Notable Alumni to Have Panel Discussion on Campus Oct. 6

Four of Bethel University’s most notable alumni will be on the school’s McKenzie campus on Thursday, Oct. 6 for a panel discussion of their careers and Bethel’s influence on those careers.
     Panel members include Jeff Devlin (BS’69), Carol Penn-Romine (BA’81), Jim Smith (BS’71) and Capt. Shelia Robertson (BS’78).
     Jeff Devlin is CEO and Executive Producer of Medialogic, a leading communications company that matches media companies with strategic relationships in advertising and marketing circles. Devlin is also Executive Producer and a partner with Original Film, a bi-coastal entertainment company specializing in feature films including Sweet Home Alabama, XXX and Fast and the Furious. Original Film is also a top producer for high-end corporate advertising campaigns. Additionally, Devlin is Executive Producer for Aero Film, one of America’s top ranked and one of the most prestigious commercial spot companies. Devlin has also served as Senior Vice President of Business Development with Doner Advertising where in one year he won more than $70 million worth of new business for Sirius Radio and Coca Cola. He was also Head of television as Senior Vice President for Lintas Worldwide Advertising, and he worked with Coca Cola, Heineken and General Motors. Devlin is on the Executive Committee for the Association of Independent Commercial Producers and he serves on the Development Committee and on the Board of Directors for the United States Equestrian Team. His industry awards include 17 Clios, 4 Effies, 21 Telly Awards, a Gold Camera award for PBS’s “An Artist’s Odyssey,” and 16 Andy Awards for creative excellence. A 1969 graduate of Bethel, Devlin is also a former recipient of Bethel’s Alumni Achievement Award.
     Carol Penn-Romine is a freelance food writer and the creator of the food blog, “The Hungry Passport.” Her work has appeared in Gastronomica, the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Cornbread Nation IV: The Best of Southern Food Writing, Food Jobs and in several books in the Travelers’ Tales series. Penn-Romine is a past editor of Edible Los Angeles and is a contributor to Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods as well as to a number of magazines within Edible Communities. Penn-Romine has traveled worldwide serving as both a tour guide and as a writer and even melding the two together to help others experience local cultures through a region’s foods. She is a recipient of the Apicius Scholarship that allowed her to attend the Symposium for Professional Food Writers at the Greenbrier. Penn-Romine was also a finalist for Les Dames d’Escoffier’s M.F.K. Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing, and she earned a second-place finish in the Southwest Writers’ Contest. Penn-Romine is a 1981 Bethel graduate.
     Jim Smith works in public relations for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, an industry leader for wealth management. During his forty year tenure with the company, Smith has served various roles including New York Stock Exchange broker. Currently, he spends the primary portion of his time giving tours of the New York Stock Exchange to the company’s high end clients serving as guide to more than 3,000 guests a year. Smith has given tours to Sarah Palin, Larry King, and Liza Minnelli to name a few, and he has also given tours to wounded warriors and Medal of Honor recipients. He has also had the opportunity to meet and speak with George W. Bush and Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Kurt Russell and Gold Hawn, Reggie Jackson, Drew Brees, Henry Kissinger and Ivanka Trump. Smith has witnessed first hand the stock exchange crash of 1987, Sept. 11, the bull market that reached the 14000 mark, the dot com era and the recent sub prime issues. He is a 1971 graduate of Bethel.
     Captain Shelia Robertson currently serves as the Special Assistant to the Navy Surgeon General for Pastoral Care at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Washington, D.C. In her position, she has program and policy oversight for Pastoral Care Programs in all Navy medical centers and hospitals around the world. Robertson has close to 30 years of Naval experience and during that time, she has been assigned to three ships and three Navy hospitals and two of her assignments led to seven years in Italy. Robertson has made four deployments during her career and has also been assigned to an air station and a retreat ministry program and has served as Director of the Navy Chaplain Resource Board, as a Region Chaplain for Navy Region Europe and a Force Chaplain for Commander, Navy Installations Command. Her time in the Navy has placed her in the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Gulf, the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Adriatic Sea, both U.S. coasts and basically all over the world. Robertson is a 1978 graduate of Bethel and a 1983 graduate of Memphis Theological Seminary.
     The panel discussion will be held at 7 p.m., in Odom Lecture Hall on Bethel’s McKenzie campus. For information about the event, contact Myra Carlock at 731-352-4090 or at