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Ruby Juster (B.A. '44 ) who spent 14 years in the editorial business and 46 years as a market research analyst, has retired. She is currently residing in New York, NY.

John Marwin (B.A. '46 ) whose 1943 graduation was postponed due to army service, has retired after serving as manager of sales promotions and advertising for Prudential Insurance Company in Minneapolis, MN. His career in advertising, spanning 45 years, led him from jobs in Minneapolis, to St. Paul, MN and to Denver, CO. He currently resides in Grinnell, IA.

John McLeod (B.A. '48 ) is retired after serving as vice president of Hill & Knowlton, Inc., a public relations firm in New York, NY. He currently resides in Camden, ME.

Gene Rosenblum (B.A. '49 ) has published two books, Jewish Pioneers of St. Paul, 1849-1874 and The Lost Jewish community of the West Side Flats,1882-1962 which are part of Arcadia Publishing Company's "Voices of America" series. He is a cofounder of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest and is currently living in St. Paul, MN.

Henry Rydell (B.A. '47 ) currently resides in Mesa, AZ and is retired after working in the advertising department of the St. Paul Pioneer Press for 36 years, after which he volunteered for the management consulting organization SCORE.

Robert Wold (B.A. '49 ) is retired and resides in Ladera Ranch, CA.

Marilyn Wolff-Perry (B.A. '45 ) who just released Murder in Red, a suspense novel published by PublishAmerica, is also releasing another suspense novel, Murder in Gray. She is now living in Santa Clara, CA.


Norman W. Larson (B.A. '56 , M.A. '67 ) has been named an emeritus faculty member by of the University of St. Thomas, that "emeritus status" has been conferred upon him. Larson taught at UST from 1968-2000. In his latter years at St. Thomas, Larson served on the board of the Minnesota Daily Alumni Association and in April 2004 was inducted into the Minnesota Daily Hall of Distinction.

Philip Meyer (B.A. '59 ) is retired and lives in Chantilly, VA.


William allard coverThe work of National Geographic photographer William Allard (B.A. '64) is featured in the November/December issue of Minnesota Magazine, the publication of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. The magazine's cover story, called "Focusing on the Feminine," is a photo essay featuing nine of Allard's photographs of girls and women. The magazine's cover shot (at right) is of Kareena Kapoor, a major "Bollywood" star in India's movie industry. Allard photographed Kapoor in 2004 while working on a project about Bollywood.

Sylvia Allen (B.A. '60) is the CFEE of a New Jersey based Allen Consulting, a company she started 26 years ago. She has written and delivered over 500 seminars on marketing and sponsorship, and is also an accomplished author and contributing writer for such published works as How to be Successful at Sponsorship Sales and A How To Guide to Sales Success - For Women Only. Sylvia is also in her twentieth year as an adjunct professor of marketing for New York University's Management Institute. Allen was inducted into IFEA/Miller Brewing Company Hall of Fame this past summer.

Steve Dornfeld (B.A. '69 ), a former political reporter and editor for both the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Minneapolis Tribune, wrote the forward for a new book by Dan Cohen, entitled Anonymous Source. The book recounts how the two Twin Cities metro dailies accepted damaging information from Cohen about a rival political candidate in the 1982 gubernatorial campaign. The reporters promised to keep Cohen's identity confidential, but their editors ordered that his name be disclosed. The incident triggered a legal battle that went to the U.S. Supreme Court.

David Odegard (B.A. '61) is currently working as a partner at Odegand Crane and Display LLC, an outdoor advertising and sign contracting business firm in Kansas City, MO.

Catherine Watson (B.A. '65 ) is retired after serving as senior travel editor for the Star Tribune until 2004. She recently published a book entitled Roads Less Traveled, a collection of thirty years of her travel writings. She is also teaching workshops in travel/memoir writing for the University of Minnesota's Split Rock Arts Program and The Loft in downtown Minneapolis.


baumann and galaxyMary Baumann (B.A. '73) is an author and producer of the new book What's Out There: Images from Here to the Edge of the Universe (Duncan Baird, 2005). With an introduction by Stephen Hawking, the book is a photographic tour of the universe featuring more 180 exquisite, cutting-edge images. "I can sit down with What's Out There for hours, just staring at the mind-blowing pictures," says GQ magazine's Andy Ward. Baumann is a partner at the design firm of Hopkins/Baumann & Nagore and is the chair of the magazinedesign faculty of the Stanford University Professional Publishing Course.

Pamela Erickson (B.A. '77 ) won a Midwest Independent Publishers Association Merit Award and was nominated for Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for The Memory Quilt, a fictional account of the 1918 Cloquet Fire as seen through the eyes of a fourteen-year-old Finnish-American girl.

Annie Griffiths Belt (B.A. '78 ) is a photographer- in-residence for National Geographic. Recently she collaborated with author Barbara Kingsolver to produce Last Stand, a book about land conservation and the Arctic National Widlife Refuge in Alaska.

Herschel Kenner (B.A. '73 ) is an assistant managing editor for the San Jose Mercury News in San Jose, CA, where he lives. Stephanie Lemeuowsky (B.A. '70) is a financial advisor for Ameriprise Financial, Inc. She currently lives in Duluth, MN.

James McGregorJames McGregor (B.A. '78) is the author of One Billion Customers: Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing Business in China (Wall Street Journal Books, 2005). The book illuminates the challenges Western businesses face when doing business in China. McGregor, who is fluent in Mandarin, spent two decades in China as The Wall Street Journal's China bureau chief, the chief executive of Dow Jones' China business operations, and a venture-capital investor during China's dotcom boom. McGregor spoke at the University of Minnesota on December 8 at a lecture co-sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Carlson School of Management.

Joan Meyer (B.A. '76 ) is a teacher at Wingfield High School in Jackson, Mississippi and lives in nearby Brandon.

Tom Newcomb (B.A. '70) just finished a semester of teaching at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and now is teaching at Tiffin University in Ohio as an assistant professor.

Daniel Pfaff (Ph.D. '72) published a book entitled No Ordinary Joe: A Life of Joseph Pulitzer III, published by University of Missouri Press. The book details the life of the man responsible for the Pulitzer Prizes. Pfaff is also the author of Post Dispatch: A Newspaperman's Life. Pfaff is Professor Emeritus of Journalism at Penn State University and lives in State College, PA.

Julie Rethmeier (B.A. '76 ) is working as a press officer for the United States Embassy at The Hague in the Netherlands.

Kim Rhoden (B.A. '77 ) received the Capitol Award from the Minnesota Cable Communications Association for her performance during the 2005 Minnesota Legislative Session. Kim is currently the Vice President of Public Affairs for Time-Warner Cable. She is living in Victoria, MN.

Chris Spencer (B.A. '75 ) retired in late 2004 after serving as vice president of investment for Morgan Stanley. He lives in Minneapolis.

Michael Strauss (B.A. '75 ) has been named chief correspondent in the Paris bureau of AFX News, the English language financial newswire of Agence France-Press.

David Zarkin (M.A. '70) is a volunteer participant in a publication design theme project for University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts. He lives in Bloomington.


Michelle Lamb (B.A. '85 ) is a writer and the lead vocalist for the Seattle, WA band Saturday at 11. The band recently released their first full CD.

Chris Miller (B.A. '81) is a sports team leader for the Star Tribune. He currently lives in Centerville, MN.

Cynthia Osborn (M.A.'85 ) is a software consultant in Seattle, WA. Previously, she was a science and technology editor for the University Press Sea Grant, and also served as a researcher for the film Agent Orange.

Karen Wright (B.A. '87 ) received her master's degree in educational leadership from Minnesota State University-Mankato in December 2004. She was named the operations director and host of "Minnesota Morning" on KMSU 89.7 FM, an independent public radio station based in Mankato, MN, where she lives.


Joel Chiodi (B.A. '93 ) lives in Los Angeles and is the vice president of marketing and promotions for The Game Show Network.

Alison Grant (M.A. '91) is a reporter for The Plain Dealer, a daily newspaper in Cleveland, OH.

Amy Kuebelbeck (M.A. '91) has been speaking around the country about her memoir, Waiting with Gabriel, which was also published this year in Italy as Aspettando Gabriel. She resides in St. Paul.

Colleen Mahoney (B.A. '92) is a general assignment reporter for KOB-TV in Albuquerque, NM.

Eric Sorensen (B.A. '93 ) is a senior writer at Carmicheal Lynch in Minneapolis. Prior to that he spent five years at Fallon Worldwide, and has also taught copywriting courses at Miami Advertising School and The Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He lives in Golden Valley.


Ed's note: In the Summer 2005 issue of the Murphy Reporter, Lisa Niforopulos was incorrectly listed as earning a B.A. from the SJMC in 2003. Niforopulos earned a M.A. in Mass Communication from the SJMC. We regret the error.

Nina Bouphasavahn (B.A. '03) is a morning reporter for WTEN-ABC in Albany, NY.

David Brakke (B.A. '05) is a reporter and photographer for KAAL-TV, Channel 6 in Austin, MN.

Emily Braunreiter (B.A. '05) is a design project specialist for AC Neilsen. She currently resides in Oxford, OH.

Jamieson Bryant (B.A. '04) is a recruitment assistant at Fairview Corporate. He lives in Apple Valley.

Alicia Chaney (B.A. '02) is the president of Twin Cities Choice Mortgage, Inc. She currently resides in Hugo, MN.

Alex Colvin (B.A. '01) is an assistant producer at Fallon Worldwide in Minneapolis.

Katie Cook (B.A. '02) is an assistant account planner for Fallon Worldwide and lives in St. Louis Park.

Amber Courteau (B.A. '05) is working as a marketing and sales coordinator for Meadowbrook Press, a publishing company in Minnetonka, MN.

Gloria Delgadillo (B.A. '05) is an InterAct Associate for Interpublic Group, a strategic communication company in New York.

Giovanna Dell'Orto (Ph.D. '04) is a reporter and editor for The Associated Press in Atlanta, GA.

Eric Drewski (B.A. '05) is currently a graduate student at the Iowa State University's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication.

Andrea Duff (B.A. '04) is a manager at E.H. Companies and lives in Vadnais Heights, MN.

Kent Erdahl (B.A. '05) is a general assignment reporter for KSFY-TV in Sioux Falls, SD.

Tom Ford (B.A. '05) is a police reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Lisa Frinzi (B.A. '03) is owner of Diva Promotions, LLC, which provides staff for local and national product promotions and events. She currently resides in Wauwatosa, WI.

Laura Gallenberger (B.A. '03) is an advertising coordinator with the Life Time Fitness corporate office in Eden Praire, MN.

Laura Grazier (B.A. '05) is director of external relations for the non-profit group Catalyst Studios. She lives in New Haven, CT.

Aileen Halligan (B.A. '05) is a sales and marketing assistant for CB Richard Ellis.

Laura Hanson (B.A. '05) is a marketing coordinator for the Columbia Park Medical Group. She has also done some freelance work for Marketing Lab.

Jason Heidenfelder (B.A. '05) is a one stop counselor for the University of Minnesota. He is also pursuing a master's degree in higher education policy administration at the University.

Briana Hoffman (B.A. '05) was an Asia Pacific sales coordinator for Daktronics, Inc., in Brookings, SD. She is moving to Australia to start a new job.

Melissa Holm (B.A. '03) is the public relations specialist for the Minnesota Bankers Association. She will be working on the organization's new initiative to enhance the public's understanding of the key role that banks and bankers play in their communities.

Andrea Houghton (B.A. '05) is an assistant account executive for Leo Burnett, after spending this past summer traveling throughout Europe. She lives in Chicago.

Sahar Humayim (B.A. '05) is a project director for Research International - The Operations Centre. She lives in Bloomington, MN.

Jesse A. Jermstad (B.A. '05) is a news producer at WFRV-CBS 5 in Green Bay, WI.

Molly Kentala (B.A. '05) is a South Schools reporter for the Star Tribune. She lives in Minneapolis. Kelly Kirk (B.A. '05) is a photostylist for Target in Minneapolis.

Krystal Krage (B.A. '04) is a public relations coordinator for Treasure Island Resort and Casino.

Jamie Kuenster (B.A. '05) is an associate editor for Experience Life Magazine, the magazine of LifeTime Fitness.

Jennifer Lindenberg (B.A. '05) is a marketing assistant for Transtop, a company that advertises specifically in bus stations and shelters.

Allison Lorge (B.A. '04) is a producer for KTTC-TV/KXLT-TV in Rochester, MN.

Danny Olsen (B.A. '03) has been promoted to the position of account executive for the Strother Communications Group (SCG). Olsen has contributed to seven award-winning programs, including the international media relations program for Artic Transect, honored as a 2004 Minnesota Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Classics Award winner. Olsen also is a member of PRSA and a mentor in the Big Brother, Big Sister program.

Sara Mari Orth (B.A. '05) is working as an instructional designer for Target Corporation's distribution centers in Minneapolis. Jessica Medearis (B.A. '05) is a public affairs assistant for the Minnesota State College Student Association.

Michael Meidinger (B.A. '05) is a teacher at The Family Academy, a program associated with Teach For America. He lives in New York.

Jensen Moore (M.A. '03) is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in journalism and strategic communication from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, MO. Moore is also an instructor and research assistant at the School. Recently, Jensen took first place in the advertising division for her research paper titled "Unselling the Cigarette: A Content Analysis of Two Types of National Anti-Tobacco Advertisements" at the national AEJMC conference in San Antonio. She also received a Kappa Tau Alpha research award at the same conference.

Laura Muir (B.A. '05) is a reporter/anchor for KSAX-TV in Alexandria, MN, where she lives.

Jamie Ng (B.A. '05) is an account executive for Brand DNA Advertising Agency Ltd. located in Hong Kong.

Megan O'Neil (B.A. '03) is a client strategist at Morsekode Advertising and Public Relations Agency in Minneapolis.

Douglas Orlando Rojas-Sosa (B.A. '03) is a copy editor/page designer for The Miami Herald.

Kristine Pasowicz (B.A. '05) is a media relations specialist for U.S. Bancorp. She lives in Minneapolis.

Kari Petrie (B.A. '05) is a public safety reporter for the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, MN.

Heather Prenevost (B.A. '05) is a media assistant at Sable Advertising. She resides in Richfield, MN.

Lou Raguse (B.A. '05) is a reporter for KELO-TV in Sioux Falls, SD.

Jessica Reisner (B.A. '05) works for Red Bull North America and lives in Minneapolis.

Mavis Richardson (Ph. D. '05) is a visiting lecturer in the Department of Communication Arts at Valley City State University in Valley City, ND.

Sarah Saline (B.A. '05) is an assistant account planner for Fallon. She lives in Minneapolis.

Jessica Sellers (B.A. '05) is a communications coordinator for Industrial Fabrics Association International, a non-profit company that publishes trade association magazines.

Jenny Silgen (B.A. '05) is an assistant account executive for the Strother Communications Group.

Mary Stegmeir (B.A. '05) is an education reporter for the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram.

Alison Struve (B.A. '05) is a reporter/anchor for WSAW-TV Channel 7, in Wausau, WI.

Andy Swanson (B.A. '03) is an associate editor for Ehlert Publishing Group, Inc, a company that publishes consumer and trade magazines. He lives in Albertville, MN.

Josh Thompson (B.A. '05) is an assistant account executive for Arnold/Ostrom Advertising. He lives in Minneapolis.

Valerie Valentine (B.A. '02) is an editor for the DM Review, a division of Source Media. She is also a freelance art journalist for MKE, a Milwaukee life-style weekly published by the Journal-Sentinel.

Michael Vlasak (B.A. '02) is a marketing director for Sushi Avenue, Inc., an Asian food supplier located in Bloomington, MN.

Jamie Yuccas (B.A. '03) is a weekend anchor/ reporter for NBC 2 News in Fort Myers, FL. She lives in Naples, FL.

Danielle Zenk (B.S. '03) is a graphic designer for Baker Asoociates, a consumer design company whose clients include Kraft, Nabisco, Hershey and General Mills. She lives in Minneapolis.

Geoff Ziezulewicz (B.A. '03) is a reporter at the Beaufort Gazette in Beaufort, SC. In November 2005, he left for Iraq to cover a Beaufort Marine unit.

A Look Back : Roy Wilkins (1901-1981)

Roy Wilkins.gifFifty years ago this spring, civil rights leader and SJMC alumni Roy Wilkins (B.A. '23) became the leader of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). A leader and groundbreaker during the civil rights movement of the 1950's and '60s, Wilkins (pictured at right receiving the University's Outstanding Alumni Award from Malcom Willey) was also a leader while at the School: he was the first black student to work as a reporter for the Minnesota Daily. Wilkins wrote for the Daily until he graduated in 1923, when he took a job as editor of The Appeal, a black Twin Cities newspaper. Wilkins joined the staff of the NAACP in 1931, and in 1934, he succeeded W.E.B. Du Bois as the editor of the The Crisis, the organization's magazine. Wilkins' life and career is featured in the November/December issue of Minnesota Magazine, the publication of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.