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40s
Bill Gustafson (BS48, MS49) of Santa Cruz attended the 37th annual conference of the Society for American Baseball Research in July. He is a founder of the 36-year-old society, which now has about 7,000 members worldwide.
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50s
A. LaVonne Brown Ruoff A. LaVonne Brown Ruoff (BA53, MA54, PhD66) of Oak Park, Ill., is a
specialist in American Indian literatures and a professor emerita of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was appointed a member (2006) and new chair (2007-09) of the Modern Language Association's Radio Committee. In 2002, Ruoff received MLA's Lifetime Scholarly Achievement Award. Since 1985, she has been general editor of the American Indian Lives Series for University of Nebraska Press.
Julia Ferguson (BS54) of Springboro, Ohio, a retired elementary teacher, was inducted into the Chester A. Roush Educational Hall of Fame.
Lee Little Soldier (BS55) of Lubbock, Texas, in August presented a paper on "Globalization and Higher Education in Vietnam" at the Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organization-Regional Training Center in Ho Chi Minh City, where she also presented a workshop to faculty at the National College of Early Childhood Teacher Training #3. She is professor emerita retired from Texas Tech University and has a consulting firm specializing in staff training for Bureau of Indian Affairs Schools.
Gwen Knapp (BS56) of Chicago with her husband, Jules, was awarded the University of Chicago Medal on May 4 in recognition of distinguished service to the University.
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60s
Stephen Frederick Uhl (MS64) of Tucson, who has a private practice in psychology, recently published a book entitled Imagine No Superstition.
Jean Damisch Jean Damisch (MA/MS69), EdD, of Northbrook, Ill., belongs to and directs trips for the Chicago-area chapter of the Circumnavigators Club, whose members have crossed every meridian. She encourages interested alumni to contact her at rjdjldnu@sbcglobal.net about the organization, which sends Northwestern students around the world to research major topics. Damisch, who taught for 31 years, recently served as president of the Chicago North Shore Alumnae Panhellenic and the North Lake Shore Retired Teachers. In 1994, she was initiated into the National Teachers Hall of Fame.
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70s
Beth Crooks Galfer Beth Crooks Galfer (MS70) of Evanston has been a real estate broker since 1994. Her real estate career follows 10 years of teaching high school speech, drama and English and eight years of teaching public speaking at the community college level.
Pamela Bolotin Joseph Pamela Bolotin Joseph (MA/MS71, PhD78) of Seattle has been appointed senior lecturer at the University of Washington-Bothell.
Bette Bonder (PhD74) of Shaker Heights, Ohio, was named dean of the College of Science at Cleveland State University.
Jane Kerschner (BS74) of Chevy Chase, Md., has begun to work as a consultant in leadership coaching as a way to bring about school reform. Previously she served as director of school programs for the Ophelia Project. In June her two daughters graduated from Northwestern, Jill Romansky McCulloch with a PhD in child psychology and Kira Romansky with a BA in communications.
Jordan Horowitz (BS78) of Long Beach, Calif., joined the Cal-PASS research initiative as senior project director in Los Alamitos, working to develop data sharing partnership across K-12, community colleges and four-year postsecondary institutions. The author of Inside High School Reform, he was a senior project director at WestEd for 16 years.
Gay Parks Rainville (MS78) of Malvern, Pa., a partner with the law firm Pepper Hamilton, was appointed to the board of directors of SeniorLAE Center, a nonprofit organization serving the legal needs of Philadelphia's elderly.
Holly Arnowitz Holly Arnowitz (BS79) of New York is the founder of Indigo, a business that arranges personalized cultural experiences related to art, fashion, food and wellness. Previously she was a marketing executive at Turner Broadcasting and Major League Baseball.
Attila J. Weninger Attila J. Weninger (MA79, PhD92) of Oak Park, Ill., was appointed superintendent of the Oak Park and River Forest High Schools as of July 1.
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80s
Hank Rubin (PhD80) is dean and Naslund Chair of the School of Education at the University of Redlands in Redlands, Calif.
Jeannie Thompson Jeannie Thompson (MA84) of Boulder in May was awarded an alumni recognition award by her undergraduate alma mater, the University of Colorado. Retired as an outplacement consultant with Lee Hecht Harrison, she is vice chair of the C.U. Foundation Board of Directors and was on the panel to select the university's president.
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90s
Christopher R. Powell (BS90) of Atlanta is executive vice president of human resources at Scripps Networks, a media developer for television, the Internet and emerging platforms.
Thomas Dupuis (BS91) of Hermosa Beach, Calif., joined the Los Angeles office of the international law firm Chadbourne & Parke LLP as a partner in its renewable energy practice.
Kristin Kahle (BS91) of San Diego is head of Kristin Kahle Design, which produces high-end belts and accessories carried in approximately 400 boutiques.
Mark Loretta (BS93) of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., who was team captain, Big Ten MVP and a Division I All-American when he played baseball for Northwestern, is third baseman for the Houston Astros. In 2006 he received the Hutch Award, given to the major league baseball player "who best exemplifies the fighting spirit and competitive desire of baseball great Fred Hutchinson."
Elizabeth Partoyan (BS93) of Falls Church, Va., has a new position as director of research, training and member services at the National School Board Association. Over the summer she hosted a SESP Field Studies intern.
Jenifer Marr Rodriguez Jenifer Marr Rodriguez (BS93) of Waukegan, Ill., became communications director at St. Martin de Porres High School in June 2006. On weekends she is an announcer for WIIL 95.1 FM, a rock station broadcasting from Milwaukee to Chicago.
Inez Wright-Wynne (BS93) of Las Vegas, a general dentist, returned from her tour of duty in Iraq with the U.S. Army in August 2006. She was promoted to major with the U.S. Army National Guard. Over the summer she completed Officer Advanced Course training, then headed to Nicaragua on a medical mission. She continues to practice dentistry in Nevada but maintains ties as an Illinois National Guard Dental Officer.
Alyssa Lodewick (MS94) of Portland, Maine, has a new book, co-edited with Carl Kaestle, entitled To Educate a Nation. It grew out of her work from 2003 to 2005 as assistant director of Brown University's Advanced Studies Fellowship program in education, supported by the Spencer Foundation and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. From 2005 to 2007, she was vice president of workforce development for the Urban League of Southern Connecticut. 1.
Marc Romito (MS94) of Elmhurst, Ill., is with Harris Bank/BMO in Chicago, where he manages the commercial lender training program. Previously he managed programs for LaSalle Bank/ABN AMRO and Fifth Third Bank Chicago. He also has been a teaching assistant for SESP since 2004.
Jennifer Arias Jennifer Arias (MS96) of Grayslake, Ill., teaches at Stevenson High School, where she is the English-ESL liaison and facilitator for diversity training. In November she will present "Teaching Improvisation Techniques in the English Classroom" at the National Council of Teachers of English convention. She has been nominated for a Golden Apple Award and Who's Who Among America's Teachers.
Marjorie Gantman Marjorie Gantman (BS97) of New York City is director of marketing at SportsNet New York and a former tennis player at Northwestern. She was among six players recently inducted into the JCC MetroWest Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. In 2005 she was inducted into the Northwestern Athletic Hall of Fame.
Manini Bhakta Madia Manini Bhakta Madia (BS97) of New York City became a brand manager in the cosmetics business at L'Oreal Corp. after earning an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She has a one-year-old daughter, Simrin.
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00s
Leigh Katherine Kennedy (BS00, MS01) of Fairfax, Va., is an assistant project director for the Literacy Collaborative Program at George Washington University, a teacher preparation program for the District of Columbia Public Schools. She supervises student teachers and coordinates professional development.
Gary Kosman (BS00) of Los Angeles, CEO of America Learns, is co-author of the organization's new book, Bonding While Learning, written to help families instill a love of reading in their children. The book received an iParenting Media Award.
Mark Hill (MS02) of Durham, N.C., a graduate of the Higher Education Administration and Policy Program, became director of admissions at Duke University School of Law in 2006. He also serves as higher education advisor for the Education Law and Policy Society.
Christine Li-Grining (MA03, PhD06) of Forest Park, Ill., was one of five recipients of the Exemplary Dissertation Award presented by the Spencer Foundation for her dissertation "Social Foundations of Early School Success Among Low-Income Children." This fall she is starting an appointment as an assistant professor at Loyola University of Chicago.
Prashanthi Rao Prashanthi Rao (BS04) of Chicago received the Bar & Gavel Award for her contributions to the law school community at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she was a joint-degree student in law and public health with the University of Illinois at Chicago. After graduating from law school in May, she is completing her master's degree at the University of London, School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Amy Rosenband (BS04) of Boston is starting a public policy master's degree program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Ravit Golan Duncan Ravit Golan Duncan (PhD05) of Metuchen, N.J., an assistant professor at Rutgers University, received a 2007 Young Scholars Fellowship from the Janet H. and C. Henry Knowles Foundation for her research on developing a learning progression for a two-year teacher education program.
Jon Marino Jon Marino (BS06) of Chicago received a Fulbright grant to conduct research in Uganda from March to November 2008. Currently he is at Northwestern supporting the development of a Center for Global Engagement within the Roberta Buffett Center for International and Comparative Study to provide opportunities for undergraduates to effect change on global issues.
Julia Eksner H. Julia Eksner (PhD07) of Berlin started a postdoctoral position in empirical education research at the Free University of Berlin in Germany, working on a project related to factors that influence the educational achievement of immigrant children in Germany.
Kristin Weyman Kristin Weyman (MS07) of St. Louis has a position at Washington University as coordinator of orientation and parents weekend.
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Kappas Begin New MSEd Elementary Teaching Fellowship
Sally Hayward and Ellis Gery (both BS61) conceived of the idea for the new elementary teaching fellowship A group of Northwestern alumnae who recognize the importance of training the highest-quality teachers have funded a new fellowship for the Master of Science in Education (MSEd) program. The fellowship is intended to encourage outstanding pre-service or experienced teachers.

The alumnae, primarily members of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority who graduated from SESP in the early 1960s, have a goal of raising funds to fully endow the Kappa Kappa Gamma Fellowship at Northwestern University. Lead donors are Sally Madden Hayward (BS61) and Thomas Z. Hayward, Ellis Kurtz Gery (BS61) and Lee Gery, Julia McFetridge Sansone (BS62) and Charles Sansone, and Holly Williams Madigan (BS62) and John Madigan.

Photo: Sally Hayward and Ellis Gery (both BS61) conceived of the idea for the new elementary teaching fellowship.

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