Phillip Mumma, BJ ’63, MA ’64

Phillip Mumma, BJ ’63, MA ’64, died Sept. 24, 2013, in Concord, Calif. After retirement from his post as associate director of the Oakland (Calif.) Museum, Mumma had a second career as owner/instructor at the Sorcerer Softball Academy. The teams he personally coached won three American Softball Association national titles. Hundreds of young women who … Continued

Drew Babb, BJ ’68, MA ’70

Drew Babb, BJ ’68, MA ’70, recently created a one-man show called “The 100 Greatest TV Spots of All Time.” An award-winning advertising creative director, Babb developed the program for film, business and journalism schools. It has also been shown at museums and film festivals.

Bill Eppridge, BJ ’60

Bill Eppridge, BJ ’60, died Oct. 3, 2013. He received the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism in 2009. Eppridge delivered the alumni speaker’s address at the School’s 2005 May commencement. A staff photographer with Sports Illustrated, his work has been exhibited around the world and has appeared in numerous publications including National … Continued

Eric Odendahl, PhD ’66

Eric Odendahl, PhD ’66, is the author of “The Peeping Tom Murders of Cobre,” published on Kindle. The description reads: “As inquisitive as Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Skinny Maxwell and his friend, Bennie Jack Hawkins, peep at a naked woman in a dilapidated trailer just as her husband arrives and shoots her, only to … Continued

Alice S. Handelman, BJ ’65

Alice S. Handelman, BJ ’65, an award-winning writer and photographer, was recently lauded for 30 years of active membership in National Federation of Press Women. She was honored Aug. 22 at the 2013 NFPW national conference at the Marriott City Center in Salt Lake City. Handelman served as publicity chair of Missouri Professional Communicators, the … Continued

Richard Nash Thien, BJ ’63

Richard “Dick” Nash Thien, BJ ’63, a longtime newspaper editor who worked in several states and coached countless young journalists, died Aug. 23, 2013. He was a founding editor of USA Today and a coach in the Chips Quinn Scholar program for young minority journalists.

Mary Ann McCauley, BJ ’69

Mary Ann McCauley, BJ ’69, president of Catalyst Communications Inc. in Chanhassen, Minn., has been named an IABC Fellow by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). The highest honor the association bestows on a member, the IABC Fellow designation is awarded to communication professionals for exceptional leadership and service to IABC. McCauley founded her … Continued

Paul Welsh, BJ ’68

Paul Welsh, BJ ’68, is the author and publisher of “The St. Bernard Principle. Why Specialists are the Alpha Dogs in Business.”

Steve Kopcha

By Chrissy Sarcone In summer 1959, his parents dropped him off in Columbia, Mo. He had one suitcase. No lamp, stereo or computer. Steve Kopcha was the first in his family to go to college. He didn’t know what he was going to do with his life. Maybe law school, he thought. One day, he … Continued

Nancy Jones, PhD ’67

Nancy Jones, PhD ’67, recently received the Service to Journalism Award for contributions to the field of journalism at the annual Golden Quills Awards banquet in Pittsburgh. During her career, she wrote for the Daily Press in Newport News, Va.; the Miami Herald; and the Associated Press in Louisville, Ky. She also taught journalism at … Continued