Alumni News

Distinguished Alums for 2018 to visit campus in March

The MJF Distinguished Alum Days announced the 2018 honorees, who will be on campus March 4-6:

  • Jeremiah Shuff, Mass Communication '98, post-production editor for Saturday Night Live in New York.
  • Steve Susi, Mass Communication '93, executive creative director for Amazon advertising, UK and international, based in London.
  • Mary Patrick, Communications '83, managing partner, Jasculca Terman Strategic Communications in Chicago.
  • David Spunt, JRN/POLSCI '07, reporter for CBS3 in Philadelphia.
  • Alecia Frankenwitz Elsner, Mass Communication '95, general manager of KSDK, NBC affiliate in St. Louis.

The main event -- a panel featuring the five guests -- will be 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, March 5, in Williams 107. A reception for students to mix with the guests will follow, 5:30-7 p.m. in Williams 115C.

18 of the last 9 honorees celebrate ties with programs, faculty

Among the 18 of the last 9 honorees this fall were two MJF graduates and several participants in MJF’s Inside Washington and Inside Hollywood programs. The group of recent graduates came to campus in late October.

James Earl Cox III was a mass communication graduate from 2014. He is now the founder and creative director of Seemingly Pointless in Los Angeles. He also majored in creative writing and interactive media studies. He says occasionally works with other Miami alumni and has a housemate who is a Miami grad.

His favorite memories about Miami include the relationships he had with professors. “The openness and willingness of professors to help and encourage,” he said. “I had access to a lot of opportunities that grew and directed my passions.”

Ibukun Ibraheem was a strategic communications graduate from 2016. She is now an assistant project manager in special collaborations for Adidas.

She was the marketing director for UP Fashion Magazine and was the marketing lead of WMSR Redhawk Radio. She also participated in the Inside Hollywood Program in 2015. She now also runs a website about her My Passion Scholarship, which she created to help students with their summer internship experience.

Kimberly Foster, a graduate from 2013, spent a semester in Washington DC with our Inside Washington Program. She is currently a legal research fellow with Lawyers Without Borders in New Haven, Connecticut, working on a federal grant designed to more effectively criminalize human trafficking in Tanzania.

She said her Inside Washington experience was invaluable. “My Inside Washington semester surrounded me with an amazing group of friends (many of whom remain in my close circle today) and created countless wonderful memories. This was probably my favorite semester at Miami and affirmed my desire to move to D.C. after graduation.”

Cristina Rue also was a Washington Program participant. The 2011 graduate is now a senior associate with SKDKnickerbocker.

She credits the Inside Washington Program with helping her network in DC. “I got my first internship after graduation through the connections I had made during the Inside Washington program. That internship was at CLS Strategies, where I would later get hired and end up spending five years helping expand the company’s portfolio in Latin America and working closely with the long-standing opposition movement in my home country of Venezuela.”

She said what she learned in the interview process for Inside Washington have stuck with her today. “During the interview process, I learned the importance of first impressions, of being early and being prepared, and of not giving up despite potential rejections. And during the months leading up to our move, I learned what you could gain from speaking your mind, asking questions and not being afraid to try something new and potentially scary. These are all lessons that continue to influence me today.”

Other alumni news:

Rebecca Daugherty, Mass Communication ’80, was recently promoted to executive VP of marketing for ABC Entertainment.

Emily Lause, Mass Communication ‘11, will be joining the Partnerships Marketing team at 20th Century Fox next month. Emily has been in the marketing partnerships unit at Universal for the past several years.

Rachel Petri, JRN ‘12, is the press secretary for United States Senator Sherrod Brown.

Stephanie Spetrino, MAC ‘14, is working for Chuck Lorre Productions as an executive producer's assistant on CBS' "MOM."

Kate Redinger, MAC '15, has been promoted to a coordinator position in development with the Hallmark Channel. Kate is working on several movies, developing the stories and managing production.

Connor Moriarty, JRN ‘16, is the lead product photographer at zulily in Columbus.

Grace Remington, JRN ‘16, is a sports reporter/ anchor at NBC affiliate in Birmingham, AL. Grace spent the past year in a similar job at affiliate in Gainesville, Florida.

Katie McDonnell, JRN ‘17, is working as a business analyst at Facebook.

Tali Hunt,, JRN ‘17, is a staff writer at the Madison Courier in Madison, Indiana.

Ellie McGraw,, MAC ‘17, is working at Kobalt Music in New York City.

Greta Morris, JRN ‘17, works for ABC News in New York on the 20/20 news program. Greta was an intern at Nightline in 2015 and 16.

Rasika Rane, JRN ‘17, was accepted to Columbia University’s master of science in the journalism/data specialization program. She also spent the summer as an intern at a summer international journalism conference in Copenhagen.

Matt Reiniger, STC ‘17, is working in NYC as a project coordinator for Jack Morton Worldwide. He participated in Inside NYC and also was a member of PRISM.

Angie Riffle, JRN ‘17, accepted a job at Red House Marketing Agency near Atlanta.

Taylor Schenck, MAC ‘17, has been accepted in the highly competitive and prestigious Director's Guild of America's First Assistant Director training program. Through this program, she recently worked on the ABC comedy series, "The Middle."

Mary Schrott, JRN ‘17, is working as a as media and communications associate at the U.S. Green Building Council in D.C. The council oversees LEED building certification.

Tess Sohngen, JRN ‘17, just started a job as content marketing and social media specialist at Cadenzas Part Solutions in Milford, Ohio.

Sophie Whorf, JRN ‘17, is working as an account executive at Modern Luxury magazine based in Chicago.

Please send your alumni news to bellmasd@miamioh.edu to be included in the spring alumni newsletter.