Alumni

Tom Woodruff

Tom Woodruff

Co-Founder, Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.

Academy Award for Death Becomes Her and multiple Academy Award nominations for Starship Troopers and Alien3

"There was nothing like those weeks at Lycoming when every possible paper, project, and test were due, usually when a show at The Arena was up and running on top of everything else. That's a mighty full plate to learn to balance and a lot of responsibilities to keep in check and to address. I still have those weeks, but from having to learn how to make it all work all those years ago, I have the confidence to know I can break them down and keep all the pieces in place to achieve my best."

Kayleigh Rodriguez

Producer, Alston Stephanus Accessories: Burlesque, A Documentary

Elaine Seward

Motion Graphics Animator/Editor, American Chemical Society

Margaret Bortner

Business & Legal Assistant, MTV Networks

"I love my job, I love my company and I love Lycoming College. Directing shows in the campus television studio, working in the edit suite until 5 a.m., shooting my student film... it all led me here. And right now, 'here' is a pretty awesome place to be."

Lance Barry

Anchor, WCPO-TV

"Lycoming prepared me not only for my career, but for life. The lessons I learned there, both in and out of the classroom, I put into practice every day."

Phil Zimmerman

Senior publicist, Jeopardy! 

2011 "Publicist of the Year" - Bulldog Reporter

"I learned many lessons from my involvement in campus activities; however the two most valuable were the importance of prioritizing work and team-building. To be an effective leader, I couldn't do it all on my own. I needed the support of other students and faculty."

Amanda Vicari

Production Coordinator, Knowlera Media

"With the entertainment industry evolving daily, employers are looking for versatile, tech-savvy, creative minds. From writing a script, lighting the set, shooting, editing and optimizing the video for television, web, and mobile formats, you need to be able to do it all! Lycoming's methods and emphasis on 1-person productions gave me an edge straight out of graduation."

Tom Woodruff '80

Co-Founder, Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.

Having spent over twenty-five years in the film industry, the work is still as creative and involving as ever. I'm lucky to be able to work in a field that provides such a varied, moving target and keeps things challenging and rewarding! Art and technology evolve and I have ample opportunities to balance both in our day-to-day work and keep our teams motivated and our clients thrilled. Even in this age of computer effects dominating the screen, we're able to provide extensive practical, real-life approaches to on-set effects as we did with the upcoming feature film prequel, The Thing.

We've also had growing interest in our branching out to bring our characters to life in a variety of live venues; From the highly successful Greenwich Village Petshop of the artist, Banksy, to a twenty foot-tall animatronic baby for the Shanghai World Expo, to the twelve foot-tall fashion blogger, Little Marina, who helped lead to an instant sell-out of the new Mussoni fashion line at Target nationwide and the crashing of their shopping website! And we thought our monsters were dangerous!

See us on the Leno/Tonight Show.

Kayleigh Rodriguez '09

My first job after graduation was a camera operator for Metramedia Studios. After that I went on to be a producer for Lee Neville Entertainment: This Dark Place. I worked with the director through every phase of production. From there, I became first assistant director for Wyld Stallyons Studios: Magnesium. In this position I also worked with the director, but it was specifically in technical and artistic decisions on set and on location. Currently I’m the associate producer for Alston Stephanus Accessories: Burlesque, A Documentary. We're interviewing burlesque talent behind the scenes, in addition to gathering live footage during their performances and rehearsals. This footage will be used to draw direct connections between the burlesque culture and caricature. Who knows where the future will take me, but I’ve got a great start!

Elaine Seward '08

After Lycoming, I attended American University in Washington DC, majoring in Film and Media Arts, and am a candidate to receive my MFA. I've interned at National Geographic as a remote imaging editor. I had the opportunity to work on James L Brook's feature film How Do You Know starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson in the set dress department. While I interned for the DC office of Film and Television Development, I single handedly initiated DC Film to go green. Another internship I held was with 8112 Productions, where I created concepts for, and helped to shoot and edit, music videos as well as professional car shoots and promotions for clubs. I was lucky enough to shoot The Real Housewives of DC's premiere in DC. Another great experience I had was working at international multimedia guru, Rich Harrington's, RHED Pixel, as a motion graphics artist where I contributed to videos shown to political heads including Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Eric Cantor etc., commercials which have aired nationwide on TV, podcasts which are featured on CreativeCow.net and other projects. I'm currently contracted as a motion graphics animator/editor at the American Chemical Society.

Lance Barry '99

I’m pleased to call Cincinnati home and to be able to work for a station that is as highly regarded as WCPO. I currently serve as the Anchor of Good Morning Tri-State at 4:30. Additionally, I serve as the Breaking News Center Anchor for the remainder of Good Morning Tri-State. I can also be seen filling in regularly as the Anchor of 9 News at Noon.

Before coming to Channel 9 as a reporter, I briefly held the same position for the WB affiliate in the market. I’ve also had stops at the Fox affiliate in Rochester, New York and the NBC station in Hagerstown, Maryland, serving as both Anchor and Reporter. I was also an intern with the CBS affiliate in Miami, Florida.

I earned my Master's degree in broadcast journalism from "The U", otherwise known as the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. While there, I was honored as the college's outstanding graduate student. I was also the play by play broadcaster of the Miami Hurricanes football, basketball and baseball teams.

In my spare time I enjoy golf, politics, my Labrador Retriever Reagan, and cheering for the 'Canes.

Phil Zimmerman '02

I currently live in Los Angeles and am the senior publicist for Jeopardy! As a spokesperson for the show, I work closely with the executive producer and other senior staff to develop creative and timely press angles. I also manage publicity for special tournaments, on-location remotes and red carpet events with host Alex Trebek. One of the most exciting opportunities was developing the publicity campaign for Jeopardy! The IBM Challenge, which pitted an IBM computer (“Watson”) against the show’s two best players – Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Due to the highly-publicized campaign, the PR magazine Bulldog Reporter recognized me as its Publicist of the Year.

Prior to joining Jeopardy!, I worked for the Independent Television Service, producer of PBS’ Independent Lens. I began my television career as an NBC Page in New York City, working on such shows as Saturday Night Live, The Today Show and Dateline. I also gained experience in publicity working for the PR agency Edelman and such PBS series as The NewsHour and Frontline. In my free time, I enjoy traveling and have written stories for the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Intermezzo and Lonely Planet Magazine.

While at Lycoming, I learned the importance of prioritizing work and team-building. To be an effective leader, I couldn’t do it all on my own. I needed the support of other students and faculty. It was an honor to finish my Lycoming career as recipient of the Chieftain Award, the school’s highest honor given to a graduating senior. Due to the network of support, I became the first student at Lycoming to receive a Fulbright Fellowship and earned a master’s degree from the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

Amanda Vicari '09

I started as a Production Assistant for internet start-up Howcast.com in New York City and assisted in the Production of How-To content for the web which included mass interactive web video campaigns for GE, 1800Flowers, and Staples. I went on to work as an Audio/ Production Assistant for Music Mix Mobile in New Jersey. I captured and edited audio for live televised concert specials including works for NBC, Comedy Central, MTV Networks and HBO. I currently work in Washington D.C. as a Production Coordinator for internet start-up Knowlera Media and coordinate content for About.com and Yahoo! Local News.

Margaret Bortner '06

I graduated with degrees in religion and communications (digital media concentration). All I've ever wanted to do is make movies, but I'd be happy doing anything remotely related to film production.

I started at MTV Networks and it's truly a fantastic company to work for. I'm currently an assistant in the business and legal department, but have high hopes of moving onward and upward in due time. My greatest accomplishment at MTV has been working on the new hit series, Teen Wolf, which just premiered. My deepest aspiration is to be a screenwriter, but we shall see where the industry takes me.