Office of the VP for Communications – Keeping alumni and friends connected to U-M

Alumni Notes

  1. Patrick A. Miller

    has been elected the next president of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the association announced in Washington, DC, in June. Miller has worked in public, private and academic practice in the United States and Canada and served as head of the landscape architecture department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for 13 years. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and his master’s from the University of California at Berkeley. Miller has received numerous awards and recognitions for his professional research and service work and has lectured internationally on landscape architecture and professional education.

  2. William Connolly

    of Johns Hopkins University’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences has been named a Krieger-Eisenhower Professor in recognition of his “scholarly achievement and devotion to the academic life of the university,” the university announced. A political scientist, Connolly has helped to “reshape the field of political theory with his thesis that political thinking cannot be separated from the philosophy of being itself,” the award citation said. His book Terms of Political Discourse received the Benjamin Lippincott Prize of the American Political Science Association, which is awarded to books that continue to have an impact more than 15 years after publication.

  3. Kay Shimmelman Robarts

    ’78MA, of Austin, Texas, has been named an associate fellow of the society for Technical Communication (STC). Robart is a writer for Forgent Networks. Robart was cited her faithful work as both a member and a leader in STC, for her generosity in sharing knowledge with fellow members and students and “for her genuine concern that we always push to do better as a professional organization.” Robart has more than 20 years of experience in technical writing and college-level teaching. Formerly of Midland, Michigan, Robart earned her BA from Grand Valley Sate University in 1973.

  4. Jeffrey R. Hoag

    Jeffrey R. Hoag ’02 has joined Tower Pinkster Titus Associates, an architecture and engineering firm, in its Grand Rapids, Michigan, office. The firm is based in Kalamazoo. Hoag majored in architecture at U-M. His current projects include 3-D modeling for a school auditorium and for a new elementary school.

  5. Mike Moriarty

    Mike Moriarty ’74 has been appointed A.T. Kearney executive vice president and EDS senior vice president for A.T. Kearney’s Global Industry Practices. The firm’s eight industry practice leaders report to Moriarty, who provides global oversight and coordination of their service offerings and client development efforts. Moriarty, who is based in Chicago, was previously an A.T. Kearney vice president and global leader of A.T. Kearney’s Consumer Industries and Retail Practice.

  6. Larry L. Johnson

    Larry L. Johnson ’75 was re-elected for a three-year term on the board of directors of the 1.7-million-member Automobile Club of Michigan (AAA Michigan) at the organization’s annual membership meeting in Dearborn. He has been a member of the AAA Michigan board since 2000. He is president of Lightning Ridge Enterprises, an investment holding company in Bloomfield Hills, which he formed in 1991. Johnson, who majored in environmental engineering, earned two varsity football letters at U-M and received the team’s Outstanding Scholar award his senior year.

  7. James Turissini

    James Turissini ’85 M Arch has been named director of business development for the DeMattia Group in Plymouth, Michigan. His responsibilities for the real estate and design/build firm include client development, strategic planning, market and sales forecasting, sales tactics and contract negotiation. Turissini holds a bachelor of science and bachelor of architecture degrees from Kent State University. He resides in Maumee, Ohio, with his wife Renee and children Alexia and Gregory. He has traveled extensively, lived in Brazil and studied architecture in Italy. His hobbies include water and snow skiing, soccer and art glass.

  8. Christian Newcomer

    Christian Newcomer ’73, a prominent veterinarian and specialist in laboratory animal medicine, has been appointed the Johns Hopkins University’s first associate provost for animal research and resources, responsible for university-wide planning and other issues relating to research using animal subjects. Newcomer, who studied zoology at Michigan, joined Johns Hopkins on May 21 after serving two years as director of the Veterinary Resources Program at the National Institutes of Health. He will help the university prepare for future changes in the availability of animals, animal care standards, or the way in which animal research is conducted. “There are just an incredible number of issues that come up in a big and vibrant animal research program like Johns Hopkins’,” Newcomer said. “I will work to determine how we keep a step ahead of where the science is going, and how we do that the right way.” He earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1977.

  9. Scott R. Reizen

    Scott R. Reizen ’98 has joined the law firm of Zausmer, Kaufman, August & Caldwell, P.C., as an associate in its Farmington Hills, Mich., office. Reizen will focus on general civil litigation as well as commercial, insurance defense and construction litigation. He is a member of the State Of Michigan Bar Association.