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Wednesday Jan 22, 2014


James Cooper (B.S., Accounting, 1984) was recently appointed to the board of the Gary-Chicago International Airport Authority by Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. Cooper is the vice president/account manager at JP Morgan Chase in Chicago.

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Wendel McCollum (M.S., Secondary Education, 2005) has been appointed principal of Michigan City High School.

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Alesia Pritchett (MBA, 1995) was recently appointed to the board of the Gary-Chicago International Airport Authority by Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. Pritchett is the director of business services/grant management for the School City of Hammond.

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Craig Stafford (M.S., Education, 2003) of Chesterton has been appointed principal of Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond.

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Michael Trueblood, (B.S., Criminal Justice, 2013) recently joined the Valparaiso Police Department after having served as an officer at IU Northwest for the past three years. Trueblood, 23, is a graduate of Westville High School.

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Lori Wilkie (B.S., Actuarial Science, 2010) works for City of Portage as coordinator of events, volunteers, public relations and also serves the city as a financial analyst.

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Pat Wisniewski (B.A., Communication, 2009), of Valparaiso and Brian Kallies (A.S., Psychology, 1996), a native of Cedar Lake, are among the filmmakers of a locally produced documentary which has been nominated for a Chicago Emmy Award.

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Chicago/Midwest Chapter nominated “Everglades of the North: the Story of the Grand Kankakee Marsh,” for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Achievement for Documentary Programs – Historical.

The film debuted on Lakeshore Public Television (WYIN) in November 2012 and has since been aired on 32 PBS stations across the nation. It has won awards in several film festivals and is currently an “Official Selection” in the American Conservation Film Festival to be held in West Virginia this fall.

View the film trailer here.

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