After a very early flight, I started on Monday morning by meeting with Traci Carpenter, a 2005 Journalism and Honors College grad who was just awarded the CAS Rising Star Award at our recent Alumni Awards Celebration. Traci was the senior speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, as well as Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York and former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. She now works in public relations for MWW Group. It's impressive to see what she’s done in her short time since graduation and it was a pleasure to witness her sincerity and willingness to share her time and talents with CAS students and alum.
I also met with Larry Swyer (B.A. Advertising, ’80) who has been the managing partner with MediaCom for many years. Larry is very creative; he works in strategic leadership, development of best practices and planning across all accounts, including Audi. He and MediaCom have been a great resource in connecting CAS students with career opportunities and we’re so grateful for his connection to the college.
Jack Smith (M.A. Advertising, ’72) was a delight to meet with as well. Jack worked in PR, ecommerce and marketing service functions at Medco for several years. Jack has limitless energy and has a great passion for the healthcare industry. He also worked for The Reader’s Digest, Nestle USA and Unilever PLC, WellChoice, Inc., Donnelley & Sons and was a consultant for Gartner Group.
Robin Stone (B.A. Journalism, ’86) is a certified holistic health coach and freelance writer who merged her passions of writing about health and healing and working with women to improve their lives. She and her late husband are setting up the Stone-Boyd Endowed Scholarship in the School of Journalism.
Dave Ehlers (B.A. Advertising, ’83) is the President of North America OptiMedia, a media buying agency. Dave has been supportive of the Media Sandbox and we explored opportunities for our current students.
Last, but not least, we met with Jon Pepper (B.A. Telecommunication, ’77). Jon is a loyal Spartan with a son who recently graduated from CAS. Jon works for Hess and is a wealth of information regarding communication within the energy industry.
We spent two days in NYC and look forward to a return trip to reconnect with the many CAS Spartans who claim the Big Apple as home.