Alumni Updates

For a complete list of Alumni Updates from recent academic years, see the following:

2010-2011 Alumni Updates Report

2011-2012 Alumni Updates Report

2012-2013 Alumni Updates Report

2013-2014 Alumni Updates Report

2014-2015 Alumni Updates Report

March 2017 

JMC alumnus Frank Beeson, '75, received the Ohio Newspaper Association's highest honor: the William Maxwell Award. Read more.

FEBRuary 2017

VCD alumna Lu Chen, '16, was recognized for graduating in the Fall. Read more.

JMC alumnus James Buechele, '09, is now a reporter for WHIO and Cox Media Group in Dayton, Ohio. Read more.

MLIS alumnus Philip Shackelford, '16, is looking to connect the SouthArk Library more to the El Dorado community. Read more.

MLIS alumna Kacie Armstrong, '03, is director of the Euclid Public Library. Read more.

SLIS alumnus Mark Mihalik, '16, was recognized for graduating alongside 3,000 others at the 2016 Fall Commencement ceremony. Read more.

January 2017

MLIS alumnus Curtis Schafer, '09, was married in Russia. Read more.

JMC alumna Melissa Puppo, '16, joined Gulfstream Media Group as an associate editor. 

VCD alumna Gina Leone, '16, is Jell Creative's newest graphic designer. To view her personal website, click here.

JMC alumni Sean Eiler, '15 and Richard Pierce, '13, have joined the WTOV 9 team as new anchors. 

COMM alumna Cierra Steele, '16, was recognized for graduating alongside 1,600 others in December. Read more.

Former CCI student Dianne Dommasch-Smith, '16, was recognized for completing a certificate program in Web-Enabled E-Learning Knowledge Management. Read more.

MLIS alumna Jen Welsh, '06, has been named the new Community Libraries Director for Stark District Library. Read more.

JMC student Michael Keaton reminisced on his acting career with The Hollywood Reporter's podcast 'Awards Chatter.'

MLIS alumna Poppy Girton, '02, passed away in May 2015. The Record Herald mentioned her passing in three articles, including a review, a remembrance piece and an official obituary. 

MLIS alumna Carly Reighard, '16, is recognized for graduating, along with 1,600 other students in December. Read more.

MLIS alumnus Curtis Schafer, '09, is the new director of Arcanum Public Library in Arcanum, Ohio. Read more.

CCI alumna Norma Jones, '16, spoke on the importance of Hello Kitty and her impact on growing issues like feminism and race. Listen in. 

December 2016

COMM alumna Andrea Amstutz, '16, was chosen as the marketing and special events coordinator in November for the Canton parks and recreation offices merger. Read more. 

MLIS alumbus Dean Nusbaum, '16, was mentioned in articles by HighBeam Research and LancasterOnline.

Investigative Reports & Editors, RocketNews and The Washington Post reported on JMC alumnus David Donald, '97, who passed away on December 11. 

JMC alumnus Robert Wick, '57, spoke with The Daily Iberian about his career and impact on the Kent State University Main campus. 

JMC alumna Andrea Butler, '05, is the editor-in-chief and publisher of the magazine Sesi. Read more.

November 2016

MLIS alumna Jennifer Hess, '04, is the new manager of Whetstone Library in Columbus, Ohio. Read more. 

October 2016

JMC alumna Natalie Pasquarella, '04, is now the WNBC 11 p.m. co-anchor. Read more.

JMC alumna Lisa Davala, '10, is the new director of marketing at Akron-Canton Airport. Read more. 

JMC alumna and former adjunct professor, Nancy Sinning, '88, was hired as the new membership and development specialist and on-air host for The Summit 91.3-FM. Read more.

VCD alumnus Haraz Ghanbari, '04, ran for Perrysburg City Council in August. Read more.

JMC alumna Kathy Busway, '82, was named the Director of Marketing for Home Savings and Loan Company. Read more.

MLIS alumna Amy Switzer, '93, was appointed Director of Shaker Heights Public Library. Read more.

September 2016

JMC alumnus Matthew Kelley, '04, was married on September 26. Read more.

JMC alumna Malena Caruso, '10, joined the WTOL and Fox News 36 team as a reporter. Read more.

JMC alumnus Mike Holden, '12, joined WPXI Channel 11 in August as a reporter. Read more. 

August 2016

SLIS alumna Stephanie Romano, '15, receives Library Director position in Chester, Connecticut. Read more.

CCI alumna Elizabeth Perse, '87, will receive the Centennial Award at Kent State's 2016 Homecoming. Read more.

JMC alumnus Patrick Kellet, '05, designed BLK LBL, an apparel line for the Lakewood community. Read more. 

JMC alumna Jessica Schmidt, '13, will anchor and report for Fox 19 in Cincinnati. Read more.

SLIS alumna Debroah DiGennaro, '02, has passed away. Read more. 

JMC alumna Elizabeth Blosfield, '13, was named Editor for Insurance Journal's East region. Read more.

COMM alumnus Josh Cribbs, '10, was mentioned in The Kent Stater and the Record-Courier for being named the Grand Marshal for Kent State's 2016 Homecoming.

July 2o16

Alumni Tom Batiuk, '69 and Chuck Ayers, '71, place for the best graphic album - reprint at the 2016 Eisner Awards. Read more from The Washington Post and SciFi4Me. 

VCD alumna Sarah Beeman, '16, had her marriage announced in The Vindicator. 

JMC alumna Danielle Wiggins, '09, is recognized for her reporting of traffic with WKYC.

June 2016

MLIS alumna Sarah Burris, '13, was one of eight participating artists in a "Beach Goth Art" show in Panama City. Read more.

VCD alumna April Nemeth, '04, created Little Korboose, an eco-friendly household good business. Read more. 

Alumni Tom Batiuk, '69 and Chuck Ayers, '71, are finalists for the 2016 Ohiana Book Award. Read more. 

SLIS alumnus Bill Barrow, '98, received the Alumnus of the Year Award for making a significant contribution to the field of library of information science. Read more.

May 2016

Double major COMM and Theatre Studies alumnus Joel Abramson, '10, had an article written about him by his mother, Barbara Abramson, on lessons she has learned from her graduate son. Read more.

JMC alumnus Kenneth Freedman, '79, was chosen for a spotlight by Columbus Business First for his position with NBC4. Read more.

COMM alumnus Bryan Smith, '05, had his engagement announced in The Vindicator. Read more. 

JMC alumnus Lance Lysowski, '14, previously of the Observer-Reporteris now a beat reporter for DK Pittsburgh Sports.

April 2016

SLIS alumna Lisa Krok, MLIS '14, has been named Branch Manager of Firestone Park Branch in the Akron-Summit County Public Library system.

PRKent alumna Brandi Neloms, '09, and Sydney Weaver-Bey launched Spring Blossoms Agency, a boutique communications firm based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Focusing on strategy, dynamic tactics and real-time analysis, Spring Blossoms Agency uses exceptional communication to elevate brands of all sizes.

M.L.I.S. student Don Pearson, of Columbus, has received an Honorable Mention award for the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO)'s Continuing Education Grant. The grant will cover much of the cost for Pearson to attend the joint meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA), the Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC), and the International Clinical Librarian Conference (ICLC) in Toronto on May 13-18. At that conference, he will present a paper (along with his director, SLIS alumnus Stevo Roksandic, M.L.I.S. ’08), on the topic of federated searching. Pearson, who will graduate from SLIS in August, is currently employed as a library technology specialist at Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library in Columbus, Ohio.

SLIS alumna Marisha Sullivan, M.L.I.S. '15, has been named teen services librarian for the Ashtabula County District Library system. 

SLIS alumnus Kenneth Burhanna, M.L.I.S. '91, is one of 17 top managers of academic research libraries to be appointed a 2016 UCLA Senior Fellow, following an international competition. Burhanna will attend a three week program conducted by UCLA from July 24 through Aug. 16. He is currently a Provost Fellow and Assistant Dean for Engagement and Outreach at Kent State University Libraries.

SLIS alumna Catherine Cardwell, M.L.S. '95, has been named dean of the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

March 2016

SLIS alumnus Andrew Smith, M.L.I.S. ’12, is now Coordinator of Instructional and Public Services Librarian at the Abell Library of Austin College in Sherman, Texas.

Bryan Howard, M.L.I.S. ’10, is director of the New Carlisle, Ohio, Public Library.

SLIS alumnus Clayton Ruminski, M.L.I.S ’15, Hubbard, Ohio, is the author of a forthcoming book titled Iron Valley: The Transformation of the Iron Industry in Ohio's Mahoning Valley, 1802-1913. He recently accepted a position as an archives specialist at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Del.

February 2015

Journalism alumna Mary Kay Cabot, the Cleveland Browns beat reporter for Cleveland.com and the Plain Dealer, was named Ohio Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Read more

Journalism alumna Samantha M. Dosen-Himelrick, '14, was recently appointed Marketing Specialist for Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, CO. Read more

Public relations alumna Leanne O'Neill was recently featured on Cleveland.com for her internship with Sierra Nevada, a brewery. Read more

Communication Studies alumnus Adam Earnheardt, Ph.D., wrote a column entitled "Building a following on Twitter" for The Vindicator.

Karen Martsolf, M.A. Journalism, '14, was named the 2015 Member of the Year of the Mesa County Communications Officers Association.

Comedian and Communication Studies alumnus Mike Polk Jr. recently began writing a column for the Plain Dealer. Read his first column.

SLIS alumna Cynthia Boyden, M.L.I.S. ’13, is co-author (with SLIS Associate Professor Miriam Matteson, Ph.D., and Lorien Anderson) of an article titled “Soft Skills: A Phrase in Search of Meaning,” published in Libraries and the Academy.

SLIS alumnus Kevin L. Smith, M.L.S. ‘ 96, Raleigh, N.C., will join the University of Kansas in May as dean for KU Libraries. In this role, Smith will oversee the largest library system in Kansas. He previously served as the director of copyright and scholarly communication at Duke University.

SLIS alumna Sarah Hickey, M.L.I.S ‘13, Westerville, has accepted a position as the Digital Initiatives Librarian at Otterbein University. Hickey was previously the executive assistant to the president at Otterbein.

The Distance Learning Interest Group (DLIG) of the Academic Library Association of Ohio has named SLIS alumna Sara Klink, M.L.I.S, ’04, North Canton, the 2016 DLIG Visionary Award Winner.  She has worked as a librarian for 10 years in both public and academic libraries, and is currently the Assistant Director of Library Services at Stark State College, a nontraditional academic library. Sara developed and implemented an innovative instructional program on her campus that incorporates in-person and online components to provide outstanding embedded library services.

SLIS alumna Celia Emmelhainz, M.L.I.S, ’14, El Cerrito, Calif., is the new Anthropology & Qualitative Research Librarian at the University of California, Berkeley.

SLIS alum Thomas Hyland, M.L.I.S, ’03, Rocky River, participated with other community college librarians in a panel, “Sustaining Success: Creating Community College Assessment Methods,” at the ACRL 2015 Conference in March in Portland, Ore.

SLIS alumnus John Cook, M.L.I.S ’07, Bowling Green, Ohio, was quoted in an article titled, “No, you can’t watch reality TV for class credit” in Metro on Feb. 19. He discussed using pop culture as a “way to inspire kids to read every single day.” Cook is the youth services supervisor at the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

January 2016

Former Kent State star and four-time Olympian Jud Logan, '82, was inducted into the National Throws Coaches Association Thrower’s Hall of Fame. Logan graduated with a degree in pre-telecommunications.

Journalism alumna Tracy Hart, '84, was recently named chairperson of the Board of Directors of the National Health Council (NHC), a national patient advocacy organization. Hart also serves as the CEO of the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation. Read more.

Journalism alumna Beth Rankin, '08, was recently named the Dallas Observer's food editor. Rankin will begin working at the Observer in late January.

December 2015

Crain's Cleveland Business promoted and hired several JMC alumni, all of whom served as editors of the Stater while they attended Kent State. Timothy Magaw, '09, was promoted to sections editor, Lydia Coutré, '13, was hired as the health care and nonprofits reporter, and Rachel Abbey McCafferty, '08, has added coverage of education, with an emphasis on higher education, charters and the Cleveland schools, to her manufacturing beat. Read more.

The Akron Cleveland Association of REALTORS® (ACAR) recently hired two-time public relations alumnus Ralph J. Davila, APR, '97, and MA '15, as its new communications director. Read more.

Journalism alumna Grace Dobush, '05, was featured for founding Cincinnati's indie craft fair, Crafty Supermarket. Crafty Supermarket recently host its 13th event called the Holiday Show; each event attracts around 5,000 visitors. Read more.

PR Kent alumna Tyra Oliver, '02, was recently featured for organizing the Allegheny County Bar Association Homer S. Brown Division’s first continuing legal education course. Read more.

TV nostalgia authors Mike and Janice Olszewski will meet-and-greet fans and autograph copies of their new book, "Cleveland TV Tales, Vol. 2," on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 1-3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Crocker Park. The event is free and open to the public. Mike Olszewski, MA JMC ’09, is a veteran Cleveland radio and television personality and the curator and archivist for the Ohio Broadcast Archive and Museum. He also teaches media and communications classes at Cleveland State University, Kent State University, the University of Akron, and Notre Dame College. Read more.

Robyn E. Vittek, M.L.I.S. ’02, is the new director of Mt. Lebanon Public Library, Pittsburgh, Pa., on Nov. 1. She was previously director of the St. Clairsville Public Library, St. Clairsville, Ohio. In addition to the M.L.I.S. from Kent State, she holds a B.A. in English from The Ohio State University and a M.S. in education from Franciscan University.

SLIS alumni Kenneth Burhanna, M.L.S. '94, and Joseph A. Salem, Jr., M.L.S. ’99, Ph.D., have been named Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Fellows. They are two of 28 people selected to serve in the 2016-2017 academic year. The highly competitive ARL Leadership Fellows program is an executive level leadership program designed to inspire and develop future leaders of ARL member institutions. Salem is currently associate dean for Learning, Undergraduate Services and Commonwealth Campus Libraries at The Pennsylvania State University. Burhanna is currently assistant dean of Outreach and Engagement at Kent State University Libraries and also was named the 2015-16 Provost Fellow.

Matthew Cox, M.L.I.S. ’12, Bixby, Okla., is now customer service assistant at Tulsa City-County Library, Okla.

November 2015

Erin Hollenbaugh, Ph.D., and fellow Communication Studies alumni Amber Ferris, Ph.D., and Adam Earnheardt, Ph.D., were quoted in an Oct. 31 Youngstown Vindicator article titled “#TMI, honesty and Facebook relationships.” The article is based on Hollenbaugh's and Ferris’ article, “Predictors of honesty, intent, and valence of Facebook self-disclosure.”

JMC alumna Bethany Early, PRKent '07, a was named to the PR News 2015 list of “Rising PR Stars 30 & Under.” She and other winners will be honored at an event in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 9.

SLIS alumna Sarah Thornbery, M.L.I.S. ’14, has received the 2015 outstanding school librarian award from the Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA). The OELMA/Follett School Solutions Award recognizes a licensed Ohio school librarian who develops an exemplary school library program, collaborates with classroom teachers, implements technology-integrated instruction, and advocates for school libraries. Thornbery, a teacher-librarian at Springboro Junior High School in Springboro, Ohio, received the Walter Brahm & John Rebenack Ohio Library Foundation Annual Scholarship from SLIS in 2014.

SLIS alumnus Christopher Busta-Peck, M.L.I.S. ’05, Cleveland, is the curator for the “Early Visions of Ohio 1765-1865” exhibit at the Decorative Arts Center in Lancaster. The exhibit includes maps, pictures, paintings and objects, such as a decorated snuff box depicting the Battle of Lake Erie and a woven coverlet featuring pictures of the Centerville mill. Busta-Peck has also compiled a database of Ohio art through 1865 on Flickr. Busta-Peck works as a librarian in the Cleveland Public Library system.

SLIS alumnus Eric Wilson, M.L.I.S. ’15, was selected as the new Children’s Librarian for the Hampton Public Library system in Hampton, Va.

JMC alumna Lydia Coutre, '13, recently joined the Crain's Cleveland Business staff as a healthcare and nonprofit reporter. Read more.

October 2015

SLIS alumnus Michael Blackwell, M.L.S., ‘94, has been named library director of the St. Mary’s County Library in Leonardtown, Md.

SLIS alumnus Alfred Bernardo, M.L.I.S. ’15, has accepted a position as the user services librarian at the Allen Memorial Library at Valley City State University in Valley City, N.D.

SLIS alumnus Evan Struble, M.L.I.S., ’04, Syracuse, Ohio, won the Diana Vescelius Memorial Award from the Ohio Library Council, which recognizes Ohio’s library leaders of tomorrow who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to the profession. He currently is a library consultant in Library Programs and Development at the State Library of Ohio.

SLIS alumnus Christopher Busta-Peck, M.L.I.S., ’05, Cleveland, Ohio, is the curator for the “Early Visions of Ohio 1765-1865” exhibit at the Decorative Arts Center in Lancaster. The exhibit includes maps, pictures, paintings and objects, such as a decorated snuff box depicting the Battle of Lake Erie and a woven coverlet featuring pictures of the Centerville mill. Busta-Peck has also compiled a database of Ohio art through 1865 on Flickr. Busta-Peck works as a librarian in the Cleveland Public Library system.

SLIS alumnus Eric Wilson, M.L.I.S., ’15, was selected as the new Children’s Librarian for the Hampton Public Library system in Hampton, Va.

SLIS alumna Sarah Thornbery, M.L.I.S., ’14, has received the 2015 outstanding school librarian award from the Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA). The OELMA/Follett School Solutions Award recognizes a licensed Ohio school librarian who develops an exemplary school library program, collaborates with classroom teachers, implements technology-integrated instruction, and advocates for school libraries. Thornbery, a teacher-librarian at Springboro Junior High School in Springboro, Ohio, received the Walter Brahm & John Rebenack Ohio Library Foundation Annual Scholarship from SLIS in 2014.

SLIS alumna Samantha Enters, M.L.I.S. ’15, has accepted a position as a reference librarian at Noel Wien Public Library in Fairbanks, Alaska, where she completed her internship.

 

Two Kent State SLIS graduates have taken a leap into the entrepreneurial field with their own archiving business. Calvin Rydbom, M.L.I.S. '10, and Thomas Kubat, M.L.I.S. '09, along with a third partner, came together to create Pursue Posterity, located in Cleveland, Ohio. Read more.

School of Library and Information Science alumnus Don Jason III of Cincinnati, Ohio, has recently become a clinical informationist at the University of Cincinnati, where he is now involved in several key initiatives for the Health Sciences Library (HSL). Jason previously held positions at the Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Pharmacy and also the Northeast Ohio Medical University Health Sciences Library. Read more.

Communication studies alumna Erin Clemons, ’08, has been named the president and CEO of the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty. Clemons served as the Community Foundation’s vice president of Development and Donor Relations since October 2014. She worked previously as a staff member and field representative in Congressman John Boehner’s office from 2007 to 2014.

Olof Thordartdottir, ’11, communication studies alumna, is now an academic advisor for Kent State University's Honors College. Thòrdardòttir previously worked as the academic advisor for Kent State's College of Public Health.

September 2015

SLIS alumna Margaret Maurer, M.L.S. ’86, has retired after serving as an associate professor, head, metadata and catalog for University Libraries for 15 years. She also taught the Technical Services class as a SLIS adjunct instructor.

SLIS alumna Rebecca Sims, M.L.S. ‘82, Papillion, Neb., has joined Sump Memorial Library as its new director.

SLIS alumna and former part-time instructor Nieca Nowels, M.L.S. ’98, Marysville, Ohio, has accepted a position as director of the Marysville Public Library.

SLIS alumna Mary Jane Santos, M.L.S. ’92, of Delaware, Ohio, will retire on Sept. 30 from her position as director of the Delaware County District Library, where she began working as a volunteer in the late 1970s.

The Kent State University College of Communication and Information will host a lecture led by Vanguard ID Systems President and CEO Rick Warther at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 in Rm. 146, Taylor Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. Read more.

An article by Alesha Arp, M.S. ’14, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., and Scott Ryan-Hart, M.S. ’15, Columbus, Ohio, titled “Perception and Regionalism Influence User Satisfaction” was published in the online magazine UXMatters. The article is based on Arp and Ryan-Hart’s final project for their UX master’s program. Read more about the project.

SLIS alumnus Ken Burhanna, M.L.S. ’94, Kent, Ohio, has been named the 2015-16 Provost’s Fellow by the Kent State University Office of the Provost. The Provost's fellowship provides faculty members who have an interest in academic administration the chance to develop knowledge, skills, and experience as an administrator. Burhanna joined Kent State University in 2004 as a First Year Experience Librarian and assistant professor in University Libraries. He was promoted to associate professor in 2010. He has been recognized for his leadership and scholarship at the national level, most recently receiving the 2014 Librarian Recognition Award from the American Library Association for his work with information literacy instruction and outreach.

An article by Ann L. Holstein, M.L.I.S. ’14, Cleveland, Ohio, titled “Geographic Information and Technologies in Academic Research Libraries: An ARL Survey of Services and Support” was published in Information Technology and Libraries, Vol 34, No 1 (2015). The paper was based on the culminating experience project she completed with SLIS Associate Professor Don A. Wicks, Ph.D.

Jenessa McElfresh, M.L.I.S. ’15, Sacramento, Calif., is a medical librarian for Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento.

SLIS alumna Elizabeth Meinke, M.L.I.S. '14, is a scholarly resources and special collections librarian with Case Western Reserve University. She recently received the School’s H.F. Group Preservation Award, given to a graduate who demonstrates outstanding scholarship and an interest in the area of library preservation.

An article co-authored by Kristen M. Hallows, M.L.I.S. ’14, Columbus, Ohio, titled “Dialectic of Transformation: The Shaping of a Name” and published in the April 2014 issue of AALL Spectrum, was chosen as the Spectrum Article of the Year (2015). (Co-author is Christine Bowersox.) Hallows is research librarian at Bricker & Eckler LLP in Columbus. The AALL Spectrum Article of the Year Award honors outstanding achievement in writing an article that contributes to topics relating to librarianship, law librarianship, and practical applications for library work or to an understanding of legal materials, legal systems legal information, or to professional and staff training and development. The winner is selected on the basis of quality of writing and effectiveness of the communication technique.

Jeff Mixter, M.L.I.S. ’13, M.S.’13, Columbus, Ohio, was a featured speaker at the 2015 American Library Association annual conference in San Francisco, Calif., in June. Mixter presented as part of the OCLC Symposium “Millennials in Transition.” He is a software engineer at OCLC, teaches as a part-time instructor for SLIS and is a CCI doctoral student. In 2014 Mixter received the Beta Phi Mu Student Achievement Award from SLIS.

Jeff Mixter, M.L.I.S. ’13, M.S.’13, Columbus, Ohio, is coauthor (with Carol Jean Godby and Shenghui Wang) of Library Linked Data in the Cloud: OCLC’s Experiments with New Models of Resource Description. The book describes OCLC's efforts to help increase the visibility of library collections on the web through the creation of library linked data — moving from a Web of documents to a web of data. The book focuses on the conceptual and technical challenges involved in publishing linked data derived from traditional library metadata. Modeling data in a form that the broader web understands will position libraries for success. Mixter is a software engineer at OCLC, teaches as a part-time instructor for SLIS and is a CCI doctoral student. In 2014 he received the Beta Phi Mu Student Achievement Award from SLIS.

SLIS alumnus Stevo Roksandic, M.L.I.S. '08, was named one of Library Journal's 2015 Movers and Shakers.

Shannon Schilling, M.L.I.S. ’15, Windsor, Conn., is the teen/reference librarian at the Windsor Public Library in Windsor, Conn.

August 2015

An article by Alesha Arp, M.S. ’14, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., and Scott Ryan-Hart, M.S. ’15, Columbus, Ohio, titled “Perception and Regionalism Influence User Satisfaction” was published in the online magazine UXMatters. The article is based on Arp and Ryan-Hart’s final project for their UX master’s program.

Congratulations to SLIS alum Ken Burhanna, who was selected to serve in Kent State's Office of the Provost as a Provost's Fellow. The Provost's fellowship provides faculty members who have an interest in academic administration the chance to develop knowledge, skills and experience as an administrator; to increase the understanding of the faculty about practices and procedures in academic administration; to extend and strengthen the administrative resources of the university; and more.

Congratulations to Jenessa McElfresh, M.L.I.S. ’15, who recently accepted a position as a medical librarian for Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento.

SLIS alumna Elizabeth Meinke, M.L.I.S. '14, is a scholarly resources and special collections librarian with Case Western Reserve University. She recently received the School’s H.F. Group Preservation Award, given to a graduate who demonstrates outstanding scholarship and an interest in the area of library preservation.

Jeff Mixter, a two-time SLIS alumnus, current doctoral student and adjunct instructor, was a featured speaker at this year's ALA conference in the OCLC Symposium: Millennials in Transition. Jeff is currently a software engineer at OCLC and co-author of the new book "Library Linked Data in the Cloud: OCLC’s Experiments with New Models of Resource Description."

An article co-authored by SLIS alumnus Sean Petiya, M.L.I.S. '14, M.S. '14, of Youngstown, Ohio, was selected by the editors of Library Hi Tech journal as the Outstanding Paper of 2014. His co-authors include Thomas Baker, Department of Library and Information Science, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea, and Karen Coyle, consultant, Berkeley, Calif. Baker was an advisor for the School’s Linked Open Data—Libraries, Archives and Museums (LOD-LAM) project, whose co-PIs are SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., and Associate Professor Karen F. Gracy, Ph.D. The Web repository of the research examples and methodology of this paper are hosted at the LOD-LAM website: http://lod-lam.slis.kent.edu/wemi-rdf/. Petiya recently received the 2015 Thomas J. Froehlich Award from the School, awarded for academic excellence and promise for leadership in the field of information architecture and knowledge management.

Kudos to SLIS alumna Rebecca Sims, MLS '82, who started her new job as director of Sump Memorial Library in Papillion, Nebraska.

An article titled “Obstacles Limiting the Use of Personal Health Records by Consumers: A Literature Review,” by SLIS alumna Donna J. Sulhan, M.S. ’14 (health informatics), of Twinsburg, Ohio, was published in the winter 2015 issue of the Journal of Health Information Management. The article is based on her culminating experience project.

SLIS alumna Angela Wojtecki was quoted in a Columbus Dispatch article this July entitled “School districts in Ohio cutting librarians: Tight budgets, rise of Internet given as causes for diminishing role.”

June 2015

School of Journalism and Mass Communication alumna Leah Klafczynski, '15, received third-place honors in the annual Hearst National Journalism Awards Championship.