Fall 2016: 2010s


Anthony Lange, BS, Cleveland, Ohio, sports editor for the Chagrin Valley Times, won first place for sports coverage in the 2016 Hooper Awards contest announced during the annual Ohio Newspaper Association convention in Columbus. He previously took first place for both sports coverage and feature writing in 2014. His father, David Lange, BA ’75, Malvern, Ohio, editor emeritus for the Chagrin Valley Times, won first place for editorial writing in the 2016 Hooper contest—the 16th time that his editorials were judged best among Ohio’s weekly newspapers.

Keirston Swope, BGS, MLIS ’15, Louisville, Ohio, accepted a position in the adult and teen services department at the Louisville Public Library in October 2015.


Amy Alexy, MBA, Akron, Ohio, was promoted to vice president of global talent at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., where she has worked since 2011. She also serves on the board of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens and is the 2016 Goodyear United Way chairperson.

Simonne Ronk, MLIS, Dorchester Center, Mass., wrote: “I am employed as an archivist and professor of African American genealogy at the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute at Northeastern University and as generalist librarian at the Boston Public Library.”


Megan Gaffney, MEd, Hudson, Ohio, is the new assistant principal at Saint Joseph Academy, Cleveland, effective July 1, 2016.

Brittany Kinney, BBA, MSA ’13, Kent, Ohio, was promoted to supervisor by Walthall CPAs, a leading regional certified public accounting and business advisory firm.

Cassandra (Beck) Holloway BS '12 wedding party

Cassandra (Beck) Holloway, BS ’12, Willoughby, Ohio, married Adrian (“AJ”) Holloway, BA ’13, on August 29, 2015. Several Kent State grads were in the bridal party. Pictured (front row): Melissa Ludwig, BSN ’13, Emily Horwatt, Katie Taylor, Cassandra (Beck) Holloway, Gia Mauer, Rachael Lyons, BS ’12, Nicole Slat; (back row): Michael Richardson, BBA ’11, John Wheeler, Bob Peternel, AJ Holloway, Vince Hug, Zach Schleyer, Brian Zoeckler, BS ’12.


Alumni Association MemberTimothy Novotny, MA, Coos Bay, Ore., spent 25 years on the journalism side, in broadcast and print, but began putting his new public relations master’s degree to work as communications coordinator at Bay Area Hospital (Coos Bay, Ore.) in September 2015.


Carissa Klein, BBA, Canton, Ohio, is the new recruiting coordinator for Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A.

Stephanie Rex, MA, Pittsburgh, Pa., was hired as vice president of marketing, public relations and social media for Z Brand Group, an award-winning advertising and marketing agency located in downtown Pittsburgh.

Clayton Ruminski, MLIS, Hubbard, Ohio, wrote: “I will be releasing my first book, Iron Valley: The Transformation of the Iron Industry in Ohio’s Mahoning Valley, 1802-1913, with The Ohio State University Press in spring 2017. Also, I accepted an archives specialist position at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware, starting in April 2016.”

Kaila Unger, BBA, Lakewood, Ohio, joined as an associate at the Cleveland office of Walthall CPAs, a leading regional certified public accounting and business advisory firm.