Staff

Ruth Brandt, editor in chief

Ruth is a senior studying Strategic Communications, Spanish and Political Science. Her most recent adventure was a semester studying abroad in Seville, Spain, this past spring (and she’s already dying to go back). When she’s not planning her next adventure, you’ll find Ruth reading, writing or looking for new music to listen to.

Sophia Dramm, editor in chief

Sophia is a senior studying Mass Communication and History. She studied abroad in London for a semester during her sophomore year and most recently backpacked around Europe in summer of 2018. She loves being a part of Souvenirs because it combines her passions for writing and travel; it’s her dream to write for a professional travel magazine after graduating. If that doesn’t work out, she plans to give up on the States and move back to London.

Mac Bryant, art director

Mac is a senior Bachelor of Fine Arts student studying Graphic Design, Photography and Entrepreneurship. She grew up traveling the world as a competitive Irish dancer, and spent a semester abroad studying and interning in London. Her dream is to one day (hopefully soon) move back to London with her puppy, Addison, and work for a fashion house or magazine. During Kenzie’s “free time” (because who really has free time these days), she enjoys binge watching TV, painting and pouring through old fashion magazine issues.

Genevieve Vahl, assistant art director

Genevieve is a junior studying Strategic Communication with a certificate in Graphic Design and Digital Studies. She hopes to one day be the art director for a magazine like Souvenirs to combine art, traveling and writing, aka her passions. Her recent travels to Scotland and Ireland have given her content to create her own personal zine of the trip. (Watch for it coming out soon on our website!) She will continue doing her passions while studying abroad in the spring in Berlin, Germany. On her off days, G likes to see live music, be outside and read.

Paige Strigel, editor and staff writer

Paige is a junior studying English Lit and Journalism with a certificate in Italian. She’s got a travel bucket list a mile long, and her next adventure will be studying abroad Spring 2019. She’s got a thing for castles, mountains, oceans and seeing (and writing about) them all with as little luggage as possible. When she’s staying put, Paige is an obsessive reader and loves figure skating, yoga and spending as much time as she can with her pets.

Emma Liverseed, editor and staff writer

Emma is a junior double majoring in English and Spanish. Her most recent trip took her to Belgium, France and the U.K. She hopes to visit three more countries over the next year to reach her goal of 21 countries at the age of 21. When she’s not checking Google Flights or scrolling through TripAdvisor, Emma enjoys hiking, writing poems, and playing tennis.

Allison Streckenbach, editor and staff writer

Allison is a senior studying International Studies and Human Geography, so exploring new places and meeting new people is totally her thing. She studied for a month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, before spending a semester at the University of Leeds in the UK while completing a certificate in European Studies. Place by place, she is getting closer to crossing each wonder of the world off of her bucket list. She is passionate about global education and actively encourages people to experience, question and participate in the world around them on every scale possible. She hopes to move to Puerto Rico sometime after graduation to both solidify her Spanish and aid in restoration of both local livelihood and the environment after the devastating hurricanes of 2017.

Megan Janssen, editor and staff writer

Megan Janssen is a Junior studying Journalism and Mass Communication and Spanish. She fell in love with travel after visiting a friend two years ago and traveling throughout Scandinavia and Greece. Her next big adventure will be spending spring semester abroad in Madrid, Spain. When she isn’t planning for abroad, Megan loves running, cooking and binge watching a good Netflix or Hulu show.

Chandler Maas, staff writer

Chandler is a sophomore majoring in International Studies with a French certificate and a compulsion to see the world. Her goals include visiting every continent before 30 and working for a non-profit. When not on the move, Chandler enjoys hiking, cooking and socializing more than she should.

Diana Powers, staff writer

Diana is a sophomore studying Nutritional Science on the pre-med track. When she isn’t studying, she loves to capture the beauty of her travels through photography and by writing in her travel journal. Aside from constantly wanting to catch a flight out of Wisco and to somewhere full of unknown sights, she spends her free time running on Lakeshore path and hammocking in the sun. She enjoys being able to share her travels with the readers of Souvenirs and hopes to be going somewhere exciting during the coming year.

Allie Fitzwater, staff writer

Allie is a senior studying Strategic Communications and Digital Studies. She recently spent a semester abroad in Barcelona, Spain, where she finally experienced Catalan and Spanish culture. Besides traveling and studying, you can find Allie in the studio at WSUM or collaging pieces from magazines.

Mason Hakes, staff writer

Mason is a senior studying Speech Pathology and Portuguese and has studied abroad in Germany and Brazil. His goals are to work as a speech therapist in Montréal while simultaneously writing for a travel or food publication. When he’s not studying languages, catch him eating shawarma or tacos wherever they are sold.

Sinclair Richards, staff writer

Sinclair is a Junior Majoring in Communication Arts and Environmental Studies with certificates in Global Health and Photography. She finds happiness in spur of the moment road trips with friends, family ski trips, and extended stays to learn about unfamiliar places. Some of her favorite places are Park City and Northern Japan. This semester she is setting sail in the Caribbean for the semester and sailing between St. Thomas and Grenada. 

Madeline Peterson, staff writer

Madeline is a sophomore pursuing a major in English and a certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Her favorite travel experiences (so far!) have been a hiking/camping trip through the Grand Canyon and working on an island in Maine for a summer. Madeline is forever grateful for the life lessons traveling has taught her: patience, perspective and the ability to fit three weeks’ worth of clothing into a carry-on.

Ana Demedoza, staff writer

Ana is a junior studying Mass Communications and International Studies. Growing up in Miami, Florida (the 305!), in a Venezuelan immigrant family, Ana has been exposed to countless cultures and nationalities all her life by living in the minority-majority city. Along with personal trips to places like Spain and Jamaica, Ana has participated in trips with TIME International and US-Brazil Connect to Paraguay, England, Peru, Mongolia, Romania and, most recently, Brazil. In the future, Ana plans to complete her master’s degree at a UK university and work in the BBC as a multimedia journalist covering international politics.

Ella Strazzanti, marketing director

Ella is a senior studying Marketing, International Business, and Management. She recently spent a semester studying abroad in Rome, Italy, and added more places to her travel bucket list than she was able to cross off. In her free time, you can find Ella listening to country music, baking sweets, hanging out with friends, or planning her next trip around the world. She would love to work in London one day and continue exploring Europe.

Amelia Matzke, marketing director

Amelia is a junior studying Journalism with an emphasis in Strategic Communications. She spent the past summer studying art and architecture in Prague, Czech Republic, and she cannot wait for the day she returns to the “City of a Hundred Spires”. When she’s not daydreaming about castles and croissants, she enjoys watching movies, getting coffee and hanging with friends