April 23-25, 2010
Secretaries: Mary Perrin Stark, 142 Vernon Dr., Davidson, NC 28036-8057; email@example.com
Brendan Willmann, 7967 Jolain Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45242; 513-762-5211; firstname.lastname@example.org
We have some really exciting alumni news to report this quarter. Michelle Markey writes that, "After six years in Washington, D.C.-half of them spent in graduate studies in international development, the other spent in public health work locally-I am excited to be moving to El Salvador as a fellow with Catholic Relief Services. If there are any Davidson grads in El Salvador or the region, I'd love to connect!"
Kelly Carter Nelson was recently interviewed on NBC Nightly News regarding her studies utilizing the new technology of real time confocal microscopy for the diagnosis of skin cancers. This technology holds the promise of offering early diagnosis of skin cancers including malignant melanoma, without the use of an invasive skin biopsy. Studies are underway to determine how this new technique can be used to benefit patients with earlier diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. Congratula-tions, Kelly!
I urge you all to check out the May 3 article in the New York Times titled "Homeless Soccer Team Roots for New Life," featuring classmate Lawrence Cann. Lawrence has taken his love of soccer and started a league for men who live in a homeless shelter in New York. Street Soccer U.S.A. takes "poor people, disconnected from the regular rhythms of life, lacking both physical exercise, and much to look forward to" and adds soccer. Several of Lawrence's team members have overcome homelessness due to participation in the league and are returning to normal life. Lawrence even arranged for his team to play at Chelsea Piers and had Nike donate equipment. Congratulations, Lawrence!
Travis Barton earned an M.B.A. from Georgia Tech and is a full-time consultant with Mercer in Atlanta. She writes that in addition to her full-time job, "My husband and I just opened a new business, Pine Street Market. We make and sell artisan-cured meats-salami, coppa, pancetta, and applewood smoked bacon. Who knew that after six years of being a vegetarian, I would be incubating 1,000 pounds of pork in our curing caves? On the side, I've been serving as board chair for the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus, which has been a fantastic opportunity to carry the torch for diversity and equality while enjoying beautiful vocal music."
Landry Kosmalski and wife, Lauren, have returned to Davidson for Landry to take up an assistant coaching job for the basketball program. They are returning from a stint in Tennessee, where Landry was coaching at an elite private school basketball program.
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From the Alumni Office:
Matt and JoAnne Hassel Clifford welcomed Luke Stephen Clifford on May 12. "His big brother, Sam, and big sisters, Peyton and Adah, welcomed him home with open arms!"
Robin Turley married Joshua Sumner (Florida Southern '02) on June 20 in Winter Haven, Fla. Bridal party included Brooke Hartwell. The couple honeymooned in Marco Island, Fla., and now reside in Live Oak, Fla., where Robin is a director for the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch, and Joshua is a math teacher and football coach.
Carrie Arthur Hanger gave birth to a son, Nathaniel "Nate" Hall Hanger, on April 13. She is still an associate at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, and Chris has worked in notebook finance at Lenovo since graduating from UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School in May 2008.
Our sincere condolences are sent to Brian Bartholomay, who lost his father, Bill Bartholomay, on May 25.
Megan Seifert and Ambrose Tuscano have been very busy building their own house. "We broke ground in July of last summer. It has been very interesting learning how to build a house. We got it dried-in before winter came, thanks to the help of many friends and family. It has been great to get help and visit with so many people including Daisy Patterson and Nate Leachman."
Secretary: Stephen Aldrich, 17327 Grand Central Way, Cornelius, NC 28031; 704-608-0971; firstname.lastname@example.org
Greetings from Davidson! I hope you are doing well.
Congratulations to Alyssa Chang on her April marriage to Michael Klarman! Davidson women in the wedding included Sara Cromwell, Clea Garner, and Jen Frymiare Stevenson. The couple honeymooned in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Coach Will Roberson has moved on to what feels like his fifth coaching position since graduation... wait, it is his fifth coaching position since graduation. Will is back in the Southern Conference as an assistant coach at Elon University under former Wildcat associate head coach, Matt Matheny '92. Will's wife, Erica, is the sports information director at Elon.
Carlos-Andres Lacayo e-mailed, "After seven incredible years with Citigroup, I've decided to go back to school. I have accepted an invitation to join NYU's Stern School of Business as a part of the 2011 M.B.A. class."
Tracy Banghart Blanton and Andy Blanton '01 were married in May. Tracy recently left a technical writing job to do freelance editing and writing full-time. She currently writes for Estetica magazine and edits for the Oxford Brookes eJournal of Learning and Teaching. Andy is still active duty military, and is currently stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County, Md. The couple currently resides in Havre de Grace, Md.
Molly Shaw is director of the Charlotte Teachers Institute, an innovative educational partnership of Davidson, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, designed to strengthen teaching and learning in local schools. The institute is the first of its kind in North Carolina.
From the Alumni Office:
Jennifer Frymiare Stevenson is ABD (all but dissertation) at the University of Wisconsin Madison, where she is studying autism. She taught a course on individual differences in cognitive processing over the summer and is teaching another on basic statistics this fall.
Our condolences to Leisa Rossello on the passing of her father, Donald Henry Deutsch, Jr., on July 2.
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From the Alumni Office:
Jordan Case graduated from MUSC in May and will be in Winston-Salem for the next five years completing his residency in ortho-pedic surgery.
John Franklin biked across the country from Oregon to Massachusetts this summer. The Tumbleweeds, a group of four Davidson classmates (John, Ben Kettle, Dan Morris, and Ryan Auster), are biking to raise awareness of Project Rwanda, "an organization dedicated to helping further the economic development of Rwanda using the bike as a tool of empowerment and a symbol of hope. Project Rwanda began in 2005 and aims to support local coffee farmers by providing them with a simple and sustainable method of transportation. Because coffee is one of the primary exports, and because the bicycle offers a low-investment, low-maintenance, emission-free form of mobility, our assistance can help the people of this small, mountainous country rebuild their lives and livelihoods after the genocide. Our collective goal is ambitious, to raise $10,000, that will go entirely to the Rwandan coffee growers and contribute to their economic progress. We encourage you to visit our Web site (Google "Tumbleweeds Tour") for daily pictures, information on our efforts, witty banter, and a direct link to the Project Rwanda donations page. Project Rwanda is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so all donations are tax deductible." John told us that the trek started on May 22, and they finished July 10. As of July 20, they had raised $9,410 in donations! Great job, guys!
Jacqueline Muna Musiitwa runs a nonprofit dealing with trade and investment in post-conflict countries. She is currently working for the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone.
Amanda Woods writes, "I am beginning pharmacy school at UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in Chapel Hill this August. I'm so excited about getting back in school and working towards my Pharm.D." Amanda, her husband, Brandon Carter, and their three dogs, moved to Apex, N.C., in July in preparation for the start of the school year.
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Melissa Cornwell '05 and Nathan Bohon were married June 20 in Charlotte, N.C. Melissa is pursuing her master's in teaching at Queens University and is an assistant teacher at Providence Day School. Nathan is self-employed in the furniture industry. Davidsonians in the wedding included Sara Catherine Cornwell '02, Kelly Meadors Daniel '05, Currie Ballenger '05, Kate Johnson '05, Brody Dawson '05, Meggie Patterson '05, Dave Barry, Alan Stevens, Grey Wicker, John Pitts, Ryan Scott, and Kathryn Elizabeth Howze '07. The happy couple is now living in Charlotte. Megan Lyle '05 and Mihir Desai were married on May 3. Megan is a graduate student in neuroscience at Emory, and Mihir will be starting his orthopedic surgery residency at Emory in July. Congratulations, Megan and Mihir!
Lots has been happening in Susan Robison McDuff's family! Susan earned her Ph.D. in psychology and neuroscience. She met her husband at Princeton, and he also graduated this year with a Ph.D. in economics. She defended her dissertation in cognitive neuroscience when she was 38-weeks pregnant! Their son, Will, was just two weeks old when they graduated on June 2. The new parents have moved to San Diego, where Susan is starting medical school this fall. Congratulations on all the changes in their lives! Jenny Rawlings Wernly and her husband also recently welcomed their first child to the world. The Wernlys are living in Washington state, and their daughter, Anna, was born on March 30. I know lots of other classmates had children this year-best wishes to everyone with new family members!
Similarly, Anna Mallett Stewart and her husband, Greg '05, recently moved to Lexington, Ky., from Dallas, Tex. Greg graduated from UT Southwestern in Dallas, along with classmate Charles Wood '05, and started his surgery internship in July. Anna received a fellowship from the University of Kentucky and will be seeking her master's degree in library science.
Congratulations to all of our classmates who graduated from various schools this past spring! Rachel May graduated from Vanderbilt University Divinity School in May with a master of divinity degree. Leslie Cook just finished her master's degree in environmental education from Prescott College in Arizona. She is living in the small town of Kelly, Wyo., inside Grand Teton National Park, and works at Teton Science Schools as a faculty member, facilitating professional development programs for teachers. Morgan Check will be graduating from University of Pennsylvania with her M.S.N. in primary care pediatrics. She will be a nurse practitioner. Plans after graduation include taking her state boards and job hunting, and she will most likely stay in the Philadelphia area. Liz Smith graduated with an M.B.A. from Michigan in May with distinction and moved to Pasadena to begin working for Disney. She is a manager of production analysis for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Online. Alia Antonucci-Altar graduated in May from Eastern Carolina University with her doctoral degree in physical therapy. Since then, she has moved to Raleigh, N.C., passed her PT licensing exam, and celebrated with a two-week trip in Italy. While there, she spent a week in Bologna for the International Society for Posture and Gait Research conference, at which she presented her doctoral research. When she returned from her trip, she started work as an outpatient physical therapist and clinic coordinator with Carolinas Physical Therapy Associates at their Raleigh location. So if fellow alumni in the area need some PT (anything from back pain to balance problems), look her up!
Many of our classmates also returned to school this fall. Kate Morris Stanley recently started the M.B.A. program at Georgetown after some time in Malawi with her parents. While in Malawi, she also got to see Luke and Jan Scott Swetenburg Farmer, who spend a month in Malawi in June and July. Lauren Bouffard has also headed back to business school this fall, at Harvard. Lastly, P.J. Martin spent nearly five weeks traveling Western Europe and caught up with classmates Lauren Williams and David Peoples while in London. P.J. moved to Chapel Hill to begin business school this fall.
In job news, Nicole Tonelli was recently named the director of operations at Duvall Investment Group, Inc. Lee Crook Bruner spent the past summer doing a fellowship in Peru with Kiva, a person-to-person micro-lending Web site. Matt Whited received his Ph.D. in chemistry this past April at Caltech and has begun as a postdoctoral research associate at USC, investigating new approaches to energy conversion. In other news, his jazz quartet recently released a new recording, Standards of Giants, which is available at CD Baby. Alison Holby moved to Washington, D.C., in August to take a new job teaching high school English at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va. She has been looking forward to an exciting new adventure and to the chance to reconnect with the many Davidson grads in the area.
We have one last exciting update from three members of the Class of 2004. Last year, Emily Mendenhall founded the nonprofit organization Global Health Narratives for Change, of which Maelle Fonteneau Harris, Kate Meister Wood '05, and Jackie Protos are all active board members. They are working together to develop global health curriculum for middle and high school youth and just published their first book in February of this year, Global Health Narratives: A Reader for Youth. They would love for more Davidson grads to become involved, so Google "Global Heath Narratives." They are particularly looking for middle and high school educators to pilot global health curriculum in their classrooms!
Secretary: Justin R. Hartanov, 550 W. Fulton, Unit 301, Chicago, IL 60661, 312-237-0072, email@example.com
Congratulations to Jonny Bartlett and Em Bullock on tying the knot on May 23! The Davidson couple, who met at Davidson after many months of Jonny's efforts to catch Em's attention, celebrated with many family and friends in New Orleans. In attendance at the wedding were many classmates, as well as groomsmen Peter Boothby and Richard Scarborough. Good luck to Jonny and Em!
Anna Mallett Stewart '04 and Greg Stewart recently moved to Lexington, Ky., after Greg graduated from UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Greg, along with classmate Charles Wood, will be starting his surgery internship in July. Anna received a fellowship from the University of Kentucky and will be seeking her master's degree in library science.
Another note of wedding bells, Melissa Cornwell married Nathaniel Bohon (Appalachian State '04) on June 20 at Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C. Bridesmaids in the wedding included fellow Davidson graduates Kelly Meadors Daniel, Currie Ballenger, Kate Johnson, Brody Dawson, and Meggie Patterson. Melissa and Nathaniel honeymooned in Italy and plan to live in Charlotte.
On the job front, Matt Hanson recently accepted a role in the leadership gifts office at Bates College, effective July 1. Although Matt had a long and successful career in the Davidson Major Gifts Office, and he will miss the many friends he made throughout his journey, he looks forward to the new challenges ahead. Unfortunately, with this news, Matt has announced the closing of "Hotel Hanson" in Davidson, and now all of his friends and family will now have to pay for hotel rooms when visiting campus.
Congratulations to Megan Lyle and Mihir Desai '04 on their marriage. Megan and Mihir were married on May 3 in Charleston, S.C. Megan is currently a graduate student in neuroscience at Emory University, and Mihir is starting his orthopedic surgery residency at Emory in July. Best of luck!
Andrew Haupt will be working as a student law clerk this summer in the state of Delaware's attorney general's office. Andrew is currently in his second year of law school at the University of Chicago.
One final note of marriage congratulations goes to April Barnado and Lee Wheless, who were married on May 23 at DCPC. There was a strong group of Davidson alums in attendance to help the new couple celebrate. April will be starting her internal medicine residency at Duke in July.
Meredith Harry recently graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and is moving to Camden, S.C., to start practicing in a small animal practice. Katy Gleditsch is moving across the ocean to Dublin in August to attend the Royal College of Surgeons for graduate school.
Also on the graduate school front, best of luck to Andrew Yancey, who is attending UCLA for law school this fall. After a couple of years in the desert, Andrew decided the movie star life would be a little more appropriate, and moved to Los Angeles for school.
Lastly, on the job front, I recently left the Corporate Executive Board and accepted a new role as a strategic client director with Market Track, LLC in Chicago. Also, Creighton and I, after a long and drawn out process, closed and moved into a condo in the River North neighborhood of Chicago. Visitors are always welcome!
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"To everything-turn, turn, turn
"There is a season-turn, turn, turn
"And a time for every purpose, under heaven."
The words of the Byrds ring true, as 2009 is more than halfway over and another school year at Davidson is about to begin. As always, the Class of 2006 exceeds any and all expectations of excellence.
May 2 marked, as Taylor Shoop put it, an out-of-the-ballpark three-year reunion, when over a quarter of our class was present for the wedding celebration of Emily Moore and Arch McClure. Bridesmaids included Emily's two sisters (both Davidson alumnae), Mary Elizabeth Moore McLean '00 and Lindsay Barham Morris '03. Fellow Davidsonians in the wedding party were bridesmaids Daphne Butler, Dana Clifford '07, Lauren Conn, and Amanda King. On Arch's side, several Kappa Sigs served as groomsmen, including his best man, brother Doug McClure '08. Groomsmen were Peter Allison, Jacob Charlson, Mike Giglio, Graham Hunter, Patrick McConville, Chuck Ostendorff, and Win Smith. Monica Slinkard, Lux Shepard, and Kendall Williams participated in the wedding by reading scripture and greeting guests. Emily and Arch are enjoying married life in the windy city! Congrats!
Pat McConville and Lauren Heinze '07 married on Davidson's campus in Lingle Chapel March 28. The wedding was a huge reunion for Davidsonians. There were 14 former Davidson Delilahs in attendance (including the bride), and they began the reception in song! Groomsmen included '06ers: Graham Hunter, Arch McClure, Chuck Ostendorff, and Peter Allison. Lux Shepard was Lauren's maid of honor, and she designed the bridesmaids' dresses! There were at least 18 Wildcats from the Class of '06 in attendance, as well as 30 others from the Classes of 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009! Pat and Lauren honeymooned in Arizona and now call Columbus home. Pat is working on an M.D./M.B.A. from Ohio State University. All the best to you both!
Several classmates continue their love of learning tradition by returning to the classroom. I was happy to catch up with Emily Beal, Linden Spital, Kristen Shields, and Katherine Riley on Nantucket over Memorial Day. All of them are doing great! Linden recently made the move from N.Y.C. to Philly, where she has begun nursing school at the University of Pennsylvania. Linden hopes to get a dual degree and graduate in three and a half years. It is a direct-entry program and come January 2013, Linden will be a psychiatric nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist! Very exciting, Linden! We are proud of you.
Kudos to Kara Koehrn, who graduated in May from Duke's Nicholas School. Kara received her master's in environmental management, with an emphasis in environmental toxicology.
Our own Michael B. Flake is also a recent graduate. He was awarded a master's of divinity degree from Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Michael's hard work and strong spirit also were noted when he received two awards at graduation. The first was the William A. Newcomb Prize, which is awarded to the student who exemplifies the idea of a minister as a theologian. The second was The W. Kendrick Grobel Award, which Michael received because of his high accomplishments in Biblical studies.
Lisa Schneider (now Lisa Austin), reports, "I finished my M.B.A. last May '08 and expect to receive my master's of health care administration (M.S.H.A.) in December." Lisa lives with her roommate and fellow Davidson grad, Diana Aiken, near Washington, D.C. Diana recently graduated from George Mason, where she received a master's of applied developmental psychology. Diana and Lisa are also working together at the Capital Region Children's Center. They are enjoying their time in the Washington, D.C., area!
Scott Houser completed his first marathon in May. His father, Garry '81, cheered him on as he ran the 2009 KeyBank Vermont City Marathon. Scott completed the race in only four hours and 15 minutes. His motivation: Life-the board game. One of the lifetime achievement squares in the game of Life is "run a marathon," and Scott always wanted to do it. Way to go, Scott!
Thanks to all of you who submitted entries! As Steven and I always say, don't be a stranger! We would love to hear what you are up to.
As for yours truly, I am headed back to the great state of Arkansas to begin a joint program with the law school and the Clinton School of Public Service, where I hope to graduate in four years with a J.D. and a master's in public service. I will be joining classmate and friend, Melissa Bandy, who will be in her second year at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law. Melissa has set the standard high, finishing her first year as number one in her class!
My new contact info is listed above; e-mail and cell phone will remain the same. Please let me know if you are ever in Little Rock! I'd love to host you and perhaps even get you to call those hogs! All the best to you and yours.
From the Alumni Office:
Davidson Professor of History Jonathan Berkey wrote: "Leslie Hempson ('06, in poli sci, but towards the end of her Davidson career, she saw the light) will be starting the Ph.D. program in the history department at Chapel Hill in the fall, studying the Muslim community in South Asia."
Secretary: Carson Sanders, 1010 Russell St., Augusta, GA 30904; firstname.lastname@example.org
Much better job on getting information to me this time around, guys. I definitely appreciate it, and I am certain your classmates do as well.
Liz Barry reports in from Lynchburg, Va., where she has been a features and health reporter at the News & Advance since October 2007. While writing about the lives of Central Virginians, Liz won four awards for the project from the Virginia Press Association, including "Best in Show-Daily Writing." "In the mid-sized newspaper division, I won first place for feature series or continuing story, first for multimedia feature reporting, and third for combination picture and story," wrote Liz. "In the coming months, I hope to focus my energies on how the health care crisis is affecting Central Virginia's elderly, poor, and uninsured." All those hours spent toiling over the Davidsonian obviously paid off.
Caroline McEaddy recently spent six weeks in Rwanda doing humanitarian work. I caught up with her in Washington over the summer, where she reported that she is headed to the University of Denver this fall to begin a master's program in social work. Caroline is excited about heading back to school but worried about her abilities to concentrate on studying instead of skiing.
Also going back to school is Tammy Ivins, who is attending UNC Chapel Hill's master's program in library science this fall and has received an assistantship in the GrantSource Library.
After staying at Davidson for the last two years as an admission officer, Jaimie Matthews has packed her bags and is headed to our nation's capital. She will be pursuing a master's in arts in higher education administration at George Washington University. Jaimie reports that she hates to leave Charlotte Hindsley and Kelly Brennan in Charlotte, but is excited about being roommates with longtime friend, JoJo Hurt. JoJo is working as a paralegal in D.C. and enjoying the pace of big-city life.
Megan Biggers reports that she is living in Charlotte in the University area and working at Wachovia Securities as a bilingual licensed financial specialist. "With the economy the way it is right now," writes Megan, "my job is to talk people off the ledge and encouraging them to look at the big picture on a daily basis."
Lauren Heinze and Patrick McConville '06 were married in Lingle Chapel on campus March 28. The beautiful wedding was quite the reunion, and the 14 former Davidson Delilahs in attendance (including the bride) kicked off the reception with a song! Lisa Lux Shepard '06 served as maid of honor, and Rachel Andoga and Leah Swaney '08 were bridesmaids and wore dresses designed and made by Lux. The groom was accompanied by groomsmen Graham Hunter '06, Arch McClure '06, Chuck Ostendorff '06, and Peter Allison '06. During the ceremony, Rachel Andoga read an original poem, and Hanley Smith serenaded the bride and groom. Many 2007 Wildcats attended along with family and 30 other Wildcats from 2005-2009. Many faculty and staff help to celebrate the event. The couple honeymooned in Arizona and now reside in Columbus, Ohio, where Pat is working on an M.D./M.B.A. from The Ohio State University. Lauren is taking some time to decide what to tackle next after leaving Bain & Company in Chicago in March.
Kristen Psaki was recently featured in an article in the Washington Post. The article discussed how young activists were eagerly seeking positions within the Obama administration. Kristen served as a new media director for the campaign and wants to keep working for President Obama as the shift to Washington occurred. Best of luck, Kristen, as you chase your ambitions.
Checking in this time around is Chris McCain, who has just finished his two-year fellowship at the Jessie Ball duPont Fund in Jacksonville, Fla. He is off to Nashville in the fall to pursue a master of divinity at Vanderbilt. Elizabeth Ireland is also finishing up her fellowship with The Duke Endowment in Charlotte. She will be moving east to start classes towards her master's in public policy at Duke University and a J.D. at UNC Chapel Hill. But Elizabeth may have a hard time making friends in the Triangle... she has already pledged her undying allegiance to Davidson basketball. I could not be more proud.
Carlos Ortiz is in Raleigh attending N.C. State towards a Ph.D. in physics. Carlos has finished his first year and was excited to report that he was recently selected as a National Science fellow, one of the highest awards a Ph.D. student can receive. Carlos wanted all of you to know that he has learned to ride a bike in the past year and says that "riding the bike is like some form of meditation in my day."
Charlotte Williams and Renee Williams graduated from an M.S.W. program at the University of Georgia in May. Tiffany Shay Major graduated with an M.S.W. (master's in social work) from the University of South Carolina on May 9. Dr. Palmer attended the graduation and family celebration and reports that Shay says she "really, really misses our department and Davidson."
Fresh off his latest existential crisis, Gagan Gupta has been awarded the full Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship for Rotary District 7680 for 2009. After spending the next year working in Washington, D.C., Gagan will spend a year studying abroad and trying to figure out which career path he will pursue. Right now, Gagan reports that it is currently a dead heat between professional basketball and law school.
Jenn Felder writes, "I will be attending University of Colorado Boulder's Ph.D. program in clinical psychology in the fall. My lab will have a particular emphasis on behavior therapy and mindfulness-based interventions, and a focus on perinatal mental health. I am thrilled, as Boulder was by far my top choice out of the schools where I interviewed. Boulder was also the only school I visited where the students seem to have a good work-life balance; in fact, the students rent a ski condo together every year!"
The Association for Women in Communications South Florida Chapter (AWC) named Julia K. Wakefield copresident, announced The Weinbach Group, a leading South Florida public relations and advertising firm where Julia serves as communications specialist. Previously, Julia served as communications chair on the board of directors of the AWC.
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t has now been over a year since the Class of 2008 graduated, and we all seem to be adjusting well to life in the real world.
Close to Davidson, there are a large number of 2008 alumni calling Charlotte, N.C., their home. James Boswell, former writer for "The Yowl" of the Davidsonian, is now working as an editor for Sporting News. His roommate Aaron Moody is enjoying employment at Bank of America, along with fellow classmates Duane Gregg, Jeff Scott, and Drew Gilbert. Ali Isaac-Lowry is working in a law firm and is planning on attending law school next fall, while her roommate, Kelsey Linville, is working in wealth management.
A number of classmates are still hitting the books as they tackle higher education. Teale Clark is attending law school this fall at the University of Virginia, while Audrey Cundari will be returning to Davidson to teach high school math, science, and robotics at Pine Lake Prep in Mooresville after recently completed her master's of mechanical engineering at U.Va. Also happy to be in the state of Virginia, Ryan Robertson is back in his home state attending the Medical College of Virginia at VCU.
Another future doctor, Mark Currin, is attending medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina this fall. Mark is also happy that his younger brother, Luke, will be attending Davidson this year. I am sure Mark's parents, Sam '79 and Tina '80 Currin, are very proud.
Jarrod Blue has been happy to discuss Davidson basketball to his new classmates at the University of Tennessee Graduate School, where he is working on his master's in ecology and evolutionary biology. "Even though I am in a different state, the basketball reputation of Davidson has infiltrated the Orange Country, since many people ask about Stephen (Curry '10)."
Liz Day and Emily Zipperstein enjoyed their summer after finishing their first year at the University of Texas and the University of California Hastings. Tom Lavan recently finished the Wake Forest School of Management, and Tarlton Long is at the University of Michigan's architectural school.
In Class of 2008 wedding news, Davidson's Eleanor Cowley was married to Henry Mitchell on June 20 in Louisville, Ky. A number of classmates were in attendance.
From the Alumni Office:
Kristen Koehrn has been studying landscape design at Cal Poly Pomona since graduating from Davidson. She is earning her master's in landscape architecture, which has involves designing and installing large and small scale edible gardens and public spaces. "With my biology background from Davidson, I would like to become a sustainable/regenerative designer. In other news, on May 9, I attended the graduation of my sister, Kara Koehrn '06, from her master's program from Duke's Nicholas School."
Molly Valentine recently began working as a new media and marketing coordinator for the Free To Choose Network, a non-profit educational company. Molly was also accepted into the Koch Associates Program, a market-based management program for non-profits.
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Cary V. Wright; 220 East Madison St., Yazoo City, MS 39194; 806-206-4443; firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to the Class of 2009 on their recent graduation! We want to welcome the Class of 2009 secretaries, Cary Wright and Chieko Phillips. Please send all your news and notes to Cary and Chieko for this column. They look forward to hearing from you!
Dear newest, and greatest, Davidson alumni,
We are honored to announce to you that we will be the secretaries for our 2009 graduating class. I know it has been a little while since we graduated, but hopefully some of you remember who we are. You may remember seeing us at E.H. Little Library, usually surrounded by unnecessarily large piles of books. Or perhaps you spotted one of us late at night getting "The Big Cheese" or Gummi Bears at Alvarez College Union. Or maybe you even saw the two of us occasionally cutting a rug at a Patterson Court party. Well, seeing as how that describes pretty much our entire class, we will leave you with one last hint: Chieko was the one with the uncontrollable curls, and Cary was the giant with a killer set of adult braces.
Now that we have finally emerged from our piles of books, we have agreed to help Alumni Relations with the exciting job of gathering news, both extraordinary and ordinary, from all of you to share with the Davidson family. While we love to hear about your careers, weddings, and eventually families (wow!), we also want to know about classmate get-togethers (no matter the size), new pets, and humorous stories. We are happy to write about anything that you deem newsworthy. Though Chieko will be across the country studying museology (a very fancy word for museum studies) at the University of Washington in Seattle, and Cary will be teaching elementary school in the Mississippi Delta, please feel free to contact either of us at anytime with whatever information you have to share. In return, we ask that you please do your part by responding to the two of us with your updated information. This will be a huge help. We are both very excited about this position; we look forward to keeping in touch with you all, whether it is through e-mail, snail mail, telephone, Facebook, text message, smoke signals, singing telegram, or carrier pigeon-but never Twitter. We really hope to include you in the first edition of our class notes, so please be sure and pass your contact information-e-mail, address, and telephone numbers-along to Cary as soon as possible.
Best wishes and keep your windows open!
From the Alumni Office:
Don't forget to register and explore Alenda Links at www.davidson.edu/alendalinks.
Alex Mangone is attending NYU in the fall, working toward a master's degree with specializations in health and psychopathology.
KC Currie writes, "I'm teaching in American Samoa through the program WorldTeach out of Harvard. I'll be teaching an elementary classroom on the island of Aunu'u, which is less than a mile wide, with only 600 people living there."
Caroline Sanker writes, "I will be interning with the Southern Conference for a year in Spartanburg, S.C. The position is under the championships area, so I should be involved in planning and attending all of the SoCon championship events that will take place this coming year."