Broad­cast jour­nalist Kathryn Sotnik loves meeting fresh faces.

Speaking at Northeastern’s annual senior recep­tion for com­mu­ni­ca­tion studies majors at the Raytheon Amphithe­ater ear­lier this month, Sotnik, BA’03, noted, “Get­ting to deal with new people every day keeps me going.”

Sotnik, who anchors news cov­erage on tele­vi­sion sta­tion WPRI in Prov­i­dence, Rhode Island, chal­lenged stu­dents to apply what they have learned in class and on co-​​op to their careers. “Be able to adapt,” she said. “Take all the skills you learned from your pro­fes­sors and use them.”

She cer­tainly did. “I loved every minute of my expe­ri­ence at North­eastern,” Sotnik said, “whether it was going to classes or exploring Boston.”

As part of the event, junior Joel Marsh, a dual major in com­mu­ni­ca­tion studies and cinema studies, was awarded the Curtis Haigh Memo­rial Scholarship.

The schol­ar­ship, he said, would go toward funding a film ded­i­cated to Haigh, a hand­i­capped North­eastern stu­dent who died in 1985.

Stu­dent speaker Maxine Roca praised her courses for their intel­lec­tual rigor, noting that Pres­i­dent Obama’s announce­ment of Osama bin Laden’s death “would be dis­sected in my classes like no other class could.”

Her courses, she said, gave her a strong under­standing of the world around her.

We have had the oppor­tu­nity to work with bril­liant, moti­vated, truly ded­i­cated pro­fes­sors,” she said.  “Before studying at North­eastern I was just a spec­tator.  Now, I’m a participant.”