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Tara Hargrove

Tara Hargrove, M.A.

Associate Professor of Communication

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Tara Hargrove, M.A.

Associate Professor of Communication


Degrees

M.A. in Communication Studies, Colorado State University
2009

Tammy McGuire

Tammy McGuire, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication

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Tammy McGuire, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication

Tammy McGuire, Ph.D., professor, specializes in organizational communication. She taught English for 19 years at Sunnydale Academy (Missouri) and Upper Columbia Academy (Washington) and has written and presented extensively on communication topics, with several presentations to the 2007 National Communication Association Convention. She loves mountain climbing, rock climbing, backpacking, mountain biking and kayaking.


Degrees

B.A. in Language Arts Education, Union College
1984
M.A. in English, Eastern Washington University
1998
Ph.D. in Communication, University of Missouri - Columbia
2006

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Michelle Rai

Michelle Rai, M.S. - Chair

Assistant Professor of Communication

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Michelle Rai, M.S. - Chair

Assistant Professor of Communication

Michelle Konn Rai, M.S., specializes in public relations and integrated marketing communications. She has worked as an enrollment counselor, assistant director of enrollment services, and director of public relations. A current project is working on PUC's branding and marketing plan with the vice president for marketing and enrollment. She enjoys chasing after her two-year-old daughter, Sophie; playing on the faculty/staff volleyball team for intramurals; surfing when back in Hawaii; playing tennis; and introducing exotic cuisine to the communication department faculty.


Degrees

B.A. in Communication, Pacific Union College
1997
B.S. in Journalism, Pacific Union College
1997
M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communication, Golden Gate University
2007

Lynne Thew

Lynne Thew, B.A.

Instructor of Communication

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Lynne Thew, B.A.

Instructor of Communication

Professor Lynne Thew came to Pacific Union College in 2005 as an adjunct professor and joined the faculty in 2007. She teaches the journalism courses within the Pacific Union College Department of Communication.

Professor Thew has ghostwritten eight business and medical books, including the bestselling Six Sigma: The Breakthrough Management Strategy Revolutionizing the World's Top Corporations (Doubleday).

During the course of a twenty-year career in Washington, D.C., and New York, she interviewed a range of notable figures including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, General Electric CEO Jack Welch, former senator and U.S. ambassador to China James Sasser, futurist Alvin Toffler, and Nobel Prize-nominee Ranjit K. Chandra. In addition to the business of writing and editing books, she has written copious amounts of catalogue copy and more book proposals than she cares to remember.

Her greatest regret in life is that she ever threw away a book. She is passionate about journalism and a well-turned sentence.


Degrees

B.A., Pacific Union College
1978