Jenalee Alexander at the top of the Duomo
in Florence, Italy (photo by Molly Dunn)
Baylor student organizations to studying abroad:
Jenalee Alexander does it all
By: Logan Angel, Public Relations student
From a small town to a big university, Jenalee Alexander has come a long way and has no intentions of slowing down any time soon. Her passion for public relations first began in 2007 when she started her duties as the "country girl" for Bluebell Creameries in her hometown of Brenham, Texas. In this position, she served as a spokeswoman for the company giving tours of the facilities and traveling on media tours to various cities in the south.
When it was time to look at colleges, Baylor was never far from Alexander's mind, and heart as her father's whole family had attended the school. She also knew that she wanted to go to an institution with a strong public relations program, in which Baylor fit the bill.
Last summer she had the opportunity to participate in the Baylor in Florence program in which she traveled, cooked, learned some Italian phrases, and took photography I and writing for media markets.
"Jenalee and I had so much fun exploring Italy together; she is such a sweet girl," said Molly Dunn, a news editorial student on the trip.
Maxey Parrish, one of the professors, had nothing but nice things to say as well; "she worked hard, understood the approach to learning we had implemented, and really had a great experience over there."
Now as a junior studying public relations and film & digital media, she has found many ways at Baylor to further pursue her interests including holding the public relations chair for Society of Professional Journalists and vice president of communications for Public Relations Student Society of America. With these two student organizations, she keeps busy and has various responsibilities such as making flyers, conducting monthly meetings, bringing in professionals to speak and attending national conventions.
When Alexander hasn't been busy with schoolwork and student organizations, she's found time to take pictures at the Baylor football games along side the Waco Tribune Herald's Rod Aydelotte, which she started doing after taking the media photography II course at Baylor.
Other opportunities include interning with two local businesses; the Dr Pepper Museum and KWTX channel 10. As a public relations associate with the Dr Pepper museum, Jenalee, had a hands on role being involved with their advertising and graphics. As a news room intern with KWTX channel 10, she was involved with fact checking, camera operations and some broadcast journalism.
With the summer just around the corner, she is trying to find an internship magazine, an area she hasn't gotten to tackle yet. And as far as the future holds, she is unsure as to where she will end up, but she does know that she is appreciative for the opportunities she has been given so far and hopes that endless possibilities will come her way.