Alumni of the Department of Communication have constructed rich professional identities in a variety of contexts. Graduates work as scholar-teachers in major universities, hold key leaderships positions in some of the largest for-profit companies in the world, and are making a difference for good in non-profit organizations and church settings. We know the power of our alumni community in developing our reputation, mentoring our current students in their trajectories as working professionals and servant leaders, and helping alumni maintain their college friendships. Please fill out the information form to let us know what you are doing so that we can add you to our active alumni community.

Joanna Gaines
JOANNA GAINES, BA Communication '01 

Alumni Impact

We congratulate Chip and Joanna Gaines (BA 2001) for making 2015-2016 Alumni of the Year! We are proud of the accomplishments of all of our graduates. We are in the process of updating our list and thank you for your patience.

Jay Netherton (MA 2017) works in Dallas as an Executive Communication Consultant for the Office of the President for Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Randall Fowler (MA 2016) is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication at University of Maryland and the author of More than a Doctrine: The Eisenhower Era in the Middle East.

Kayde Givens (MA 2015) is the Senior Sales Enablement Manager for equity management firm Carta in Salt Lake City. Givens also translated her Master’s thesis into a co-authored article with Dr. McNamee titled “Understanding what happens on the other side of the door: Emotional labor, coworker communication, and motivation in door-to-door sales,” which is published in the Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research.

Dr. Heather Suzanne Woods (MA 2013) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Kansas State University and the co-author of Make America Meme Again with Dr. Hahner.

Laura Stewart (MA 2007) is Communications Manager for Lockheed Martin’s Energy and Engineering and Technology divisions.

Dr. J. David Cisneros (MA 2005) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at University of Illinois and the author of The Border Crossed Us”: Rhetorics of Borders, Citizenship, and Latina/o Identity.

Other Notable Alumni

  • Michael Brandt, BBA'91, MA '94
    Co-Author of Invincible, 2 Fast 2 Furious, 3:10 to Yuma and Wanted

  • Derek Haas, BA '91, MA'95
    Co-Author of Invincible, 2 Fast 2 Furious, 3:10 to Yuma and Wanted

  • Jeff Dunham, BA'86
    Best-Selling comedian and ventriloquist, Jeff Dunham show on Comedy Central