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Alumni Notes

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Carla Archer,
(nee)Smith and Brian C. Archer are proud to announce the birth of their second future Wolverine, Liam, born on 3/31/05. Liam joins big brother Brennan who is 2. Carla is a children's librarian at the Southfield Public library.

Michael Tauber,
his new growing business, Michael Tauber Architecture in San Francisco has recently completed the design for a new computer learning center for the Boys and Girls Club in Sonoma, CA, house remodels in Sonoma, San Francisco and Marin County, and a new house in Oakland. Michael will be teaching a construction course at the California College of the Arts this Fall semester. As always, Michael looks forward to any correspondence from former classmates and fellow alum.

Richik Sarkar,
was recently named an "Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Star" by Law & Politics and Cincinnati magazines (July 2005).

Martha Retallick,
owns a web and graphic design studio, Western Sky Communications, in Tucson, Arizona. Western Sky Communications is celebrating 10 years in business, and was just featured in the Tucson Citizen newspaper. In her spare time, Martha pounds nails for Habitat for Humanity Tucson, and works on her fixer-upper house.

Miroslava A. Meza Salomon,
recently had the opportunity to open the Office for the Study and Prevention of Discrimination in Honduras, and to publish my first book called "Democratic Controls in Justice Operators".

Cheryl L. Slay,
Entertainment and Intellectual Property Attorney Cheryl L. Slay has been selected as a Fellow of the Maryland Bar Foundation, an honor limited to 2.5 percent of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) membership. Selection is extended only after nomination by a current Fellow and endorsement by the Board of Directors of the Foundation. Ms. Slay received the honor during a ceremony at the 2005 MSBA Annual meeting, where she was recognized for her "outstanding dedication and contribution to maintaining the honor and integrity of the legal profession." Ms. Slay holds a Master of Public Administration from Clark-Atlanta University, and Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Bruce Patz,
I am proud to announce that our payroll company, Advantage Payroll Services of Concord, MA is now offering HR and Timeclock services through our newly created website I am also pleased to annouce the birth of twin girls born in July! Please feel free to contact me us at

Mr. Javier E. Roig,
Mr. Javier E. Roig has published his first book of poetry entittled -Islas ideograma-, a lyrical work of high praise for all those interested in homoerotic desire, gnostic tought and literature traditions of voyage, travel and horizons.

Thomas P. Wilczak,
a partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP focusing on environmental regulatory affairs, as well as environmental issues pertaining to corporate matters and litigation, has been named head of the Environmental Practice Group in the law firm's Detroit office.

Wilczak's practice includes handling matters involving remedial response activities under CERCLA and Michigan's Part 201 program, Brownfield projects, RCRA corrective action, air and water compliance, and criminal environmental enforcement. He also oversees environmental audits, due diligence and site assessments, assists clients in obtaining or modifying permits, and counsels clients in real estate transactions.

Wilczak also represents industrial clients and trade associations in matters concerning regulatory rulemaking and future planning relating to specific compounds of possible concern. In addition, he counsels municipal clients in environmental regulatory matters.

Active in the bar, he is a past chairman of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, and a past chairman of the Environmental Law Section's Air, Ethics, Ad Hoc Recycled Paper and Program committees.

Pam Sjo,
I have been an Ann Arbor resident for 33 years living on the west side of town. Currently I am a Realtor with The Charles Reinhart Company Realtors, the #1 real estate company in Washtenaw County. As a Realtor I serve both buyer and seller clients in Ann Arbor and the suroounding area. My first career was in manufacturing management and customer service in digital electronics. I also owned a home repair business called Hometown Services. I bike a hundred miles a week for fun, cross country ski, hike, and enjoy music events. Hope to hear from old friends.

Camille Roman,
; MA Boston College, PhD Brown University, is one of the editors of THE NEW ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN POETRY, a three-volume revisionist history of the nation's poetry from Rutgers University Press. The first volume, titled TRADITIONS AND REVOLUTIONS: BEGINNINGS TO 1900, was selected for the Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award 2003. Volume two, MODERNISMS 1900-1950, was published March 2005. Roman is associate professor of English, American Studies, Women's Studies, and the Honors College at Washington State University and resides in Portland, Oregon. She has published 12 books, most recently a paperback edition of ELIZABETH BISHOP'S WORLD WAR II-COLD WAR VIEW about the life and work of the national poet laureate in 1949-1950. Roman and her book were honored at a reception at the Library of Congress on the fiftieth anniversary of Bishop's laureateship. Roman's earlier text THE WOMEN & LANGUAGE DEBATE was selected as a required core text for gender and language collections by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) and as one of the major interdisciplinary texts in women's studies by the New York Public Research Libraries.

Margaret Dubay Mikus,
is the author of As Easy as Breathing: Reclaiming Power for Healing and Transformation - Poems, Letters and Inner Listening, (2002, Writers Club Press. It is available in a revised edition. She also uses poems from her book when she teaches her workshops, Expanding Our Possibilities of Full Blooming (TM).

Jerold Lax,
, a partner in the Ann Arbor office of the law firm Bodman LLP, received the Washtenaw County Bar Association’s “Professionalism and Civility in the Practice of Law Award” for 2005 at the Association’s Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, May 26, 2005. Lax concentrates his practice in matters involving municipal and zoning law, employment law and litigation. He has served as city attorney for the City of Ann Arbor and is Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. He is active with a variety of civic and charitable organizations within the Ann Arbor area.

Chris Younghoon Kim,
MM 1998 has recently married Kay Kyurim Rhie. He has been named director of orchestras at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He continues his role as artistic director of Brave New Works, a new music ensemble based in Ann Arbor and also as principal conductor of Kalistos Chamber Orchestra, a professional string orchestra based in Boston.

Terrence Shulman,
is a practicing attorney and therapist specializing in helping persons with chronic theft offenses and behaviors. He was on the Oprah Winfrey Show in Sept. 2004 "sharing about my work and my book Something for Nothing: Shoplifting Addiction and Recovery. He is also finishing a book on employee theft and sponsoring a conference in the Fall in Detroit Sept. 30-Oct. 2--The First International Conference on Theft Addictions and Disorders. Please see website at for more info or contact him.

Pam Sjo,
has lived in Ann Arbor since 1972. She currently works for the Charles Reinhart Company Realtors in Ann Arbor, where she earned a top sales award in 2003. Sjo earned a degree in digital electronics after attending U-M and worked for a number of local companies in customer service and trouble shooting. She also owned her own home repair buisnesss where she learned a great deal about real estate from the homeowner's perspective. Her hobbies include long distance road biking and involvement in local environmental issues.

Avram & Ginger Derrow,
were married at the Michigan League on November 21, 2004. They met as sousaphone players in the Michigan Marching Band in the fall of 1998.

Megan Marsanico-Byrne,
is currently working for the American Cancer Society and looking to get a team of Michigan alumni to walk in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. If anyone is interested in heading it up or participating in the event call me at work at 212-237-3891.

JuQuan Williams,
has recently released his debut novel, The Leopard Man through Publish America. It is the tale of a teenage girl who encounters a suspicious substitute teacher. Anne Mallory, author of Marquerading the Marques, calls the book "An inspirational story...An excellent debut for Quan Williams." The Leopard Man is available via, and directly from the publisher at for more information, please visit the website at

Larry Bongort,
was recently named an Associate Partner at Chong Partners Architecture in San Francisco. Bongort is the firm's senior medical planner and is currently leading the planning of a senior residential community in England and a cancer center in San Diego. He is a founding member of the American College of Healthcare Architects and a member of the American Institute of Architects' Academy of Architecture for Health.

Hortense Tiger Lyman/Fein,
I am looking to contact roommate Jeanne Cohan(Mrs. Steve Cohan).

Karen Borst-Rothe,
recently served as Interim Director of the Fall Program for Freshmen, a unique, high-profile program for University of California Berkeley spring-admitted freshmen; she also teaches in the program. In addition, she gives writing/presentation workshops at UC San Francisco and also specializes in full-service communication training in SF Bay Area Biotech companies.

Marshall Fine,
was commissioned to write for the IRIS Chamber Orchestra (Michael Stern, conductor) for the 2004-2005 season. The work, "A Flower of the Infinite Garden," was premiered on March 5, 2005.

Kenneth Metzger,
Recently accepted a position as an Electrical Design Project Engineer for Minster Machine's material handling division in Beaufort, SC.

James R. Sobeiraj,
a patent attorney with the law firm of Brinks, Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., has been elected Vice President of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) for 2005-2006, at its annual meeting held on May 3, 2005, at the University Club, Chicago. With more than 20 years of experience in the procurement, licensing and enforcement of intellectual property rights, Jim is a litigator and has been lead counsel in cases involving patent infringement, ownership of patent rights, license disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets, trade dress infringement, unfair competition, false advertising, defamation, fraud, RICO and antitrust. Jim received both his B.S. degree, magna cum laude, in Engineering and his law degree at the University of Michigan. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation; was the President and sat on the Board of Trustees of the Licensing Executives Society and is currently a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, The Lawyers Club of Chicago, the Federal Circuit Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association. Recently, Jim was named an "Illinois Super Lawyer" in the area of intellectual property litigation in a survey conducted by Law & Politics magazine. IPLAC is a not-for-profit organization whose more than 850 members include lawyers practicing in the intellectual property field, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition and related areas.

Faizah Shabazz,
has joined the District Attorney's Office in Dahlonega, Georgia, as an Assistant District Attorney. She earned her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2001.

Robert Beasecker,
is the Interim Dean of University Libraries, Grand Valley State University (Allendale, Michigan), and has edited the book "I Hope to Do My Country Service": The Civil War Letters of John Bennitt, M.D., Surgeon, 19th Michigan Infantry. The book was published in March by Wayne State University Press.

Bob Litwin,
won the International Tennis Federation World Championships and is currently the #1 ranked 55 and over player in the World. He won the ITF Senior World Championships in Perth, Australia when he defeated former tour start Lito Alvarez of Argentina. Litwin had advanced to the finals last year but did not play due to a religious conflict. He has won 9 USTA National Championships and was the 2002 USPTA National Sr. Player of the Year. Litwin is the President of the Sports Focus Institute and is a mental training coach.

Ellen Sapper,
has enjoyed teaching in The Ann Arbor Public Schools for the past 28 years. Currently she is teaching Honors English and Psychology, and loves her students. In 1994 she earned a Master's in guidance and Counseling and has a psychotherapy practice specializing in Berglarian Analysis with adolescents and adults. Other endeavers include organizational development consulting and spiritual guidance.

Judith Dale Rosling Woodruff,
has received a 2005 Governor's Award for Arts Leadership, presented by the Tennessee Arts Commission and Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen in a ceremony held March 15 in Nashville, TN. Woodruff has served as the Executive Director of the Tennessee Association of Dance since 1988.

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