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In late June ‘Miss River City’ Shannon Baucus competed in the Miss South Carolina ‪pageant. See Shannon’s contestant video here.

Alexa Chiarelli has recently launched a blog devoted to her love of following and reporting on sports called Alexa Paige's Page.

Erin Dempsey submitted a paper to the Mass Communication Division of the National Communication Association for possible presentation at the annual conference to be held in November 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa. Traditionally a division with a high-rejection rate; Erin's competitive paper was accepted for presentation by the division.

Wesli Jones has been hired by CNN to work as a Digital Video Production Assistant, in which capacity she will write and edit news content. Wesli will be working at CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta, GA.


Caroline Cothran is the director of social media and marketing at Triology Capital Group in Miami. She also provides social media, marketing and creative services on a contractual basis for Sassy Shortcake Boutique.

Annabel Jones (master’s in communication) is a digital communications specialist for Method Savvy, a data-driven marketing agency located in downtown Durham, NC.

Caroline Kenny is a digital editor for CNN Politics, based in Washington, DC. Caroline is graduating with her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University in August 2016.

In 2015 communication graduates Madison McGhee and Kara Cronin (class of 2014) launched The Lemon Stand, "a creative think tank that promotes positivity and happiness through digital content," writes co-founder Madison.

Tori Williams and Lindsey Burns (minor in communication), on launched an online magazine, Flawed & Fabulous. The magazine offers professional and personal advice for post-graduate women and provides content on fashion, dating, culture, and careers.


Erica Arbetter is digital director of the Committee on Ways and Means for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.

Kara Cronin co-launched The Lemon Stand with fellow communication graduate, Madison McGhee (class of 2015).

Chris Piedmont is now a senior account executive at Peppercomm. In June 2016, Chris, wrote in Fortune Magazine about his experience working at Peppercomm, named one of the “50 Best Workplaces for New College Grads.” Chris also came back to campus and delivered a keynote address and participated in an alumni advice panel for current students in April 2016 as part of the Department of Communication’s bi-annual Advisory Council Conference.

Joe Quinn owns and operates two Jimmy John’s restaurants in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Megan Severn is the special events coordinator for The ARK, Alzheimer’s Family Support Services, based in Summerville, SC.


In July, Brett Harker was named Furman University's baseball head coach. Prior to this promotion, Harker was pitching coach at Furman. As an undergraduate at CofC he was an All-American closer.

Tom McGee is a sales assistant in the Charleston offices of commercial real estate and investment firm CBRE Group, Inc., a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles.

Molly Moore is vice president of marketing at Ridge Media, LLC in Greenville, SC.

Ryan Sedmak is featured in the spring issue of College of Charleston Magazine. Sedmak is a trending producer for NowThis, a New York-based network created by one of the founders of Huffington Post. Read more about Sedmak’s post-College success as well as his best advice for current students looking to pursue work in TV in the "I Want Your Job: Associate Film and TV Producer" series.

Emily Claire White and David Piekut were married in May 2015 and live in Corpus Christi, Texas. Emily is the advocacy manager at Fight Colorectal Cancer.


Emily Jordan is an associate attorney with Turner Padget Graham & Laney, P.A. in Florence, SC. Emily earned her J.D. from the Charleston School of Law.

Gibbon Sizemore Miler and Dr. Bryan Ellis Ashley were married June 18, 2016 at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston. They live in Chapel Hill, N.C. Previously Gibbon worked at the College of Charleston as the Assistant Director, Economic Development, and now she works CT Corporation as a strategic account consultant.

Katreena Mitchell is the priority access supervisor at Emory Healthcare, Brain Health Center in Atlanta. Katreena earned her master’s in public health from Georgia Southern University.

Reggie Patterson is attending Clemson and pursuing an M.Ed in school counseling.

Claire Petroskey has joined the Charleston offices of Lou Hammond & Associates. The company provides services worldwide which encompass the following areas: brand development, corporate responsibility and public affairs, creative campaign development, crisis communications, digital media, marketing, media relations, reputation management, special events, and strategic planning. Claire is an account executive with a focus on luxury destinations, culinary, hospitality, lifestyle and resort clients. Her previous experience includes her work at the South Carolina Aquarium as the marketing program specialist. Additionally, Claire served as media coordinator and managed the marketing and community outreach efforts of Good Catch, the Aquarium’s sustainable seafood program.

Geoff Yost, partner and graphic designer at Annex Studio, LLC in Charleston, participated in an alumni advice panel for current students in April 2016 as part of the Department of Communication’s bi-annual Advisory Council Conference at the College of Charleston.


Hannah Nuccio has joined the Charleston offices of PR firm Lou Hammond & Associates. Hannah is an account supervisor specializing in arts and culture, technology and real estate development. Prior to her LH&A role, Hannah worked at, a subsidiary of, where she excelled in site merchandising strategy optimization.

Rachel Spagnolo is the newest addition to the Charleston-based communications firm, Rawle Murdy. Spagnolo is responsible for developing and maintaining client relations in her role as the new business and office operations coordinator. Prior to her new role, she lived in Spain and taught English as a second language. Her other experiences post-graduation include working for Michael Kors in the New York City offices as the executive assistant and legal coordinator to the General Counsel.

Alison Wilson, sales manager at Courtyard by Marriott Charleston-Historic District, participated in an alumni advice panel for current students in April 2016 as part of the Department of Communication’s bi-annual Advisory Council Conference at the College of Charleston.


Stephanie Kozersky is the alumni/development coordinator for the Medical University of South Carolina’s Department of Medicine.

Caroline Millard is working at Airbnb.

Alan Strozier is the director of sales and marketing at the North Charleston Marriott.


Chris Campbell was named to the class of 2016 Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame. “He played second base for the College of Charleston from 2004-07, and when he graduated, he ranked as the program’s all-time leader in games played (240), hits (355), doubles (79) and RBIs (290).”

Marquel Coaxum was named one of this year's Charleston Regional Business Journal's Forty Under 40. Marquel is an Air Force 2nd Lt. and works for the Town of Mount Pleasant as the multimedia coordinator. “Each year, the Business Journal and its partners recognize 40 individuals under 40 years of age who represent some of the highly engaged professionals living and working in the Charleston area. Nominees are independently judged by previous Forty Under 40 winners.”

Caroline Giles Pineau is the owner of the Yoga Tree, a yoga studio in Haverhill, Massachusetts.


Sara Didow has joined the team at Palmetto Primary Care Physicians (PPCP) in Summerville. After she earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication from the College of Charleston, Sara went on to receive two degrees from the Medical University of South Carolina. Sara works as a nurse practitioner and prior to this role she was a critical care registered nurse for several years.

Lauren Whiteside is the assistant director of alumni and campus engagement in the College’s annual giving office.


Aaryne Elias is the campus planning manager for the College of Charleston.

Graham Ervin is director of special events for The Cedar Room which is located in the Cigar Factory at 701 East Bay Street in Charleston.

Emily Leonard is an analyst of learning and organizational development at Ingevity, a performance chemicals and materials company based in North Charleston, SC.

Julian Simmons published a book for children titled, “The Writer’s Table.” The children’s book is a fantasy novel and it tells the story of a 10-year-old boy “who discovers he can travel into his own stories via his grandfather’s magical writing table.” Simmons says he has been composing short stories for more than 15 years, according to a recent article in Moultrie News. Read more about his new book at


Bernard Coaxum is the athletics specialist for the Town of Mt. Pleasant Recreation Department as well as the head coach of the boys' varsity basketball team at Palmetto Scholars Academy in North Charleston, SC.


Cuyler Applegate is a realtor with Applegate Real Estate. The business is in its third year and it does both residential and commercial real estate in Charleston.

Matt Bartolotta works in the aviation and aerospace industry and he is director of sales for inertial navigation systems and intregrated cockpit display systems at Sagem Avionics based in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Angharad Chester-Jones writes, “I am embarking on a new adventure and will be opening up a southern branch of a PR/Marketing/Communications firm based in Boston – Regan Communications/Charleston.” Angharad is director of public relations and marketing at Regan Communications – Charleston office.

In March, Laura Zagby-Dye of North Charleston, SC, received "a national award from the American Red Cross for her work with blood drive sponsors to organize events in the community." Laura accepted the Presidential Award for Excellence at the National Awards and Recognition Dinner hosted in Washington, DC.


Heather Richie is digital editor for Covey Rise Magazine, based in Alexander City, Alabama. Heather is a writer and her first book is due from LSU Press in 2017.

Peter DePasquale is Vice President of Communications and Corporate Affairs at Frontier Communications. The company provides services and technology products to residential and business customers, such as high speed broadband, advanced voice products, satellite video and personal online and data security solutions. Read more about his move here.


Lindsey Craft is general manager at Lola, a restaurant, bar and catering company in the Park Circle area of North Charleston.


Lucia McKelvey of Pacific Palisades, California, is the Executive Vice President of Top Rank Boxing. Lucia writes, Top Rank Boxing is the “global leader in boxing promotion and Manny Pacquiao’s deal agent – making all his corporate endorsement deals worldwide.” She adds, the “coolest thing about my job is I love doing it every single day!”


Kerry Brady-Stritch has double the good news to share and then some. Kerry and her family announce the birth of their twin boys, Declan Thomas and William Andrew on June 18, 2015. Additionally, Kerry has started a new job at Pernix Therapeutics as a pain sales specialist.


Stacey Houze Weldon was named to LaGrange College's Leadership Council, a service-oriented and advisory group. Stacey is vice president of Houze & Associates Inc. in LaGrange, Georgia. The company provides agent and brokerage services, and administers employee benefits for approximately 300 employer groups.