Education

M.S     Loyola University Chicago, School of Communication           Expected May 2020
Major: Global Strategic Communication
Candidate for BA-MS dual degree

B.A.    Loyola University Chicago, School of Communication            Expected May 2019
Major: Advertising
Cumulative GPA 3.86

A.S.     Housatonic Community College                                                                           May 2015
Major: General Studies
Cumulative GPA 3.62

Research Interests

Advertising as social communication, communication and social media culture, digital media activism and social movements, and industrial heritage and mass communication.

Honors and Awards

Provost Fellowship                                                                                                                        2019

Awarded to students by Loyola University Chicago to support undergraduate students to further their research agenda under the mentorship of faculty

Stock Family Endowed Scholarship                                                                                    2018

Awarded to students in Loyola University Chicago’s School of Communication in recognition of academic achievement and an expressed interest in advertising

Rambler Award Scholarship                                                                                    2017 to 2019

Awarded to students by Loyola University Chicago in recognition of academic achievement and commitment to service and leadership

Research Experience

Directed Study, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL                            2018 to Present
Advisor: Dr. Pamela Morris

  • Conducting field research on advertising messaging variation on perceived low-risk, high-income versus high-risk, low-income transit lines on Chicago’s rapid transit system
  • Awarded Loyola University Chicago's Provost Fellowship in support of this project

Social & Interactive Media Lab (SIMLab), Chicago, IL                           2018 to Present
Position: Research Assistant

  • Coordinating field research and focus groups with the mentorship of Dr. Florence Chee on the topic of women’s experiences with ridesharing apps and associated safety strategies.

“Flannery” Film Documentary, Chicago, IL                                             2018 to 2019
Position: Content Assistant under Dr. Elizabeth Coffman

  • Assisting Dr. Elizabeth Coffman with advertising, social media and web-presence for NEH-funded film documentary project on author, Flannery O’Connor
Publications
Selected Independent Publications

Battocchio, Ava Francesca, “The Great Disconnect: Relationships in the Digital Media Age,” Minerva Zine, December 2014.

Online Edited Publications

Bakk-Hansen, Heidi, Tony Dierckins, and Ava Francesca Battocchio (2015). “Forest Hill Cemetery.” Zenith City Online.

Bakk-Hansen, Heidi, Tony Dierckins, and Ava Francesca Battocchio (2015). “Oneota Cemetery.” Zenith City Online.

Bakk-Hansen, Heidi, Tony Dierckins, and Ava Francesca Battocchio (2015). “Park Hill Cemetery.” Zenith City Online.

Bakk-Hansen, Heidi, Tony Dierckins, and Ava Francesca Battocchio (2015). “Symbolism in Historic Grave Markers.” Zenith City Online.

Battocchio, Ava Francesca, and Daniel Turner (2015). “Grain Elevators of Port Arthur & Fort William.” Substreet.

Battocchio, Ava Francesca, and Daniel Turner (2015). “Ogilvie’s Grain Elevators.” Substreet.

Battocchio, Ava Francesca, and Daniel Turner (2015). “Saskatchewan Wheat Pool Elevators # 4 and #5.” Substreet.

Trade Publications

Battocchio, Ava Francesca, “Raising Voices,” Ontario Fur Managers Federation Magazine, November 2016.

Works Submitted for Publication

Battocchio, Ava Francesca (2018). “Disclosure and Doxing: Creating Ethical Guidelines for my ‘Me Too’ Narrative,” Submitted to: Media Ethics Magazine.

Presentations, Talks and Workshops
Departmental Talks

“Advertising and Ethics: Theme and Community Segregation on the CTA’s EL.” Oral presentation at Loyola University Chicago School of Communication’s Weekend of Excellence Ceremony, Chicago, IL, April 12, 2019.

“Advertising and Ethics: Theme and Community Segregation on the CTA’s EL.” Poster presentation at Loyola University Chicago School of Communication’s Weekend of Excellence Ceremony, Chicago, IL, April 12, 2019.

“Creation and Distribution of Fringe Publications.” Presentation in COMM 322: Guerilla Media at Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, February 26, 2019.

“Disclosure and Doxing: Creating Ethical Guidelines for my ‘Me Too’ Narrative.” Presentation in COMM 360: Digital Media Ethics at Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, November 6, 2018.

Invited Talks

“Raising Voices; Breaking Down Gender Barriers in the Trapping Community.” Presentation at Northwest Ontario Fur Trappers Association Convention, Thunder Bay, Ontario, February 28, 2016.

“That’s Not My Name: Self-Identification and NW Ontario’s Female Trapping Community.” Presentation at Prøve Collective, Duluth, Minnesota, February 13, 2015.

“If You Don’t Have a Scene, Build One: Creating Alternative Print Media for Under-Represented Voices.” Presentation in Department of Writing and Library Science at University of Wisconsin Superior, Superior, Wisconsin, March 3, 2015.

“Pollution, Poetry and Photography: Celebrating the River’s Restoration through Words and Images.” Presentation with Julie Gard at River Talks, Duluth, MN, June 10, 2015.

“A Celebration of Writing.” Presentation with Terrance Griep and Kate Monson in the Department of Writing Studies at University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, MN, September 29, 2014.

Conference Presentations

“Advertising and Ethics: Theme and Community Segregation on the CTA’s EL.” Poster presentation at Loyola University Chicago’s Undergraduate Research Symposium, Chicago, IL, April 13, 2019.

“Hear Our Story: Engaging Women’s Art and Writing in Fringe Publication.” Presentation with Laura Gapske at University of Minnesota Duluth Summit on Equity, Diversity and Multiculturalism: Creating Inclusion: One Story at a Time, Duluth, MN, February 25, 2015.

Workshops

“Photographs as Poetic Reference Material.” Workshop in Department of Writing and Library Science’s “Intro to Writing Studies” at University of Wisconsin Superior, Superior, Wisconsin, March 3, 2015.

Training, and Certificates

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)
Course: Basics of Health Privacy, Cert. Ref. #: 29237087, Date: October 2018
Course: Community-Engaged Research, Cert. Ref. #: 29237086, Date: October 2018
Course: Group 1 Lakeside investigator, Cert. Ref. #: 29237085, Date: December 2018

Domestic and Sexual Violence Victim Advocacy Certificate, PAVSA, March 2013
Completed the Minnesota-mandated, 40-hour volunteer advocate training in order to provide crisis intervention, support, and sexual violence education to survivors and their friends, families, and other concerned persons during Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) hospital exams.

University Service

Loyola University Chicago

Graduate Professional Adult Council (GPAC) 2019-Present
Student Ambassador, School of Communication, 2018-Present
Dual Degree Program Ambassador, School of Communication, 2018-Present
Research Assistant, SIMLab, 2018-Present

Community Service

Chicago for Chicagoans
Volunteer Tour Guide, Chicago, IL, March 2019-Present
Research, design and execute tours on the topics of transit history, industrial heritage, vintage advertising and fashion within Chicago for 501(c)3 nonprofit.

Atlas Obscura
Volunteer Event Assistant, Chicago, IL, January 2019-Present
Assist with planning, set-up, and execution of history-related and cultural events for the Chicago chapter such as the First Ward Ball and London event, Lost Narratives: A Hidden World of Urbex Photography.

Decay Devils
Volunteer Freelance Graphic Designer, Gary, IN, June 2018-Present
Design advertising campaigns for Knight Foundation-funded restoration of Union Depot.

Evanston Lakehouse and Gardens
Volunteer, Evanston, IL March 2018-May 2018
Distributed pamphlets and educated community members historic significant of the Harley Clarke mansion.

PAVSA
Hospital Victim Advocate for Survivors of Sexual Violence, Duluth, MN, March 2013-August 2015
Provided crisis intervention, support, and advocacy during overnight evidentiary exams and police interviews for survivors of sexual violence at two area hospitals for 16 hours each week. Specialized in pediatric, university and geriatric age groups, mental health and homeless populations, LGBT, and Indigenous survivors.

Languages

English: Native Language
German: Advanced Listening and Reading, and Intermediate Speaking and Writing
Dutch: Novice Listening, Speaking and Writing, and Intermediate Reading
Latin: Novice Listening, Speaking, Writing and Reading

Extracurricular Activities & Interests

“Defend <A> Friend”, Chicago, IL                                                                          2018 to Present                                  Position: Co-Creator and Collaborator

  • Cross-disciplinary collective of Loyola graduate students who are creating an open-source social network for survivors of sexual harassment and violence in academia that connects participants to resources and community. Project is intended to be openly available for students at other universities who may wish to implement it in their campus communities.

Timely Attire Company                                                                   November 2016- Present 

  • Design and sew a body-positive, vintage reproduction, women’s apparel line that remixes patterns from the 1930s-1960s.
  • Source, identify and appraise vintage accessories.
  • Create and execute social media advertising campaigns.
  • Manage website and order fulfillment