JMC Names 2015 Alumni Award Recipients
JMC invites alumni, friends, and faculty as we recognize our 2015 William D. Taylor, Fast-Track, and Sharon Marquis Friend of JMC award recipients.
WILLIAM D. TAYLOR AWARD WINNER
Christine Plonsky, ‘79
Christine is Director of Women’s Athletics at the University of Texas at Austin, a position she has held since 2001. She has been a leading figure in athletics for nearly four decades and demonstrates the versatility of a journalism degree. Christine is a former editor of the Daily Kent Stater, and graduated in 1979 as the “outstanding student in journalism” (magna cum laude) at Kent State. She lettered in basketball three years. She has received numerous awards throughout her career and is a former member of the National Association for College Marketing Administrators (NACMA) and was inducted into the NACMA Hall of Fame in 2003.
FAST-TRACK AWARD WINNERS
David Lawson, ’11
David is an Insights Strategist at Miner & Co. Studio in New York City where he specializes in qualitative research. An avid follower of all aspects of pop culture and technology, David had his eyes set on New York City upon graduation and started his career with Hill Holiday. Immediately prior to joining Miner & Co. Studio, David was at Tonic Insight conducting custom research projects and managing online communities across a range of clients and consumer categories. Not only has David had a stellar and laudable early career in advertising research, he also has been an active resource for other JMC graduates who move to New York City.
Danielle Wiggins, ’04 and ’09
Danielle has served as the traffic reporter for WKYC-TV in Cleveland since 2013. Previously, she held a variety of production and producing roles at Cleveland's CBS and ABC local affiliates. She received her start in the business as a paid intern for NPR's "All Things Considered" afternoon newsmagazine. Danielle is a two-time graduate of our program, earning a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and a master’s degree in media management.
SHARON MARQUIS FRIEND OF JMC RECIPIENT
A previous winner of the Friend of JMC Award, Gary’s work to help our students has been tremendous. Gary has worked as a photographer for 27 years and his work has earned numerous national, regional and local awards. His focus on storytelling fits so well with our mission as educators and his role as an instructor and mentor has made an extraordinary impact on JMC’s Photojournalism program.
Alumni Award Ceremony and Reception
Friday, Oct. 2
4:30 – 6 p.m.
First Energy Auditorium
Please R.S.V.P to Darlene Contrucci at (330) 672-2623 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Join JMC at the College of Communication and Information Homecoming Parade Hospitality Tent
Saturday, Oct. 3
10:30 a.m. – noon
Corner of Lincoln and Main Streets
JMC Homecoming Luncheon and Auction
Immediately following the Parade
Franklin Hall, First Floor Lobby
For more information on the alumni awards and past winners, please visit http://www.kent.edu/jmc/alumni-awards.
Photo caption: From left to right, Christine Plonsky, Danielle Wiggins, David Lawson and Gary Harwood