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Doug Bastian, SEHS ’68, retired from Pontiac City Schools in 1999. He is continuing to work on HO model railroad layout. His wife Jill (Barlow) Bastian, CAS ’68, is beginning her eighth year as township clerk in Orion Township. In 2003 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, underwent treatment and is now a recovering 10-month cancer survivor. The couple celebrated 35 years of marriage on May 25, 2003.

Jonathan M. Bensky, CAS ’66, is minister counselor for commercial affairs, U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium.
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Robert Gibbs, CAS ’77, has been selected by the University of Connecticut to master plan a new commercial retail center to enhance its student life. He recently planned the new Village of Rochester Hills as well as commercial centers for Johns Hopkins University, Brown University and The Ohio State University.

Christine Lind Hage, MAT ’75, is author of The Public Library Start-up Guide published by the American Library Association. She is director of the recently opened Clinton-Macomb Public Library and resides with her husband Bob Hage MAT ’69 and son Andrew Hage CAS ’02 in Rochester Hills.

Robert Kopacz, MA ’74, CAS ’71, is a senior software engineer at Interlink Networks in Ann Arbor. He and wife, Mariana (Jeske) Kopacz SEHS ’71, are the proud parents of Jill who graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine on May 2, 2003.

Richard Marker, CAS ’72, is manager of noise control engineering and sales for Merntech Acoustical in Plymouth. The company provides testing services and acoustical materials for industrial and architectural clients in the Midwest. Richard is married with three children.

James C. Spall, SECS ’79, was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The number of IEEE Fellows elected in any year is no more than 1/1000th of the total IEEE membership. Jim also has recently published a book, Introduction to Stochastic Search and Optimization (Wiley, 2003).

Thomas L. Sparks, CAS ’70, attorney and shareholder at Butzel Long has been named to the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts Advisory Council at Michigan State University. The council is comprised of 35 mid-Michigan business and community leaders committed to ensuring the quality of life in the greater Lansing region through the arts.

James M. Williams, SBA ’73, retired from the technology consulting business and became Dean of Business and Technology for Macomb Community College.
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Kenneth Atkinson, SEHS ’82, is the author of I Cried to the Lord: A Study of the Psalms of Solomon’s Historical Background and Social Setting (Leiden: Brill, 2004). The book is an examination of a collection of poems documenting the Roman conquest of Jerusalem. It compares these Greek poems with contemporary classical texts, the Dead Sea Scrolls and archaeological evidence.

James Kamp, CAS ’84, recently completed his MBA with distinction at the University of Michigan.

Scott Kennedy, SBA ’83, is vice president of International Manufacturing and Assembly, a Detroit-based company specializing in the representation of Asian-based manufacturers to the automotive supplier community.

Joanne (Armbruster) Kipp, MAT ’88, has been awarded Health Education Teacher of the Year by Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. It was presented at a conference on November 13, 2003, at the Grand Traverse Resort.

Mark J. Mendola, SBA ’86, has been elected to The Beaumont Hospitals Board of Trustees. He is managing partner at the Detroit offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, an audit, tax and advisory firm.

John Rhadigan, CAS ’83, is currently the anchor for FOX Sports Net-Southwest, a regional sports show based out of Dallas. In addition to his television work John is also part of an afternoon drive Sports Talk team on FOX Radio 1190 AM in the Dallas – Ft. Worth market. He was recently awarded his third Emmy for Sports Broadcasting Excellence. He and wife, Kathryn Rhadigan, CAS ’83, celebrated 20 years of marriage in September and are the proud parents of McKenna, 8, and Kal, 5.

Jeffrey H. Sedgewick, CAS ’81, is practicing ophthalmology in northern Virginia. He and his wife Roya have three children, Justin, Brandon and Elizabeth.

Kevin Smith, CAS ’83, is a senior partner at J. Walter Thompson in the strategic planning area for Ford Motor Company. His wife Theresa (Delpup) Smith, SON ’83, is working as a CRNA at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. The couple has two children, Emily and Spencer.

Robert E. Whitton, SHS ’80, is owner and CEO of TheraMatrix, Michigan’s largest private practice provider of physical therapy services located in southeast Michigan and in nine other states. TheraMatrix is a national provider of therapy services for the Big Three auto companies.
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Leigh (Settlemoir) Dzwik, SEHS ’98, earned her MBA from Wayne State University in December 2003.

Evan Genest, SHS ’90, is living in New York City and teaching chemistry at the Bronx High School of Science.

Suzanne Haxer, SEHS ’97, is teaching eighth grade English at Western Sky Middle School in Avondale, Ariz. She will obtain a master’s in multicultural education from Northern Arizona University in May 2004.

Andrea Kozak, CAS ’96, completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Western Michigan University in June 2003 and then began a postdoctoral fellowship in the department of psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Kenneth Mittelbrun, SBA ’90, has earned the designation of Certified Investment Management Analyst through the Investment Management Consultants Association at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Kristen S. Montgomery, SON ’94, is assistant professor in the college of nursing at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Kenneth Osmun, SECS ’90, has been promoted from director of project management to the position of vice president with Wight Construction where he has been employed for more than 15 years. He is also a member of U.S. Green Building Council, the Society of American Military Engineers and the Design-Build Institute of America.

Jeffrey J. Phillips, SBA ’98, was elected to the Oakland Township Board of Trustees in 2000. He is currently employed with The Ayco Company, a Goldman Sachs Company providing financial counseling to high net worth individuals.

Carla Lynn Sabbagh, CAS ’98, graduated from the Center for Humanistic Studies with a master’s in humanistic and clinical psychology in 2003. She is currently working at a nonprofit agency as a psychotherapist and pursuing her doctorate in psychology at the Center for Humanistic Studies.
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James Baubie, SECS ’02, was awarded the National Quality Excellence Award at Comerica Incorporated.

Michelle Dew, CAS ’02, is an assistant account executive with Franco Public Relations Group, Detroit.

Diane Frkan, CAS ’01, is a staff writer for Tech Center News, covering news and events in Macomb and Oakland County.

Kari Herzog, CAS ’00, will complete her master’s degree in Library and Information Science at Wayne State University in the fall of 2004.

Jamila Atlas Turner, SBA ’00, has been promoted to associate director for financial education at the Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency in Pontiac.

Jennifer Wegner, CAS ’01, completed her graduate work in higher education and student affairs administration at The University of Vermont in May 2003. She is now employed as the special events and communications coordinator in the Office of Student Activities at Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass.
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Engagements and Weddings

Deborah (Healy) Darnell, CAS ’92, married Cliff Darnell. She has two children, Drake and Kevin.

Michelle Dew, CAS ’02, is engaged to Jonathan Zellen, CAS ’01. A September 2004 wedding is planned.

Brian J. Koch, SHS ’97, married Susan L. Lamb on February 2, 2002.

Andrea Kozak, CAS ’96, married Matt Taszreak, SBA ’94, in June 2002.

David Maloney, CAS ’93, married Shannon Murphy on October 18, 2003. The couple resides in Northville.

Barbara J. Riddell, CAS ’65, married Harley T. Buchanan in 2001. The couple has five grandchildren. Both Barbara and Harley retired this year.

Kelly M. (Gray) Thelen, SEHS ’03, married Ryan Thelen on August 23, 2003.

Jill (Palecki) Wilson, SON ’01, wed Robert Wilson, SON ’01, on October 17, 2003. Jill works in the Progressive Care Unit at Mt. Clemens General Hospital and Robert is employed in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Royal Oak Beaumont.

Steven Yenshaw, SBA ’90, married Allison Freeman on October 25, 2003. He is vice president of investments for NatCity Investments. Allison is a middle market manager for Phillip Morris USA.

Kristi Lynn (Kay) Zangara, CAS ’98, married Louis Zangara on December 22, 2002. She is employed at Bortz Health Care.
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Birth Announcements

Joy Camp, CAS ’01, and her husband Stephen announce the birth of their twins, Reese and Emma on June 5, 2003.

Rebecca (Hyska) Drzewiecki, SHS ’98, and her husband Sean Drzewiecki, SHS ’97, announce the birth of their son Luke James on October 6, 2003.

Kelly (Walton) Jones, CAS ’94, and her husband Tim are proud to announce the birth of their first child Kylie Reese on November 29, 2003.

Brian J. Koch, SHS ’97, and his wife Susan announce the birth of their son Owen Frederick on August 16, 2002.

Jill (Wauldron) Leider, SEHS ’00, and her husband Chris Leider, CAS ’91, announce the birth of their second son Ryan born October 8, 2003. He joins big brother Evan.

Tiffany (Bobek) McIntyre, CAS ’99, and her husband Carlos McIntyre, CAS ’95, announce the birth of their son Nathaniel Llewellyn on October 23, 2003.

David T. Van Sweden, CAS ’95, and his wife Denise Miller announce the birth of their son Zachary Alexander on August 30, 2003.

Sarah (Fish) Siterlet, SEHS ’97, announces the birth of her second son Colin in September. She is currently working for St. James Mortgage Corp. in Bloomfield Hills.

Jeffrey Zielinski, SECS ’92, and his wife, Kristen, are proud to announce the birth of their son Trevor Kulhavi Zielinski on September 14, 2003. He joins big brother Noah Michael.
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Lois Brookshire, CAS ’97, died November 25, 2003.

Ayad Dokho, CAS ’86, died November 28, 2003.

Michael Gulu III, CAS ’78, died December 6, 2003.

James Hays, CAS ’69, died in May 2002.

Lori Ann Macauley, CAS ’82, died November 12, 2003.

Frank Rozmus, SECS ’76, died October 11, 2003.

Steven Sandlin, SECS ’00, died November 12, 2003.
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