Marquette student broadcaster Ian Schrank is being recognized by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association with the Student Leadership Award.
Schrank was involved in Marquette Radio when he arrived on campus as a freshman and advanced to music director, assistant general manager, and general manager.
“He is, quite simply, everything we hope for in a college student: smart, dedicated, motivated, and hungry for knowledge,” wrote Marquette University Diederich College of Communication Director of Student Media Mark Zoromski. “And even more important, he’s everything we hope for in a person. His big heart and his unwavering commitment to seeking the truth, holding the powerful accountable, and giving voice to the voiceless are inspiring. “
Zoromski said Schrank’s competent leadership took the campus radio station to new heights with little him or oversight from him. He said Schrank made sure more than 100 volunteer DJs got training, handled contract negotiations, and could be counted on to help at a moment’s notice.
Schrank also played a role in getting the radio station into publishing podcasts and integrating the radio station with the campus TV station and student media website.
“Ian cares deeply about others, whether they are his fellow students, co-workers in student media, or story subjects,” Zoromski said. “He has the unique ability to understand and embrace different feelings, beliefs, and cultures.”
Schrank said working for Marquette Radio has been transformative for him.
“As I go forward with my career in broadcasting, I plan to take the leadership skills I learned through Marquette Radio into the professional world,” he wrote. “My time at the radio station has helped me grow as a producer, an editor, and, most of all, a leader.”
The award was given to Schrank on Feb. 24 at the WBA Student Seminar.