Alumni Updates

Name Alumni Update Graduation Year Job Fields
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.

  • Film and Television
White, Martinez

Relocating to Miami, Florida.

  • Other
Williams, Zane

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Film and Television
  • Journalism
Wolff, Erica

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Education
  • Law/Government