Three Journalism Alumni Dared to Dream

By: Andrea Larson (@andrea_larson_)

Where Titans Dare to Dream, this year’s homecoming theme, is more than fitting for the accomplished alumni being recognized tonight at the 2013 Alumni Awards Dinner. Ten UW Oshkosh graduates dared to dream and are now on a path to having a large impact in their professions. We are happy to announce that three of the honorees are journalism alumni: Jeff Griffith, Shane Arman and Kate Briquelet.

“The Department of Journalism is proud to have so many wonderful alumni making significant contributions to the profession,” Mike Cowling, chair of the journalism department, said. “Over the years, the department has had more majors recognized by the University Alumni Association as Outstanding Young Alumni Award or Distinguished Alumni Award winners than any other department on campus.”

Jeff GriffithJeff Griffith is receiving a Distinguished Alumni Award, the Alumni Association’s highest honor. It is hard to fit everything Griffith has accomplished in only a few short paragraphs because he has achieved an incredibly creative career in advertising.

While a student, Griffith was a Journalism major with an advertising emphasis, and a minor in Radio/TV/Film. He also was involved in Reeve Union Board, UW Oshkosh Ad Club, and the Advance-Titan. Griffith’s passion was advertising, and once he graduated, he landed jobs in ad agencies all over the country.

His first job was with Milic Valemi Park and Gabriel in Honolulu, Hawaii. He landed other jobs within the advertising world working for Babbit & Reiman in Atlanta, Hal Riney & Partners in New York and many other freelance opportunities. Griffith even co-founded an ad agency, JUGULAR Advertising, before he made the switch to publishing. He now serves as the Creative Director of Men’s Health at Rodale Publishing. What an honor it is to have Griffith as one of our Journalism Alumni.

Take a look at what Jeff has to say about his career and other experiences in this interview with UW Oshkosh Career Services.

Shane Arman

Shane Arman is receiving his second award after being named the Young PR Professional of the Year this spring. At the alumni awards dinner, Arman will be receiving the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

After graduating in 2010 with a Journalism major, Arman became an associate in consumer and sports marketing at Burson-Marsteller in Chicago. Arman started at the agency as an intern, and impressed his employers who offered him a full-time job after college.

While a student at UW Oshkosh, Arman received his degree with an emphasis in public relations, and a business administration minor. He was the president of Reeve Union Board and the vice president of UWO’s chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America.

See what other things Shane has accomplished by reading this article.

Kate Briquelet

Kate Briguelet is receiving the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

After graduating in 2008, she moved to New York and earned a master’s in journalism at New York University. Briguelet has accomplished her dream and is currently writing for the New York Post as an enterprise reporter for the Sunday Edition.

Briquelet was very involved while attending Oshkosh. She worked for the Advance-Titan, where she earned a position as a features editor; she was involved in the Society of Professional Journalists and the journalism honors society, Kappa Tau Alpha. On top of her school activities, she was a freelance writer for the Oshkosh Magazine and worked as a copy editor at the Oshkosh Northwestern.

After graduation, Briquelet worked for the Business Traveler where she traveled the world to cover airline and luxury hotel openings and edited copy for the monthly national magazine. She also worked as an intern at City Hall News.

To read more about Kate’s success check out this article from UW Oshkosh Today.

“We as faculty try to provide a solid foundation from which our graduates can build successful careers. They become great ambassadors for the department and the university,” Cowling said.

See what happens when you challenge yourself to think big and follow your dreams? You, too, may be receiving an award some day.

The Alumni Awards Dinner will be held beginning at 5 p.m. tonight in Reeve Memorial Union Ballroom.


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