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Class Notes


Michael Corrigan (B.A., '67; M.A., '69) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his short story "Free Fall."

Don McPhail (B.A., '66) has been named chair of the board of trustees for Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma.

Karna Small Bodman's (attended '67–'70) two political thrillers are based in part on her past experience as senior director of the National Security Council: "Checkmate" (Forge, '07) and its sequel, "Gambit" (Forge, '08).



Roger Shore (B.A., '71), a Sylvan Learning Center franchisee, received the 2007 Franchisee Service Excellence Award.

Sandra Holtzman (attended ’72) owns a marketing communications, advertising and public relations firm in New York City. She is the author of "Lies Startups Tell Themselves to Avoid Marketing: A No Bullsh*t Guide for Ph.D.s, Lab Rats, Suits and Entrepreneurs" (Select Books, ’07).

Paul Dixon (B.A., '73) received an American Cinema Editors Eddy nomination for his picture editing on the Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie "Pictures of Hollis Woods."

J. Roderick Clark (M.A., '75) is the editor and publisher of Rosebud Magazine. The independent, nonprofit literary journal turns 15 in December.

Tim Hoppen (B.A., '74) is president and chief operating officer of the Harbor Bay group of companies.

Peggy Landsman (attended ’79) has published "To-wit To-woo," her first poetry chapbook, through Foothills Publishing.



James W. Litz (B.S., ’80), government affairs director for the Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Bill Bruner (B.A., '81) is NASA's assistant administrator for legislative and intergovernmental affairs.

Therese Iknoian (B.A., '81), the editor of Specialty News Service (SNEWS), sold her company to Active Interest Media, Inc., the parent company of Backpacker Magazine and Yoga Journal.

Lawrence Kent (M.A., ’81) earned his Ph.D. from Miami University, Ohio. His professional career has spanned banking, government, education, mental health and social services. He served in the Regular Army in Korea (1956-58) and has been affiliated with such organizations as Mensa, Phi Delta Kappa and Pi Lambda Theta.

Betsey Shapiro (B.A., ’81), a travel agent who also works at the Port of San Francisco  assisting cruise guests and providing sightseeing tours, has published "Queen's Hostess" through Big Mouth Publishing.

Washington State University Professor Carol Siegel (M.A., ’81) used her background in gender and cultural theory to explore Goth ideology in the scholarly book "Goth's Dark Empire" (Indiana University Press, ’05).

"And Darkness Was Under His Feet," a book of short stories by Annie Dawid (B.A., ’82; M.A., ’86), received the Litchfield Review Award for short fiction. Dawid operates a writer and artist retreat in Westcliffe, Co.

Andrew R. Burroughs (M.B.A., ’83) has joined Pac-West Telecomm, Inc., a wholesale provider of advanced telecommunications services, as Chief Operating Officer.

"Alive in Lisbon," an essay by California College of the Arts instructor Marianne Rogoff (M.A., '83), is featured in "The Best Women's Travel Writing 2008: True Stories from Around the World" (Travelers' Tales, '08).

Genevia Gee Fulbright (B.S., ’84) was reappointed to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Foundation Board.

Kari K. Wilson (B.A., ’84) has created "Picture Books for Big Kids Looks at Core Democratic Values" (www.FunLessonPlans.com).

William Atmar Smith (M.A., ’85) has published "Sons of Their Fathers" through BookSurge Publishing.

John M. Dadian (B.A., '85) was elected president of the San Diego Council of the U.S. Navy League and will serve through 2008. He runs Dadian & Associates, Inc., a lobbying and political consulting firm. Ethan Van der Ryn (B.A., ‘85) was nominated for an Academy Award for Achievement in Sound Editing on the film "Transformers."

Lucy Supnet Liang (attended ’TK-’85), owner of Powerful Resumes resume and job coaching services, has published "Powerful and Proven Techniques for Getting the Job You Want" through Outskirts Press.

Ken Heiman (B.A., ’85) has published his first book, "Bristle While You Work," a workplace survival guide, through iUniverse, Inc.

Claire Josefine (Teaching credential, ’87) has published "Following Raven, Finding Ground: A Road Trip in Search of Home" through Winter's Daughter Press.

Michael Bütz (B.A., ’87; M.S., ’89) has published "The Next Generation of Heroes and Heroines" through AuthorHouse. The book questions the standard notion of heroics with an eye to future challenges.



"The Healing Powers of Olive Oil: A Complete Guide to Nature's Liquid Gold" (Kensington, '08) is the latest book by Cal Orey (M.A., '90).

Chris Scarabosio (B.A., ‘90) was nominated for an Academy Award for Achievement in Sound Editing on the film "There Will Be Blood."

Teri Conklin (B.A., '91) is vice president for Pleasanton-based Seniority, Inc., a senior living management, sales and consulting firm.

Hernan Bucheli (B.A., '93) is vice president of enrollment management at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont.

Rep. Larry Galizio (M.A., '93) was named the 2007 Howard Cherry Outstanding Community College Advocate by the Oregon Community College Association.

Theodore S. Gonzalves (M.A., '93), assistant professor of American studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, edited "Stage Presence: Conversations with Filipino American Performing Artists" (Meritage Press, '07).

Jason Minsky (B.A., '93) is the new vice president of membership and marketing for the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Elizabeth Pepin (B.A., ’94)won three awards at the 2007 Santander-Festival Internacional De Cine De Cantabria for "One Winter Story," a documentary that examines the life and legacy of the first woman to surf Mavericks. The awards included a “Spanish Olympic Committee Award for Film that Best Embodies the Olympic Spirit.”

Michelle Johnings Seifert (B.A., '94; M.A., '99) works as a recruiter at Robert Half Legal, where she places attorneys and paralegals on a temporary and project basis.

Nona Caspers (M.F.A., '95) received a $25,000 literature fellowship from The National Endowment for the Arts. Her latest book, "Heavier than Air" (University of Massachusetts Press, '07), was released in paperback earlier this year.

Timothy Kiley (B.A., '95) is assistant news director for the ABC and FOX affiliates in Palm Springs.

"No Guns, No Knives, No Personal Checks: The Tales of a San Francisco Cab Driver" (Everett Madison Publishing, '06) by Larry Sager (B.A., '96) received the 2007 Benjamin Franklin Award for the Best First Book (Fiction) from PMA, the Independent Book Publishers Association.

Kris Putnam-Walkerly (M.S.W., ‘96), owner of Putnam Community Investment Consulting, Inc., was named one of the Top Ten Women Business Owners of Northeast Ohio by the Cleveland Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Bobby Kaff (B.A.,’97; M.A., ’05) is cofounder of Enmeon. Short for "encourage me on," the company aims to help members accomplish personal goals by leveraging their peer networks online.



Helen Tsifourdaris Taptelis (B.A., ’00; M.A., ’02) has published "Mosaic Eyes" through BookSurge Publishing. Set in Greece in the mid-1940s, the book highlights the effect of war and politics on the average person.

Eunice Dunham (B.A., ’02) received the second annual Heights Award from the Massachusetts State Lottery and Boston College Athletics in recognition of her significant contributions to women's athletics.

After designing for Calvin Klein and Donna Karan, Nellie Partow (B.S., ‘02) launched her own clothing line last year. Her debut collection was featured in the April issue of Lucky magazine.

Lisa Daniels (B.A., '04), founder and project coordinator of the Unsung Heroes Living History Project, was recognized as a 2007 Neighborhood Hero by Bank of America.

Sisters Bridget McCracken (M.P.A., ‘04) and Jessica McCracken (M.P.A., ‘05) run the nonprofit arts organization Trash Mash-Up. Participants use disposable materials to construct pageant masks and costumes inspired by traditions around the world.

Matthew Shultz (M.A., ‘06) received an Employee of the Year Award at the Strictly Business Awards Luncheon sponsored by Jewish Vocational Service.


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