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amsbaryJonathan H. Amsbary (Speech Communication MA 1980 and PhD 1986) Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he also serves as Graduate Director of their MA program.  Jonathan has published two recent books: Interviewing:  Situations and Contexts and Surviving Group meeting: A Survival Tool for Working in Groups 



Sidney BosleySidney Bosley (Class of 2002) lived in San Francisco for six years and recently moved to London to take a job. Sid is Associate Creative Director at Wieden and Kennedy where he works building global and European brands.

Charity FarberCharity Moos Farber (BA 2002) works at the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), a consortium of the Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago, as a Program Manager for Academic and International programming. She is responsible for supporting a wide range of collaborative programs and activities, including coordination of the Summer Research Opportunities Program, CIC FreeApp, Alliances for Expanded Study Overseas Program, and CIC Study Abroad programs. Prior to coming to the CIC, she worked at Ball State University as an Assistant Director of Student Organizations and Activities and at Illinois State University as a Leadership Development Specialist. She earned Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Culture from Indiana University and a Masterís of Arts in Organizational Communication from Ball State University. Charity was named the NASPA IV-East Outstanding New Professional in 2007 for her accomplishments in advising and developing experiential trips focused on leadership and social justice.

Hannah FidellHannah Fidell After graduating from Indiana University with a telecommunications and communications and culture, Hannah decided to head back to the east coast and spent two years as a production assistant at RSA Films where she helped with the pre production of Ridley Scott's American Gangster and the production of Tony Scott's Taking of Pelham 123. Hannah is currently getting her master’s degree in media studies at The New School University where she works as the department's events coordinator; organizing panels and screenings for the New York film community with such highly esteemed organizations as the Tribeca Film Institute, Independent Film Project and the Producers Guild of America. Apart from graduate school, Hannah wrote and directed a feature film called We're Glad You're Here which was shot entirely in Bloomington, Indiana over the mer of 2009. This is her first feature film.

Tolu JegedeTolu Jegede (Class of 2002) received his MFA in creative writing  from IU in 2005 and has gone on to teach English composition courses at North Florida Community College in Madison, Florida.   He has published writing in the Heartlodge Journal, Rockhurst Review, and the Bitter Oleander Press.

Jim Kendrick Jim Kendrick (Ph.D. 05) has published  "Hollywood Bloodshed: Violence in 1980s American Cinema," (Southern Illinois University Press).  He is an assistant professor at Baylor University in  Waco, Texas.


Nichols-PethickJonathan Nichols-Pethick is an Associate Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Communication and Theatre at DePauw University.  He authored the book, TV Cops: The Contemporary American Television Police Drama (Routledge, 2012). He lives in Terre Haute with his family.




Steven Ralston a 1986 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences with a BA in Speech Communication is the Dean of the School of Communication Arts at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.  He serves on the publication board of the Association for Business Communication.



Kristin Richards Hackman (CMCL BA C2003) recently launched a blog on the challenges of living in the CULTURE of motherhood while arguing that motherhood is actually a culture that can create the same sort of shock when you enter it, as you would if you moved from the United States to Germany. The blog:

Kristin is currently working on a non-fiction book about living the slow life in Italy for one year with her husband and triplets. Her book will discuss the experience of leaving behind traditional preschool, cell phone, text messages, and unnecessary Target trips to live in the countryside of Italy.

Sandro SatoSandro Sato right after graduating with the Class of 2006 I was offered a position as an Operations Representative at United Airlines in Chicago. The time to leave the US came after an offer from the Dow Chemical Co. to work as a Trainee at Dow’s Latin American Headquarter in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I was part of the first Latin American Young Professionals program, developed by Dow to select recent graduates from around the globe to work at different facilities in Latin American countries- such as Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. I'm currently working as a Marketing Specialist for the Dow Chemical Co. in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Melinda SpennerMelinda Spenner (BA 05) completed an internship with the Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center at the Purdue Reseach Park in Merillville, Indiana.  There she has learned about economic development and building small business communities.  She will live and work in Northwest Indiana and has plans to get married in the summer of 2010.

Becky TownsendRebecca M. Townsend (MA 1997) Communication instructor at Manchester Community College in Manchester, Connecticut, was awarded $77,000 Federal Transit Administration Grant to conduct research into culturally sensitive deliberation during transit planning as part of the Public Transportation Participation Pilot Program.  The PTP is a research program created as part of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).

According to the FTA, the grant is to conduct “applied research that will develop innovative approaches to improving public participation in the planning of public transportation…[and will] work to yield products that can be applied to improve the state of the practice of public participation in transportation planning at the regional or project level.” Townsend’s grant will involve collaboration with students, community organizations, local and state government officials, and the Capital Region Council of Governments in Hartford, Connecticut.  The design seeks to improve the public participation practice by creating and piloting a cost-effective public participation model that meaningfully involves youth, low-income, and minority populations to shape regional transportation plans. Traditionally, these populations have been among the most difficult for planners to reach and whose public transportation needs are most critical. For more information, see

utleyEbony A. Utley (BA 01) was recently tenured and promoted to an Associate Professor at California State University Long Beach. She also published her first book Rap and Religion: Understanding the Gangsta's God (Praeger 2012) and launched a companion website at


Parker Wittman (BA 2004) is married to Angela Lynch Wittman  (BA 2004).  He is an information Management Specialist working for Aspect Consulting in Seattle Washington.  He specializes in GIS & information design.