Class Notes

College of Liberal Arts


Marcia MeierMarcia Meier (Journalism ‘78) worked for nearly ten years as a book editor and writing coach before opening a publishing company called Weeping Willow Books. She has written two poetry and photo books and co-edited an anthology. Last month she produced a live stage production in Santa Barbara of essays and poems from the book. She would like to credit the late journalism Professor Jim Hayes for providing superb education and guidance.


Diana Burnell (Journalism ‘81) is now the assistant ticket office manager for Stanford Live at Stanford University.

Paul PickeringPaul Pickering (Journalism ‘83) has been working in real estate at Bay Osos Brokers as an associate broker for the last 25 years. He and his wife, Pam, who is employed by Farm Supply Company, live in San Luis Obispo.



Marcia Godwin (Political Science ‘86) was recently promoted to full professor at the University of La Verne. She teaches graduate public administration courses and is a frequent commentator to Southern California newspapers on local election and policy issues. She is co-editor of a recently-published book on congressional elections, “The Roads to Congress 2016.”


Scott Saunders (Applied Art and Design ‘92) has been a successful and award-winning freelance graphic designer for Design 7 Studio for more than 25 years and is now living and working in the greater Seattle area.


Julie KnudsenJulie Knudsen (Art and Design ‘03) spent 12 years in the corporate world as a graphic designer and visual brand manager before starting We Goddess Jewelry. Her mission is to bring a sense of power and strength to women of all ages and backgrounds.




Megan SaulsburyMegan Saulsbury (Communication Studies ‘05) recently launched her second business, Personal Touch Writing Services. The company focuses on adding a personal touch to resumes and cover letters, ensuring clients stand out among competitors.


Frederick Hives (Communication Studies ‘08) completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology and began working at Kaiser Permanente in Fresno in June 2017.

William WillisWilliam Wills (Social Science ‘09) spent 13 years in the Army National Guard. He fulfilled his dream of becoming a helicopter pilot and has deployed twice to the Middle East. He is now an active duty army aviation captain and flies the UH-60M Blackhawk helicopter.






Amanda HurlockAmanda Hurlock (Psychology ‘10) left her job as a behavior analyst and is now working for San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She works with adults with mental illness. She recently got engaged to her boyfriend of six years.




Katy RohrerKaty Rohrer (Anthropology and Geography ‘16) is currently finishing a master’s degree in environmental risk and human security with the United Nations University in Bonn, Germany. She currently interns with an environmental nonprofit founded by former Vice President Al Gore and also serves as a research assistant for a research fellow at the University of Melbourne. She credits these opportunities to her incredible professors and degree at Cal Poly.

April Capanna (Psychology ‘16) is currently a graduate student in the Education Specialist School psychology program at CSU Fresno.

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