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Alumni Notes - Summer 2021

1970s

Walt Sprouse, BA, 1973, recently donated more than 10,000 feet of 16mm movie film to the Moving Image Research Collections of University Libraries. The film features rare sound movies from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. The MIRC is in the process of digitizing each frame to preserve the collection and make certain the images are available for multimedia students in the future.

1980s

Jeff Charney, BA, 1981, was named 2021 Brand CMO of the Year by Ad Age. Charney is chief marketing officer for Progressive.

Win McNamee, BA, 1985, received the White House Correspondents’ Association’s 2021 Award for Excellence in Presidential News Coverage by Visual Journalists. McNamee is chief photographer for Getty Images.

Lee Satterfield, BA, 1989, has been nominated by President Biden to serve as assistant secretary for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Satterfield is president and chief operating officer of Meridian International, a nonprofit diplomacy center.

Dwayne Sutton, BA, 1986, along with his daughter Lauren, a 2021 CIC graduate, launched Black Alumni Report. The website highlights the significant achievements of Black alumni from any school, undergraduate and graduate, in the United States. It is published by Parrish Street Press, a digital media company, for which he is the C.E.O.

1990s

Lorene Kennard, MLIS, 1999, is producing and hosting The Librarian Linkover podcast. Kennard’s guests highlight the array of skills that librarians use in leadership roles in libraries as well as how they use their degrees to work in other industries.

Kimberly Buckner Land, BA, 1998, was the recipient of the Faculty Excellence in Service Award in May. Land teaches marketing at UofSC Upstate. The award recognizes the faculty member who has demonstrated consistent excellence in service to their profession, the university and the community over the past five years.

Hobson Powell, BA, 1998, joined LinkedIn in Omaha in 2020 as senior director of global customer operations.

Beth Thomason, APR, BA, 1991, has joined FUEL in Greenville as public relations director. In this role, Thomason will oversee all public relations, including campaign strategy, media relations, issues management and media training, for the agency and its clients.

2000s

Jackie Alexander, BA, 2009, has been named president-elect of the College Media Association. Alexander is director of Student Media at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Sara Anders, BA, 2003, has joined Flock and Rally in Columbia as director of advertising. Anders previously worked as vice president, director of channel strategy at Chernoff Newman.

Brooks Hearn, BA, 2007, is the marketing and investor relations manager for Dorchester County Economic Development. In September 2020, she was named among the Best and Brightest 35 and Under by Charleston Business Magazine.

Jay Pou, BA, 2005, and Margaret Katherine Magner, MLIS, 2013, recently got engaged at the fountain in front of Thomas Cooper Library, where they met when they were co-workers. Pou is the director of student services for the history department at the university, and Magner is a public services librarian at South Carolina State Library.

Cedric Scott, BA, 2000, has been appointed director of corporate partnerships and member services at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History in Detroit, Michigan. The Wright has the world’s largest permanent collection of African-American culture and is one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to African-American history. Scott previously served as director of media and communications for Triumph Church.

2010s

Jonathan Battaglia, BA, 2012, has been named communications director of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, a labor union representing more than 600,000 workers in the airline, defense, aerospace, manufacturing and other industries across North America.

Megan Parrott Evans, BA, 2018, is in her second semester of the MLIS program at the iSchool and is a marketing coordinator at Midlands Technical College. She married 2017 College of Engineering and Computing alumnus Kendall Evans on Jan. 31. The two now reside in Chapin.

Chardonnay Ismail, BA, 2016, has been promoted to communications manager at the University of South Carolina Alumni Association. Ismail previously served as social media specialist.

Hannah Stuart Lathan, BA, 2012, earned a Master of Public Health with a specialization in Maternal, Child, Reproductive, and Sexual Health from the City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. She graduated summa cum laude, was named the 2021 Valedictorian and received the Dean’s Academic Achievement Award at commencement. She now works as a program manager for CUNY SPH’s vaccine literacy initiative, Convince USA.

Ashley McGee, BA, 2010, has joined the Post & Courier in Charleston as niche managing editor.

Stephanie Durso Mullin, BA, 2012, is creative director at Townsquare Media in Charlotte. Her co-authored thriller, The Family Tree, publishes in June. She and her co-author received a two-book publishing deal from the award-winning thriller imprint Avon Books with Harper Collins UK off of a Twitter pitch contest during the pandemic, and their books will be published both in the United Kingdom and the United States. The Family Tree will also be published in Holland.

Ron Stafford, MLIS, 2017, serves on PASCAL’s SLP steering committee as the two-year public and independent representative. He is also an at-large member of the Metrolina Library Association Board of Directors.

Anna Westbury, BA, 2012, has been promoted to director of communications in the University of South Carolina College of Education. She previously served as coordinator of special events and alumni relations.

2020s

Jane Borrelli, BA, 2020, has launched a small business, Shop Jane’s Picks, an online boutique.

Lauren Coffman, BA, 2020, was hired as a graduate public relations intern at Fleishman Hillard, one of the best public relations agencies in the country. After three months, she was promoted to assistant account executive on the Gatorade PR team, where she helps coordinate earned media efforts surrounding premier athletes and events in the sports industry.

Jack Landess, BA, 2020, has joined Digital Remedy’s New Orleans office as a full-time account manager. Landess will work across multiple accounts as both a media strategist and a client liaison, helping brands implement data-driven digital marketing campaigns using Digital Remedy’s proprietary software.


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