About Us

Cherie' Langenbacher: General Manager
Cherie' "CJ" Langenbacher is from Hollidaysburg, Pa. She is currently a Sophomore at The Pennsylvania State University and is majoring in Communications in hopes of becoming a Graphic & Web Designer upon graduation. She also is an active member of the Students About Living Truth (SALT) Club on Campus and creates graphics for the organization. Before PSU, she attended the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center for Multimedia and Web Design, while also attending Hollidaysburg Area High School. From the GACTC, she was elected into the National Technical Honor Society.

Dylan Dzielski: Managing Editor, Audio Page Editor and Alumni Page Editor


Ryan Graffius: Assistant Managing Editor and Print Page Editor
Joel Nelson: Assistant Managing Editor and Animation Page Editor
Corina Rodriguez: Creative Page Editor
Corina Rodriguez, a senior at Penn State Altoona, is studying Communications in hopes to one day becoming a director. She is very passionate about the filmmaking process and the hard work that is put in behind the camera. When Corina is not focusing on her studies or working at her local job, she likes to read, write creatively, hike and play games with her friends. She continues to participate in the Collegiate Review Club to create new content for the students and faculty at Penn State Altoona. Upon graduating, Corina plans on moving back to California where she is originally from to use her degree, hands-on experience and knowledge that she was given at the university to find a career in producing and directing films and television shows.
Robert Dozier: Video Editor
Robert Dozier III is a junior at Penn State Altoona pursuing a bachelor's degree in Communications. He dreams of being a writer and film editor. He is originally from Maryland but Penn State was his first choice to attend college. In his spare time he enjoys watching YouTube videos, reading, and hanging out with friends.

Sierra Snigier: PR Director
Sierra Snigier is a current student studying communications at The Pennsylvania State University- Altoona College. She's interested in marketing, promotion, political science and public relations. Sierra possess skills in photography, social media, graphic design, and journalism. She is involved in Student Government Association, Alpha Sigma Tau, Alpha Lambda Delta, Student Athletic Advisory Council and a member of the Lady Lions' tennis and bowling team. She is the Digital Media Assistant for Penn State Altoona's Strategic Communications office.

Chris Lawson: Technical Consultant
IT Consultant/Systems Administrator, Classroom and Student Technology Services, Penn State Altoona
Chris is the IT Consultant for the Penn State Altoona Communications Program and an Apple Systems Administrator for the Classroom and Student Technology Services group at Penn State Altoona. Chris has provided support, consulting and systems management for the Communications Program since 2010. He is responsible for maintaining and managing operations of the Communications program's TV and audio recording studio, as well as deployment, maintenance, and hardware support of Penn State Altoona's Apple systems for labs and podiums.
Mary Lou Nemanic: LiveWire Founder & Co-Adviser
Mary Lou Nemanic is an Associate Professor of Communications and American Studies Penn State Altoona where she designed the multimedia Communications Bachelor of Arts program and served as coordinator for seven years. She teaches visual communication theory courses, media studies, multimedia production and web design journalism, photojournalism, motion graphics and special effects. In 2003 she founded LiveWire, Altoona's online multimedia magazine, and she currently serves as co-adviser. Dr. Nemanic received a master’s degree in Mass Communication and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Summa cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Minnesota.

She has worked in media and documentary for more than 30 years and her work has been published in books, newspapers and magazines and aired on television. Her research interests include Media Studies, Cultural Studies and Cultural History. Her first book, One Day for Democracy: Independence Day and the Americanization of Iron Range Immigrants was published by The Ohio University Press in 2007. She co-edited her second book, Cultural Production in Virtual and Imagined Worlds, with Dr. Tracey Bowen of the University of Toronto (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010). Dr. Nemanic and her husband Doug, an award-winning documentary producer, have worked independently in documentary for more than 25 years. Their first feature-length documentary on cowboy/cowgirl culture, "Cattlemen's Days: the Grandaddy of Colorado Rodeos," won Best Feature-length Documentary at the 2009 Iris Film Festival. Their second feature-length film, “The Iron Range Family Album” was screened in 2011 at the International Northern Lights Music Festival and at the Iris Film Festival, in 2012 as a nationally sponsored event at the Popular/American Culture Association in Boston. It is currently being cablecast in Minneapolis and across northern Minnesota.

Dr. Nemanic is also Contributing Editor and Technical Consultant for the "Lightning Gazette" the online magazine of everyday life.
Bob Trumpbour: Co-Adviser
Bob Trumpbour is a professor of communications at Penn State Altoona. He has published three books, "The New Cathedrals: Politics and Media in the History of Stadium Construction" (Syracuse University Press), "The Rise of Stadiums in the Modern United States: Cathedrals of Sport" (Routledge), and "The Eighth Wonder of the World: The Life of Houston's Iconic Astrodome" (Nebraska). He has won several awards for his research, including the prestigious Seymour Medal. Dr. Trumpbour has spoken in a wide range of venues including at AEJMC, MAPACA, NASSH, SABR, and Harvard Law School. He has written articles and has been interviewed by a variety of national and local media sources, and he periodically serves as a guest columnist for the Altoona Mirror. Dr. Trumpbour teaches both theory and production classes at Penn State Altoona. He does occasional freelance work within the industry, including fieldwork on NFL broadcasts. He recently served as chair for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication's Council of Divisions and was head of AEJMC's Cultural and Critical Studies Division. He previously worked at CBS in New York in various capacities and has taught at Western Illinois University, Southern Illinois University, and Saint Francis University. He earned a Ph.D. from Penn State University's Bellisario College of Communications.
Monica McCready: Webmaster
Monica McCready has been the president of Applied Science and Technology, a full service website management company since 1997.  She has a bachelor's degree in Anthropology with a minor in the Classics from Penn State University. Her company is very much involved in the development and marketing of various e-commerce websites. Monica worked as a computer training specialist holding workshops for a variety of corporate clients including Penn State faculty and staff at University Park and for the Continuing Ed. Department at the Altoona campus.