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American Magazine April 2014

American University is located in Washington, D.C., at the top of Embassy Row. Chartered by Congress in 1893 to serve the public interest and build the nation, the university educates active citizens who apply knowledge to the most pressing concerns facing the nation and world. Students engage with leading faculty experts and world leaders, learning how to create change and address issues including the global economic crisis, health care, human rights and justice, diversity, the environment and sustainability, immigration, journalism’s transformation, corporate governance, and governmental reform.

The AU men’s

The AU men’s basketball team completed its Cinderella season by defeating Boston University on March 12 to capture the Patriot League title. The win sent AU, picked before the year to finish ninth in the 10-team conference, to its third-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, where it faced Wisconsin (after the magazine went to press) in the second round.

PHOTO BY: MURUGI THANDE ’17 1940s Richard “Dick” Mather, CAS/BA ’49, became a foreign service officer immediately after graduation. He has since lived in Iran, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, and several cities in Germany. He still keeps in touch with some of his friends from AU. 1950s Stanley Grogan, SOC/BS ’50, SOC/MA ’55, completed his 20th year in the National Defense Executive Reserve as an advisor to the annual reserve components national security course. As the vice chairman of the International Institute of Security and Safety Management, he has given presentations to hundreds of delegates from South Asia, Europe, and Africa since 1996. 1960s Dave Anderson, Kogod/BS ’68, was married in Old Town in 1978 and now lives in Florida with his wife, who is retired. His son works in Arlington, and his daughter, a law student, is interning in the D.C. area. Robert Jacobs, SPA/BA ’69, a mostly retired lawyer and active musician, has released his new CD, Heartlinks. The CD features Jacobs on piano, accordion, and digital accordion, playing solo as well as with Gypsy Roots, a gypsy jazz and world music group. -1960- TIME CAPSULES TOP GROSSING FLICK Spartacus IN THE NEWS Seventy million people tune in to the presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon; Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann is captured by Israelis in Argentina FROM THE AU ARCHIVES Much to students’ dismay, the College Council prohibits bermuda shorts, slacks, sweatshirts, and khakis in the classroom and during evening meals in the cafeteria. 1970s Jane Christina Ostrander, SIS/ BA ’70, was awarded a PhD in education from Oregon State University in December 2013. She is principal investigator and executive director of the Destination Problem-Based Learning Project and director of the Experiential Learning Center at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada. Beryl Lowenthal Feinberg, SIS/ BA ’71, was elected November 5, 2013, to serve a two-year term as a council member in Rockville, Maryland. The documentary shows the humanity in these men. They did bad things, but they still can change. They can transform. They can move away from crime into a productive life.” —Karen Ruckman, CAS/BA ’71, on her film about inmates at Lorton Reformatory in Virginia Karen Ruckman, CAS/BA ’71, and Gary Keith Griffin, CAS/BA ’77, SOC filmmaker in residence, are working together to create a documentary of Ruckman’s work in the 1980s teaching photography to prison inmates. Diane (Yokel) Smith, SIS/BA ’71, has retired from teaching English as a second language at the University of Denver’s English Language Center and is now working as an administrative assistant at her church. In addition, she spent time editing and proofreading a novel by her husband, G. Eldon Smith, Murder in the Rockies, published in November 2013. Eric Mondschein, SPA/BA ’72, wrote Life at 12 College Road, published by Something or Other Publishing. UPDATE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS AT ALUMNIASSOCIATION. AMERICAN.EDU/ UPDATEEMAIL. George Schaefer, SPA/BA ’72, and Lois Schaefer, Kogod/BS ’72, have retired and moved to Austin, Texas, where they plan to continue to travel and perform various volunteer activities. James T. Brett, SPA/BA ’73, president of the New England Council, was recognized by the University of Massachusetts in Boston with the university’s first James T. Brett Endowed Chair in Disability and the Workforce. He serves as chairman of the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission for People with Intellectual Disabilities, and president of the board of directors of the Massachusetts Association of Mental Health. Barton Evans, CAS/PhD ’76, was elected fellow of the American Psychological Association’s AMERICAN.EDU/ALUMNI 35