Elizabeth Starkey, the instructor in the School of Engineering Design Technology and Professional programs at Penn State, owns a company, Star Valle Entertainment and Decor which provides balloon twisting, face painting, glitter tattoos and decor for events in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Florida.
Starkey starts her business when she was 12 years old when her aunt asked her to make balloons for a fun fair. She practiced for a few weeks and decided to do balloons for more fun fairs after that.
For the comparison of her job of engineering design and company, Starkey said that they both use the creativity of design and she enjoys when doing balloons and paintings.
Starkey said one of her unforgettable balloon she ever made is a 12-feet tall balloon for her friend’s wedding which took her lots of time for all the details on it and that is the first big “sculpture” her made. She said it is also memorable to make balloons for her own wedding. Starkey said she hopes to expand her business a little bit in the future.
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Senior / Journalism
Zhuxuan Li is photojournalism student at Penn State. She studied music industry at The Communication University Of China(CUC) for two years before she transferred to Penn State. Li developed great interest in photojournalism and multimedia production when taking course about TV production in CUC.
During the two year at Penn State, Li gained lots of valuable experience about news writing, newspaper design and story telling. In 2018, Li did a photo story of “Our Little Homie” which is about converting a school bus into a skoolie. Besides, for multimedia story, Li videoed a story “Stand Up” about a b-boying group member of Ram Squade who was verbally attacked by local people when he was a child.
She plans to do more photo and video stories in the future after graduate. Li enjoys spending her time on collecting stories and interviewing people with interesting thought.