John Howard Wilson, (PBK, University of Michigan, 1983), planned, organized and directed the second Evelyn Waugh Conference, "Waugh in His World," from 21 to 24 May 2008 at the Harry Ransom Center, the University of Texas at Austin. Waugh scholars and enthusiasts from Australia, Japan, France, Canada, England, and the USA were in attendance. Academic papers were presented, followed by lively discussions and a tour of Waugh's library. The conference concluded with a festive dinner with Alexander Waugh, noted author and grandson of Evelyn Waugh, as the keynote speaker.
John Howard Wilson is associate professor of English at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and the editor of Evelyn Waugh Newsletter and Studies. He is also the author of Evelyn Waugh, A Literary Biography, 1903-1924 and Evelyn Waugh: A Literary Biography, 1924-1966, and he has published essays in Biography and Midwest Quarterly. John was educated at the University of Michigan, where he received a BA in history, an MA in English, and a PhD in English Language and Literature. He has taught at the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Dakota Wesleyan University, and Koka Women's College in Kyoto, Japan.
I returned to my hometown of Pittsburgh to start Equita [www.shopequita.com], a socially and environmentally conscious business, with my husband and my sister.
Equita specializes in design-conscious green, Fair Trade and sweatshop-free essentials for the body and home. We hand-select each item to make sure it adheres to our criteria of good design, functionality, and social and environmental responsibility.
We recently launched our blog, www.shopequita.com/blog-nitty_gritty, so stop by and join in the dialogue.
Brian E. Koncius has joined The Law Offices of Kathleen L. Bogas, PLLC as an associate attorney. The Law Offices of Kathleen L. Bogas specializes in all areas of employment law. Brian can provide you with guidance and representation in pre-suit negotiations, contract reviews and negotiations, separation and severance package reviews and negotiations, EEOC charges and mediation, and State and Federal Court litigation. Brian handles a wide variety of employment related claims including discrimination and harassment based on sex/gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age, and disability, and retaliation claims.
On July 13, I drove from my home in Federal Way, WA to Redmond, WA to visit with Mark Reader and his wife, Fran Sheldon Reader (UM'54). They have moved to Washington State from Phoenix, AZ to be near their son, Seth, and his family. They will periodically be visiting their other son, Tris and his wife, in their Three Points, AZ home.
A Nobel Prize. A Medal of Honor in the War on Terror. A cure for neurological disorders reintroduced after having been sandbagged, the source of the Holocaust understood and preventive measures made... all this sourced through an English major with no math skills and minimal science... I guess the adage genius is really 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration is true - today's transformational genius is not math based - itÂ´s the hero.
Rose Melikan will be signing copies of her soon to be released first novel "The Blackstone Key" at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Allen Park, MI on Sat. Aug. 9th 2008 at 2 pm.
This book will be released in the US Aug 5th, 2008. It has been out in Europe and is getting 4 1/2 and 5 star ratings on Amazon UK. It is quite a good read. Historical thriller set in England 1794.
Come and meet Dr. Rose Melikan. See you there.
Class of '94 Theatre major, Joe Gold wrote, produced, and starred in a new independent film called Never Say Macbeth. After playing many film festivals, and receiving rave reviews, it is now available on DVD. In Never Say Macbeth, a science teacher says the word "Macbeth" in a theater and unleashes mayhem upon a troupe of actors. This comedy is a cross between Waiting for Guffman and Beetlejuice. For more information, go to www.neversaymacbeth.com
Christel Behnke Gehlert recently published RECOLLECTIONS OF A HAMBURGER-GROWING UP GERMAN, 1941-1962. This biography/autobiography takes the reader through World War II and the postwar years in Hamburg, Germany. Sad and humorous, it highlights the plight of ordinary Germans, and especially the resilience of children caught up in the horror not of their making.
is the the Shuttle Technical Assistant for the Space Transportation Vehicle Division at the Johnson Space Center received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for his work with the space shuttle program to safely and successfully execute flight operations for the Mission Operations Directorate. In his capacity as a liaison between the Orbiter Project Office and Mission Ops, Interbartolo coordinated and facilitated hardware upgrades, and flight operations issues. Interbartolo received the award at the annual JSC Honors Ceremony on June 19th.
Recently completed research into the music of the Polish gypsy musicians "Tomcha and Vlasch" has just been published and is available on a new website dedicated to their lives and exploits during World War One.
We welcome your comments: www.tomchavlaschproject.com
As a captain in the US Army, I am currently serving in Iraq on a National Police Transition Team as the Intelligence Operations Advisor for an Iraqi Police Battalion.
Ruth recently joined Jewish Family Services of Greater Kansas City as director of community relations. She handles all public relations and marketing for the social service agency, as well as donor relations. She is also a regular freelance writer for the Kansas City Star. In addition, she will appear in a production of the musical "Oliver" this summer.
has been promoted to Vice President of Finance for Clear Channel Outdoor - Orlando Division. J.D. has been with this leader in the Outdoor Advertising business for nearly 18 years. He resides in Orlando with his wife Christine and their 3 children.
Just published "Cleanup of Chemical and Explosive Munitions" William Andrew Publishers). This book guides stakeholders and regulators through the correct process of assessing a military site, finding munitions, and cleaning them up. It lists scores of chemical and explosive munition constituents as well as ranges unknown to the military.
After graduating at the end of 2003, Ambyr moved to St. Louis where she attended SIUE and worked at the Center for Outcomes Research at St. Louis University. Ambyr has returned to the University as an analyst in the Health Management Research Center.
This alum has been appointed to serve on the Fund Board (Board of Directors) of Queensborough Community College, Bayside, New York.
Joshua Aaron, class of 1995, will be expanding his business, NYC-based Business Technology Partners, with the opening of a regional office in Michigan. Business Technology Partners, Inc. (BTP), is a premier New York City IT consulting firm. BTP is a partner with many leading companies including Microsoft, Cisco, HP, Dell, Symantec, Lenovo and APC. "Getting IT done" for over a decade, BTP helps its customers dramatically improve productivity and efficiency in their businesses through its technology expertise, proven designs and solutions.
Dan Matlow has recently made partner at the law firm of Ruden McClosky. Ruden McClosky is a full service, business law firm with offices throughout the State of Florida. Dan handles civil litigation (mostly contract disputes) and practices in the Fort Lauderdale office.
After nine years in Grand Rapids, I have moved my urology practice to Holland, Michigan and joined Western Michigan Urological Associates as a partner. I am still living in east Grand Rapids with my wife Barbara, son J. and daughter Claire, while our oldest son Will is finishing his sophomore year in Ann Arbor.
is currently training to complete the Washington DC 40 mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, May 3-4th. With a Columbia University MBA, Mary worked in financial services in NYC and internationally, including a couple years in Paris. Mary is now an executive search professional in finance and technology in the DC area, and enjoys volunteering for the U-M Alumni Club.
eo art lab is a renown contemporary art gallery in Chester, Connecticut owned by John R. Schroeder, B.S. Arch, '87. The gallery features amazing, mostly abstract work from emerging and established artists from around the country.
The gallery also features independent films during their cold weather film series on thursday nights in January, February, and March.
John would be happy to extend a discount to Michigan Alum. Come pay us a visit in person or on line! www.eoartlab.com.
A principle planner in the Transportation Planning Division of the Atlanta Regional Commission, Laura Keyes (nee Cruce) was recently elected Vice President of Chapter Services of the Georgia Chapter of the American Planning Association. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a BS from the School of Natural Resources and Environment. Laura lives in Decatur, GA, with her husband Kevin and three children.
has transitioned from an engineering career to a comedy writing career. Her episode of "Everybody Hates Chris" with Chris Rock premieres on Sunday, April 6, 2008, at 8/7 Central on The CW, with a repeat presentation on April 13th. The episode, entitled "Everybody Hates the BFD" involves the adventures of a young Chris Rock, who gets embroiled in a funeral director's scholarship in order to buy Run-DMC tickets.
She has also written The 2007 World Music Awards, filmed in Monte Carlo, and Nickelodeon's animated comedy, "The X's." You can read more about Alessia's experiences in her "Letter Home" essay, published in the Mar/Apr issue of Ambassador magazine. She is a frequent blog contributor for the University of Michigan Entertainment Coalition at www.um-ec.org.
Jeffrey L. Williams (B.A. 1982) became the Chief Financial Officer of Concordia University (Ann Arbor) in March 2008. In addition, he is the award-winning author of "The Cheek Family Chronicles". Jeff is also a Eastern Michigan University graduate (M.P.A., 1992) and of Huron High School in Ann Arbor (1978).
Leslie Anderson, PhD in political science, 1987, has been awarded a titled professorship at the University of Florida. She is now a University of Florida Research Foundation Professor of Political Science. Anderson is currently serving as a Fulbright Scholar (spring, 08) at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina.
March Madness Against Blindness is an annual fundraiser organized by Myron Hepner to increase awareness of current research designed to prevent and cure blindness, and to raise money to support specific research programs at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
March Madness Against Blindness 2008 will be held at Damon's Grill in Ann Arbor on March 20 & 21. Damon's also will donate 20 percent of all checks on those days to March Madness Against Blindness.
All donations over $75 will be automatically entered into a raffle for a basketball signed by men's hoops coach John Beilein.
(BA-High Honors, 1996) has been awarded a 2008 Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress. Two Bynner Fellowships, valued at $10,000 each, are awarded each year to support and encourage the work of promising younger poets. He was chosen for the fellowship by U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic.
Thorburn will be honored on March 6, 2008, at the Library of Congress, where he will read from his work. He is the author of a book of poems, Subject to Change, published in 2004 by New Issues Poetry & Prose.
Fellow Wolverines, my company, Span Corporation, providing health care management services from our offices in Ann Arbor since 1988, has launched a new service for Courts, Judges, Lawyers and their Clients. Known as "Court-centric forensic drug and alcohol abuse screening" the programs provide sound clinical services with sensitivity to the special needs of the legal community. So, you U-M Law grads who are practicing in Family Law, Criminal Defense Law (especially DUI), or Civil Law â€“ or those who have evolved to enjoy the appellation of "The Honorable," stop by our web site to learn how we can help. Go blue!
Dr. Michael van Lent will join SoarTech in March 2008 as the companyâ€™s Chief Scientist. Dr. van Lent will be relocating to Ann Arbor and leaving his current post as Associate Director for Games Research at the Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) at the University of Southern California.
After earning a BA in Computer Science at Williams College, Dr. van Lent received a Masters in Computer Science at the University of Tennessee and PhD at the University of Michigan in 2000. Prior to receiving his PhD, he worked at the Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence (NCARAI) at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. He joined ICT in 2001, where he became a Project Leader and a Research Associate Professor in the Computer Science department at USC.
He specialized in research and development of game technology for Army applications in immersive training, social simulation, and education. Dr. van Lent will lead SoarTechâ€™s research and development of artificial intelligence for training and serious games, transitioning research into engineered solutions.
Claudia C Cotca, Class of '93,'00,'04, Founder of The Washington Institute For Dentistry & Toxicology, Clinical Practice & Think Tank in Washington DC, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Oral Medicine.