DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College, a four-year Catholic liberal arts college, and the Loras College Women’s Leadership Alliance will host alumna and communications professional Beth Mund. She will present “A Space Geek’s Story of Love and Adventure” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 in Ballroom A, Alumni Campus Center.
“As a young girl, I petitioned my parents and my principal to allow me to go to space camp,” she said. “After two incredible weeks, my mind was set. I was determined to work for our nation’s space agency.”
From 2001-2003, Mund, 1996 graduate of Loras, worked for NASA as an internal communication specialist. From 2003-2005 she was a communications officer for its International Space Station Program. Mund regularly helped conduct informational meetings to more than 2,500 employees quarterly, including live global broadcasts with NASA’s space station partners the Russia Space Agency (Rosaviakosmos) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
“Finding a united, strong voice after the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy in 2003 was the most challenging and significant experience of my career,” she said. “My team would say I remained poised and a consummate professional during this tragedy, and during my years of work representing NASA. I’d like to think that poise started at Loras, where you learn to build your foundation based on your faith and community.”
Mund’s career also includes serving as a technical writer at Motorola, senior communications specialist at Allstate, public affairs manager for the City of St. Charles, Illinois and senior corporate communication consultant at United Airlines. Through her diverse career, Mund has worked to implement communication strategies with Fortune 500 CEOs, astronauts, community leaders, business owners and students.
In 2015, Mund founded Stellar Communications, LLC. As its CEO, she serves as a professional speaker and communication advisor. Her inspirational presentations are always delivered with a side of science.
“I’m passionate about helping women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and STEAM (STEM and art) speak with clarity and confidence,” she said. “
Mund is also a founding board member of the Women’s Leadership Alliance that began in March. Its mission: Engage women on the Loras College campus and in alumni communities, connecting or reconnecting them with the College.
She looks forward to speaking in her hometown, fellow Loras alumni, students and the entire Loras community. In preparation for her visit, Mund created a video invite specifically for students.
“Service is a part of the Loras tradition that began the very first day I walked on campus,” Mund said. “Now, as an alumna, it will be my honor to be of service to the young women at Loras who will become our future leaders.”
The Leadership Alliance is guided by a volunteer board of alumni, faculty and staff. Members, in addition to Mund, include Nancy Zachar Fett, a 1990 graduate of Loras and associate professor of social work; Jane Demmer, 1976 graduate; Deb Gustafson, 1976 graduate; Sarah Ross, 1981 graduate; Theresa Hoffman, a member of the Loras College Board of Regents, 1981 graduate; Jen Skipper, 1997 graduate; Karen Runde, 2007 graduate; Melissa Wagner, 2009 graduate; Jamie Covell, 2012 graduate; Ashley Miller, 2013 graduate; Cayla Schneider, ex officio; and Valorie Woerdehoff, 1982 graduate and ex officio.
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Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.