NY Times selects photos by communications major for Education Life slideshow

Mary Bove's picture was posted by the NY Times.
For the second time in six months, The New York Times (NYT) has selected a photograph taken by Misericordia University student Mary Bove of Wapwallopen, Pa., to appear on a slideshow on its Education Life webpage.

The first photo was posted online and published in the newspaper on April 15, 2012, in the section, “Your College Experience.” The photo features Bove’s friend, Alex Chapman, impulsively diving into a snow pile on the Misericordia University campus wearing swim trunks and a yellow flower lei around his neck. The photo captures him in mid-flight above the undisturbed snow and the bird-like shadow created by his falling body. The caption, written by Bove, reads: “A group of friends and I decided to go out in the snow one weekend in January, and my friend Alex, who put on his swim trunks, dove in. That’s what I think college is about: having a fun time with your friends – in ways other than partying.”

The most recent photo was posted in July 2012 in the slideshow, “Photo Booth: Back to School,” also on the NYT’s Education Life webpage. Bove says she likes taking pictures outdoors with natural light, and took numerous shots of Chapman on and around a large tree in a wooded area adjacent to the campus. The one she selected for submission to the newspaper features Chapman reading a textbook while standing in the crook of a branch of a large tree. Her caption: “This is a photo of my friend Alex Chapman standing in a huge tree reading a physics book. I think going back to school means getting all of your work done, but not forgetting to have fun while you’re at it.”

The Pennsylvania Newspaper Association (PNA) also honored Bove in 2011 when it selected one of her photographs for the cover of its 2012 calendar. Her picture was chosen from submissions by students at two- and four-year colleges and universities across the state. Bove submitted a horizontal image of the picturesque Susquehanna River near Nescopeck and Berwick to meet the contest’s theme of pictures that depict life in Pennsylvania.

A sophomore communications major, Bove says she chose Misericordia after attending the annual Communications and Media Career Exploration Camp on campus and meeting department faculty prior to her senior year in high school. She serves as the multi-media editor of The Highlander student newspaper and is in the process of starting a photography club at Misericordia. She is scheduled to graduate in 2015.

The Berwick High School graduate is the daughter of Melanie Bove, Wapwallopen, Pa., and plans to pursue a career as a professional photographer. She has already been hired for a number of paid assignments, each helping to build her portfolio. She also has completed an internship with College Fashionista, a popular website that discusses fashion and style on college campuses. As a style guru, she wrote weekly blog posts on style advice and trends on campus.

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For the second time in six months, photographs by Misericordia University student Mary Bove of Wapwallopen, Pa., have been selected to appear on the New York Times webpage, Education Life. Bove is a sophomore communications major at the campus in Dallas, Pa.