In September 2009, I left the Knoxville News Sentinel and returned north to my alma mater, Valparaiso University, for a job with the marketing and communication department.
I got the chance to work with my good friend Tom Wyatt. I broadened my professional horizons and made new friends along the way.
Some of my favorite memories are from two service trips to New Orleans that I took with Valpo students.
I also benefited from close proximity to friends and family in nearby South Bend — where I grew up, and where we celebrated our 20th high school reunion last year.
It’s been a great 2.5-plus years. Some of those reading this who know me well are already aware that I have some major changes coming up. I’m starting a new job, in Durham, N.C., with the Herald-Sun. And I’m getting married. Julie lives and works in the region of North Carolina where I’m moving. It’s an exciting time for us. I’m going to miss Valpo and its people, but I can’t wait to get started on this next chapter.