Graphic designer Karyn Raygor (left) arrives on the Byron Review team as Cassie Wyant departs. Raygor was a multimedia assistant for the University of Wisconsin, Stout. Photo by David Richards.
By David Richards
There's a new face in the Byron Review office now.
Karyn Raygor, who graduated in May with a bachelor of science degree from University of Wisconsin, Stout, started Aug. 1 as the newspaper's graphic designer.
She lives in Stewartville with her husband, Ben.
"I'm very excited," Raygor, whose degree is in graphic communications management, said.
Raygor will be in the Byron office, located at 1011 Tompkins Dr. NE inside First Alliance Credit Union, on Tuesdays from 1 to 4:45 p.m. and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
She takes over for Cassie Wyant who is leaving to be closer to family in Decorah, Iowa, and who will work for a company that specializes in Web site design and information technology services.
"We had several applicants for the position, and I feel very fortunate to have found Karyn," said Melanie Dobson, who owns the Byron Review and the Dodge County Herald with her husband Larry as part of Community News Corp.
"She's had some great background experience in her young life, an expanded degree in graphic design, and her references were stellar."
Raygor said she's looking forward to the position for three reasons.
First she's able to do one of the things she enjoys most, in addition to reading, taking walks, cooking and baking. Second, it's a way to apply her skills and experience and third, she enjoys being a part of a great team of people.
Raygor was a multimedia assistant for the University of Wisconsin, Stout, and worked in graphics for Insty-Prints of Rochester last summer.
"I feel she is up for the challenge, and this will be a perfect fit for her," Dobson said.
"I, and the staff that met her, liked her right away. And being from Stewartville, she understands small towns and the importance of the weekly paper."
Dobson also expressed her appreciation for Wyant and wished her well on her new endeavor.
"Cassie is a gifted artist, and she brought some new flair to the Byron Review," she said.
"As a designer for a small newspaper you have to wear many hats; customer service and damage control, spam filterer, salesman, pinch-hit photographer etc. She was personable, a good sport, worked fast and got the job done. I was looking forward to many years with her in the Byron office, but alas it was not to be. I will miss her."
Wyant, who is also a gifted fine artist, said she'll miss the paper as well.
"With the creative freedom of the newspaper, it's like a puzzle you get to create," Wyant said. "And you get to peek into people's lives and see what's going on in the community. Working for Byron and seeing the close-knit community, made me miss my community."