Alumni Updates

Name Alumni Update Graduation Year Job Fields
Preysz III, Louis

When I graduated in 1968 my major was called Speech, and I had a concentration in Radio, TV & Film. I am a retired college professor emeritus, a retired Army Officer, and a former VP and Marketing Director of a large bank holding company. As a college professor, my Society for Advancement of Management (SAM) case team won 8 national titles, no other college or university has won more than 3.

1968
  • Advertising/Marketing/Sales
  • Business/Finance
  • Communications/PR
  • Education
  • Film and Television
  • Radio and Sound
Ries, Charles P.

This link will lead you to an article on me and my writing. 

http://www.mydigitalpublication.com/publication/?i=175756&p=50

1976
  • Communications/PR
Rosen, Scott

I proudly just celebrated the one year anniversary of my website, www.eatyourworld.com (co-founded with my wife Laura Siciliano-Rosen)--which features the best regional food and drinks in now over 125+ destinations!

1998
  • Business/Finance
  • Information Technology
Rothblatt, Amy

I live in Chicago, in the South Loop neighborhood, which is near the lake and just south of downtown. I have been a freelance photographer for 20+ years, and also write for a local newspaper at the moment. I was a realtor for six years during this time (retired a year ago, but may be back--if there is a housing market!) and have long wanted to go back to school. I have taken numerous post-graduate credits, no advanced degrees as of yet. I am considering grad school next fall: a master's in counseling. We'll see! I have a son, 18, who just started college this fall at Ohio Wesleyan University, and a 14-year-old daughter who is a freshman this fall in high school.

1978
  • Art/Acting/Theater
  • Education
Rowley, Katie

For close to four years I served as U.S. Senator Russ Feingold's Deputy Press Secretary in Washington, D.C. After the Senator lost his mid-term re-election bid, I transitioned into the public relations sector and have moved back to the midwest. I now work in APCO Worldwide's Chicago office as a consultant for healthcare clients. APCO is a communications, stakeholder engagement and business strategy firm with 32 offices around the world. In my current role, I use my strong command of media relations, stakeholder communications and patient advocacy to provide account support and expertise for corporations, non-profit organizations, health insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies.

2007
  • Communications/PR
  • Human Services/Non-Profit
  • Law/Government
Rubens, Joe

I am a Regional Vice President for Cummins Engine Co., living in AZ since graduating in 1998.

1998
  • Business/Finance
Ruiz, Arturo Zarate

I have been living and working in Mexico since I got my degree. I have been a researcher of rhetoric since 1993 at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Matamoros Office. I have focused my research on rhetorical theory and on US/Mexico controversies.

1992
  • Education
  • Law/Government
Rusboldt, Jaclyn

I'm now living in Australia.

2009
  • Other
Silver, Perri

I am working in Post Production on FX's new scripted series The Americans, which premiered Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 10pm. Hope everyone set their DVRs!

2011
  • Film and Television
Sobel, Rachel

I am currently a freelance TV producer working on a series for HGTV and DIY called Kitchen Crashers. In this role, I am a Supervising producer, overseeing all aspects of production. Since leaving Madison, I've gotten my Masters Degree in Journalism and have worked as a producer in news, reality and documentary programming for OWN, TLC, The History Channel, Investigation Discovery, HGTV, The Weather Channel and DIY.

2005
  • Film and Television
  • Journalism
Sommi, Ellen Ruekberg

After getting my degree from UW I worked for a couple of years and went back to school to get my MSSW from the University of Texas. I've been working in the field in a number of capacities over the past 25+ years. For the last 20 years I've been working in the Employee Assistance field. One of the things I've been doing professionally for the past 15 years is working as a trainer. Clearly my communications background has meshed well with my social work degree!

1983
  • Human Services/Non-Profit
  • Other
Stern, Emily

Since graduating in 2007, I've been fortunate enough to build a wonderfully rewarding non-profit career. After spending some time abroad immediately after graduation, I relocated to Illinois to take an AmeriCorps national service position with a housing rehab non-profit in Aurora, Illinois. After my 11 month service term, I became the organization's first Executive Director. In my three year tenure, I was able to increase the organization's services significantly, expand its community reach and increase the budget by 200%. Most importantly, we were able to provide a safe, healthy and accessible home to 50+ low-income individuals each year, giving the type of home that every person deserves. A year and a half ago, I relocated to Milwaukee to join the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra as their first full-time Development Director. MYSO is the largest youth symphony in the country, serving more than 900 local youth each year. MYSO's most recent initiatives has been primarily focused on urban outreach programs, bringing music education and training to previously under-served children. At a time of rapidly diminishing music programming in schools, these efforts become increasingly important. As the primary fundraiser for the organization, I assist in reaching our $1.5 million budget each year. Additionally, we just culminated a $2 million scholarship campaign for low-income students advancing into higher level MYSO ensembles. Helping to preserve music opportunities for our community's youth is such an important effort that I'm proud to be a part of. Outside of these jobs, I serve as the President and Chairman of the Brittingham Viking Organization, an international scholarship program for UW-Madison and Scandinavian students. Now in it's 59th year, the BVO has nearly 400 alumni throughout the world who work together to manage and operate the organization's administration.

2007
  • Human Services/Non-Profit
Stern, Benjamin

I have been working in the Locations Department of Feature Films in New York.

2007
  • Film and Television
Stielow, Justin

I am an art director in advertising.

2007
  • Advertising/Marketing/Sales
  • Art/Acting/Theater
Strait, Danya

Currently doing events and communications at the Greater Milwaukee Committee.

2009
  • Communications/PR
Sundelius, Zach

After graduating, I spent two years as a writer/editor for the fantasy sports company RotoWire before accepting a job as a production assistant on the CBS show Survivor, where I traveled to Samoa and the Philippines, testing all of the show's physical challenges before the contestants do them. I currently work as an associate producer on The Jeff Probst Show.

2009
  • Film and Television
Syms, Carly

I've just released my third fiction title in the last three years! I'm also two weeks shy of graduating from the Medill School of Journalism with a Masters in Journalism.

2011
  • Education
Takoudes, Greg

In the last few years, I have directed two independent feature films: Up with Me (IFC Films) and the forthcoming The Jonestown Defense. I also wrote a novel, When We Wuz Famous, that is being published by Henry Holt in March of 2013.

1996
  • Film and Television
  • Other
Tankel, Jonathan

Since getting my PhD., I have taught at the University of Maine, Ithaca College, and Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne (IPFW). I now live in semi-retirement in New Orleans.

1984
  • Education
Tarnutzer, Brett

Mr. Tarnutzer is an Assistant Chief in the Wireless Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission and is primarily focused on the first-ever two-sided "incentive auction" where broadcast television licensees can offer some or all of their spectrum usage rights in exchange for compensation in order to allow the FCC to repackage the spectrum and offer it for sale for new uses including wireless broadband that is capable of supporting video and data services.

1991
  • Film and Television
  • Law/Government
  • Other
Thompson, Mark

J.D. Candidate at the University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minneapolis, MN), anticipated May 2013.

2009
  • Education
  • Law/Government
Tishler, William P.

I am a media specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Division of Continuing Studies. I'm currently developing several new educational innovation courses that use video as the primary medium for online delivery. For more information, visit: http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/campus-info/about.html

1991
  • Education
  • Information Technology
Tracy, Jeff

Currently working for YP Holdings (formerly ATT Advertising) as Director of premier account advertising lead attribution and performance management of digital, mobile, print and direct marketing campaigns in Wisconsin.

1993
  • Advertising/Marketing/Sales
  • Information Technology
Tucker, Kim

Moved to San Diego in 2011. Working in healthcare and medical device marketing.

1987
  • Advertising/Marketing/Sales
  • Human Services/Non-Profit
Ver Schure, Alan

Carla and I have been married 44 years. I retired from Hamilton Community Schools after 38 years of teaching communication, debate and theatre. I've written nine plays and enjoy both writing and directing. I'm currently involved with the Red Barn Theater in Saugatuck, Mich, where a colleague and I premiered our new musical Carney Dreams, last June. We have two adult daughters and three grandchildren.

1974
  • Art/Acting/Theater
  • Education
  • Radio and Sound
Vogds, Andrea

I'm currently working as a project manager for Epic in Verona, Wisc.

2009
  • Business/Finance
Wade Tyson, Jill

Working as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice. Married in November 2011, to Christopher Tyson of Brookfield, Wis. (He is a Badger fan, but not an alum).

2001
  • Law/Government
Wallace, Hope

This past summer 2012 I graduated from Northwestern University with a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and Policy. I currently work as the Coordinator of Student Organization Resources in the Center for Student Involvement at Northwestern University.

2006
  • Education
  • Human Services/Non-Profit
Weigensberg, Rachel Shapiro

I am pregnant with our second child living in Massachusetts. I am a divorce attorney in Boston.

2001
  • Law/Government
Weiss, Stefanie

I have a concierge company consulting parents about their children's mental health and which are the best and most appropriate doctor/specialist for their child or teen. I have a radio show - The Ask Stefanie Show on The Coffee Klatch radio show. My website is www.askstefanie.com. I also run monthly Round Table discussions with guest speakers/experts with Manhattan's top doctors.

1998
  • Communications/PR
  • Human Services/Non-Profit
  • Radio and Sound

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