In February 2013, Ross Radcliffe's future seemed set. He was a starter on Queens' men's lacrosse team, he had twice represented Team British Columbia in the Canadian National Lacrosse Championships, and he was drafted to play professionally.
Then a series of concussions halted Ross' plans. He made the difficult decision to leave lacrosse behind, and with the help and encouragement of faculty at the Knight School of Communication, he re-focused his efforts on another passion - media production.
Ross' coursework at the Knight School prepared him well for a career in communication. As a sophomore he directed the campus television show Royal Points highlighting Queens' athletics programs. He created promotional videos for the men's lacrosse team that spread throughout the lacrosse community and were featured on major lacrosse websites. During the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte in 2012, Ross worked as a production assistant on the set of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He credits Dr. Alexis Carreiro with connecting him to The Daily Show.
"Because she (Dr. Alexis Carreiro) knew my interests, she was able to work with me and find this opportunity. If I had been just a number at a big school, I never would have had that sort of support."
- Ross Radcliffe, senior at Queens
In April 2013, Ross earned an internship with Charlotte-based Susie Films, producer of award-winning documentary films and more than 800 television shows for networks such as ABC, A&E, ESPN, Food Network, HGTV and History Channel.
After supervising Ross' internship and those of other Knight School students, Susie Films Director Scott Galloway approached Queens about producing a promotional video for the university entitled "100 Words on Queens." He was familiar with Ross' Queens' experience and thought it would be an ideal story to share.
"The talent, creativity, desire to learn and positive attitude I've seen in Ross and other Queens students inspired me to help the university tell its story," said Scott.
As Ross works toward graduation, he recently completed his first short film and is looking to enter it in a few student film festivals.
"Queens has definitely prepared me for my career, giving me that taste of what is to come after I leave college," said Ross.