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Profiles in Success

Nick Parker, Class of 2010, B.F.A. in Electronic Media
His dream was to be on the radio. As a broadcasting major at LIU Post, Nick Parker perfected his skills with a management position at the campus radio station, WCWP 88.1 FM. During his senior year he interned at the country's #1 contemporary radio station – Z100. After working as an intern with Elvis Duran and the Morning Zoo, he landed his own weekend show at Z100 before he graduated. Now, "Parker" is hosting his very own show every weeknight on WALK 97.5 FM. Getting these big breaks was the result of an outstanding education from LIU Post!

Christopher HopkinsChristopher Hopkins
Student, M.A. in Digital Game Design & Development

Christopher Hopkins was first introduced to music and computer gaming when he was seven and his parents gave him a computer-based game to help him learn to play the piano. “I was already hooked on Nintendo games, but I also became fascinated with the music in video games,” he says. “I was intrigued by the way that the sounds went from bleeps and bloops to something with musical coherence.”
Today, Hopkins has a master’s degree in music from LIU Post (Class of 2010) – and he has decided to combine his dual passions for music and video games as a student in the Master of Arts program in Digital Game Design and Development at LIU Post.
Currently, he is composing the lyrics and sounds for a wide variety of entertainment and educational games, which he aims to bring to the marketplace upon graduation. “The audio, such as a catchy theme song or sound effects, can make or break a video game's success,” said the 26-year-old West Islip, NY resident. “I am using the skills I learned as a professional musician to create audio that is compelling, iconic and keeps the player coming back for more.” Simultaneously Hopkins is pursuing a doctoral degree in music from Five Towns College, where his dissertation research is on the “Techniques of the Nintendo Entertainment System from 1987 to 1993.”
Hopkins hopes that with the expertise he is gaining at LIU Post, he can integrate technology into the way he teaches music -- and also pave the way for him to set up computer systems for financial institutions and businesses.

“Two things I like about the game program at LIU Post is the emphasis on paper prototyping and presenting your work digitally,” he says. “Other colleges may put students behind computers and have them do all their work that way, but Post encourages students to test to see if the design is sound and if someone else can navigate it well.”

Gloria GarayuaGloria Garayua ’00, Actress, Grey’s Anatomy, NYPD Blue, Shameless
“My acting career began at LIU Post. As a student, I performed at Kennedy Center. Experiences like this prepared me for roles in film and on TV series like “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Heather Lonks, Electronic Media Major, Class 2011Heather Lonks'11, Electronic Media
Heather Lonks was a big fan of the band Good Charlotte, but when she watched the band taping an MTV appearance as a freshman, she found herself more fascinated with the production than the performance. Within weeks she was on the staff of PTV, the campus television station at LIU Post. While pursuing her major in print and broadcast journalism, Heather produced and directed programs for PTV and worked in internships at WABC and on the “Big Brian the Fortune Seller” show at Atlas Media Corp. She plans to attend graduate school and wants to make historical documentaries, like her senior project on the Civil War draft riots in New York City.

“I want people in New York to realize that they walk past history every day,” she said. “PTV has been my home away from home. The people here are so cool – we’re like a family. The Media Arts department at LIU Post is amazing. But I’m also inspired by courses I’ve taken outside my major, like an Honors Program course in Activism in the Digital Age. LIU Post has given me so many opportunities to learn the field of TV production, and so many ideas about what kinds of shows to produce.”

From a Pulitzer Prize winner to a New York Times best-selling author, from Broadway stars and radio personalities to playwrights and attorneys, LIU Post alumni have achieved success in countless fields. They draw on the strong education they received at the SVPA, enabling them to express creatively, pursue innovation and discovery, and to serve as ambassadors of the arts and humanities.

Fred Gaudelli ’82
Producer, NBC Sunday Night Football, Super Bowl 2012

Josh Margolin ’92
Reporter, New York Post, Pulitzer Prize recipient for Breaking News Reporting

Lisa Pulitzer ’88
New York Times best-selling crime reporter and author

Meghan Kleinschmidt ’05
Rockette, Radio City Music Hall

Derek Davis ’00
Lead Cast Member, Broadway musical “The Lion King”

Charles Urbont ’73
Bassist, Metropolitan Opera and American Ballet Theatre

Alan Clary ’03
Senior Producer, MTV U, MTV Networks

Sarah Shepard ’92
Regional Vice President, New York, Business Wire

Janet Caputo ’08
Social Media Marketing Director, Time Out North America

Jai Kwang Rim ’99
Art Professor, Gong Ju Educational University

Brittany Jones Pugh ’07
Costume Designer, NBC-TV, Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live

Christelle Dorcil ’07
Attorney, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Brian Kilmeade ’86
Anchor, Fox 5 and Friends