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Urban legend
If Robert J. Gibbs had focused solely on his primary interest of urban planning as an undergraduate at Oakland University, he might not be as successful as he is today. But instead, Gibbs, CAS ’77, pursued a liberal arts degree — a well-rounded education he is convinced made a difference in his career. 
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Healing heart
Kenneth McMillan, M.D., CAS ’72, has been a physician for more than 25 years. Yet his time has not been spent ensconced in a hospital or physician’s office. Instead he has made the wild terrain of the Congo and the streets of inner-city Minneapolis, Minn., his workplace.Currently the Director of Medical Services for the Kola Outreach Program in Minneapolis, McMillan does everything from treating wounds, to ordering prescriptions, to screening for hypertension and diabetes.
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Helping paws
Sometimes a cold nose can butt in where others can’t. And sometimes it’s just what the therapist ordered. As of fall 2008, the School of Nursing (SON) began offering one of only a handful of online certificate programs in the region for animal-assisted therapy (AAT) and has supported the efforts of Teacher’s Pet, an innovative program that pairs at-risk youth with shelter dogs.
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On the ball
His fellow business students suspected there was something odd about Jack Huczek, MBA ’08, SBA ’05. He was unable to work on group projects on weekends, and often found ways to gear assignments to the subject of fitness. If any were too timid to approach the affable Rochester native and ask, a quick Google search would have revealed that their classmate was, and is, a professional racquetball player.
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Change of station
With 23 years of experience under her gold-plated belt buckle, the first female captain in the Troy, Mich., police department shares one of her fondest on-the-job memories — the time she made a special springtime delivery. Promoted to captain in 2007, Mott commands 100 employees in Troy’s Police Operations Division. It’s where she belongs.
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Professional pioneers
Entrepreneurship is alive and well, despite the economic challenges facing today’s business community.  In fact, times like these may force people to think about being an entrepreneur, says Jim Schrager, SBA ’70, a strategy researcher and clinical professor of entrepreneurship and strategic management at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Here we talk with alumni who are outstanding examples of successful entrepreneurship in action.
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