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Featured AlumSophie Sestero, '11

Major: Communication Studies

Current Position: Sestero is an account executive at Ritter Public Relations, in Boise, Idaho, where her clients are in the fields of education and healthcare. Her specialty is social-media management.

Why Whitworth? "When I visited Whitworth, it felt like a home away from home – a nice community where I would feel safe to grow. I remember visiting other colleges where the student populations were overwhelming and the campuses were so spread out – it felt impossible to get to know your neighbor or build a network of new friends."

Whitworth Activities: "The first thing I did when I got to Whitworth was join the school newspaper. By senior year I was an editor, and I loved every minute. It was a wonderful way to meet new people, learn about Spokane, sharpen my writing skills, and prepare for life after graduation."

Influential Whitworth Professor: "I will never forget Jim McPherson and Ginny Whitehouse – they pushed me further in four years than I ever thought I could go. They inspired confidence, which is difficult to gain, especially in a field like journalism. The best part was that they challenged me to be my best and gave me some of the most grueling courseloads, but I enjoyed my work. Plus, they had you laughing the whole time."

Influential Whitworth Experience: "I took a Jan Term feature-writing class. One weekend of that class required students to stay two nights with an immigrant family and write a feature story about them. I was so nervous and out of my comfort zone with language barriers and differences in culture. But after two days I left the house inspired by the family's journey and their pride in America – and with several new friends."

Career Goals: "Whitworth guided me toward a true vocation – I have pride in my work and feel like I am able to make positive, lasting changes in my community. I would like to continue doing this."

Here's what some other recent Whitworth graduates are doing with their communication studies degrees:

  • Jasmine Linabary is a Ph.D. candidate at the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University (Ind.). She was previously the managing editor of weekly newspapers, The Bigfork Eagle and The West Shore News, in Montana.

  • Lukas Bratcher is an enrollment coordinator for People to People, the world's largest educational travel organization.

  • Shannon Newth received an E.B. Craney Award as first runner-up for Montana Weathercaster of the Year. She co-anchors the morning news and weather for KRTV, in Great Falls.

  • Tyler Tupper is a producer at Corner Booth Productions, a film and video production company in Spokane.

  • Kyle Pflug is a program manager at Microsoft, in Seattle.

  • Molly Hough is the program coordinator of Generation Alive, a Spokane-based anti-hunger organization founded by San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt.

  • Kyle Kim is deputy social media and news-desk editor at GlobalPost, in Boston.

  • Kari Olson is enrolled in Princeton Theological Seminary, in N.J.

  • Brittany Wisner is the curator's assistant at The Proctor Foundation, in Hansville, Wash.


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