Saying farewell to the Charger Bulletin’s winter graduates


Photos courtesy of Tyler Wells and Lismarie Pabon

Top left: Managing Editor Amanda Castro, Top right: Videography Editor Eldrick Greenaway, Bottom Left to Right: Student Life Editors Elisa D’Egidio and Kelly Adkins

This winter, the Charger Bulletin is losing four core members of our staff across various positions to graduation. We would like to take a moment to recognize each of their careers in the organization and thank them for everything they have done for the Charger Bulletin.

Amanda Castro

Since her freshman year, Amanda Castro has been a core part of the Charger Bulletin. Being a communication: journalism major, writing for the paper was something that she was going to naturally be part of the day she stepped on campus. From her first days as a contributing writer to becoming the paper’s managing editor, Castro has found ways to positively impact and bring her humor and professionality to the organization.

Beyond the Charger Bulletin, Castro is also the executive assistant (EA) of Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society (Alpha Sigma Theta Chapter) and the EA of the Latin American Student Association. She will also be graduating with political science and English minors.

“I was lucky enough to foster friendships with people that I know will last beyond my graduation from the university,” Castro said. “I was also able to establish connections with my peers and professors through conversations regarding my minors about topics pertaining to each field.”

Another highlight of her time at the university was the completion of her honors thesis project: the Charger Bulletin Magazine. This served as a place where students could write long-form stories that wouldn’t be able to run in the print side of the paper.

All this experience will help her as she begins to enter the professional field of journalism, starting with her current position as a digital freelance reporter at The U.S. Sun. She hopes to then take the next step forward and eventually work for an interpretive journalism magazine publication such as the New Yorker.

“Because I joined [the Charger Bulletin], I have become the editor and writer I am today and I am eternally grateful for that,” Castro said. “It helped me target which area of journalism I wanted to pursue.”

Castro has written over 50 articles and has edited countless more throughout her time with the Charger Bulletin, constantly being a source of help for new writers joining the organization.

“I’d say that [new writers] should be patient,” Castro said. “The key to being able to deal with all this is to be patient when it comes to the learning process.”

Elisa D’Egidio

Elisa D’Egidio has always given the paper a laid-back voice that can make the group laugh with her sudden quips. She has also been a dedicated and hardworking member of the Charger Bulletin during her two year tenure with the paper.

D’Egidio is one of the two student life editors for the paper and is graduating with a degree in criminal justice: crime analysis with a minor in English. She is also the vice president of the Rotaract Club on campus, while working with the Center for Student Success and as a multimedia and social media assistant coordinator for the Henry C. Lee Institute. Despite all of that, D’Egidio found the time to typically write multiple articles each week and aid in creating graphics for the paper.

“I have been blessed to have experienced a lot here,” D’Egidio said. “I am truthfully so happy with how my experience went, knowing I did what I came here for and I overcame every single bump in the road.”

In the last three semesters, the Charger Bulletin has been a big part of that experience. She joined in the fall of 2020 with a review of a Robin Williams documentary. Since then, she has written 50 articles across different sections of the paper, spanning from her student life domain to entertainment and sports.

“The Charger Bulletin was an outlet for me to improve my writing and temporarily step into the field of journalism,” D’Egidio said.

She also recognized her co-student life editor, Kelly Adkins, saying that working with her was the true experience of having an amazing partner in the newsroom.

“I wish we had that one extra semester to continue to improve our section and to have fun,” D’Egidio said. “Without my fellow glitter twin, as [Charger Bulletin advisor Susan Campbell] declared us, the paper would not have been what it was today.”

Kelly Adkins

Speaking of the Charger Bulletin’s other student life editor and “glitter twin,” Adkins is also graduating this month. She has contributed to the paper since her sophomore year, becoming a staff writer the following year and rising to an editorial spot. Adkins can be remembered for her frantic, ultra late nights in the newsroom and constant positive attitude.

This is something she plans on continuing after graduation, as she will pursue a career in journalism while remaining in her current position as a social media specialist at the Haydenfilms Institute. As a communication: journalism major, Adkins was introduced to writing articles early in her time at the university.

“I wrote a few articles for my core journalism classes,” Adkins said. “And after covering some hard-hitting news like our university’s overnight COVID-19 case spike, I knew I wanted to be a part of getting information out to students as fast (and accurate) as possible.”

Outside of the Charger Bulletin, Adkins is also a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha and the women’s ice hockey club. She said that one aspect of the university she may have taken for granted was its sense of community and what this gives the students, “Charger Nation provides a lot of personalized attention and opportunities for growth.”

“Graduating college is a fever dream,” Adkins said. “So, just have fun with everything you do academically and socially. You won’t be in this community forever, so make the most out of it while you can.”

For students interested in writing or journalism at the university, the Charger Bulletin is a good place to start, according to Adkins. She said that the organization offers a lot of enriching work for whoever is interested in it, so challenging yourself to explore the world of journalism is the best way to start.

Adkins did just this, writing dozens of articles for the paper and participating in the Charger Bulletin News broadcasts as well. To her, working for the publication has given her the opportunity to be in a professional newsroom setting.

“To outsiders, the Bulletin may just be a weekly publication, but for us it is the first time upholding national journalist codes and ethics,” Adkins said. “I am very thankful for the guidance of our Pulitzer prize-winning advisor, Susan Campbell, because she taught me how to handle real news and editorial situations.”

Eldrick Greenaway

Eldrick Greenaway is one of the creative masterminds behind the Charger Bulletin. He serves as the videographer editor and technical director, where he has produced promotional videos for both the print and broadcast sides of the Charger Bulletin, specifically Charger Bulletin News (CBN). His work, most notably a video posted on Dec. 2 to @unewhavencfms on Instagram and editing the weekly news broadcast, can be summed up in a single word: professional.

He will be graduating with a communications: film production degree and will be working for a post-production company Modern Post. At the university, Greenaway is part of Media Services, the Communications Club and the Pompea College of Business Media Team.

All of this has helped give Greenaway a family at the university. He said that “coming into this school with my best friend and leaving this school with a bigger family” is what will stand out to him the most.

Greenaway joined the Charger Bulletin in fall 2020 working as a teleprompter and assistant videographer editor prior to this semester. He said that working for the Charger Bulletin was a chance to try something new, and that it has helped him achieve that and so much more.

“Thanks for everything CBN,” Greenaway said. “It’s been an excellent journey and I’m grateful that everyone in CBN was a part of it.”