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Potter College Alumni Speaker Series

The Alumni Speaker Series celebrates the accomplishments and diverse paths our alumni have taken, while advising current students on their career options and networking opportunities. Meeting with our alumni will help assist our students in identifying and articulating the competencies and job-ready skills that that are developing in their coursework and majors. 

In Potter College it is our mission is to help students expand the range of their opportunities by providing them with a broad education that will prepare them for meaningful work in an almost limitless number of careers across a lifetime.

If you or your class is interested in attending or meeting with one of our upcoming alumni speakers, please contact kelly.scott@wku.edu at least 2 weeks prior to the event.

Upcoming Speakers:

March 3, 2020 | 6:30 p.m. | Fine Arts Center 156

Brad Vetter | Graphic Design and Printmaking

Brad Vetter is a designer, letterpress printer, artist, and educator currently based in Louisville, KY. Soon after graduating from Western Kentucky University where he studied graphic design and printmaking, Brad began working at the legendary Hatch Show Print in Nashville, TN. At Hatch, he did everything from sweep the floors to training the interns, all while printing posters for his favorite bands and bringing a fresh new approach to working with the antiquated process of letterpress.

Armed with a printing press and some woodtype, Brad went on to start his own shop, Brad Vetter Design in 2012. Brad Vetter Design strives to push letterpress forward and never stop exploring its possibilities. He began working on digital design projects while never taking off his apron. Now walking the line between analog and digital, Brad’s posters are created with a combination of antique type/presses and a laser engraver. These days, Brad spends his time teaching workshops, designing wine labels & other fun things, printing letterpress show posters, building community, and making art.

Select Client List:

Nike, Fossil, Anthropologie, Ryman Auditorium, Penguin Books, Texas Tourism, Domtar Paper, AARP Magazine, Head Snowboards, Lost Highway Records, Garden & Gun Magazine, Boonville Cider House, Rebel Wine Co, Fatz Cafe, Signal Ridge Vineyard, Brink International (Chili’s), Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Chevy, ETC.


Event Postponed

Jon Kay| Folk Art and Aging

Jon Kay directs Traditional Arts Indiana at Indiana University, where he serves as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. He is the author of Folk Art and Aging: Life-Story Objects and Their Makers and the edited volume The Expressive Lives of Elders: Folklore, Art, and Aging. Kay has produced more than sixty exhibitions, and thirty documentary films. His research into the artmaking practices of older adults has led to invited talks at public agencies throughout the United States, including for the Library of Congress, Missouri Arts Council’s Arts and Aging Conference, and the Indiana Arts Homecoming.

"Making Resilience: The Power of Creative Practice in Later Life"


Event Postponed

Ameerah Palacios | Public Relations

Ameerah Palacios is an award-winning strategic public relations executive helping organizations elevate their brand. Originally from Louisville, she has built a career as a dynamic communications educator and trainer for nonprofit,education and healthcare brands with an extensive background in news media as a former business journalist, talk show host, radio anchor and television news producer. She earned an MBA while in upstate New York and has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from Western Kentucky University, where her journalism studies took her to Japan and Great Britain. With expertise in social media, marketing research and brand journalism, she is an enthusiastic manager of digital communication and marketing campaigns.

A few of Ameerah's awards among the many include being recognized with the 2007 WKU President's Award for Diversity and the 2008 U.S. Small Business Administration Kentucky Small Business Journalist of the Year. In 2013, Ameerah earned the accreditation in public relations, the PR industry's highest credential and mark of distinction. In 2019, Ameerah was honored as a National School Public Relations Association 35 under 35 at its annual conference in Washington, DC. Under Ameerah's leadership as the Director of Marketing and Communications for Greater Louisville Inc., the Metro Chamber of Commerce for the 15-county region known as Greater Louisville, the chamber was recognized with a national Chamber Innovation Award for her Year of Tech marketing campaign. Follow her on Twitter: @IAmAmeerah

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