Education & Social Sciences

Communication Studies - Student Success


Nicola Jones '15, served as an intern with Wells County Economic Development.

Hannah Schutter '14, is serving as the Student Life Program Assistant at Sacred Heart Schools in Chicago.

Chaz Bellman '13 of Elkhart, Ind., is vice president of operations for Motorede, an online/eBay company selling motorcycle parts and gear. 

Nathan Hodges ’10 completed his Doctorate in Communication Studies at the University of South Florida in 2016, and is now an assistant professor at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Tiffany Berkebile '10 of Bay City, Mich., received a master’s in communication studies at West Virginia University in spring 2012 and is enrolled in the MBA program at Saginaw Valley State University. She is an information management specialist for The Dow Chemical Company.  

Sam McFadden '08 of Fishers, Ind., is a contract specialist for General Services Administration. Sam serves on the Manchester Alumni Board of Directors. He is often seen working with current students by presenting in Communication Studies classes, at 101 Days to Graduation, and  in the #StresstoSuccess VIA event. 

Arienne Shambarger '07 Julianosenior account executive for Boyden & Youngblutt, an advertising agency in Fort Wayne, recently featured in Manchester Magazine.

Notable Alumni

Shawn Kobb '99 is a foreign service officer for the U.S. Department of State in Vienna, Austria. His first book, City of Ghosts: A Mystery in Vienna, was published in 2015.

Scott Sproat '91 - Executive Vice President and Co-Owner of the Fort Wayne Komet’s Ice Hockey Team.

Marcia Benjamin, '78 (Ph.D. Purdue University, 1933) arrived at Manchester in 1987 as an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and retired in 2010 as Professor Emeritus. Throughout her teaching career, she was the recipient of many grants and achievement awards. Three times she was named to the "Who's Who Among America's Teachers." She was one of the oldest surviving Cystic Fibrosis patients in the United States.

Donal Carbaugh '77 
is Professor of Communication, Samuel F. Conti Faculty Research Fellow, past Chair of the International Studies Council (2004-2010), and past Co-Chair of the Five College Committee on Native American Indian Studies (2003-2004). In 2007-2008, he was Distinguished Fulbright Professor and Bicentennial Chair of American Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He currently serves on about twenty editorial boards of national and international journals. His edited volume, "Cultural Communication and Intercultural Contact", received the National Communication Association's Award for Distinguished Scholarship in International and Intercultural Communication.

Stanley Deetz '70
 (Ph.D., Ohio University) is Professor Emeritus, a President's Teaching Scholar and a consultant regarding institutional change in the Center for STEM Learning at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is author/co-author of over 150 scholarly essays and several books. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar and is a National Communication Association Distinguished Scholar and an International Communication Association Past-President and Fellow. Currently, he serves as a safety culture consultant for the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Jo Young Switzer '69
 - As Manchester’s 14th President and first female president, Switzer led her alma mater to critical successes and exciting community collaborations, including a new four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy program on a new campus in Fort Wayne; over $108 million raised in the Students First! campaign; the opening of a $17 million Science Center, $8 million Union, $9 million Academic Center, and a $1.5 million classroom and locker room addition; the transition from college to university; and enhanced visibility of Manchester, including national recognition for its volunteer programs, workplace quality, three-year "Fast Forward" degree and affordable excellence.

Michael "Doc" Emrick '68 - Lead announcer for NHL national telecasts on NBC and NBC Sports – known as America's "voice of hockey” – he received the Vin Scully Award for lifetime achievement in 2015. In 2018, he won a fifth consecutive Sports Emmy Award for NHL national telecasts. It was his sixth win in eight years for Outstanding Sports Personality-Play by Play. Emrick has worked on 40 consecutive Stanley Cup playoffs, 18 Stanley Cup final series and 12 NHL All-Star Games. His coverage at the Olympics includes men’s and women’s ice hockey and water polo.

Paul Keller '35 (Ph.D. Northwestern University, 1955) spent the majority of his career at Manchester, where he taught communication and served as chair of the Communications Studies Department.He served as a conscientious objector in the Civilian Public Service Corps before coming to Manchester to teach. He was active in the National Communication Association and the International Communication Association. He co-authored a college textbook with Charles T. Brown, Monologue to Dialogue: An Exploration of Interpersonal Relations (1973, 2nd ed. 1979), and he contributed to many academic journals.