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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 BRNG 2280.


First class introduction

Tiffini Grimes

BA 2005, Political Science
Deputy Director of Athletics / Senior Woman Administrator
Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN.

Karrah Herring

BA 2005, Communication
Chief Equity, Inclusion & Opportunity Officer
State of Indiana - Office of the Governor. Indianapolis, IN.


Cecilia Daizovi

BA 2015, PR & Strategic Communication
Chief Brand Strategist, Higher Education
Deloitte Consulting, LLP. Miami, FL.


Abbey Keane

BA 2016, Spanish
Manager, Acquisition - HubDP Program
Amazon. West Lafayette, IN.

Adam & Patti Toering

BA 2015, History | BA 2003, Interior Design
Historic Preservation Administrator | Project Leader
City of South Bend | Kohler Company. South Bend, IN.

Erin VanEmon

BA 2005
Manager of Alumni Relations & Special Events
College of Pharmacy, Purdue University. Monticello, IN.

Lauren Isaacs

To be updated.

Shavonne Shorter

MA 2010 & PhD 2014 (both Communication)
Associate Provost for Equity and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer
University of Mary Washington. Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Andy Maner

To be updated.

Sara Cunningham

BA 2020, PR & Strategic Communication
Sustainment Communications Lead
Lockheed Martin. Ft. Worth, Texas.

Last class - Bringing it all together