Tim Blotz is the weekend anchor for KMSP-TV, the Fox affiliate in Minneapolis-St. Paul. He previously worked as a reporter and television anchor in Green Bay, Milwaukee and Albuquerque. Tim has earned five Emmy awards for his work as a broadcast journalist.
"The hallmark of UWSP is its student organizations. There are very few universities in the country that give its students more opportunity to get practical hands-on experience than UWSP."
Associate Vice President of Development, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Pa., January 2013. Graduated with a Master of Arts in 1995. Previously he was Assistant Vice President for Advancement, Marietta College, Ohio, Director of College Advancement at Radford University, Virginia, and Director of Development at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Joy Cardin is the host of Wisconsin Public Radio’s popular 6-9 a.m. call-in show. In addition to her on-air work, she supervises the production and broadcast of all statewide call-in programs on the Ideas Network of Wisconsin Public Radio.
|Bee Leng Chua|
Dr. Bee Leng Chua is the executive director of HIBEAM (the Hawaii Business and Entrepreneur Acceleration Mentors) in Honolulu, HI. The not-for-profit organization she leads helps launch and build new technology, biotechnology and life science companies by providing them with expert professional advice and access to funding sources. She previously led entrepreneurship centers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hawaii Pacific University.
Laurie Clark, an associate producer for Becker Communication in Weston, writes, shoots, and edits corporate scripts for clients. In her work, she has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada, shooting video. When she returns to the Weston offices, she edits her work into polished productions for her clients.
Erin Davisson co-anchors the news at 5, 6 and 10 for WFRV-TV; the CBS affiliate in Green Bay. She is consistently voted in reader and viewer surveys as the “best anchor” in her market.
"Deciding on UW-Stevens Point turned out to be the best decision I could make in preparing me for my career as a television journalist. The classes were small enough that we could have real interaction with our professors. Outside of class, the learning continued with opportunities to volunteer at the student radio station, television station and newspaper. I have great memories of UWSP, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a valuable education."
Training Manager, Citigroup, Singapore, graduated with a Masters of Arts in Communication. She has worked at Walgreens as a Performance Development Consultant, and with RR Donnelley as Senior Instructional Designer. Regarding her current project Cindy says,
"My whole study and teaching experience in this program have helped sharpen my communication, organizational, analytical and most importantly leadership skills …I feel very confident in leading this project knowing that I have learned the necessary skills."
|Basma lbrahim Devries|
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Concordia University in St. Paul graduated with an MA in Communication. Basma holds leadership positions in organizations addressing issues of intercultural communication. She has co-authored two books on international cultural studies.
|Sarah (Ceranski) Karlen|
Sarah (Ceranski) Karlen is a Communications Specialist at UW-River Falls in the College of Agriculture, Food & Environment Science. She facilitates the college's communication efforts for prospective and current students as well as alumni. Over the years, Sarah has also provided strategic communication for several nonprofit organizations including the American Cancer Society and Oakwood Healthcare System in Dearborn, MI.
Andy Kubitz, the Vice President of Scheduling and Program Planning at CBS, began working for the network in 1994 as a part-time page delivering mail around the CBS Building. His communication and computer skills were recognized eventually as valuable to the company and he became an assistant to the vice president in the scheduling department. Now he is the vice president! Andy lives in Hawthorne, CA with his wife, Christy, and their son, Aiden.
Marsha Lindsay is the president and CEO of Lindsay, Stone & Briggs, a strategic brand communication firm whose clients have included the Green Bay Packers, Pepsi, Kraft, Chiquita, Honeywell and many more. Her many honors include being named "Wisconsin Woman Entrepreneur of the Year."
"The communication coursework and extracurricular activities offered at UWSP were leading edge. But as wonderful a foundation as that has been over the years, even more valuable was the rare level of individual attention and encouragement the UWSP faculty showed me. My whole experience in Stevens Point sustains and inspires me still."
Dan McGinnity is a senior vice president/chief marketing officer for Chartis Accident & Health Division in New York – a world leading insurance organization serving clients in over 160 countries and jurisdictions. Dan directs the marketing teams for all strategic business units in the company’s accident and health division, executes corporate communication plans, serves as the primary media spokesperson and provides direction for the division’s unified brand strategy.
Erik Mrotek is the co-anchor for WSAW-TV (Channel 7) in Wausau. He previously worked for many years as a reporter, producer and anchor for WAOW-TV (Channel 9) in Wausau.
|Matthew Peters |
Founder, Bluestone Media Group, Madison. As an undergraduate, Matthew won a student Emmy award for a music video he produced. Since then he has continued creating multimedia work, starting a company, Bluestone Media Group. He is currently spending time on his own film projects, forming a branch of Bluestone called Trimena which combines his love of music, film, and the web. Of his time at UWSP Matthew says,
"I could not be where I am today without the excellent and caring faculty at UWSP."
Denny Peterson is the executive vice president of Delta Dental Plan of Wisconsin, Inc., in Stevens Point – a not-for-profit dental service corporation that administers and underwrites dental plans for more than one million employees and family members throughout Wisconsin. He oversees marketing, sales, product development and communications/advertising. Denny also serves as a member of the executive team and the company’s long range planning committee.
Brian Posick is the sports director of WIBA Radio in Madison and is the radio play-by-play voice of the men's hockey team at the University of Wisconsin.
"I would not be in the position I’m in today if not for the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Its faculty, staff and extracurricular activities gave me the education and life lessons I needed to be successful. I’ll be forever indebted."
Sue Reetz is a partner with Pam Rucinski in Rucinski & Reetz Communication, a company in Rothschild, WI that specializes in scriptwriting, producing, documentary filmmaking, and grant writing.
|Erin (Payne) Ruppenthal|
Vice President of Public Relations/Marketing at SNL Hospitality, Madison. Previously she was the Director of Public Relations at Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. for six years. Earlier positions included work at Stephan and Brady, Inc. and Fiskars. In 2003, she was awarded a Distinguished Sales and Marketing Award from the Sales & Marketing Executives of Madison.
Chris Schultz, a free-lance screenwriter and set dresser, moved to the Los Angeles area in 1994 working fulltime in a warehouse and volunteering on small and low-budget films. He left the warehouse job to work on a “swing gang,” where he would drive set pieces and props back and forth from prop houses to sets for filming sessions. That experience led to work as a set dresser. He also continues to write screenplays and proposals for television series.
Courtney Sikorski is a brand marketing manager for Lands’ End in Dodgeville, WI, where she is responsible for developing comprehensive multi-channel strategic campaigns for multiple business divisions. She previously worked for Ruder Finn, a top global public relations firm in New York, and for Stephan & Brady, a full-service advertising and public relations agency in Madison.
Communications Manager at Singapore American School, Singapore. Eric began as a Web designer and moved to his current position at this prominent international school. He says that his experience at UWSP has helped him “to strategize, create consistent and effective online communications strategies.”
Lynn Sprangers is the president of Milwaukee Brewers Charities. She oversees the Brewers’ charitable activities and served as the team’s coordinator for the 2002 All-Star Game, held at Miller Park. Previously, Lynn was Director of Communications for the Milwaukee County Executive and for nearly 20 years worked as an award-winning television reporter in Wausau, Madison and Milwaukee.
"As a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, I can make a direct link to my classroom experience in the communication program and my real life experience in the workplace. My coursework and my professors helped guide me into a successful internship which led to my first job at WSAW-TV in Wausau and an exciting and challenging career in television news, government relations and the front office of a Major League Baseball club."
Chris Stanford is a news anchor and reporter at WQOW-TV (Channel 18) in Eau Claire. He previously worked as a reporter and morning anchor at WAOW-TV (Channel 9) in Wausau.
David Worth is the president and CEO of the Worth Company in Stevens Point – a manufacturer of fishing lure components, related hardware and outdoor accessories. His company distributes its products nationally and internationally in 50 foreign countries.