MARCH 22 – All Invited to Hear Emmy Award-Winning Alumni

March 5, 2018 | Joliet, Ill.

A tornado cut through the far southwest community of Ottawa last year. Pat Keating ’94, on the job as a videographer for ABC Television in Chicago, was assigned to get some footage that revealed the devastation, power and human side of such a horrific natural disaster. His video work, as part of a team of reporters, anchors, meteorologists and other news professionals, was awarded an Emmy during the 2017 Midwest Emmy Awards presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Keating, a 1994 graduate of the mass communication program at the University of St. Francis will talk about his career journey as part of the second annual “Communication degree…Now What?” series on Thursday, March 22 in the Turk Theater on the USF campus. The event begins at 5 p.m.

The series presents Journalism/Mass Communication alumni, from a variety of industries, who offer frank advice about communication career opportunities and pathways for students and alumni.  Also presenting that evening are; Jennifer Marentic-Bredeson ’07, Traffic Director for Alpha Media, Joliet and Hannah Tadey ’17, Electronic Marketing Associate, M/I Homes of Chicago, LLC. Several more alumni will be added as well. The program is free and open to the community. High school and junior college students who have an interest in video, radio, public relations or graphic design are particularly encouraged to attend.

Three other communication program alums also received top awards at the 2017 Emmys. Kristin Hogenboom ’95, ABC Television assignment editor, was also a part of the team that received the award for tornado coverage.  Jessica (Saraga ’05) and Brendan Walsh ’05 were awarded in the category “Outstanding Achievement for Documentary Programs-Topical” for their eco-documentary, “Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes.” The two-hour film documents the aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes and the efforts under way to control and prevent them. The Walshes filmed, edited, wrote and produced the documentary.

To reserve your seat for “Communication degree…Now What?” on March 22, please RSVP to USF Alumni & Family Relations at 877-811-ALUM or email For additional alumni events, please visit

Founded in 1920, the University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., is a Catholic, Franciscan university that serves 4,100 students nationwide; offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are more than 48,000 USF alumni across the globe.

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