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Kremer takes new position in St. Louis

Faith (Wilson) Kremer, B.A. 2007, left her position working for Rep. Kristi Noem of South Dakota as her scheduler in Washington, D.C.  Kremer and her husband Josh relocated to St. Louis, Mo., where she is employed by the law firm Thompson Coburn LLP as an executive assistant to Sen. Kit Bond.

Welch named to Who's Who

Weston Welch, a 2005 communication graduate. He was recognized by the Worldwide Who's Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in strategic planning. He is CEO of Weston Welch, a 2005 communication graduate. He was recognized by the Worldwide Who's Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in strategic planning. He is CEO of Pronghorn Technologies, LLC.

Fisher named SAFE director

Becca Fisher, a 2008 communication graduate, is the Albany County SAFE Project executive director. For more information about her organization, check ouot

Ackatz pens second book

Mary Anne (Shields) Ackatz, 1982 journalism, published a sequel to her first book ("To The Ends Of The Earth") entitled, "The Imitator Comes Home." Both are science fiction.  She hopes to schedule book signings in September in the local area. For more information on the books, visit her

Schmiedt writes book on Wyoming high school football

Patrick Schmiedt, B.S. 2004 and M.A. 2011, has published his first book. "A Century of Fridays: Wyoming High School Football, 1894-2011," is now available for purchase through the book's publisher at He describes it: "From 1894 to 2011, 102 Wyoming high schools have played more than 22,000 football games. The results of those games are all recorded here, together, for the first time. In addition to results of more than 22,000 games, this book includes coaches for every school and season, all-state teams dating back to 1920, postseason history and more. The book also tracks the evolution of high school football, decade by decade, as it evolved from a confusing novelty to a staple of autumn Fridays in communities statewide."

COJO alumni included in UW AlumNews

The following alumni were in the recent issue of the UW AlumNews:

  • Kyle Bogner, 2011 communication, is a graduate assistant diving coach at Northern Michigan University.
  • John Rotellini, 2011 communication, has been touring the country performing magic, illusion and mind-reading tricks.
  • Shane Sorenson, 2011 communication, worked with Nicholas Cage while shooting a new film in New Orleans for two months.

Ackatz publishes sci-fi novel

Mary Anne (Shields) Ackatz, a 1982 graduate of the University of Wyoming with a B.A. in journalism, published a book in December called, "To The Ends Of The Earth." It is a sci-fi fiction and is her first attempt at a book. She worked in the newspaper industry for more than 20 years. She now works as a substitute teacher. She has had two book signings, as well as several venues at local events to sell the book.

Franscell holds book signings

Ron Franscell, a 1979 journalism graduate, will have a discussion and book signing for his new books "Sourtoe" and "Outlaw Rockies" on Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. at University of Wyoming's American Heritage Center. The event is free and open to the public. He also is holding other book signings around Wyoming.

Baldwin hired as director at UW

Chad Baldwin, a native of Wyoming and graduate of the University of Wyoming, has been hired as director of Institutional Communications at UW. He will begin work Monday, Sept. 12. Baldwin comes to UW from the Casper Star-Tribune, where he has served as editor since 2008. His award-winning newspaper career began in 1988 as a reporter at The Riverton Ranger following his graduation from UW with a B.A. in journalism. While at UW, Baldwin was editor and sports editor of The Branding Iron.

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