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SCLA 300: LA Influentials

The breadth of opportunities facing Liberal Arts students can be daunting. The biggest question for most students is, “What are you going to do with your major?” For those who haven’t completely figured it out, don’t panic. SCLA 300 is a lecture/discussion course featuring prominent Liberal Arts alumni who represent a diverse variety of careers including judges, teachers, best-selling authors, business leaders, lawyers, and entrepreneurs. These alumni return to campus to share their stories with students who will soon begin their careers. This class provides students with the unique opportunity to ask candid questions, network with influential alumni, learn about career skills, and get a glimpse at the varied career paths open to students with a Liberal Arts degree.

SCLA 300 is in BRNG 2280.


First class introduction

Kate Young

BA 2012
Podcast Host, Writer, Executive Producer
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Stately Jukes

BA 2007
Director, Pet Brand Commercialization
JM Smucker, Seven Hills, OH

Matt Gentry 

BA 2012
Mayor of Lebanon, Indiana
City of Lebanon, IN

Patrick McLaughlin

BA 1988, MS 1991
Chief HR Officer
PepsiCo Foods North America
Lewisville, TX

Scott Keller

BA 2004, JD 2007
Lehotsky Keller LLP
McLean, VA

Reed Fansler

BA 2017
Product Designer
Chicago, IL

Heather Penney 

BA 1995, MA 1997
Senior Resident Fellow
The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies
Arlington, VA

Kevin Keckler

BA 1997 (Communication)
Entrepreneur, Founder & CEO
KJK Sports, LLC
Lafayette, IN

Brian Holcombe

BA 2016
State & Policy Affairs Manager
National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies
Indianapolis, IN

Mike Asem

BA 2014
Founding Partner
Chicago, IL

Jimmy Cox

BA 2009
Senior Director, Student-Alumni Programs
Purdue for Life Foundation
West Lafayette, IN


Kathleen Sarpy 

BA 1992
Founder & CEO
Agency H5
Chicago, IL

Last class- Bringing it all together

See virtual signup sheet for specific dates and times.

Elena Sparger

BA 2015, English Literature
Senior Recruiter
Chicago, IL