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Jonathan Bensky, CAS ’66, is serving as commercial minister-counselor at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium.

Michael Chamberlain, CAS ’68, retired from his position as president and CEO of SunGard SCT in December.

Robert J. Deneweth, CAS ’63, was recently awarded the prestigious Friend of Schools Award by the Macomb Intermediate School District for his work in leading United Way for Southeastern Michigan in Macomb County. His work was directed toward helping children and their families.

Martin Reisig, CAS ’67, was named in "The Best Lawyers in America 2006 for Alternative Dispute Resolution." Reisig is a full-time mediator who works to assist individuals and businesses in resolving conflicts. He serves as an adjunct professor of mediation at the University of Detroit-Mercy Law School, is immediate past president of the Board of Trustees of the nonprofit Oakland Mediation Center and a past chair of the Oakland County Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

William Stamps, CAS ’66, is a retired special education teacher and computer technician. He serves as his family’s genealogist. He enjoys collecting classical/Spanish guitar music and loves to play on his Ramirez. He has lived in the mountains of Utah for nearly 30 years, spending part of the year in Broken Arrow, Okla.
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Joe Ballor, CAS ’77, associate editor at the Daily Tribune in Royal Oak, Mich., was honored in the Suburban Newspapers of America 2005 Editorial Contest. "Ballor’s Diversions" entertainment section placed second in the “Best Entertainment/Features Section” category, competing against newspapers from across the nation. He is a musician in his spare time and recently recorded two songs for a pair of Hurricane Katrina relief CDs with his band,The Tones for the No Cover Label.

Susan Brakke, MA ’76, retired from 35 years of teaching senior English at Waterford Mott High School and has now ventured into the foreign currency exchange business along with her sister. American Currency Exchange, located in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., buys and sells all major currencies for international travelers.

Sallylou (Rasmussen) Cloyd, SEHS ’70, recently retired from her position as president and CEO of the South Oakland Credit Union after a 31-year tenure. While employed there, she successfully engineered the merger of SOC with the Macomb Schools and Government Credit Union. She and her husband have relocated to Virginia.

Elizabeth (Houdek) Cooper, SEHS ’76, is serving as president of AACIS, a professional organization for those in the field of distance education, including curriculum and course development, student services and program administration. In February 2006, she will mark 26 years as a course designer for distance education at Ohio University.

Robert Coulton, CAS ’75, was recently named the Environmental and Science Civilian community leader at the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C. His office’s mission is to attract, develop and sustain a diverse civilian environmental workforce that will meet the Department of Navy’s evolving mission requirements.

William Horton, SEHS ’71, retired from teaching high school theatre and English after 26 years. During that time, as director of theatre, he helped to develop a summer pre-professional music theatre program for gifted high school students called Class Act. During his tenure as theatre educator in Oregon, Horton served 10 years as secretary of the Oregon Theatre Arts Association and was on the board of directors for the Oregon chapter of the International Thespian Society. Before his final year as a teacher, he was named recipient of the 2004 Melba Day Sparks Memorial Award, a life achievement award for his contributions to educational theatre in Oregon. He credits his passion for theatre to Oakland University’s Barn Theatre and his mentor MTD coordinator Thomas A. Aston. In retirement, Horton plans to enjoy travel, sailing, spending time with his two children, and the company of Sheila, his wife of 30 years. Theatre will continue as a part of his life, and he intends to seek relationships with commercial and communitytheatres in southern Oregon.

Bernard Kent, CAS ’72, has been selected one of the nation’s Top 100 Wealth Advisors by Worth Magazine. He is employed as partner and leader of personal financial services at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Leonard Kniffel, SEHS ’70, recently published a travel memoir of his life in contemporary Poland and his journey into the life his grandmother had left behind when she relocated to the United States in 1913. The book, "A Polish Son in the Motherland", is available in stores. Kniffel is the editor and publisher of American Libraries, the magazine of the American Library Association. He holds master’s degrees in English and Library Science from Wayne State University. He now lives and works in Chicago, Ill.

Michael Mansour, MAT ’72, traveled to China last October as a volunteer for Earthwatch Institute (www.earthwatch.org) to research the Asiatic Black Bear in Schwan.

Christopher Reggio, SEHS ’79, has been appointed book publisher for T.F.H. Publications, America’s leading publisher of pet care titles. Prior to joining T.F.H., he was associate publisher of Reader’s Digest Adult Trade Publishing.
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Joe Belliotti, SBA ’86, is completing his second year as president of the National Institute of Technology, a proprietary school in Dearborn, Mich., specializing in training medical assistants, medical billers, networking specialists, pharmacy technicians and massage therapists.

Ralph R. Echtinaw, CAS ’88, has established a website (www.hoopmatch.com) for his sports photography business where parents of college athletes can purchase pictures of their kids in action.

Terrie Finston, CAS ’84, is a molecular biologist at the University of Western Australia. Her research on stygobites in western Australia was featured as the cover story of New Scientist, August 6, 2005, edition.

Gene Grabowski, SBA ’89, became a SAS Advanced Certified Professional and was promoted to senior operations research analyst at Ford Motor Credit Company.

Randy M. Grobelny, CAS ’81, is owner of Washington Claim Service, an independent insurance advising company in Shelby Township and Detroit, Mich.

Joyce A. (Marriott) Jensen, MAT ’86, CAS ’74, is a professor at Oakland Community College, CIS department. She is also the author of "Wildflowers of Michigan" and "The Great Lakes States Book."

Eric Kozlowski, MBA ’86, was recently named vice president, product development and engineering for GST AutoLeather, a Southfield, Michigan-based automotive supplier of fine leather products for the automobile industry.

Margo LaGattuta, CAS ’80, is the recipient of a Mark Twain Award for distinguished contribution to Midwestern literature from the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature at Michigan State University. She is a working writer and college instructor and lives in the Rochester area.

Norma R. Mullin, MA ’89, recently opened a counseling office in the Avon Prairie House in Rochester Hills, Mich. She is a licensed professional counselor.

Sherry Smith, CAS ’88, joined The Coalition On Temporary Shelter (COTS) as the staff events and marketing manager in August 2005.

Robert Whitton, SHS ’81, owner of TheraMatrix physical therapy, signed an exclusive contract to manage Ford Motor Company’s outpatient physical therapy throughout Michigan.
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Kevin Bauman, CAS ’95, continues to grow his 2-year-old photography business photographing architectural, interior and commercial projects.

Alfredo Casab, SBA ’93, has joined the Bloomfield Hills law firm of Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy & Sadler, PLC as an associate concentrating his practice in areas of real estate, business and corporate law. He is a board member of the Southwest Detroit Business Association and previously maintained a private law practice. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School in 1996.

Franklin Dohanyos, CAS ’91, plays the bagpipes and was thrilled to be a part of the St. Andrews Pipe Band which performed at the Oakland University commencement ceremonies in December 2005. He has been working in public relations for the past 15 years and is also a writer.

Angela (Updike) Fazzini, SEHS ’97, has been teaching various grade levels for the past nine years and is currently teaching 5th grade in the Rochester Community Schools. She has two children, son, Justin (6), and daughter, Sierra (3). She obtained her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Saginaw Valley State University in 2000.

Greg Grabowski, BGS ’91, was named in Crain’s Detroit Business as one of the “40 under 40.”

Heidi Hedquist, CAS ’97, former editor in chief of The Oakland Press, has joined Century 21 Curran and Christie as a realtor. Hedquist uses the many skills she gained in OU’s journalism program to market and sell her many clients’ listings.

Anthony Lutrell, MBA ’97, was appointed vice president of quality at MedImmune, Maryland’s leading biotechnology company. He is responsible for the strategic direction of MedImmune’s quality organization and oversees the company’s quality assurance, quality control, compliance, validation and clinical quality departments.

Felisha Newton, SEHS ’93, met her husband Richard while attending Oakland University. They have a wonderful life and two terrific sons, Donte and De’Shawn.

Holly (Swanson) Osterholm, CAS ’97, received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Michigan State University – Detroit College of Law in 1999. She has been employed as an attorney with Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone, PLC for the past four years. She and her husband, Eric, reside in Rochester with their daughters Kate (2), and Jane (3 months).

David Paxton, SBA ’98, was recognized as 2005 Employee of the Year by Campbell-Ewald for his exemplary leadership and exceptional service to the Campbell-Ewald enterprise throughout the year.

Christian L. Rhodes, SBA ’98, is a management consultant with Deloitte based in Philadelphia, Pa. He focuses on solving client issues within manufacturing and health care. He completed his MBA from Cornell University in 2004. Prior to business school, Rhodes was employed at DaimlerChrysler for four years and is a graduate of its Procurement & Supply management trainee program.

Gregory P. Sobosky, CAS ’90, is a media supervisor at phidQ in Troy, Mich.

Kristi Trevarrow, CAS ’92, is the Rochester Downtown Development Authority’s new executive director.

Peggy Upton, SBA ’91, received her certified fraud examiner certification in September 2005 by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners in Austin, Texas.
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Navy Seaman Nathan J. Borsheim, CAS ’02, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Deborah Fleischman, MSN ’03, loves being a family nurse practitioner. She has now been in practice for two years.

Dr. Erik Fotheringham, CAS ’03, recently opened Active Health Chiropractic Clinic in Clarkston, Mich.

Melissa LaRose, SEHS ’03, CAS ’94, began teaching second grade at Nocatee Elementary School in DeSoto County, Fla., in August 2005.

David Lauber, CAS ’05, began graduate work in international security services at the University of Denver Graduate School of International Studies.

Kristy McKendrick, SEHS ’00, moved to Texas in 2003 to enjoy the warm weather and expand her internet consulting business, The WEBitect. She helps health professionals with web design and marketing. She is working on her doctorate in naturopathic medicine. She plans to open a clinic in Austin, Texas, in early 2006.

Janet M. O’Brien, CAS ’02, accepted a position with United Way of Southeastern Michigan as manager of public sector campaign.

Stacie Paladino, CAS ’01, earned a master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in July 2005.

Dr. Cheryl L. (Eschbach) Peters, CAS ’00, received her doctorate degree from Oregon State University in human development and family sciences with a specialty in family gerontology.

June Teisan, SEHS ’04, received a 2005 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award is the highest honor for K-12 educators. She has been teaching middle school science in the same classroom at Harper Woods Secondary School since 1987.

Connie (Longer) Turinsky, SBA ’04, has joined the accounting and business consulting firm of Andrews Hooper & Pavlik P.L.C. as a staff accountant. Her initial assignments will be in all facets of the firm’s audit, tax and consulting business lines.
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Birth / Adoption Announcements

Anastasia (Sved) Brown, SBA ’91, and her husband Dayton Brown, CAS ’93, are delighted to announce the birth of their son, Gunnar Walter, on July 30, 2005.

Scott Collins, SEHS ’97, and his wife, Patricia, announce the birth of their first child, Laim Patrick Collins, on May 18, 2005.

Gene Grabowski, SBA ’89, recently adopted his second son, Nickoli Pavel Grabowski, from Samara, Russia, on December 20, 2005.

Ashley (Rowell) Mabbitt, CAS ’97, and her husband, Paul, announce the birth of their second child, Ryan Peter, born March 30, 2005.

Michael Simon, CAS ’96, and his wife Michelle (Strong), CAS ’01, announce the birth of their son, Marcus Alexander, on January 17, 2006.

Derek Wilczynski, CAS ’93, and his wife, Amy (Rickstad), MA ’00, CAS ’95, announce the birth of their daughter, Molly Ann Wilczynski, on October 2, 2005.
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Engagements & Weddings

Mary Calvano, CAS ’00, is engaged to Bill Brown. An October 28, 2006, wedding is planned. Karyn Bitnias, SEHS ’01, Malisa (Brusca) Sadowski, SON ’01, and Megan (Latawiec) Zannetti, SBA ’00, will be standing up in the wedding.

Nanette (Dadich) Porterfield, CAS ’96, married Mark Porterfield in November 2005. She is an attorney working in Detroit.

Lindsey (Newell) Lutz, CAS ’04, married Dawud Lutz on October 1, 2005, in an outdoor ceremony in New Mexico. She is currently working at the Gerald Peters Gallery as the Santa Fe Art auction assistant in Santa Fe, N.M.

Jamie (Moon) Merrill, MBA ’99, married Benjamin Merrill on October 23, 2004, at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. She is employed as a global program manager with Holset Turbochargers, a division of Cummins Engine.

Amy Wills, CAS ’98, and Barry Gray, CAS ’98, were married on February 19, 2006, at the Sterling Inn in Sterling Heights. The couple currently resides in Eastpointe.
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Annette DiGiulio, MAT ’82.

John Ratcliffe, CAS ’77, died May 26, 2005.

Beverly Hawkins, CAS ’74.
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