Cassandra Mocyk Davis
Creative writing, 2007
Writer/editor, Pennsylvania School Boards Association
Working in publications, my job is constantly changing to meet our members’ needs. My main duties include planning, editing and contributing to PSBA’s biweekly newsletter and bimonthly magazine. Both are distributed to more than 14,000 school board members, administrators, legislators and other education professionals across the state. What I enjoy most about my job is that I feel like I’m making a difference. The members of PSBA serve the public school students of Pennsylvania and having even a small impact on their ability to create a better future for these children is very rewarding.
There are many ways Lycoming helped me to get where I am today. Being a liberal arts college, I was able to gain experience in many areas, which helped me decide what career I wanted to pursue. Through my English and communications classes, and guiding mentors like Dr. Sascha Feinstein, creative writing professor, and Janice Ogurcak, retired newspaper adviser and communications professor, I found a passion for journalism. I was able to cultivate this passion my senior year as editor-in-chief of the Lycourier student newspaper, which led me to pursue a graduate degree in the field. In 2008, I graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a Master of Arts in magazine, newspaper and online journalism. The program is one of the best in the country, and I have no doubt that Lycoming prepared me to excel there.
I have so many fond memories of my time at Lycoming, it is impossible to pick one! I met my husband at Lyco (Nathan Davis ’07) and we were married at Clarke Chapel on May 15, 2010, with many fellow alumni in attendance. I made some of my closest friends there, many as a member of the Lycoming Lacrosse team and through my husband’s football teammates.
One of the strongest bonds I incurred is with my former lacrosse coach, Kara Reber. Nate and I visit Kara and her family every year in Florida, and I am godmother to her second daughter. One of my best friends from graduate school also attended Lycoming, though she graduated before I arrived. We met at Syracuse because of our Lycoming connection, and instantly bonded. I truly believe Lycoming is a family and that everyone who attends the college has that common bond.