Stritch Magazine

Alumni spotlight: Recently published works

Friday, January 24, 2014 4:10:00 PM

Jim Ernst (B.S. Business Management, ’99) published, “The End of the Beginning” in December 2012. The autobiographical book chronicles Ernst’s journey through childhood in a small town, a 20-year military career, nearly 25 years working as an engineer in the defense industry, and “semi-retirement,” a journey which parallels the maturation of his religious beliefs. Ernst and his wife of nearly 50 years live in Alamogordo, N.M.

James Causey (M.B.A., ’02) released in January 2013 a new book, “Twisted,” a sequel to “Twist,” published in 2011. He works as an editorial writer and columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In 2008, Causey was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University where he studied hip-hop and its harmful effects on urban communities. In 2011, he received a Headliner Award for editorial writing. Connect to Causey's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel blog and his professional website to learn more about his work.

Janine Mercer (B.A. English, Writing, Communication, ’13) had her non-fiction work “Burial Writes: Coming of Age in the Funeral Industry” accepted for publication in the Fall 2013 edition (issue 90) of Sinister Wisdom Literary Journal. The account details her time in the funeral industry. She also wrote “Outlet for an Inlet: Cultural Folklore of Newfoundland” that focuses on folk practices, including music and storytelling, on the island of Newfoundland, Canada, (Mercer’s hometown) which is published in The Quint (Issue 5.3), a quarterly online journal created by the University College of the North in Manitoba, Canada. Read "Outlet for an Inlet" in The Quint and visit the Sinister Wisdom Literary Journal website for subscription information.