JMC Names 2015 Alumni Award Recipients

Award Ceremony and Reception, Oct. 2

JMC invites alumni, friends, and faculty as we recognize our 2015 William D. Taylor, Fast-Track, and Sharon Marquis Friend of JMC award recipients.


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.


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.


Gary Harwood

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

Franklin Hall

Please R.S.V.P to Darlene Contrucci at (330) 672-2623 or email

Homecoming Events

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

Photo caption: From left to right, Christine Plonsky, Danielle Wiggins, David Lawson and Gary Harwood



POSTED: Monday, September 21, 2015 - 4:20pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 3:03pm