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There is a saying in baseball that sometimes the best trades are the ones you don’t make. And in business, sometimes the best career moves are also the ones you don’t make. During his 30-year stint at DaimlerChrysler, John Felice, SECS ’76, has had opportunities to leave and try his hand at other companies. Instead, each time his current job was a more attractive alternative.
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A heritage of helping others
Ask Joseph Gardella, CAS ’77, what receiving the 2005 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring meant to him and he’ll tell you it’s all about recognizing the mentors who shaped his career and helped him along the way. Those very important people include his parents and mentors at OU who showed him at critical points in his career what mentoring is all about. Gardella took those examples and let them be his guideposts in a career of mentoring and helping others that has spanned nearly 30 years.
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Upward Bound director leads by example
Geraldine Graham, SBA ’86, who received recognition from the Council of Opportunity in Education (COE) and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2004 for her work as director of Project Upward Bound (PUB), has been there, done that, and is all about now let’s try this.
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Alum shines on Broadway, earns Tony nomination
For most days this spring, actress Jayne Houdyshell, Academy of the Dramatic Arts, ‘74, started her work day by sitting in a La-Z-Boy chair on the Longacre Theatre stage, pretending to be asleep. The curtain was up, putting her in full view of the audience as they looked for their seats.
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