Alumni Spotlight

Graduates work in variety of fields

Franklin Clark is reporter for Cadiz Record

      Franklin Clark is a reporter for the Cadiz Record, a weekly paper in Trigg County near the Land Between the Lakes. He

                      Franklin Clark

covers city and county government, other general assignment stories and photography.

     Clark also does part of the actual layout of the paper and also uploads the stories to the web site,;

     Clark had some advice for students.

     “Take plenty of courses, and all the internships you can. Experience is the best way to learn about how it all works. And apply to plenty of papers or other media outlets.

     “I would definitely recommend starting out at a smaller newspaper. You'll quickly find out what aspect of the news you're best, and you can hone those skills for a larger newspaper. But don't get into this business for the money.”

     Clark is a 2004 graduate with a major in journalism and a minor in political science.


Geralds Named General Manager/Editor of Mount Vernon Democrat

      Angela Geralds is the general manager/editor of the Mount Vernon Democrat, Mount Vernon, Ind.

                Angie Geralds

      The Mount Vernon Democrat is a weekly newspaper with a circulation of 2,920.

      Geralds has served as editor at the Spencer County Journal Democrat, Rockport, Ind., also a Landmark newspaper, since 2006.

      She graduated from Campbellsville University in 1997 with a major in journalism and started as news editor of the Herald News in Edmonton, Ky. She was also a staff writer for the Commonwealth Journal in Somerset, Ky. and managing editor for the Times-Journal in Russell Springs, Ky.

      Landmark Community Newspapers, LLC publishes 56 paid newspapers in 13 states. Four are dailies, five triweeklies, six semiweeklies, and 41 weeklies. LCNI also publishes 41 free newspapers and shoppers, 29 special-interest publications, and operates 16 web offset commercial printing plants. Landmark Sports Group, started in 1997, operates seven nationally circulated collegiate sports publications.

      Landmark Community Newspapers, LLC is a division of Landmark Media Enterprises, LLC, a privately held media company based in Norfolk, VA with coast-to-coast interests in newspapers, specialty publications, and TV broadcasting.


Hensley is marking assistant for manufacturing company

     Heather (Campbell) Hensley is a sales/marketing assistant for Wholesale Hardwood Interiors, Inc. (WHI) located in Campbellsville, Ky. She is a 2007 graduate of the Campbellsville University Mass Communication Department, with a degree in communications, emphasis in public relations.

     WHI manufactures interior trim products, solid wood doors, millwork and sells stair parts and other specialty millwork. She works closely with the sales team and aids them in marketing strategies throughout the year.

     Hensley works in a variety of areas, from maintaining marketing inventory to running sales numbers each month and creating sales reports. She said what she most enjoys is not always knowing what she’s going to do next.

     “I have daily tasks that keep me busy and need to be accomplished, but in the field of sales, especially in this current economical state, we have to be prepared for anything,” she said.

     She said she has also learned a great deal in the field of design.

     “Since I have been here, I have updated one of our catalogs and I am currently working on creating a brand new catalog showcasing our doors,” Hensley said. “It has been challenging but I have really enjoyed this learning process and feel I am more equipped for the future.”

     Hensley said if she could stress anything to current or prospective students in the communication field, it would be to make good contacts with the people you meet and utilize your internships.

     “I attribute where I am today to the internships I held while in college,” she said. “Sometimes, you just have to get out there and network with people in the business to make yourself known and you will gain more opportunities than you ever thought possible.” She said the internships taught her what she enjoyed doing and sometimes what she didn’t enjoy doing, and it helped her as she was job searching.

     “Internships can be the best teaching tool you ever receive and the professors at CU will definitely tell you the same thing,” she said.

     Hensley had internships in public relations at Clark Memorial Hospital, the Louisville Zoo Marketing and Public Relations Department and for two summers worked as an intern for councilman Robin Engel, district 22 for Louisville Metro Government.

     Hensley stressed that the great thing about the field of communications is that it prepares you for more than just one specific type of job. She said through her time at CU she learned there are a number of jobs in a number of fields where you can use the skills you learn in communications curriculum.

     “It’s versatile, and for someone who loves change and a challenge of something new all the time, I knew it was for me!” she said.

     Hensley said she wouldn’t have had the opportunities she did without the help of the Mass Communication Department at CU.

     “They were such an encouragement to me,” she said.

     Hensley was not originally a communications major, until she began working for the communications department on campus with Joan McKinney, she said.

     “Before I was even a student, I felt encouragement from people in the communications department on campus and knew it was where I was supposed to be,” she said.

     She said the professors shared their experiences with the students to help them learn in more than just a classroom setting and challenged them to do more than just come to class and do our homework. They used real life examples and activities to prepare us for what the students would encounter upon entering the job force, she said.

     “I still keep in contact with many of them [the professors] in the department and continue to ask questions when I need guidance,” Hensley said. “It was truly a great experience and now I can’t imagine doing anything else.”


Pendygraft is senior marketing and PR specialist for Clark Memorial

Lynne Pendygraft, a native of Sellersburg, Ind. and a 1996 graduate of the Campbellsville University’s Mass Communication

              Lynne Pendygraft

Department, has been the senior marketing and public relations specialist at Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville, Ind.,since 1999.

      As the senior marketing and public relations specialist, she is responsible for overseeing service lines and products the hospital uses and develops its marketing plans, long-range planning and events.

      Pendygraft was named to Louisville’s Business First 2007 “ Forty Under 40” list in June 2007.

      Business First is a weekly news magazine that focuses on business news in Louisville and southern Indiana. Each year, the magazine recognizes 40 professionals under the age of 40 based on their accomplishments in their field of work as well as their contributions to their community.

      To be eligible for the award, a recipient must be nominated by an individual who was previously named on the list. Pendygraft was nominated by a co-worker.

      This is not the only award she has received. While at Clark Memorial, Pendygraft and her team members have been recognized for their planned events, public relations campaigns and print projects both locally and nationally. One of the team’s most notable events is an annual Health and Car Show, which encourages men to participate in the various free screenings and educates them on common diseases that affect men.

      Pendygraft also dedicates many hours toward her community. She volunteers for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Clark County, Ind., serves on the state council for Relay for Life and is a member of the Mid-South Division Training Team.
Her involvement on this team has allowed her to utilize her education in communication even more.

      “This enables me to travel throughout the seven state division facilitating training sessions on best practices with the American Cancer Society,” Pendygraft said.

     Pendygraft received her bachelor of science in psychology and communication from Campbellsville University, and credits the Mass Communication Department of CU for successfully preparing her for a career in communication.


Kelly is vice president for development at Campbellsville University

     Benji Kelly, a 1995 graduate with a major in mass communication with an emphasis in journalism, is the vice president for development at Campbellsville University.

                             Benji Kelly

     Much of Kelly’s time in college was spent playing basketball. In 2005, he earned his MBA from CU as well.
After graduation, Kelly returned home to Murray, Ky., to work on the family farm. When he and his fiancé decided to get married, he returned to CU where she was attending school.

     Kelly first got a job with CU as an admissions councilor in 1999.

     “From there I worked my way up,” said Kelly.

     He became the assistant director of admissions. Then in 2003 he was made director of alumni. After three years, he became the director of planned giving. In the summer of 2007, he took the position of vice president for development.

     “I use several of the communication skills taught in the courses in college in my position today,” said Kelly, “mostly one-on-one communication and personal skills.”

     As vice president of development, Kelly travels a lot around the country meeting with financial donors to work out funding for their needs and wants with the university.

     “I sit down and meet with people face to face about how they want to invest their money into the university,” Kelly said.
Kelly also contributes to the newsletter published and mailed to alumni by the Office of Development.

Lobb is director of annual giving at Campbellsville University

     Faun Lobb is arguably one of the most recognizable faces on campus. Some know her from her work in the Admissions Office as the admissions counselor for Taylor and surrounding counties; others know her as an active alumnus of CU.

Faun Lobb

     Whatever her position, she is best known as someone who is passionate and involved in Campbellsville University.

      “Some of the advantages (of working for the college from which she graduated) are that I know the ins and outs and I have personal experience with the university,” Lobb said.

     Personal experience is definitely an understatement when it comes to Lobb. She graduated from CU with a bachelor of science in mass communication with an emphasis in journalism and has also completed her master’s in business administration.
Lobb is working in the Office of Development as the director of annual giving. This position is linked with the communication information for fundraising and donations for Campbellsville University.

     Lobb has some advice for students currently studying Mass Communication.

     “Get a solid internship,” Lobb said. “It is a good idea to have an internship off and on campus because some businesses would like to be aware of the work you have completed off campus and this also looks favorable when you are applying for a job.”

     Among her many achievements, Lobb said her biggest accomplishment is to be able to stand on her own and be an independent, successful career woman. She believes she has reaped the true benefits of her work and has been able to help many people along the way.

Clark is alumni director at Campbellsville University

     Professor. Lady Tiger Tennis Coach. Special Events Coordinator. Assistant Director of Communication. Alumni Director. These titles name a handful of jobs Shannon Thomas Clark has successfully held at Campbellsville University since graduating in 2002.

 Shannon Clark

      Clark graduated with a double major in political science and mass communication with an emphasis in journalism. She chose to come to Campbellsville University because she was very comfortable with the faculty and staff. She also received a tennis scholarship.

     Thomas said one of her greatest accomplishments since her graduation was coaching the tennis team to the tegional tournament during the 2006-2007 season for the first time in CU history. This was the first team to make it past the conference tournament since 1998, and she gives most of the credit to the team.

     Clark said she chose mass communication as a field of study for several reasons.

      “There are more job opportunities available in the mass communication field, and the faculty members had a down-to-earth type of teaching method that I loved,” Clark said.

     The mass communication field would be beneficial to any student, according to Clark.

     “When you major in communication, you learn how to handle yourself with diverse groups of people, and this helps when coaching,” Thomas said.

      Clark was promoted to alumni director in 2008. She said she is excited to join the office of development staff and reconnect with alumni and meet new ones as well.

      “Some of my goals for my new job are to have an interactive website where alumni can update us on places they have been and things they have accomplished,” Thomas said. “I want to continue what Benji (Kelly) started by increasing donations and finding more ways to link our alumni here in Campbellsville with CU.”

     Clark said she feels as if everyone at Campbellsville University is like family, and she is delighted to be a part of such a strong Christian atmosphere.