AMY C. FRIEDRICH (MA, Brian Lamb School
of Communication) was elected president of
United States Insurance Solutions by the board of
directors of Principal Financial Group.
DAVID MOSS (BA, English), a singer and bassist
for MOSSOM, released a rock anthem, “Tribe
Rallycry,” in honor of the Cleveland Indians’ first
trip in 20 years to the World Series.
JENNIFER PING (BA, History) was recognized
by the Indianapolis Business Journal as a 2016
Woman of Influence. She is a principal and
managing director of strategic business services
at Bose Public Affairs Group LLC and a principal at
Bose Government Strategies LLC.
STEVEN STOFFERAHN (MA, History; PhD ’03,
History) won the 2017 Caleb Mills Distinguished
Teaching Award at Indiana State University.
PATRICK STUART (BA, Patti and Rusty Rueff
School of Visual and Performing Arts) was named
president of Neyenesch Printers, San Diego’s
largest family-owned printing company. He also
co-founded NPSRS, LLC, a consulting services
company, with his wife, Nancy. NPSRS, LLC, offers
marketing and business management consulting
services for start-ups and small businesses.
WILLIE TILLMAN (BA, Interdisciplinary Studies)
was hired as the defensive line coach for the
Valdosta State University football program.
ANDY STANDIFER (BA, Sociology) was the first
K- 9 officer at the Purdue Police Department. He
recently became a certified trainer. Paco is his
current four-legged partner.
BEN WATKINS (BA, Patti and Rusty Rueff School
of Visual and Performing Arts) was promoted to
vice president of customer satisfaction, research,
and marketing at Arbor Homes.
DANICA KIRKPATRICK (BA, Brian Lamb
School of Communication) became the
marketing communications and engagement
program manager for the Purdue Agriculture
KATE (SUTFIN) BOUSUM (BA, Brian Lamb School
of Communication) received the Certified Fund
Raising Executive (CFRE) designation. She serves
as the director of advancement at Child’s Voice.
CORRIE (WHITESEL) BENNETT (BA, Brian Lamb
School of Communication) joined the Plaid Agency
as the communications specialist, driving the
agency’s public operations.
MIKE HANSEN (BA, Brian Lamb School of
Communication) published When Life Hands You a
Lemon (French Press Bookworks), a fictional story
about a man named Dan Lemon who is taken
hostage by three criminals.
LAURA EAGIN (BA, Patti and Rusty Rueff School
of Visual and Performing Arts) co-founded ellell &
co., a web development studio. The company has
built a reputation for crafting beautiful, custom
WordPress sites for small businesses.
KYLE HJELMESETH (BA, Brian Lamb School of
Communication) has continuing success as the
second year comes to a close for God & Beauty,
an influencer management and creative design
firm that he founded in late 2015.
BLAIR MILO (BA, Political Science), as mayor of
La Porte, Indiana, was tapped by Governor Eric
Holcomb to serve as Indiana’s first secretary of
career connections and talent. He will serve as
the state’s chief talent recruitment officer and will
oversee the State Personnel Department.
JENNIFER SCHUSTER (BA, English) joined the
tort and insurance defense and liability litigation
practice groups at Frost Brown Todd.
SIGRID ZAHNER (MA, Patti and Rusty Rueff
School of Visual and Performing Arts) and her
students won the 2016 SOFA Chicago CONNECT
during the 23rd annual SOFA (Sculptural Objects,
Functional Art, and Design) Expo.
JONATHAN KING (BA, School of Languages and
Cultures) completed his doctorate in historical
theology at Saint Louis University. His dissertation
was entitled “Theology under Another Form: Hans
Urs von Balthasar’s Formation and Writings as a
RYAN MA (BA 2015, Political Science) is
the CEO and co-founder of OWL LLC. He
released a new smartphone app in April
2017 during the annual 5K Run/Walk for the
Kids benefiting the Purdue chapter of Asha
for Education/West Lafayette. The app, OWL
Fit for iPhones and Androids, is a fitness
app that motivates children to be active. It
centers on a cartoon owl that needs to be
fed and requires that children meet activity
goals (such as reaching a number of walked
steps) to earn food.
When Ma was a senior at Purdue, he was
a part of The Anvil, a student-run start-up
incubator with a community co-working
space. In conjunction with The Anvil, Ma
developed a smartphone social media app
called Meemees, which allows a faster
connection to family and is spam- and
Ma’s technology earned a third-place award
and $1,500 at the 2016 Boiler Business
Competition, an event hosted by The Anvil.
He also received assistance from the Purdue
Foundry, a start-up hub in Discovery Park
that is part of the Burton D. Morgan Center
Photo provided by Ryan Ma.