Communication Graduate Alumni

Our alumni have continued to a variety of different fields, with graduates pursuing doctoral degrees and working for local businesses, government, and non-profits. We keep a database for current Communication students and alumni to network; come by the office to learn more and engage with our alumni network. See where some Communication Masters alumni are now.

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Emily (Lightcap) Acuri, 2016

Emily Arcuri is an Executive Communications Manager at Intel Corporation. She works with leaders and executives across the corporation to craft and deliver strategic internal messaging across mediums. Prior to her current role, Emily started at Intel as a Communications Intern supporting employee engagement and retention programs. Emily holds a masters of science (M.S.) in communication from Portland State University, and bachelors of art (B.A) from the University of Oregon in political science and journalism, with a minor in business administration. In her spare time, she sits on the board of the Women at Intel Network as the Marketing chair, as well as competing in triathlon and marathon races. She is a 2016 Ironman140.6 finisher and a 2019 Boston & New York City Marathon qualifier.

Jennifer Campbell, 2018

Jennifer Campbell received her associate's degree from Clark College in Vancouver and transferred to Portland State where she received her Bachelor of Science in communication and a minor in women’s studies. She was ultimately accepted into the Department of Communication’s graduate program – a dream come true. She navigated grad school with the unique experiences associated with being an older student.  When Jennifer first enrolled at the community college, she believed herself to be too old and not smart enough to attend college. She attributes much of her success to the wonderful instructors and advisors she met along the way who encouraged her and helped re-shape her self-concept.  As a result, her graduate research focused on expectancy effects as they relate to self-concept and academic success.  Upon completion of her thesis and subsequent graduation, Jennifer accepted a teaching position at Clark College, coming full circle to where it all began.  She sincerely believes that there are students whose goals will be achieved or discarded based upon the level of support they receive.  Jennifer is delighted to have an opportunity to provide them with that support.  On the rare occasion she is not prepping lectures, Jennifer can be found with her nose in a good book and one or two cats on her lap. 

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Rachel Erdman, 2014

Rachel joined Northwest Surrogacy Center in July 2015. She has been immersed in the world of women’s health and patient advocacy for several years. In graduate school she contributed to research focusing on the health of women in the Portland area who were recently diagnosed with breast cancer. In her current job, Rachel uses the skills she learned in the graduate program all the time. She is excited to help families make their dreams come true. When she’s not at work, Rachel enjoys hiking and exploring the outdoors, specifically all of Oregon’s amazing waterfalls!

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James Kinley, 2018

Jim entered the PSU Communication graduate program on the professional track as a part-time student while working in his existing job full time. He was pleased that the diverse class offerings allowed him to attend my courses with minimal impact on his work schedule. While in the graduate program, he was consistently impressed with the high quality of instruction provided, and with the professors’ depth of knowledge and enthusiasm for the course material. The program gave him a strong grounding in communication theory and practice. He eventually focused on organizational communication and crisis communication. He intends to use the skills and knowledge gained while earning his degree to further his career in business operations and community relations.

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Sarah Martin, 2014

Sarah Martin is a Communications Specialist at Intel Corporation, responsible for advising senior executives on internal and external communications. Her professional passion is working with leaders on comprehensive programs to foster engagement and enrich the employee experience. Much of this work builds on research focused on the role of communication in fostering engagement, which Sarah explored while writing her master’s thesis at Portland State. She holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in communication from Portland State University and Gonzaga University, respectively. In her free time, you can usually find Sarah adventuring with her family or tackling an ambitious DIY project at home.

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Bailey Pederson, 2018

Bailey Pederson graduated in 2018 with a Master of Science in Communication from Portland State University, specializing in social media and interpersonal communication. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Media Studies from the University of Oregon in 2016. Today, she is the Analyst Operations Assistant Manager for Adpearance, a digital marketing agency in Portland, OR, where she manages a team of 20 communication analysts. She enjoys Star Trek, the Oxford Comma, and good books, which she plans on enjoying even more now that she has finished school.

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Crystal Perry, 2018

After completing her MS in communication in 2018, Crystal joined the Development Team at The Dougy Center, a nonprofit organization based in Portland, OR, that provides peer-led support groups for children, teens, young adults and their families who've lost a sibling, parent, or caregiver to death. Founded in 1982, The Dougy Center was the first of its kind in the United States and now offers trainings and educational materials to organizations worldwide, leading to over 500 organizations using TDC’s model and crediting TDC with their founding. Crystal's education has proved invaluable as she assists in developing and maintaining contacts with sponsors and donors who share in The Dougy Center's vision of offering a safe space to grieving children. From understanding ways of knowing, to strategic persuasion tactics, to campaign methods, to the use of communication technology, her MS degree gives her the tools needed to efficiently and effectively build the relationships that keep The Dougy Center thriving. In her spare time, Crystal serves on the Steering Committee of the Portland Lesbian Choir - a nonprofit that advocates for love, social justice, and equality through song - as the Publicity Coordinator, and she also sings tenor as a member of the choir. 

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Duncan Stewart, 2017

Duncan Stewart graduated Portland State University with an MS in communication in 2017 and is a doctoral student at the University of Utah.  His research interests are broad but can be categorized into three distinct areas: media policy, environmental communication, and security studies. Currently (Fall 2018) he is studying how conspiracy theories inform popular American politics, how they operate argumentatively, and their intersection with the creation and understanding of national security. He published his Master's thesis with adviser, Dr. Lee Shaker, in the Journal of Information Policy.

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Jenna Tucker, 2014

Jenna completed her MS at Portland State University in 2014. Her thesis explored the potential impact of social media on well-being and romantic relationships. Her favorite classes at PSU explored various forms of media, but she also enjoyed Health Campaigns and thinks everyone should take it. Currently, Jenna lives in Sacramento and works as an On Air Talent at a country radio station. Aside from being on air, she also contributes to the station's digital assets including the website and various social media accounts.  Before returning to the airwaves, Jenna was with the National MS Society as a Communication Specialist where she wrote and edited copy for all digital and print materials in California. Outside of work, you'll most likely find Jenna volunteering at the animal shelter, eating pizza with her fiance or hanging out with her BFFs—her beagle, Timmy, or her pit bull mix, Little.

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Hilary U'Ren, 2015

After earning her MS in Communication from PSU, Hilary joined Multnomah County Health Department's Public Health Division in an operations capacity. There, she's worked on projects with the county's syringe disposal program, the public health advisory board, the division's ethics committee, the community epidemiology services program, and the tri-county opioid summit. In communication-specific work, she's currently working on a bimonthly programmatic newsletter for both internal and external county stakeholders.