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January 2016

Class of 1972

Molly Newman is an Executive Producer for CBS's freshman drama, Code Black. Newman attended Day School through the eighth grade when the school was still located on Sunset Avenue. She later graduated from Central High School, but to this day gives credit to Day School for her formative education. One teacher who had a particular influence on her craft was Middle School English teacher, John Gould.

Newman earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Denver, where she also launched her career as a playwright by adapting the book Quilters: Women and the Domestic Art to the stage. The musical, Quilters, performed at the Kennedy Center and on Broadway. It was nominated for a Tony Award in 1985. Read more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quilters_(musical)

With an early success in theater under her belt, Molly Newman made a leap to the Silver Screen and began writing for the Larry Sanders show in 1993. From there, Newman wrote and produced for The Tracey Ulhman Show, and Tracey Takes On for which she won a 1997 Primetime Emmy Award, Frasier, Murphy Brown, and Brothers and Sisters. Newman is currently a writer-producer for the show, Code Black, which airs Wednesday nights on CBS.

Looking towards the future, Molly Newman says she would love to get back into writing for cable shows where there is more freedom and less demand than with network television. Also, she and Code Black star, Marcia Gay Harden, are in the beginning planning stages of a feature film project staring the actress. And, in her spare time, Newman tries to mentor younger female professionals starting out in the business.

Class of 1986

Chris Kensler is the Senior Entertainment Editor and Producer at FOXNews.com. Previously he worked as the Editorial Director at Stylehive.com, and was the Deputy and Entertainment Editor at Star Magazine. He has written and edited several pop culture and test prep books, and is the author of 'Newswriting: Unzipped' (Peterson's). Kensler currently writes entertainment blog posts for Fox News. His feed can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/archive/chris-kensler/index.html

 

 

Class of 1997

When Paul Saunders quit his job in management with a local Fortune 1000 company to sell luxury linens online, many thought he was crazy.

"People said: 'I can't believe you gave that up' or 'What happens if …?'" Saunders said. "But I was worried that if I didn't do it, I'd say, 'What if?'”

Years earlier, Saunders had realized the potential in e-commerce while living in south Texas and serving in the military. He knew of a local golf pro shop that had high-end equipment the owner was having trouble selling.

"I said, 'Let me sell this for you for a cut,'" Saunders recalled, and the man agreed. Saunders began listing the items on eBay and sold the man's inventory in less than six weeks. "There was a specific day," Saunders recalled, "that I checked my phone in the morning and had sold thousands of dollars in merchandise overnight. That's when I realized the power of the Internet."

Saunders moved all around the world while in the military, but when it was time to settle down, he choose his hometown. Saunders' wife, Emily, also is from Evansville, and they both wanted to be near family. When he first moved back to Evansville, Saunders worked for Whirlpool, then for Mead Johnson, where he was in management. In 2010, while working full time at Mead Johnson, Saunders started ExceptionalSheets.com, an Internet company devoted to selling luxury linens.

"I was just trying to take an idea and implement it," he said. "I've never been great at coming up with the best idea ever. Just take any idea and do it very well. I think that what's important to me and to this business is that it's a niche market."

Although he was launching an internet-based business, Saunders said he didn't know anything about websites, domains or programming languages, but that didn't stop him. He and his partner, Scott Schreiber, focused on the business and business model and let others handle the details. When they needed pictures of the product, they hired a local photography company. When they needed a website, they hired a local company to create one.

"My advice would be, first and foremost, don't hesitate to ask for help," said Saunders, who talked to many successful business people and asked many questions along the way.

Soon, Saunders was sending off to customers around the country and even the world. Before long, sales exceeded $250,000, and with the support of his wife, Saunders quit his job to focus on ExceptionalSheets.com full time. He's now looking to hire his first employees and knows he'll soon outgrow his current warehouse accommodations.

Saunders' recipe for success is fairly simple: Treat others as you'd like to be treated. Although his business currently is run out of a garage, Saunders said you'd never know that by the service. As he looks to expand Exceptional Sheets.com, Saunders is excited about the potential in e-commerce, not just for his own company but for others as well.

"I think e-commerce can be good for Evansville," he added. "This is one way Evansville can reinvent itself and thrive in the future."

 

Class of 2013

Evan Stieler was recently named Homecoming King at the University of Southern Indiana.

 

Class of 2015

Helen Fox recently won a concerto competition sponsored by Washington University. Helen has been playing the harp since she was twelve years old. Day School’s flexibility allowed Helen to pursue lessons at Indiana University, which, according to Helen’s mother, Mary Anne Fox, “…was a tremendous help in developing her skills and passion.” Helen has continued her musical studies with a private instructor in St. Louis, where she attends Washington University. She will play Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf's Concerto for Harp and Orchestra with the Washington University symphony orchestra on March 4th.