Three Journalism and Mass Comm Alumni Honored

The South Dakota State University Department of Journalism and Mass Communication will honor three distinguished alumni during its annual spring journalism awards banquet April 8 at the Days Inn.

The evening honors scholarship winners and award winners in addition to distinguished alumni. The social hour begins at 6:30 with dinner at 7 p.m. at the Days Inn. Tickets are $22. Tickets must be purchased by Friday by contacting Betty Nelson at 688-4171 or by email.

Each year since 1985, by a vote of the department faculty, one or more individuals have been selected for this honor. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to journalism and mass communication. This year the department will recognize:

  • Wanda Romkema Goodman ’04, deputy secretary, South Dakota Department of Tourism, Pierre;
  • Marc Johnson ’75, partner at Gallatin Public Affairs, Boise, Idaho; and
  • Harvey Levenson ’68, director of Graphic Communication Institute at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California.

Wanda Romkema Goodman ’04
Goodman has served as the deputy secretary for the South Dakota Department of Tourism since 2012. In this role, she works on interagency issues, constituent services and legislative matters, as well as assisting in the department’s day-to-day operations and representing the department at various events and speaking engagements throughout the state.

Additionally, Goodman serves as the media and industry relations manager. Her team handles all communications and public relations functions for the department, including PR strategy, media relations, promotions and social media. She is also directly involved in the department’s marketing strategy planning and execution.

Before joining the state’s tourism department in 2006, Goodman worked as the public relations director for a Sioux Falls’ marketing firm, writing advertising copy and developing public relations strategies for a variety of clients, from food service to banking to health care.

A magna cum laude graduate of State, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in advertising, Goodman grew up in South Dakota’s southeastern corner.

Goodman’s interests include travel, reading, the outdoors, music, and spending time with her family: her husband, 5-year-old son, 2-year-old daughter and three yellow labs.

Marc JMarc-Johnsonohnson ’75
For nearly 40 years, Johnson’s career in journalism, politics and public affairs placed him at the intersection of public policy, the media, politics and business in the Pacific Northwest. As a broadcast journalist, Johnson reported on Idaho and national politics for nearly a decade. As the press secretary and chief of staff to Cecil D. Andrus, Idaho’s only four-term governor, he works on issues as diverse as nuclear waste policy and human rights.

Since 1994, Johnson has been a partner and principal owner of one of the region’s most successful public affairs firms. He served as president of Gallatin Public Affairs for five years and managed the firm’s Idaho office for nearly 20 years. During his consulting career, Johnson specialized in crisis communication and strategic communications planning. He and his wife, Pat, divide their time between Tucson, Arizona, and the north coast of Oregon.

Johnson has served as chair of both the Idaho Humanities Council and the Federation of State Humanities Councils, has taught college and adult courses on American political history and has written extensively about politics, history and public policy.Harvey-Levenson

Harvey Levenson ’68
Levenson, professor emeritus and past director of the Graphic Communication Institute at Cal Poly and past head of the Graphic Communication Department, retired from the university after a 30-year tenure as a professor and department head. He also served as interim chair of Cal Poly’s Journalism Department.

He holds four degrees in printing and communication including a doctorate in rhetoric and communication from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree in printing management from South Dakota State University, a bachelor’s degree in printing from the Rochester Institute of Technology and an associate degree in graphic arts and advertising technology from New York City College of Technology.

Prior to joining Cal Poly in 1983, Levenson founded and chaired the Division of Graphics, Design and Communication at La Roche College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and associate director of technical services for the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation, now Printing Industries of America, also in Pittsburgh.

Levenson is an active researcher, consultant, expert witness and speaker on matters related to printing, technology, graphic arts patents, copyrights, media, trade secrets and communication. He has authored many articles and books on these subjects. He has been a technical consultant to approximately 250 printing and related companies and has conducted numerous seminars and workshops.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Levenson presently resides in Atascadero, California.


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