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Pat Darzi, SEHS ‘67, took early retirement from teaching in Georgia in 2006. She recently moved to Alabama to be near her three granddaughters and grandson. They are the sunshine of her life!

J. Michael Newlight, CAS ‘69, writing as Myron Night, recently published his third novel, Perfect Fingers, a story of 70s America, in hardcover. Information at www.greenlightbooks.com.  
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Dian Beaubien, CAS ‘75, is the VP of Sales and Business Development and has built and developed the sales team at BioArray Solutions, a molecular beadchip multiplex platform for diagnostic testing in bloodbank. On rare occasion, when home in Tucson, Ariz., she participates in the local bands playing bass clarinet.

Patricia Eriksson, CAS ‘73, has returned to Michigan after 28 years abroad in international education including International Baccalaureate Administration and Fulbright Commission member in Europe and the Middle East.

Phil Foley, CAS ‘78, transferred in May from the weekly County Line Reminder in Ortonville, Mich., to the tri-weekly County Press in Lapeer, Mich., where he is a staff reporter. His work can now be seen in both papers, as well as occasionally in the Oakland Press, which is also a Journal Register Company.

Robert Gibbs, CAS ‘77, is principal behind the Gibbs Planning Group, and will be a featured speaker and program instructor for the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He will participate in a graduate session titled, “New Urban and Smart Growth Retail Planning and Design Principles.”

William Hammers, MA ‘79, married Mariana on February 14, 2008, and graduated from Berklee School of Music with a master’s in Arranging in April 2008 - his fifth degree program. Others are B.S in Mathematics from Eastern Michigan University in 1972, a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from Arizona State University in 2002, and near Ph.D. in Instructional Technology 1988-93.

William Hunt, CAS ‘75, has been appointed head of Diagnostics for the State of New Mexico; Youth Development and Diagnostics Center.

Steve Luzkow, CAS ‘76, joined Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber as senior environmental manager. He brings more than 29 years of environmental expertise to FTC&H and will be working in the environmental due diligence service area. He is also president of the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals.

Kenneth McMillan, CAS ‘72, pursued his career goal as a general surgeon (WSU) and “flying doctor” in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He was joined by his wife, Ginny, and together they ran a rural hospital for 15 years under CrossWorld. Presently, he is a safety net physician for homeless Native Americans in Minneapolis, Minn.

JoAnn Pugh-Cowens, CAS ‘76, is running for Calhoun County District Court. She has worked for Legal Services and for seven years at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation in African programming. As a lawyer, she handles criminal defense, family law, civil cases and probate work.

Stephen O. Schultz, CAS ‘73, and fellow OU alumnus Stephen J. Rhodes, CAS ‘83, announced recently the founding of Fahey, Schultz, Burzych, Rhodes, PLC located in Okemos, Mich. The law firm was established earlier this year and represents a focus on private and public sector clientele centered on the use of “green technology.”

Kathy Sgambati, CAS ‘71, is the recipient of the 2008 Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service as a state legislator. The award is the highest honor for a public official from the nation’s largest physician organization. She was selected for her role in designing and implementing the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Kid’s Cabinet; managing the Citizen’s Health Initiative and securing over $1 billion in federal aid; and, as a state senator, by successfully sponsoring legislation to create a volunteer outreach program, to reduce costs, to expand access to health insurance and to fully fund services for people with developmental disabilities.

Leslie Stein, CAS ‘76, of the Southfield, Mich., law firm of Seyburn, Kahn, Ginn, Bess and Serlin PC has been selected as a Super Lawyer by Law and Politics Magazine in the area of bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights. Stein heads the firm’s Creditors’ Rights Practice Group. 
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Roger Bick, SBA ‘81, is a management consultant for Kenneth J. Dalto & Associates in Farmington Hills, Mich.

Arline Bittker, SEHS ‘88, is the recipient of the B’nai B’rith International Guardian of the Menorah Award as part of a community-wide celebration of Israel’s 60th anniversary. The annual award recognizes individuals who exemplify outstanding community service, dedicated leadership and philanthropic involvement. She serves on the executive board of B’nai B’rith International and co-chairs with her son, Alan, the Stem Cell Foundation International. She also serves on the National Board of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, the Board of Hillel of Metropolitan Detroit and is active with the Hillels at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. She is a member of the board of directors of the American Technion Society of Detroit Chapter.

Mark Frankel, SBA ‘83, is a candidate for the Oakland County Probate Court. He was elected to the State Bar Repre-sentative Assembly and is a member of the Probate Alliance. He is a partner with Couzens, Lansky, Fealk, Roeder & Lazar PC in Farmington Hills, Mich.

Daniel Gustafson, CAS ‘81, is senior vice president for Government Affairs at Scofes & Associates in Lansing, Mich.

Mary Haezebrouck, MA ‘81, is the new principal at Barnard Elementary in the Troy School District.

Anna Hamzey, CAS ‘84, earned a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Administration in 1994 from Central Michigan University. She is the manager of Employee and Labor Relations for a division of Trinity Health known as Trinity Senior Living Communities based in Novi, Mich.

Daniel Kwit, SECS ‘84, was recently promoted to the position of Director of Business Intelligence at P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc.

Mark Lewakowski, SBA ‘81, retired from the United States Air Force as Lieutenant Colonel and after a 30-year respite, accepted a Federal Position at Beale AFB near Yuba City, Calif., with the Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Program. He and his wife, Cathy, have been married for 24 years. Their son, John, turned 21 and is a college student in California studying business management. Mark enjoys wine making in his spare time.

Sandra Murphree, SBA ‘80, is vice president, Human Resources for Faurecia Interiors North America and Group HR.
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Diane Adair, SEHS ‘97, is the recipient of a MEEMIC Insurance Pino Agency Excellence in Education Award. She is an art teacher at Meadow Brook Elementary in the Rochester Community School District.

Kurt Brauer, CAS ‘91, has joined Warner, Norcross & Judd as a partner. Brauer concentrates his practice in environmental law and litigation, with an emphasis on environmental compliance and regulatory matters, brownfield and other economic development and complex real estate matters.

Kathellen Delaney, SHS ‘92, completed her master’s degree in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and is a Certified Industrial Hygienist currently working as the Industrial Hygiene program coordinator at Colorado Springs Utilities in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Ann Edgerton, MED ‘97, recently moved from Monteray Bay/Carmel, Calif., and accepted a position as the director of the University of Minnesota Childcare Center.

Kevin Finn, SEHS ‘93, has been named Dean of Students at Lawrence Technological University. In this role, he will oversee student activities outside of the classroom, including housing and dining services, career services and international programs, and sports and recreation.

Rachel Hahnefeld, CAS ‘95, has been promoted to director of purchasing at Pontiac Coil Inc. She has been with the company since 2000.

Cheryl Ogonowski, MM ‘98, is the recipient of a MEEMIC Insurance Pino Agency Excellence in Education Award. She is a music teacher at Meadow Brook Elementary in the Rochester Community School District.

Audrey Olmstead, BGS ‘93, joined Walsh College as vice president, chief development officer.

Rayissa Palmer, CAS ‘96, moved to Newport Beach, Calif., and accepted a position as director, Marketing and Communications with the Annuities & Mutual Funds Division of Pacific Life Insurance Company as of May 1, 2008. She will oversee all of the marketing and advertising for the company’s annuity and mutual fund products.

Deana Pankotai, SEHS ‘92, was selected as Teacher of the Year for 2008 at Mt. Clemens Middle School. She is currently teaching sixth grade science and has supervised many OU pre-service teachers and one student teacher.

Nick Schillace, CAS ‘97, Detroit guitar virtuoso, recently released his second album titled “Landscape and People” under the Burly Times Records label.

Michael Simon, CAS ‘96, joined the staff of Mott Community College in Flint, Mich., as manager of the Office of the President and Board of Trustees.

John Smail, MBA ‘93, has been appointed vice president of the North America Commercial Group of International Automotive Components Group North America (IAC). He will oversee all sales and program management functions with foreign and domestic manufacturers in IAC’s North American commercial group portfolio.

Karen Stahl, CAS ‘99, is a reference librarian working for the government at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Rockville, Md. She is also on the Student/Young Professionals group Committee of the Special Libraries Association, Washington, D.C., Chapter for 2007 and 2008.

Tom Tanghe, MPA ‘90, is one of 35 people selected to participate in the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia in July 2008.

Michael Tomaszewski, MBA ‘98, joined Butzel Long as an associate attorney based in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills, Mich., office. He concentrates his practice in the area of intellectual property law.

Sharon Valenti, SON ‘93, has been selected to sit on the President’s Advisory Council for HIV/AIDS (PACHA). She devotes a large part of her time to promoting HIV research and obtaining Expanded Access Programs (EAP) for antiretroviral medications in Phase III clinical trials. She is involved in various organizations promoting HIV care including serving as the president of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care of Southeast Michigan. She is certified in HIV care through the American Academy of HIV Medicine and through the National Association of ANAC. 
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Kimberly Boyd, SBA ‘07, is a financial analyst at General Dynamics Land Systems. She is engaged to James Joseph and is looking forward to their wedding on May 16, 2009.

William Coale, Ph.D. ‘05, was appointed superintendent of Schools for the Western School District (Parma/Spring Arbor) in January 2006. He is currently an active Rotarian and a member of the board of directors of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, as well as vice chairman of the board for the South Central Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross. He is involved in the First United Methodist Church of Jackson where he is a member of the Mission Committee and Fellowship Choir.

Brian A. Craft, SECS ‘02, has graduated from Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. He earned silver wings with an aeronautical rating of pilot in the Air Force.

Cameron Duncan, CAS ‘07, recently published a second book titled Just Because. It is available at Barnes and Noble and www.Amazon.com.  

Navy Seaman Recruit Jennifer S. Kraft, CAS ‘06, completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Tiffany Mack, CAS ‘02, teaches English, American Literature and Advanced Placement English at Andover High School in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Jill MacKellar, SEHS ‘01, and her husband Cameron are owners of New Bride USA, a social networking service for wedding professionals and brides to be. The business is based on the Internet at www.newbrideusa.com, but magazines are planned across the country and eventually internationally with launches in both Australia and Europe during 2008.

Jennifer (Juszkiewicz) Mahar, CAS ‘03, received her Master of Science in Management from Walsh College.

Krista Menzies, SBA ‘04, has been promoted to credit officer for PrivateBancorp, Inc.

Jessica (Taft) Miller, SEHS ‘05, CAS ‘03, is now working as a professional counselor for Delta College in University Center, Mich.

Barbara Pote, BGS ‘07, has taken on additional duties as Co-Director of Baldwin Center Youth Program. She designed and staffed an education-based summer enrichment program for Pontiac Youth.

Erica Rossell, SEHS ‘01, is the recipient of a MEEMIC Insurance Pino Agency Excellence in Education Award. She is a science teacher at Reuther Middle School in the Rochester Community School District.

Suzanne Elizabeth Schoenrock, SON ‘06, moved to Florida in December 2006 and is now employed as the perioperative manager at Palm West Hospital.

Laurie Shano, MAC ‘07, CAS ‘01, earned a master’s in Counseling from OU in 2007 and is now employed as an academic adviser within OU’s School of Business Administration.

Kelsey Smalley, CAS ‘07, teaches Algebra I, geometry and numeracy lab at Lahser High School in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Nanette Watson, DNP ‘07, received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Oakland University in December 2007. Watson works as the inpatient clinical nurse manager and as a provider for inpatient and outpatient clientele at Carson City Hospital.

Vanessa Williams, MPA ‘07, CAS ‘03, is a project analyst at Portland’s largest Intellectual Property law firm, Klarquist Sparkman. She has relocated to Beaverton, Ore., with her fiance, Ken, and their dog, Ike. The couple is planning to return to Michigan for their wedding in January 2009. 
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Steven Britt, SBA ‘07, SBA ‘03, CAS ‘03, and wife Stella are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Lincoln Alexander on Feb. 24, 2008.

Amy (Wylin) Butkovich, CAS ‘00, married Marty Butkovich Nov. 23, 2007. The couple is expecting their first child in January 2009.

Scott Collins, SEHS ‘97, and his wife Tricia are proud to announce the birth of their son Nolan Ryan on April 7, 2008. He joins big brother Liam.

Trina (Montalto) Fox, SEHS ‘96 and Jeff Fox, SEHS ‘93, are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Marina Carmen on March 19, 2008.

Joana Kinney, CAS ‘07, gave birth to a baby girl named Arianna Maria Kinney.

Amy (Block) Garrett, CAS ‘97, SHS ‘00, and her husband Gregg Garrett, SECS ‘97, are delighted to announce the birth of their second son, Caleb Kenneth on June 16, 2008. He joins big brother Spencer.

Joan (Wells) Kiser, CAS ‘05, and her husband Jordan announce the birth of their first child, Logan Garnet Kiser, born July 5, 2008.

Darren O’Brien, CAS ‘96, and his wife Christy are proud to announce the birth of their fifth child, Claire Magdalene on April 10, 2008. She joins 6-year-old big sister Trinity; 4-year-old big brother Aiden; 3-year-old big sister Felicity; and 2-year-old big brother Liam.

Amy (Mackela) Pagett, CAS ‘01, and her husband Chris are proud to announce the July 3rd birth of their first child, Grace Hayden. Grace arrived at 3:58 p.m. weighing in at 6 lbs. 6 oz. and measuring 17 inches. Proud grandparents are Susan Hayden and Tom Smith of Rochester Hills, Mich., Bill and Norma Mackela of Sterling Heights, Mich., Shirley Kubinec of Howell, Mich., and Tom and Diane Pagett of Westland, Mich. Proud great grandparents are Lionel and Elaine Mackela of East Jordan, Mich.

Nanette Porterfield, CAS ‘96, and her husband Mark are happy to announce the birth of their first child, Mia Kate, on Jan. 30, 2008. 
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Deborah Abood, SON ‘98,
died April 6, 2008.

Cipriana Adkins, CAS ‘73,
died May 13, 2008.

Richard Bringard, SECS ‘84,
died March 16, 2008.

Lola Camille, CAS ‘83,
died June 21, 2008.

Ouida Cash, CAS ‘74,
died in February 2008.

Dr. George Cavin, CAS ‘84,
died May 17, 2008.

Janice Kay Dunlap, CAS ‘77,
died June 27, 2008.

Raymond Edgar, CAS ‘82,
died May 18, 2008.

Dorothy Ann Herzberg, SEHS ‘71,
died April 15, 2008.

Gary Holtz, SEHS ‘77,
died Feb. 17, 2008.

Georgia Hruby, CAS ‘02,
died April 2, 2008.

Jan B. Jensen, CAS ‘77,
died June 15, 2008.

Ronald Marks, SBA ‘75,
died April 2, 2008.

Ann Perinjian, SEHS ‘78,
died March 24, 2008.

David Randall, CAS ‘73,
died May 1, 2008.

Howard Sawicke, SEHS ‘83,
died Feb. 2, 2008.

Thomas Trbovich, SBA ‘73,
died April 19, 2008.

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