Quinnipiac student Jillian Vryhof is the perfect example of someone who puts their mind, time and effort toward something they are passionate about. As a sophomore print journalism major from Montville, N.J., Vryhof never understood exactly why there was never a magazine published at Quinnipiac.
“In October, I attended a College Media convention workshop in Washington D.C, called CMA National,” Vryhof said. “It occurred to me that Quinnipiac does not have their own magazine. I eventually want to have my own magazine, so I figured why not start one here?'”
As a member of The Summit, Quinnipiac’s award-winning yearbook, Vryhof has a creative knack for advertising, editing and creating inventive ideas. After approaching her friends and co-members of The Summit for help, Vryhof put her mind to the creation of the magazine, and the early planning stages began.
“It’s been somewhat difficult getting things started because I really haven’t had that much guidance throughout this process,” Vryhof said.
Dana Coffin, the former assistant director in Operations of the Carl Hansen Student Center, was one of the first people Vryhof went to with her idea.
Coffin told her to work on a decent proposal, and to go from there. Aside from a decent proposal, Vryhof also needs a dependable group of people to assist her in the creation of the magazine. She is still searching for more helping hands, but has had some responses.
Despite these setbacks, Vryhof is determined and hopeful to have the magazine plans finalized by March 2008.
She also has a very clear image of what she wants every detail of this magazine to look like – down to its name, size, and even the content of its pages.
“Depending on our budget, each page will be six inches by nine inches, with 16 pages in total. I really want the magazine to be called “582” because that is what every Quinnipiac phone number begins with,” Vryhof said.
Things that the magazine will feature include: an index, an editorial page, campus and world news, student and faculty profiles, and a fashion page. Vryhof also plans on including fun things like dorm workouts and recipes, as well as giving students the chance to tell stories of their own.
“I think it’s about time that someone has started a magazine here at Quinnipiac,” said Gianna Orzo, a junior public relations major.
She continued, “It sounds like it’s going to include a lot of interesting things that will attract all kinds of students. I’m really looking forward to reading it.”
Orzo is not the only one who believes the magazine will be successful. Rob Aliano, a junior marketing major, feels that the magazine will be very popular amongst Quinnipiac students.
“Since magazines are so popular with college kids, I definitely think it will be a hit,” he said.
Vryhof hopes for the magazine to be published monthly and to include it in the distribution of Quinnipiac’s newspaper, The Chronicle.
To raise awareness of the potential magazine, Vryhof has designed posters and flyers that are currently in the cafeteria and all around campus.
The creation of this magazine will add another branch to Quinnipiac media materials, as well as giving more students the opportunity to explore their journalistic abilities.
“I’m really excited to see what direction this is heading in,” Vryhof said. “I hope that the magazine becomes popular around campus and to have it continue when I graduate.”