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Kinship Fellowship Awarded
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Kinship Fellowship Awarded
Tiffany Simons ChanTiffany Simons Chan, a doctoral student in the Learning Sciences program, is the first recipient of the Kinship Environmental Education Fellowship. Jim and Mary Nelson (BS67) established the scholarship in 2007 to advance education in environmental science.

In her research, Simons Chan is seeking to understand how to support individuals working to build environmental sustainability. By studying environmental leaders and how they deal with their struggles, she hopes to shed light on ways to solve environmental problems.


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Ralla Klepak (BS57, MS59) of Chicago, an attorney, made Chicago Magazine’s list of Illinois Super Lawyers for three consecutive years and is an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law. “Northwestern instilled in me a joy for teaching,” she says.

Stanley Krippner (MS57) of San Francisco, a psychology professor at Saybrook Institute, is the co-author of a new book, Haunted by Combat.

Wayne Watson Wayne Watson (BS69, MS70, PhD72) of Chicago will retire as chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago at the end of the current academic year. Watson spoke at Northwestern’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2009. He has numerous future options in higher education, government or private industry.

Diane Balin (MA73, PhD84) of Riverside, Ill., received an American Association of University Women Public Policy Impact Grant, extended through 2008–09.
Aaron Cooper Aaron Cooper (MS73) of Chicago, a psychologist and staff member at Northwestern’s Family Institute, in 2008 published Bringing Him Home, which won first place in the Indie Excellence Book Awards for 2008, and I Just Want My Kids to Be Happy: Why You Shouldn’t Say It, Why You Shouldn’t Think It, What You Should Embrace Instead.
  James Summerfelt (BS74) of Omaha, president and chief executive officer of the Visiting Nurse Associations of America, was named chair of the organization’s board of directors.
  Patti Anhalt Satz (BS76) of Northbrook, Ill., a teacher in Evanston School District 65, is an author of Integrating Literacy and Math. She and her co-authors will address the convention of the International Reading Association in May.
Lori Donchak Lori Donchak (BS77) of San Clemente, Calif., was elected mayor of San Clemente after serving on the city council for two years. She has taken a one-year leave from her job teaching seventh-grade English.

Eric Hamilton (PhD86) of Malibu, Calif., who was formerly at the National Science Foundation, was named associate dean and professor of education at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology.
Matthew McClure Matthew McClure (MS87) of Schaumburg, Ill., a teacher at Maine West High School, won a $1 million grant from the Department of Education for staff development in U.S. history and was selected as the consortium coordinator for this program, called American Dreams.
Linda Stroh Linda Stroh (PhD89) of Chicago, a Loyola University Chicago professor, released a new book called Trust Rules: How to Tell the Good Guys from the Bad Guys in Work and Life, which has also been published in China and Korea.

David Harris David Harris (BS91) of Ithaca, N.Y., is deputy provost of Cornell University as well as vice provost for social sciences and professor of sociology. A book he co-edited, The Colors of Poverty, was released in August.
Maureen McNicholl Maureen McNicholl (MS92) of Chicago is working at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., running the Transitions Program on Diplomacy and Security for children of Foreign Service Officers posted overseas.
Mark Loretta (BS93) of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., a former third baseman for the Houston Astros, has a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Steve Schnur (BS96) of Hinsdale, Ill., a commercial real estate executive, was profiled as one of the “40 under 40” up and comers in Crain’s Chicago Business.
Betsi Burns (MS97) of Evanston, assistant director for academic services in Northwestern’s Department of Athletics, won the national Lan Hewlett Award for outstanding academic advising for athletics.
  Pat Fitzgerald (BS97) of Evanston, Northwestern’s head football coach, was one of 10 finalists for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year, in addition to being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December.
Zaki M. Anarwala (BS99) of Chicago, an attorney, started the law firm ZMA Legal.

Kathy Zebracki (BS00) of Park Ridge, Ill., received her PhD in clinical psychology from Case Western Reserve University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at Loyola University Chicago. She is a pediatric psychologist at Shriners Hospitals for Children and conducts research on youth with spinal cord injuries and spina bifida.
Chala Holland (BS01) of Chicago, an Evanston Township High School history teacher, is one of two Illinois teachers to win the 2008 Award of Excellence in the Early Career Educator category.
Jenny Meyerhoff Jenny Meyerhoff (MS01) of Riverwoods, Ill., is the author of a new children's book, Third Grade Baby, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Amina Merchant Amina Merchant (BS02) of Chicago is studying health policy in London through a Fulbright grant. Next year she will return to her general surgery residency at Rush University Medical Center.
Gretchen Caspary (PhD03) of Chicago is now survey director at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.
Anna Holster Anna Holster (BS03) of Alexandria, Va., became the executive director of the Washington, D.C., branch of the nonprofit Center for Inquiry. She is also a PhD candidate in public policy at George Washington University.
Nancy Deutsch (PhD04) of Charlottesville, Va., an associate professor of education at the University of Virginia, has written Pride in the Projects: Teens Building Identities in Urban Contexts.
Joan Trimuel Joan Trimuel (MS04) of Chicago, who is business systems project manager in Northwestern’s Office of Financial Operations, won a University Service Excellence Award for 2008.
  Aisha Davis (MS05) of Port Chester, N.Y., has joined the nonprofit organization Cross-Cultural Solutions as director of program management.
Scott Galson (MS06) of Morton Grove, Ill., a mathematics teacher at Walter Payton High School in Chicago, earned his national board certification and won the Siemens Foundation Award for Illinois’s Advanced Placement teacher for 2009.
  Vicki Lautsch (BS07) of Glendale, Ariz., was awarded a Nike grant to support a girls’ flag football team at Don Mensendick School. She is a sixth-grade teacher with Teach for America.
Lauren Marino Lauren Parnell Marino (BS07) of Chicago was one of 12 winners of 2009–10 George J. Mitchell Scholarships, which provide funding for study in Ireland. She is currently in Uganda, leading fair trade efforts with the nonprofit Uganda Crafts 2000.
Alex White (BS08) of Ithaca, N.Y., and three other former Northwestern students developed a music social networking site called The Next Big Sound that was featured in the New York Times in January.