Every year, the UW Department of Communication honors outstanding alumni who are making a difference in their careers and out in their communities by inducting them into the Department’s Alumni Hall of Fame. Chair David Domke described this year’s group as an “amazing, inspiring set of inductees with fascinating experiences.” The ceremony will be held on Tuesday, October 15 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the University of Washington Club. RSVP here: http://bit.ly/18sNzja
Meet the new inductees:
Karen Bryant: B.A., 2002
Karen Bryant started her career in sports in 1996, as the director of operations for the American Basketball League’s Seattle Reign, where she later served as general manager. In 1999, she was recruited by the Seattle SuperSonics to lead the organization’s effort to secure a WNBA expansion franchise. In 2008, the Seattle Storm became an independent organization, upon the relocation of the SuperSonics. The same year, Bryant was named the Storm’s chief executive officer. Bryant is responsible for overseeing business and basketball operations for the organization, including long-term growth strategies and developing partnerships and initiatives focused on support for women and girls. With her leadership, Storm revenue has increased 162 percent. Under her leadership and guidance, the Storm won the WNBA championship in 2004 and 2010. In 2005, the Puget Sound Business Journal recognized her as one of their Women of Influence; in March of 2010, she was awarded the prestigious Health and Dignity Award by the Americans for UNFPA for her continued efforts toward elevating the status of women and advocacy for equality. Most recently, Bryant and the owners of the Seattle Storm were named Girl Scouts of America’s Women of Distinction. She was also honored as Seattle’s 2010 Sports Executive of the Year by the Seattle Sports Commission. Previously affiliated with King County Sexual Assault Resource Center and the Girl Scouts – Totem Council, Bryant is currently serving on the boards of the Seattle Sports Commission, the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County, and the Special Olympics of Washington.
Read more about Karen Bryant here and here.
Nancy Dick: M.C. Digital Media, 2008
Nancy Dick is the Dean of Instruction responsible for Design, Information Technology, and eLearning programs at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, WA. From 1998-2008, she developed and taught theory and technical design-related courses in the college’s Multimedia Design & Production program. Since 2009 she’s led the LWIT’s first baccalaureate program, the Bachelor of Technology in Applied Design (BTAD). This program enables A.A.S. graduates from a variety of disciplines such as digital design, gaming, video/web, mechanical/industrial design and architecture to continue with upper division study of design theory, process and strategy, project/team management, sustainability, and related topics. Students hone their technical and design skills by collaborating on real-world cross-disciplinary projects under faculty supervision. Graduates work at leading Northwest companies as designers, creative directors, and project managers. Nancy graduated from the Master of Communication in Digital Media (MCDM) program in 2008. She was drawn to the program because she wanted to more deeply understand how disruptive innovations were transforming the digital media industry. Her graduate work focused on how to assist faculty transition to computer-mediated instruction, as she leveraged her online classroom teaching experience. Prior to becoming dean she taught faculty-development courses in online instruction on her campus and for Washington’s State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC). She’s an Adobe Certified Instructor and Adobe Education Leader, and works with leading software companies on certification exam development. She’s interested in educational pathways for non-traditional students, with the goal of empowering Washingtonians to further their education, pursue career opportunities, and be well-informed citizens.
Read more about Nancy Dick.
Lou Gellermann: B.A., 1958
For decades, each UW football game-day looked the same. The siren sounded, fans rose to their feet and the voice of Lou Gellermann echoed throughout Husky Stadium. “Hello, Dawg Fans!” he’d cry out. “Hello, Lou!” they’d heartily reply and the game began. Gellermann spent the better part of his life at UW. Long before his 40-year stint as the P.A. announcer for Husky Stadium, he was a Communication student, a member of the men’s rowing team, as well as the men’s swim team. He grew up just blocks away from campus near the Metro Theater. Gellermann rowed for all four of his undergraduate years. In 1958, his team sadly lost the Moscow Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta in England; however the Soviets confidently invited them to compete again in front of their home crowd in Moscow, where the Huskies attained one of the greatest rowing victories in UW history. His first gig as an announcer was at Roosevelt High School. He landed a job as a press box announcer in 1964 at the U.S. Naval Academy. In 1968, he received his job of a lifetime when UW Sports Director John Reid offered him a position in the press box to announce the internal public address for football games and men’s and women’s basketball games. By 1985, he took over the external public address job and in 1995 dropped his basketball position to become the Husky football announcer full-time until his retirement in 2008. He is beloved by UW fans and has been a public ambassador for the university for five decades.
Read more about Lou Gellermann
Jack Gladstone: B.A., 1982
Gladstone is a Native PoetSinger and lecturer from the Blackfeet Indian Nation of Montana. Regarded as a cultural bridge builder, he delivers programs nationally on American Indian mythology and history. In a career spanning three decades, he has produced fifteen critically acclaimed CDs. In 1985, he co-founded Native America Speaks, an award-winning lecture series for Glacier National Park. He has taught at community colleges and been invited to lecture widely in university settings. He holds a Human Rights Award for Outstanding Community Service from Montana State University. Other honors include the American Indian Interpretation Association Award “Excellence in Interpretation of Native Culture” (1998) and the National Association of Campus Activities Hall of Fame Award for “Contributions to the Arts” (1995). Since 1997, Gladstone has collaborated with Lloyd Maines, Grammy winning producer of the Dixie Chicks. He was also a key tribal voice providing alternate perspectives of the Lewis and Clark expedition during the 2006 bicentennial commemoration. In 2004, Jack narrated the Telly award winning Lewis and Clark film Confluence of Time and Courage. In 2008, 2007, and 2006, Gladstone headlined programs at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indians in Washington D.C. In the fall of 2008, he travelled as Montana’s spokesperson and troubadour for the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree. In 2010 he released Native Anthropology, a landmark recording achievement in a career that has spanned almost three decades.
Read more about Jack Gladstone.
Gladstone will also be performing a special multimedia concert on campus the day after the Hall of Fame ceremony on October 16. RSVP here.
Alex Quade: B.A., 1992
Freelance war reporter Alex Quade covers U.S. Special Operations Forces on combat missions. She is the recipient of a national Edward R. Murrow Award, as well as the Congressional Medal Of Honor Society’s “Tex McCrary Award for Excellence in Journalism” for her war reportage. She has worked in television for Fox News and CNN. Quade embeds with elite combat units several months at a time, producing exclusive, long-form, special series, and documentaries. “Chinook Down” is her investigation into the Taliban surface-to-air missile shoot down of a U.S. Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan that killed all on board. Quade gathered material about the attack on the helicopter, obtained previously unreleased documents from the Pentagon and collected video from soldiers and pilots on the scene. The result of her work is a video special for The New York Times – At War website. She recently produced and directed a short documentary about Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan, “Horse Soldiers of 9/11,” that was shown in film festivals nationwide. Narrated by actor Gary Sinise, Quade’s film expands her original investigative reports for The Washington Times, CNN.com, and The Daily Caller. In Quade’s award-winning documentary, “Wounded Warriors” for CNN Presents, she was the first reporter to obtain unprecedented access to injured troops, premiering an exposé on the ravages of battle and the care given at every echelon in war zones. Today, military units include her piece in their pre-mission training, and the President’s Commission on Returning Veterans educates decision-makers and troop caregivers with viewings of the film. Quade serves on the Board of Military Reporters and Editors, the Association of Military Journalists, and has been embedded with every branch of the U.S. military.
Read more about Alex Quade here and here.
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