October 4, 2007

A bimonthly e-newsletter for alumni, parents and friends of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California.

For more information and updated event calendars, visit http://annenberg.usc.edu.


1. New Johnson Center supports African-American issues in the media
2. Knight Foundation awards $2.4 million grant to USC Annenberg Knight Digital Media Center
3. Dean Wilson on stage in Tokyo and New York
4. USC Annenberg welcomes new students and faculty
5. Albert Bandura Wins 2007 Everett M. Rogers Award
6. 2007 Sentinel for Health Awards
7. ONA and USC Annenberg announce finalists for 2007 Online Journalism Awards
8. Annenberg Radio News begins live production

9. Second Annual Frank del Olmo Symposium Oct. 11
10. Trojan Parents Weekend @ USC Annenberg, Oct. 11-13
11. USC Annenberg Pre-Game Picnic and Football Game, Oct. 13
12. Communication Management "Insider Insights" Series, Oct. 18
13. USC Global Conference in Tokyo, Oct. 25-27
14. USC Homecoming @Annenberg, Nov. 3
15. Alumni and Parent event in New York, Nov. 8
16. Save the Date: Installation of Ernest J. Wilson III as Dean and Walter Annenberg Chair in Communication, Nov. 29
17. USC Annenberg presents "Earth, Wind & Solar" poster exhibit, through Dec. 21

18. Dean Ernest J. Wilson III on the road
19. USC Annenberg Alliance
20. Alumni notes


USC Trustee and member of the USC Annenberg Board of Councilors Linda Johnson Rice (B.A. Journalism ’80), president and chief executive officer of Johnson Publishing Company Inc., has pledged $2.5 million to create an innovative new program to support young journalism and communication students at USC Annenberg. The Johnson Communication Leadership Center has at its core a new undergraduate scholarship program – the first at the school to focus on the specific interests of the African-American community. Johnson Scholars are selected for the program based on academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, and a strong interest and involvement in issues related to African-Americans in the world of journalism and communication. They will be supported by extensive exposure to mentorship as well as research and travel opportunities. Enrolling in fall 2007, the inaugural Johnson Scholars are Anita Little, a print journalism major from Fort Worth, Texas, and Leigh Lockhart, a communication major from North Hollywood, Calif.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will give USC Annenberg $2.4 million over the next four years under the terms of a new $6.7 million initiative to assist news organizations facing the daunting transition to the digital world. Additionally, the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism will receive $2.8 million as part of this initiative, and National Public Radio will receive a two-year, $1.5 million grant. The grant to USC Annenberg will be used to reshape the Knight Digital Media Center, based at USC Annenberg and UC Berkeley, into a one-stop solution for those hoping to improve their digital skills and increase the sophistication of their online operations. NPR’s grant will fund the training of roughly 600 staff members, including executives, reporters, producers and editors. In early 2008, NPR executives will come to USC Annenberg for strategic planning and leadership sessions.

Dean Ernest J. Wilson III will participate in a panel discussion on Entrepreneurship & Innovation later this month in Tokyo as part of the 2007 USC Global Conference. This event will bring participants from around Asia and the world together to share and discuss opportunities and challenges facing the Pacific Rim. (See Events section for details.) In November, Dean Wilson will moderate a panel during a series of discussions commemorating the 60th anniversary of the publication of George Orwell's seminal work, Politics and the English Language. The New York Public Library and the Open Society Institute are hosting There You Go Again: Orwell Comes to America, a series of three discussions examining how many of the symptoms of manipulation and propaganda diagnosed by Orwell persist on the American political landscape, along with new disinformation techniques enabled by modern technology. Dean Wilson will moderate a panel entitled Solutions: The Future Political Landscape, with panelists Michael J. Copps, commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission; Charlayne Hunter-Gault, broadcast journalist, former CNN bureau chief, and chief national correspondent of The Newshour with Jim Lehrer; and Alessandra Stanley, television critic and former Moscow-bureau co-chief of The New York Times.
Event and ticket information: https://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showCode=THE80
In August USC Annenberg welcomed more than 300 new graduate and undergraduate students for the Fall Semester, as well as the following new faculty members:
* Rosa Linda Fregoso, former chair of the Department of Latin American & Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, joins the faculty as a professor of communication in a joint appointment with the USC School of Cinematic Arts, her home department, and USC College's Gender Studies program.
* Herman Gray, former chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, joins the faculty as a professor of communication.
* Ben Lee (Ph.D., Communication ’05), joins the faculty as a lecturer in the School of Communication.
* Philip Seib, formerly the Lucius W. Nieman Professor of Journalism at Marquette University, joins the faculty as a professor of journalism and public diplomacy.
* Pamela Starr, Ph.D., joins the faculty as a senior lecturer in public diplomacy and will hold an appointment in the School of International Relations as co-director of the Latin American Initiative.
* Roberto Suro, former executive director of the Pew Hispanic Center in Washington, D.C., joins the faculty as a professor of journalism. 
* Dmitri Williams (M.A. Communication Management ’96), assistant professor in the speech communication department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, joins the faculty as an assistant professor of communication.

Albert Bandura, a pioneer in the international field of entertainment-education, is the 2007 recipient of the Everett M. Rogers Award for Achievement in Entertainment-Education. The award was presented during the eighth annual Sentinel for Health Awards ceremony, which is hosted by Hollywood, Health & Society, a project of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Cancer Institute. The Everett M. Rogers Award honors exceptional creativity in the practice of entertainment-education and excellence in research on the use of entertainment to deliver pro-social messages aimed at improving the quality of life of audiences in the United States and abroad. Bandura, a professor and a psychologist, has become best known for his work on social cognitive theory and on self-efficacy. Of the hundreds of studies that he conducted, his Bobo doll experiments of the early 1960s were seminal in their influence on the field of entertainment-education.

Hollywood, Health & Society, a partnership of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute, and the USC Annenberg School’s Norman Lear Center, announced the winners of the eighth annual Sentinel for Health Awards. The awards recognize exemplary achievements of television storylines that inform, educate and motivate viewers to make choices for healthier and safer lives. This year’s winners were the television shows Friday Night Lights, Scrubs, General Hospital and Así es la Vida, in the Spanish-language category. The winning storylines tackled prominent medical issues such as cancer, HIV-infection in the workplace, parent-teen communication about sex, postpartum depression, and availability of organs for transplantation.

USC Annenberg and the Online News Association have announced seventy finalists for the 8th annual Online Journalism Awards, honoring excellence in digital journalism. Finalists in 20 categories were chosen by a team of distinguished journalists during a two-day event on the USC campus. Winners will be announced at the OJA Banquet during the 8th annual conference of the Online News Association on Oct. 18 in Toronto.

USC Annenberg’s new radio program launched Annenberg Radio News on Sept. 25, featuring stories on topics such as Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's U.S. visit, an anti-war rally in Westwood, and an interview with a Los Angeles resident from Burma about the recent demonstration in Myanmar. Annenberg Radio News will broadcast live on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 until 4:15 pm, and each show will be archived online. The archive will also feature stories that don't make it to the live broadcast. Broadcast journalism seniors Victoria Sanchez and Sam Farber produce the Tuesday and Thursday shows, respectively.
To listen: http://annenbergradio.org/


You are invited to attend the second annual Frank del Olmo Symposium, honoring the late Los Angeles Times editor and columnist. The symposium, hosted by CCNMA and the Annenberg School of Journalism, will explore how Latino politics have changed over the past 25 years and the media's role in that growth. Panelists TBA. For more information contact juliomoran@ccnma.org.
Annenberg Auditorium, 7 pm 

USC Annenberg parents and their students are invited to attend special events that the School is presenting during USC’s Trojan Parents Weekend.

October 11:
* How Journalists Work: Sylvia Lopez, KCAL -- Join journalism professor Bryce Nelson for a special Trojan Parents Weekend edition of the "How Journalists Work" series. Special Guest: KCAL anchor and USC Annenberg alumna Sylvia Lopez. Her topic: “From Gopher to J-Lo: Adventures in Local Television News". Lunch will be served.
Annenberg Room 207, 12 noon

* 5 Under 25 -- Hear firsthand how recent Annenberg graduates launched their careers in communication, journalism and public relations. Panelists include Shannon Shinn-Buenaventura (Public Relations ’05), senior publicist for Event Couture LLC.; Dave Taylor (Broadcast Journalism ’07), producer for Reelz Channel and Movies.com; Alice Walton (Print Journalism ’05), reporter for City News Service; Jonathan Abrams (Print Journalism ’05), sports reporter for the Los Angeles Times, and Anne Mak (Communication Management ’07), associate benefits analyst for Mattel, Inc.
Annenberg Room 207, 5 pm-5:45 pm 

October 12:
* Breakfast with Dean Ernest J. Wilson III -- Join Dean Wilson, faculty and staff for continental breakfast and conversation at the USC Annenberg School for Communication.
Annenberg 2nd Floor Terrace, 8:30 am-10 am.
To RSVP, visit: http://www.usc.edu/schools/annenberg/php/rsvp.php?listID=188

* Between Father and Son: Music and Creativity Across the Generations -- Join communication professor Josh Kun, director of the Popular Music Project at USC Annenberg’s Norman Lear Center, as he moderates a unique father-son dialogue on music, creativity and technology between Motown legend Lamont Dozier and his son, hip hop/R&B producer Beau Dozier. Annenberg Auditorium, 3 pm-3:45 pm 

Dean Ernest J. Wilson III, faculty and staff welcome USC Annenberg parents, alumni, students and friends for a pre-game picnic before the USC Trojans take on the Arizona Wildcats.
Queen's Court, 9:30 am
To register, visit: http://annenberg.usc.edu/tpw
For more information call (213) 140-5658 or email ascevent@usc.edu.
**NOTE: This event is separate from the football tailgate and picnic through USC Parent Programs.

Join us for a small group conversation with USC Annenberg alumna Alexis Bergen, Communications Manager, Corporate and Brand Affairs, Nestle USA.
RSVP to Tim Burgess at tburgess@usc.edu
Annenberg Room 207, 5:30 pm 

Do you live or work in Tokyo or want an excuse to travel there? If so, you’re invited to meet Dean Ernest J. Wilson III and join USC trustees, alumni, friends and business leaders from around the globe to explore the emerging trends that will shape tomorrow’s world. The 2007 USC Global Conference will offer presentations, keynote addresses, panel discussions, networking events, formal receptions and invaluable opportunities to connect with leaders, learn about trends that will affect business in the Pacific Rim, discover new technologies that will change the way we live, and explore the business impact of social changes. Dean Wilson will participate on the conference’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation panel. Other panel topics include Interactive Digital Entertainment, Challenges Across the Pacific Rim, and Adapting to an Aging Society.
Shinjuku Hilton Tokyo
Conference information: http://www.usc.edu/dept/international_offices/globalconference/program.html
Registration: http://www.usc.edu/dept/international_offices/globalconference/registration.html

Bring your Trojan spirit, pompoms, and USC gear and join fellow alumni and friends at the Annenberg School’s Homecoming Party. Come back to campus, catch up with old friends and make new ones too! Annenberg's alumni sports lounge is the place to be, with all the greatest games on our six plasma TVs. Hang out in our lounge or head to the 2nd floor terrace for a BBQ feast. Bring your friends and family.
USC Annenberg building, north entrance, 1:00 pm 
To RSVP, visit:  Annenberg.usc.edu/homecoming

USC Annenberg invites alumni, parents and friends to meet Dean Ernest J. Wilson III in New York City. Join us for an evening of dialogue about innovations in communication and journalism education at Annenberg, sports diplomacy, and US-China relations as we head toward the ’08 Olympics in Beijing. Dean Wilson will be joined by David Neal (BA, Journalism '78), executive producer for NBC Sports and executive vice president for the NBC Olympics, and  Harris Diamond, CEO of Weber Shandwick Worldwide, CEO of the Constituency Management Group, and member of the USC Annenberg Board of Councilors.
6:30-8:30 pm, 7:15 pm discussion. Venue TBD
RSVP by November 2 to www.annenberg.usc.edu/newyork

You are invited to join USC President Steven B. Sample and Provost C.L. Max Nikias, along with faculty, staff, students and friends, for the official installation of Ernest J. Wilson III as dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and holder of the Walter Annenberg Chair in Communication.
4 pm. Town & Gown. (Check the USC Annenberg Events Calendar for more information: http://annenberg.usc.edu/Events.aspx)

USC Annenberg, in partnership with the Armory Center for the Arts, is presenting an exhibition of political posters dating from the dawn of the modern environmental movement in the 1960s to the present. Earth, Wind & Solar: International Ecology Posters, which showcases works from the archives of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles, is on display in the Annenberg Gallery, located on the second floor of the Annenberg School. Political posters have been a primary communication tool warning of the dangers of pollution and organizing support for a cleaner and safer world. The posters in Earth, Wind & Solar illustrate the ongoing conflict between environmental protection and multinational corporate interests. Representing a variety of styles, techniques, issues, languages and regions of the world, the exhibition is a cross section of the many issues the contemporary environmental movement has brought to the fore.
Gallery hours: 10 am-5 pm


USC Annenberg’s new dean, Ernest J. Wilson III, is hitting the road to meet and greet our alumni, parents and friends. His next stops will be Tokyo and New York (see the Events section above), and then it’s on to San Francisco, Chicago, Texas, the Pacific Northwest, Orange County and San Diego. Each visit will be listed in future issues of the Dispatch, and you can also check our website for updates: http://annenberg.usc.edu/Events.aspx.

We’re looking for Annenberg alumni and parents who would like to make an impact at the School  by becoming founding members of the USC Annenberg Alliance, the School’s new donor network. Find out more by visiting http://annenberg.usc.edu/Alliance or contacting Joshua Larsen at either (213) 821-4033 or joshuala@usc.edu.

Terry W. Bales (B.A. Journalism ’67), is entering his 38th year as professor and chair of the TV/Video Communications Department at Santa Ana College, where his students included fellow Trojan Will Ferrell (B.A. Sports Information ’90), who was seeking a career in sports broadcasting before switching to comedy. Terry is executive producer of SAC-TV’s twin news shows, which are broadcast in English and Spanish on Time-Warner Cable throughout Orange County. He also helps to oversee SAC’s new Digital Media Center.

Steven J. Harris (B. A. Journalism ’67), vice president for global communications at General Motors, was inducted into the Arthur W. Page Society’s Hall of Fame at the Society’s annual meeting. The Page Society is a professional association for senior PR and corporate communications executives with membership consisting primarily of chief communications officers of Fortune 500 corporations, CEOs of the world's largest PR agencies and leading academics from the nation's top schools.

Deborah Randall McIntosh (B.A. Journalism ’73, M.A. International Relations ’77) has expanded her business, History Through the Eyes of Women, to include more than 28 historical portrayals of famous and not-so-famous women for schools and private groups. In addition to portraying these women for the past 20 years, Deborah has chaired the Santa Clarita branch of the American Association of University Women’s Women in History Program since 1987. For the past decade she has been an independent contractor/performer/lecturer for the Forest Lawn Memorial Parks Museum in Glendale.

Betty Gaynor (M.A. Journalism ’77) has served as a public relations/media professional for 25 years, primarily in health, environmental and children-related campaigns. She has worked for national, regional and local public campaigns both for PR firms and as an independent consultant. She has served as national publicist/media advisor for Healthy Child, Healthy World and is a founding member of their board.

Gary Linehan (B.A. Print Journalism ’78) is entertainment editor at the Union Democrat newspaper in Sonora, CA.

Nelson Morais (B.A. Journalism ’78) is a reporter and proofreader at The Greeneville Sun in Greeneville, TN. He also manages missions and benevolence activities for his church, the Calvary Chapel in Greeneville.

Donald Parcher (B.A. Journalism ’76) is assistant to the dean of National University’s School of Business and Management in La Jolla, CA. He also created the website checklists.com, which is relaunching on Oct. 15.

Alfredo Rufin (M.A. Journalism ’86) is director of admissions at Universidad del Desarrollo in Santiago, Chile. He previously taught photojournalism and broadcast journalism at Universidad Gabriela Mistral, the oldest private university in Chile.

Guy R. Gruppie (B.A. Broadcast Journalism ’88) has been named as national products liability trial counsel for Fuji Film USC, Inc. Guy is a senior partner in the Los Angeles-based law firm Murchison & Cumming, and was formerly a sports reporter and editor at the Los Angeles Times.

Nathan Gilliatt (M.A. Communications Management ’89) published the first edition of the Guide to Social Media Analysis, a worldwide reference to the companies that monitor and measure online social media.

Ginger (Enilde) Ingels-Van Hook (B.A. Social Sciences and Communication ’89) has accepted a position as assistant to the dean at USC’s Roski School of Fine Arts.

Marco Bracamontes (M.A. Communication Management ’90) curated a photography exhibit, The Birth of Mexico’s Oil Industry, which was shown in Austin, TX last May in conjunction with the Texas General Land Office. The exhibit then traveled to Mexico, where it was featured during the 2007 Texas Trade Mission to Mexico. The photographic history previously was shown in Houston, Dallas and Tampico, Mexico. Marco is president of the Houston-Tampico Sister City Association.

Richard Procida (B.A. Communication/International Relations ’90) published a book entitled Social Issues in Global Perspective: Pornography. He practices law in Whittier.

Frank Desiderio (M.A. Communication Management ’91), president of Paulist Productions and the HUMANITAS Prize, served as a panelist at the Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival in Sun Valley, ID last month.

Todd Nelson (M.A. Communications Management ’91) received a Standard of Excellence 2007 WebAward from the Web Marketing Association and a Best Member Newsletter 2006 Marketing Award from the National Association of Federal Credit Unions. He is vice president of marketing and communications for the AFTRA-SAG Federal Credit Union.

Fran Valmana (M.A. Broadcast Journalism ’91) is owner/founder of FJ Communications in Madrid, Spain, a communications and public relations firm specializing in banking and finance, new technologies, consumer affairs, energy, transportation, health, public affairs and corporate social responsibility.

Rachel Williams (B.A. Public Relations ’91) graduated last May from New York University with an M.A. degree in creative and dramatic writing.

Bill Loges (Ph.D. Communication Theory and Research ’92) is an associate professor of new media communications and sociology at Oregon State University.

Elizabeth Feffer (Ph.D. Communication ’93) has been appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as a judge for the Los Angeles Superior Court. She previously was a partner with the San Marino law firm Jones & Mayer.

Tracey Montoya (B.A. Public Relations ’94) has been on maternity leave from her PR job with the 49ers football team following the birth of Grant Ritland Montoya on July 10.

Jae Kim (B.A. Communication ’97) has been promoted to vice president of development and production for the TV arm of the Mark Gordon Co. He previously was director of development for the company, and played a key role in the development of Army Wives on the Lifetime channel. He was also involved in the development of the new CW series Reaper, and is overseeing production of CBS’ Criminal Minds.

Jean Winegardner Haas (M.A. Print Journalism ’98) recently launched Sharp Focus Productions, a freelance videography business in Wheaton, MD.

Jin Whang (B.A. Print Journalism ’99) has accepted a position as director of creative marketing with Miramax Films in New York. She previously was a producer at Seismic Productions, a trailer agency in Los Angeles.

Seth Doane (B.A. Broadcast Journalism ’00) has been hired by CBS News as a New York-based correspondent. He previously was the New Delhi-based correspondent for CNN International. In announcing Seth’s appointment, CBS News & Sports President Sean McManus called Seth “one of the most impressive young reporters working today.”

Sarah Mast Huoh (B.A. Public Relations ’00) recently joined Edwards Lifesciences in Irvine as senior manager of global communications.

Angela Sanders (B.A. Broadcast Journalism ’00) is executive director of Louisa Development Group, an economic development and marketing organization serving Louisa County, IA.

Shafeeq Qaasim (B.A. Communication ’00) is chairman of Los Angeles Special Bulletin, and a doctoral candidate in business administration with the University of Phoenix.

Emilie Nicks (B.A. Communication ’01) is managing supervisor at Fleishman-Hillard in San Francisco. She recently worked for the Gap as PR manager at Old Navy.

Stacey Wieland (M.A. Communication Management ’01) is an assistant professor at Villanova University in PA. She received a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado-Boulder in August.

Josh Meltzer (B.A. Journalism ’02) has been promoted to deputy director of communications at the Empire State Pride Agenda, a statewide educational and political advocacy organization working toward equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Marion Saffery (B.A. Public Relations ’02, M.A. Strategic Public Relations ’04) is public relations manager for Contessa Premium Foods in San Pedro, CA. She oversees both internal and external communications for the company.

Curtis (Kit) Tamkin, Jr. (B.A. Communication ’02) is working in the entertainment and media finance group at Comerica, arranging financing for entities across the entertainment spectrum.

Angela Meyers (B.A. Communication ’03, M.A. Communication Management ’06) is a management analyst in the Executive Office of the President at the White House. She served as a White House intern during graduate school.

Carol Sloan (B.A. Communication ’03) is managing communications and marketing for the Century City Chamber of Commerce. She previously worked for Red Bull North America in public relations and handled collegiate events for the non-profit organization United Friends of the Children.

Erin LaRue (B.A. Public Relations ’04) has moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she is working as manager of alumni relations for Monash University.

Sabina Mitzenmacher Pons (B.A. Public Relations ’04) is the regional advertising executive with Zimmerman Advertising in Aliso Viejo, CA, working on the Lennar homebuilding account. She recently married Shawn Pons (B.S. Business Administration ’04) and is enrolled at Gonzaga University’s Communication and Leadership master’s degree program.

Stephanie Lekse (B.A. Communication ’05) is working as a paralegal in the general counsel’s office of Ernst & Young in Los Angeles.

John Vermeer (B.A. Public Relations ’05) has been promoted to account director at News America Marketing in New York, where he is responsible for working with clients throughout the Northeast.

Alice Walton (B.A. Print Journalism ’05) is a reporter for City News Service in Los Angeles, where she was recently promoted from the Los Angeles County beat to the City Hall bureau. She is now responsible for reporting on L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the City Council, the LAPD, LAX and the Port of Los Angeles.

Dave Chung (B.A. Communication ’06, M.A. Communication Management ’07) was chosen as one of 26 winners by Billboard Magazine for his summer’s Mobile Beat blogging contest. He is now covering concerts in the Los Angeles area for Billboard.com.

Jenna Hilleary (B.A. Communication ’06) is an interactive assistant media planner at Universal McCann in San Francisco, where she is part of the MSN team.

James Koren (B.A. Print Journalism ’06) is a government reporter for the Antelope Valley Press in Palmdale, CA, covering northern Los Angeles County and southeastern Kern County. He previously worked for the Daily Telegram in Adrian, MI.

Hongmei Li (Ph.D. Communication ’06) is an assistant professor of communication at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.

Helen Porter (M.A. Communication Management ’06) is manager of employee communications at Sony Pictures Entertainment in Culver City.

Kalista Barter (B.A. Communication ’07) is a development associate for In Defense of Animals.

Casey Conlon (B.A. Broadcast Journalism ’07) is weekend sports anchor and weekday sports reporter at KTVQ, a CBS affiliate, in Billings, MO. He reports that the station contacted him within hours of receiving his audition tape.

Michelle Demirdjian (B.A. Communication ’07) is an assistant at Lionsgate Entertainment in Santa Monica.

Daniel Heimpel (M.A. Print Journalism ’07) received the Price Child Health and Welfare Journalism Special Interest Award for a series of stories he wrote as his master’s thesis about a lacrosse team in South Central L.A. The awards are presented annually by The Children's Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law, to recognize journalism that make a significant impact on the welfare and well-being of children in California and advances the understanding of child health and well-being issues.

Amanda Maynard (B.A. Broadcast Journalism ’07) is a news reporter at KXLF-TV, a CBS affiliate, in Butte, MO, and reports that she is being groomed for a 10 pm anchor position and weekend sports anchor position.

Dave Taylor (B.A. Broadcast Journalism ’07) has received his second promotion since graduating in May. He is now a production assistant for Dailies on ReelzChannel and he is producing two segments for movies.com - MAX: Fan on the Street, which he has been producing since May, and On the Red Carpet. Dave also coordinated volunteers for the National Association of TV Program Executive’s LA TV Festival.

Jing Wang (B.A. Public Relations ’07) completed a 12-day business trip to Malaysia as a guest of her client, the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, which gave Jing her first computer gaming account. She is currently working on a set of TV ad productions for another client.

Ariel Wesler (B.A. Broadcast Journalism ’07) has joined a team launching a new high definition station, KOHD-TV, an ABC affiliate in Bend, OR. Ariel is anchoring the weekend news and reporting during the week.

Editor: Meredith Goodwin

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July 18, 2007

A bimonthly e-newsletter for alumni and friends of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California.

For more information and updated event calendars, visit http://annenberg.usc.edu.


1. Ernest James Wilson III begins term as USC Annenberg Dean
2. Geoffrey Cowan named University Professor
3. Congratulations to the USC Annenberg Class of 2007!
4. New M.A. degree in specialized journalism seeking applicants for '08
5. Schwarzenegger, Bloomberg, Villaraigosa headline USC Annenberg conference
6. Strategic Public Relations Center launches online PR Management Datasource
7. President Bush nominates Seche as Ambassador to Yemen
8. Scheer's truthdig.com wins Webby award for political blogging
9. New alumni Diana Lin and Zain Shauk win Fulbright Scholarships
10. The Redistricting Game debuts on Capitol Hill
11. Scholarship established in memory of alumna Cecilia Wilkinson

12. USC Annenberg Night at the Hollywood Bowl: Gladys Knight, Wayne Brady and Fireworks, Jul. 27
13. Fiesta Annenberg reception at AEJMC in Washington, DC, Aug. 9
14. Annenberg new student send-off and alumni reception in San Jose, Aug. 16
15. Save the date(s)
* Oct. 11-14: Trojan Family Weekend @Annenberg
* Nov. 3: USC vs. Oregon, Annenberg alumni Homecoming tailgate party
* Nov. 12: James L. Loper Lecture with William Baker of WNET New York

16. Alumni Notes
17. In Memoriam


Ernest James Wilson III, a noted scholar on international communication issues, began his tenure as dean of the Annenberg School for Communication on July 1. He also holds the Walter H. Annenberg Chair in Communication, which was established in 1984 in honor of the late Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg. "Dr. Wilson is a recognized authority in communications convergence and its unfolding implications for our world," notes USC Provost C.L. Max Nikias. "His work traces the intersections of information and communications media and societal power, especially the ways contending groups negotiate to shape the diffusion of the Internet and other new media." Dr. Wilson has served with distinction on the faculties of the University of Maryland, University of Michigan and University of Pennsylvania. He is the ranking senior member of the board of directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, having been named to the board under President Bill Clinton and re-named by President George W. Bush. In addition, he has been a pioneering author and researcher on the Internet and digital communication in developing countries. "This is an exciting time for journalism and communication: national borders continue to erode with digital communication and our societies are experiencing accelerated diversification," Wilson says. "There is now an important opportunity for scholarship and teaching in journalism and communication to help understand the convergence of technology, human initiatives, and institutional relations. Under the leadership of Geoffrey Cowan, in the last decade the USC Annenberg School for Communication has built a tremendous reputation for insightful research and for convening engaged, enlightened social discourse, and I look forward to working with the faculty, students, alumni and staff to strengthen the school even further."
More on Dr. Wilson: http://annenberg.usc.edu/Faculty/Communication/WilsonE.aspx
Dr. Wilson's curriculum vitae: http://annenberg.usc.edu/images/faculty/cv/wilsonecv.pdf

USC President Steven B. Sample announced former Dean Geoffrey Cowan's appointment as a University Professor, one of the highest honors for a USC faculty member, during the April 30 dedication of the Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership, which Cowan also holds. "During his tenure, Dean Cowan has enhanced every aspect of this school, strengthening its reputation for academic excellence, pioneering new academic programs, and recruiting some of the world's top scholars, distinguished professionals and exceptional students," Sample said.
More: http://annenberg.usc.edu/AboutUs/News/0430CowanChair.aspx

USC Annenberg awarded doctoral, master's and bachelor's degrees to more than 700 graduates on May 11 at the 2007 commencement ceremonies on a picture-perfect morning. Award-winning Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez and former President and CEO of Lifetime Entertainment Services Carole Black headlined the School of Journalism and School of Communication ceremonies, respectively. "This field has never been more wide open that it is right now," Lopez said. Class of 2007 communication graduate Emma Lee, who delivered the student speech to the School of Communication, reflected on her experiences at USC Annenberg. "We now leave this school not only with various degrees, but we leave with a better understanding of communication and how to use our knowledge in effective and meaningful ways," Lee said. "But more importantly, I believe that we can see that the greatest value of our experience here lies in what we have learned about ourselves and the world around us."
More: http://annenberg.usc.edu/AboutUs/News/070512Commencement.aspx

USC Annenberg is accepting applications for the School of Journalism's unique 10-month Master of Arts program in Specialized Journalism. This degree is intended for mid-career professionals with a record of excellence. Recent journalism school graduates with strong academic records and internship experience may also be considered. The program offers training and an advanced degree in any one of four specialized topics: Education, Religion, Science or Urban Ecology. In addition to specialized journalism classes taught at USC Annenberg, students will take courses with faculty from USC's other highly regarded academic units, including the Rossier School of Education, the School of Policy, Planning and Development, and the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. The M.A. in Specialized Journalism will consist of 34 units: 18 units of advanced course work, including a master's professional project, taken within USC Annenberg's School of Journalism, and 16 units of electives taken across USC in a learner-centered program.
Information and application: http://annenberg.usc.edu/Prospective/Masters/Specialized.aspx

The Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership hosted California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa last month at the center's inaugural conference, entitled Ceasefire! Bridging the Political Divide. The event brought together national leaders who wished to promote a bi-partisan approach to politics. Other speakers included current and former governors, mayors, a former White House chief of staff, philanthropists and journalists. Geoffrey Cowan, in his last official role as Dean of USC Annenberg and his first as director of the new Center on Communication Leadership, opened the conference proceedings at Getty House, the official residence of the Mayor of Los Angeles. The event received widespread coverage. Mayor Bloomberg also made international news immediately following the conference when he announced he would drop his Republican Party affiliation, fueling speculation he would make an independent bid for the presidency in 2008.
Ceasefire!: http://www.bridgingthepoliticaldivide.org/
More: http://annenberg.usc.edu/AboutUs/News/070620CeaseFire.aspx
Center on Communication Leadership: http://www.usc.edu/schools/annenberg/ccl/index.html

USC Annenberg's Strategic Public Relations Center has launched an easy-to-access, free online database aimed at providing communications executives with data on such critical PR management issues as budgeting, determining the optimal size and structure of communications organizations, methods of evaluation, and specific functions for which in-house PR organizations are typically responsible. The online PR Management Datasource, or PRMD, consists of information the Strategic PR Center has gathered through the four PR Generally Accepted Practices (GAP) studies it has conducted to date. According to Jerry Swerling, public relations professor and director of PR Studies and the Strategic PR Center, the ultimate purpose of the PRMD is to provide communications executives with comparative data they can rely on when making important decisions about managing their organizations and planning for the future.
PRMD: http://prmanagementdatasource.com/search.page
Strategic Public Relations Center: http://annenberg.usc.edu/CentersandPrograms/ResearchCenters/SPRC.aspx

President George W. Bush nominated Stephen Seche, a U.S. State Department diplomat-in-residence at USC Annenberg's Center on Public Diplomacy, to be the next ambassador to the Republic of Yemen. Seche's nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 28, and he will be officially sworn in as Ambassador on July 27 at the U.S. State Department in Washington, DC. "The principal opportunity and challenge I will face," said Seche, "is to do my best to advance foreign policy interest with a nation we've forged a strong relationship with, and to strengthen those relationships and do everything we can to make Yemen a stronger partner."
More: http://annenberg.usc.edu/AboutUs/News/0503Seche.aspx
More: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/biog/87540.htm

Truthdig.com,  a political news website led by Annenberg alumni and faculty, won a Webby Award, regarded as "the Oscars of the Internet," in the political blog category. The site, co-founded by communication professor Robert Scheer, also won a Webby "People's Choice" Award in the same category and was a finalist for the best news and political site. Other Annenberg contributors to the Truthdig team include: publisher Zuade Kaufman (M.A. Print Journalism '05); news editor Kasia Anderson (Ph.D. candidate); chief podcaster and contributor Joshua Scheer (B.A. Communication '03); contributor Larry Gross (Communication School director); contributor Marc Cooper (journalism professor); and contributor Bill Boyarsky (adjunct journalism professor).
More: http://annenberg.usc.edu/AboutUs/News/070501Webby.aspx

Diana Lin (B.A. Communication and English/Creative Writing '07) and Zain Shauk (B.A. Print Journalism '07) have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships for 2007-2008. Zain will travel to Jordan and study "the media's role in Jordan's quest for national identity." Diana will travel to Shanghai, China and study "the impact of modern China's linguistic evolution on Chinese identity." Nine USC students won Fulbrights this year, setting a USC record.

Communication professor Douglas Thomas helped to develop The Redistricting Game, a video game that illustrates the gerrymandering process, which involves manipulating electoral district boundaries for political advantage. Washington, D.C. took notice when a Washington Post column featured the game. Columnist Mike Musgrove wrote that "No game has ever made me think about the political process before, it's safe to say, but this one has me a little concerned about how the system works. And that's the idea." He described The Redistricting Game as a "new, free game developed by a team at the University of Southern California [that] makes a simple, quickly graspable point for those of us with short attention spans: It's not always the issues that determine the outcome of an election; it's how the congressional district map was drawn in the first place." Communication professor Jonathan Aronson, who was an advisor for the project, said he hoped the game would help shift Americans' worry from voting-machine tampering to more fundamental problems such as redistricting: "My question was, why would you need to rig the voting machines if you'd already rigged the election by making seats safe?" The Redistricting Game has been featured in many news outlets since its release.
More about The Redistricting Game: http://annenberg.usc.edu/AboutUs/News/news667.aspx
Washington Post article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/09/AR2007060900049.html
Play the game: http://www.redistrictinggame.com/

An endowed scholarship fund has been created at USC Annenberg to honor the late public relations industry leader and USC alumna Cecilia Wilkinson. The Cecilia Wilkinson Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to a first-year strategic public relations graduate student with an interest in corporate/investor communication and reputation management. To make a gift to this fund, please call (213) 821-1660 or write to USC Annenberg Office of Development, 3502 Watt Way, Suite 304, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0281.
More: http://annenberg.usc.edu/AboutUs/News/070501WilkinsonScholarship.aspx 


Join USC Annenberg Dean Ernest Wilson, students, faculty, staff and friends to see the Hollywood Bowl debut of seven-time Grammy Award winning soul star Gladys Knight as she performs songs from her new album and Las Vegas classics, accompanied by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Wayne Brady opens the show, which concludes with a spectacular fireworks display. USC Annenberg has reserved a picnic area and chartered a roundtrip bus from campus. Ticket options include bus transportation and picnic box from Corner Bakery. Tickets required.
To reserve a ticket: http://www.usc.edu/schools/annenberg/php/rsvp.php?listID=185
Prices: $25 Show ticket only. $35 Ticket & picnic box. $40 Ticket, picnic box, and roundtrip bus transportation from USC.
6 pm, bus leaves from USC - meet in the Annenberg School East Lobby at 5:30 pm; 7 pm, picnic; 8:30 pm, concert; Hollywood Bowl.

Join USC Annenberg Washington-area alumni, parents, and faculty for a reception celebrating the appointment of Dean Ernest Wilson and new faculty at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. RSVP by August 3 at http://www.usc.edu/schools/annenberg/php/rsvp.php?listID=187.
5 pm, Renaissance Washington DC Hotel.
6 pm, remarks by Dean Ernest Wilson

Current and new Annenberg families, alumni and friends are invited to a reception welcoming newly admitted students from the Bay Area, hosted by Mari and Manuel Alba, parents of Monica '09. RSVP by August 6 at http://annenberg.usc.edu/Events/070816sendoff.aspx.
7 pm

Oct. 11-14: Trojan Family Weekend @Annenberg; more at http://annenberg.usc.edu/tfw
Nov. 3: USC vs. Oregon, Annenberg alumni Homecoming tailgate party
Nov. 12: James L. Loper Lecture by William Baker of WNET New York


16. Alumni notes
Jay Kholos (B.S. Telecommunications '63) wrote and produced an off Broadway musical, A Stoop On Orchard Street, and has another off Broadway musical about to debut: My Catskills Summer. He also produced and presented Gilligan's Island: The Musical.

George Seaver (B.A. Journalism '66), Hall of Fame pitcher, currently owns a winery in Calistoga, CA.

Mel Kientz (B.A. Telecommunications/Journalism '71) is a senior vice president with Benner-Nawman, Inc., a manufacturing, sales and distribution company serving the construction, telecommunication and electrical wholesale industries, in Wickenberg, AZ. He also serves on the executive board of the Brotherhood of Magicians.

Cathy Morley Foster (B.A. Public Relations '75) is president of the Public Relations Society of America, San Francisco Chapter. She spoke at the Public Relations Student Society of America's annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is immediate past chair of the San Francisco Public Relations Round Table and is a vice president at Fleishman-Hillard in San Francisco.

Cristofer Gross (B.A. Journalism '75) is covering theater in Southern California for his upstart website, The Theater Times.

Cynthia Lundie (B.A. Journalism '75) is regional director of development for YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. She provides consulting advice to eight branches throughout the county in the areas of board development, strategic planning, capital development and major gifts.

Robert Moore (B.A. Journalism '76, M.A. Telecommunications '77) joined the Big Ten Network, a new network run by the Big Ten Conference and FOX sports, as Director of Sports Research. BTN starts telecasting in August 2007.

Rick Rice (B.A. Journalism '76), owner of The Letterhead Factory, recently purchased the assets of The Printing Press in Carson, and will merge the two companies next month under the new name of The Letterhead Factory & Printing Press. His company supplies USC’s official stationery and many other printed items.

Vanessa Blacknall-Jamison (B.A. Public Relations '77) is manager of emergency processes training and programs for United Airlines in Denver, CO.

Gary Goodman (Ph.D. Speech Communications '78) is president of Customersatisfaction.com, which offers a range of consulting and research services to help improve companies' customer service. He is a best-selling author of more than 12 books and a frequent expert commentator on radio and television.

Ted Schwalbe (Ph.D. Communication Theory and Research '80) received his fourth Fulbright Award in 2007, for teaching and research in Namibia. His previous Fulbright awards were in Bulgaria (1997), Swaziland (2002) and Hungary (2004). He is currently professor and chair of the Communication Department at SUNY Fredonia.

Pamela Samuels-Young (B.A. Journalism '80) is a managing counsel for labor and employment law at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. in Torrance. She previously served as special counsel at the law firm O'Melveny & Meyers in Los Angeles, specializing in labor and employment law. Pamela has also published two legal thrillers, In Firm Pursuit and Every Reasonable Doubt. Her short story, Setup, was featured in LAndmarked for Murder, an anthology by members of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles.

Sharon McPeters (B.A. Print Journalism '81) recently published a novel, Petunia's Intellect, An Introduction, using POD (print on demand) technology.

Esther Iverem (B.A. Journalism '82) was selected as a fellow for the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program last May. Her book, We Gotta Have It: Twenty Years of Seeing Black at the Movies, 1986-2006, was released by Thunder's Mouth Press in April.

Mark Gill (B.A. Journalism '83), launched his new production company, the Film Department, created for modestly budgeted movies. The Film Department is based in West Hollywood, CA. Gill most recently served as President of Miramax Los Angeles.

Gail Lindquist (B.A. Communication/Film '84) is a special education teacher, teaching grades 4 and 5 at Edison Elementary School in Burbank, where she is also the school site representative for the Burbank Teachers Association.

Lori Streifler (B.A. Print Journalism '84) is the editor of City News Service in Los Angeles, the nation's largest regional wire service.

Mary Hill-Wagner (B.A. Print Journalism '86) earned a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She will begin teaching at Clarion University of Pennsylvania this fall.

Maria Strong (M.A. Communications Management '87), a partner with the Washington, D.C. based law firm Smith, Strong & Schlesinger LLP, represents the International Intellectual Property Alliance, a coalition of trade associations representing U.S. copyright-based industries. She works with U.S. government agencies on issues that include domestic criminal anti-piracy enforcement and training U.S. foreign service officers. She was an attorney-advisor at the FCC in the early 1990s and subsequently joined the law practice of Eric H. Smith and the firm Smith & Metalitz LLP.

Gustav Gulmert (B.A. Print Journalism '83, M.A. Communications Management '89) has been promoted to corporate director of communication-Washington at Northrop Gruman Corp. He recently received a Gold Quill award from the International Association of Business Communicators for communications work at Northrop Gruman in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Robyn Epstein (Taylor) Parets (B.A. Print Journalism '89) has changed careers, moving from being a fulltime freelance journalist writing for Investor's Business Daily, The Boston Herald, Inc. Magazine Group and others, to becoming owner and director of Breathe Joy Yoga studio in Sharon, MA.

Alisha Ryu (M.A. Journalism '89) received the 2007 David Burke Distinguished Journalism Award, presented by the Broadcasting Board of Governors to U.S. international broadcasters who demonstrate exceptional performance, including bravery and reporting under extreme hardship. She was recognized for her reporting from such hotspots as Baghdad, Mogadishu and Somalia as a correspondent for the Voice of America News Division.

Jennifer Lively (B.A. Communication Arts and Sciences '91) is the owner of Lively Parties in Oceanside, CA, which offers event planning, charity tournaments, market consulting, advertising, budgeting and public relations campaigns.

Reesa McCoy Staten (M.A. Journalism '91) has been named senior vice president of corporate communications at Robert Half International in Menlo Park, CA. She recently celebrated 15 years with the company.

James Staten (M.A. Journalism '91) has been named principal analyst by Forrester Research, Inc. in Foster City, CA.

Marna Davis (B.A. Sports Information '92) is an afternoon anchor on Talkradio 760 KFMB in San Diego.

Daniel Hackney (M.A. Communications Management '92) is an environmental supervisor for the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation. He has also served as senior environmental policy analyst for L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Barbara Pickering (Ph.D. Communication Arts and Sciences '92) received an Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award in April from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is an associate professor in UNO's College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media.

Christopher Welch (B.A. Print Journalism '92) is a writer, producer, singer and songwriter working in New York and Los Angeles. His clients have included the Fred Friendly seminars, The White House and Fortune 500 companies. His latest album is Two Can Make a Day.

Esther Sievwright Wright (B.S. Communications '92) writes books and newsletters to market products she has created to sell on the Internet.

Stephanie Germeraad (B.A. Communication '93) accepted a new position as Communications Director for The Education Trust, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit dedicated to improving education for all students at all levels.

Veronica Gunnerson (B.A. Journalism '93) was appointed Vice President of External Affairs at Georgia West Mental Health Foundation.

Daryl McCullough (M.A. Communications Management '93) has been named CEO of PainePR in Los Angeles after longtime service as the public relations firm's president and chief creative officer. In his new position he will continue to provide creative leadership of the firm. Last March, PainePR was named PRWeek's Campaign of the Year in the Arts, Entertainment and Media category, for DIRECTV's BabyFirstTV campaign.

Angela An (B.A., Journalism/East Asian Studies, '94) is an anchor/reporter for WBNS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Columbus, OH. She was nominated for an Emmy in the Ohio Valley Region for CrimeTracker 10 and You. When she launched the CrimeTracker 10 franchise one year ago in an effort to bring a better perspective to local crime, it was the first in-depth crime reporting in the Columbus market.

Erin Brodie (B.A. Communication '94) has been working in software sales for the past eight years, and is now employed by Advent Software in New York. She is responsible for driving new business and lead generation by working through primary influencers in the market, including prime brokers, consulting firms and alliances.

Melkon Khosrovian (M.A. Journalism '94) co-owns Modern Spirits, a vodka company based in Monrovia, CA with his wife Litty.

Amanda Sheronas (B.A. Communication Arts and Sciences '94) is a freelance fashion and accessories publicist. She was recently appointed co-chair of scholarships for the Philadelphia chapter of the non-profit Fashion Group International.

Geordie Wimmer (B.A. Journalism/Public Relations '94) is studio director and associate director for NFL Network programs, including NFL Total Access, NFL Europa and Point After.

Jamie Brewer Kinsley (M.A. Communication Management '95) is FVP of improvement and integration management at Countrywide Home Loans in Calabasas Hills, CA. She previously worked as PMO at Digital Insight.

Alycia Linden (B.A. Communications '95) is owner of Cherry Sweet Vacations, Cherry Sweet Beach Wear and the Yard House restaurant in Naples, FL., and a real estate investor.

Kenneth Pimental (M.A. Communication '95) has been hired as communications manager for global marketing by Chevron Corporation in San Ramon, CA.

Elaine Zinngrabe (B.A. Print Journalism '95) joined the Denver Newspaper Agency as the Senior Vice President.

Karla Kraft (Print Journalism '96) is practicing law as a business and employment litigator and was recently named a partner in Hodel Briggs Winter LLP in Irvine.

Ruth Cossio-Muniz (B.A. Public Relations '97) has been appointed assistant director of the Orange County Small Business Development Center by the Rancho Santiago Community College District. She previously served as communications specialist at Santa Ana College.

Lisa Leslie (B.A. Communication Arts and Sciences '97) gave birth to a baby girl in June and will soon publish Don't Let the Lipstick Fool You, "an uplifting memoir profiling the author's personal and professional life," according to Publishers Lunch.

Paul Turpin (M.A. Communication Arts and Sciences '97, Ph.D. Communication '05) has accepted a position as assistant professor in the department of communication at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, beginning this fall. He was previously a member of the communication faculty at USC Annenberg.

Jean Winegardner Haas (M.A. Print Journalism '98) has launched a DVD production business in the Washington, D.C. area, producing personal DVDs and corporate DVD brochures.

Jamie Denenberg (M.A. Broadcast Journalism'01) is an international marketing executive for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and a fundraiser for the Democratic Party. She is currently working for Senator Barack Obama's Presidential campaign.

Joseph Manahan (M.A. Communications Management '99) is a Captain in the United States Air Force. This month he is relocating to Rosslyn, VA, from Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, where he has been on active duty as a USAF JAG attorney. Once back in the U.S., he will serve as a trial attorney for the civil litigation branch, defending Air Force interests in federal districts and appellate courts.

Ben Berkowitz (Communication '00) accepted a position as a news editor for AP Financial News.

Nicola Underwood Beddow (M.A. Communication Management '00) is co-founder of the Cassidy & Pinkard Colliers Race for Hope 5K, which benefits the Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, Inc. Over the past ten years this Washington, D.C. event has raised more than $5.4 million for brain tumor research.

Danielle Walsmith (M.A. Strategic Public Relations '00) has launched a new business, Sweet Talk Public Relations, in Calabasas, CA.

Ari Meltzer (B.A. Broadcast Journalism '01) will be leaving ABC in August to pursue a law degree at Georgetown University.

Talleah Bridges (M.A. Journalism '02) worked on a documentary entitled, "Operation Homecoming," which aired on PBS. The film explores the first-hand accounts of service men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jenny Concepcion Hansen (B.A. Broadcast Journalism '02) has been named event manager for USC's Office of Protocol and University Events. She previously worked as an event planner for Disney Consumer Products in Burbank.

Chet Mehta (B.A. Communication '02) is an account executive in the entertainment/brand strategies department of I/D Public Relations in West Hollywood. Previously he was a publicist at Wolf Kasteler & Associates in Beverly Hills.

Sandra Normann (M.Sc./M.A. Global Communication '02) is a corporate strategy analyst at The World Bank in Washington, D.C.

Kris Van Cleave (B.A. Broadcast Journalism '02) received three Emmys for Journalistic Enterprise, Crime Reporting and Sports Reporting. He currently works for WJLA-TV in Arlington, VA.

Esme Bermudez (B.A. Print Journalism '03) was named a finalist for the 2006 Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, for her work at The Oregonian. The Livingston Awards, the nation's largest all-media, general reporting prizes, are awarded to journalists under the age of 35.

Monica Cesena (B.A. Communication '03) is a senior specialist with Merrill Lynch in New York, working in the firm's Office of General Counsel.

Yong-Chan Kim (Ph.D. Communication '03) is an assistant professor at the University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences in Tuscaloosa, AL.

Stephanie Keefe Martin (M.A. Communication Management '03) has been named director of communications and public affairs for Albertsons Grocery Stores, based at their corporate offices in Fullerton. She is responsible for internal communications, public relations, corporate giving and government relations on behalf of 550 Albertsons stores in nine states.

Carla Cheung (B.A. Public Relations '04) recently graduated from Brooklyn Law School.

Jenifer Ellis (B.A. Communication '04) has earned a J.D. degree from Columbia Law School and is now an associate with Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York.

Arash Markazi (B.A., Print Journalism, '04) has been named to the Jim Murray Memorial Foundation board of directors. He received USC Annenberg's Jim Murray Memorial Scholarship in 2001. Arash is the first Murray Scholar to serve on the board. He is a staff writer at SportsIllustrated.com. 

Juliane Ngan (B.A. Broadcast Journalism '04) joined KTVL-TV in Medford, OR as a reporter and producer.

Yasmin Rahim (M.A. Strategic Public Relations '04) is a senior consultant at the global consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. As part of the firm's organizational change team, she is based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Lauren Shiohama (B.A. Communication '04) is a model on the NBC game show Deal or No Deal. She made her film debut last year playing Miss California in the movie Little Miss Sunshine.

Stefi Weaver (B.A. Communication '04) has been promoted to development productions coordinator for WTTW11, the PBS affiliate in Chicago, IL. She also owns a PR business, North Shore Products of Advertising.

Heidi Hardt (B.A. Print Journalism '05) is working as a research assistant at the Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF).

Karen Linhart (B.A. Public Relations '05) has been hired as a media specialist by USA Swimming, and will relocate to Colorado Springs, CO, where she will promote U.S. athletes, handle media operations at major events, and service media requests. Karen will travel with the USA Swimming National Team to the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and serve as press officer at the 2008 Olympic Games. She previously was an account executive with Brener, Zwikel and Associates.

Megan Parlen (M.A. Broadcast Journalism '05) worked a documentary entitled, "Operation Homecoming," which aired on PBS. The film explores the first-hand accounts of service men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Elizabeth Wagner (B.A. Broadcast Journalism '05) is an on-air reporter with NBC affiliate KRNV in Reno, NV. She previously was an NBC Page at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York [where she fortunately did not run across Kenneth].

Alice Walton (B.A. Print Journalism '05) is a reporter with the City News Service and was recently elected secretary of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Eric Berkowitz (M.A. Print Journalism '06) was a finalist for an LA Press Club award in the news/investigative magazine category for his Los Angeles Times piece, "Is Justice Served?"

Robert Iafolla (M.A. Print Journalism '06) was a finalist for an LA Press Club award in the business category (under 100,000 circulation) for daily/weekly papers for his Los Angeles Daily Journal piece, "Job flexibility preserves lawyers' work-life balance."

Ben Malcolmson (B.A. Print Journalism '06) has been named editor in chief of a new USC football website, USCRipsIt.com. The former Daily Trojan sports editor played wide receiver for the Trojans in 2006.

Katherine Nelson (B.A. Communication '06) has been hired as a general news/sports reporter and 11pm anchor for KCBY-TV, a CBS station in North Bend/Coos Bay, OR.

Samantha Billett (B.A. Broadcast Journalism '07) accepted a new position as a production assistant for America's Next Top Model.

Caitlan Carroll (M.A. Broadcast Journalism '07) has been hired as a director and assistant producer at Marketplace Productions.

Jasmine Ellis (B.A. Broadcast Journalism '07) recently accepted a new position as a writer at KNSD-TV in San Diego.

Nicole Gonzales (B.A. Broadcast Journalism '07) has been hired as KTLA-TV's morning traffic and breaking news helicopter reporter in Los Angeles.

Samia Khan (B.A. Broadcast Journalism '07) accepted a new position as a reporter at WGGB-TV in Springfield, MA.

Craig Layne (M.A. Broadcast Journalism '07) has been hired as a general assignment reporter for WJET-TV in Erie, PA.

Matthew Ott (B.A. Broadcast Journalism '07) accepted a new position with Electronic Arts to direct a TV pilot and web series. He will also help coordinate NATPE's LA TV Festival this month.

Linda Siu (B.A. Broadcast Journalism '07) accepted a new position as an associate producer at KGMB-9 in Honolulu.

Kristen Stone (B.A. Broadcast Journalism '07) has been hired as a morning show producer at KOVR-TV and KMAX-TV in Sacramento.

Dave Taylor (B.A. Broadcast Journalism '07) has accepted a position as a production assistant with the Reelz Channel. He is also producing a segment for movies.com and helping NATPE with its LA TV Festival this month.

Michael Wolfe (B.A. Broadcast Journalism '07) recently accepted a new position as a producer at KTVN-TV in Reno, NV.

17. In memoriam
Cecile "Cele" Hallingby Cheston (B.A. Journalism '39) died of pneumonia on May 15 in Morristown, NJ, at the age of 88. A longtime resident of Summit and Chatham Township, she was a deacon at the Central Presbyterian Church, a member of P.O.E. (a philanthropic educational organization) and Kappa Alpha Theta. She was active in the N.J. Symphony League, the N.J. Center for the Visual Arts' Friends Committee, and the Betsey M. Crane Questers. She gave talks throughout New Jersey on her collection of Santa Clause figures and folk art crèches. She was married for 63 years to Frank C. Cheston, Jr., and was the mother of three children: Sharon, Frank and Richard Cheston.

Janice-Lee Romary (Communication '50) died in May at her home in Klamath Falls, OR, at the age of 79, from complications related to Alzheimer's disease. She competed as a fencer in six consecutive Olympics, from 1948 to 1968, finishing fourth in 1952 and 1956. She became the first woman to carry the U.S. flag during the opening ceremonies, when she led her compatriots at the 1968 games in Mexico City. She was one of only seven U.S. athletes to participate in at least six Olympic Games, and for many years she was the only woman from any country to compete in six Olympics. (Swedish fencer Kerstin Palm later competed in seven Olympic Games, from 1964 to 1988.) Janice-Lee had also won eight national fencing championships in 13 years, when she missed the 1959 championships due to a pregnancy. After giving birth, she went on to win two more national titles and a gold medal at the 1967 Pan American Games. She served as the United States' women's administrator for the 1976 Montreal Olympics, responsible for all U.S. female competitors. She was also commissioner of fencing for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Janice-Lee was born in Palo Alto, CA in 1927. She attended high school in Poplar Bluff, MO, and spent most of her life in Los Angeles.

Richard Ramirez (B.A. Print Journalism '84) was found dead on June 20 at his home in Livermore, CA, at the age of 44. A coroner's spokesman said the death was considered a possible suicide. Rich was a longtime employee of the San Jose Mercury News, where he had served for the past 12 years as assistant to the executive editor. He was known for mentoring young journalists and serving as a key link to the community. Rich began as an intern at the paper in 1984, moving on to become a reporter and assistant state editor. He was very active in the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and served as chair of the local planning committee that hosted NAHJ's annual convention in San Jose the week prior to his death. Rich, who was editor of the Daily Trojan while a student at USC Annenberg, was widely known as an avid fan of the USC football team. Colleagues and friends throughout the profession have reacted to his death with shock and grief. "All of us at the USC Annenberg School for Communication are heartbroken to have been notified about the sad news of Rich's passing," noted Amy-Jo Luna, USC Annenberg's Director of Alumni Relations. "We are so sorry, and want to offer our condolences to Janet, his family and friends." The family has requested that memorial donations be sent to the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, in care of Josh Larsen, 3502 Watt Way, Suite 304, Los Angeles, 90089, or call (213) 821-1660 for information.

Editor: Meredith Goodwin

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