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Visit the Journalism and PR Peer Advisors to learn more about the concentrations we offer, how to get involved on campus, assistance with scholarship applications, what courses to take next semester, and more!
Each peer advisor has weekly office hours in ILC S408 (down the hall as you walk in the main doors to the department, second door on the right). The 2024 spring semester schedule is as follows:


  • 12 - 2 p.m.: Emma Morneweck (PR)
  • 2 - 4 p.m.: Leah Patonette (PR)


  • 12 - 2 p.m.: Elizabeth Lombardo (Sports Journ)
  • 3 - 5 p.m.: Paige Hanson (General)


  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Kayla Gregoire (Sports Journ)
  • 2 - 4 p.m.: Aalianna Marietta (General)


  • 1 - 3 p.m.: Victoria Wan (General)


  • 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.: Nathan Legare (General)

Every Journalism track is represented in our Peer Advisor group. You can learn more about each of our Advisors below: 

General Journalism 

Paige Hanson

Paige Hanson is a sophomore majoring in Journalism with a minor in Sociology. She is an Assistant Social Media Editor and Arts Staff Writer at the Massachusetts Daily Collegian. She enjoys interviewing bands and artists, creating exciting ideas for the Collegian social media pages, reviewing shows, and analyzing various music subjects. Hanson is also the lead singer of the band Noddery. She became a peer advisor because she loves meeting and assisting other journalism students. 

Nathan Legare

Nathan Legare is a junior at the University of Massachusetts from Petersham, MA double-majoring in Human Geography and Journalism with a certificate in Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST). He is an Assistant Social Media Editor and Staff Writer at the Massachusetts Daily Collegian, with published articles in the newspaper's Arts & Living, News, and Op/Ed sections. Outside of the Collegian, he is the percussion section leader of the UMass Concert Band, playing xylophone, vibraphone, marimba, and more.

Aalianna Marietta

Aalianna Marietta is a junior Journalism student and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies minor in the Honors college. When she’s not in class, Marietta writes for the Arts and News sections of the Collegian and freelances for the Greenfield Recorder. Marietta hopes to write profiles and long-form narrative pieces for arts and culture magazines. She is looking forward to helping students find their voice and their path at UMass. Outside of journalism, she loves to draw, listen to Maggie Rogers, go to Chili's with friends, and FaceTime her sister when she's supposed to be doing homework.

Victoria Wan

Victoria Wan is a junior double majoring in Journalism and English. They also write and assist with editing for The Rebirth Project, a BIPOC student-led publication, one of the department’s many outlets for journalists and writers; their work has also been published in The Scribe’s Fall 2023 edition. They’re excited to be a peer mentor and assist during students’ academic journeys with the Journalism department. As Audre Lorde once said, “Revolution is not a one-time event.”

Public Relations

Emma Morneweck

Emma Morneweck is a first-year double majoring in Communications and Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations. She wanted to be a peer advisor to create a comfortable environment for fellow students to reach out and navigate the Journalism major. She loves going to the ILC to study and going for walks around campus.

Leah Patenotte

Leah Patenotte is a first-year Journalism major with a PR concentration and a minor in IT. She is a member of the UMass Chapter of PRSSA. She’s excited to be a peer mentor because she enjoys helping people and wants to show students all the ways the Journalism department can assist with students’ career and academic aspirations.

Sports Journalism

Kayla Gregoire

Kayla Gregoire is a junior Sports Journalism major with a minor in Political Science. She is an Assistant Sports and Copy Editor for the Massachusetts Daily Collegian and has interned with the Cape Cod Baseball League. Currently, she is a pro/high school sports intern with Gregoire became a peer advisor because she remembered not knowing exactly what classes to take and wanted to help others navigate a new chapter of their lives at UMass.

Elizabeth Lombardo

Elizabeth Lombardo is a Sport Management and Sport Journalism double major. Lombardo is an intern with UMass Athletics on its Creative Content Team and is a member of Women in Sport Management (WISM). In her free time, she enjoys watching true crime shows with her friends and going on long walks around campus. She wanted to be a peer mentor because she wanted to help students on their journey as a journalism student and answer any questions they may have.