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Alumni Notes

  1. Sandra Maria Nutt

    , a graduate of the Theater and Drama department, is premiering her latest play, "Prevarications: Little White Lies," in her own RIPRAP STUDIO THEATRE. After a March 5-7 preview, the play will open March 13. An alumna of the Negro Ensemble Company Alumna, stars in the "sobering" production. Riprap Studio Theatre is located at 5755 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, Cal. Nutt won Kodak's Champagne Celebration Award for the feature-length screenplay of the same name.
    The comedy features sharp political discourse, sexual rivalry and, Nutt says, "rumors of lesbianism." The play will run on weekends for eight weeks. For more information, contact the theater at (818) 990-7498 or via the Web site:

  2. John Wingard

    of John Wingard Design in Honolulu has added Arquette Properties to his company's list of active clients, and recently completed an updated logo and print solutions for the company. "A unique identity was the desired result for this firm, specializing in real estate services. The project includes a complete identity package," Wingard says. "The work represents an evolution in combining contemporary graphics with a classic Hawaiian feel."

  3. Saul K. Fenster

    is keeping busy after retiring in 2002 from the presidency of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark. Most recently, Dr. Fenster completed his term as president of the education foundation of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey and the higher education community also recently recognized him as the founding father of New Jersey Edge, Net, a higher education network. In addition, he was cited as a founder of University Heights Science Park in Newark. A Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society of Engineering Education, Fenster during his career received honorary doctorates from Rutgers University, William Paterson University and NJIT. He was president of NJIT for 24 years. In 1995, he was named a Townsend Harris Medalist by City College of New York.

  4. Christopher Wilson

    has been named director of the Program in African American Culture of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington DC. He will assume his new post in late May.
    Wilson has 15 years of experience in developing and producing public programs at the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan. His work has primarily focused on African American issues and included programs on the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes, Emancipation, the Civil Rights movement and Black History Month, among others. He also contributed to several exhibitions, including African American Family Life and Culture and the Rosa Parks Bus. He has conceived and delivered a wide variety of historical programming addressing topics such as transportation, baseball, democracy, bee keeping and maple sugaring, and has managed the daily parade and equestrian operations.
    An accomplished writer, Wilson has written and directed more than 20 plays and musicals on a variety of subjects. His programming has reached a wide range of audiences and has included performances, festivals, classes for adults and children, school programs, walking tours, historic menus, dance programs and the World Series of Historic Baseball.
    He expects to receive an MA in American History from Wayne State University later this year.

  5. Louisa Jartz

    I have worked as a librarian and teacher and writer. I am married and retired in Cleveland, Ohio. Currently I am taking writing classes in the Project 60 Program at Cleveland State University and occasionally attend alumni events in Cleveland. Former classmates may contact me at

  6. Jeremy W. Katz

    received his JD from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1985, and is a principal with Pinnacle Law Group LLP in San Francisco, where he practices bankruptcy and insolvency law. He and his wife, Sara Liss-Katz, '78 MLA, the director of planning of the HOK Planning Group in San Francisco, reside in Oakland, California, with their two daughters and a Belgian sheepdog.

  7. Javed Ali

    currently serves as a senior intelligence officer with the Department of Homeland Security, Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection Directorate. Prior to joining DHS, Ali was employed by the Department of Defense and focused on Middle East security. Ali, who has published widely on a range of national security matters, is a term member on the Council on Foreign Relations and a board member on the Council for Emerging National Security Affairs.

  8. Lisa Udel

    is an assistant professor of English and of gender and women's studies, at Illinois College.

  9. Carla Denise Smith

    is now Carla D. Archer having married Brian C. Archer in February 2003. Carla and Brian live in Royal Oak with their 8 month old son, Brennan. Carla has been a children's librarian for 2 1/2 years at the Southfield Public Library.