Alumni Updates 2013-2014

May 2014

SLIS alumnus Christopher J.  Korenowsky, M.L.I.S. ’03, has been named director of the Worcester (Mass.) Public Library.  His previous experience includes serving as executive director of the New Haven Free Public Library, director of professional development for the Ohio Library Council and service manager of the Columbus, Ohio, Metropolitan Library.

March 2014

SLIS alumnus Kenneth Cochrane, M.L.I.S. '13, is the assistant director of the library at the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

CCI alumnus Darin Freeburg, Ph.D. ’13, has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science in Columbia, S.C. He will be teaching information literacy and researching the variables involved in delivery and reception of messages as information products. Through his research and service, he will participate in the school’s state-wide effort to improve low-literacy among children and adults. Freeburg was the first student to graduate from the College of Communication and Information’s interdisciplinary doctoral program.

SLIS alumna Nicole Hollon, M.L.I.S. '11, is the Document Management Coordinator at Phillips Edison & Company in Austin, Texas.

SLIS alumna Rachel Merrick, M.L.I.S. '10, is the content development librarian at the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

SLIS alumnus Thomas Moosbrugger, M.L.I.S. '10, is the reference librarian at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

February 2014

School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) alumna Holly Camino, M.L.S. ’96, was chosen as one of 10 winners of the 2013 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.

SLIS Alumna Robyn E. Vittek, M.L.I.S. ’02, has been named director of St. Clairsville Public Library. Vittek has spent the last 12 years at Akron-Summit County Public Library, most recently as Assistant Youth Services Coordinator. She has a B.A. from The Ohio State University, an M.S.Ed. from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and an M.L.I.S. from Kent State University. She was a 2010 American Library Association Emerging Leader, part of the 2012 Class of Library Leadership Ohio, and the 2013 Ohio Library Council (OLC) Convention and Expo Chair. She currently serves as Assistant Chair of the OLC Library Education Committee and on the State Library of Ohio's Take 5! Team.

SLIS alumnus Evan T. Struble, M.L.I.S. '04, was featured in Kent State's February 2014 Alumni newsletter. He appeared on Jeopardy on Dec. 13, 2013. While he didn’t come out on top in the game, Struble got to take home a $1,000 consolation prize, and he said the experience was well worth it.

January 2014

As Chairman of the Country Music Association Board of Directors, Ed Hardy is among the influential leaders in the ever-growing field of country music. A 1971 Kent State University graduate in General Speech, Hardy attributes his success in large part to his experience as a broadcast major under the guidance of John Weiser, Ph.D., former coordinator of the Radio-TV program, with sharing his expertise in broadcast media with other students.

SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., is co-author, with Joan S. Mitchell and SLIS alumna Maja Zumer, M.L.S. ’93, of “Modeling Classification Systems in Multicultural and Multilingual Contexts,” published in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly. 52(1): 90-101.

An article by SLIS alumna Laura Barry, M.L.I.S. ‘12, has been published in The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum. The article, titled “Authority and the Museum: A Framework of Questions,” is based on a presentation Barry delivered at the Inclusive Museum Conference in Denmark (April 2013).

SLIS alumnus Benjamin Reid, M.L.I.S. ‘09, has been named director of the Huron Public Library, Huron, Ohio, effective Jan. 2, 2014. Most recently he served as director of Rose Memorial Library in Stony Point, N.Y., where he had previously been Youth and Adult Services Librarian.

SLIS alumnus Kevin Steinbach, M.L.I.S. ’13, has been hired as the archivist for Dawes Arboretum in Newark, Ohio.

SLIS alumna Sara Daniels-Witchel, M.L.I.S., ’12, was recently promoted from a Visitor Services Associate to Studio Programs Coordinator at the Toledo Museum of Art.

SLIS alumna Carol Tuttle, M.L.I.S. ’13, was recently promoted to Head of Adult Services/Asst. Manager at the Chardon branch of the Geauga County Public Library System in Chardon, Ohio.

SLIS alumnus Mat Wilson, M.L.I.S. ’04, of Montgomery, Texas, is branch manager at C.B. Stewart West Branch Library of the Montgomery County Memorial Library System.

November 2013

SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., is coauthor of a paper titled “From modelling to visualization of topic relationships in classification schemes,” which her coauthors (Rebecca Green, assistant editor, Dewey Decimal Classification, OCLC; Diane Vizine-Goetz, research scientist, OCLC; and SLIS alumna Maja Žumer, M.L.S. ’93, professor of information science, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia) presented at the International UDC Seminar on Classification & Visualization: Interfaces to Knowledge in the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in The Hague, Oct. 24 and 25, 2013.

VCD alumna Aimee Crane was featured in NASA’s agency-wide magazine for her graphic design work on the Orion Spacecraft project. Her project was to “design engaging, interactive trade show exhibit items that were cost-effective to duplicate center wide, easy to transport and easy to set up. Technology, such as QR codes, was used to maximize NASA's messaging and leverage technology. Targeted to a Gen Y audience, the exhibit stimulated exhibit traffic by engaging visitors with multi-dimensional, hands on activities and build awareness of NASA's human space flight program,” according to the project profile on the Alphaport website.

A paper by SLIS alumna Kristen Hallows, M.L.I.S. ’12, titled "It's All Enumerative: Reconsidering Library of Congress Classification in United States Law Libraries" was the winner of the 2013 AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Awards (Student Division). In addition, it will be published in Law Library Journal winter 2014 issue. Hallows resides in Columbus and works as a research librarian for Bricker & Eckler LLP.

SLIS alumna JoAnna Schofield, M.L.I.S. ’12, of Stow, has accepted an appointment as a member of the 2015 (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award Committee. Shofield works as a librarian for Akron-Summit County Public Library.

October 2013

Anthropologie, a popular modern clothing, home and accessories store, recently started selling hand screen printed dishtowels from Little Korboose, a design and illustration shop run by School of Visual Communication Design alumna April Nemeth.

September 2013

The School of Communication Studies will host “How to make a college degree translate into a productive career” presented by alumnus Gerald (Gerry) Sargent, M.A. ‘72, at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 in the FirstEnergy Auditorium in Franklin Hall.

August 2013

School of Visual Communication and Design (VCD) alumni Andrew Schwanbeck and Miranda Hall opened Big Press Little Press, a letterpress printing shop in Cranberry, Pa.

Maria Fazio, alumna of the School of Communication Studies, accepted a full-time position, created specifically for her, as a patient and family satisfaction coordinator at Legacy Health Services after graduating with her master’s degree in health communication in May 2013.

VCD alumna Penina Acayo recently accepted a position with Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. She is a research associate in Visual Communication Design. She will maintain an active research portfolio, teach and help manage some of the facilities.

Phillip Pastore, alumnus of the School of Visual Communication Design, created AMPERGRAM, a website which allows people to create typographic compositions using Instagram photos.