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Kelsey Ballard goes behind the scenes with the Broadway League

Kelsey Ballard goes behind the scenes with the Broadway League

Kelsey Ballard smiling for a photo.
Kelsey Ballard ’21

Kelsey Ballard ’21 turned her passions into a paycheck when she was hired as the Government Relations Intern by the Broadway League in New York.

Ballard, a political science major and Spanish minor in TCNJ’s Honors Program, started her internship application process like many other students — with a Google search. “I googled ‘Broadway internship,’ and the league’s website was one of the first ones that popped up,” she says.

The Broadway League is the national trade association for the Broadway industry. The league is most famous for its annual presentation of the Tony Awards, but it is also responsible for overseeing government relations for the Broadway industry.

“I work with the government relations team to research legislative issues that could potentially impact the industry. I then take that information to the legislative council to keep our members up to date,” Ballard explained.

She’s currently working with the team to schedule meetings for Advocacy Day, when Broadway League members will travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with representatives about issues affecting the theater industry. The league works with members of Congress to address issues such as the exclusion of the live entertainment industry from small business tax cut legislation.

Ballard says the skills she developed in her political sciences classes prepared her for the work. “I’m currently taking a class about lobbying and advocacy and that’s been helpful because I’m directly applying the concepts from that class to my internship,” she says.

At first, Ballard was hesitant to apply for the position. “I knew it would be competitive, and I was nervous because I had never worked an office job,” she says, “But I also knew that I would never be able to find another opportunity to combine two passions of mine, so I decided to take a chance.”

She recommends other students do the same. “There’s always something to be gained

from submitting a resume and going in for an interview. Even if you don’t get the job, you’ve still learned about the application and interview processes,” she says.

And taking risks comes with perks. Ballard has gotten to see some of the magic behind the curtain. “The dress Glinda wears at the beginning of Wicked is machine washable,” she revealed, “and the staff at Waitress bakes a pie in the lobby before every show so the theater smells like the restaurant where the show takes place.”


—Sarah Voorhees ’20

Start Wars – Real Wars, A Veterans’ Panel Discussion

Start Wars – Real Wars, A Veterans’ Panel Discussion

Date and Time: Friday, October 19, 2018, 1:30-3:30 pm
Location: Gitenstein Library Auditorium

This event is sponsored by The TCNJ Honors program and The School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The aim of this panel discussion by combat veterans is to balance the fantasy of war (as depicted in movies and TV) with the reality of war. Many of us have grown up with the U.S. at war or engaged in major military operations in the Middle East. However, we may not really know much about these or other prior wars. George Lucas started writing Star Wars in the last years of the Vietnam War, and World War II was a major influence on him as he was growing up. While he had the opportunity to direct Apocalypse Now, he opted to use the space fantasy film Star Wars to dramatize war in a way that was intended more for children. This genre is now used throughout the entertainment industry to present war to the public. By the veterans sharing their experiences and wisdom, we can gain a more realistic and mature understanding of war from the perspective of those who have been in it.

Honors Students Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa (ΦΒΚ) is the nation’s oldest academic honor society and has more than 500,000 members.  ΦΒΚ stands for Φιλοσοφία Βίου Κυβερνήτης (Philosophia Biou Kybernētēs), which means “Love of wisdom is the guide of life” or “Philosophy is the governor of one’s life.” Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. The society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.

Congratulations to the following Honors Students who have been invited to become lifetime members of Phi Beta Kappa!

Julien Blanchard
Ethan Crasto
Sarah D’Alessio
Andrew DiBenedetto
Rachel Horn
Jaclyn Kaletski
Magdalena Kurnyta
Sharon Ling
Christopher Loos
Roderick Macioch
Jonatan Moukh
Daniel Nason
Amanda Pegher
Samantha Palahnuk
Christine Reices
Sarah Reynolds
Eric Schreiber
Zachary Sclar
Namal Seneviratne
Rishabh Sharma
Sarah Shoeb
Lisha Silver
Rishi Singhal
Allison Smith
Kristen Vogt
Karl Weiskopf

Kristen Vogt selected for Honorable Mention for the 2018 Goldwater Scholar Award

Congratulations to Kristen Vogt (Honors Class of 2019) for receiving honorable mention for the this year’s Goldwater Scholar awards.

Goldwater Scholars are chosen as a result of a highly selective national competition which honors exceptional undergraduate students who plan to pursue graduate degrees in the STEM fields and careers in research.

The Goldwater is a prestigious award, and the acknowledgment of our students as scholars and honorable mentions is a significant accomplishment.  The 2018 Goldwater Scholars were selected based on academic merit from a field of 1,280 natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering students nominated by the campus representatives from over 2,000 colleges and universities nationwide.  From thousands of remarkable applicants, 211 scholarships were awarded for the 2018-2019 academic year to undergraduate sophomores and juniors from the United States, and an additional 281 nominees were named as Honorable Mentions.


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