Alumni: 1970s

Staying in touch with old friends and professors also is a way to stay in touch with The Media School. Check out these Class Notes by era.


David Ashenfelter, BS’71, celebrated his first anniversary as public information officer for the U.S. District Court for Eastern Michigan in Detroit, following a 46-year news career at newspapers in Kokomo and Bloomington, Indiana, and Detroit. He won nearly 80 local, state and national newswriting awards over the years, including two Pulitzer Prizes: 1982 Public Service for The Detroit News, and 2009 Local News as part of a six-member reporting team at the Detroit Free Press. He retired from the Free Press in 2012. (October 2017)

Will Norton Jr., MA’71, is a professor and inaugural dean of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi. He was inducted into the Mississippi Press Association Hall of Fame in July 2017. Previously, he was dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. (August 2017)

Richard Gotshall, BA’72, retired from the Daily Journal in Franklin in January. He has been named a torch bearer for the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay. (August 2016)

Vernon Williams, BA’73, is assistant to the chancellor for communications at IUPUI. Williams is a weekly columnist for The Crusader Newspaper Group, focusing on social issues, human interest, entertainment and profile pieces. He has served as president of Seventh Son Media Inc. and as a communication and community engagement strategist for IUPUI. Williams is a past executive board member of the Indianapolis Association of Black Journalists. (January 2019) 

Jim Bright, BA’74, has spent much of the year traveling in his role as Rotary International’s Southern Indiana district governor. At a recent meeting in Bloomington, he was honored with copy of The Century of Service signed by Rotarians and friends in six countries and 10 states. (August 2016)

Craig Haffner, BA’74, is a Tony Award-nominated Broadway producer and Emmy Award-winning television writer and producer. He partnered with Hal Luftig, producer of Kinky Boots and Legally Blonde, to develop and produce musicals and plays for Broadway. Among the projects is a revival of Children of a Lesser God for the 2017-18 season and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil for the 2018-19 season. Haffner is also a partner and producer at Grand Canal Film & Theatre Works and Creepy Studios.

He has served on the board of directors for many civic and professional organizations, including The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles Police Department Historical Society and the National Endowment for the Humanities. (December 2017)

Eric Hughes, BA’74, lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, Priscilla, near their two grown sons. He is mostly retired after starting and running two software businesses and working for Charles Schwab and Wells Fargo. His passion is in software usability, and he has worked on many projects for financial services and higher education clients. He also plays guitar and has produced three bluegrass and country-rock albums. (February 2017)

Karen Cherie Cogane, BA’76, released her first book, Poodles of Park Avenue, in 2015 with Tate Publishing. She appeared on “Nutmeg TV” on the Studio 411 show, hosted by Larry Dasilva, to discuss the inspiration for her book. Cogane previously was a faculty member at Yeshiva University, teaching ballet and jazz dance for 22 years. (September 2016)

Mary Beth Godsey, BA’76, was elected 2018-19 national secretary for Delta Theta Tau, a national non-collegiate philanthropic sorority, at the national convention in Knoxville, Tennessee. She works as a purchasing representative at the Indiana Memorial Union. (November 2018)

Donald Winslow, ’76, has been named to the National Press Photographers Foundation board of directors. Winslow is managing editor of content for the Amarillo Globe-News and AGN Media in Amarillo, Texas. He previously served as the editor of News Photographer magazine for the National Press Photographers Association for 13 years. (March 2017)

William (Bill) Gilmer, BA’77, retired from WPHM AM 1380. He served as news director and broadcaster. (August 2017)

Michael Greenspon, BA’77, is a production supervisor and 12:05AM Productions, which produces Jimmy Kimmel Live. He has produced numerous other movies and television series, including Who’s the Boss? and Married with Children. (October 2017)

Connie Terwilliger, MS’77, is an award-winning producer, writer and voice talent. Her career in visual media began during graduate school at IU, producing, directing and hosting shows for WTIU. Terwilliger went on to become the first female director at a San Diego network television station in 1977 and later the first female booth announcer in San Diego.

Through the mid-’80s, Terwilliger worked as voiceover talent in San Diego. During this time, she produced and co-produced multiple Emmy Awards ceremonies. Terwilliger has served on the boards of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, which has since merged with the Screen Actors Guild, and the International Television Association, which became the Media Communication Association-International. In 2017, she was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Pacific Southwest Silver Circle for more than 25 years of significant contributions to television in the area.

She taught a voiceover class at San Diego City College for 18 years and now teaches small workshops and offers private coaching. She focuses her voiceover work on commercials, corporate marketing, training and in-store announcements. Terwilliger also writes and produces as time permits. (December 2017)

Tim Applegate, BA’78, is the author of three poetry collections plus the novel Fever Tree. His second novel, Flamingo Lane, will be released in December 2018. Tim lives with his wife in western Oregon, at the foothills of the coastal range. (July 2018)

Brian Trauring, BA’78, is the vice president of news, marketing and content development for Lilly Broadcasting. Trauring formerly served as news director for WTVG, Toledo, Ohio for 16 years. In 2016, he was inducted into the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Hall of Fame.

Patricia Gibson, BA’79, is associate administrator for the Office of Communications and Public Liaison of the U.S. Small Business Administration. As associate administrator, Gibson will develop and execute the SBA’s communication strategy, including a new marketing plan to improve how the agency communicates with stakeholders. (August 2017)

Kent Lowry, BA’79, retired from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel after 35 years at the company, the last 20 of them as the editor for national and international news. (March 2017)

Tara (Carroll) McKee, BS’79, is a sales manager at WMAQ-TV in Chicago. (January 2017)

Jeffrey Molter, BAJ’79, is director of communications at the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center at New York University Langone Medical Center. He previously served as director of media and public relations at the American Association for Cancer Research in Philadelphia. Molter has received awards from many peer organizations, including the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Public Relations Society of America, the International Association of Business Communicators, PR Week, the Publicity Club of Chicago and PR News. (August 2017)

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