Graduate student association hosts alumni networking event
(3/05/12) The School of Communication Graduate Student Association hosted a networking event for students and alumni on February 10. The event, which was held at ISU’s Chicago office, provided an opportunity for the students to interact with established alumni currently serving on the School of Communication alumni advisory board, as well as with active young alumni.
“Many of the students that attended the luncheon have commented on how beneficial it was to talk one on one with the alumni and get their feedback on best ways to job search, and interview. Also, because of the success of the luncheon the SoC Graduate Student Association hopes this luncheon can become an annual event,” said graduate student, Colette Kuk.
“As a faculty member, it was gratifying to see some of our best School of Communication students of today networking with some of the school’s most successful alums,” said Tom Lamonica, Director of Field Experiences in Professional Communication.
“Colette Kuk and Kelly Howell did an amazing job of arranging a first-class event. Everyone who attended believes this is an event that should happen more often. Having the ISU Chicago Office is a classy and convenient venue for getting alums, students and faculty together,” he added.
Jamie (Leffelman) Wood ('03) is now the Assistant Director of Marketing for University Housing Sevices at Illinois State.
Jenny O'Brien '03 (Mass Com) is the Marketing Manager for the St. Charles (Illinois) Convention and Visitors Bureau and has been here for just over 5 years. The bureau promotes St. Charles as a destination for both leisure and corporate visitors. She also coordinates the annual St. Charles Scarecrow Fest, which was awarded Top 100 Events in North America for 2011.
Leslie Swick ’03 is an Anchor and Reporter at WGEM-TV in Quincy.
Sabrina Burkiewicz ’03 is Communications Director for Home Sweet Home Mission in Bloomington.
Kim Hynes ‘02 is a reporter and anchor for KWCH-TV out of Wichita, Kansas.
Dana Fugett ’02 is a Photographer/Editor at High Impact TV in Irvine, California.
Daralene Jones ‘02 is a reporter at WFTV-TV in Orlando.
Tom Barnas ’02 is a Producer at WGN Radio in Chicago.
Dani Maxwell ‘02 is an anchor at WREX-TV in Rockford.
Kelly Caraher BS '01 and MS '03 is working in public relations at a Fortune 500 technology company based in Vernon Hills, IL called CDW. Caraher was recently promoted to a new position within the company and has been selected by PR News as one of 15 People to Watch in the PR industry. In winning this prestigious national award, Kelly is recognized as one of a select group of budding PR industry leaders.
Jamie Leffelman ‘01 is Asst. Director of Marketing for University Housing at Illinois State University.
Chris Rongey ’01 is White Sox Pre-Game and Post-Game Host at WSCR-AM in Chicago.
Brandi Wells-Chumbley '00 is now living in St. Joseph, IL. Wells-Chumbley reports she has a 6-year-old son named Tyler has been married for 8 years. After taking some time off to spend with her son at home, Wells-Chumbley says she is now back teaching at a middle school in Rantoul where she also coaches the speech team and referees volleyball games.
Jeff Freeman '00 is onwer of Freeman Creative Media in Chicago.
Kathleen Leahy ’00 is a Technical Director at State Farm Insurance.
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James Braglia '99 is a Producer in the Production Group at Leo Burnett in Chicago.
Joellyn Curry ’99 is in Real Estate in Peoria.
Jason Dolan ’99 is a Sports Photographer at Comcast SportsNet in Chicago.
Eric Burns ‘98 is a photographer at WLS-TV in Chicago.
Erika Sunmark ‘98 is a producer at Sadis & Vaughn in Seattle.
Erin Christiansen '97 is chief meteorologist at KGUN-TV in Tucson.
TV-10 alum Christine Haas (’97) is a news anchor at KVUE-TV Austin, Texas. Haas joined KVUE news as co-anchor of the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts in August of 2003. Prior to joining KVUE, Haas worked at KARE 11 News in Minneapolis, Minn. She served as weekend anchor and general assignment reporter for the top rated NBC affiliate in the country. Previously, Haas worked as an anchor/reporter at WTSP in Tampa, FL, at KTHV in Little Rock, AR, WUHF in Rochester, NY and KAMR in Amarillo, TX.
Robert Kass '97 works for the online division of The Neilsen Company in New York City. Previously Kass was manager of customer relations at CDW in Vernon Hills, IL, and supervisor of marketing and promotions for CBS Radio in Chicago.
Bill Snyder ‘97 is Weather Producer and “Tom Skilling’s Right-hand Man” at WGN-TV in Chicago.
Erin Christiansen ’97is Chief Meteorologist at KGUN-TV in Tucson.
Craig Hofer ’96 is a photographer at WITI-TV in Milwaukee.
Gretchen Wirtz ’96 is Morning Weather Anchor at WHOI-TV in Peoria.
Stephanie Harris ’94 is an Anchor and Reporter at WAVY-TVin Virginia Beach.
Alicia Bettes ‘93 is a Producer at WFLD-TV (FOX) in Chicago.
Angela Bettis '93 is a news reporter and Web writer at WISC-TV in Madison.
Lou Kleinberg ’93 is a Photographer at WFLD Fox 32 in Chicago.
R.C. McBride ‘93is Program Director at WJBC-AM in Bloomington.
Masters alum David Vanderport '91 works with FTI Consulting in Denver as a senior litigation consultant. "I assist attorneys in developing their presentations for trial. This consists of PowerPoint, proprietaty software and other graphics programs," Vanderport says. Vanderport was married in Spetember 2002 and moved to Denver in November 2003. Vanderport's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.