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DANIEL ANGEL (PhD, Organizational Communication) is president of Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He has served as president for a total of six colleges and universities over the past 32 years.

JOANN DiGENNARO (BA, Speech) has been appointed to the Virginia State Council on Higher Education by Governor Robert F. McDonnell.


PENELOPE S. FARTHING (BA, Social Sciences) was recognized by the Maurer School of Law as one of six outstanding alumni chosen to be inducted into the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows, the highest honor the law school can bestow.

HARRY SHARP JR. (PhD, Organizational Communication) is now fully retired after 40 years in higher education. He stays busy with his county’s civil grand jury.


WILLIAM (BILL) R. SMOOT (BA, Philosophy) recently published his book, Conversations with Great Teachers. 


JAMES V. BRUNO (BA, English) completed his MSS at Bryn Mawr College in May, received his LSW license in June, and will practice social work in the Philadelphia area. While pursuing graduate studies, he was employed by a psychiatric hospital as a group therapist for adult patient populations with mood disorders and major psychotic illnesses.

DIANA L. (HAMPTON) HADLEY (BA, English) is the executive director of the Indiana High School Press Association (IHSPA) and a lecturer of journalism at Franklin College. She was recently recognized by the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) with the 2010 Phillip Carey Award for Human Relations.


LEON SCHWEIR (BA, History) has been hired by Versus as executive producer and senior vice president of production.


KATHLEEN TIGHE (BA, Political Science) was recently nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate as the inspector general of the Department of Education.


Vice Adm. CAROL M. POTTENGER (BA, History; HDR, Social Sciences, 2007) has been appointed by the United States Navy as deputy chief of staff for capability development, Supreme Allied Command Transformation, Norfolk, Virginia.


RANDALL S. SIPE (BA, Communication) was recently named president of Smart Connections Inc. of Indianapolis, a creative services consulting company. 


MARK K. ABBOTT (MA, History; PhD, History, 1985) was honored with a Governor’s Humanities Award for exemplary community outreach for his work towards understanding the unique qualities of various neighborhoods in the Saint Louis area.

PHOEBE L. BAILEY (PhD, English) is the director of education at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in Atlanta, Georgia.

BILL WIGGLESWORTH (MA, Organizational Communication) retired from ExxonMobil Corporation after 31 years of service in a number of managerial and executive positions.


ELIZABETH STUCKEY-FRENCH (BA, Sociology; MA, Creative Writing, 1989) will publish her third book in 2011, the novel Revenge of the Radioactive Lady.

FRANK H. WADSWORTH (BA, Interior Design) was recently appointed as dean at the Indiana University-Kokomo School of Business.


ELIZABETH E. DUNN (BA, History; MA, History, 1983) was named dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Indiana University-South Bend.


CELESTE DAVIS (BA, Communication) is the acting regional manager for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights-Region V in Chicago.

STUART D. JONES (BA, Communication) was named the vice president for enrollment management at Averett University.


JAY FEHNEL (BA, Communication) was promoted to senior vice president and chief operating officer of entertainment products at Tribune Media Services.

BRADFORD ANDERSON (BA, Communication) was appointed associate dean of the Orfalea College of Business at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California.

GRANT E. MABIE (BA, History) former editor of Liberal Arts Magazine, now serves as managing editor at Hilton Publishing Company in Indianapolis.


TODD JAY LEONARD (BA, History; MA, History, 1987) received the Frank P. Forwood Award for Academic Excellence in Presented Research. 


COLONEL P. MICHAEL PHILLIPS (BA, History) recently completed his assignment as International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) chief of liaison to the Pakistan Army in Islamabad. He has been reassigned to the Joint Staff as Chief, Political-Military Affairs, Pakistan-Afghanistan Coordination Cell.


LORIN B. ARNOLD (BA, Communication; MA, Organizational Communication, 1991; PhD, Communication, 1996) has been named dean of the College of Communication at Rowan University.

PATRICIA A. FLESHER (BA, Political Science and Government) is the director of communications for the Portland Cement Association in Skokie, Illinois.


SHARON VERSYP (BA, Communication), Purdue’s head women’s basketball coach, has been inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. 

TWANDA DeBORDE (BA, Communication) celebrated her 10-year anniversary of being the founder and president of her search firm, CMD and Associates Executive Search.

ERIC RAMSEY (BA, Communication; MA, Philosophy, 1993; PhD, Organizational Communication, 1994) was appointed associate dean of Barrett, the Honors College at the West Campus, at Arizona State University.


JENNIFER ROBINSON-WEGH (BA, History) recently finished her MA in human resources management and is working in labor and employee relations for United Technologies Corporation in Hartford, Connecticut.

ANTHONY J. BILLER (BA, Political Science) was selected to join the fellows of the American Bar Foundation, an elite group of attorneys, judges, and law professors. The organization recognizes those who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and the highest principles of the legal profession.


JOE BALITEWICZ (BA, Political Science) joined In Context Solutions as its first chief operating officer. In Context Solutions is a full service marketing research firm specializing in virtual store research.

KEVIN MAYER (BA, Communication) has been named director of advertising and sales promotion at Chevrolet.


JASON T. CONNELL (BA, History) joined New York Air Brake as vice president of sales. He is responsible for North American sales of freight car brake control products.

MATT SMITH (MA, English; PhD, English, 1997) has been appointed interim dean of arts and sciences at the University of Saint Francis.

KEITH M. HEARIT (PhD, Communication) was named vice provost for strategic enrollment management at Western Michigan University.


DIANE IMEL (BA, Sociology) was named manager of Regions Bank in Lafayette, Indiana.

SHEILA E. JOHNSON (BA, Communication) is serving as a regional director for Regent Education, the leading provider of financial aid management software solutions for higher education institutions.

ANTHONY WEBSTER (BA, Anthropology) recently published his first book, Explorations in Navajo Poetry and Poetics (University of New Mexico Press).


KENDRA L. CARPENTER (BA, Sociology) is an attorney with Campbell Hornbeck Chilcoat Veatch LLC and was selected by Business First as a “Forty Under 40” honoree for 2010.


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The College of Liberal Arts and the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Artscongratulate alumnus Jeremy Clark (MFA ‘04, Acting) and the cast and crew of Prairie Love ontheir world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

A quirky love story set in North Dakota, Prairie Love was one of 118 films selected from10,000 submissions to the 2011 festival, and one of just 40 narrative feature films accepted.

Clark, an actor and executive artistic producer with Ka-Tet Theatre Company in Chicago, playsthe lead role of “The Vagrant” in the film, which continues to generate positive buzz among critics.“I had a great time on the shoot and at the festival,” he says. “It was a lot of fun.”

For more information on the film, visit prairielove.com.


ALICIA BLACK (BA, Communication) was the road manager for Lady Gaga’s 2009 “The Monster Ball Tour.”


TANYA N. JORDAN (BA, Communication) is the director of stewardship at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California.


DERREK A. SCHROEN (BA, Communication) is an associate attorney with Brady, Connolly & Masuda PC. He will be practicing in the area of workers’ compensation defense. 


JEFF BODZEWSKI (BA, Communication) accepted the position of director of social marketing with Aspen Marketing Services.


BARRY PADGETT (PhD, Philosophy) has been named the James Medlin Chair of Business Ethics at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

JENNIFER BARNETT (BA, Communication) opened a restaurant/bar, “Barney’s Boathouse,” in the heart of Arizona State University’s campus.


KENDRA MONTGOMERY-BLINN (BA, Political Science) is the first executive director of the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, the first of its kind in the United States.
LINDSEY (SEWARD) TRAUSCH (BA, Communication) and her husband, Chris, (BA, Technology, 2000) opened Iron Aces Speed Shop, an online retailer of Harley-Davidson parts and accessories.


KATHERINE CURRIN (BA, Communication) was named communications director at One Hope United, a nonprofit human service agency in Chicago.

KRISTEN DeWITT (BA, Communication) accepted a position as director of talent and development at Performics in Chicago.

CAROL BISHOP MILLS (PhD, Communication) was elected to the board of directors for the National Down Syndrome Congress.

LETHA McDOWELL (BA, Political Science) was promoted and made partner in the law firm Oast and Hook PC, where she practices elder and tax law in Virginia and North Carolina.


CHRISTI BROOKS (BA, Communication) completed Peace Corps Zambia in August 2008 and will serve as a volunteer again beginning April 2011 in Sub-Saharan Africa.

MOLLY MARTIN (MA, English; PhD, English 2007) published Vision and Gender in Malory’s Morte Darthur (Boydell & Brewer).

MEGAN SIMPSON (BA, Communication) joined The Arnold Agency in Charleston, West Virginia, as client services coordinator for the Subway account.

ANDRIJA SAMARDZICH (BA, English) is an associate at the law firm of Williams Kastner in Portland, Oregon.

A.J. WESSELER (BA, Communication) was recently named senior human resources generalist at Apex Tool Group LLC.


SOPHIA VORAVONG (BA, Communication) is a reporter for the Journal & Courier and won third place in “Best News Coverage with No Deadline Pressure” in the Hoosier State Press Association journalism contest for an enterprise story about a social program that helps families reunite.


RYAN DEARINGER (MA, History) received his PhD in history at the University of Utah in 2009 and is an assistant professor of history at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon.

KEVIN HONOLD (MFA, Creative Writing) won the 2009 Ohio State University Press/The Journal Prize in Poetry for his book, Men as Trees Walking.

JEREMY CLARK (MFA, Theatre) starred in Prairie Love, an independent film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.


SABRINA COOK (BA, Communication) serves as vice president at BLASTmedia, a technology public relations agency based in Indianapolis and San Francisco.

STEPHANIE MATHES (BA, Communication) was named director of community relations for the Indianapolis Colts.

JOSEPH A. PINTER (BA, Communication) graduated with a JD from the John Marshall Law School. He will continue to serve as director of client services at Acme World Sports LLC in Chicago.

MEREDITH CANTRELL (MS, Communication) joined Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City, Missouri, as manager of marketing and public relations.


JOHN D. DUCKWORTH (MA, Communication) received the professional designation of Certified Financial Planner (CFP) by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.


GRETCHEN STEELE PRATT (MFA, English) won the 2009 Anhinga Prize for Poetry. She also recently published her book, One Island.


LAUREN GABA (BA, Communication) accepted the position of program director at the City-County Athletic Complex CCAC in Warsaw, Indiana.

SARA N. JACOBS (BA, Communication) is attending DePaul University College of Law with a JD expected in 2013.


SUCHITRA SHENOY (PhD, Communication) was elected secretary of the Intercultural Communication Division of International Communication Associates for 2010-12.

MEGAN JAHRLING (BA, Communication; BA Fine Arts) is serving as a multimedia intern for the University of Dayton athletics department.


KATHRYN KIDULAS (BA, Fine Arts; BA, Communication) joined AlphaGraphics as graphic design specialist at its Elkhart, Indiana, location.

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