Class Notes

Mark Mijuskovic

CAS '79

Mark Mijuskovic published his first novel, "Where the Tracks Go: A Principal's Story," inspired by his time as a high school principal. He is a recently retired educator of 30 years and lives with his wife in Brevard County, Florida. They have two daughters in college. Learn more about the novel at

Robert Ross

CAS '71

Robert Ross was an artist-in-residence" for two weeks in May 2016 with the Glen Arbor Art Association, completing a series of paintings at Port Oneida in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. In September, he was honored with a solo exhibit, "In Plain Sight: New Paintings by Robert Ross," at Arts on Douglas gallery in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Ross exhibits his oil paintings of landscapes and interiors throughout central Florida and in Glen Arbor, Michigan. View his work at

Kenneth R. Atkinson's book, 'A History of the Hasmonean State: Josephus and Beyond'

Kenneth R. Atkinson

SEHS '82

Kenneth R. Atkinson was recently promoted to full professor in the department of History at the University of Northern Iowa. He also announced the publication of his new book, "A History of the Hasmonean State: Josephus and Beyond" (Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016) that recounts the Hasmonean family's nine-decade rule of the Middle Eastern nation of Judea (152 - 63 BCE).

Peter D. Coyl

CAS '06

Peter D. Coyl was named director of the Montclair Public Library in Montclair, New Jersey.

Ashley (Zaleski) Dickey

CAS '09

Ashley (Zaleski) Dickey joined Collins Einhorn Farrell PC's General and Automotive Practice Group.

Kari Melkonian-Chevrier

CAS '03

Kari Melkonian-Chevrier was made partner at Collins Einhorn Farrell PC. Melkonian-Chevrier has been assigned to the General and Automotive Liability Group of the firm.

Headshot of Oakland University alumnus Adam Neal

Adam Neal

CAS '03

Adam Neal was named top editor at Treasure Coast Newspapers. He will continue to oversee day-to-day news operations and lead efforts to grow the organization's audience and revenue.

Headshot of Oakland University alumnus Neil DeLuca

Neil DeLuca

SEHS '11, CAS '01

Neil DeLuca received the Principal of the Year award from the Michigan Association of Student Councils and Michigan Association of Honor Societies for the state of Michigan. Neil is principal at Rochester High School in Rochester Hills, Michigan. He previously served as assistant principal and teacher of Rochester Community Schools for 14 years.

Headshot of Oakland University alumnus Andrew Kurecka

Andrew Kurecka

SHS '15, '13

Andrew Kurecka was listed in Oakland County Executive's Elite 40 under 40 class of 2017. Kurecka manages outcomes research at MedNetOne and is responsible for tasks improving overall quality and patient outcomes.

Jennifer Musztuk

SEHS '13

Jennifer Musztuk is a licensed mental health counselor who has recently joined Mindful Matters Counseling Center in Clinton Township, Michigan.

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Engagements & Marriages

Births & Adoptions

O U alumna Andrea Lewis' second child, Sydney Leigh - Pictured with her brother

Andrea (Zech) Lewis

SBA '13,

Ryan Lewis

SBA '08,

welcomed their second child, a daughter, Sydney Leigh, on July 18.



Timothy L. Sanders, CAS '73, on May 29, 2016

Mary L. (Whiters) Lidell, SEHS '74, on October 6, 2016

Naomi (Varga) Fast, SEHS '76, '74, on October 14, 2016

Carol E. Halsted, ADA '75, on January 28, 2017

Richard Sutliff, SBA '76, on October 20, 2016

Ronald A. Carpenter, CAS '76, on October 25, 2016


John W. Hill, CAS '85, on April 18, 2016


Thomas C. Bowers, BGS '90, on October 4, 2016

Alicia M. (Duncan) Klender, SEHS '93, on October 10, 2016

Herman Glazier, SEHS '00, on October 26, 2016


Joel Thomas Brickman, SBA '13, on December 11, 2016

Faculty & Staff Deaths

Jean Shapero Braun, Professor Emerita, Ph.D., passed away on December 4, 2016.

Joseph A. Csokas passed away on January 2, 2017. He joined the Facilities Management staff as a custodian in 1993 until his retirement in 2009.

Carol Halsted, Professor Emerita, passed away on January 28, 2017. Professor Halsted joined Oakland University's Department of Music, Theatre and Dance in 1971. Under her leadership, OU's dance program was founded. During her tenure, she served as the Department Chair for Music, Theatre and Dance from 1996-2001. She retired in 2002.

Timothy G. Larrabee, Ph.D., passed away on February 14, 2017. Professor Larrabee joined Oakland University's faculty in 2004 in the department of Teacher Development and Educational Studies. During his tenure, he served as the associate dean for the School of Education and Human Services and as an associate professor of Education until his passing.

Thomas M. Socha passed away on February 20, 2017. Thomas joined the department of Facilities Management as an AutoCAD Operator from 2007 to 2014. He served as a Work Order Systems Coordinator until his passing.