Just who is a typical CASL graduate? The simple answer is that there is no such person.

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CASL alumni have a diverse range of skills, talents, experiences, and goals.  By “spotlighting” someone every other month, we hope to introduce you to our diverse group of alums ... and maybe you'll see a familiar face.

Name:  Jennifer Cherry Foster

Degree, discipline, graduation year:  Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, 1999; Bachelor of Arts in Communication, 2001

What are your current job responsibilities and/or volunteer activities?  As the owner of a media relations and social media firm, I wear a lot of hats: shipping, receiving, payroll clerk and water girl. We help small businesses increase their visibility by assisting them in identifying what’s newsworthy about their company and then securing interviews by news outlets to tell the story. We also leverage the power of social media to further bolster the value of media coverage and connect the organization with their audiences in the digital space. 

Does your career/volunteer work relate to what you studied at UM-Dearborn or is your degree in a totally different field?  While I work in the field that I studied for my second degree, I feel strongly that my journey to earn my first degree paved the way for my success. If I had to do it all over again, I would still earn both degrees.

Looking back at the classes you took, pick out one of your favorites and tell why. I really enjoyed PR writing. It was the class that just clicked for me and I said “this is what I want to do for a living.” For me it was just fun. 

If there was a “favorite” professor(s), let us know and why.  I was fortunate to have several outstanding professors, including, Dr. Marilee Benore (Physiology), Dr. John Thomas (Cellular Biology), Dr. Jeff Stern (Psych) and Dr. Sheryl Pearson (Literature).