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Red Carpet Rollout

On screen and off, students and alumni shine at The College Tour premiere

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The College Tour cast members sitting on stage
“Here at Montclair, our motto is ‘Carpe Diem’ (seize the day) and every one of our cast members has done exactly that,” says Joseph Brennan, vice president for Communications and Marketing. Brennan, at far left, is shown with cast members Sal Parrinello ’16, ’18 MBA ; Natalya Kozlovski, Givonna Boggans, Nikki-James Soto and Victoria Povolo.

Rolling out the red carpet ahead of The College Tour’s Season 4, the student and alumni stars of Montclair State University celebrated on March 24 with an Oscar-worthy Watch Party.

With the cameras rolling, the cast treated a live and at-home audience to clips from The College Tour and 20 different stories about what life is like at Montclair.

Complementing the on-screen cast, students worked behind-the-scenes filming the live broadcast and reporting a story they would title “Soaring and Streaming.”

The full episode is available on the University’s YouTube channel and website.

The national rollout on Amazon Prime Video launches in April, with the episode streaming on a number of platforms, including Roku, Apple TV and Sony, and The College Tour app.

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Kaya Maciak, a senior Communication and Media Arts major, co-hosts The College Tour premiere. “I can probably say that all of us who were ambassadors on this, we can check acting now because this is our movie.”
A look from behind the scenes with Broadcast and Media Operations, which ran the livestream, directed by University Videographer Christo Apostolou ’17, with School of Communication and Media graduate Jonathan Padilla ’20 and current students Mike Banovic, Gabby Taylor, James Lynch, Jared Stock and Daniela Jimenez Valdez.
Joseph Brennan on stage with student participants Kaya Maciak, Jack Barteck, Sienna Grant Mitsak, and Jennifer Burlage
Co-hosts – Joseph Brennan, vice president for Communications and Marketing, and seniors Kaya Maciak and Jack Barteck – react to the audience during an interview segment with Sienna Grant Mitsak and Jennifer Burlage.
In his segment, Anthony Gachetti, a junior studying Earth and Environmental Science in the combined Bachelor’s/Master of Arts in Teaching program, describes what he’s learned giving campus tours as an ambassador.
Hunter Ayala, a junior Business Administration major, a first-generation college student, used his time on stage to thank his mother, Margarita Tinco.
Victoria Povolo, seated right, a sophomore double major in Biochemistry and Italian, says she has a “built-in friend group” coming to Montclair with her four siblings. “So it’s a party everywhere you go.” Joining her at the movie-themed reception (seated from left) are Ashley Povolo, Ludovico Povolo and Marcus Povolo; standing from left, Luisa Bicalho, her parents Silvia and Paolo Povolo, and Hunter Rovere.
Sienna Grant Mitsak with family and friends
Third-year Visual Arts major Sienna Grant Mitsak, in yellow, celebrates with family and friends. Mitsak, who founded her own hair-care brand while in college, says the opportunity to share her story on The College Tour was amazing. “Every day I really aim to help people on their journey with embracing their natural hair and going on their self-love journeys. I always give them affirmation, so to be able to be on this screen is honestly a dream come true.”

Photos by University Photographer Mike Peters.