Alumni News

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Some Alumni Highlights:

Class of 2012

Ashley Miller: Urban Teacher Center, Masters in Special Education Lesley College

Tara Lucas, Sales Associate at Chessie Sales Group, Inc. Marketing and Advertising industry, Baltimore, MD

Malarie Novotny: BoatUS Foundation as their Project Administrator. graphic design and technical support

Christina Caringi, Associate Director of Development for Susquehanna Health Foundation

Kelly-Lynne Russell, Social Media Strategist at Laureate Education in Harbor East (Baltimore).

Jessica Manzo, project manager at Indigo Ink in Columbia, MD.

Stephanie Mavronis—Producer at The Marc Steiner Show, WEAA. Baltimore, MD. Won an Undergraduate Research Award to make a documentary film about indigenous filmmakers in Bolivia. She presented the film at URCAD 2012. Her research paper on the cultural and technological challenges of this process was accepted for publication in the UMBC Review for 2013.

Martha Rusk, pursuing a Master’s in English Composition at San Francisco State University.

Ela Locke, Pursuing a Master’s in Media Management at the SI Newhouse Graduate School of Communications at Syracuse University. Instructional Associate Syracuse University Co-teach the undergraduate class, Multimedia Storytelling. Teach students how to use Final Cut Pro X and Photoshop in editing labs.

Kathryn Moorby, Corporate Sales Coordinator at UMBC Athletics

Courtney Perdue received a Discovery Communications Fellowship (a full scholarship from Discovery Communications for Graduate study. He is pursuing a Master’s in Communication at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University).

Class of 2011

Afiaa Alwazir working in Saudi Arabia an assistant director to some short films, commercials, and at times,a production assistant to some Photoshop, social media marketing/consulting

Dana Gullard- Marketing Assistant, Maryland Science Center.

Liz Lebedda, Marketing Specialist at Jobspring Partners, Fairfax, Virginia Staffing and Recruiting

Amber Spry, pursuing her Ph.D in political science at Columbia University.

Julie Ouedraogo— Got her Master’s in Media Studies, The New School, NY; Started her own company JournalisticK Media: freelance journalism, photography and video services. Sub-company includes Shot2TheHead, offering professional headshots, portraiture and event photography

Maria Satyshur, Marketing Coordinator at DLR Marketing, Towson MD

Amanda Gable, Associate Performance Analyst at Brown Advisory

Elizabeth Chong, Public Relations, Marketing and Event Management Maroon PR. Ashley Spoerl, Graphic Designer at Xerox (GDO) Global Document Outsourcing

Class of 2010

Madeline Smith Assistant Editor at On the Case with Paula Zahn

Eddie Chen Freelance social media marketing/consulting

Alexis Bell, Marketing Coordinator at Gateway Capitol Financial- An Office of MetLife

Lauren Conley—City Year and then Special Education Teacher at DC Public Schools.

Class of 2009

Matthew Morgal, Webmaster at Medical Device Depot, September 2010 to May 2012 · M.S. Professional Writing ·Professional Writing · Technical Writing and Information Design · Towson, Maryland

Tanupreet Suri, Patient Services Coordinator, Sports Physical Therapy of New York In 2013, Pursuing Masters of Science in Mental Health at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus.

Class of 2008

Tal Levitas, Producer Monday Wednesday Friday (web program); freelance TV and Film producer.


Alumni Priofiles

What Goes Around, Comes Around: Interviewing Dakota

Started as a student and ended as Staff, Dakota talks MCS

By: Rae Daniel I had the wonderful opportunity of interviewing my co-worker and former UMBC MCS student Dakota Boodhoo. While attending UMBC, Dakota was able to get an internship at a BCPL...

Posted: May 24, 2023, 5:15 PM

Graham Whaples, UMBC Alumni ‘19

By: Sophia Blackwell  Photo Credit: Ashley Harper Cottrell Meet Graham Whaples,  a UMBC Alumni, ‘19, MCS & American Studies, as he talks about his fond memories at UMBC as an Athletics...

Posted: May 24, 2023, 5:05 PM

Alumni Spotlight: Chloe Love Obispo, ‘22

By: Louna Temsah  Photo Credit: Chloe Love Obispo  Meet Chloe! A UMBC MCS and softball alumni. Chloe discusses new career opportunities and her current roles after graduation.   Could you...

Posted: May 24, 2023, 4:59 PM

Alumni Spotlight: Ashton Greenwood, ‘17

Ashton talks marketing jobs and Diamond Comic Distributors

By: Spencer Derrenberger Photo Credit: William Greenwood Meet Ashton Greenwood, an MCS alum from the class of 2016. During her time at UMBC, she worked on UMBC’s Bartleby Creative Arts...

Posted: May 23, 2023, 6:04 PM

Alumni Profile: Joey Scalise

Joey talks about how MCS follows him after graduating UMBC

By: Rae Daniel Photo Credit: Joey Scalise  Alumni and good friend of mine, Joey Scalise started his UMBC career in 2017. He graduated in 2021 and has since taken various topics he learned in...

Posted: May 23, 2023, 5:41 PM

Alumni Profile: Bradley Ingram

The Experience of Working In Public Relations

By: Ajel Balan Photo Credit: Cassie Semyon One of the many benefits of being a Media and Communication Studies major is the diversity of careers you can choose from. From being a copywriter...

Posted: May 1, 2023, 3:34 PM

A Conversation with MCS Alum Mitch Case

By: Alexandra Hulett Photo Credit: Caleb Miller In this interview, Alexandra Hulett speaks with Mitch Case, a MCS alum from the class of 2011. In our conversation, we discuss his experiences at...

Posted: April 7, 2023, 1:03 PM

Alumni Spotlight: Michael Berardi, ‘19

Michael Berardi Talks MCS and His Business, OCA Mocha

By: Ben Magder Photo Credit: Marlayna Demond Meet Michael Berardi: a UMBC graduate from the class of 2019. He is the current General Manager for OCA Mocha: a coffee shop five minutes from...

Posted: March 16, 2023, 4:47 PM

MCS Spotlight: Alumni Amanda Ly, 20

Read about Amanda’s incredible entrepreneurial endeavors

By: Ava Sekowski Photo Credit: Amanda Ly Meet MCS alum, Amanda Ly.  Amanda Ly graduated from UMBC in 2020 with a Media and Communication Studies degree and a minor in Entrepreneurship and...

Posted: February 23, 2023, 10:33 AM

Alumni Profile: Ryan Gordon

MCS alum Ryan Gordon on his career in sports broadcasting!

By: Sophia Possidente Photo Credit: Max Scheide Ryan Gordon graduated from UMBC’s Media and Communication Studies program in 2016. Now, he works as a producer for Overtime Elite, a...

Posted: February 23, 2023, 10:09 AM