Once you graduate from Slippery Rock University, you become a part of an elite group of alumni, representing various fields of study and career choices. Alumni are a part of our success as a department. Their ability to impact our campus community is very important to us. Their experiences within various fields of communication can not only help you, but it can show you that your degree in communication can lead you in various directions. Take a look at some of our alumni and where they are now…

Keith E. Tagliaferri, 2003
- IPS/Microsoft. PA
Job description: I am an Online Security Analyst for Microsoft's Anti-Spam Team. I search for and investigate high-volume spammers who abuse Microsoft's Hotmail and MSN e-mail accounts. After concluding my investigations I create detailed reports on the spam activity and present my cases to high officials at Microsoft, along with the law firms who then take my cases and pursue legal action.

Nicole Keeler, 2001
- GE Consumer Products, Europe
Job description: Based in Budapest, Hungary I am one of two communicators leading the Communications for GE Consumer Products Europe, with a focus on internal communications. One of my most important tasks is writing the weekly "CEO Message." I research, collect, write, and format this message that focuses on various topics such as finance and community service. This message, completely written by me, is sent out by the CEO - usually virtually unchanged. I am also responsible for writing and designing a number of other communications, with a heavy focus on community service communications. Additionally, I am a valuable asset to the company as a native English speaker correcting texts written by other employees here. I use skills every day that I learned from my time at SRU - my education there was priceless.
Email: Nicole.Keeler@lighting.ge.com

Holly McDonald, 2001
- Intuit Inc. San Diego, CA
Job description: I am a Project Assistant in the Image Design department of Intuit. I create and proof various forms that our department puts out for the software we create. Intuit is second in the nation for the product it produces. I'm using the desktop publishing skills I learned through classes and internships with the department. I feel fortunate to have landed this job, as it is a very large and reputable company in San Diego.
Email: Holly_Mcdonald@intuit.com

Brian Thomas, 2001
- Crest National Film Laboratories
Job description: DVD Compression.
Email: brian_thomas@crestnational.com

Joe Sager, 2000
- New Castle News
Job description: I work as a sports writer and I cover Pittsburgh Penguins hockey, University of Pittsburgh basketball, Westminster College football and many high school sporting events in Lawrence County. I also edit, copy and design sports pages.
Email: jsager@usachoice.com
Work number: (724) 654-6651 ext. 629.
Cell phone: (814) 671-0826.

Steven R. Simons, 1999
- Greater Philadelphia Radio Group. Philadelphia, PA
Job description: Residing in Cheltenham Pa, I am working for Greater Media's, Greater Philadelphia Radio Group, consisting of 102.9 WMGK, 950 WPEN, 93.3 WMMR, and 95.7 WMWX. As Creative Services Director, I write commercials and promotional copy as well as some production responsibilities. I also am in charge of traffic and continuity for the broadcast of Philles baseball. On the side I am running my own commercial production business.
Email: SSimons@GreaterPhila.com
Other contact information:
Steven R. Simons
WMGK/WPEN Creative Services
One Bala Plaza, Suite 339
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

Jared K. Yerg, 1999
- J.A. Jones International. Charlotte, NC
Job description: I work for J.A. Jones International, a Fluor Company, in the International Government Division as a procurement specialist. They are the second largest construction firm in the United States.
Email: jared.yerg@fluor.com

Andrew "Jerky" Seder, 1998
- The Scranton Times and Tribune. Scranton, PA
Job description: I have been a journalist since graduating and the Scranton Times and Tribune is the third paper I've been with, following the Pocono Record in Stroudsburg in 2000/01 and the Allied News in Grove City in 98/99. The Rocket and WRSK helped me get a taste for the media and I use my experiences from those two organizations to become the professional I am today. I've lived in Mt. Pocono since Dec. of 1999 and have been at the Times since April of 2001. My job description changes weekly but it always entails writing quality community news stories for our seven-county coverage area. Murders to school board meetings appear under my by-line. I've also covered sporting events like the Pocono NASCAR race and the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
Work Email: aseder@timesshamrock.com
Home Email: seder76@yahoo.com
Cell phone: (570) 470-5908

Kristen Bourke, 1997
- Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (SOCMA)
Job description: I am responsible for keeping content fresh and updated on the SOCMA website. I also work on the weekly e-newsletter we send out as well as other communication functions including sending out news releases, covering special events and then producing web copy of the event, and anything else web or communications related.
Email: kristen_n_bourke@hotmail.com
Work number: (202) 721-4121

Gwen Buchanan, 1997
- FOX 47 TV. Madison, WI
www.wkowtv.com and www.fox47.com
Job description: Currently I work as News Producer at an ABC/FOX affiliate in Madison, Wisconsin. I produce the main Fox newscast at the station. Since graduating I've worked as a camera operator, a promotion's assistant, an editor, and also a producer, and have worked in television in 3 different markets.
Email: gbuchanan@wkowtv.com or gbuchanan@fox47.com

Adam Gearhart, 1997
- Centre Daily Times. State College, PA
Job description: Sports page and special sports section designer.
Email: agearhar@centredaily.com
Work number: (814) 231-4679

Timothy J. Hess, 1997
- ZEO Radio, WBZZ 93.7 FM
Job description: Affiliate Relations Director of Mixshow Programming for Zeo Radio / Zeo Mix Radio Network based in Denver, Colorado. Music Design Specialist, specializing in music atmospheric creations for various clubs, lounges and bars throughout the City of Pittsburgh. Co-host and mixer for the WBZZ 93.7 FM Saturday Night Shout Out Party with Adam Bomb weekly from 7:50 to 9:50.
Email: tj@zeoradio.com or tjhess@aol.com
Phone number: (412) 512-1515

Dana L. Hoffman, 1997
- Reading Eagle Company. Reading, PA
Job description: Editor
Email: dhoffman@readingeagle.com
Work number: (610) 236-4744

Lauri J. Durnin, 1996
- ExecuTrain of Philadephia
Job description: Training Specialist. Instruct individuals in the use of a variety of software applications. These applications include the Microsoft Office Suite, MS Project, MS FrontPage, Adobe Pagemaker & Photoshop, Crystal Reports, and others.
Email: lauridurnin@hotmail.com

Al Jones, 1996
- ClubCom, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA
Job description: Broadcasting. Music Video Programmer/Central Library Manager for ClubCom. Clubcom is the nation's leader in place-based media and broadcasts music video entertainment to venues such as health clubs, restaurants, and retail. Responsibilities include programming the various music channels on the ClubCom Network, managing the database of the music video library, and working with record labels to acquire video content.
Email: aljones@clubcom.com
Other contact information:
Clubcom, Inc.
6 Penn Center West
Pittsburgh, PA 15276
(412) 787-2221 x341

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