SCLA 300: LA Influentials

The breadth of opportunities facing Liberal Arts students can be daunting. The biggest question for most students is, “What are you going to do with your major?” For those who haven’t completely figured it out, don’t panic. SCLA 300 is a lecture/discussion course featuring prominent Liberal Arts alumni who represent a diverse variety of careers including judges, teachers, best-selling authors, business leaders, lawyers, and entrepreneurs. These alumni return to campus to share their stories with students who will soon begin their careers. This class provides students with the unique opportunity to ask candid questions, network with influential alumni, learn about career skills, and get a glimpse at the varied career paths open to students with a Liberal Arts degree.

SCLA 300 is in Beering Hall, Room 2290 and is open to guests as seating allows.

SPRING 2019

JANUARY 18
JENNIFER PING
BA 1995
Principal, Bose Public Affairs Group, Indianapolis, IN
JANUARY 25 
JOHN DODGE
BA 1986
Director of Content, CBS Chicago, Chicago, IL
FEBRUARY 1
DAVE THOMAS
BA 1993
Managing Partner & Co-Founder, H2Vino, Chicago, IL
FEBRUARY 8
vALERIE ALEXANDER
BA 1994
President & CEO, The Dragonfly Firm, LLC, Chicago, IL
FEBRUARY 15
MICHELLE TUCKER
BA 1995
Vice President, Management Creative Director, SCOUT Marketing, Chicago, IL
FEBRUARY 22
BRADY SPANGENBERG
MFA 2006 ll Ph.D. 2011
Business Systems & Analytics Manager, BASF, Raleigh-Durham, NC
MARCH 1
ANDREW MANER
BA 1991 ll MBA 1997, Northwestern University
CEO, The Sentinel Company, Washington, DC                  Partner, Liberty Advisor Group, Washington, DC
MARCH 8
TOYINDA SMITH
BA 1998 ll MS 2010, Indiana State University
Founder & Principal, Leadership Strategy & Consulting, LLC, Hartsville, SC
MARCH 22
2019 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARDS RECIPIENTS
MARCH 29
TED SCHMITT
BS 1984 ll BA 1997 ll MA 2006, George Washington University
Principal Business Development Manager, Vulcan, Inc., Seattle, WA
APRIL 5
JAMES SPIROS
BA 1990 ll JD 1994, John Marshall Law School
Founding Partner, Spiros Law, P.C., Urbana-Champaign, IL
STEPHANIE SPIROS
BA 1989 
Managing Broker, Ag Exchange, Inc., Danville, IL
APRIL 12
JANE KING
BA 1991
CEO & Co-Founder, LilaMax Media, LLC, New York, NY
APRIL 19
CASSANDRA LUCAS
BA 1995 ll Ph.D. University of Minnesota
COO, Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, Chicago, IL

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