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Webster University School of Communications Alumni News (SCAN) is published by the School of Communications.

The blog's purpose is to connect all Webster University School of Communications alumni with the school and with each other. We hope to facilitate these connections by reporting on new programs, initiatives, facilities and by sharing the challenges and successes of alumni as they establish themselves in their chosen professions.

 

Leah Latham wins Golden Globe for Best Animated FeatureCongratulations to SOC alumna Leah Latham and her team at Walt Disney Animation Studios for winning the Golden Globe Award for the Best Animated Film, Frozen. To read more and to play the trailer to Frozen...

 

Radhika RaiRadhika Rai is a foodie who moved to Delhi from New York City after having worked at various agencies for six years.  Although she imagined being in the agency business for a long time, she saw growth potential in moving in a slightly different direction.  Radhika says she was interested in pursuing a position in a startup environment when she discovered an opportunity at Zomato, an online restaurant and nightlife guide with the most comprehensive information on restaurants, bars, cafes, and nightclubs across eight countries including India, UK, UAE, New Zealand, South Africa, Philippines, Qatar, and South Africa. Continue reading...

Jessica ButlerFrom blogs to television shows, Jessica Butler (Media Communications '04) is making an impact in Hollywood and using her talents to entertain and educate. She recently received one of five Webster University Alumni Awards. The awards are given to graduates who have made an impact at Webster, their careers and the world. Butler has certainly made an impact in Hollywood. To read more...


Jen LeydenJen Leyden
(Media Communications 2002) is the brain behind Socially Jen, a social media, personal assistance, and virtual assistance agency that helps non-profit organizations and small businesses with their marketing and administrative needs, sans the big-agency price. To read more...



Andy JamesYou might have known him as Andy Alton. He studied Film Production and Media Communications. Minored in Theatre.  Graduated in May of last year. Today, he is known as Andy James, agented Screen Actor's Guild-American Federation Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) member, and producer and distributor of a weekly comedic podcast called “Daddio Patio.” He is also a Whiskey Bootlegger on HBO's Boardwalk Empire. To read more...


Janaye WilliamsJanaye Williams
, Broadcast Journalism '10, is on her way back to St. Louis to join KSDK, where she will be a producer on weekend nights.  Prior to that, Janaye was working as a producer at WSOC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has worked at KMOV and interned at KTVI as well. Janaye tells us she always knew she wanted to be a TV producer, and over the past two years she's adopted the personal motto, “Expect the Unexpected.” To read more...


Michael Kera at Federal ReserveDuring the semester before graduation, Michael Kera interned with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He now has a career as an Associate Producer – at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis! We asked Michael how he got from here to there.  Michael says he'd known he wanted to work in corporate video after doing some freelance work for an insurance agency after high school. “[So] everything I did from the time I got to Webster led me to that goal.  To read more...


Amy Spalding
Amy Spalding, graduated in December 2004 with a B.A. in Advertising & Marketing Communications. Today, she is a Digital Media Planner at S. Callan Advertising in Los Angeles, California.  She is also the author of The Reece Malcolm List (Entangled Teen, 2013) and the forthcoming Ink is Thicker Than Water (Entangled Teen, 2013). Plus—as if having two careers isn't impressive enough—in her free time, Amy performs improv around Los Angeles, at UCBTLA, iO West, and in multiple indie shows. To read more...

Max ReidMaximilian Reid, '11 is an LA-based filmmaker. He is also an intellectual—a multifaceted, creative thinker, a man of many skills, and an all-around remarkable person. A year and a half ago, a recently graduated Max moved to LA, where he says he was happy to work on set for free in order to begin gaining experience and building his résumé. Now, Max says the tricky part, “is knowing when to say, ‘No thank you.'” Max advises anyone interested in a similar career path to “Spend your time deliberately and your money wisely.” In the film industry, the route to success often starts as a production assistant. To read more...


Stan PiekarskiStan Piekarski graduated with a BA in Media Communications in 1990.  He is now a Sound Designer at Visiontracks, Inc., a St. Louis-based, full-service multimedia production company specializing in video/audio production, multimedia programming, live events, web design, media marketing, e-Learning, and interactive video training. Stan also gives back to Webster by partnering with the Center for Portfolio Development & Internships to host School of Communications student interns. We asked Stan to give us a better idea what it is that he does, To read more...

Ashley Vandedrink imageChelsea VandeDrink, graduate of the department of Audio Aesthetics and Technology, has recorded Philip Glass' important new work “Cello Concerto No. 2, Naqoyqatsi” with cellist Matt Haimovitz. This newly released recording is now being featured on iTunes. It is Chelsea's fifth CD for the Cincinnati SymphonyOrchestra, where she is the recording engineer. To read more...


Ashley Lam with beardAshley Lam graduated in May 2011 with a BA in Photography. Now, she lives and works in Hollywood, where she freelances as a Production Assistant. She's worked on an variety of exciting projects already, including the game show Oh Sit!; the 2012 Burt Reynolds film, How Sweet It Is; and the TV series, Through the Wormhole, with Morgan Freeman.  We asked Ashley in what ways Hollywood has been exactly what she expected and in what ways it has been completely different. “Hollywood has actually surprised me,” she says, To read more...

 

 

 

 

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