Phillip K. Tompkins, Ph.D., professor emeritus of Communication
and Comparative Literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has
been invited to give the keynote address at the annual convention of the
Rocky Mountain Communication Association on Jan. 18, 2003. The title of
the address is "The Crisis of American Organizations and Institutions."
Connie Krabbe Lux,
B.A., has spent the last 13 years growing Lux Seniors' Insurance in Lafayette,
Ind. She and husband David, owner of Lux-Klinker Homes in Lafayette, have
five children and seven grandchildren.
What our alumni are
saying about the department:
"I am not working in the field of communication; however,
I find myself using many of the skills learned at Communication
at Purdue: one-point speeches, persuasion, organizational interpretation.
... I have recently averted my company a lawsuit by presenting a
concept I learned in a mass media class." Hisham
Elkhatib, B.A. 1991, small business owner
M.S. '61, Ph.D., is a professor and dean emeritus at California Polytechnic
State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Sharp retired in August 2000
after teaching 25 years at Cal Poly and a total of 37 years as an educator.
Kent Hannon, B.A.,
is currently editor of Georgia Magazine, the University of Georgia's award-winning
alumni publication. His latest book, "Damn Good Dogs," will
be out this fall. He and wife Sharron Saveland Hannon have each written
several books, including "Fun Family Vacations in the Southwest."
Prior to his work at U.Ga., Kent Hannon spent 10 years as a writer at
Ph.D., was awarded professor emeritus status in 2002. He also moved to
a new location and will be serving as an adjunct instructor in Speech
Communication at Hagerstown Community College in Maryland, as well as
serving as a volunteer in the Media Arts Center at the college.
Alan H. Shiller,
M.A., received the 2002 Excellence in Teaching Award from Southern Illinois
University in Edwardsville.
Jane Shaw Russell, B.A., has been teaching English, speech
and drama at Turkey Run High School in Rockville, Ind., since 1975.
Paul Krivonos, Ph.D., was appointed the director of the
Public Sector Management Program at California State University, Northridge.
Prior to that, he was associate dean of the College of Arts, Media and
Communication, and, prior to that, chair of the Communication Studies
Max Armstrong, B.A., marks 25 years of broadcasting in
Chicago. He has been heard daily since 1977 on legendary Chicago radio
station WGN as an agriculture and business reporter. He also hosts the
nationally-syndicated television show "U.S. Farm Report," seen
each weekend coast-to-coast on 190 television stations.
Gary Shulman, Ph.D., is a professor and interim chairman
of the Department of Communication at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Warner, B.A., has been operating First Farm Inn, a B&B outside
of Cincinnati, for five years. She also wrote a 400-page book on the history
of Boone County, Ky., for the county's bicentennial.
Michael J. Hyde, M.A. '75, Ph.D., received two NCA awards
for his most recent book, "The Call of Conscience: Heidegger and
Levinas, Rhetoric and the Euthanisia Debate." The book received the
"Diamond Anniversary Book Award" for the best scholarly book
published in 2000-2001 and the "Marcie Hochmuth Nichols Award"
for research in public address.
Karen Croake Heisler,
B.A. '76, M.A., is a visiting professional specialist in the Film, Television
and Theatre Department at the University of Notre Dame. Two television
documentaries she wrote — "Love on the Rocks: Will Marriage Survive?"
and "Kid CEOs" — recently won Gold and Silver awards at the
36th Annual Worldfest in Houston.
Garold L. Markle,
M.A., owns his own HR consulting practice, Energage Inc., "dedicated
to energizing and engaging the human spirit at work." Much of his
consulting work is centered on the materials profiled in his first book,
"Catalytic Coaching: The End of the Performance Review."
Cindy Kuhn, B.A., was appointed executive vice president
of marketing and communications at Smith, Bucklin & Associates, one
of the largest association management firms.
Mary Alice Baker, Ph.D.,
is serving as a trustee for the Teachers Retirement System of Texas, one
of nine. She represents higher education and is in her third year of a
John Lothian, B.A., is president of the Electronic Trading
Division of The Price Futures Group Inc. He also is the editor of John
Lothian Newsletter, a daily e-mail intelligence briefing about what
is going on within the worldwide futures and securities communities.
Betsy Wiersma, B.A., is the proud mother of daughter
Sarah Elizabeth, born July 23.
Schlarbaum, B.A., graduated with an MBA in June 1992. Worked
for ADP Inc., a Fortune 100 company, until August 1997 and is now a stay-at-home
Paris Finke Loesch,
M.A., is now executive vice president of Information Resources Inc., managing
the first $10 billion Wall Street sector. She joined IRI, a data and consulting
firm, after a combined 16 years at Procter & Gamble, Nabisco and The
Patricia Geist Martin, Ph.D., is a professor in the School
of Communication at San Diego State and has a new book coming out, "Communicating
health: Personal, cultural, and political complexities," by Wadsworth.
She also was the keynote speaker for the Org Comm mini-conference at Purdue
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B.A., is a freelance golf writer and was recently accepted to the Golf
Writers Association of America. He has written golf equipment pieces for
Shark.com (Greg Norman's Web site), golf course reviews for the Golfer's
Guide and other pieces for the U.S.
Edward Thigpen, B.A., recently finished his MBA in marketing
after a five-year stint as a marketing representative for the Xerox Corp.
Rosalind Lister, B.A., recently accepted the position
of director in the Office of Career Services at Wabash College in Crawfordsville,
B.A., was recently named chief strategy officer for Bremner & Wiley
Inc., a healthcare facility development and management firm. He also serves
on the board of the Canyonville Christian Academy in Oregon and assists
with The Briefing Room for the White House.
Doris Pride, M.A., watched as her husband, Dr. Kenneth
Pride, received a Presidential Unity Citation for Extraordinary Heroism
to the Studies and Observation Group, U.S. Military Assistant Command,
Vietnam. The Presidential Unit Citation is one of the U.S. military's
highest unit award for heroism on or after Dec. 7, 1941. Kenneth Pride
was a member of the Mike Force units in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam
Kevin Mayer, B.A.,
graduated from UCLA's Anderson Graduate School of Management and is currently
national manager of advertising for Hyundai Motor America.
Hisham Elkhatib, B.A., is the owner of a small business
in California and the father of two children.
Michael Waltman, Ph.D.,
is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina. In spring
2002, his students enrolled in the Communicative and Social Foundations
of Hate, a service-learning seminar, and worked with students and the
administration of Massey Hill Classical High School in Fayetteville, N.C.,
to plan workshops and community responses to racist humor and hate speech.
His seminar is part of the University of North Carolina's APPLES (Assisting
People in Planning Learning Experiences in Service) Service Learning Program.
Waltman also received a Spray-Randleigh Fellowship from UNC in 2002-2003
to support his research on hate speech and a Uelstchi Service Learning
Grant from UNC to enhance the service learning experiences of students
in Communicative and Social Foundations of Hate.
Wendy Wolf Sauer, B.A., is the president of her new online
jewelry business, BuzzingBeads.com. Her jewelry is also sold in several
upscale boutiques in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area.
Colleen Chosta Langevin, B.A.,
married Christopher Langevin on July 27 in Massachusetts.
John R. Bittner, M.A., Ph.D., 1972, passed away
April 9, 2002, after a 10-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He
Bittner died at his home in Chapel Hill, N.C. He was the head of
the electronic communication sequence in the School of Journalism
and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Gifts in his memory made be made to the John R. Bittner Fund, School
of Journalism and Mass Communication, CB3365, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599-3365.
For more information, you can read Bittner's full obituary
M.A., had his most recent documentary he produced, "Questioning
Faith," premiere on HBO's Cinemax on June 27, 2002. The film
follows a seminarian on his search for faith after he experiences the
tragic death of his best friend from seminary. The Boston Globe
called "Questioning Faith" a "must-see film." Entertainment
Weekly gave the film an A-.
Brad Dancer, B.A., is the director of research for the
new National Geographic Channel. He is currently the youngest head of
research for any national cable network. His duties include all programming
and analysis of the network's performance. He and his wife, Jodie Dancer,
have a little girl, Madalyn, born in November 2000.
Ph.D., was promoted to associate professor at La Salle University, Philadelphia,
and named director of La Salle's M.A. in Professional Communication and
Public Relations in Prague, Czech Republic. Smith will be teaching a public
relations course in Prague in October as part of the first graduate program
in communication to be offered there.
Tanya N. Jordan, B.A.,
recently joined General Motors PACE program as Marketing & Communications
Coordinator. The PACE program recently contributed more than $116 million
in software to Purdue, the largest corporate contribution in the school's
history. She also married Paul Ninefeldt on May 18.
B.A. '94, M.A., lives in New Orleans with his wife, Angie, and their two
children, John Pierre, 2, and Eva, 5 months. He is a freelance copywriter.
B.A., is living in Broad Ripple and working in downtown Indianapolis for
the brokerage firm Raymond James & Associates Inc. She also qualified
for, and ran in, the 2002 Boston Marathon. She is also a volunteer for
the 2002 World Basketball Championships in Indianapolis.
Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the University of South Dakota. Malek-Madani
will be doing research and teaching in the international studies program
and teaching interpersonal and organizational communication classes in
the Department of Communication Studies.