Editor, University of Dayton Magazine
University of Dayton
Matthew Dewald is editor of University of Dayton Magazine, which, along with its predecessor, University of Dayton Quarterly, has been a regular winner of national and regional CASE awards for writing, design and publication excellence. He is also director of the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop, which honors the legacy of one of UD's best-known graduates by encouraging beginning and seasoned writers with the advice Erma received from one of her professors: "You can write."
University of Texas at San Antonio
Lety Laurel is the editor of Sombrilla, the magazine for the University of Texas at San Antonio. In its relatively short life, Sombrilla has been recognized for excellence in writing, design and photography and has become the flagship publication for the university.
In addition to editing the magazine, Laurel also serves as managing editor for the Office of University Marketing, overseeing various university print and web publications. Prior to joining UTSA, she worked as a reporter at the San Antonio Express-News and the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.
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Sarah Vowell is the New York Times' bestselling author of six nonfiction books on American history and culture. By examining the connections between the American past and present, she offers personal, often humorous accounts of everything from presidents and their assassins to colonial religious fanatics, as well as thoughts on American Indians, utopian dreamers, pop music and the odd cranky cartographer.
Vowell's most recent book, Unfamiliar Fishes (2011) is the intriguing history of our 50th state, Hawaii, annexed in 1898. Replete with a cast of beguiling and often tragic characters, including an overthrown Hawaiian queen, whalers, missionaries, sugar barons, Teddy Roosevelt and assorted con men, Unfamiliar Fishes is another history lesson in Americana as only Vowell can tell it—with brainy wit and droll humor.
Vowell was a contributing editor for Public Radio International's "This American Life" from 1996-2008, where she produced numerous commentaries and documentaries and toured the country in many of the program's live shows. She was one of the original contributors to McSweeney's, also participating in many of the quarterly's readings and shows. She has been a columnist for Salon.com, Time and San Francisco Weekly and continues to write occasional essays for the opinion page of The New York Times.
Vowell has made numerous appearances on "The Late Show with David Letterman," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." She is the voice of teen superhero Violet Parr in Brad Bird's Academy Award-winning The Incredibles, a Pixar Animation Studios film.
Vowell is the president of the board of 826NYC, a nonprofit tutoring and writing center for students aged 6-18 in Brooklyn.
Riley Endowed Chair in Journalism
Thomas French, a Pulitzer prize-winning reporter, worked for three decades at the St. Petersburg Times. In 1998, he was awarded the Pulitzer prize for feature writing for Angels & Demons, a series that chronicled the murder of an Ohio woman and her two teenage daughters while they vacationed in Tampa Bay. One of his other projects, South of Heaven, followed a year in the life of a Florida high school and was expanded into a book. His most recent project, Zoo Story, explored life and death among the species at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. A book version has just been published by Hyperion.
French is a Writing Fellow at the Poynter Institute and has led reporting workshops in newsrooms and at conferences around the world, from Singapore to Johannesburg to Helsinki. He now teaches journalism fulltime at his alma mater, Indiana University.
A native of Seattle, Mike Luckovich graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in political science. He got his start as a cartoonist at the New Orleans Times-Picayune in 1984. Luckovich joined the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1989. His work is syndicated in 150 newspapers, and he holds the distinction of being the most frequently reprinted cartoonist in Newsweek, 15 years running. He is distributed nationally by Creators Syndicate.
Luckovich’s many awards include the 1995 and 2006 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, and the 2006 Rueben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year. He has published two books of cartoons, most recently Four More Wars in 2006.
San Antonio Express-News
Michael Quintanilla is a senior features writer (fashion, pop culture, anything he can get away with) for the S.A. Life lifestyle section of the San Antonio Express-News and Trends magazine that is produced for South Texas.
His work is regularly shared (under the “shared content” Hearst arrangement) with the Houston Chronicle and the San Francisco Chronicle, both Hearst-owned newspapers as well as with the Hearst’s wire services and its other properties.
An award-winning journalist with a one-man show that has traveled around the world, Quintanilla is also well known for his human interest stories, profile writing and personal essays.
Before joining the E-N he was a feature and fashion writer for the Los Angeles Times where he began his career writing about Latino communities. He eventually moved into pop culture and fashion writing, covering the runways of the world (New York, London, Milan, Paris), Hollywood, the red carpet scene and worked the “Into the Night” party beat column chasing celebs around L.A.
His work was included in the Los Angeles Times Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1992 riots and again in 1994 for reporting on the Northridge Earthquake. He also was named both the Times and California’s feature writer of the year. He is the recipient of other numerous awards; more recently the Express-News named him its “Unsung Hero” for his community involvement on behalf of the newspaper.
He earned his journalism degree from San Antonio’s Trinity University. He worked at the El Paso Herald-Post, the Dallas Times-Herald and the Dallas Morning News.
Editor, Illinois State Alumni Magazine; Assistant Director, University Marketing and Communications
Illinois State University
Forget the silver spoon, Susan Blystone was born with a pen in her hand. It was no surprise when Blystone majored in communications and completed a master's degree in English studies/professional writing. Her career started in print journalism, primarily with The Pantagraph in Bloomington, Ill. She found her love for higher education there as the reporter on that beat for several years. She transitioned from newspapers in 1992, becoming the first PR/marketing person for Heartland Community College in Normal, Ill.
For the past 16 years, she has been at her alma mater, Illinois State University, where she serves as editor of Illinois State. She is the only full-time employee assigned to the quarterly publication that goes to approximately 160,000 alumni. Accolades for her work include selection as the 2008 recipient of Illinois State's Distinguished Service Award, which is the highest campus honor given professional staff. She is also a past recipient of a CASE Circle of Excellence Bronze Medal for Tabloid and Newsletter Publishing Improvement awarded for the first redesign of Illinois State from tabloid to magazine format.
Bernard Davisson II
Vice President for University Advancement, Frostburg State University
Executive Director, FSU Foundation
Bernard J. Davisson, II is the vice president for university advancement at Frostburg State University and executive director of the FSU Foundation, Inc. He oversees the university’s fundraising, alumni relations, publications and media relations programs, as well as FSU’s public radio station, WFWM. Davisson led the efforts associated with the successful "Staking Our Claim, the Campaign for Frostburg." In his capacity as vice president, he serves as an ex-officio member of the University System of Maryland Foundation Board of Directors.
Davisson is a member of the Cumberland Rotary Club, vice president of the Garrett Performing Arts Center Board, a director of the Garrett Memorial Hospital Foundation, a board member for Maryland Life Magazine, and a member of the Board of Directors of the WEPCO Credit Union.
He earned his bacehlor's degree in sociology from Frostburg State University and a master's degree in higher education administration from The Ohio State University.
Graphic Designer, Emory Creative Group
Erica Endicott is the art director for Emory University's flagship publication, Emory Magazine, and also for Public Health Magazine, which won a Grand Gold award in CASE District III in 2010. She has been a staff designer with Emory Creative Group for four years, designing a range of publications and websites for the university. Previously she served as graphic designer and webmaster for Atlanta International School.
Endicott is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She is a former game-show contestant, cross-stitcher and foe of the serial comma. Find her on twitter @ericaendicott.
Editor, Faith & Leadership
Duke Divinity School
Sally Hicks is the editor of Faith & Leadership, an online magazine published by Duke Divinity School.
Faith & Leadership, and its companion blog Call & Response, offers content and resources to enliven the imagination of Christian institutional leaders. It is the communications arm of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, which is funded by a $14 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. The site promotes the educational and institutional mission of that initiative.
In her capacity as editor, Hicks was part of the team that created and launched Faith & Leadership, then oversaw its growth from a startup to a mature publication with 20,000 monthly visitors. The magazine's content draws on multiple disciplines and appears in a variety of formats, including feature articles, Q&As, videos, reflections and sermons. New magazine content is posted each Tuesday. The blog, which features guest posts and a news roundup called News & Ideas, offers new content five days a week.
Faith & Leadership has won a number of awards, including the CASE Circle of Excellence Bronze for excellence in web magazines in 2011. Before becoming editor of Faith & Leadership, Hicks worked for six years in the Duke Office of News & Communications. She also worked for 16 years as a reporter, editor and editorial writer at newspapers including Raleigh, N.C.'s News & Observer and the St. Petersburg Times.
Hicks has a master's degree in journalism from Indiana University and a bachelor's degree in classics and English literature from McGill University.
Associate Director, Photo/Video
Director of Communications
University of Georgia
Graphic Designer and Assistant Director, University Marketing and Communications
Illinois State University
A marketing junkie with a design degree from Illinois State University, Brian Huonker joined the university in 2002 and University Marketing and Communicationsin 2009. He honed his skills as an art director for a national business-to-business marketing agency that took on projects ranging from corporate identity and direct mail to websites, commercials and multimedia projects.
He is completing a master¹s degree in communications, emphasizing the communication preferences of the millennial generation. Beyond working on award-winning designs, he focuses on helping clients integrate new technologies into their media mix.
Executive Editor, Bostonia
Art Jahnke began his career as a journalist at The Real Paper, a Boston-based alternative weekly, where his beat ran from prostitution to the existence of God. At Boston magazine, where Jahnke was an investigative reporter and editor, he wrote about everything from Jamaican gangs to ancient Egyptian archeology. He also worked for several years at IDG, as web editorial director for CXO media, winning several national awards for website design and content.
In 2006, Jahnke returned to BU, where many years earlier he earned a master's degree in journalism. He has taught courses in writing and publishing at Suffolk University, Emerson College and Harvard Summer School. He is executive editor of BU Today and Bostonia magazine.
Editor, Middlebury Magazine
Matt Jennings is the editorial director in the communications office at Middlebury College, where he has edited the award-winning Middlebury Magazine since 2002. The son of a now-retired journalism professor, Matt conducts both editorial workshops at conferences around the country and on webinars via the series of tubes known as the internets. He also serves as an editorial consultant for higher ed magazines and communications offices. Prior to working at Middlebury, Matt directed an award-winning publications program at Sidwell Friends School, an independent school in Washington, D.C.
Johns Hopkins University
Dale Keiger is associate editor of Johns Hopkins Magazine, author of the popular UMagazinology blog, and a frequent presenter at the CASE Editors Forum. In his 19 years at Johns Hopkins, he has won 15 CASE Circle of Excellence awards for feature writing, including six gold medals.
Illinois State University
Mike Mahle's calling to seek a career in art, design and illustration was so loud it might as well have been a scream. Seeking to hone his natural talents, Mahle earned his bachelor's degree in graphic arts from Illinois State's mortal enemy, Bradley University. He worked in the Peoria design community before joining Illinois State in 2002, where he has won numerous design awards for the University's Office of Marketing and Communications.
He has worked across mediums of all sizes ranging from key chains to billboards, and layouts from single posters to full-length magazines. With more than 14 years of design experience, Mahle is best-known for his illustration talent-a skill kept sharp through a variety of personal and freelance projects. Having survived the redesign of Illinois State magazine with only minor scrapes and bruises, his experience with the redesign and serving as a creative brain on other publications gives him a unique vantage point on the ins and out of design.
Director of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
Liz Medcalf is the director of News and Media Services for Frostburg State University. She directs the university’s media relations and campus communications, coordinates the university advertising program and is editor of Profile, the Frostburg State University’s twice-yearly magazine and eNews, the quarterly alumni newsletter. She joined FSU in 1999.
Prior to joining the FSU staff, Medcalf was a reporter and editor for the Herald-Mail newspaper in Hagerstown, Md., serving as city editor, assistant city editor and assistant lifestyle editor, as well as a reporter covering Frederick County and education issues.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Roanoke College and is a member of the 1995-1996 class of Leadership Hagerstown. Medcalf volunteers with AFS Intercultural Programs, which brings high school students from all over the world to live and learn in local communities.
Senior Photography Coordinator, Photo/Video
Bryan Meltz is a documentary and portrait photographer based in Atlanta, Ga., and is currently the senior photography coordinator at Emory Photo/Video at Emory University.
REVIEW Santa Fe, the International Photography Awards, American Photo Images of the Year, and the Center for Fine Art Photography have recognized her documentary projects. In 2011, she was awarded a bronze award in CASE’s Circle of Excellence Awards Program in the Photographer of the Year category for her ongoing work in Haiti, featured in Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health Magazine. This work has since been published in the book AFTER: Images from Haiti. One hundred percent of the proceeds from book purchases will be donated to Georgia-based GIANT Global’s ongoing work in Haiti.
When not working on personal projects, Meltz ‘s work has been commissioned by Time magazine, Rolling Stone, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Hollywood Reporter, among others.
Meltz graduated with a degree in visual journalism from The Brooks Institute of Photography.
Managing Editor, OPEN Magazine and McCombs TODAY Blog
University of Texas at Austin
Tracy Mueller is the managing editor of OPEN, the magazine for the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. She is also managing editor of the McCombs TODAY online news site and manages the school's Twitter and Facebook communities.
Mueller has been at UT since 2005, having previously worked in the College of Liberal Arts. She is also a Texas alumna and holds a degree in public relations.
Teresa Valerio Parrot
Teresa Valerio Parrot is the principal at TVP Communications. Previously, she led Widmeyer Communications' higher education practice and was vice president of media relations and crisis communications for SimpsonScarborough, a higher education consulting firm.
Valerio Parrot draws on extensive experience designing and implementing strategic media and marketing efforts aimed at enhancing institutions' image, reputation and brand. She has conducted numerous communications analyses for colleges and universities, developed and launched multiaudience research projects and is experienced in communicating the tactics and techniques that drive effective media and marketing outreach efforts.
A prolific keynote and conference session presenter, Valerio Parrot has spoken on behalf of Academic Impressions, ACE Fellows, AGB national conference and online speaker series, AIMHO, AMA, AASCU, CAAE, CASE Online Speaker Series and Districts I and IV, CCCU, Higher Education Hero, NAGAP, NAPAHE, NASPA, RMACRAO and United Educators webinar series.
She counts almost ten years of experience with the University of Colorado System, including an officer-level appointment as assistant secretary of the university. In addition, she served the Boulder campus chancellor as director of donor relations during the university's successful $1 billion fundraising campaign and served as special assistant to the system president.
Valerio Parrot earned a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in environmental biology, and a master's degree in public administration with emphases in state and local government and nonprofit management, both from the University of Colorado.
Editor, Kenyon College Alumni Bulletin and Associate Vice President of College Relations and Public Affairs
Shawn Presley is the editor of the Kenyon College Alumni Bulletin and the associate vice president of college relations and public affairs in Gambier, Ohio, where he oversees everything from fancy-pants branding initiatives to the college phone book.
The Alumni Bulletin received the 2009 and 2011 Robert Sibley Magazine of the Year Award from CASE. Presley co-chaired the Editors Forum in 2010 and has worked in higher education for twenty-one years, including stints at the University of Iowa, Central College and the University of Missouri.
He is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
St. Edward’s University
As the creative director of the award-winning St. Edward's University marketing office, Rick Ramos drives the creative vision for all university marketing and communications vehicles, including St. Edward's University Magazine. He oversees a staff of seven that includes writers, designers and a photographer.
Ramos started his career as a graphic designer and webmaster at Concordia University in Austin. He left higher ed for 10 years, spending most of that time as the art director and senior designer for Rainmaker Systems, Inc., where his clients included Dell, Sony, Adobe and Verizon. He joined the St. Edward's team in 2008.
He earned his bachelor's degree in graphic design from the University of Texas at Austin.
Digital Executive Editor, University of Cincinnati Magazine
University of Cincinnati
Deb Rieselman is editor of University of Cincinnati Magazine, executive editor of the digital magazine and assistant director of public relations at UC. Prior to her 26 years there, she spent 10 years in community journalism, including three years as managing editor of three weekly newspapers. She is an Accredited Business Communicator who has earned 121 editorial awards, including a CASE Circle of Excellence award and an international Gold Quill from the International Association of Business Communicators. She judges national competitions, teaches workshops, presents at national conferences and leads retreats.
Director of Publications, and Editor of the Carleton College Voice
Teresa Scalzo has been a magazine editor for more than 23 years, including serving nine years as editor of Minnesota, the bimonthly magazine for the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, and 14 years as editor of the Carleton College Voice, the quarterly alumni magazine for Carleton College.
Named the Robert J. Sibley Magazine of the Year in 2001 by the editors of Newsweek, the Carleton College Voice has received numerous awards for its editorial content and design from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), University and College Designers Association, Folio and the Minnesota Magazine Publishers Association.
In addition, since 2001 Scalzo has served as Carleton's director of publications, supervising a staff of two designers, three writers and one production assistant. The publications staff produces approximately 400 publications each year for clients that include admissions, development, alumni affairs, Carleton's Art Gallery, athletics and others.
Scalzo has received CASE Circle of Excellence Grand Gold medals for her development of the admissions package and capital campaign case statement at Carleton College, and for her development and oversight of the Memorial Stadium Brick Project at the University of Minnesota.
St. Edward’s University
Frannie Schneider became the editor of St. Edward's University Magazine in July 2010. Before moving into her current role, she served as the director of marketing services for St. Edward's. Previously, she was the marketing and communications manager for Purdue University's Housing and Food Services division and an editor at MSP Communications, where she worked on a several publications, including Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.
She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in strategic communication from the University of Missouri at Columbia. She joined the St. Edward's University marketing team in 2007.
Editor, LMU Magazine
Loyola Marymount University
Joseph Wakelee-Lynch is editor of LMU Magazine at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. In 2009-10, he was part of a team who oversaw a redesign of LMU's university magazine that involved integrating a print magazine, its online counterpart and a version for the iPad, as well as a monthly electronic alumni newsletter. He has worked on university magazines since the mid-1990s and at LMU since 2006. He also has written book reviews and hosted a weekly radio show that featured interviews with writers. He had his first, and richest, taste of magazine celebrity when he appeared at age 10 in a photograph in Sports Illustrated.
Assistant Director, Editorial Services
Texas Christian University
Rick Waters is not the foremost authority on all things web or social media, yet Texas Christian University trusts him with the loaded weapons that are Facebook, Twitter and the website of The TCU Magazine. He’s a writer, editor and content coordinator by past experience and merely stumbled into the online and social media worlds by default. (Everyone else was too busy to do it.) Formerly at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, he has been the assistant editor of The TCU Magazine since 2001.
Mary Ruth Yoe
Executive Editor, University of Chicago Magazine
University of Chicago
Mary Ruth Yoe has spent her career in higher education communications. With a bachelor's degree in American studies from Washington College and a master's degree in literature from the University of Edinburgh, she has written admissions and alumni materials for Grinnell and Middlebury Colleges; has helped to edit award-winning alumni magazines (including the inaugural issue of the Washington College Magazine) for more than a dozen institutions; and has regularly written and taught on editing—including 19 or 20 years as an Editors Workshop leader at the CASE Summer Institute in Communications and Marketing.
At the University of Chicago, where she has worked since 1989, she is executive editor of the bimonthly University of Chicago Magazine, and, as executive editor of the alumni relations and development communications team, she also oversees the content of a variety of alumni and development communications.
One of her proudest possessions is her CASE Crystal Apple for teaching excellence.