Slotter, who was Director of Communications at Millersville University. I conducted interviews and wrote articles for the Millersville Alumni Review for about two years. I even managed to learn how to design and layout a brochure that advertised a Shakespeare course to be taught in England for MU students. I went back to full-time teaching after this experience, and incorporated much of my journalism knowledge into my classroom teaching of fourth grade writing.
The other major result of my journalistic background impacted the life of my daughter, Kristin Nolt Wingard. I taught her writing techniques at a very early age, and she went on to work on the student newspaper at the University of Delaware. She majored in English and Journalism, and graduated after interning in former Governer Mike Castle’s office. Since her college graduation, she has worked as Press Secretary for Mike Castle in Delaware, and then as Director of Communications for the National Restaurant Association of Washington, DC. My daughter must have inherited a great drive for writing, since she is now located in Burbank, California and works as an executive for Disney. Her current position is Senior Vice-President for Media and Government Relations for Disney Resorts International. She continues to speak and write in the public relations field for all Disney resorts.
Upon arriving at the MSTC campus as a freshman, I was eager to become involved with the college newspaper, The Snapper. The advisor, Professor Earle Hite, was delighted to have McCaskey graduates on his staff, and I began immediately as a features reporter by conducting polls, and writing book and movie reviews. What a great way to learn about the campus life and to meet fellow students!
Working on the newspaper was the best investment of my time at Millersville. As I progressed to News Editor and then Co-Editor, I became very well informed on campus and current events. Through my beats with college administrators, I developed strong writing and editorial skills. I also gained confidence through conducting many face-to-face interviews with the college president, Dr. D. Luke Biemesderfer, who was very receptive to student reporting. Through weekly trips to the printer, Forrey & Hacker, I experienced all kinds of proofing techniques, especially with letterpress printing for our short deadlines.
I also have wonderful memories of our Snapper trips to Columbia University, New York City, when we attended the conferences of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, and usually won a first prize in the College-University Division. Since I had served as a high school delegate to the convention, I had become very familiar with New York and the learning experiences available through CSPA. During my junior year at Millersville, I was fortunate to be voted as the President-Elect of the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association, College-University Division. Along with Professor Hite and Colonel Joseph Murphy of Columbia University, I planned the conference for the year 1961-62. Through this position, I developed strong public speaking and convention leadership skills. My correspondence with Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt tops my list of most memorable experiences that were a result of my connection with the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association and The Snapper .