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MFJS Alumni

Media, Film & Journalism Studies

Alumni

Our graduates pursue a variety of careers in media and communication and use their education, energies, and passions to make a positive difference in the world. Some of our alumni build fulfilling lives and careers right here in Colorado, while others follow their interests to different parts of the world. See what some of our alumni are doing today and find out what they loved most about our programs.

Alumni Profiles

Kathryn Robinson Kathryn Robinson Talks About Her Graduate Experience
Kathryn Robinson, MS in Strategic Communication, 2017
Communications Coordinator, Colorado Ski Country, USA
Kathryn is an environmentalist who loves the outdoors and she wanted to bring these passions into her professional career. A native of Florida, she moved to Denver to pursue a master's degree in Strategic Communication at the University of Denver. During her studies she was a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies. Kathryn graduated in June 2017 and now lives and works in Denver.  Find out more about Kathryn's time at DU

 

Geoff Renstrom, MA '11 Strategic Communications Alumnus Uses Degree to Found his own Public Relations Business
Geoff Renstrom, MS in Strategic Communication, 2011
Owner, Attune Public Relations
Geoff Renstrom moved to Denver from Boise, Idaho to earn a Master's in Strategic Communication from the University of Denver. He landed a job at a top brand consultancy while he was still a graduate student and continued to work in the agency world for eight years. Recently, Geoff has transitioned into a new professional role as owner of Attune Public Relations. In addition to being a versatile PR pro, he is a music buff, an enthusiastic brewer, and a dedicated husband and dad. Read about Geoff's experiences

 

Jane Johnson Strategic Communication Alumna Revolutionizes Healthy Lifestyles
Jane Johnson, MS in Strategic Communication, 2011
Communication & Engagement Leader for Whole Kids Foundation (WKF) and Whole Cities Foundation
"The University of Denver's MFJS school helps provide more than an education; they help students learn HOW to think and analyze the information that they seek. I was encouraged to fully be 'Jane' and pursue areas of studies that were so unique to me, without judgment and with full support." Find out more about Jane's work to help kids eat better

 

Wendy Lu McGill

International and Intercultural Communication Alumna Runs Colorado's First Edible Insect Farm
Wendy Lu McGill, MA in International & Intercultural Communication, 2012
Founder and CEO of Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch
"McGill is fascinated by the sustainablity of insect farming and the nutritional impact eating insects can have on people's diets. Crickets can provide much-needed protein, calcium, and iron to an ordinary diet." Read about Wendy Lu and the Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch

 

Hillary Frances

International and Intercultural Communication Alumna Seeks to Understand International Perspectives at Home
Hillary Frances, MA in International & Intercultural Communication, 2009
Instructional Dean of Adult Education and the Language Learning Center at Emily Griffith Technical College
"I realized that there is so much around us, just in our very own city, that is rich in variety and in diversity and culture and challenges my way of living and my way of thinking." Read more about Hillary's work with refugees and immigrants

 

Meghan SobelMeghan Sobel Wants to Combat Human Trafficking Through Research
Meghan Sobel, MA in International & Intercultural Communication, 2010 
Assistant Professor at Regis University
"Usually people that go to IIC have a passion for social change and a passion for the world and things happening in the world. They're not content just sitting back and letting things happen, they want to be part of it." Read about Meghan's career fighting human trafficking

 

Mark Gudmastad and interviewees for his film Film Makers Strive to Inspire Change in the World
Mark & Ericha Gudmastad, MA in International & Intercultural Communication,2009
Co­-founders, Voxturo Creative
"I feel fortunate to have been in a program where I learned hard skills, discovered how to navigate and better understand the complex and convoluted world of international development, and defined how and where I could contribute." Read about Mark and Ericha's documentary projects after graduation

 

Blake Foeman DU Athlete and Journalism Graduate Finds Success at ESPN
Blake Foeman, BA in Journalism, 2013
Emmy-Winning Producer at E:60
Foeman acquired many fundamental skills necessary for his day-to-day life at ESPN during his time at DU. Writing for The Clarion and working in the field for his production classes established a foundation that he still draws from whenever he puts together a script or feature. However, according to Foeman, the most valuable skill he learned at DU was patience. Read about Blake's two Emmy wins on ESPN's CollegeGameDay

 

Connor McGahey Journalism Grad is the Voice of the Denver Broncos
Connor McGahey, BA in Journalism, 2007
Public Address Announcer at the Denver Broncos
"It sounds so clichéd, but usually all you need is a chance." Read about Connor's path to the Broncos

 

 

 

Neave Schmitt Neave Schmitt Talks About Translating a Degree into a Career
Neave Schmitt, BA in Strategic Communication, 2014
Development & Special Events Coordinator at Bridges to Prosperity
"I'm using the skills I learned at DU to develop and implement social media strategy, and also media outreach. My job is to synthesize and communicate the results of our programs, the impact we're making in an understandable way." Find out more about Neave's work with Bridges to Prosperity

 

Megan Westervelt Megan Westervelt Uses Photojournalism to Educate about Cultural & Ecological Conservation in the Amazon
Megan Westervelt, BA in Journalism, 2010
Photojournalist
Megan's advice to current students is to follow your interests: explore passions that may lead you outside your department. "Never believe anything's impossible," she says, laughing. "I had never heard of anyone using a Fulbright for photojournalism, but they accepted my application. . . . Life places things in your path – you have to look for them." Find out more about Megan's work with Waorani communities in the Amazon.

 

Neela Eyunni Alumna Finds Success as an International Journalist
Neela Eyunni, BA in Journalism, 2008
News Anchor, China for China Central Television
"DU is a rare college where the sky really is the limit. The opportunities exist, so it's up to you to make the most of them." Find out about Neela's international career

 

 

Ellie Sue Schafer From DU to the White House: Ellie Sue Schafer Serves as Special Assistant to President Obama
Ellie Sue Schafer, BA in Strategic Communication, 1990
Former Director of the White House Visitors Program
"Be open to opportunities and don't set up your life with blinders because you may miss your true calling." Read more about Ellie Sue Schafer's work at the White House. 

 

 

Alumni in the News

  • Alumna Nicole Eldridge has been hired as a producer on the Ellen Degeneres Show.  
  • IIC alumna Carly Daelli ('04) is the current president of the Boulder County Bombers flat-track roller derby league. Find out more.  
  • IIC alumna Wendy Lu McGill's edible insect farm was featured in the news. Take a look
  • Alum Darian Brunetti (BA '15) created a short film that was accepted into the Toronto Film Festival. Watch "Sad Songs: A Tiny Lego Musical" here
  • Alumnus Joe Fries (BA '15) received a Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters award for one of his articles published in The Durango Herald. His article placed Second in the Sports Story category.
  • IIC alumna Samira Rajabi (MA '10) just completed her PhD at CU Boulder and has been named a PostDoctoral Fellow at the CARGC Center at Annenberg (University of Pennsylvania).
  • Mass Communications alumna Ellie Sue Schafer (BA '90), special assistant to President Barack Obama and director of the White House visitor's office, was named a Champion in the White House in OUT magazine's 100 most influential people/groups of 2016. Read More. 
  • Alumna Danielle Calhoun was featured in DivergeNow for her work with the LAGRANT Foundation. Read the article.