College of Communication Honors Alumni

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HEATHER KAHN
Heather Kahn of Framingham recently received a 1999 Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University College of Communication. Since 1981, the College’s Alumni Association has honored alumni whose professional accomplishments have brought credit to themselves, the College, and Boston University.

Alumni reflecting the highest standards and accomplishments in their professions are selected by the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors on the following criteria: service to community, service to profession, or special distinction. Kahn was honored with a Service to Profession Award.

Kahn, a 1989 graduate of Boston University, is an anchor and Healthbeat reporter for WCVB-TV Channel 5 in Boston. After college, Kahn served as a radio news reporter and producer before becoming an anchor for WHAG-TV in Hagerstown, MD from 1990 to 1992. Kahn then returned to Massachusetts to be a principal anchor/reporter at New England Cable News. In 1993 she became an anchor for “News at Ten” on WFTX-TV, Boston.

One year later, WCVB-TV launched its early evening news line-up, and Kahn was beckoned to become the co-anchor of the 5:30 p.m. newscast.

Kahn and her husband Michael Braver live in Framingham with two children. In the area of health reporting, Kahn has won numerous awards, including the American Cancer Society’s Sword of Hope and honors from the Massachusetts Dietetic Association and the Massachusetts Pharmacists’ Association.

RICK MINICUCCI
Rick Minicucci of Herndon, VA recently received a 1999 Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University College of Communication. Since 1981, the College’s Alumni Association has honored alumni whose professional accomplishments have brought credit to themselves, the College, and Boston University.

Alumni reflecting the highest standards and accomplishments in their professions are selected by the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors on the following criteria: service to community, service to profession, or special distinction. Minicucci was honored with a Service to Community Award.

Minicucci, a 1973 graduate of Boston University, is the chief technology officer for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). He developed a missing children’s network, established a searchable image database, created an imaging laboratory for age progressions, and created an online partners program to disseminate photos and text via online services.

Prior to his work at NCMEC, Minicucci had been a long-time volunteer and consultant for the program when he owned and operated JRM Software, Inc. JRM Software developed such software as Kidlink, which runs a replication of the Missing Children database in mall and airport kiosks, and DVTS, a video teleconferencing software package originally designed for GTE Vantage Solutions.

Minicucci and his wife Cheryl live in Herndon, VA and have two children, Jennifer and Mark.

SCOTT ROSENBERG
Scott Rosenberg of Los Angeles recently received a 1999 Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University College of Communication. Since 1981, the College’s Alumni Association has honored alumni whose professional accomplishments have brought credit to themselves, the College, and Boston University.

Alumni reflecting the highest standards and accomplishments in their professions are selected by the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors on the following criteria: service to community, service to profession, or special distinction. Rosenberg was honored with a Service to Profession Award.

Rosenberg, a 1985 graduate of Boston University, is a screenwriter whose film credits include ConAir, Beautiful Girls, and Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead. Rosenberg has also written scripts for several episodes of the HBO hit “Tales of the Crypt.”

Recent projects of Rosenberg include: an uncredited rewrite on Armageddon; The General’s Daughter with John Travolta; and he sold a television pilot, Going to California, to the WB Network.

JOAN SCHNEIDER
Joan Schneider of Brookline recently received a 1999 Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University College of Communication. Since 1981, the College’s Alumni Association has honored alumni whose professional accomplishments have brought credit to themselves, the College, and Boston University.

Alumni reflecting the highest standards and accomplishments in their professions are selected by the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors on the following criteria: service to community, service to profession, or special distinction. Schneider was honored with a Service to Profession Award.

Schneider, a 1972 graduate of Boston University, is president and creative director of Schneider & Associates, Inc., a public relations firm she founded in 1980. Also a graduate of the Owner President Management Program at the Harvard Business School, Schneider’s early days were spent working as a public relations and advertising manager for BayBank Harvard Trust.

Schneider also served as information services manager at WBZ-TV Channel 4, where she distinguished herself for bringing an artistic touch to visual design concept for broadcast media.

Ranked among the top 25 largest public relations firms in the area by the Boston Business Journal, Schneider & Associates specializes in launch public relations, a process that develops aggressive and integrated public relations plans designed to propel a new product, service, or company into the marketplace for a sustained period of time.