Charles Kesner Jr. '12 on the set of TV99.
Charles Kesner's Appearance
on 'The Score'
Randolph-Macon College student Charles Kesner Jr. ’12 is camera
shy—but that didn’t stop him from interning at a television station.
The Charles Town, West Virginia native spent January Term 2011 as a
Bassett intern at Hanover County’s TV99, a local-access channel. Kesner,
a German major with a minor
in education, created music videos, trailers,
promotional videos and news packages.
“I also created a promotional video for Hanover High School special classes (nursing,
dentistry, optometry and other programs),” he says. One of his duties, however,
was a bit angst-producing. “I
made a brief appearance on ‘The Score,’ a sports show aired on the Hanover County
Network Channel,” he says. “I don’t like being on the air, and my TV appearance
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Kesner worked alongside R-MC alumnus Trip Wells ’02, the producer
at TV99. Wells, who has been at the station since 2003, hosts “The Score.” Wells
himself was an intern at TV99 during Randolph-Macon's 2002 January term. “It’s been
great to mentor Charles,” he says. “He has been a great asset to TV99. He’s helped
us get numerous shows edited and on the air in a timely fashion, and he’s even been
able to assist our high school interns with a few of their projects. I am happy
to say that we’re so pleased with Charles’s work that we’ve offered him a part-time
job for the spring.”
Kesner will put his German-language skills to good use in fall 2011 when he travels
to Marburg, Germany for a semester abroad.
He currently works as a German tutor in R-MC’s
Higgins Academic Center (HAC), something he thoroughly enjoys. The HAC serves
as a repository, clearinghouse, and sponsor for resources and programming on professional
teaching techniques, academic strategies, and other research-based educational resources.
Support to students and faculty is available in all areas of Instruction, as well
as in Writing across the Curriculum, Speaking across the Curriculum, and Instructional
Technology. “I like helping others,” he says. “I’ve also worked with some of our
German exchange students, helping them develop their English—and they have assisted
me with my German!”
Kesner is an active member of several organizations. He is the fundraising chair
for Students of Virginia Education Association, the fundraising supervisor for R-MC’s
chapter of Habitat for Humanity, the public relations secretary for the
German Club, and a member of the yearbook staff. He also works as a Campus
“Campus Ambassadors host prospective students,” he explains. “My responsibilities
include taking students to class with me on Macon Days, mingling during
Open House and Accepted Students
events, and hosting overnight prospective students. Working as a Campus Ambassador
is a great way to show off the college.”
After graduation, Kesner would like to teach high school German and become certified
to teach ESL (English as a Second Language) or special education. “I would also
love to do something with technology,” he says. “Because of my experience with TV99,
I can see myself in a career in mass communications or graphic design.”
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future academic learning, as well as preparation for life after graduation. With
a history of placements in over 1,100 sites in more than 20 states, Washington,
D.C., and 11 foreign countries, students get an opportunity to explore the world
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