Ryan Foutty: Hitting Metaphorical Curve Balls

Friday, November 16, 2012 by Marilyn Culler

"DePauw teaches you to hit metaphorical curve balls." -Ryan Foutty

Athletics is a regular topic of conversation around the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media. DePauw has 23 Division III sports teams, quite a large number for a small liberal arts college. Students from The DePauw newspaper, WGRE radio and D3TV write about, air and broadcast "Tiger sports." Media Fellows director Dave Bohmer teaches a class on baseball history. Media Fellows students are also athletes. Ryan Foutty, a senior Media Fellow, is the No. 11-ranked college sports broadcaster in the country.

Ryan, a communications major from Aurora, Ohio, was on his way to a career in sports broadcasting. His Media Fellows international internship, at a marketing company called Threeview in Munich, Germany, threw him a curve ball.

"After spending a summer broadcasting games for a minor league baseball team, I decided to change course and consider a different career. I've always been interested in marketing and advertising, so the opportunity to work at a young, creative agency like Threeview was incredibly exciting for me. The internship offered me a ton of hands-on experience on a wide range of client projects - all of which exposed me to different aspects of the business. I now know this is definitely what I want to do for the rest of my life."

Ryan was part of WGRE's broadcast team for this year's Monon Bell football game. This week, he's off to Geneva, New York, to broadcast the women's field hockey NCAA semifinal game against Tufts. Oh, and by the way, Media Fellows sophomore Paige Henry scored the winning overtime goal in last Saturday's quarterfinal game against Middlebury!

Ryan's story is not unfamiliar among DePauw students. DePauw teaches students to think critically, explore many worlds, and learn to "hit metaphorical curve balls."

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