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by VidetteExtra

2010

Ryan Lajiness works for a new company called Instant Technology in the Loop. Ryan is a business development manager (outside sales rep) that sells IT services to clients which include Walgreens, Hospira and a handful of others. He resides in Lakeview.

Andrew Cross is an account director with Walker Sands Communications in Chicago, a marketing and PR firm for technology companies. In November 2012, Andrew married Christy Yessin, whom he met at ISU. They reside in La Grange Park. 

Amy McIntosh works as an assistant editor at Scranton Gillette Communications, a publisher of business-to-business magazines in Arlington Heights. She resides in Joliet. 

Tony Andracki is currently working at Comcast SportsNet Chicago as a web producer and Cubs blogger. Tony resides in St. Charles, but plans to move to the city this spring.

2011

Johnnie Lovett continues to work in Chicago with Commonground Marketing as a Strategic Planner. Over the past year, Johnnie reports that he has “been doing a ton with my agency and company Fresh Connection Brand as well.” His personal blog can be found at www.stayfreshonline.com

Nick Griffin is currently the graphic designer for Golf Gifts & Gallery in Powers Lake, Wisc., where he creates sports packaging for accessories. He reports that “most of the packaging I work on is for Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sports Authority, Golf Galaxy, Walmart and other stores around the U.S and Canada.” He is also a free-lance designer through nickgriffindesign.com. He resides in Libertyville. 

Adam Jun is free-lancing at 22nd Century Media and the Daily Herald covering high school sports in the Chicagoland area. Adam resides in Geneva. 

Lindy Paczak is a a copy editor at the American Veterinary Medical Association in Schaumburg, where she works on two scientific journals, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) and the American Journal of Veterinary Research (AJVR). Lindy lives in Hoffman Estates with her roommate, another former Videtter, Amy Schobinger.

Cassie Monroe says she uses the experience gained as a reporter for The Vidette as the communications associate for One Hope United, a non-profit organization serving low-income families in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and Florida. She is responsible for collecting information, updating marketing materials, working with local press and writing for the website and employee portal among many other duties. She resides in Oak Park. 

Kristen Wegrzyn has recently accepted a position as an assistant editor for Skin Inc. magazine, which is a part of Allured Business Media in Carol Stream. It’s a publication for day and medial spa and wellness industry professionals and provides information about spa business solutions, skin science, spa treatment trends, etc. Kristen resides in Plainfield.

After graduation, Amanda DiSilvestro moved to the San Diego area and began working as a full time writer for Business.com. She later accepted a position at Higher Visibility, a SEO consulting firm, where she manages a team of free-lance writers. She reports that she now has “a much more content-focused position than I did at Business.com.” Because she telecommutes, Amanda is able to travel extensively. She spent about five months abroad in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Indonesia, and eventually took a one-week trip to Asia where she got to see South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. She hopes to go to South America for a few months this summer.

Scott Gleeson is the colleges digital editor with USA TODAY Sports, where he covers NCAA basketball. He is looking forward to covering his first Final Four this spring after covering the Olympics this past summer. He occasionally works out of the USA TODAY Sports’ Los Angeles office and he also writes feature stories for Sports Weekly and SLAM Magazine. Scott has also run eight marathons and has plans to run more. He is writing his first book on fighting cancer/life’s adversity in memory of his late father. He resides in Centreville, Va., with his dog, Tebow.

Eli McVey is in the last semester at the University of Wisconsin, finishing up a master’s degree in consumer behavior.

Shortly after graduating, Jordan Cullen moved to San Francisco for an internship at Chen Design Associates, a graphic design studio specializing in print branding/identity, packaging, editorial design and illustration. Jordan was hired on as a designer after the internship and has been there for nearly two years.

In May Chad Cope will finish his master’s degree in spiritual formation from Lincoln Christian University. He plans to move to San Diego to launch a new church, where he will serve as the creative arts director.
Adam Carver works at Travelers Insurance in Naperville. He lives in Lisle and will get married on Sept. 1.

2012

After graduation, Alyssa Siegele found an “exciting corporate communications internship” at Discover, headquartered in Riverwoods. Despite having no previous experience in public relations, Alyssa said she gained plenty of writing, editing, and communication skills during her four years at The Vidette and, thus, “felt comfortable going into the new experience.” At the conclusion of the internship, Alyssa was hired in a full-time position. She reports that she spends most of her time writing press releases, working with media outlets all over the country, planning and executing events, and learning all that she can about PR. She resides in Palatine and is “enjoying a little slice of suburbia.”

Ashley Schrader currently resides in Normal and is still attending ISU as a graduate student, studying sports management. She will graduate with a master’s degree in May, 2014. Ashley is also working as a graduate assistant at Illinois Wesleyan as a sports information assistant. This summer she reports that she will be an intern with the Western & Southern Open, a professional tennis tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Ryan Delcourt moved to Madison, Wisc., to follow his “at the time” fiancé Mariana as she attended archeology graduate school at the University of Wisconsin. On Jan. 5 the couple was married. He currently works full time for Ace Hardware and assists with some marketing and design work. He says the couple hopes to move to Chicago this summer, after Mariana finishes school.

Alex Von Lugossy is working for Aerotek as a commercial recruiter in Rockford and has been with the company for nine months. She resides in Rockford.

Andy Steckling is currently work for GateHouse Media in Rockford as a copy editor and page designer for the company’s Design House, a consolidated design/copy desk that works on hundreds of papers across the company, including the Rockford Register Star, the Lincoln Courier, The (Springfield) State Journal-Register and the Freeport Journal-Standard. Design House also works on products across the country, as far west as Colorado and as far east as Connecticut. He resides in Prospect Heights. 

Since graduating in December, Erin Hogg moved to Jacksonville, Fla., and is a copy editor at MECLABS, which she says is the world’s largest independent marketing research lab.

Eric Barbour works at Progressive Impressions International in Bloomington as a junior account executive and project manager. He says “It has been going well and it’s provided great exposure/day-to-day experience to many functions within the company.” He resides in Morton.

Michael Stetzer works for Total Attorneys in Chicago as a junior SEO specialist. The firm provides legal marketing solutions for law firms. Michael is responsible for generating content for their websites, such as LawQA and Total Bankruptcy. He resides in Chicago.

Bryan Fekety works at CH Robinson Worldwide as a sales representative and living in Chicago in the Wrigleyville area.

Aida Giurgianu resides in Peoria, Ariz., and is pursuing an acting career and medical transcription editor certification so she can work from home and attend auditions. She booked her first official role as an actress in a student film called “Dash.”

Lauren Hickok is a technical recruiter at Medix Staffing Solutions and resides in Prospect Heights.

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