Listee Features — Writing

DIANE M. FALK

Driven by her belief that research can result in the improvement of a person, group, or mankind in general, Diane M. Falk has thrived in her long and illustrious career in journalism and publishing. She has a great mind for the field; she knows just the right questions to ask to get to the bottom of a matter, and genuinely wants to get to know people. Ms. Falk chose to channel her abilities into writing because she feels it’s essential to record the legacy, perspective, ideas, and accomplishments of the times. To help her achieve her goals, she completed coursework in astrophysics, social science, French, and Spanish, and earned both a Bachelor of Arts in English and international literature and

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ANNE MONTAGUE BLYTHE

Dr. Anne Montague Blythe approached everything she did with open-heartedness, generosity, and joy. She credits her attitude to her success in her both her professional and personal endeavors. She is currently focusing her attention on her project, “The History, Mystery, Magic of the Dark Corner, South Carolina,” for which she has served as a historian and documentarian since 2006. Previously, however, Dr. Blythe garnered experience as a curator in the Upcountry History Museum, an educator in various public schools in South Carolina and abroad. One of the most memorable moments of Dr. Blythe’s career was teaching in Hong Kong. Her students loved learning about Southern literature, and they were so generous. Another professional highlight was when she stint in a

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TEMPLE GRANDIN

Coming from a non-agricultural background, Temple Grandin was fascinated when her mother remarried and brought a ranch into the family. There were not many women in the cattle industry at the time, but she was determined to prove herself. She proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Franklin Pierce College in 1970, a Master of Science in animal science from Arizona State University in 1975, and a PhD in animal science from the University of Illinois in 1989. Dr. Grandin’s first professional positions were livestock editor for Arizona Farmer Ranchman and equipment designer for Corral Industries. Her efforts in these capacities led her to step out as an independent consultant through Grandin Livestock Systems in Urbana, Illinois,

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BARBARA L. LOBRON

In pursuit of her passions, Barbara L. Lobron dedicated much of her life to her career. She started as a reporter and writer for the Camden Courier-Post right out of college, and really fell in love with the industry. Ms. Lobron worked hard to solidify her place after that. Her efforts led to her advancement through roles like editorial assistant of Medical Insight Magazine, managing editor of Camera 35 Magazine, associate editor of photographs for U.S. Camera/Camera 35 Magazine, account executive for Bozell & Jacobs, and freelance editor for Word Woman, as well as to her growing interest in photography. Ms. Lobron’s next positions, copy editor of Camera Arts Magazine, editorial coordinator of Popular Photography Magazine, and associate editor of

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ZEMA L. JORDAN

Ever since she was young, Dr. Zema L. Jordan has loved English, writing, and language. She was driven to help others find that same passion, and found education to be the perfect way to do so. Her first position in the field was instructor of English at Liberty High School, followed by instructor of English and part-time guidance counselor at Wilson Junior High School and instructor of English at Southwestern High School. She then advanced to become the head of the English Department at Farwell Junior High School and the administrative unit head at Richard Middle School. Today, Dr. Jordan holds the positions of part-time English instructor at Wayne County Community College, administrative unit head at Von Steuben Middle School,

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SUSAN HEILMANN MILLER

Interested in newspaper journalism since high school, Susan Miller began by working for her community papers. Ultimately, she spent more than 40 years in the field. During this time, Dr. Miller made an international name for herself as being the first person to discover and document the gap in women’s readership of U.S. newspapers. The papers were losing female readers more rapidly than men, and this trend was discovered in many other countries as well. She became an international authority on increasing women’s readership, speaking widely and contributing numerous articles to professional journals. Dr. Miller earned a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University in 1966, a Master of Science from Columbia University in 1969, and a PhD from Stanford University

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CAROLYN E. WEDIN

In the eyes of Carolyn Wedin, literature is a way to enter and learn about experiences different from what’s familiar. It helps build perspective and generates more understanding people. She decided to focus on African Americana literature after teaching at Shaw University during the Civil Rights Movement. A cross was burned at the school in protest, and Dr. Wedin knew something had to be done. There wasn’t any black literature in the curriculum, so she added it and started teaching it herself. Dr. Wedin eventually brought her expertise to the University of Wisconsin, where she stayed for the remainder of her career. She accepted the distinguished title of professor emeritus in 1996. To further spread her knowledge, Dr. Wedin decided

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Virginia Ramey Mollenkott

The first class Virginia Ramey Mollenkott took in college was literature, and she just knew she had to pursue it further. She proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Arts from Bob Jones University and a Master of Arts from Temple University, which propelled her to a position as the chair of the English Department at Shelton College. Dr. Mollenkott specialized in 17th century English literature because, although it was a very classist system, it produced wonderful poetry. She also researched the relationship between sexuality and spirituality. To enhance her professional standing, Dr. Mollenkott obtained a PhD from New York University. This helped her advance to roles like chair of the English Department at Nyack College, professor of English at William

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DEBORAH S. RIESELMAN

Steadfast in her mission of uncovering and distributing knowledge, Deborah S. Rieselman is passionate about telling stories in a way that makes people want to read them. She developed an interest in writing and journalism in high school, and went to college during the Watergate scandal. The impact of that story was very inspirational to her; she wanted to affect lives in a similar matter. Ms. Rieselman’s first step toward achieving her goals was becoming the managing editor of Record Newspapers in 1979. She stayed there until 1984, at which point she advanced to the positions of assistant director, digital executive editor, and editor of UC Magazine. Today, Ms. Rieselman parlays this experience into her roles as the owner of

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JANICE LYNN BENNETT

Motivated by creativity and a deep appreciation for aesthetics, Janice Lynn Bennett has dedicated her life to making beautiful things. She had always loved drawing, so she decided to channel her talent into a career as a graphic artist. She proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design (with a minor in Journalism) from Northern Illinois University in 1973 and started as a graphic artist at Montgomery Ward in Illinois later that year. Ms. Bennett advanced rapidly; after giving birth to her son Scott in 1974, she became the assistant production manager and art director of Crow Publications in 1977, and the owner, graphic artist, typographer of several Colorado-based companies between 1980 and 1989. Around this time, however,

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