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October 2016

Class of 1984

Jill Rothenberg is a Colorado-based freelance writer and editor. She has written for CNN Money, Al Jazeera America, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian, Narratively, and Dame Magazine, among others. “From profiles of motorcycle racers and burlesque dancers to feature stories of life in small-town America, [Jill] writes stories and pursues adventures that sometimes fall under the radar--but shouldn't.” You can read her published articles and media content on her site:


Class of 1985

Deirdre Heekin was featured in Food and Wine’s July issue for her wine label’s impressive contributions to the New England wine industry. The label, La Garagista is something of a phenomenon in Vermont where local wines struggle for taste and popularity due to cold growing temperatures. Deirdre has made a splash as the only commercial winemaker in Vermont farming her grapes organically and biodynamically, and vinifying without commercial yeasts and other additives. On top of that, she is one of the only growers in the region who has successfully produced wine from hybrid, cold-hearty grapes. Read more about Deirdre’s success here:


Class of 1988

Reggie Williams is an industry insider and leader in the world of Hip Hop. He is the founder and CEO of Ambrosia for Heads, an online venture that curates and distributes Hip Hop music, history, and culture. Ambrosia for Heads was launched in 2010 with the mission to provide the best that Hip-Hop culture has to offer and to raise that standard each and every day. Whether music, Hip-Hop film, fashion, comedy, or otherwise, the site pays respect to the Hip Hop history and “to usher the future for a utopia where only the finest is celebrated.”
After graduating from Harvard Law School, Reggie went on to executive positions at BET Networks, Desi Hits, MTV and VH1, and earned respect as a leading voice for the industry. He has been a guest speaker at national events including the Hip Hop Institute’s annual conference and festival.

Class of 2003

Lauren Waldroup and husband, Drew, welcomed their third baby girl on July 28, 2016. Her name is Hagen Lee. Big sisters Hadley and Maren are head over heels for their new sister.

Class of 2005

Megan Canada earned her bachelor’s degree in Art and English from Indiana University. She went on to IUPUI where she earned her BSN. Megan recently returned to Evansville and is now a Registered Nurse at Deaconess Gateway on the Surgery/Oncology unit. Megan says, “I love being a nurse, and I am so glad to be back home.”

Class of 2013

Ally Yelton recently got engaged to the love of her life, Nathaniel, and is preparing for a May wedding. The couple live together in Louisville, Kentucky.

Class of 2015

Sean Russell is pursuing a dual major in Math and Physics and a minor in French at the University of Evansville During the summer of 2016, Sean researched dark matter to aid an ongoing study held at UE. While on a current study abroad at Harlaxton College in England, Sean is now working on a GAP program to help conserve the energy at Harlaxton, in addition to the general classes in astronomy, physics, and British studies.