Broadcasting Major Maria Otterlei Named LIU Post Salutatorian of the Class of 2014
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A passion for people and a sense of purpose is what brought Maria Simone Otterlei from Norway to New York. At LIU Post, she discovered how to fulfill her dream of working in television production. This May, she will represent the Class of 2014 as salutatorian. A highly motivated student, Otterlei, who majored in Broadcasting, was selected as salutatorian not only for her perfect grade point average, but for her dedication to campus service and professional abilities.
Driven by a passion for people and a sense of purpose, Otterlei came to New York to pursue her dream of working in television production. She is always excited to take on new challenges, and does so with a cheerful disposition that inspires her classmates.
“As a student, Otterlei consistently demonstrated diligence, curiosity, creativity, and determination, always excelling at diverse assignments,” said Sandra Held, adjunct full professor in the Department of Media Arts at the School of Visual and Performing Arts at LIU Post. “She sees beyond the obvious, is able to adapt to new technology and situations, and seeks and expresses ideas in a fresh and original manner.”
Involved in both the campus television station, Post Television Station (PTV), and the campus radio station, WCWP, she pursued her passion for reporting. At WCWP radio, she scripted and read live newscasts. For PTV, she scripted, produced, reported, filmed, and edited segments for “The Locker Room Talk,” a weekly sportscast. As the graphic designer of the Vikings Club during her time at LIU Post, a club that aims to bring students together to build awareness of Scandinavian culture on campus, she was granted the “Exceptional Member Award” in 2013, for an encouraging spirit and enthusiastic participation. With the Vikings Club, she volunteered to help victims of Hurricane Sandy on Long Island in 2012.
For the past two semesters, Otterlei has interned with NBCUniversal, working with the crew of New York Live, a daily lifestyle show, where colleagues describe her as “enthusiastic, upbeat, and responsible.” There she researches information on the guests to assist the producers in scripting questions. She also greets and ushers the high-profile celebrity guests to the television studio and facilitates field productions.
“During my time at LIU Post, I’ve had the opportunity to get firsthand experience in a field I am passionate about and practice how to effectively and truthfully gather and communicate information through mass media,” said Otterlei. “With a deep interest in people and justice, I am excited to move forward in my career and aspire to use my story telling skills to report on misconduct in our world.”
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