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Broadcast alumna Cecilia Marizu featured in halftime commercials for University

6/29/2011  10:30 am

DAILY ILLINI (June 28) — Lights, camera and action: University students have the chance to be on nationally aired halftime commercials filmed Tuesday and Wednesday. Cecilia Marizu '10 JOURN, current graduate student and one of the commercial’s featured students, will star in a swimming scene because of her history as a swimmer and student athlete. There will also be a study abroad scene because of her trips to Kenya and Ecuador.

“You really can have so many different experiences at Illinois,” she said. “And they’re trying to capture that. They have the doors open to you.”

Marizu said being part of a commercial is something she has never done before, but she is excited for the new experience.

Kaler said the commercials’ storyline revolves around two University graduates meeting prospective employers. The employers will “literally be blown away” by them, indicated by scattered papers everywhere and hair blowing in the wind.

“Our students come to employers with all the skills that will blow employers away,” Kaler said. “We use humor to tell a story of excellence.”

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