Alumni Profiles

Recent Grad Secures Reporting Position with Top-100 News Station

Elizabeth Strzepa ’15 (journalism) knew she wanted to be a journalist the moment she started watching the news with her family during dinner. “I knew I wanted to follow this career path from a young age,” says Strzepa. “I always valued the power of broadcast journalism in the way it can bring stories to life with captivating video and sound.”

Alum Increases Diversity in Tech Industry with Startup

Melissa James ’10 (journalism/legal studies), founder and CEO of the Dorchester-based Tech Connection, realized early on in her career that tech companies severely lacked diversity. She sought to change that by forming her own recruitment company to help diversify the field.

Former US Congressman Returns to Alma Mater to Teach

Former US Congressman and UMass alumnus Peter G. Torkildsen ’80 (political science) will return to campus this spring as a professor of practice in the Department of Political Science.

Alumni Spotlight: Stacy Slotnick ’05

 “Words are a lawyer’s tools,” says Stacy Slotnick ’05 (legal studies/history), a New York-based entertainment attorney and public relations specialist. “Fortunately, my passion is writing, and as a result, I never tire of drafting proposals, contracts, talking points, press releases, or pithy social media entries to highlight a client's accomplishments.” 

State Sen. Stephen M. Brewer ’71 to Join CPPA

State Sen. Stephen M. Brewer will join the faculty of the Center for Public Policy and Administration after he retires in January from a 26-year career as a state lawmaker. Brewer, a UMass Amherst alumnus, will serve as a professor of practice at CPPA.

James Shanahan ’91 Appointed Founding Dean of IU Media School

James Shanahan PhD ’91 (communication), professor and associate dean of the College of Communication at Boston University, has been appointed founding dean of Indiana University Media School.

Alumni Spotlight: Michael Fox '11

Michael Fox ’11 (political science) remembers the first time he heard about Root Capital; it was during his senior year at UMass. Having recently added an economics minor, Fox recognized Root Capital as a place where his interest in finance and political ideals could be married.

SBS Alumni Represent Massachusetts

Congratulations to the seven SBS alumni who have won their election campaigns for State Rep in Massachusetts!

Cheryl Garrity '88, Real Life Wonder Woman

A leader, mentor and feminist, Cheryl Garrity '88 (political science) was recently presented with the Wonder Woman Award by the Massachusetts National Organization for Woman (NOW).

Alumni Spotlight: Ashleigh Barry

Ashleigh Barry ’99 (journalism) has covered her share of powerful stories, but her most recent news special for 10TV in Columbus titled "Saving Sarah" has won an Emmy Award and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award. 

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