Ryan Owens, BJ ’09

Ryan Owens, BJ ’09, recently was hired as a senior information specialist for the University of Missouri College of Engineering.

Karen L. Miller, MA ’07

Karen L. Miller, MA ’07 (media management), completed the Donald W. Reynolds business professors’ seminar at the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. Miller was selected as one of 14 fellows for the prestigious business journalism educators’ program. She teaches at Alvernia University in Reading, Pa.

Gina Ventura Tarte, BJ ’06

Gina Ventura Tarte, BJ ’06, has been named the director of communications for the Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University in St. Louis.

Scott Ward, BJ ’04

Scott Ward, BJ ’04, started in late August 2013 as the website/media relations coordinator for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League. Prior to his new position, Ward was director of creative services for the University of Northern Colorado’s department of athletics.

Marya Lucas, MA ’08

Marya Lucas, MA ’08, has written a children’s book, Jack Chaps, Dog Detective: The Curious Case of the Cow and the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 (ages 5 and up). It features whimsical photographs of little dog Jack Chaps with Chicago landmarks and people as he searches for clues to solve the mystery of the … Continued

Robert Hurtt, BJ ’02

Robert Hurtt, BJ ’02, has joined the business litigation group at the Husch Blackwell law firm. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2013. While there, he served as Notes & Comments editor for the Saint Louis University Law Journal, and he received four academic excellence awards … Continued

Adam Wisneski, BJ ’07

Adam Wisneski, BJ ’07, is the creative director for HardPin, a production company. Most recently, he worked on the Obama for America re-election campaign as a cinematographer, editor and producer. Wisneski personally traveled with President Obama’s road team and helped capture the intimate behind-the-scenes shots of the campaign trail.

Rajah Maples, MA ’03

Rajah Maples, MA ’03, earned a third-place award for spot news coverage in the Iowa Broadcast News Association’s 2012 News Excellence Contest. Maples received her award at the association’s spring convention on April 20. Maples works as an anchor‚ multi-media journalist and producer for KHQA‚ an ABC and CBS affiliate in Quincy. The station also … Continued

Jeff Sonderman, BJ ’04

Jeff Sonderman, BJ ’04, has joined The American Press Institute in Arlington, Va., as deputy director. Sonderman was most recently the digital media fellow at The Poynter Institute. He previously worked as the managing editor of TBD.com, a digital news operation in Washington, D.C. As deputy director, Sonderman will explore how digital technology can be … Continued