Two WSU Alumni Recognized for Achievements in Communication
Steve Hart and Sarah Coffman
Two of Wichita State University’s Elliott School of Communication alumni have recently been recognized for their achievements in the field of communication.
Sullivan Higdon & Sink’s Steve Hart and the Wichita Animal Action League’s Sarah Coffman have received recognition from the school.
Hart is the selected recipient of this year’s Elliott School of Communication's Outstanding Alumni Award, and Coffman is the winner of the "One to Watch" award, which honors a graduate of the Elliott School
The "One to Watch" award recognizes the work of professionals who have graduated from the Elliott School within the past 10 years.
Hart graduated from WSU in 1976 with a degree in journalism. After graduating from WSU in 1976 with a degree in journalism, and went to work for The Wichita Eagle. Hart served as part-time sports writer for the paper, covering high school sports and occasionally worked on feature pieces. Three years later, he became involved with advertising, marketing and sales promotion, and has remained in this area ever since.
Hart is currently serving as the group director for his employer of 21 years, Sullivan Higdon & Sink. Over the course of his career, he has worked for three Wichita-area advertising agencies, and has promoted such brands as Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Kansas, Cessna Aircraft Co., Frigidaire, Spirit AeroSystems, Westar Energy, Zenith and many others.
"My career has been built on the foundational training I received at WSU," says Hart. "The experiences I had there gave me the confidence I needed to explore and grow in the communication fields that I chose."
"My relationships with other former Shockers in the business world have proven to be some of the most important and rewarding, in terms of mentoring, that I've experienced along the way," says Hart.
Coffman graduated Cum Laude in 2010 with a degree in integrated marketing communication, and worked in several marketing positions before crossing over into world of fundraising. Coffman found her calling when she was introduced to a local humane society.
Unsatisfied with the resources available to both pet owners and the community, Coffman founded the Wichita Animal Action League in November of 2013. In July of the following year, the organization received its 501c3 status as well as a Kansas state rescue license. The organization hosted its first major fundraiser, Wags & Whiskers, three month later.
Coffman serves as the organization’s executive director and manages a board of five directors as well as countless volunteers and foster families. Coffman says she constantly utilizes her degree in all aspects of her job, from fundraising and networking with other rescue centers, to marketing, graphic design and media appearances for the nonprofit.