Alumni News

Northwestern Reunion
Pat Fitzgerald (BS97) Elected to Hall of Fame
Network Offers Teacher Resources
New Fellowship Established
Class Notes

Northwestern Reunion
October 17–19
Featuring Talks by SESP professors David Figlio and Regina Logan and a Dean's Reception on October 17.
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Pat Fitzgerald (BS97) Elected to Hall of Fame

Wildcat coach Pat Fitzgerald (BS97 Wildcat coach Pat Fitzgerald (BS97), considered the backbone of Northwestern's Big Ten championship football teams in 1995 and 1996, received college football's highest honor, induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. Fitzgerald will be formally inducted on December 9. He is a two-time first team All American.

Network Offers Teacher Resources
The Teaching Excellence Network (TEN), a program of the Golden Apple Foundation, is a free online community for current, former and prospective preK–12 classroom teachers, with a special emphasis on Illinois. At, TEN features a discussion community, blog and opportunity to recommend education resources. Golden Apple is a nonprofit organization supporting the teaching profession and encouraging teacher excellence.

New Fellowship Established
Laurine "Betty" Fitzgerald (MA53), who died on October 29, 2007, wanted college students to continue to benefit from her life work in university teaching, counseling and administration. As a result, she made a bequest to establish the Laurine E. Fitzgerald Graduate Student Fellowship for graduate students at SESP. The fellowship will be awarded this year.

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Prudence Albergo Backlin (BS51, MA54) of Keokuk, Iowa, after teaching in Chicago for 12 years, taught mentally handicapped adults through Southeastern Community College. She continues to teach French to gifted students and has received awards for participation in local cultural groups.

Sally Becker Sally Becker (BS67) of Evansville, Ind., has published a memoir of parenting as a single parent, Raising Them Alone, along with a workbook for discussion. She also serves as a school trustee on the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Board and is involved in developing a parent engagement center.

Betsy Hill (MS75) of Wilmette, Ill., chief operating officer of Learning Enhancement Corporation, a developer of videogames for learning, was promoted to president and elected to the company's board of directors.
Jerry R. Dill (MA/MS77) of Naperville, Ill., was named president of DeVry University's Chicago metro locations.
William "Billy" McKinney (BS77) of Seattle joined the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team as director of scouting.

Shannon Wallis (BS87) of Bellevue, Wash., is global director of leadership programs for Microsoft's Sales Marketing and Services organization. She has released a new book with Steven Covey and Ken Blanchard, Blueprint for Success.
Peter D. Wohl (BS87) of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., was appointed regional director for the capital region of Empire State Development, New York State's chief economic development agency.

Bryan Saltzburg (BS92) of San Francisco, formerly vice president of leisure at Travelocity, was named general manager of new initiatives at TripAdvisor.
Ed de St. Aubin, (PhD94) of Wauwatosa, Wis., who is associate professor of psychology at Marquette University, received the university's highest teaching honor, the Rev. John P. Raynor, S.J., Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence.
Cyndi Knodle (BS95) of Chicago won a Presidential Scholar Teacher Recognition Award, and her article "Mandates and the Writing Curriculum" was published in English Journal.
Ken Powers (BS95) of Chicago is working in media relations for the Joint Commission, a national organization that accredits health care facilities.
Brandon Fleisher (MA97) of Littleton, Colo., joined Regis Learning Solutions as vice president.
Elizabeth van Es (MS97, PhD04) of Irvine, Calif., an assistant professor of education at University of California-Irvine, was one of four scholars selected for the 2008 Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Young Scholars Fellowship.
Evan Eschmeyer (BS98) of Chicago, a former NBA player who received MBA and JD degrees from Northwestern in the spring, is starting a Renewable Energy Fellowship with the Environmental Law and Policy Center this fall. He has been volunteering for the Obama campaign on the agricultural and rural policy committee.
Zaki Anarwala (BS99) of Chicago is at Special Counsel, a legal staffing and recruiting firm that places attorneys on projects.
Erika S. Lunkenheimer (MS99) of Fort Collins, Colo., received her PhD in developmental psychology from the University of Michigan in 2006 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Oregon in 2008. Starting this fall, she is an assistant professor in human development and family studies at Colorado State University.

Rosalyn Bates (BS00) of Chicago earned credentials as a licensed clinical professional counselor in March. She works at an outpatient mental health clinic on the West Side of Chicago.
Rebecca Van Sickle (BS00) of New York has a new position with the Atlantic Philanthropies as grants management executive, responsible for operations and database management for the foundation.
Rich Halverson (PhD01) of Madison, Wis., has earned tenure as a professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A recent recipient of a National Science Foundation Early Career Award, he thanks professors Louis Gomez, Jim Spillane and Allan Collins for their guidance and support.
Eve (Nagy) Samson (BS01) of Chicago is assistant director of grants and community services at the Jewish Federation. She completed her master's degree in public services management at DePaul University.
Laurel Felt (BS02) of Los Angeles co-founded, a video e-card web site tailored for young adults. She is continuing her work with popular culture and new media as a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California this fall.
Erica Losch (BS04) of Chicago graduated from law school and has been working for Hennessy & Roach since December, focusing mainly on workers' compensation defense.
Scott Wolf (BS04) of San Jose, Calif., was selected 2007–08 Teacher of the Year for Silicon Valley. Wolf, who entered teaching through Teach For America, has taught second and fourth grade.
Aja Bonner (BS05) of Chicago is beginning the public policy program at University of California-Los Angeles this fall.
Melissa Buenger (BS05) of Winnetka, Ill., is currently in the Peace Corps in Peru.
Whitney Eulich (BS05) of New Orleans, who is working for Hagerty Consulting, won a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship for study and community work in Venezuela, starting in November.
Amy Proger (BS05) of Chicago completed her master's degree in social work at the University of Chicago and is now working toward her PhD. Her focus is urban education policy.
Laura Shact (BS05) of Palo Alto, Calif., started her MBA at Stanford University this fall. She had worked at Deloitte consulting for three years.
Meg Burns (MS06) of Chicago, a fifth-grade teacher at Gallistel Language Academy, followed up on her master's research by investigating the impact of the arts in her school. Her study was published in a new book about teacher research, The Missing Link.
Jenny Jiang (MS06) of Chicago is starting a master's degree in public policy at the University of Chicago's Harris School. A former teacher on the West Side of Chicago, she wants to research how federal and state policies affect urban schools.
Ben Protess (BS06) of New York City worked over the summer at ProPublica, the all-investigative news organization. He graduated with honors in May from the Columbia University Journalism School, where he was an investigative reporting fellow.
Josephine Njoku Sanders (MS06) of Chicago opened a play center for young children and parents, Room2Play, designed to foster development through play.
Betta Sherman (BS06) of Chicago is entering the master's degree program in public policy at the University of Chicago's Harris School this fall.
Amanda Dixon (BS07) of Chicago, who works for an immigration law firm, won a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study at la Universidad Andina de Simon Bolivar in Bolivia, where she is taking master's-level classes with an emphasis on indigenous human rights.
Jessica (Michael) Harrell (MS07) of Denver is teaching mathematics at Arrupe Jesuit High School, using the context-based math ideas she studied for her master's project, "Math That Matters."
Sonia Hart (BS07) of Austin, Texas, is a research assistant in James Pennebaker's lab at the University of Texas, studying language variables of depression and marital readjustment. She also does freelance public relations for the Kohl McCormick Education Foundation.
Eric Hoernemann (MS07) of Washington, D.C., a graduate of the Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change program and lieutenant commander in the U.S. Coast Guard, is training manager in the Coast Guard's Office of Training, Work Force Development and Performance. He oversees training in Coast Guard leadership classes.
Nahad Sadr-Azodi (MS07), who is currently residing in Cairo, Egypt, and is a graduate of the Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change program, has a joint position with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization as a public health advisor.
Meghan Tallent-Bennis (MS07) of Chicago is a team leader on the High School Transformation project for the Chicago Public Schools. She works in the Office of Teaching and Learning, managing pieces of a curriculum implementation for 45 high schools.
Anna Torricelli (BS07) of Wilmette, Ill., started a new job at Northwestern Healthcare Institute in Chicago as a research project coordinator for pediatric patient safety.
Priya Fielding-Singh (BS08) of Tucson won a DAAD Study Scholarship for research and schooling at the University of Bremen in Germany.
Claire Ryan (BS08) of Riverside, Ill., is teaching in France on a Fulbright fellowship.

By Marilyn Sherman