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Alumni Notes


Pauline Walle (B.A. '58) currently serves on the boards of the Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, a lifelong learning group, as well as serving on the welcoming team for Igniting Ministries at her local church.


Peter E. Gillquist (B.A. '60) has been an Orthodox Christian priest for nearly twenty years. Fr. Peter is also a publisher of Again magazine. He has written numerous books and was ghostwriter of Man in Black by Johnny Cash, a 1975 best-seller.

Dave Mona (B.A. '65) is chairman of the Twin Cities office of Weber Shandwick and in his 25th year as co-host of The Sports Huddle on WCCO Radio. In addition, he serves as Chairman of the Board of the Greater Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Association.

Ian C. Modelevsky (B.A. '61, M.A. '70) is founder, president and creative director of Affinity Marketing Associates, ICM, Inc. and Veterans Commemoratives, a group of direct marketing and fundraising companies headquartered in Devon, PA.


Stephen Bergerson (B.A. '70) has been named one of "America's Premier Lawyers" by Fortune magazine. He practices advertising, entertainment, and intellectual property law with the Minneapolis firm of Fredrikson & Byron, and is a former advertising agency executive. He also is a member of the SJMC's National Advisory Board.

Larry A. Etkin (M.A. '77) accepted a position in January 2006 as communications manager for the Midwest Assistance Program, Inc. MAP is a regional nonprofit providing technical assistance and training focused on drinking and wastewater infrastructure improvements for small rural communities in a nine state region. Prior to accepting the position, Larry had been freelancing for two and half years after 16 years as a University of Minnesota editor, then senior editor.

Marshall Fine (B.A. '73) is a film/television critic for Star magazine. In January 2006 he published his fourth book, Accidental Genius: How John Cassavetes Invented the American Independent Film. Marshall is also chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle for 2006, a position he also filled in 1992 and 2002.

Bruce E. Johansen (M.A. '75) recently published his 23rd book, Global Warming in the 21st Century. Bruce is the Frederick W. Kayser Research Professor at the University of Nebraska, Omaha.

Douglas Ritter (M.A. '76) is a vice president for sales & marketing for Perlos, a global manufacturer. He now lives in Ft. Worth, Texas and does not miss the
snow, cold and walking across the Mississippi River twice a day to class.


Deborah Fisher (M.A. '81) recently completed her fourth book entitled Getting to Outcomes with Developmental Assets: Ten Steps to Measuring Success in Youth Programs and Communities, published in spring 2006.

Michael Gallagher (M.A. '83) is an inside account manager for Thomson West. He is also an attorney and trains colleagues on westlaw.com, an online research tool for legal research. Michael lives in Minneapolis.

Jody Johnson (B.A. '80) is a partner in the law firm of Allison & Johnson, located in Plano, TX. She was named to the "Top 50 Women Lawyers" list in 2005 by Law and Politics magazine.

Lynette Lamb (M.A. '84) was recently named director of media and public relations for Carleton College. Before this Lynette spent a year working as managing editor of The Carleton Voice, the college's award-winning alumni magazine. She also worked as a freelance writer and taught journalism courses at the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas.

M. Jon Levy (B.A. '83) after a nine-year radio broadcasting career, Jon is currently an account manager for Cocard Marketing Group, an Edina, Minn.-based company that sets up retail businesses throughout the region with their own gift cards.

Arieh O'Sullivan (B.A. '87) has been named the director of communications for the Anti-Defamation League's Israel office, and has left The Jerusalem Post where he was the defense correspondent for the past decade. Arieh currently lives on an olive farm in Israel.

Maureen Roen (B.A. '80) is a freelance writer and editor based in Tempe, AZ.


Nizaar Taha (B.A. '94) is currently a senior copywriter at BBDO Minneapolis after spending the previous five years as a writer at Carmichael Lynch. Nizaar also teaches at Brainco, the Minneapolis school of advertising.

Ken Kaffine (B.A. '97) is a communications specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education.

Jaime (Cegla) Hunt (B.A. '99) is the editor of Northwestern Naturally, the alumni magazine of Northwestern Health Sciences University. She is also Northwestern's public relations coordinator and the managing editor of Northwestern Today, the university's official daily online publication.

David Perlmutter (Ph.D. '96) is a professor and the associate dean for graduate studies and research at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas.

Erin (Fogerty) Rech (B.A. '99) is the marketing manager for Ridgeview Medical Center, an independent, 129-bed acute care hospital located in Waconia, Minnesota. The hospital is the heart of a regional health care network that includes clinics, emergency services and specialty programs and services.


Meaghan Boylen Carpenter (B.A. '05) was recently named assistant account executive at Minneapolis-based PR agency Weber Shandwick. Prior to her new position, Meaghan interned at Campbell Mithun and Medtronic.

Delane Clevelend (B.A. '04) is a general assignment reporter for KOTA-TV in Rapid City, SD.

Lacey Crisp (B.A. '05) lives in Grand Forks, ND, where she is a reporter for WDAZ-TV.

Jon Dean (B.A. '05) is the communications director for Bachmann for Congress.

Shelby Delaney (B.A. '05) is an associate program manager at Carlson Marketing and lives in Andover, MN.

Ryan Dionne (B.A. '05) lives in Cedar City, Utah, and is an education and public safety reporter for the Cedar City Daily News.

Erica Fischer (B.A. '05) lives in Fridley, MN, and is a grassroots program coordinator for the National Federation of Independent Business, an advocacy organization representing small and independent businesses.

Drew Geraets (B.A. '05) is a web specialist for Concordia University in St. Paul. Prior to joining Concordia, Drew worked for WCCO-TV as a web producer.

Elizabeth George (B.A. '05) is a reporter for the Congressional Quarterly in Washington, D.C.

Dave Harrigan (B.A. '05) is a producer for The Don Conry Show on KTLK radio. He currently resides in Maplewood, MN.

Emily Johns (B.A. '05) is an education reporter for the Star Tribune and lives in Minneapolis.

Hema S. Khanchandani (B.A. '05) is a research fellow at Partnership for Prevention, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C.

Sada Jean Konkol (B.A. '03) is a sports writer at the Jacksonville Journal-Courier in Jacksonville, Illinois, and a weekly co-host on 101.3 FM WVIL sports radio in Jacksonville.

Caroline Korth (B.A. '03) is currently a radio personality at 94.9 FM in Miami, one of the first "urban" format stations in the U.S. Caroline is also a reporter and AP at The Roof on Mun2, a division of Tellimundo.

Amy Lauters (Ph.D. '05) is an assistant professor at Wichita State University in Wichita, KS.

Dan Mirocha (B.A. '03) is an assistant editor at Golfweek.com. He writes and edits articles for the website and print edition of Golfweek Magazine. Dan lives in Orlando, Florida.

Kate Misialek (B.A. '05) lives in Minneapolis, where she is a marketing consultant for Wells Fargo.

Jensen Moore-Copple (M.A. '03) and husband Matthew Copple welomced their first child, Jocelyn Angeline Copple, on December 7, 2005.

Callie Myers (B.A. '05) is a new business intern at August 29, 2006

Jill Pavijuk (B.A. '03) is a merchandising inventory analyst for The Sportsman's Guide. Jill currently resides in St. Paul, MN.

Andrew J. Rorvig (B.A. '01) is an associate at the law firm of Haver Fargione where he practices civil litigation. Andrew currently resides in Minneapolis, MN.

Justin Roth (B.A. '05) is an e-communications, sales programs and communication analyst for Northwest airlines. Justin currently resides in Edina, MN.

Dave Saniti (B.A. '05) is a retail team leader for the Target located in Vadnais Heights, MN.

Shannon Schaefer (B.A. '05) is a freelance producer living in Minneapolis.

Lindsey Shirey (B.A. '05) lives in St. Louis Park, MN, and is an assistant account executive for Campbell Mithun.

Joseph Stevens (B.A. '05) currently serves as an associate youth minister at Messiah Methodist Church in Plymouth, MN.

Heidi Tetzman (B.A. '05) is working as a copy editor/page designer for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.

Kelly (Custer) Virden (B.A. '03) is editor of the Pine River (MN) Journal, a Morris Communications Newspaper.

Abby Weinandt (B.A. '05) is a community development coordinator for the Arthritis Foundation in St. Paul, MN.

Anthony J. Welsch (B.A. '05) is a reporter for KIMT TV in Mason City, IA.

Alumni of note

porter coverChuck Porter (B.A. '67) and his partners in Crispin Porter + Bogusky, the Miami advertising agency he co-founded, are on the cover of the May 22, 2006 issue of Business Week magazine. The article profiles the agency's work with Volkswagen and calls Porter and his colleagues "The Craziest Ad Guys in America." This is the second time in as many years that Porter has received national attention for his work. In its May 2005 issue, Inc. magazine named Porter one of the world's "26 Most Fascinating Entrepreneurs."

Ellen WartellaEllen Wartella (Ph.D. '77) is the dean of the College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin. Under Dean Wartella's leadership, the College has become one of the most sought after UT Colleges among prospective students and the College's endowment has more than doubled. Prior to her current position, Dr. Wartella was a University Scholar and Research Professor at the Institute of Communications Research at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also taught in the Department of Communication at The University of California, Santa Barbara and in the Department of Communication at Ohio State University.

Michele NorrisMichele Norris (B.A. '85) was awarded the University of Minnesota's Outstanding Achievement Award on April 17, 2006. The OAA is the highest honor the University bestows on its alumni. Norris is currently the host of National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and has also reported for the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times. She is a four-time Pulitzer Prize entrant and the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1990 Livingston Award and both an Emmy Award and Peabody Award. Norris was presented with her OAA at a luncheon at the Eastcliff Mansion, the official residence of the President of the University of Minnesota.

David DomkeDavid Domke (Ph.D. '96) is the 2006 recipient of the Krieghbaum Under 40 Award from the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). The award honors AEJMC members under 40 years of age who have shown outstanding achievement and effort in teaching, research and public service. Domke is an associate professor in the department of communication at the University of Washington in Seattle, where his research interests include political elites and the news media, individual values and cognition, and social change, with particular interest in post-9/11 America.

In Memoriam

William (Bill) Gilbertson (B.A. '52) passed away in Anacortes, Washington, on March 12, 2006. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1952 with majors in journalism and Russian. He earned a master's degree in journalism in 1953 from Ohio State University, and then joined the Foreign Broadcast Information Service, formerly a part of the Central Intelligence Agency, and served as an editor and bureau chief. During his 31 years with the FBIS, he and his wife, Joan, and their three children lived in Japan, Austria, England, Okinawa, and Thailand. After his retirement, he and his wife lived in Guemes Island, Washington.

James H. Gray (B.A. '48) died on November 12, 2005. Mr. Gray was associated with The Daily Journal in Fergus Falls, Minn., from 1927 until his retirement in 1980. He was 12 years old when he began working for the newspaper as a paper delivery boy, and became the editor of the paper. He also wrote a weekly column entitled "Black on White by Gray."

Robert (Bob) Brekken (B.A. '51) died on January 13, 2006. After completing his degree in journalism at the University of Minnesota in 1951, Mr. Brekken joined the Navy. He returned to his home in Hawley, Minn., in 1952 and took over ownership of the Hawley Herald, editing the newspaper for the next 37 years.