Alumni Notes


Robert C. Fransen (B.A. '43) is currently a member of the board of trustees of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which awards Emmys to outstanding persons and programs in television and broadband media. The academy has presented him with the Silver Circle and Gold Circle awards for over 50 years of meritorious service in the television industry. Fransen, an inductee of The Minnesota Daily Hall of Distinction and the Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame, was the general manager of what is now KARE 11-TV for nearly 20 years, making that station the nation's number one rated independent before it became an NBC affiliate.


Steve Bergerson (B.A. '70) was inducted into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Bergerson, a Twin Cities attorney who chairs Fredrikson & Byron's advertising, marketing and trademark law group and is a member of its entertainment law group, will be among the first class of inductees into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his 1960s band, The Mystics. Bergerson also serves on the SJMC's national advisory board and recently was appointed to the advisory board of William Mitchell College of Law's Intellectual Property Institute.

Jon Bream (B.A. '74) is the lead author of "Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin: The Illustrated History of the Heaviest Band of All Time," published by Voyageur Press in October 2008. He has been pop music critic at the Star Tribune since 1975. He also is the author of the best-selling 1984 biography "Prince: Inside the Purple Reign."


Lee Svitak Dean's (M.A. '89) book "Come One, Come All: Easy Entertaining with Seasonal Menus" was published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press in October 2008. The book, a collection of 32 menus and more than 150 recipes, is based on Dean's work as food editor for the award-winning Taste section of the Star Tribune.

Steve Rotman (B.A. '88) spent several years documenting the San Francisco Bay Area graffiti and street art scene. Two new books of his photos will be published this year: "Bay Area Graffiti" (Mark Batty Publisher) and "San Francisco Street Art" (Prestel Publishing). Previously, Rotman was an announcer with KQED-FM public radio in San Francisco.

Jan Hennings (B.A. '85) and Brant Skogrand (B.A. '94) were appointed to the executive committee of the Public Relations Society of America, Minnesota Chapter for 2009. Hennings, who was appointed chapter president, is communications director for the Minnesota Hospital Association, where she is responsible for all external communication strategies and activities. Newly appointed chapter secretary and director of student relations, Skogrand is vice president of Risdall McKinney Public Relations. He formerly was the professional adviser to the Public Relations Student Society of America chapter at the University of St. Thomas, where he earned his master's degree.


Kevin Allenspach (B.I.S. '92) has been promoted to assistant sports editor at the St. Cloud (Minn.) Times.

Jaime (Cegla) Hunt (B.A.'99) led a team in the creation of UW Oshkosh Today, a news site for the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. This fall, the site won a silver award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Region V. Hunt has served as the associate director, news and public information, for the university since 2007. This is her second CASE award and her sixth professional award overall.

David D. Perlmutter (Ph.D. '96) was appointed professor and director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of Iowa. Previously, Perlmutter was a professor in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. Perlmutter has also been named a University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Starch Faculty Fellow, an appointment that recognizes and supports the work of outstanding senior faculty whose teaching and research focus on psychological issues related to communication.

A scholar with wide-ranging interests, Perlmutter is the author of five books on political communication, most recently "Blogwars: The New Political Battleground," published in 2008 by Oxford University Press. Perlmutter is well-known for the "P&T Confidential" column that he has contributed regularly to The Chronicle of Higher Education since 2001. He is writing a book on the same subject, "The Guide to Promotion and Tenure in Academia," under contract to Harvard University Press. He has also contributed many essays to newspapers, periodicals, and news organizations including the Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today.

SJMC alums Lee Hutton III (B.A. '99) and Tim Larson (B.A. '04) were named to Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's 2009 "40 under 40" list. Hutton is a sports law attorney at Lommen, Abdo, Cole, King & Stageberg in Minneapolis. Larson, who was featured in the fall 2008 issue of the Murphy Reporter, is the president and chief executive officer for Jostens Inc. in Bloomington, Minn.


Carolyn Ahlstrom (B.A. '06) accepted a strategic planner position at Fallon Worldwide in Minneapolis.

Andrea Ahneman (B.A. '08) is pursuing her master's degree in health journalism and communication and her master's degree in public health at the University of Minnesota.

George Anghelcev (Ph.D. '08) is an assistant professor in the College of Communications at Penn State University in University Park, Pa.

Murali Balaji (B.A. '00) co-edited "Desi Rap: South Asian Americans in Hip Hop," published by Lexington Books in 2008. "Desi Rap" is a collection of essays from South Asian American activists, academics, and hip-hop artists that explores the genre as an expression of racial identity, class, status, gender, sexuality, racism and culture. Balaji is a doctoral candidate and instructor in the College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pa.

Emily Banks (B.A. '08) is a reporter at the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire, Wis.

Sara Benson (B.A. '08) works as a project coordinator at Maccabee Group in Minneapolis.

Jacey Berg (B.A. '08) is a media coordinator at Space150 in Minneapolis.

Kristin Bothwell (B.A. '08) works as an account executive at Risdall Marketing Group in New Brighton, Minn.

Phavanna Nina Bouphasavanh (B.A. '03) is an associate producer for the Travel Channel series "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern" and "Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World."

Jack Breslin (Ph.D. '03) has been awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor of mass communication at Iona College, New Rochelle, N.Y.

David A. Brown (B.A. '08) is a sports and news reporter at KELO-TV in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Amy Bury (B.A. '06) lives and works in Los Angeles as a production coordinator for Lifetime Television.

Amelia Cerling (B.A. '08) works as a reporter/producer at WEAU TV-13 in Eau Claire, Wis.

Laura Clementi (B.A. '08) is an associate at Carmichael Lynch Spong in Minneapolis.

Taylor Collins (B.A. '07) is a sales support representative at Help/Systems LLC in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Hyedi Cribben (B.A. '08) is working as an office assistant at T.D. Wright Inc. in St. Paul, Minn. and pursuing her master's degree in health journalism and communication at the University of Minnesota.

Ray Dionne (B.A. '05) covers the high-tech, health care and environmental beats for the Boulder County Business Report in Boulder, Colo. Also a freelance outdoors writer, he blogs at

Bryan Donaldson (B.A. '01) is the director of community relations for the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis.

Carina Enbody (B.A. '08) works at Fallon Worldwide in Minneapolis as an assistant interactive producer.

Kristoffer Engebretson (B.A. '04) won an Emmy for his work at WGBA-TV in Green Bay, Wis. The Emmy for Outstanding Achievement within a Regularly Scheduled News Program--Single Investigative Report was for Engebretson's story "Crandon Cover-up?" On Oct. 7, 2007, 19-year-old Forest County sheriff's office deputy Tyler Peterson shot seven high school teenagers, killing six of them. Peterson broke into his ex-girlfriend's house and opened fire on the teenagers with his SWAT team issued assault rifle. After a several hour standoff, Peterson took his own life. The story uncovered hidden truths before and after the Crandon killings, including a history of violence against the ex-girlfriend. The report also points out how some of the victims' families claim this tragedy should have been prevented and that there was an alleged cover-up with the investigation into the killings.

Neal Alan Erickson (B.A. '08) is an account manager at Grey Advertising in New York City.

Riham Feshir (B.A. '08) works as a reporter and photographer at the Park Rapids Enterprise in Park Rapids, Minn.

Megan Fochs (B.A. '08) works as a program advocate at Mentor Duluth and is pursuing her graduate teaching license at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn.

Nick Garafola's (B.A. '01) novel titled "Hot Metal Boys" was published by Cold Piece Books in 2008.

Barbara Garrity (B.A. '08) is a television reporter and producer for Valley News Live in Fargo, N.D.

Kristin Gast (B.A. '08) is an account representative with Tunheim Partners in Minneapolis.

Laurissa Gauvitte (B.A. '08) is a staffing supervisor and recruiter at Kelly Services in Minneapolis.

Kathryn Gliniany (B.A. '08) is pursuing her master's degree in advertising at the University of Texas at Austin.

Renee Gottinger (B.A. '08) works as a broadcast analyst at Compass Point Media in Minneapolis.

Kathrine Hamilton (B.A. '08) is working as a project manager at Azul 7 in Minneapolis.

Jim Hammerand (B.A. '07) received the Minnesota Newspaper Association's New Journalist of the Year Award (Dailies) in January 2009. Hammerand is a reporter with the Faribault Daily News.

Zachary Haus (B.A. '08) is the student employment coordinator for the University of Minnesota department of recreational sports.

Jenna M. Hazaest (B.A. '08) works as a sales and marketing assistant at Impressions Incorporated in St. Paul, Minn.

Michael Hemmesch (M.A. '08) is the director of media relations at Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minn.

Theresa Henke (B.A. '08) is a merchandise analyst at Kohl's Department Stores corporate headquarters in Menomonee Falls, Wis.

Emily Hennen (B.A. '08) is the assistant to the recruiting coordinator for the University of Minnesota men's basketball team.

Stacy Herrick (B.A. '08) is an account operations specialist for General Mills in Golden Valley, Minn.

Itai Himelboim (Ph.D. '08) is an assistant professor in the Department of Telecommunication in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.

Melissa Holm (B.A. '03) was hired as a media relations specialist for CaringBridge in Eagan, Minn.

Rachel Kerr (B.A. '08) is an assistant account executive at Caffeine Communications in Wauwatosa, Wis.

Colleen Kingsbury (M.A. '08) is working as a senior marketing consultant at Allina in Minneapolis.

Jenny Lynn Konitzer (B.A. '07) works as a sales consultant for Select Communications in Plymouth, Minn.

Brian Kushida (B.A. '08) is a reporter at KELO-TV in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Steve Kuzj (B.A. '08) is a reporter/anchor for NBC Augusta in Augusta, Ga.

Christine Lehmann (B.A. '07) is a Web site manager and health writer at Westat in Rockville, Md. She also is pursuing a master's degree in health communication at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

Karen Leonard (B.A. '08) works as a coaching queue supervisor at Wells Fargo in Shoreview, Minn.

Olga Leykind (B.A. '07) is an assistant media planner at Haworth Marketing & Media in Minneapolis.

Anthony Maggio (B.A. '03) is a copywriter at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minn.

Stephanie D. Malloy (B.A. '08) is an office manager at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in St. Paul, Minn., and also attends Brainco: The Minneapolis School of Advertising, Design, & Interactive Studies.

Maggie Mandel (B.A. '08) works as an associate response analyst at Martin/Williams in Minneapolis.

Michael Marino (B.A. '08) is an assistant account executive at Cramer-Krasselt in Milwaukee.

Katie McNabb (B.A. '08) is an in-house publicist at 50 Entertainment in Minneapolis.

Ted Meinhover (B.A. '07) works as an assistant project manager for the National Cooperative Business Association in Washington, D.C.

Mollie Mitchler (B.A. '08) is a graphic designer at Regis Corporation in Edina, Minn.

Jensen Moore (M.A. '04) joined the West Virginia University faculty in summer 2009 as an assistant professor and director of undergraduate online programs for the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism.

Pamela Hill Nettleton (M.A. '07) has accepted a tenure-track position as assistant professor in the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., for fall 2009.

Molly Osadjan (B.A. '08) works as a programs and special events coordinator at the American Institute of Architects in Colorado and is pursuing her master's degree in journalism and mass communication at the University of Colorado at Denver.

Caitrin Powers (B.A. '07) is an account coordinator at Periscope in Minneapolis.

Chelsy Quiram (B.A. '08) is a communications coordinator in the University of Minnesota office of admissions.

Jillian Rankins (B.A. '08) is pursuing a master's degree in health communication at Emerson College in Boston.

Sada (Konkol) Reed (B.A. '03) took third place for best sports features story, circulation 6,000-9,000, in the 2008 National Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest, for her story "Seeing with Fresh Eyes." The story ran in the South Washington County (Minn.) Bulletin. Reed is now the features/interactive specialist editor for the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel in Augusta and Waterville, Maine, respectively.

Jennalee Reiff (B.A. '08) works as an assistant account executive at FAME in Minneapolis.

Mark Remme (B.A. '08) is a sports reporter at the Faribault Daily News in Faribault, Minn.

Krystal Resch (B.A .'07) is a marketing consultant at Midwest Communications in Wausau, Wis.

Kevin P. Roberson (B.A. '08) is an account representative at Alliance One Inc. in Mendota Heights, Minn.

Stephanie Rowcliffe (B.A. '08) works as an account planner at Colle + McVoy in Minneapolis.

Ahnalese K. Rushmann (B.A. '08) is an intern for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in Arlington, Va.

Lucas Shanks (B.A. '08) is attending portfolio school at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Matthew Sluzinski (B.A. '08) is an associate communications consultant at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Andrew A. Steinke (B.A. '08) is a reporter, photographer and copy editor at Capital Newspapers in Madison, Wis.

Jessica Stewart (B.A. '08) is the marketing director at J. Knutson & Associates in St. Paul, Minn.

R.R.S. Stewart (B.A. '06) is an inventory assistant and faculty liaison at the computing office at the University of Virginia School of Architecture in Charlottesville, Va.

Allison Stoneberg (B.A. '07) is an operations planning coordinator for ESPN in Bristol, Conn.

Bryant Switzky (B.A. '05) is a reporter at the Washington Business Journal and a part-time M.B.A. student at American University in Washington, D.C.

Vanessa Szpara (B.A. '08) is the marketing communications coordinator at Entegris in Chaska, Minn.

Seijen Takamura (B.A. '08) works as an associate in the marketing strategy and analysis department at Sapient Interactive in Chicago.

Tiffany Tarrolly (B.A. '08) is a multimedia journalist for Granite Broadcasting Northland's NewsCenter in Duluth, Minn.

Alexa Trussoni (B.A. '06) has accepted a position as a business development consultant at Oracle Direct in Minneapolis.

Michelle Vervais (B.A. '04) graduated from Northeastern School of Law last year. She is currently practicing at the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in Boston.

Matthew Volkman (B.A. '08) works as an account operations specialist at General Mills in Golden Valley, Minn.

Michelle Moriarity Witt (B.A. '00) is a public information specialist for the Land Use and Environmental Services Agency of Mecklenburg County, N.C.

Elizabeth Jones Wolf (M.A. '04) is the corporate media relations manager for APCO Worldwide, a global communications consultancy headquartered in Washington, D.C.



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