On March 28, 2013, four SJMC alumni received the College of Liberal Arts' Alumni of Notable Achievement Award. Recipients are selected by CLA alumni, faculty and staff. Less than one percent of the College's graduates have received the recognition.
Tom Dupont (B.A., 1967) has been the principal/account director at Kazoo Branding in Minneapolis for nearly 15 years. He has introduced products, managed franchise cooperatives, developed corporate identities and helped clients of all sizes implement branding strategies. Prior to this role, he worked at Martin Williams for more than 20 years in the vice president and then managing director roles.
Scott Meyer (B.A., 2004) heads Scott Meyer Consulting, where he provides strategic communications consulting and implementation for a number of clients. He is a founding member of the Twin Cities agency Mona Meyer McGrath (later named Mona Meyer McGrath & Gavin). Meyer helped the agency grow into Minnesota's largest public relations firm, and, in 1988, it became part of the worldwide network of Weber Shandwick. Meyer served as CEO of Weber Shandwick International, and, later, chief strategy officer. Meyer has most recently held roles at the University of Minnesota, including as senior counselor to the office of University President Eric Kaler and as interim president and CEO of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.
Tina Karelson (B.A., 1985) is president of creative at Risdall Advertising Agency, where she is instrumental in creative department strategy, new business efforts and creative troubleshooting. She began at Risdall in 1986 as the only copywriter on staff and has since held such roles as associate creative director, vice president/creative director and EVP/group creative director. She has held her current role since January 2010.
Steve Bergerson (B.A., 1970) is one of the nation's leading trademark attorneys with Minneapolis-based Fredrikson & Byron. He has been involved in registering and protecting more than 3,000 trademarks in more than 80 countries. He has been named a Super Lawyer for 20 consecutive years and was designated by Fortune Magazine as one of "America's Premiere Lawyers." The former advertising agency executive, Bergerson created the Twin Cities' first advertising law practice in 1974.