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TED Speaker Encourages to "Find Your Moment and Share it with the World"
Conquer Chiari Foundation
May 13, 2014 AKRON, Oh. --


Janelle Applequist, a PhD candidate of Pennsylvania State University and fellow Chiari warrior, has recently shared how the retelling of personal journeys can assist and further public and private passions. With the help of TEDxPSU, Janelle was able to share her experiences with a live audience as well as online followers who are interested in community oriented “Ideas Worth Spreading” ( [Author’s note: I was also able to contact Janelle for additional information and quotes relating to her Chiari journey.]


Janelle starts off her presentation by asking her audience, “Have you ever had a moment in your life when you knew that everything was about to change… that nothing would ever be the same after that moment?” Since we are human beings, these moments are inevitable; everyone has some kind of struggle which defines who they are in the world. For Janelle, this battle started when she tumbled off of a trampoline in her gymnastics class when she was thirteen years old.


“Before I had my accident, I was a straight-A student, captain of my cheerleading squad, and student council president. Upon my return to school [after having decompression surgery], I was bullied because I still had to wear my neck brace for stability. To this day, that bullying impacts me; by living through that experience, I know how important it is to treat others kindly because you never know what they are going through in life,” explained Janelle.









Interview for PSU ComRadio Broadcast
Penn State Graduate Students React to University Health Care Changes
May 4, 2014 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. --





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University honors 10 students with Martin Outstanding Teaching Awards

March 18, 2014 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. --


Penn State has honored 10 students with the 2014 Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Awards. The award recipients are Janelle Applequist, mass communications; Ehssan Khanmohammadi, mathematics; Anne Kretsinger-Harries, communication arts and sciences; Kristopher Lotier, English; Daisy Phillips, statistics; Ryan Pollock, philosophy; David Puglia, American studies; Drew Shade, mass communications; Andrew Stafford, French and francophone studies, and Luorong Wu, hospitality management.


The Office of the Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education co-sponsor the awards to recognize excellence in teaching by graduate students. Recipients must have served as a graduate assistant for at least two semesters within the last two years. The award is named for Harold F. Martin, who earned his doctoral degree in education in 1954 and retired as a director in the Pennsylvania Department of Education.


Most graduate students in the College of Communications do not have primary responsibility for an undergraduate course until the third year of their program, but Applequist began such teaching in her second year. “We clearly saw that she had the maturity, organization and time management skills to handle such responsibilities,” a nominator said. Another said, “She simply ‘gets’ what it takes to be a great teacher. Applequist believes in reciprocity between teachers and students, noting, “I see my role as an educator as developing a two-way relationship with my classroom, where we can learn from one another while privileging the individual experiences we each have.”


2014 Student Award recipients announced, lauded for achievements

March 18, 2014 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. --


Each year, Penn State honors several undergraduate and graduate students for the highest levels of academic excellence, outstanding leadership and meritorious service. The 2014 Student Award recipients reach across campuses and colleges and exemplify best practices and achievements among Penn State students reflecting the University's mission of teaching, research and service.


The 26 honorees will receive their awards at a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at Eisenhower Auditorium. The award recipients are listed below by category.



2014 Teaching Award Recipients

March 18, 2014 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. --


Congratulations to the following recipients of 2014 University-wide teaching awards:


Dr. Matt McAllister -- Graduate Faculty Teaching Award

Janelle Applequist -- Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award












Interview for The Patient and the Professor blog

October 9, 2015 TAMPA, Fl.--


Interview for USF Student on a Public Relations professional; for USF's Digital Bullpen

December 18, 2015 TAMPA, Fl.--


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Interview for Inaugural Issue of "We Are," the official magazine of Penn State Philanthropy

Spring 2015



University of South Florida
The Zimmerman School of Advertising & Mass Communications

Janelle Applequist, Ph.D.

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