Alumni Updates

Name Alumni Update Graduation Year Job Fields
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
Weiss, Jason

Currently living in Los Angeles, where I am a film and television producer and a literary manager. I have been a studio executive at MGM, Paramount and New Regency and have also worked for high-profile production companies like MTV Films, Lakeshore Entertainment and Scott Rudin Productions. I was a producer on The Onion Movie and, as an executive, have overseen a wide range of movies that include Along Came a Spider, Don't Say a Word, The Runaway Jury and Daredevil.

1994
  • Film and Television
White, Martinez

Relocating to Miami, Florida.

2010
  • Other
Williams, Zane

Published photographer (four books, plus other book contributions and many magazine features).

1971
  • Art/Acting/Theater
Wirkus, Thomas

I retired from UW-La Crosse, Dept. of Speech Communication, in 1994 after thirty-five years of service. I served nine years as department chair and was well known as the "voice" of the marching band for twenty-five years. I received a Ph.D. in Speech Education; minor in R-TV from Northwestern University in June, 1966. I served on the Wisc. Public Radio Assn. Board for twelve years (3 as chair). I remain active as a trainer for lectors at the Cathedral Parish in La Crosse; curriculum committee member for Learning in Retirement group at UW-L; drummer with 14 pc. band ("Grumpy Old Men"); member of the Friends of the Onalaska Library. I recently recovered from hip replacement surgery and rehabilitation is going well.

1959
  • Education
  • Other
Wisnefski, Lynne

I'm currently working as a TV producer in Chicago on the morning talk show Windy City LIVE on ABC 7.

2005
  • Film and Television
  • Journalism
Wolff, Erica

Currently work at the Denver Public Schools Foundation and getting my MBA at University of Denver.

2008
  • Business/Finance
  • Education
  • Human Services/Non-Profit
Wolff, Karl

I wrote a book and here are the details:

Just what does it mean to be human? Various artists from over the centuries have tackled this all-consuming question in a variety of ways; and now Karl Wolff, cultural essayist for the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography, presents a brand-new examination of fifteen such projects, ranging from the undeniably highbrow (Samuel Beckett's "Trilogy") to the decidedly lowbrow (the "Warhammer 40,000" roleplaying game), and every shade of complexity in between. Originally published monthly at the CCLaP blog in 2012, these intelligent, probing looks at such varied creative endeavors as the sci-fi television show Battlestar Galactica, the Victorian erotic classic Venus in Furs, and the noir pulp The Killer Inside Me present a layered, fascinating overview of how artists have viewed the subject of humanity over the years; and with three brand-new essays exclusive to this book version, there's a good reason to pick this up even if you're already a regular fan of Wolff's wry, articulate online writing. Whether it's a comic book like Hellboy or a Postmodernist literary master like Anthony Burgess, Wolff's shakeup of popular culture in On Being Human is sure to get your brain working in new ways, and to get you introduced to at least a handful of projects you've never heard of before.

http://cclapcenter.com/onbeinghuman/

I also review books for the New York Journal of Books:

http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/reviewer/reviewer-profile-karl-wolff

2000
  • Journalism
Wood, Jane Rutledge

Retired as President of Community Health Charities of Wisconsin following many years of nonprofit leadership roles in health care and community development. Currently preparing business networking workshop for WCTC Center for Business Performance Solutions.

1965
  • Business/Finance
  • Human Services/Non-Profit
Yen, Will

I recently started a new position as Key Account Manager for Warner Bros. managing their digital movies and TV shows through Amazon Instant Video based in Seattle, Wash.

2002
  • Advertising/Marketing/Sales
  • Film and Television
  • Information Technology
Young, David

I am officially the "Head Assistant Editor" at Harpo Studios. My job not only encompasses supervising and training 20 plus assistant editors but managing the media and workflows for all of the shows in production at Harpo Studios Chicago. We are the primary program provider to OWN-The Oprah Winfrey Network.

1985
  • Film and Television
Zurawski, Erica

I am currently in my final year of law school at the University of Wisconsin with big plans to promote and incorporate sustainable food practices and policies around the world once I graduate.

2010
  • Education
  • Law/Government

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