Spring 2012 Staff

Name: Lauren Bangerter

Major: English Language   Minors: Editing, English, and Music

Hometown and State: American Fork, UT

Career Goals: Freelance Editor

Favorite Book: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Favorite Part of Editing: Helping author’s polish their work

Least Favorite Part of Editing: Deciding when to put commas on restrictive/nonrestrictive clauses

Favorite Thing You’ve Learned in College: To learn from, experience, and enjoy my classes rather than just going for the grade

Favorite Vacation (locale): Blacksfork—my family’s summer camping spot in the high Unitas.

One Vacation Necessity: My journal

Favorite Vacation (story): I was taking a road trip with my sister and parents through Italy, Austria, and Switzerland. I was nursing a head cold and trying to get over jet lag at the same time—so I was sleeping in the back seat. My dad stopped the car and announced that we were in Luxembourg. I opened the door, put one foot on the road, pulled it back in, and went back to sleep. By the time I woke up we were in Switzerland. But at least I can say I have put one foot in Luxembourg.

I never leave home without: My planner

Favorite Quote: “Welcome the task that makes you go beyond yourself, and you will grow.”

I have never: Scuba dived

Dream Travel Location: Prince Edward Island, Canada



Name: Lindsay Brown

Major: English           

Hometown and State: Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Career Goals: To be an editor for a horse, travel, or food magazine.

Favorite Book: No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

Favorite Part of Editing: My favorite part about editing is the learning.

Least Favorite Part of Editing: Proofreading

Favorite Thing You’ve Learned in College: The most valuable thing I learned in college was how to work and how to do work that you can really be proud of. I don’t do anything anymore that I don’t give my 110%.

One Vacation Necessity: A great camera.

Favorite Vacation (story): My favorite vacation wasn’t actually a vacation, it was a study abroad in London. During the two months I was there, I completely fell in love with that city and I’m convinced it’s the most incredible city in the world. I obviously haven’t been to all the cities in the world, but I’ve been to a lot of ones that are considered to be really great cities, and London surpasses them all. I love the history, the architecture, the literature, the markets, the shopping, and, of course, the tube. I spent my last night in London on Millennium Bridge, a footbridge that spans the Thames between St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tate Modern. This is my favorite spot in London because St. Paul’s looks so beautiful and peaceful all lit up against the river, even if it is the infamously dirty Thames!

I never leave home without: A bag, of course! As you can read in my editor’s note on page 7 of the magazine, I love bags and I never leave the house without the appropriate bag, which might change several times a day.

Favorite Quote: “One does not like to generalize about so many people all at once but you may be sure that men know nothing about their hearts.” – Jane Austen, Emma

I have never: Had a chance to swim with dolphins. I’m sort of terrified of the ocean, but I’m dying to swim with a dolphin. I’m determined to achieve this goal in the next few years.

Dream Travel Location: Somewhere in the UK on the back of a horse. In order for anything to be my dream vacation, it has to include horses. The UK has a rich history with horses and English riding, so for me that would be the ultimate riding experience and the dream location.



Name: Marissa Empey

Major: Graphic Design

Hometown and State: Salt Lake City, Utah

Career Goals: I’d like to either work as a designer in an advertising agency or work for a children’s book publisher.

Favorite Book: Ella Enchanted

Favorite Part of Editing: Finding a page that I didn’t have to make a mark on.

Least Favorite Part of Editing: The nagging feeling that no matter how carefully I checked a manuscript, I probably missed some obvious grammar mistake.

Favorite Thing You’ve Learned in College: How to procrastinate effectively.

Favorite Vacation (locale): Lake Powell

One Vacation Necessity: A long book

Favorite Vacation (story): My favorite vacation was when I went to Egypt as part of my study abroad. I fell off a camel, drove a horse-drawn carriage through the streets of Luxor, and was one of the few students who didn’t get food poisoning.

I never leave home without: Clothing. Everything else is expendable. 

I have never: Stayed in a hostel.

Dream Travel Location: I’ve always wanted to go on an art history tour of Europe.


Name: Lindsey Gardiner

Major: Linguistics

Hometown and State: West Jordan, Utah

Career Goals: Editor

Favorite Book: The Harry Potter Series

Favorite Part of Editing: I love making things clearer than they were before

Favorite Thing You’ve Learned in College: Descriptivism vs. prescriptivism

Favorite Vacation (locale): San Diego, California

One Vacation Necessity: Comfy shoes

Favorite Vacation (story):

I never leave home without: a book

Favorite Quote: “The wizards represent all that the true ‘muggle’ most fears: They are plainly outcasts and comfortable with being so. Nothing is more unnerving to the truly conventional than the unashamed misfit!  -JK Rowling

I have never: had a passport.

Dream Travel Location: Italy


Name: Ashley Nichole Hasna

Major: English

Hometown and State: Holladay, Utah

Career Goals: To work on a magazine

Favorite Book: Jane Eyre

Favorite Part of Editing: I like researching and interviewing for the topics of the articles.

Least Favorite Part of Editing: Finding exceptions to the rule

Favorite Thing You’ve Learned in College: I am capable of achieving more than I ever dreamed.

Favorite Vacation (locale): England

One Vacation Necessity: A camera with a zoom lens.

Favorite Vacation (story): My family had just cleared security when we had a bomb scare in the Paris airport. Too bad I was so enthralled in my book that I missed the entire incident.

I never leave home without: my wallet

Favorite Quote: “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” ― Albert Einstein

I have never: dove with sharks

Dream Travel Location: New Zealand


Name: Kathy Hopkinson

Major: English

Hometown and State: Moses Lake, WA

Career Goals: Edit for various publishing companies until I can freelance

Favorite Book: Great Expectations

Favorite Part of Editing: Helping people send the message they want to send.

Least Favorite Part of Editing: Nothing is ever finished, only due.

Favorite Thing You’ve Learned in College: I have learned a lot about myself.

Favorite Vacation (locale): Santa Cruz, CA

One Vacation Necessity: Contact Solution

Favorite Vacation (story): Once my family’s car died in the intersection right outside of my grandparents’ neighborhood…after a twelve-hour drive there with no problems.

I never leave home without: Lip balm

Favorite Quote:
“You can’t help respecting anybody who can spell ‘Tuesday,’ even if he doesn’t spell it right; but spelling isn’t everything. There are days when spelling ‘Tuesday’ simply doesn’t count.”

–The World of Pooh

(Don’t judge me—I’m still a good editor.)

I have never: Gone parasailing

Dream Travel Location: Anywhere foreign and warm


Name: Maggie Jensen

Major: English Language            Minors: Editing and German

Hometown and State: Sandy, UT

Career Goals: Mom

Favorite Book: Ella Enchanted

Favorite Part of Editing: Helping people express themselves

Least Favorite Part of Editing: Fact checking

Favorite Thing You’ve Learned in College: How to be myself

Favorite Vacation (locale): New Zealand

One Vacation Necessity: Hand sanitizer

Favorite Vacation (story): As I was about to jump into nothing off of the Kawarau Bridge in New Zealand (the first site of bungee), my mind went completely blank and I found myself asking the man, “Wait, wait, wait! What am I supposed to do?” He chuckled and responded, “Most people usually jump.”

I let go and screamed the whole way down and laughed the whole way up while bouncing around until they finally pulled me in. Greatest moment ever.

I never leave home without: Sadly, my phone.

Favorite Quote: If you want to make the Lord laugh, tell Him your plans.

I have never: Been to Africa and ridden an elephant.

Dream Travel Location: Anywhere in Europe and especially Germany


Name: Alexa Justesen           

Major: English

Hometown and State: Roseville, California

Career Goals: To be an editor for Real Simple magazine

Favorite Book: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and the Harry Potter series

Favorite Part of Editing: Using a red pen! And taking something good and making it even better.

Least Favorite Part of Editing: Memorizing grammar rules

Favorite Thing You’ve Learned in College: You learn the most by people-watching.

Favorite Vacation (locale): London and Greece

One Vacation Necessity: A good camera. You never know when you’ll get a great shot!

Favorite Vacation (story): The month my family spent traveling Europe. We spent one week each in England, France, Italy, and Greece. Those are some of the best memories of my life!

I never leave home without: Sunglasses and my iPod

Favorite Quote: “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” Joseph Campbell

I have never: been on a cruise! But I’m dying to go on one around the Mediterranean

Dream Travel Location: The Seychelles islands


Name: Vanae Lauren Nielsen

Major: English

Hometown and State: Springville, Utah

Career Goals: I would like to be a full-time copyeditor for either a magazine or a publishing company. I also think that it would be fun to try teaching English at some point in my life.

Favorite Book: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Favorite Part of Editing: The opportunity read others’ beautiful works and learn from their ideas before anyone else does. I like being part of the process that makes those words the best that they can be.

Least Favorite Part of Editing: Reading boring pieces, like college research papers.

Favorite Thing You’ve Learned in College: How to work with deadlines

Favorite Vacation (locale): Orlando, Florida

One Vacation Necessity: Swimsuit. No matter where you are going, you can always run into an opportunity for a swim. Don’t be caught without it!

Favorite Vacation (story): I went on a cruise with my sister. We flew to Florida and spent a couple of days on the beach and at theme parks, then embarked on the boat to the Bahamas. It was fabulous to just spend some quality time with my sister and do something that we had never done before.

I never leave home without: Chapstick. I hate when my lips get dry, and there is nothing I can do about it. Different climates and weather can definitely make this worse. I carry chapstick in my purse, my backpack, my glove box, coat pockets, etc.

Favorite Quote: “When we want to be something other than the thing God wants us to be, we must be wanting what, in fact, will not make us happy.” ~C.S. Lewis

I have never: Been out of the United States. I’d like to have the chance to see the world before I die.

Dream Travel Location: Europe


Name: Stephanie Smith

Major: Chemistry (editing minor)

Hometown and State: Pomona, CA and West Jordan, UT

Career Goals: to edit for a scientific magazine or journal

Favorite Book: #1: Crime and Punishment #2: The Count of Monte Cristo

Favorite Part of Editing: I love the feeling at the end, when I have helped to make the manuscript better than it was before, finding something not so obvious (it’s like a reverse Easter egg hunt because you don’t want there to be problems, but it is rewarding to be able to identify them), and the variety of tasks that fall under the category of editing (writing, designing, and actual editing).

Least Favorite Part of Editing: It is difficult to edit my own writing – it is so much harder to find the problems and to fix them. XP

Favorite Thing You’ve Learned in College: My best moment in college was when I realized that I could figure out something completely new on my own. I think that half of college is learning the basics and the other half is learning how to apply the basics to new situations.

Favorite Vacation (locale): Montana – my best family vacations have been rockhounding trips there.

One Vacation Necessity: Playing cards – they can save you from boredom in unexpected situations.

Favorite Vacation (story): This isn’t my favorite story, but one time I was walking around at the University of Cambridge with my backpack, and I got accosted by ragged man (homeless or something?) who started asking me for money. Even as I was turning him down he still was pretty persistent, but I turned away pretty quick. That’s when I noticed a second ragged man right behind me, and it became obvious that he was friends with the first. I felt like it was a set up to so the second man could steal something from my backpack… I didn’t notice anything missing…

I never leave home without: pants

Favorite Quote: “One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” Oliver Wendell Holmes [I couldn’t figure out if this is a quote from Holmes Jr or Sr… it is split online and nothing lists the source of the quote….]

I have never: gone on a trip by myself where my mom didn’t join me at some point. She is my adventure buddy!

Dream Travel Location: I want to backpack across northern France, Fréthun/Calais area.


Name: Sarah Tomoser           

Major: Communications: Public Relations

Hometown and State: Omaha, Nebraska

Career Goals: Working as a PR professional at a communications agency

Favorite Book: Peter Pan

Favorite Part of Editing: Collaborating with writers to bring out the best in their story

Least Favorite Part of Editing: When my red pen goes dry

Favorite Thing You’ve Learned in College: Hard work will always pay off

Favorite Vacation (locale): New York City

One Vacation Necessity: Sunglasses

Favorite Vacation (story): 

I never leave home without: iPod

Favorite Quote: “Be prepared to be surprised.”

I have never: Gotten a shoe shine in the airport

Dream Travel Location: Somewhere warm with a great travel companion


Name: Jordan Carroll, Advisor           

Major: Print Journalism

Hometown and State: Grew up in Texas. Graduated in Nebraska.

Career Goals: Write, photograph, and design my own packages for a travel magazine

Favorite Book: Harry Potter

Favorite Magazine: National Geographic/Southern Living

Favorite Part of Editing: Designing. It’s my passion.

Least Favorite Part of Editing: Sending pages to the printer. It’s the most nerve-wracking feeling.

Favorite Thing You’ve Learned in College: Don’t be afraid to be creative and innovative.

Favorite Vacation (locale): Can it include an entire region? Because I love the entire Middle East: Israel, Egypt, Jordan.

One Vacation Necessity: My Canon Rebel.

I never leave home without: my iPhone. Especially when traveling. It’s good for photos, video, audio. Finding food locations. Navigating transportation.

Favorite Quote: “Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can’t Lose.”

I have never: been to Europe. It’s a crime, I know.

Dream Travel Location: Turkey. Or Italy. Or New Zealand. Pretty much everywhere.



Name: Marv Gardner, Editor in Chief

Title: Teaching Professor, Department of Linguistics and English Language, Brigham Young University

Hometown and State: Grew up in Duncan, Arizona, and Provo, Utah. I currently reside in Pleasant Grove, Utah

Career: Before becoming a professor at BYU in 2005, I worked for 28 years as a full-time editor and writer for the Ensign and Liahona magazines, both of which are distributed worldwide. For more than half of those years, I was managing editor of the Liahona.

Favorite Part of Editing: Working with interesting people who have something worth saying.

Favorite Travel Experience: In the early 1990s, I traveled to a remote, obscure village in Paraguay. When I stopped at a random dwelling, the first person I happened to meet was a man sitting on a wooden chair under a tree, reading a recent issue of the international magazine I had edited.