Alumni News and Notes

Ted Garcia, ’71 BS Mass Communications. Garcia’s career in television broadcasting spans more than four decades. His most recent position was as senior vice president for television content at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Garcia also served on the national Public Broadcasting Service Board.

Frank Akers, ’74 BA Mass Communications, was appointed to the Wood River (Ill.) City Council on March 1, 2010. He served as the director and general manager of WSIE, SIUE’s radio station, from 1996 to 2010 and now works in external relations for the university. Prior to that, he was director of SIUE’s Alumni Services.

Annice Brave, ’74 BA Mass Communications, was honored as the 2011 Illinois Teacher of the year by the Illinois State Board of Education. She has taught English and journalism at Alton High School for 23 years.

P.Dewayne Staats, ’75 BS Mass Communications, Staats has been the television announcer of Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays since the team was founded in 1998. He anchors FOX Sports Florida and Sun Sports Emmy Award-winning Rays Television broadcasts.

Ronald W. Wilson, ’77 BA Mass Communications, has been named director of membership services at the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America. He will be responsible for membership, communications and services to more than 150 PDCA chapters and councils across the United States and Canada.

Patrick Clark, ’93 BS Mass Communications, is back on the air at KPLR (Channel 11) in St. Louis hosting a new afternoon news and entertainment show. Clark spent eight years on the West Coast, most recently hosting “Offbeat America” on the HGTV Network.

Darin Pritchett, ’95 BS Mass Communications, is serving as sports director of the WSBT Radio Group in Mishawaka, Ind. His duties include being the play-by-play voice of the University of Notre Dame hockey team, pre-game show host for Notre Dame football, and daily sports talk show host. Pritchett is in his 10th year at WSBT, and has won the Associated Press Indiana Major Market Play-by-Play Man of the Year Award four times, including in 2009.

Bill Yarbrough, ’98 BS Mass Communications, is the communications representative for TheBank of Edwardsville. He previously worked as the managing editor of the Edwardsville Intelligencer.

Bill Roseberry, ’01 BS Mass Communications, is now the sports editor for the Edwardsville Intelligencer. He has worked for the newspaper for five years.

Anne E. Stotler, ’05 BS Mass Communications, is now the community relations director at Beverly Farm in Godfrey. She organizes volunteer efforts, coordinates advertising and media placement and oversees special event fund-raising at the facility that serves more than 400 developmentally disabled adults.

Megan McClure, ’09 BS Mass Communications, is working as a corporate communications specialist at HOK, a global architecture firm in St. Louis that helped to design the original SIUE campus.

Holly Meyer, ’09 BS Mass Communications, is now an online producer at the Rapid City Journal in Rapid City, S.D., where she was hired as an online reporter in November 2009. She was recently selected to attend the Society of Professional Journalists’ national reporters institute in July.

Brittany Palmer, ’09 BA Mass Communications, relocated to San Antonio, Texas, where she interned and then became a full-time employee at Evolvent Technologies, which provides healthcare information technology services to the Military Health System, the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs. She is now the marketing & events coordinator and is in the process of moving back to the St. Louis metro area where she will continue to work for Evolvent.

Sydney Elliot, ’10 BA Mass Communications, lives in Austin, Texas, and works for Marsh and McLennan Companies. She is also considering attending graduate school.

Levi Kirby, ’10 BA Mass Communications, works for Fleishman-Hillard as a video associate where he edits video every day for many different clients.

Catherine Klene, ’10 BA Mass Communications & BA English, is a staff writer at Town & Style magazine in Ladue, Mo. Town & Style is a bi-weekly lifestyle publication that focuses on the west and Central West End areas of St. Louis.
Karina Orr, ’10 BA English & Mass Communications minor, is the assistant editor at the Navarre Press in Florida. Orr is the former editor in chief of the Alestle.

Erin Pea, ’10 Mass Communications, is the new director of marketing and events for Pere Marquette State Park in Grafton.

Adam J. Young, ’10 BS Mass Communications, was named one of the Top 20 college sports broadcasters by the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America. While at SIUE, he was both a radio and television broadcaster for the SIUE men’s and women’s basketball teams, and served as a public address announcer for several of SIUE’s sports teams. Additionally, Young was recently named “Voice of the Gateway Grizzlies,” baseball team, based in Sauget, Ill. He spent the 2010 season as the radio broadcaster and director of media relations for the Fayetteville (NC) Swampdogs Baseball Club.