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A Newsletter from the Department of Mass
Communication and Communication Studies

Segue is a publication of Towson University's Mass Communication and Communication Studies Department edited by Garry Bolan and Dr. Alexandra M. Vilela. With the exception of the Chair's Message, the articles were written by students in Garry Bolan's Spring 2011 Principles of Public Relations and Integrated Communication class.

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Reprinted with permission from Towson, TU's alumni magazine

Teresa Rongione Burns '82 MCOM joined Johns Hopkins Medicine at its Mt. Washington campus as the new deputy privacy officer.

Dottie Gallagher-Cohen'82 CCMM became president and chief executive officer of the Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau in New York. Gallagher-Cohen has worked for Buffalo News for 13 years, most recently as its senior executive, and was also executive director of the Kelly for Kids Foundation, marketing manager at Buffalo Place, and director of public relations at Erie Community College.

Sonya Amartey '88 MCOM started a consulting firm, SA Consulting Services, which specializes in database management.

Mark Raines '88 MCOM published his first book, Orange, Black and Grey, which details a lifelong endeavor that led a childhood Baltimore Orioles fan from Chicago to TU and ultimately to a residence in Baltimore.

Chris Devlin'90 CCMM, an actor living in Los Angeles, participated in "Fight Gone Bad" to fight cancer, aid returning soldiers and donate to the families of firefighters and police. Chris also directed "The Nose," a play that was part of the one-act festival of original works of the Katselas Theatre Company. The show was performed on weekends in April at the Beverly Hills Playhouse in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Kevin Grace '90 MCOM, along with actor Clayton LeBouef honored the first Afro-American boxing champion and Baltimorean Joe Gans with several events in August 2010 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the fighter's death. In December 2010, Friends of Joe Gans which promotes, educates and honors the memory of Gans, unveiled a historic plaque on the former site of the Goldfield Hotel that Gans owned. A ceremonial street sign, Joe Gans Way, was placed on Argyle Avenue in August 2010 where Gans' foster mother lived.

Julie Spitz Norton '92 MCOM, '06 and SPPA '10 AUD completed her doctorate in audiology in May 2010 and accepted a position as an audiologist with the Hearing and Speech Agency in Baltimore. Her doctoral thesis, "Speech Intelligibility and Passive, Level-Dependent Earplugs" was recently accepted for publication in Ear and Hearing, the official journal of the American Auditory Society.

Susan O'Brien '92 MCOM was named vice president for public affairs of the Health Facilities Association of Maryland, managing communications and legislative strategy for the association. She has more than 20 years of experience, including handling media relations for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and serving as a spokesperson for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Chris Webber '93 MCOM left his position as the information assurance deputy director at the White House to become chief information officer for the Federal Labor Relations Authority.

Tom Johnson '94 MCOM was named managing director and head of mergers and acquisitions at the Abernathy MacGregor Group, a leading financial communications firm based in New York City.

Bethany Latham '95 MCOM graduated with a master of arts in film and television production from American University and works for the Travel Channel in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Ashby Wratchford '95 MCOM is the senior editor/flame artist for the Martin Agency's postproduction facility, Running with Scissors.

Neal Gluckman '97 MCOM is an account executive at Turner Sports in New York City, who handles advertising and sponsorship sales for all NBA, MLB, PGA, NCCA and NASCAR programming on TNT and TBS.

Jack S. Monell '97 MCOM an adjunct professor at Capella University, and online institute of higher learning, is featured in a chapter of the book, Forensic Social Work: Psychosocial and Legal Issues in Diverse Practice Settings. Monell has also been appointed to the National Association of Social Worker's Children, Adolescents and Young Adults section.

Alyce Sparkman Kirk '98 COMM has been appointed as an associate and public relations manager with RTKL, a global architecture, planning and design firm. Kirk has more than 20 years of experience in architecture, engineering and construction.

Jason Contino '99 MCOM produced a film, Lebanon, Pa., a drama with comedic moments that is getting a limited theatrical release. The film has won official selection at the SXSW Film Festival 2010; founder's prize: best fiction film at the Traverse City Film Festival 2010; best film made in Pennsylvania at the Philadelphia Film Festival 2010; and standout film award at Hells Hall Mile Film Festival 2010.

Richie Crider '00 MCOM '08 M.S. published his first book, The 21st Century Student Writer.

Jessica Sadler '01 MCOM graduated from Northwestern University's prosthetic and orthotic programs at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She is completing her residencies in Walnut Creek, Calif., in the East Bay. Sadler plans to specialize in veterinary orthotic and prosthetic care.

Jennifer Kersey '03 THEA/MCOM has a performance contract with Disney Cruise Lines on a ship that travels to the Bahamas and Mexico. She also performed in the international tour of the "Sound of Music" and at Universal Studios Hollywood and at Disneyland.

Amy Davis'04 CCMM joined the media planning and buying team of Media Works, Ltd., a Baltimore-based media agency. She will work on the $30 million account of Van Tuyl Automotive Group, which has 75 dealerships.

Eric Rhew'05 CCMM, TU assistant director of Athletic Media Relations, wrote and edited the TU men's and women's lacrosse guides, which received second- and third-place honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Kaitlin Garvey '07 MCOM was named senior account executive in the Baltimore office of Weber Shandwick, a public relations agency. She joined Weber Shandwick in 2007.

Katherine Mercado'08 CCMM, a junior marketing specialist with A. Bright Idea, advertising and public relations firm in Bel Air, Md., won the New Professional of the Year award from the Public Relations Society of America last fall.



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