Adam Clark graduated with a B.A. in telecommunications from Ball State in 2007, and a master’s in public relations from Ball State in 2011. Adam also feels massively self-conscious about writing this bio in the third person, so he will abandon writing from that perspective immediately.
I (Adam) got the privilege of being Jim Shasky’s teaching assistant for his intermediate and advanced video courses for two years before I graduated. Jim’s relentless passion for outstanding production, combined with his powerful (albeit tear-inducing at times) ability to call students to do their absolute best work inspired me to become a teacher. I taught at Heritage Christian High School from 2007 to 2009 building their video production program from the ground up – deriving my curriculum and passion for precision visual storytelling from what I gained at Ball State. I started a film festival for students at Heritage, and invited alumni from Ball State TCOM to judge it. The value that my students got from their exposure to all that BSU taught me has led several of them to pursue careers in the industry – because they caught the passion that I got from Jim, Stan Sollars, Dr. Joe, and so many other faculty and fellow students during my time at BSU.
I returned to Ball State – because I just loved it so dang much – in 2009 to further my education with a master’s degree in public relations. For the last 8 years, I have been working outside of the TCOM industry, building a career in marketing and public relations for a couple of national insurance companies headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana where I live with my wife Val (a Ball State grad!) and our 5 kids. Currently, I manage a team of marketing professionals at Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company who do a myriad of things from writing, to design, to event planning, and even video production. I even started the company’s podcast, which I host, produce, and edit thanks to what I learned in E330 with Stan Sollars.
While I don’t spend my days (and late nights and early mornings) in a video editing bay burning my retinas on Final Cut Pro, I still carry with me the insight, creativity, and energy I gained from my time in the TCOM department at BSU. I ask myself questions like “What can I show? What can I prove? What story are we trying to tell?” and always “What can we do to make it better?” because the students and faculty I worked with at Ball State demanded that standard of themselves and asked others to embrace the hard work and do the same.
I am confident that other nominees will have more accolades and experience related to telecommunications, which might justifiably mean I won’t become this year’s TCOM Alumnus of the Year. However, I am so thankful just to be considered for this honor, because of how much Ball State University TCOM has meant to me. Thank you!
Cassie Lambert Scalettar
Wabash Indiana native Cassie Lambert Scalettar is a television producer based in Los Angeles, CA. Over the course of her nearly 20-year career, she has produced over 14 combined seasons of popular culture’s standout and ABC’s number one hit, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Recently she served as Co-Executive Producer on the new Netflix hit show Dating Around, on Steve Harvey’s Funderdome on Fox, and is currently in production on a new take on dating for FOX.
While at Ball State University, Cassie was the Executive Producer of Connections! and helped launch its first season going live. She was a camera operator at WIPB, the on-campus PBS affiliate, was voted TCOM’s Student of the Year her sophomore year, and won a Best Director award for her senior film. While attending college, Cassie drove to Indianapolis a couple of nights a week to operate camera on the court for the NBA Pacers. She continued this job after college along with working full time at The Sanders Group (an Indy-based production company) before moving to Los Angeles in 2003.
Once she landed in Hollywood, Cassie hit the ground running, working on shows like BBQ with Bobby Flay and Wolfgang Puck’s Cooking Class on the Food Network, Strictly Sex with Dr. Drew, and a handful of other shows for HGTV, TLC, E!, and DISCOVERY CHANNEL, before making the jump to network and premium VOD.
Cassie’s career as a producer has taken her to over 38 countries. Additionally, she has traveled to Uganda, Kenya, and South Sudan multiple times on behalf of Drop in the Bucket, a non-profit organization she co-founded in 2008. DROP’s mission is to build water wells and sanitation systems at schools, to teach the importance of good hygiene, and to empower children (particularly girls) to go to school instead of spending hours fetching water. Cassie has documented the moment water pumped out of a new well for the first time, and showed the villagers and schoolchildren taking ownership of their new water source. She has shot hours of interviews with young Ugandan women telling their stories and traveled to South Sudan along with Henry Rollins to document his exploration and understanding of the crisis as he became a spokesperson for DROP.
When not traveling the world and working long hours on set, Cassie loves being home with her two inquisitive and independent daughters (2 and 5 ½ years old) and her husband, Peter J Scalettar. Pete is a cinematographer, director, and producer who recently wrote and produced the four-part series for Showtime: Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men which had its world premiere at Sundance 2019. Cassie and Pete met while working on The Bachelor and were the first to be married by host Chris Harrison. A day doesn’t go by without Cassie telling people that she is a proud graduate of BSU in Muncie, Indiana. Maybe it’s that Hoosier pride.
Veteran announcer Vince Welch demonstrates his versatility at FOX SPORTS, serving multiple roles with FOX NASCAR and FOX COLLEGE BASKETBALL. Welch is the play-by-play announcer for the NASCAR GANDER OUTDOORS TRUCK SERIES and handles pit reporter duties for the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES. In NASCAR’s off-season, Welch contributes his play-by-play skills for college basketball on FOX.
Welch is one of only two announcers who have broadcast both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 on live network television.
The Indiana native spent 15 years with ABC SPORTS and ESPN covering NASCAR, the Indianapolis 500, IndyCar Series and college football. A broadcasting veteran of more than 25 years, Welch also formerly served as the sports director for WIBC Radio in Indianapolis.
He embarked on his professional broadcasting career in 1986 at a Richmond, Ind., radio station, seguing to television in 1990 at WISH-TV, the CBS affiliate in Indianapolis, as a sports anchor/reporter. After more than five years at WISH-TV, Welch joined WNDY-TV, an independent station focusing on live sports coverage in Indianapolis. He served as play-by-play announcer for football and basketball IHSAA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP coverage, while also calling baseball and tennis, and earning a regional Emmy Award in 1992 for sports programming.
In 1999, he moved to WIBC, where he broke one of the state’s biggest sports stories ever — the 2000 firing of Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight.
Welch also spent nearly 20 years as the television play-by-play voice for the Ball State University Sports Network, which broadcasts BSU basketball throughout the Midwest.
A native of Indianapolis, Welch graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Telecommunications. He resides in Carmel, IN, with his wife and three children. You may follow him on Twitter at @VinceWelch.