Kendall Fields

Jane Lee : An honest Admissions Office

Jane Lee discusses what her job entails. — Photo by Morgan Smith

Jane Lee is the senior associate director of admissions at Miami University. She is from Springfield, Ill. When it came time to leave high school and choose a college, one of her main deciding factors was getting out of state. Lee landed at the University of Kansas, where she “felt that connection that many college students feel.” She had chosen a college, but was confused and unsure of what she wanted to major in. She struggled finding one to fit her interests, and there weren’t many services to help her explore majors and different career paths. Luckily, Lee was able to combine her enjoyment of Spanish and political science and decided to major in Latin American Studies. Eventually, Lee got an internship in Illinois in higher education. She found herself working in universities and enjoying working in higher education. Soon she heard about Miami University and decided that she wanted to be a part of that teaching community.

As a top admissions administrator, Lee oversees travel for recruitment of high school seniors and the application review process. As she says, “There’s never a down time in admission.” She communicates with other recruiting offices in the nation and even travels to multiple high schools herself to recruit students in her area. When recruiting students she reaches out to different high schools to increase diversity at Miami  and also works to have more geographical representation. Lee travels to multiple types of high schools, whether it be public or private, to get a mix of students from multiple backgrounds. Lee agrees with Assistant Director and Transfer Counselor Emilee Suchomski when discussing a goal of the university being to reach different students with multiple interests. They also believe Miami gives students a small-college feel in a medium-size school.

As part of her job, Lee works closely with high school students and is always looking forward to the next steps she needs to make to prepare to the next group of students. Her main focus is to make sure that students are able to get the best feel for a college and make sure a school is right for them.  Lee always tries to be as transparent as possible about what Miami is looking for and whether it fits what the student wants to learn to prepare them for their future. If she feels Miami is not the best choice for a student considering applying, she will help them find a school that she thinks will best accommodate the student’s needs.  She always makes an effort to include parents and a student’s counselors in the process of applying to colleges, making campus visits and pushing the importance of deadlines. Lee believes that “at the end of the day, [she wants] the student to be successful…if it’s not Miami, it doesn’t matter because it’s what’s right for the student.”

Lee plays a big role in the Summer Scholars Program. The program was created from a six-week version of the two -week program that is currently in session. Summer Scholars is among Miami’s programs to reach high-ability high-schoolers.  With the usual  Summer Scholars Program coordinator, Lindsey Holden, on maternity leave, Lee stepped in to help make the program a success.  Lee describes the preparation as a “team effort” requiring her to work with the rest of the admissions office and employees who handle conferences, housing and catering to manage the fourth summer of the two-week version of the program.

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Yana Schintgen flips to first

Yana Schintgen is fluent in four languages. — Contributed photo

Yana Schintgen is going into her fifth year at Lycee Nyc Biever. She was born and raised in South Luxembourg. She has two older siblings, Kim, 24, and Bryan, 22, and lives with both of her parents. She is able to speak fluently in four different languages including her native language, Luxembourgish. Yana started speaking German at a very young age, then began French, and shortly after, learned how to speak English. Yana found out about the Summer Scholars through her mother who studied at Miami University and her brother who had participated in Summer Scholars Program in a previous year. Yana selected the kinesiology module because she is a very active girl who participates in cheerleading and gymnastics.

Yana Schintgen competes in cheerleading contests. — Contributed photo 

On Nov. 5, 2016, Yana participated in the European Cheer Championship. She and her squad began rehearsing their routines for the competition a year in advance. She says, “though [her coach] yells a lot, [she] knows she only wants what will help the team be successful.” Yana’s 30-member team had cheer practice four days a week for about three hours a day. All of the yelling and hard work were tested during the competition at the Disney in the Paris location. After all of the many hours spent sweating, her team was able to perform flawlessly and win the first place prize.

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Michael Anderson runs (track) and raises (funds)

Michael Anderson is a rising senior at Carmel High School, who lives with her sisters, Ryan, 13, and London, 9,  and both parents in Carmel, Ind. Michael was born in Virginia, but at age 2 moved to Pennsylvania, then to Carmel at age 5. She is very involved with activities that her school provides. She is in student government and runs on the girls track team. Michael plans to continue running and participating in extracurricular activities to help cover the cost of college, and she plans on majoring in zoology because she loves animals. Michael found out about the Summer Scholars Program through an advertisement in the mail, and with her mother’s encouragement she signed up.

Michael Anderson sprints at a school track event. – Contributed photo

In her student government, Michael has a seat in the Cabinet. Her job is to help plan events for the school and the community to raise money or just have a good time. One of her favorite events that she helped out with was a dance marathon they planned to raise money for Riley Children’s Hospital. It was a 10-hour- long event where she set up booths to do crafts and make gift bags for the sick and injured children residing in the hospital. She says that her favorite part of this event was listening to some of the children housed in the hospital telling their story because “it’s so enlightening knowing what other people have gone through and it makes [her] more grateful for full ability to function.”

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Lauren Lee defends the team

Lauren Lee is 16 years old and a rising junior at Hinsdale Central High School. She lives in Hinsdale, the suburb of Chicago that she was born in, with her parents. She has an older sister, Mia, 18, who is going into her freshman year in college. Lauren found out about the Summer Scholars through an email. She is participating  in the entrepreneurship module, and is hoping that this will help her decide whether Miami University is a good school for her. “So far my teacher has been amazing and I’m really learning a lot about leadership skills.”

Lauren Lee poses before lacrosse tournament, a sport she took up in seventh grade. — Contributed photo 

At Hinsdale, Lauren is a part of her school’s lacrosse team. She typically plays defense, but is able to adjust well to different positions. She began playing the sport in seventh grade and continued to practice and perfect her playing so she could become a more beneficial member of the team. Her favorite memory from lacrosse is being a part of the second state championship with her team. She practiced everyday with her team after school to make sure they were prepared for the challenge they were about face. Through hard work and persistence they were able to ignore their fear and bring home the first place title to their school.


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Behind the Media that Matters

Media Matters scholars get a taste of art in their field trip to Cincinnati. — Photo by Patricia Gallagher Newberry 

As a student in the Media Matters module I learned a lot about the journalism world.  I learned so much about why media is important to all people. There is so much information to be found in newspapers, magazines, online and on television. Like most people my age, the news we receive is usually via social media. We don’t pay attention to printed media that produces real news and instead look to social outlets to seek entertainment media rather than looking for news related to world issues. I have realized the importance of knowing what is going on in the world around me.

Through the trips we’ve made and the people that came in, or were called in, I’ve learned a lot about the intricate process of making a news story. After meeting with Chris Graves, police reporter at the Cincinnati Enquirer, I have learned that oftentimes a journalist must trust his or her instincts and make risky moves to get the information they need to make a story. A lot of early mornings and late nights are spent snooping around to get the information needed to put in the story and make it accurate. As Dan Sewell from Associated Press said, “Get it first, but first get it right.” Accuracy is a huge part of journalism — and even small mistakes can ruin a media outlet’s reputation and can be very hard to come back from as a journalist.

Media Matters students talk with reporter Chris Graves, seated in middle, at the Cincinnati Enquirer. — Photo by Patricia Gallagher Newberry

In the media class we were able to learn a lot about all of the behind the scenes parts of broadcast journalism. When touring WKRC-TV and WVXU-FM, we realized that it is very important to double check all equipment to prevent issues and always have a back-up plan. We learned that when doing live interviews, never send questions ahead of time to get a genuine answer. Also, there are no maps behind the weather people and they create their own graphics and scripts.

Overall, I had a great time, in the class and out of the class, learning about the world of journalism. It was great knowing that there are so many ways to get information and there are so many things that go into making an informational news story.

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Meet the author


Kendall Fields, 16, is a rising junior a Twinsburg (Ohio) High School. She lives with her parents, Chad and Michele Fields, and her younger sister, Sydney Fields. At school, Kendall plays the violin and was third stand of the second violins where she was able to help incoming freshmen learn the music. She is also a part of her church’s praise dance team and has been captain for almost two years. In that role, she works with her group and other groups to make sure they are performance ready. She is also able to work with younger girls, who range from 2 to 6 in age, teaching and choreographing dances that they can do if their teacher is absent. Kendall enjoys working with children and other people and hopes to be able to continue working with children in the future.