Anna SeydelA University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) senior, Anna Seydel, was recently named 2015 staff member of the year for the Corvallis Knights, a summer collegiate baseball program. Seydel is studying advertising and spanish.

Seydel was honored for her extraordinary efforts managing the Corvallis Knights Reading Club, which was launched in early 2015 and has grown to 14 participating schools impacting more than 4,000 children in the area. Seydel contributed to the Knight’s presence at more than 60 local events in the past year.

“I served as Community Relations Coordinator for the team, and I ended up doing so much more. I did everything from hanging outfield banners to ticket sales to coordinating community events and transporting players,” says Seydel, “My main project for the season was launching and coordinating our reading program. Elementary school students from around the valley were invited to read for an hour each week and in return they received two free tickets to a Knights game. We had more than 600 students finish the program.”

Seydel showed great dedication to her role as community relations intern by working diligently and presenting innovative strategies to strengthen the Knights ties to the community. “It was an incredible honor to receive the Staff Member of the Year award from the team. It is nice to know that the team appreciated my hard work. I truly appreciate the opportunities they have given me,” says Seydel as she reflects on her experience with the Knights. Seydel is currently working with the Knights to solidify her position for the upcoming season and will also be attending the Baseball Winter Meetings in Nashville with other Knights staff members.

“The impact of our intern team was truly next-level, and it seemed only fitting that an intern be named this season’s Staff Member of the Year,” says Corvallis Knights general manager Bre Miller, “We picked Anna because of her dedication to her community relations role, and her growth over the course of the year was incredibly inspiring. She quickly became one of our leaders this summer. While we had many interns shine, Anna is undoubtedly deserving of this honor.”

The SOJC provides students with the skills, resources and opportunities they need to be successful both inside and outside the classroom. It is experiences such as Seydel’s that showcase the invaluable skills students learn within the SOJC.

Story by Nicole Rideout ’16