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Lena May Reading, B.A. '10
Senior Technical Project Manager, Maritz IT Services
As Senior Technical Project Manager for Maritz IT Services in St. Louis Missouri, COM Department alumna Lena Reading (B.A. ’10) leads project teams to the successful implementation of technical solutions that impact employees and clients. Projects include designing, operating, and implementing infrastructure solutions that support recognition and reward programs, sales channel incentive programs, customer loyalty programs, and more. In addition to her work at Maritz, Reading was recently named President of Friends of Carondelet Park in St. Louis. Reading has made a great impact in her relatively short tenure as president, collaborating with Utah-based retailer of card making and craft supplies DCWV Inc. to launch the Paper Box Project. The Paper Box Project allows visitors to the park to select the perfect supplies for a homemade card, resulting in creativity, community, and smiles.
Kathryn Pryzbyla, B.A. '11
Director, Social Media Market, America's Test Kitchen
This past October, UB Communication alumna Kathryn Przybyla (BA '11), who is employed as Social Media Coordinator for the Brooklyn Nets and the Barclays Center in NYC, took over the UB Alumni Association Twitter handle (@ubalumni) via The Office of Alumni Engagement to chat with students, alumni, and other members of the UB community.
Felix Swierski, B.A. '12
Legal Intern, United States Court of Federal Claims
Felix Swierski (B.A. '12), department alumnus and the son of Adjunct Instructor Karen Swierski, has risen in the ranks since conferring his undergraduate degree at UB. Felix, secretary of Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society while at UB, went on to be the media coordinator for the New York State Assembly, and has since obtained a position as Special Assistant to the President at Georgetown University. In addition to the opportunity to work with numerous noteworthy people, Felix has traveled extensively, including trips to Qatar, Rome, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge.
Chua Siang Yee, B.A. (SIM) '13
Law student, Univeristy of Cambridge Former Journalist, The Straits Times
An article in the Straits Times (a major Singapore newspaper) featured a recent graduate from the Department of Communication's program at the Singapore Institute of Management. Chua Siang Yee, now a reporter for the Straits Times, received the S-League (the Singapore football league) Story of the Year Award. At an award ceremony which brought together the past and present generations of Singapore footballers, Siang Yee received the award for his story, "Pennant looking to start over in S'pore" which was published on Jan 10 in The Sunday Times.
Georges Khalil, Ph.D. '15
Assistant Professor, Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics
Georges Khalil is a cancer prevention scientist and health communication specialist in the Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Florida-Gainesville. His research recently, has focused on tobacco prevention, exploring adolescents’ reactions to ASPIRE, a web-based smoking prevention program, and the study of young adults’ experience with a mobile health campaign for tobacco-risk communication. Khalil’s research interests include cancer prevention, digital technologies, and social interactivity. Dr. Khalil has presented at both national and international conferences including the World Cancer Congress and has been a recipient of a variety of awards including the Early Career Investigator Award from the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco and a New Investigator Workshop Award from the American Society of Preventive Oncology. Prior to Khalil’s appointment at the University at Florida, Dr. Khalil served as a Postdoctoral Fellow and then Instructor faculty at the University at Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Khalil earned a Master of Public Health from the University of Southern California (2010) and a Doctoral Degree in Communication from the University At Buffalo (2015).