Senior Spotlight: Lena Wallace

Editor-in-chief of The Yellow Jacket newspaper Lena Wallace ‘14 will be graduating in just a few weeks. A native of Chesapeake, Va., Wallace has been extremely involved on campus with many organizations during her time here.

Wallace said she knew she wanted to attend Randolph-Macon when she first visited because she was attracted to the small college atmosphere and was impressed by the credentials of the professors and faculty.

“R-MC was super friendly when I visited,” Wallace said. “I felt a connection the minute I stepped onto campus.”

Since her freshman year, Wallace has been very involved around campus, from giving tours to prospective students to being active with Greek life. Her senior year, Wallace was the president of her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, the president of the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honors Society , a tour guide and the editor-in-chief for The Yellow Jacket. Wallace is also a member of the Leadership Fellows, the sorority honors society Rho-Lambda, the communications honor society Lambda Pi Eta and the leadership honors society Order of Omega.

Wallace explained how she became involved with Leadership Fellows the summer before her freshman year when she was invited to join the program.

“During this summer program, I became more familiar with campus and met lifelong friends,” Wallace said. “The program taught me great skills to become an efficient and effective leader of organizations.”

Wallace said that now as a senior, she can reflect about how much the program made her grow over the years. Along with Leadership Fellows, Wallace said she has loved being a sister of Kappa Alpha Theta.

“I joined Theta the fall of my freshman year,” Wallace said, “and found a wonderful sisterhood and support system.”

Since being involved with these activities, Wallace said she has learned a lot from each one.

“In every organization, I have learned how to be more patient,” Wallace said. “I enjoy seeing others, especially on the newspaper staff, get excited over pitching an idea or story and then succeeding with it.”

A friend of Wallace’s, Emily Bruny, said Wallace is caring and trustworthy along with her apparent natural ability to be a leader and her extraordinary work ethic.

“During her college career, she has demonstrated her leadership in various organizations she is involved with on campus, including being president of Kappa Alpha Theta and Sigma Tau Delta,” Bruny said. “Whenever she has a task that needs to be completed, whether it’s for school or for an extracurricular, she always put forth 110%. Lena has never been the type of person that is lazy, and I think her hard w ork is what makes her a great leader.”

One professor that has had an impact on Wallace is Professor Mary Ann Owens of the journalism department.

“Mary Ann Owens is wonderful; she taught me how to professionally write articles and become passionate with news writing,” Wallace said. “Professor Owens taught me the importance of objective reporting and ethics.”

Wallace said something people may not know about her is that she enjoys playing the violin. Wallace also said that her favorite memory from R-MC is when she traveled to Italy during J-Term where she took the class Heritage of Christianity.

As for the future, Wallace will be attending the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University to earn a Master’s of Science in Broadcast Journalism.

Wallace said she also had some advice for current students at R-MC.

“Begin internships early,” Wallace said. “It is important to get real world experience with the career you want to pursue.”

-Anna DeLoache ’14, Staff Writer

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