Interactive Bartender/ Coyote: Samantha Hilsenrod

Samantha Hilsenrod graduated from Long Beach High School in New York in 2008. She is working towards a B.A. in Communications and Spanish at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and holds a GPA of 3.7. Samantha Hilsenrod is self-financing her college expenses with a combination of jobs and merit-based scholarships. Samantha Hilsenrod works part time at the Coyote Ugly Saloon and the Bourbon Cowboy, two popular New Orleans gathering places. Working on the floor and as an interactive bartender in these busy nightspots during times like Mardi Gras and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has garnered Samantha Hilsenrod tremendous experience in coping with crowd control and on-the-spot sales. Samantha Hilsenrod is adept at balancing the challenges of academics and her work schedule while still finding time for social, community, and personal pursuits. Samantha Hilsenrod is a volunteer for the Gulf Restoration Network, which works to protect the Gulf of Mexico. She helped launch educational and public relations initiatives for the organization and worked as an intern at numerous community and promotional events. Samantha Hilsenrod is active in the Jewish movement Chabad at Tulane, and traveled to Israel in 2009 as part of a special program sponsored by the Israeli government and other private philanthropists. Samantha Hilsenrod is a founder of the Tulane University Chapter of the Phi Mu sorority, and is active in Greek life on campus. Samantha Hilsenrod has spent two summers interning at public relations firms based in New York. Her first internship was at HJMT, where she helped organize events, formatted press releases, and cold-called potential event sponsors. Most recently, Samantha Hilsenrod interned at Ariel Publicity and Cyber PR, LLC, preparing virtual press kits for artists and working on cyber publicity campaigns.

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