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Alumni Notes

Matriculation & Continuing Work in Speech Communication

The University of Texas Individual Events program fosters a strong devotion and link to speech and performance education. Over the years, many team members and coaches of the University of Texas Individual Events program have moved on to graduate programs and to direct speech and drama programs elsewhere. Other collegiate programs known to be currently coached in part or directed by University of Texas speech alumni: Arizona State University, Western Kentucky University, George Mason University, University of Alabama, Eastern Illinois University, Georgetown College (KY), Seton Hall University, Southern Illinois University, California State University at Long Beach Alumni of the UT Speech Program have gone on to graduate programs at the following institutions (among others), in addition to UT: Baylor University, University of Houston, Texas A&M Kingsville, St. Mary’s University, Southern Illinois University, George Mason University, Arizona State University, Georgetown University, Kansas State University, University of Michigan, Harvard University, Princeton University, Columbia University, Loyola University, Western Kentucky University, Northern Illinois University, Michigan State University, Tulane University, University of Alabama, Miami University, Illinois State University, Texas Tech University, California State University at Long Beach, West Texas A&M University; California State University at Long Beach, University of Oklahoma, University of Virginia, New York University, University of California at Berkeley

Alumni Notes:

Paul Bailiff (1988-1991) – University of St. Thomas Graduate School (MA 2001); Baylor University School of Law (JD 2005)

Jeremy Benoit (coach 1998-2004) - Univ. of Texas Graduate School of English (MA 2000)

John Bosma (coach, 1988-89) - University of Texas Graduate School of Communication (MA 1989; PhD 2000)

Karon Bowers (Coach, 1992-94; 2003-present) - LBJ School of Public Affairs (M Pub Aff 1994)

Daphne Brashear Newaz (2000-03) – University of Houston Law School (JD 2006)

William Bridges (2001-05) – Princeton University Graduate School in Japanese Comparative Literature (PhD 2012); Assistant Professor of Japanese in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Irvine

Greg Burton (2000-04) – Loyola University Law School (JD 2007)

Stephanie Cagniart (2002-06; Coach 2006-08) – University of Virginia School of Law (JD 2010)

Kelly Carnes (1990-93) - University of Texas at Arlington Graduate Program in Marketing Research (MA 1997); Coach, Texas A&M Kingsville (1994-95)

Ryan Castillo (2006-10) - California State University at Long Beach Graduate School of Communication (MA 2013)

Kevin Chiu (2007-2011; Coach 2011-12) University of Texas Master's Program in Public Accounting (MPA 2012); University of California at Berkeley School of Law (2016- )

Xavier Clark (2013-2016) - George Mason University Graduate Program in Public Administration (Emergency Management & Homeland Security)

Donald Collier (2005-07) – University of Houston School of Law (JD 2011)

Jillian Collum (2003-07) – Teach for America New Mexico (2007-09); Harvard Law School (JD 2012)

Randy Cox (1988-1991; Co-director 1991-94; Coach 2001-03; Director 2003-present) - University of Texas Graduate School of Communication (MA 1994)

Tiffany (Crouch) Bartlett (1989-90) - University of Texas Law School (JD 1996); Development Executive and Research Editor for touchstone Pictures (1997-2002); Children’s Rights Advocate, Austin, TX

Roslyn Crowder (1996-2000) National Theater Conservatory MFA Program (2003)

Chad Crowson (2000-03) – University of Houston Law School (JD 2007)

Karin Crump (1993-94) - St. Mary's Law School (JD 1997)

Eric Cullather (2003-07) – California State University at Long Beach Graduate School in Communication (MA 2009)

Scott Cummings (1990-91) - University of Texas Law School (JD 1995); Adams, Lynch & Loftin, P.C., Grapevine, TX

Amy Darnell (Coach, 1994-96) - University of Texas Graduate School of Communication (MA 1996); Southern Illinois University Graduate School in Communication (2005)

Bronwyn Donohoe (1988-90) - Director of Drama, Plano East High School (Texas ) (1992- )

Jennifer Eshleman (1996-97; coach 1997-99; 2003-05) – Texas Tech University Graduate School of Communication (2007)

Jimmy Ficaro (1999-2003) – George Mason University Graduate School (Communication & Public Affairs) (MA 2005); Temple University School of Law (JD 2009)

Dave Fowler (Coach, 1988-89) - University of Texas Graduate School of Communication (MA 1991); Instructor, George Mason University 

Ragan Fox (1996-99; Coach 1999-2000) - University of Texas Graduate School in Communication (MA 2001); Arizona State University Graduate School of Communication, Instructor (PhD 2006); Professor – Performance Studies, California State University at Long Beach (2006-present);  Author, Heterophobia (Lethe Press)

Jesse Gall (2003-07) – Western Kentucky University Graduate School in Creative Writing (MA 2010)

Casey Garcia (1990-94; Coach 1996- ) - University of Texas Graduate School in Theatre (MA 2002); Assistant Director of Individual Events, George Mason University (2003-2006); Director of Debate, Mt. San Antonio College (2006-09); Director of Forensics at Texas A&M University at Kingsville (2010-11); Professor of Communication Lone Star College North Harris (2012- )

David Gardner (1988-89) - Georgetown Law School (JD 1994)

Brian Gaston (2007-10) - University of St. Thomas Graduate Program in Curriculum & Instruction (ME 2012)

Shivali Goudar (2004-07) – George Mason University Graduate School in Communication (MA 2009)

Michael Graupmann (Coach 2001-03) University of Texas Graduate School in Theatre and Dance (MA 2003); Instructor/Coach, Illinois State University (2003-2007); Coach, Arizona State University (2007-09)

Alamdar Hamdani (1989-1991) – University of Houston Law School (JD 1995)

Anna Hanks (1989-91) - University of Texas Graduate School in Journalism (MA 2000)

Alexander Hatoum (2010-13; Coach 2013-14) - University of Colorado Graduate School of Psychology (2014-present)

Daniel Hatoum (2010-2013; Coach 2013-15) - University of Texas School of Law (JD 2016)

Amanda Hickman (Coach 2001-02) - Kansas State University Graduate School in Communication (MA 2001)

William Igbokwe (2008-2012) Tulane Law School (2014-2017)

Steve Jumes (1993-94) - University of Texas Law School (JD 1997)

Angela Kariotis (Coach 2000-02) - University of Texas Graduate School in Communication (MA 2003); Coach - Seton Hall University (2003- )

Sharad Khandelwal (1993-95) - University of Michigan Law School (JD 1998)

Nicole Kreisberg (2006-10; Coach 2010-11) - University of Chicago Graduate School in Social Work (MA 2013); Doctoral program in Sociology at Brown University (2015- )

Chris Lacy (1997-2000; Coach 2000-01) University of Houston law School (JD 2004)

Barbara Hanson Langford (Coach, 1994-95) - JFK School of Government at Harvard (MA 1998)

William Langford (Coach, 1992-95) - University of Texas Law School (JD 1995)

Alyson Latz (1993-6; coach 1996-7)- Columbia University Graduate School in Film (1997-98)

Matt MacDonald (Coach, 1999-2001) - University of Texas Graduate School in Advertising (MA 2001)

Ashley Mack (Coach 2007-09) – University of Texas Graduate School in Communication (MA 2009; PhD 2013)

Dan Mangis (Coach, 1999-2000) - University of Texas Law School and Graduate School in Communication (JD 2003; PhD 2005)

Denise Maniscalco (1988-89) - Loyola Law School (JD 1992); International Law, Georgetown (LLM 1993)

Lizzette Marrero (2012-2016) - Georgetown University Graduate Program in International Security Studies (2016- )

Nicole Martin (2002-06) – Arizona State University Graduate School in Communication (MA 2010); University of Texas Graduate School in Performance Studies (PhD 2015)

Mike Martinez (1993-94) - University of the Incarnate Word Graduate School in Communication Arts (MA 2000); Manager-Employee Communications, SBC Communications (1999-2003), Associate Director-Multicultural Marketing, SBC Operations (2003-present)

Bryan McCann (Coach, 2005-09) – Illinois State University Graduate School in Communication (MA 2004); Instructor – Northern Illinois University (2004-05); University of Texas Graduate School in Communication (PhD 2009); Professor, Marian College (IN) (2009-11); Professor LSU (2011-present)

Bonny McDonald (1999-2002) - Western Kentucky University Graduate School of Communication (MA 2004); LSU Graduate School in Communication (2012-present)

Jayme Meyer (2000-04) – LBJ School of Public Affairs (M Pub Aff 2007)

Kristyn Meyer (1999-2003; Coach 2003-05; 2007- ) – Illinois State University Graduate School of Communication (MA 2007); University of Texas Graduate School in Communication (2007-10)

Betsy Johnson Miller (Coach, 1994-95) - Graduate program of Theology, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (1993-95), Graduate School of English - Northern Illinois University (MA 1997); Director of Forensics, Eastern Illnois University (2000-01)

Shane Miller (Coach, 1993-95) - Moorhead State University, MN (1990-93); University of Texas Graduate School of Communication (PhD 1997); Director of Forensics Eastern Illinois University (1996-2000)

Fernando Morales (2011-2015) - University of Alabama Graduate School in Communication (MA 2017)

Rifi Newaz (Coach 2001-2005) - University of Texas Law School (JD 2004)

Bridgett Overlease Matthes (1992-1994) – South Texas College of Law (JD 1999); Ebanks, Smith & Carlson L.L.P., Houston, Texas

Peter Parisi (1994-95) - University of Texas Graduate School of Theatre and Dance (1994-95); Coach/Theater Director, Milton Academy (1995-present)

Dhaval Patel (1991-95; coach 1996-98) Tulane University Graduate School in Health (MS 1999); Graduate School in Health Communication at Michigan State University (PhD 2003)

Peter Pober (Co-director, 1988-1994, Director 1995-2003) - University of Texas Graduate School of Communication (MA 1991; PhD 1996); Director of Forensics, George Mason University (2003-present)

Mary Katherine Raffetto (2005-08; Coach 2010-present) - University of Texas School of Law (JD 2015)

Mark Ray (Coach, 1995-96) - University of Texas Graduate School of Communication (1995-96); Kansas State University Graduate School of Communication (1996-97); University of Texas Law School (JD 2000)

Merry Regan (2005-09) – Boston College School of Law (JD 2012)

John Rhoads (1991-94) University of Houston Law School (JD 1998)

Nance Riffe (Coach, 2000-02; 2011-12) - University of Alabama Graduate School of Communication (MA 2000); University of Texas Graduate School of Communication (2000-02); University of Alabama Graduate School of Communication (PhD 2007)

Erin Risley-Baird (2002-05) – West Texas A&M Graduate School in Communication (MA 2008); Visiting Lecturer, Pepperdine University (2008-09); University of Oklahoma Graduate School in Communication (PhD 2013)

Frank Rivera (2000-04; Coach 2004-06) – Western Kentucky University Graduate School in Creative Writing (MA 2008)

Penny Rivero (1990-92) - University of Texas Graduate School of Advertising (MA 1997)

Ben Robin (2001-04; Coach 2004-05) – Western Kentucky University Graduate School of English (MA 2007); Coach – Western Kentucky University (2007- )

Chelsea Rodriguez (2010-2014) - California State University at Long Beach Graduate School in Communication (MA 2016)

Jennifer Rudenick (coach 1998-9) - Univ. of Texas Graduate School of Social Work (MA 2001)

Rina Shah (2003-07) – London School of Economics (2007-08); University of Houston School of Law (JD 2010)

Deanna Shoemaker (coach 1996-98) - Univ. of Texas Graduate School of Communication (1996-8; 1999-2005)

Ed Smith (Coach, 1993-96) - University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Graduate School of Communication (MA 1991); Assistant Director, Morehead State University (1991-92); University of Texas Graduate School of Communication (PhD 1997); Professor & Chair at Georgetown College (KY) (1997-present)

Sean Stewart (2002-04; Coach 2004-08) – West Texas A&M Graduate School in Communication (MA 2010)

Jennifer Talbert (1992-93) - Wichita State University Graduate School of Communication (MA 1997); Director of Forensics at Ball State University (1998-2002); Director of Forensics at William Carey University (2007-present)

Kent Wayson (Co-director, 1988-95) - Miami University of Ohio (MA 1987); University of Texas Graduate School of Communication (1987-89)

Tracy Anderson Wayson (Co-director, 1988-95) - Eastern Michigan University Graduate School of Communication (MA 1987); Director of Individual Events - University of Wisconsin at Madison (1987-88)

Hilari Weinstein (1988-1992; Coach 1992-93) - University of Texas Graduate School of Communication (MA 1995); Communications Consultant, Phoenix, AZ (2004-present)

Heather Wellinghurst (1994-96) Director of Forensics, The Village School, Houston, TX

Matthew Whitley (1993-1997; Coach 1997-98) – Harvard University Law School (JD 2002); Beck, Redden & Secrest, L.L.P., Houston, TX

Katelyn Wood (Coach 2007-09) – University of Texas Graduate School in Communication (MA 2009); University of Texas Graduate School in Performance Studies (PhD 2014)

Stephen Wood (1988-89) - University of Texas Graduate School of Communication (MA 1994)

Austin Wright (2005-09) – Teach for America New Orleans (2009-11); Princeton University Doctoral Program in International Security Studies (PhD 2016); Assistant Professor, University of Chicago (2016-present)

Jennifer Yoder (1994-97; coach 1997-99) - University of Texas Graduate School in Communication Sciences and Disorders (MA 2000)

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