Alumni Notes

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Erika Powers Appelt '91 catching up with Chelsea Erb '14Erika Powers Appelt '91 catching up with Chelsea Erb '14

Recent Alumni Notes

  • Marilyn '54

    is still managing to avoid the worst of Michigan winters by staying in Naples, FL for 3 1/2 months. 

  • Richard L. '68

    retired professor of health administration, living joyfully in Ann Arbor with wife Marian. Serving on several boards, emeritus faculty at Eastern Michigan University and still engaged with Ashesi University in Ghana.  Eight grandchildren! 

  • George F. '58 and Judie Carter

    celebrated our 55th wedding anniversary August 15, 2014.  We decided to become full time residents at our new home in Bonita Springs FL.  Our house is in Cordova at Spanish Wells, a new single family development of 128 houses on individual lots.

  • David Finnegan ’61

    had the privilege and joy of touring the Clack Arts Building and Gallery during a recent visit to the campus in May, 2015. I would like to encourage other alumni to consider channeling, at least a portion, of their giving to the Fine Arts Department. It would be greatly appreciated and of the greatest and most lasting value.

    Posted: Friday, May 15, 2015
  • Brandi Wright ’06

    got to participate in the one day same-sex marriage when it was legal in MI, marrying my now wife, Stephanie Becker, on March 22 with approximately 323 other same-sex couples. We then had a more formal ceremony with our family and friends on September 13. We feel so fortunate to be legally wed while so many others wait for equality.

    Posted: Friday, May 15, 2015
  • Robert Lovejoy ’83

    is proud to announce that after completing a successful soccer career and graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his son, Rob, was drafted into the MLS and joined the Houston Dynamo. As a member of the Dynamo, Rob scored his first professional goal against the Montreal Impact. Rob also earned an assist in the same game.

    Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
  • Lloyd MacAskill ’66

    is currently working as a software engineer for Liberty IT Solutions on system improvements for veterans health administration.

    Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
  • Steve Wylie '79

    joined the staff of Habitat for Humanity Lake County California in March as program manager, helping local low-income veterans and other residents with home repairs and new home building. He and his husband Steve Gibson live on the shore of Clear Lake and enjoy small town life.

    Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
  • Carrie Rau '00

    just finished six years of schooling, completing an MS in forensic science from IUPUI and a JD (magna cum laude) from IU McKinney School of Law. I continue to live in Indianapolis and work for the Indiana State Police as a forensic DNA analyst. Drop a line at!

    Posted: Monday, May 11, 2015
  • Dr. Kelsey Travis '11

    graduated from Michigan State University - School of Veterinary Medicine with her DVM

    Posted: Saturday, May 9, 2015
  • Shannon Nystrom Klonowski ’05 and Ed Klonowski ’05

    announces the February 26 birth of our son, Edward James Klonowski.  This is our first child, and we are all doing great!

    Posted: Friday, May 8, 2015
  • Oscar DeLong '06 and Kimberly Reeve '05

    moved to Escanaba Michigan in 2013. Oscar is the library director for Bay College and Kim is the research data analyst at Bay. They just had their first child, and future Scot, Thomas Doyle DeLong on April 16th, 2015.

    Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
  • Olivia Bishop ’13

    is graduating with a masters in chemical engineering from Wayne State University this May.

    Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
  • John Brostrom '01 and Danelle Barber Brostrom '02

    are so excited to announce the arrival of our second child! Our baby girl, Stella Mae Brostrom, arrived on March 5, 2015. She was welcomed home by her loving sister, Norah Grace, who just turned 5. We are still living in Traverse City and loving every minute of it!

    Posted: Friday, April 10, 2015
  • Erik Sanborn '06 and Krissie Sanborn

    welcomed their first child, Ethan Robert, born on April 1, weighing 7lbs 13oz and measuring 20.5 inches long.

    Posted: Friday, April 10, 2015
  • Lisa Brindley James ’09

    received her doctorate in physical therapy from Elon University in Dec. 2012. She is employed in West Branch, MI. Lisa married Matthew James on April 24, 2014 in Key West, FL. They reside in Alger, MI.

    Posted: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
  • Kurt Roecker ’93

    after 15 years in private practice, I took a new position as a regional medical director for Advanced Correctional Healthcare. My territory is Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. I’m always out and about - look me up!

    Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2015
  • George Lawrence ’53

    and my wife recently sold our home on Cape Cod and have permanently moved to a lovely lake area in Clearwater, FL.

    Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2015
  • Emily Hollenberg ’14

    is now a water safety instructor at Helen P. Brown Natatorium and an administrative assistant at New American Youth Ballet and Conservatory.

    Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2015
  • Richard Thurston '73

    has rejoined the firm, Duane Morris LLP, as of counsel in its Intellectual Property Practice Group in the New York office. He recently retired from his position as senior vice president and general counsel of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited, the world’s largest semiconductor foundry company (TSMC). He is a cum laude graduate of Alma College.

    Posted: Monday, March 30, 2015
  • Rev. Chere McKnight Bates ’66

    was recognized for Excellency in Chaplaincy in IL with the Wintisck-Kaufman award at the Regional Training Seminar of the International Conference of Police Chaplains on, March 10th in Fort Wayne, IN.

    Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2015
  • Nancy Gobel Meyer ’63

    and her husband, Al, worked as volunteers for the 2015 World Ski Championships held in Beaver Creek, Colorado, Feb. 2-15. Their assignment was in spectator services, which was mostly crowd control. It was a thrill to see and talk to some of the world’s best skiers.

    Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2015
  • Amanda Grace Ewing '11

    directed “The Glass Menagerie” for Puzzle Piece Theatre which received 3 out of 4 stars in the Detroit Free Press! Read the review here:

    Posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
  • Staci Hill McKeon '97

    retired in December after just over 9 years of being an Acute Care Physician! I am happy fulfilling my next calling as a homemaker and homeschooling mom of 5 rambunctious kids! You can email me at:

    Posted: Friday, March 13, 2015
  • Stephen Bryan ’69

    daughter is graduating from medical school, getting married, then off to her internship, where we do not know at this time. Had a great time at 2014 Homecoming seeing many classmates and fraternity brothers.

    Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
  • James McIntyre ’69

    enjoyed seeing so many DGT Brothers and wives at Homecoming last year. Please donate to the new house!

    Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
  • Darlene Fawkes Pettit '03

    and husband Brad Pettit announce the October 4 birth of their son, Dalton Jacob.

    Posted: Monday, March 9, 2015
  • Barbara Wurdock Shammas ’74

    is loving life! Both of her daughters are engaged to be married. Looking forward to the next phase of life.

    Posted: Thursday, March 5, 2015
  • Sandra Snyder Brooks '67

    is retired after a long and varied career at the library of Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, and have moved to Katy, TX., near Houston, where my son and his family live. While I recover from surgery and embark on a life of leisure, I’d love to hear about the latest exploits of the old Eyer House crew.–

    Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
  • Rodney Petersen '85

    has been named the head of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) at the National Institute for Standards and Technology - an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He will work with educational institutions across the United States to increase the capacity of the cybersecurity workforce for both the public and private sectors. For more information, see

    Posted: Saturday, February 21, 2015