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Successful Graduates

Katrina Christine Kardys ’10 is a junior graphic designer/ production artist at Groove Commerce.

Shaun Tilghman ’09
is the news editor for the North Manchester New-Journal.

Sara Kerkhoff ’03 Rundell is an editor of Harvard University’s Law Review.

Her minor in journalism landed Rebecca Pendergrass '12 an internship with Panoramic Corporation in Fort Wayne, a company that manufactures dental X-ray machines, and she was hired immediately after graduation to handle its marketing and public relations. She credits her Manchester English professors, who “really had an impact on my writing skills,” and a Public Relations course for instilling in her good organizational skills.

Katrina Christine Kardys '10 majored in English Literature and sang in the A Cappella Choir while at Manchester, and went on to grad school to earn a master of arts in publications design from the University of Baltimore. She is employed by Groove Commerce in Baltimore, Md., as a junior graphic designer/production artist.

Shaun Tilghman '09 played football and wrote for The Oak Leaves, Manchester’s student-run newspaper while in college. He was hired as a feature writer at a local newspaper after graduation, and is now the news editor for the North Manchester News-Journal. A story about the owners of local donut shop and their escape to the U.S.A. during the Cambodian Civil War won him second place in the Features Category of the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists’ 33rd annual “Best in Indiana Journalism” contest.

Jaren Schroeder '06 graduated with a master's degree in rhetoric and composition and currently teaches writing courses as an adjunct at IPFW and ITT-Technical Institute in Fort Wayne. 

Becky Barrett '05 Williams is a copywriter for ShindigZ, a prom- and party-supply company that has been in effect since 1926. She was the editor of the Monitor, formerly one of North Manchester's weekly newspapers.

Aaron Cook '05 has been a staff writer for the Monitor, formerly one of North Manchester's weekly newspapers.

Forest Etsler '05 is teaching English as a second language in South Korea, where he works at a boys' school. He received a Fulbright Scholarship to South Korea in 2005.

Rachelle Grimm '05 teaches English at White's Residential and Family Services in Wabash, Ind.

Krzystof Kardaszewicz '05 is teaching English as a second language in China.

Kendra Koch '04 helped establish a women's shelter in Fort Wayne, Ind. Currently, she works for an environmental agency in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Heather Barto '03 lives in North Carolina, where she teaches English as a second language at the high school level.

Sara Kerkhoff '03 Rundell received a Fulbright Scholarship to study literature by women in Morocco. Upon her return to the U.S., she became Manchester's first graduate to be admitted to Harvard University's Law School. She is an editor of The Harvard Law Review.

Brittan Frey '03 Bright developed a love for the internet and digital marketing after graduation and gained experience with a number of companies on her way to work as a search engine optimization (SEO) specialist for iAcquire, a digital marketing company in New York, N.Y. She says her major in English and Journalism minor at Manchester have directly benefitted her career in this field. “Although many in this industry are technical, writing is an incredibly valuable skill due to the importance of content to a successful online marketing strategy,” she says. In her role in the SEO community, she also contributes to industry blogs and presents at conferences.

Jonathan Artley '99 went to work as a reporter for a Goshen, Ind., newspaper immediately after graduation. He moved to the Pacific Northwest, where he worked for Americorp. Currently, he is working for an environmental firm in Phoenix, Ariz.

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