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Alumni Notes


Richard "Dick" Anthony (B.A. '42 ) shares his experiences as an engineer in World War II and as a newscaster and television reporter with select audiences in the Twin Cities area. Anthony spent 35 years in radio and television. He lives in Edina.


David R. Seltzer (M.A. '54 ) spent 30 years at the Waterloo Courier in Waterloo, Iowa, where he won numerous writing and editorial awards. Upon leaving the newspaper, he worked in guest relations for Allen Memorial Hospital for 10 years before retiring. He is now a philanthropist and political activist.


Richard Chamberlin (B.A. '67) puts his writing skills to use as a licensed marriage and family therapist. He uses a system known as narrative therapy that encourages clients to write journals. He has his own practice, Janus Family Therapy, in Eden Prairie, Minn.


Charley Walters (B.A. '75) recently was named Minnesota Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. This is the 21st time Charley has received this award. He is a columnist for the Pioneer Press.

Cynthia (Lueck) Sowden (B.A. '76) is one of 15 authors featured in a new book published by Nasus Publishing, Bloomington, Minn. "How I Got the Gig" provides real-life tips about the business of freelance writing.

John (Jack) Burch (B.A. '79) was honored by Rise, Inc., which recognized Burch Communications of Lino Lakes, Minn., as its Community Partner of the Year for 2006. John and his wife, Marian, founded Burch Communications 25 years ago.


Mary Kathryn Bursch (B.A. '82 ) recently received a regional Murrow Award in the writing category for her work as a reporter for WTSP-TV, a CBS affiliate in St. Petersburg, Fla. This is the second Murrow Award she has won.

Christine (Leiser) Hills (B.A. '89 ) will complete her pediatrics residency this summer and begin a pediatric cardiology fellowship at the University of Minnesota. Christine has authored a number of papers and had her work published in Circulation, The American Journal of Cardiology, Pediatrics and Contemporary Pediatrics.


Tom Krisely (B.A. '91 ) is a media relations specialist for the Three Rivers Park District.

David Domke (Ph.D. '96 ) has been named Washington State Teacher of the Year. David is an associate professor in the Communications Department at the University of Washington.

Aaron Wilson (B.A. '96 ) is a ticket account executive for the Everett Silvertips hockey club, one of the top-ranked major junior hockey clubs in North America. He also provides sideline reporting for high school sports in the area. He is a resident of Everett, Wash.

Colleen Winters (B.A. '98 ) is the director of marketing for Hamline University's graduate schools. She lives in Minneapolis.

Ryan Batalden (B.A. '99 ) lives in Lamberton, Minn., and with his wife owns and operates Batalden Farms, direct-marketing organic grain and meat.

Darcy Zimbrick (B.A. '99 ) recently accepted the position of assistant vice presidentclient communications with Wachovia in Minneapolis. She previously has held client communication and relationship roles at Ameriprise Financial and an internship with Carmichael Lynch.


Clint Schaff (B.A. '00) lives in Los Angeles and is employed as a senior director in online marketing for M80, an online marketing agency. Clint is working on his M.A. in communications management, specializing in online communities.

Guy Still (B.A. '01) is an evening assignment editor at Fox 9 News in Minneapolis, after working in the same capacity for more than five years at WCCO-TV.

Tony Tellijohn (B.A. '01) works as an Internet marketing director for Aware Web Solutions. He is a resident of Eagan, Minn.

Eric S. Lunseth (B.A. '02) has started his own commercial lawn and landscape company, Lunseth Lawn Care Professionals, after working as an account manager with TruGreen LandCare and as a business developer with Arteka Companies.

Sanjay Asthana (Ph.D. '03) has published a book based on case studies in Ghana, Haiti, India, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, Vietnam and Zambia, examining how youth get involved with an assortment of media including newspaper and magazine, radio, television and video, the Internet, and personal digital assistants. Sanjay is an assistant professor in the College of Mass Communication, School of Journalism, at Middle Tennessee State University.

Stacey Morgan (B.A. '03) works at WEEK News 25, the NBC affiliate in Peoria, Ill., as a reporter/producer. Previously, she worked as a reporter at KAAL in Austin, Minn.

Sada (Konkol) Reed (B.A. '03) is a sports writer at the South Washington County Bulletin in Cottage Grove, Minn. She recently won the Bulletin's first-ever Minnesota Newspaper Association's sports reporting award, taking first place in sports reporting and second place in sports photography. Sada lives in Eagan, Minn.

Jenny (Tracy) Stoltenow (B.A. '03) is a senior account executive at Colle+McVoy, where she is working on accounts for the Minnesota State Lottery, Novartis and Free Arts Minnesota. She lives in St. Paul.

Nathaniel Witkins (B.A. '03) is a news producer for KGO/ABC Television in San Francisco.

Luke Behrends (B.A. '04) will graduate from the master's program at Virginia Commonwealth University this month and recently landed a job as art director at Wieden+Kennedy in New York. Behrends was accepted at VCU after completing an internship at Colle+McVoy in Minneapolis.

Jennifer Hass (M.A. '04) recently moved from Iowa, where she was a small-town news reporter, to Maine with her husband John Stubbs (Ph.D. '04), who teaches at the University of New England. Jennifer is working at the Thornton Academy in Saco, Maine, where she assists with media relations and helps coordinate special events.

Melissa (Hanson) Neill (B.A. '04) is a senior account executive at Risdall McKinney Public Relations in New Brighton, Minn., after working for both Mesaba Airlines and Weber Shandwick.

Zixue Tai (Ph.D. '04) authored a book titled "The Internet in China: Cyberspace and Civil Society," which was published by Routledge.

Andrea Burtz (B.A. '05) is a marketing assistant/ project manager with ASI Communications, a fully integrated marketing and communications agency in Minneapolis.

Meaghan Boylen Carpenter (B.A. '05) has been promoted from assistant account executive to account executive at the Twin Cities office of Weber Shandwick. Meaghan joined the agency in 2005 as an intern. She currently works on youth and cause marketing, including clients in the sports and nonprofit industries.

Ryan Dionne (B.A. '05) lives in Cedar City, Utah, and is working for The Spectrum & Daily News, a Gannett newspaper. He covers education and public safety issues.

Laura Hanson (B.A. '05) is the manager of marketing and strategic communications for the Columbia Park Medical Group in Fridley, Minn. Laura was instrumental in helping the company host a visit from Wyatt Andrews, correspondent with the CBS Evening News, for a news segment titled "Doctor Discounts." She is pursuing her M.B.A. in marketing from the University of Phoenix.

Molly Kentala (B.A. '05) has accepted a position as communications representative with Carlson Companies in Minnetonka.

Bryant Ruiz Switzky (B.A. '05) lives in St. Paul and works as a reporter for the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

Rowena Vergara (B.A. '05) finished an internship at the Green Bay Press-Gazette through the Chips Quinn Scholars Program last year and moved on to covering retail and consumer trends for the business section of the Rockford Register Star. The Register Star is a 70,000-circulation Gannett newspaper located in Rockford, Ill., about an hour away from Chicago.

Scott Anderson (B.A. '06) is a student in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Brady Averill (B.A., '06) has been recognized by Investigative Reporters and Editors for an honors project she completed last year that was published in The Minnesota Daily. The annual IRE awards are among the most prestigious in journalism, and were won this year by journalists from such organizations as the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, National Public Radio and "Dateline NBC." IRE judges give a student award in just one category covering all media, recognizing a top winner and two finalists. Brady was recognized as a finalist, as was a large team of reporters from Medill News Service. The top student award went to another large team of students -- both graduates and undergraduates -- most of whom were from the University of North Texas. Brady's entry, titled "If These Walls Could Talk," was part of a three-part series published in the Daily last April that examined rental housing conditions and inspection problems in Minneapolis. She utilized computer-assisted reporting methods, reviewed hundreds of government documents and conducted interviews with student renters, landlords, city officials and others.

Brie Cohen (B.A. '06) is a photojournalist for the Albert Lea Tribune in Albert Lea, Minn.

Kelly Finco (B.A. '06) is a senior administrator and communications assistant with Thomson West, a provider of legal workflow solutions in Eagan, Minn.

Jennifer Hoff (B.A. '06) is working at KTTC-TV in Rochester, Minn., as a reporter/anchor.

Amy Mattson Lauters (Ph.D. '06) has authored a book titled "The Rediscovered Writings of Rose Wilder Lane, Literary Journalist," published by the University of Missouri Press.

Molly Moker (B.A. '06) is an editorial assistant for Fodor's Travel Publications, a division of Random House, in New York.

Kelly Schleich (B.A. '06) has returned to school to study medicine and is working on her master's degree as a physician's assistant.

Alexa Trussoni (B.A. '06) is an editor for the Office of the Registrar at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. She resides in Minneapolis.