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Vai Sikahema

Vaiangina 'Vai' Sikahema was born August 29, 1962 in Nuku'Alofa, Tonga. He first came to Brigham Young University from Mesa, Arizona in 1980 to continue playing football. In 1984, Sikahema married Keala Heder.

After his sophomore year of college, Sikahema paused his football career to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in South Dakota. In 2002, he graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s degree incCommunications with an emphasis on broadcast journalism. Sikahema then went to play for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1986, during which time he made two Pro-Bowl appearances. He moved to Arizona with the Cardinals, where he continued his education at Arizona State University. He went on to play for the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles. As an Eagle, he was nominated for the 1992 All-Madden Team.

After retiring from the NFL, Sikahema was hired by the WCAU sports television station in Philadelphia. In 2008, Sikahema worked as an NBC network correspondent at the Beijing Olympics. Since 2010, he has written articles for Deseret News. On November 22, 2013, Vai Sikahema was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Hall of Fame. Currently, he is the Sports Director for NBC10 Philadelphia.

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Ian Puente

Ian Puente graduated from Brigham Young University in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in film. He studied Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Oxford for a year, and did his master's thesis in Israeli cinema. He earned a degree from Colombia Law School with a focus on entertainment law. Puente is now a filmmaker, attorney, and vice-president of business development at Samuel Goldwyn Films.

In 2015, he was one of the alumni highlighted by the College of Fine Arts and Communications for the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Harris Fine Arts Center. He is married to fellow BYU film graduate Melissa Puente. He also studied Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Oxford University.

In 2016, Ian spoke to the college at a forum with remarks entitled “Living the Dream, Even When It’s Not So Dreamy.” In his remarks, Ian talked to his 23-year-old self about what he feels would be important for him to know in retrospect. Here are the main points from his presentation: 1) Tailor your career path to suit your risk tolerance. 2) Cultivate an employable skill or set of skills. 3) Persevere as if you have no other options. 4) Don’t compare yourself to others. 5) Serve, primarily in your own family. 6) Maintain an eternal perspective. Ian was joined by his wife, Mellissa, an Emmy award winning editor, their four children, and Ian’s mother.

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Quint Randle

Quint B. Randle received his BA in Journalism in August 1984 and currently is a professor in the Communications Department at BYU. He received his MA in communications from Pepperdine University. He published and worked for several magazines before going on to get his master's and doctoral degrees. He received his PhD in 2001; his dissertation was titled "Gratification Niches of the World Wide Web and Conventional Print Magazines."

Dr. Randle specializes in teaching and research about new media. Prior to completing his doctorate from Michigan State Univeristy, he was a publisher and writer, founding two national magazines over the years: Gig Magazine and The Hockey Player. He was also the online manager at The Lansing State Journal, a Gannett newspaper. He has been involved in a variety of media adventures during the past 18 years, including magazine launches, cable television shows (ESPN2), ad agency campaigns, and Internet news sites.

Randle and fellow alumnus Jeffrey L. Hinton are members of the band Joshua Creek. Joshua Creek, a christian-country band, reached No. 1 on Power Source Magazine’s top-20 list. Joshua Creek’s song, “What Kinda Car?” was ranked No. 1 in both the November and December issues of Christian-Country Gospel News. Their hit song, “Everything I Need,” was featured on CBS’ The Young & The Restless, on Friday, December 21, 2007. In August 2008 Randle delivered his paper, "Transition Tuneup: Teaching Smoother Transitions" at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual convention. In 2012 he published his article, The Effect of Music Priming on Issue Perception, Recall & News Credibility of Photo Slide Shows in the academic journal Journalism Innovation.

In 2013, he was featured in the BYU Alumni Magazine for his eclectic work as a BYU professor, a member of KSL Radio's NightSide Project, a beekeeper, and a songwriter. In 2016, Randle mentored Donovan Baltich in a multi-media documentary about a 3,700-year-old Peruvian culture that went on to take second place in the Multimedia Enterprise Reporting Competition of the Hearst Journalism Awards.

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