Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Jeanette Scarsdale

An Outstanding Islander

Outline photo of Jeanette Scarsdale

Covering the Island
Jeanette Scarsdale recently spent 10 weeks as a 2010 Scripps Howard intern at the “Kitsap Sun” in Bremerton, Wash., where she wrote news and feature stories, turned in daily assignments, and did her own video-editing and photography. The Island University junior is starting her second year as the editor-in-chief of the Island Waves student newspaper. Scarsdale says there are many wonderful events and programs connected to campus to cover including Culture Fest, the Study Abroad Program in Istanbul, and year-round activities sponsored by a variety of student organizations. At the same time, Scarsdale is ready to write about important issues affecting today’s students. She plans to graduate with her bachelor’s degree in Communications TV/Film in May 2012. As a high school sophomore growing up in San Antonio, Scarsdale took journalism as an elective and became a reporter on her high school's newspaper the next year. She became the features editor her senior year. She also participated in the Urban Journalism Workshop, where she spent two weeks on the San Antonio Express-News Teen Team. After Scarsdale graduates from the University, she hopes to find a job at a daily newspaper and attend graduate school for journalism. She chose to enroll at the Island University because she felt a positive vibe and sense of belonging while touring the campus. In her time here, Scarsdale has been active in numerous activities and organizations. She serves as treasurer of the Communication Organization for Majors and Minors (COMM) and is working as an Alternative Spring Break site leader, helping plan and attending out-of-state trips for two consecutive years. She and the Island Waves team also paint the faces of many sports fans attending the Islanders basketball games at the American Bank Center.  As a result of her dedication, she was presented with the Student Affairs Emerging Leader Award and was nominated for Student Employee of the Year. This fall, she is joined on campus by her younger sister, Marcy, a freshman psychology major. In her spare time, Scarsdale enjoys reading, tie-dyeing items and making piñatas.

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