Class Notes

John M. Cowan

CAS ‘82

John M. Cowan, CAS ‘82, has self-published a novel, The Black Guard #1: Bring the Void. It’s an urban fantasy/action adventure thriller available as an Amazon Kindle e-book. John lives and works as an editor of online content in Chicago.

Joanne C. Gerstner

CAS '93

Joanne C. Gerstner, CAS '93, was appointed by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as a commissioner to the nation’s first state-level Task Force on Women in Sports. Gerstner is the only sports journalist on the 14-person executive committee of sports leaders, executives and coaches. The Task Force is charged to examine the status of Michigan’s women and girls in sports, and then issue a report with recommendations for improvements for Title IX’s 50th anniversary in 2022. Gerstner, the leader of the Sports Journalism program at Michigan State University, was also named as Fulbright Specialist by the U.S. Department of State in May.

Andrea Zarczynski

CAS '04

Andrea Zarczynski, CAS '04, married on June 23, 2018 in Santa Barbara, CA to Greg Boehmer. They  reside in NYC, where Andrea is completing a Master of Media Management degree at The New School.

Anne M. Sadler

SEHS '89

Anne M. Sadler, B.S. Human Resource Development, Oakland University, was named to the Board of Trustees of The Helm at the John A. and Marlene L. Boll Life Center January 2019.

Sadler, of St. Clair Shores, Mich., is the Executive Director of American House Grosse
Pointe, an independent/assisted/memory care facility. She is a 1989 graduate of the
School of Education and Human Resources.

Kenneth Atkinson

SEHS '82

Kenneth Atkinson, SEHS '82, a professor of History at the University of Northern Iowa, published The Hasmoneans and Their NeighborsNew Historical Reconstructions from the Dead Sea Scrolls and Classical Sources (Bloomsbury, 2018). The book examines the Hasmonean Dynasty which ruled ancient Palestine (152-63 BCE) in light of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Classical writings to show how it changed the fates of neighboring kingdoms and the Roman Republic.

Melanie Templeton

CAS '15

In summer 2018, Melanie Templeton, CAS '15, studied coral reefs, manatees, howler monkeys, jaguars and other wildlife while learning the methods communities are using to sustain them in Belize. Melanie lives in Sterling Heights, Mich., and is a graduate student in Miami University's Advanced Inquiry Program. 

Mark Ode

CAS '98

In summer 2018, Mark Ode, CAS '98, studied desert and marine landscapes through ecological and social field methods in Baja. Mark, a director of technical operations and development at Wolf Conservation Center, lives in South Salem, N.Y., and is a graduate student in Miami University's Global Field Program. 

Bradley Barr

CAS '14

In summer 2018, Bradley Barr, CAS '14, studied desert and marine landscapes through ecological and social field methods in Baja. Bradley, an education specialist at Detroit Zoological Society, lives in Royal Oak, Mich., and is a graduate student in Miami University's Global Field Program. 

David Black

CAS '69

David Black recently retired from the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America where he worked as an attorney for 37 years dispensing free legal services to autoworkers. He now provides pro bono legal representation to people hoping to expunge their criminal records.

Donald Levin

CAS ’71

Donald Levin recently published, “The Forgotten Child,” the fourth book in his “Martin Preuss” mystery series set in metro Detroit, which explores the counterculture of Detroit in the 1970s. Levin recently retired from Detroit’s Marygrove College where he was dean of faculty for 19 years. Previously, he was a speechwriter for the New York City Department of Health’s commissioner of health. Read more of Levin’s books at donaldlevin.com.

Christopher T. Reggio

CAS ’79

Christopher T. Reggio has joined Fox Chapel Publishing in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, as the vice president of content and will develop strategies, create publishing lists and will direct design and editorial staff. Reggio has a long history with publishing rms, having been a managing director at Lumina Media in Metuchen, New Jersey, formerly I-5 Publishing, and a publisher at TFH Publications in Neptune City, New Jersey.

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Catherine Stier

CAS ’86

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 has been honored by Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics when they chose her award-winning children’s picture book, “If I Were President,” as this year’s title for the Teach a Girl to Lead project. Stier has more than 25 features and how-to articles in Woman’s Day magazine to her credit. She also has written for the San Antonio Express-News, Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market book, the Chicago Sun-Times, Woman’s World magazine, the Daily Herald and Chicago Parent. Read “If I were President” and Stier’s other works at catherinestier.com.

Garrick Landsberg

CAS ’97

Garrick Landsberg has joined Quinn Evans Architects as a senior architect in the firm’s Detroit, office. Previously, he served on the Detroit Historic District Commission — one of seven members appointed by mayor Dave Bing — overviewing proposed work in historical districts throughout the city for adherence to Detroit’s Historic District Ordinance and the secretary of the interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. Landsberg is a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Danielle M. Haberstroh

CAS ’99

Danielle M. Haberstroh has joined Gallagher Sharp LLP as a partner in the firm’s Detroit office. Her practice vastly concerns itself with the insurance industry. She defends insurers in water damage, bad faith, fraud and arson litigation. Earlier in her career, Haberstroh was in-house counsel for Michigan Basic Property Insurance Association and the Auto Club Insurance Association.

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Jessica Knapik

SBA ’01

Jessica Knapik recently started a new job at Bishop Foley Catholic High School where she works as the communications and marketing coordinator in the Advancement Office. Earlier this year, she was named on the list for Oakland County Executive’s “Elite 40 under 40.”

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Kari L. Melkonian

CAS ’03

Kari L. Melkonian has been elected to the Oakland County Bar Association’s board of directors. She is a partner at Collins Einhorn Farrell in Southfield, Michigan, and recently named on the 2017 Super Lawyers list. Melkonian served as a judicial staff attorney to the Hon. Martha D. Anderson for five years and is adjunct professor of family law at Baker College in Flint, Michigan. She is a member of the Women’s Bar Association and Association of Defense Trial Counsel.

Peter D. Coyl

CAS ’06

Peter D. Coyl was named director of the Montclair Public Library in Montclair, New Jersey, and was recently appointed to the Library Association Intellectual Committee. Before his role as director, Coyl was the special events senior librarian and central library district manager at the Dallas Public Library in Dallas, Texas. Coyl is the recipient of the Knower Award, granted by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Special Library Association.

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Don Haffner

CAS ’10

Don Haffner recently published “Mukho Memories,” a book about his time as a Peace Corps volunteer in South Korea from 1972 to 1975. Haffner formerly taught English to first-year middle school students in the small city of Mukho in the Gangwon Province. He is an adjunct professor of history at Oakland Community College in Royal Oak, Michigan. Haffner’s book is available on Amazon.

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Charles Archer

CAS, SEHS ’01

Juliana (Pete) Archer

SEHS '06, '13

are overjoyed to announce the Sept. 30, 2018 birth of their son, Vincent Charles Archer. He joins big sisters Adelina and Sofia. 

Deaths

Harrison E. (Harry) Miller Jr., passes away on May 5, 2019 at the age of 67. Harry graduated from OU in 1973 with a B.A. in Education and in 1988 with an M.A. in Education. He was a past President of the OUAA (1991) and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1994.

Patricia D. Sadowski, SEHS '63, passed away on 10/23/2018. She was a member of OU's charter class.

Clare McVety passed away on April 20, 2017. He joined the department of Facilities Management as a Custodian in 1959 and held various positions throughout his career at Oakland University. He served as a general foreman until his retirement in July 1989.

Donald (Don) Iodice, professor emeritus, passed away on August 20, 2017. Professor Iodice joined the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages in 1964 and retired in 1988.

In memory of Ron Cramer