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Some big names in Texas sportswriting gathered in the Dave Campbell Media Center at Floyd Casey Stadium Dec. 7, 2013.

From left: Tony Pederson, a journalism professor at SMU, was with the Houston Chronicle for 29 years; the legendary Dave Campbell wrote for the Baylor Bear Insider after spending 51 years at the Waco Tribune-Herald, including 41 as sports editor (and he's a graduate of LaVega High School); after beginning his career with the Waco Tribune-Herald, John McClain has been with the Houston Chronicle for 37 years; after stints at the Waco Tribune-Herald and Houston Chronicle, David Pickle was with the NCAA for 27 years before retiring earlier this year; and Keith Randall was at the Waco Tribune-Herald for 10 years, in the Baylor University communications office for 15 years and has been at Texas A&M for 16 years.

Alumni Updates

Dec. 5, 2013

Michelle Mire, class of 2010, writes: "In July, after nearly 3 years of employment with McKesson Corporation as a Senior Marketing Specialist, I took a position with Texas Children's Hospital as a Service Line Marketer. I oversee the marketing and advertising efforts for the Heart Center and Texas Children's Pediatrics (a network of 38 pediatric offices.)"

Dec. 4, 2013

Michelle Grose, class of 2009, just started a new job in Charlotte, N.C, as Healthstat Inc.'s Digital Marketing Manager in charge of RFP editing, content marketing, digital marketing messages and social media management.

Oct. 7, 2013

Jeremy Joseph, class of 2011, works for Crane Worldwide Logistics in Houston.

Sept. 25, 2013

Mark Stouse (BA '87, MA '89) was recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Innovative Marketing Leaders in North America by The Holmes Report, one of the leading professional publications serving marketing and communications professionals.

Sept. 19, 2013

Tiffany Betts, class of 2001, is now the Senior Regional Marketing Manager at Apollo Group/University of Phoenix.

Aug. 28, 2013

Mallory Vargas, class of 2012, recently left her positions as Marketing Director at Corrective Chiropractic and Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Hunt With Our Heroes in Austin, and accepted a position as a Communications Associate at Ascende in Houston.

Aug. 15, 2013

Christina LaScalea, class of 2007, recently graduated from New York University with a Master's Degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communication. She currently serves as Global PR Manager for Calvin Klein fragrances and cosmetics in New York.

Chelsi Patterson, class of 2012, began working at Wilson Associates in Dallas in June of 2012 under the title of "Communications." My title has recently been promoted to "Global Brand Management, Communications & Public Relations." WIlson Associates is a global interior architectural design firm, and she works to mainain their brand image both internally and externally, gain unpaid publicity for the company in national/internatioal trade publications and more.

Alekza Latte, class of 2013, is currently working in the Digital Department with Weber Shandwick in New York.

June 4, 2013

Matt MacVeigh, class of 2000, a marketing and communications specialist for the UNT System Business Service Center, was named a 2013-2014 Fellow by the Texas Social Media Research Institute at Tarleton State University. The fellows program is designed for those who are conducting or wish to conduct research on social media issues. TSMRI provides resources for discovery, both applied and scholarly. Fellows work with TSMRI to connect social media to their research agendas. In addition to his professional position, MacVeigh is a doctoral student in the interdisciplinary information science program at the University of North Texas.

May 13, 2013

Pierre Hjartberg, class of 1957, shared this note: "I am a native of Sweden. Came to Baylor as a sophomore after spending my Freshman year at Northeastern in Boston. Worked that summer at a camp on Cape Cod and there were some fellow counselors from Baylor there. I came to Baylor, got a scholarship and was under the guidance of Dr. Guy Newman, then a VP. Ended up with a double major - history and journalism. Served as an Issue Editor and columnist of the Lariat for two years and my friends said that the name of the column was most appropriate - Much about Nothing. I later met my wife at Baylor, Kay McCullough from Ft. Worth, who was a freshman when I was a junior. We have now been married for 55 years. Dr. Charles Wellborn - for whom we bought a brick at the new stadium - performed the service at Broadway Baptist in Ft. Worth. I also served as a Yell Leader my junior year and Head Yell Leader my Senior year when we beat TN 13-7 here in New Orleans as the Sugar Bowl. After Baylor I managed chambers of commerce in Beeville, TX; Pomona, CA; Hartford, CT for about 24 years and then entered the travel business here in New Orleans. I handled the largest Baylor alumni group - some 110 - on a Scandinavian Cruise with Dr. Charles Wellborn as the lecturer. It was a great trip which included Bergen and Oslo, Norway; Copenhagen, Denmark; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia and Kiel, Germany. I have recently worked with Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours on various WWII groups including the 60th Anniversary of D-Day in 2004. Baylor meant/means a lot to me and I am proud to be a graduate."

May 9, 2013

Lauren Robb, class of 2006, has been working in the Baylor Admissions office since 2007.

May 7, 2013

Charles Poe, class of 1989, recently won a George Foster Peabody Award for "MLK: The Assassination Tapes." He works for the Smithsonian Channel in Washington, D.C.

April 29, 2013

Michelle Clark, class of 2001, recently passed the exam for the APR (Accredited in Public Relations) credential. She is the Public Information Officer for the Trinity River Authority of Texas.

April 18, 2013

Amanda Sparling, class of 2009, is working as the director of online marketing for SourceHOV, a global BPO & KPO firm headquartered in Dallas.

April 4, 2013

Amanda Lewis Hill, class of 2006, recently passed the exam for the APR (Accredited in Public Relations) credential. She is the assistant editor of publications at the Texas Farm Bureau.

March 5, 2013

Natalie Tate, class of 2005, was promoted to assistant vice president of public relations for Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union. In this position, she is responsible for all aspects of public relations, including media relations, government relations, internal communications and social media. Natalie has been employed by RBFCU for three years and previously held the position of public relations director.

March 2, 2013

Regan Swope, class of 2011,just moved to Denver a month ago, working part time for the National MS Society and now has a full-time job as a communication specialist for Denver Public Schools, focusing on their internal employee weekly newsletter.

Feb.13, 2013

Jessica Dooley Gardner, class of 2007, works for a nonprofit as a writer/photographer/graphic designer. She travels around the world reporting on aid that the organization has donated. Some of the places she's been to include Tajikistan, Somalia, Kenya, Guatemala, and Honduras.

Feb.8, 2013

Mark Stouse , class of 1987, recently left Honeywell Aerospace, where he was the global marketing and communications VP, to return to BMC Software as the VP, Global Connect -- a contemporary rendering of traditional communications and modern engagement, combined with state of the art predictive analytics. Mark lives with his wife Debbie (BBA '93) and their two boys, Alexander and Christian, in Paradise Valley, Ariz.

Sept. 19, 2012

Amanda Sparling, class of 2009, recently joined, SourceHOV ( as the Director of Online Marketing for the newly merged companies SourceCorp and HOVServices, both publicly traded.

Aug. 31, 2012

Kelley Owens, class of 2012, is now working for the Messina Hof Winery and Resort in College Station, Texas.

July 18, 2012

Amanda Lewis Hill, class of 2006, recently completed her MBA at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the assistant editor of publications at the Texas Farm Bureau.

May 1, 2012

Amber Rice, class of 2011, recently accepted a job at Noble Strategic Partners in Austin as an account associate.

April 18, 2012

Scott Cain, Arvest Asset Management, class of 1988, Springdale, Ark., shared, "I worked as a sportswriter for 19 years after graduation, then started over in 2007, training and becoming a financial advisor...I've been a journalism has-been for a while. But if I can help J school in some way, please don't hesitate to let me know."

March 15, 2012

Alicia (Perry) Beaver , Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth, class of 2006 shared, "I got married Dec. 18, 2010 to Ryan Beaver (A&M graudate and current medical school student). We moved to Fort Worth in 2011 and recently I began a new job as Executive Administrative Manager at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth."

March 8, 2012

Megan Koontz , Baylor University, class of 2008 shared, "For almost the past two years, I've worked as an event manager for the University. I never dreamed I'd be able to spend my career days, planning events, let alone for a place that I love so much. To say that working here is my dream job is an understatement. I savored my time as a student, but I'm so grateful for the opportunity to see Baylor from a different perspective--especially throughout this current, ongoing wave of growth and positive PR.

Feb. 28, 2012

Kristen Ethridge , Dell, class of 1999, shared, "After 5 years of owning my own business, I recently went back to Dell, where I spent almost 6 years. I am a member of the Global Internal Communications team, where I support initiatives related to Dell's People Strategy. I really love what I get to do each and every day on behalf of some of the greatest employees in the world."

Mari delaGarza , class of 1996, has been an assistant Sports editor, night production, at the Detroit Free Press for three years. She oversees the Sports copy desk and works at night to ensure they make deadline. She also serves as a backup day editor and Sunday section editor for the Sports department.

Feb. 27, 2012

Cortney Shedd, class of 2011, is a Staff Reporter/Photographer, Layout Designer, for The Times Tribune in Houston.

Feb. 21, 2012

Jeff Brown is the Managing editor for Baylor Magazine

Kate Williams joined M/C/C in Dallas in June as a public relations apprentice. After three months of hard work, she was promoted to Public Relations Coordinator. Today, she works on press releases, blogs and social media profiles for award-winning clients. More recently, M/C/C won a bronze ADDY award for its holiday e-card video, Snow-motion, which she was a part of. She says, "It's rewarding earning recognition from industry peers on projects produced by me and my M/C/C team!"

Feb. 20, 2012

Mandi Clark : Today was my first day as PR Specialist for Rainbow International at The Dwyer Group!

Jenna DeWitt is at MORF magazine

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