Alumni Updates

Name Alumni Update Graduation Year Job Fields
LaVanway, Jackie

I'm currently living in NYC, and I work at New World Stages, an off Broadway theatre in NYC in Programming and Administration. I also have my own non-profit theatre company, On the Square Productions (taken from the capitol of course!). We began in 2008 and have grown into something really special! We do original work and construct programming centered around the playwright. Currently, we're working on a devised adaptation of The Snow Queen and are Artists in Residence at University Settlement. Check us out here at www.onthesquareproductions.com.

2006
  • Art/Acting/Theater
  • Business/Finance
Lefebvre, Gavin

AV Engineer at Epic in Verona, Wisc. Proprietor of Greyhound Sound recording studio in Madison.

2011
  • Radio and Sound
Legge, Robert

I work with corporations to dramatically improve strategy implementation. My clients have included Wm. Wrigley & Co., Paychex, Valeo, Mutual of Omaha and many others. I played a key executive role helping to lead Adelphia Communications through their high-profile bankruptcy.

1978
  • Advertising/Marketing/Sales
  • Communications/PR
Lehman, Rosemary M.

Dr. Lehman's third book with Jossey-Bass, Wiley Press is co-authored with Prof. Simone C. O. Conceição and will be published in October. Motivating and Retaining Online Students: Research-Based Strategies That Work, addresses the challenge for educational institutions in the rapidly changing teaching and learning environment. Using our years of online experience, the authors have designed this book to help increase and improve the retention of online students and thereby increase the overall retention rates for educational institutions. The book is filled with empirical research from the authors’ study of motivation and retention strategies that can reduce online learner dropout. It provides effective online strategies that help minimize student dropout, increase student retention, and support student learning management. It puts the focus on issues of course design, student engagement and motivation, and institutional, instructional, and informal support for online students.

This is the third book for the authors in the Jossey-Bass Guides to Online Teaching and Learning. Their first two books are: Creating a Sense of Presence in Online Teaching: How to “Be There” for Distance Learners and
Managing Online Instructor Workload: Strategies for Finding Balance and Success.

1977
  • Digital Media/Computing
  • Education
Levy, Breanna

I am currently a junior agent at DT Model Management in Los Angeles. (www.dtmodelmanagement.com) I left with my boss from Nous Models back in June to start his own company. I've been helping to build an agency from the ground up. We have been very busy booking and just booked the Paco Rabanne fragrance worldwide campaign.

2009
  • Art/Acting/Theater
  • Business/Finance
Lilienthal Frey, Michelle

Professional runner and looking for communications job!

2005
  • Communications/PR
  • Other
Lipsky, John

Worked for WHA-TV for a short time after graduation then moved to Conn. to work in the family's high-tech manufacturing business in gas chromatography (chemical analysis) doing all marketing and corporate communications. Now, full owner. Also became an accomplished potter, doing my own work and teaching for the last 17 years.

1978
  • Advertising/Marketing/Sales
  • Art/Acting/Theater
  • Communications/PR
Lubeck, Lindsay

Currently working as Executive Administrator with the Lakewood BlueClaws Professional Baseball team, an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, in Lakewood, N.J. Work with the team in Accounting, Marketing, Special Events, Administration, and other miscellaneous responsibilities.

2010
  • Advertising/Marketing/Sales
  • Communications/PR
Lundgren, Betsy Johnson

Currently VP of Marketing at Thrive, the Madison Region economic development partnership.

2003
  • Advertising/Marketing/Sales
Lundin, Carey

My award winning documentary, Jens Jensen The Living Green will premiere on PBS stations nationwide this fall. Prior to this I created a mockumentary web series called Citizen Kate, The Outsider's View of Inside Politics. Citizen Kate was a cult hit 90 episode series that had an estimated 1.5M viewers of its 90 episodes.

1984
  • Film and Television
Maier, Lee

After graduating, I took a full-time job with LiquidThread, a branded entertainment firm here in Chicago. My education within the Communication Arts department has served me multiple times, as much of what I do focuses on entertainment properties, communication and production. Furthermore, having taken a few Marketing courses through the business school, I couldn't be happier that I chose a Comm Arts degree instead. I plan to eventually move closer to production, ideally in the documentary film industry and am confident that my education will continue to serve me well.

2011
  • Communications/PR
  • Film and Television
Maltz, Ashley

I work at Evolution Entertainment; talent manager to be.

2009
  • Advertising/Marketing/Sales
  • Art/Acting/Theater
  • Communications/PR
  • Film and Television
Mandel, Loring

The PhB was a godsend for me, since it enabled me to put together a program of courses that kept me happy and active. I was interested in Drama, which was not then a department: I was involved in 11 productions---in one capacity or another---in my freshman year. I've had a long and rewarding career as a writer for radio, television and film. But my first production was an original drama called Red Snow in 1948 on WHA. I don't believe WHA had ever produced a student drama production prior to mine. I still have a tape of it somewhere. It featured Gerald Hiken and Cliff Owen. With an original music score.

1949
  • Art/Acting/Theater
  • Film and Television
  • Radio and Sound
Matsoukas, Peter

Writing, producing and directing films and web series while working full time at DePaul University.

1999
  • Education
  • Film and Television
McCartney, Kelsy Martin

After graduating from Madison and accepting a job at Target Headquarters in downtown Minneapolis, I quickly left my Corporate position to pursue a dream of wedding photography with my husband. We have been full-time wedding photographers for four years and couldn't be more grateful for the opportunities that have come our way! It feels amazing to work for yourself and wake up every single day absolutely loving what you're doing!

2008
  • Art/Acting/Theater
McDermott-Spencer, Terry

Professor Lawson and Teaching Assistant Kenji Kittatani must have planted some good seeds in my head as this year my husband and I are celebrating our 14th year in business operating a Concept to Completion video production company in Denver, Colo.: Colin Spencer Productions.

1980
  • Film and Television
Millichap, Chris

Working as Brand Strategist at Digitas Chicago.

2007
  • Advertising/Marketing/Sales
  • Business/Finance
  • Communications/PR
Mossman, John

I recently directed as well as co-wrote and produced the indie feature Into The Wake, shot partly in the southern Wisconsin area. Currently living in Chicago, where my wife Kathy Scambiatterra and I run The Artistic Home, a professional theater and actor training program. I also teach film at Columbia College and direct theater and have acted most recently at the Seanachai and Steppenwolf theaters. I'll be appearing at The Artistic Home in March in Tennessee Williams' The Night of the Iguana, in the role of Shannon.

1985
  • Art/Acting/Theater
  • Education
  • Film and Television
Newton, Darrell

Just published a book Paving the Empire Road: BBC Television and Black Britons and I'm Chair of our Comm Arts department. Taking students to the UK each summer to research british media, and I'm up for full prof in 2014!

2002
  • Education
Nicholas, Perron

Currently working for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association headquartered in Arlington, Va. My office is located at the Fluno Center for Executive Education in Madison, Wisc.

1990
  • Business/Finance
  • Other
Nord, Mark

Currently the President of KCS Wine & Spirits Inc., which owns Downer Avenue Wine & Spirits--Milwaukee's East Side destination for fine wine, craft beer and spirits of all varieties.

1986
  • Advertising/Marketing/Sales
  • Business/Finance
Nuzbach, Stacey

I'm currently working as a TV producer. In 2012, I worked on Mob Wives Chicago, the fourth season of My Strange Addiction, and a title TBD for the Cooking Channel.

2010
  • Film and Television
Oakes, Scott

Currently Manager of Client Solutions for La Macchia Group, a consulting + design/build firm in Milwaukee's Third Ward.

2002
  • Advertising/Marketing/Sales
  • Business/Finance
  • Communications/PR
  • Digital Media/Computing
Osborn, John

Senior Science Communications Specialist for Cherokee Nation Technologies. Contracted to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Earth System Research Laboratory. Global Systems Division/Office of the Director in Boulder, Colo.

1974
  • Communications/PR
  • Law/Government
Ossers, Elizabeth

Communications Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver of Vehicle Services as of June 2012

2008
  • Communications/PR
  • Law/Government
Osswald, Chris

Partner at Applied Laser Technologies, LLC.

2004
  • Business/Finance
  • Other
Otterson, Joseph

I've been doing a lot of production assistant work while trying to find a full-time film and video job in Madison. I also read scripts for Eclectic Pictures in LA.

2011
  • Film and Television
Patterson, Elsie

Retired in 2003 after 35 years as a communications professor at UW-LaCrosse. I'm enjoying retirement.

1976
  • Education
Pinnow, Sean

As a former recipient of the Comm Arts Industry Summer Scholarship, I moved out to LA immediately upon graduation and have been working steadily in film & television production ever since. Some major credits include: Shark Tank (ABC), Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution (ABC), and Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC). Most recently, this year I won a Primetime Emmy Award for my work as a Field Coordinator on Undercover Boss. As of July, I have been hired full-time as an in-house Production Manager for Ryan Seacrest Productions. It's very easy to say that I couldn't have done any of this without the UW Comm Arts program! ON WISCONSIN!

2008
  • Film and Television
Pogorzelski, Michael

Director of the Academy Film Archive in Hollywood, Calif.

1996
  • Communications/PR
  • Film and Television

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