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Alumni Notes

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Bob Himlin,
has been active in San Diego theater ever since moving there ostensibly to start an engineering career (otherwise known as "the day job") in 1985. He can be seen here accepting an award for his portrayal of the Padre in "Man of La Mancha" at Patio Playhouse in 2003. In July 2005 he will be appearing as Professor Harold Hill in Vanguard Productions' "The Music Man" along with his children Lorelei (12) and Noah (9).

Uma Ramanathan,
AIA, has been named a principal of the Boston architectural firm Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott, in the Healthcare Group. She and her family live in Lexington, MA. Ramanathanjoined the firm in 1991 as a healthcare planner and programmer. As a senior member of the SBRA’s Healthcare Practice Group, she leads the planning and programming effort for a wide range of institutions, from academic medical centers to community hospitals. Ramanathan developed the SBRA “Design Toolkit”—automated software used for generating departmental space programs. Her passion for healthcare planning, particularly in the pediatric environment, has informed her work over the past 15 years for numerous clients, including Children’s Hospital Boston, Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, McGill University Health Centre, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Lahey Clinic and Concord Hospital. She received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Madras University in India.

Susan Feinberg,
professor of humanities at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), has inititated and directed a program in technical communications and also developed a new laboratory for usability testing. Her most recent achievement is leading a group of students in the development of an online computer program that teaches credit card responsibility to Illinois citizens.

Boris Kozolchyk,
, president of the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade (NLCIFT) in Tucson, Arizona, spoke on a panel April 14 concerning the "Western Hemisphere's Agenda for Good Governance" as part of the annual spring meeting of the Section of International Law of the American Bar Association. The meeting took place in Washington, DC.

Ronnie M. Harrow,
a graduate of the Combined Program in Education and Psychology, was named Michigan School Psychologist of the Year on March 18, 2005, at the Michigan Association of School Psychologists Critical Issues Conference in Lansing. Harrow has served as a school psychologist for the Livingston Educational Service Agency in Howell since 1974 and is currently chair of the School Psychology Department.

Dr. Adel S. Aldosary,
associate professor of planning, is currently the chairman of the City and Regional Planing Department at the College of Environmental Design, in King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He is also heading the Master Plan Team for updating the university's 40-year-old Master Plan.

Aldosary is a member of the University Council of Graduate Studies, the College Council and the University Strategic Plan Comittee. He did many consultations and served as an advisor to the Minister of Higher Education, Dammam City Mayor, and the Supreme Commission on Tourism. For full details on his bio please visit his official Web page,

Deborah Schneider,
an author, lecturer and legal career counselor, is the co-author of a new book titled SHOULD YOU REALLY BE A LAWYER? The Guide to Smart Career Choices Before, During and After Law School (

Endorsed by pre-law advisors and career counselors at top-ranked universities and law schools, the book walks prospective law students through the steps necessary to making a rational, well-informed decision about whether to attend law school and how to plan intelligently for a legal career. Special sections also help law students who are wondering what to do with their law degree and lawyers who are questioning if they’re even on the right career path.

University of Michigan's pre-law advisor Karen Wittkopp says, "I'm so glad I finally have a solid read to offer students who are considering law school. Should You Really Be A Lawyer? is a valuable resource that helps readers explore the legal profession, and their own career interests, in a way that's both practical and enjoyable." For more information, please contact: or visit

Gilbert A. Samberg,
has joined the New York office of the law firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo as a member in the litigation section. With this experience in commercial litigation and arbitration, Samberg "will diversify and strengthen the collective expertise of our litigation practice,” said Robert I. Bodian, managing member of Mintz Levin’s New York office.

Prior to joining Mintz Levin, Samberg was a partner in the litigation group at Torys LLC, where he focused on international financial, commercial and technology-related disputes. He earned hishis PhD in organic chemistry and JD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

has won one Gold and one Bronze Award in the 2005 Summit Creative Awards® competition for his firm's 'outstanding creative work for Luminet Systems Group and Fisher Printing.' The firm received the Gold Award in the "Consumer Logo/Trademark" category for an identity created for Luminet Systems Group. The Bronze was awarded in the "Specialty Item" category for Fisher Printing's unique "Pie Box" self-promotion.

Helen Harding,
took a new job in August 2004 at the Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan. Her new title is Marketing Team Leader, Membership and Donor Services. 'The Henry Ford is an amazing place to work and I feel lucky to be here,' Harding says. 'I am currently interviewing college students for a marketing internship and I am happy to say that it looks like we will be hiring U-M students (even though MSU students had an opportunity also). :) GO BLUE!

Martin B. Maddin,
has joined Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth & Heller, P.C., a Southfield, Michigan-based law firm, as an associate attorney. Maddin concentrates his practice in the firm’s corporate law, transactions, employment, workforce management and real estate groups. He earned his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Wisconsin in 2003 and resides in Birmingham, Michigan.

Robert Debbaut,
has been active as a guest conductor during the 2004-2005 Season, conducting his first concert with the Chicago Philharmonic (where he serves as Associate Conductor), his second concerts with Poland's Filharmonia Sudecka and the North Bohemian Philharmonic and his third with the National Symphony of Guatemala. In 2004-2005 Dr. Debbaut also served as Visiting Director of Orchestras at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music, conducting seven orchestral concerts including his first performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with Michigan alumnus, Robert Breault, serving as tenor soloist. Dr. Debbaut’s 2005-2006 guest engagements include concerts with the Belgrade Philharmonic, Cairo Symphony, Janacek Philharmonic (Czech Republic), Novgorod Chamber Orchestra and Saint Petersburg Classic Orchestra (Russia), the Slovak Radio Orchestra and return engagements with the National Symphony of Guatemala and North Bohemian Philharmonic. In Summer 2006 his will make his conducting debut at both the Beethoven Festival Teplice and the inaugural Prague Festival of Strings in the Czech Republic. Visit his web site at for further information about upcoming concerts.

Ori Hoffer,
already an award-wining journalist for the local radio station, recently moved to the world of television. He now hosts a daily news/interview program on Park City TV, which broadcasts to the entire Salt Lake City area.

Jonathan Hopwood, AIA,
has been promoted to Operations Manager of the Washington, DC regional office of HSMM, a leading architectural, engineering, and planning firm. As Operations Manager, Mr. Hopwood will oversee production for the DC office and will provide leadership for activities including staffing, recruiting, performance, and professional development. Since joining HSMM in 1999, he has served as Project Architect and most recently as Architectural Department Head. Mr. Hopwood continues to serve as Chief Architect for the firm’s Buildings Division.

Thomas W. Forster II,
has been elected partner at Detroit-based Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. Forster is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Department, where he counsels clients in connection with a variety of real estate transactions including acquisitions and sales of shopping centers, office buildings and multifamily projects. He also has considerable experience in the area of equity investment partnerships, loan transactions, residential developments, leasing of retail and office space and acquisition and sale of affordable housing developments. Forster resides in Hamburg, Michigan.

Dorothy Denning,
, professor in the Department of Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Cal., received in February the 2004 Harold F. Tipton Award, which recognizes lifelong contributions to the improvement of the information security profession. Denning literally wrote the book on computer security. Cryptography and Data Security, published by Addison-Wesley in 1982, is a classic textbook in the field. Denning previously taught at Georgetown University, where she was the Callahan Family Professor of Computer Science and director of the Georgetown Institute of Information Assurance, and at Purdue University. She came to the Navy school in 2002 because "it seemed like an interesting and challenging environment and because I have a lot of respect for what the school is doing.It is definitely the leading edge in information security," she told the Monterey Herald, which is the source of this item. Denning received her doctorate in computer science from Purdue University.

Kat Hagedorn,
is among the nation's 51 "outstanding librarians" who received the 2005 Library Journal annual Movers & Shakers Award. Hagedorn, who says her least favorite expression is "there's more than one way to skin a cat," is a metadata harvesting librarian in the University of Michigan Libraries' Digital Library Production Services. Hagedorn manages OAIster, which provides "one-stop shopping for scholarly digital resources invisible to standard search engines," her citation said. "Launched in 2003, it searches through nearly five million records from 396 digital repositories using the Open Archives Initiative Metadata Harvesting Protocol.... The extraordinarily wide range of content she manages includes audio, video, photos, sheet music, maps, datasets, books and more."

Christopher Falkowski,
has been elected partner at Detroit-based Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. Falkowski is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Law Department, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of patent prosecution, IP counseling, and technology-related business transactions. His practice focuses largely on information technologies, such as software, computer networks, “intelligent” devices, and business methods. Falkowski is a council member for the Computer Law Section and a former editor of the Michigan Computer Lawyer. Falkowski earned his law degree from the University of Michigan School of Law in 1997. He received his undergraduate degree in 1992 from Northwestern University. Falkowski resides in Northville, Michigan.

Susy M. Kim,
has been named Principal of The Vanguard Group in Valley Forge, Pa. Kim joined Vanguard in 2002 as credit analyst. Currently a senior credit analyst in the Municipal Bond Area of the Credit Research Group, she is responsible for monitoring the credit quality of $3.5 billion invested in more than 95 companies in the retail, consumer product, food and beverage, chemical, and metal and mining sectors. In additoin to her BSE degree in chemical engineering, she has an MBA degree from the Michigan Business School. She resides in Yardley, Pa.

Beth Michelson,
and Marc Reiner, LAW '95 are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Hayden Rosalita, June 13, 2004.

Carl de Boor,
a mathematician and computer scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has won the 2003 National Medal of Science, the most prestigious science award in the country. Administered by the National Science Foundation, the National Medal of Science has since 1959 recognized pioneers in a range of scientific fields. A committee of scientists and engineers appointed by the president of the United States annually evaluates the award nominees.

A professor emeritus of computer sciences and mathematics in UW Madison's College of Letters and Science, de Boor will receive his medal at a White House ceremony on March 14. "This quite took my breath away," says de Boor. "I had never thought of myself as belonging to that class [of scientists]". John Marburger, President George Bush's science adviser, personally telephoned de Boor to inform him about the medal. The author of more than 150 papers and four books, de Boor has earned world recognition for his work on spline functions, mathematical expressions that describe free-form curves and surfaces. In particular, de Boor developed simpler approaches to complex spline calculations, a contribution that revolutionized computer-aided geometric design. His work is now routinely applied in a range of fields that rely on precise geometry, including the use of special effects in films, and in the aircraft and automotive industries. De Boor grew up in East Germany and came to the United States in 1959. He received a doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1966 and joined the UW-Madison faculty in 1972. Until 2003, de Boor was the Steenbock Professor of Mathematical Sciences and the P.L. Chebyshev Professor of Mathematics and Computer Sciences. Currently, de Boor is also an affiliate professor at the University of Washington.

Andy Saks,
is the founder of Daydream Believers, an organization dedicated to helping people build their best careers. He gives keynote speeches and runs workshops nationwide, teaching people to build working lives that perfectly match their talents, personality, values and passions. His goal is to "inspire, amuse and motivate people to believe in themselves and their mission in the world." Saks lives in the Boston area, "where it's just as cold in winter as it is in Michigan." More information at

Wallace E. Anderson,
a longtime faculty member at The Citadel, died on February 19th. While studying for his doctorate in physics, he was a Special Rackam Fellow. An article about Anderson appears on The Citadel's web site at

Edgar Latham,
had been working in Baghdad for the past year managing environmental programs for a major contractor and the U.S. Army. He wrties: "It has been a very rewarding experience observing this torn country slowly gain political stability in an effort to progress toward a democratic society. Iraq has a long way to go, but hopefully with the support of the United States and other countries, peace will prevail and the people will prosper.

"Professionally this has been the opportunity of a life time. The last 10 years of my career has specifically preprared me to effectively deal with the environmental challenges associated with US military operations within a war zone. My experience working as a private contractor with the US Army Environmental Center, NASA, and the EPA has allowed me to develope a unique set of skills and expertise that has been perfect for the job. If anyone is interested in more information about working in Iraq or my personal experiences while working in country, they are welcomed to contact me at

Robert M. Jackson,
a Partner with Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP’s Detroit Litigation Department, was inducted into the Wayne State University Athletic Hall of Fame on February 12. Jackson was a four-year letterman, a four-time league champion, and a two-time team captain of the Wayne State University men's tennis team. Jackson was named the WSU Male Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1980. He had a Merit scholarship for all four of his years at WSU. He graduated from WSU in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, with high distinction.

Jackson also graduated from the U-M Law School, magna cum laude, in 1984. After law school, he clerked for a federal appeals court judge and later joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, where he has been a partner since 1990. Jackson specializes in civil trial work.

Michael Shapiro,
a partner and chair of the property tax appeals department of Detroit-based Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, has been named in the 11th edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2005-2006 (Copyright 2004 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). He is a 1972 magna cum laude graduate of the U-M Law School and resides with his family in Bloomfield Hills. Shapiro has been recognized in the last five published editions as a top practitioner in the area of real estate law.

Gerald M. Griffith,
has been elected to a one year term as EO Coordinator for the Internal Revenue Service Great Lakes Area Tax Exempt and Government Entities Council. Griffith is a partner and chair of the Health Care Department at Detroit-based Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohen LLP. He has practiced extensively in the health care and tax-exempt areas, including the representation of a variety of clients before the Internal Revenue Service. The author of numerous publications, he is a frequent speaker at state and national conferences. Griffith is a Director of the American Health Lawyers Association, past Chair of the State Bar of Michigan Health Care Law Section and has been named in the eleventh edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2005-2006 (Copyright 2004 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Mindy Greenblatt,
will receive her D.M.D. degree in June 2005 from Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She has just spent 4 yours in a joint program with Harvard Medical School. In July, 2001, Mindy will begin a 3-year Post-Doctoral program at The University of Michigan in Orthodontics.

Abdu Murray,
has been elected partner of Detroit-based Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. Murray is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department, where he has litigated a wide variety of disputes involving constitutional law, such as substantive and procedural due process claims and equal protection claims. Murray counsels business clients in various aspects of real estate law, with an emphasis on zoning and land use. Murray also has litigated various business cases involving securities law, trade secret law, and the uniform commercial code. He resides in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Gregory R. Schermerhorn,
has been elected partner of Detroit-based Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. Schermerhorn is a member of the firm’s Employee Benefits Department, where he assists clients with design, establishment, administration and termination of executive compensation, retirement and welfare benefit programs. He resides in Birmingham, Michigan.

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