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A New Media Mix

Digital Communications Program To Take Full Advantage of Today’s Technology Innovations

By Doug Goodnough

In the age of user-generated content, a new program at Siena Heights University is tapping into the innovation of its students to drive the curriculum.

The Digital Communications program was approved in fall 2012 and will be offered as a new major and minor beginning in fall 2013. According to program director Dr. Davin Heckman, Digital Communications is a combination of old and new concepts. However, the ultimate outcome is to equip students to discover new approaches to communication in a digital age.

“The program is built around the strength of Siena’s fine arts curriculum,” said Heckman, who is a considered a leader in the emerging field of electronic literature. “There are many digital media programs built around studio arts, but this one is designed to basically draw its strength in the interests, energy and abilities that students bring to the major from their areas of concentration. If there is something uniquely Siena about the program, I’d say that it is built around the tradition of Studio Angel-ico (SHU’s art program) and much of the program is driven by the particular contributions
of the student as an individual.”

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Class Notes—Spring 2013

From The Sites:

SHU—Battle Creek

Rob Viland ’97 was recently named executive vice president of Business Development for Post Community Credit Union. He has more than 20 years of financial institution experience. He lives
in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Timothy Bourgeois '98
Timothy Bourgeois '98

Timothy Bourgeois ’98 will represent local law enforcement after being appointed to a four-year term on the 14-member Mental Health Diversion Council by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. The council will operate within the Michigan Department of Community Health. His term will expire Jan. 30, 2017. With more than 35 years of law enforcement experience, he currently is the chief of police for the Charter Township of Kalamazoo.


Tom Cochran ’10 was elected to the Michigan state legislature during the November 2012 elections. He will serve as state representative for the 67th District. He resides in Mason, Mich

Misozi Houston ’12 and her husband, Anthony, announced the birth of a daughter, Lily, who was born July 4, 2012. The family recently relocated to Pennsylvania.


Suzy Manning ’91, ’95/MA is a radio talk show personality on the Military Mom Talk Radio network. She is also the creator of Sizzzl, a motivational counseling program for women, and also the author of “Wise Women-Circle of Wisdom” and “You Were Born Magnificent.” The transitional coach and speaker also has the web site

Steven Aggas ’95 has carved out an impressive career in the engineering field. He currently owns 22 patents, and designed and built Arizona’s largest, privately owned telescope. He also is founder/director of Apache-Sitgreaves Astrophysics, and astronomers at the Catalina Sky Survey named an asteroid after him that is recognized by the International Astronomical Union. The name of the asteroid is 152533 Aggas (2007 AL26). He said completing his Siena Heights degree “made all the difference.” He currently lives in Gold Canyon, Ariz.

Donna Cole ’97 recently received her Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Michigan. While attending Michigan she received the Margaret Dow Towsley Scholarship from the Center for the Education of Women. She currently resides in Highland, Mich.

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Saints Athletics Highlights—Spring 2013


Donovan Campbell
Donovan Campbell

Sophomore tight end Donovan Campbell (above) was named to the All-Mid-States Football Association Mideast first team after a vote of league coaches. Campbell caught 41 passes for 514 yards and six touchdowns this season. Sophomore receiver/back Raphael Dunson was named to the second team, with junior defensive back Sederick Dunbar, junior punter Kyle Timmis, sophomore defensive lineman Kyle Connors, sophomore defensive back Derek Head, sophomore linebackers Trent Bragg and Tyler Karcher and freshman defensive lineman Joey Mravec earning honorable mention. Five Saints were named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Junior Sederick Dunbar (criminal justice) and sophomores Jake Helsel (biology), Paul Jacobs (education), Drew Milligan (accounting) and Lyle VanFleteren (biology/chemistry/math) each made the team. Dunbar and fullback Spencer Revenberg, both juniors, were named Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes. They are the first Saints to receive the honor in football. The Saints finished their first varsity season 4-6 overall, 2-3 in the Mideast League of the Mid-States Football Association.

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