Next year, when you find yourself in the Union mailroom, don't be surprised if you look in The Lamron office and see Dan Skahen working away. Skahen will be spending a good deal of time there, as he was just elected editor-in-chief for the 2008-2009 school year.
Skahen, who is currently a junior, is a long-standing and dedicated contributor to The Lamron. He started writing on and off his freshman year, and ascended to assistant features editor as a sophomore. Looking to get even more involved, he then took on the position of features editor, which he held for the following three semesters (the section has since been renamed Knights' Life).
This spring, Skahen is taking a break from the editorial board to concentrate on his public-relations internship with the college's Office of Communication and Publications. He looks forward to his latest challenge as editor-in-chief.
"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous," Skahen said. "However, I think I'm well-prepared. There is a lot of potential in The Lamron yet to be fulfilled, so I'm happy to take the helm."
Journalism has long been a passion of Skahen's, dating back to his high school years in Newburgh, N.Y.
"I've always loved to write," he explained. "Even before I could spell, I used to dictate fiction stories to Mom." When he realized that "being a best-selling novelist is not a realistic career path," he decided to apply his love of writing to a different genre. At Geneseo, Skahen is a communication major who will graduate with both the interpersonal/organizational concentration as well as the mass-media studies concentration. He chose to complete both so his major would be more open-ended.
Skahen plans to stick with journalism after graduation as well.
"It's a dynamic field," he said. "It is my passion right now, so I would like to continue it as a professional endeavor."
In addition to his extensive involvement with The Lamron, Skahen is a well-rounded member of the campus. He is secretary of Men of Action and Change (MAC), is an RA in Jones Hall and was recently accepted into National Residence Hall Honorary, an association of college residence-hall leaders. Additionally, he has a radio show on WGSU called "Movie Talk" with senior and former Lamron Arts and Entertainment Editor Mike Reiff each Sunday. Free time may be hard to come by, but when he does get time to himself he enjoys writing fiction, swimming, drawing and dabbling in playing guitar.
As he prepares to take on the top position at the newspaper, Skahen credits his successors for the paper's improvement over recent years.
"Jacob [Kriss, current editor-in-chief] has done monumental things; I have big shoes to fill. The Lamron wouldn't be anything without its staff and especially e-board," he said.
He pointed out that the paper has captured students' interest more in the last three years since he came to Geneseo. As editor-in-chief, Skahen said, "I will keep riding the wave. The Lamron has improved, but it can always be better."