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

Alumni Notes

  1. Kay Robart

    Kay Robart, formerly Kay Schimmelman, received an Associate Fellowship from the Society for Technical Communication (STC) at their annual conference in May. Although STC has over 200,000 members worldwide, there are only about 100 associate fellows. Robart received the fellowship for service to the Society and to the field of technical communication.

  2. Robert D. Sloan

    former vice president and general counsel at GE industrial Systems, has joined Energy Corporation in New Orleans as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. Sloan who is also an alummni of Harvard Law School, has managed legal issues related to mergers and acquisitions, litigation, compliance programs, intellectual property issues and overall strategic legal business counseling.

  3. Randall C. Jimerson

    has just been elected vice president/president of the Society of American Archivists effective in August. Jimerson, professor of history at Western Washington State University in Bellingham, will serve as vice president in 2003-04 and as president in 2004-05. He currently directs the graduate Archives and Records Management program within the history department at Western. Jimerson also teaches undergraduate American history courses, with specialties in Civil War and Reconstruction, the Civil Rights Era, and the Vietnam War. Among his works are The Private Civil War: Popular Thought During the Sectional Conflict, which was reprinted in paperback in 1994, and American Archival Studies: Readings in Theory and Practice (Society of American Archivists, 2000), which he edited. Founded in 1936, the society is North America’s oldest and largest national archival professional association, with more than 3,400 members.

  4. Fredric Harwin

    Ocularist, a short documentary starring Fredric Harwin ’67 MSc, has won the SXSW Film Festival Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah and the Florida Film Festival Grand Jury Prize. The film has begun a national run at festivals in Philadelphia, Tucson and Durham. Harwin blends medicine and art to create new outlook for his patients, literally “in-your-face” art. He creates highly detailed, custom-made ocular prosthetics (artificial eyes). One of only a handful of board-certified ocularists in the country, Harwin is also one of the few to have advanced degrees in both science and fine art. The eight-minute film, directed by Vance Malone of Portland, Oregon’s Food Chain Films, illuminates the techniques used to create acrylic eyes and examines both the physical and psychological repercussions associated with the loss of an eye. Artificial eyes aren’t Harwin’s only foray into the world of art and science. He is also a well-respected medical illustrator, having done art for 3M, Gore-Tex and the Anatomical Chart Company. Harwin was also the co-author and illustrator of the Manual of Cardiac Surgery. He may be reached at the Center for Ocular Prosthetics at 503-229-8490 or Harwin Studios at 503-245-8900.

  5. William Cohen

    has been elected to the board of directors of the American College of Bankruptcy. Cohen is chairman of the bankruptcy and reorganization practice at Pepper Hamilton LLP and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He is a partner in Pepper’s Detroit office, concentrates in bankruptcy and insolvency matters and has argued cases throughout the state and the federal court systems, including the US Supreme Court.

  6. Jeffrey R. Hoag

    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.

  7. Mike Moriarty

    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.

  8. Larry L. Johnson

    was re-elected for a three-year on the board of directors of the 1.7-million-member Automobile Club of Michigan (AAA Michigan) at the organization’s annual membership meeting today 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.

  9. James Turissini

    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.