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class notes Paul Teller, SPA/PhD ’99, started a new job as deputy chief of staff for U.S. senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). He recently worked as executive director of the U.S. House Republican Study Committee. -1993- TIME CAPSULES TOP TUNE “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston IN THE NEWS The first humans are cloned using cells taken from defective human embryos; federal agents besiege the Branch Davidian religious cult in Waco, Texas AT THE HELM Matthew Pittinsky was 1993–1994 Student Confederation president; in 1997, he and Michael Chasen founded Blackboard, a D.C.-based education technology company. 2000s Lara (Woelfle) Kline, SPA/ BA ’00, and Nathan Kline, SIS/ BA ’01, welcomed their first child, Gabriel Arthur Kline, on September 27, 2013. Greg Goodman, Kogod/BSBA ’02, has a television show on National Geographic Channel called Get Lost in Korea. Highlights include Goodman and cohost Jesse Day catching and eating a live octopus, attending an exorcism, and learning zen martial arts from monks. Rahime-Malik Howard, CAS/ MA ’02, CAS/MA ’05, has been named department coordinator and full-time professor of sociology at El Centro College in Dallas, Texas. He is also an associate professor at Collin College in nearby Plano, Texas. Toby McChesney, SPA/BA ’02, completed his doctorate in education in August, with a focus in higher educational leadership. In July, he was appointed to the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) Board of Directors. GMAC is the owner of the Graduate Management Admission Test, a requirement for entry into business school programs. Helena Basche, SPA/BA ’03, and Chris Poda, Kogod/BSBA ’03, were married on June 8, 2013, on the Jersey Shore and now reside in Silver Spring, Maryland. Andrew Langsam, Kogod/BSBA ’03, started Dynamic Advertising Solutions with other AU alumni right after graduation. The company has now grown into a national organization. Haley Maple, WCL/JD ’03, was appointed cochair of the social media committee in the American Bar Association Section of Litigation. Amy Schofield, SPA/BA ’03, received the Military Family KEEP YOUR FRIENDS IN THE LOOP. SEND YOUR UPDATES TO CLASSNOTES@ AMERICAN.EDU. Member Community Heartbeat Award for the work of her business, Schofield Strategies, in support of military families and veterans. Chanel Spriggs, SOC/BA ’03, SOC/MA ’04, was named District Manager of the Year for ADP’s Midwest Division. Spriggs is district manager for ADP’s resource division in Indianapolis. Rachel Tabakman, SPA/BA ’03, was hired as a government affairs specialist at the University of Maryland–Baltimore, with a focus on federal policy issues and appropriations. Marshall Thompson, CAS/BA ’03, plans to open Braven Brewing Company, a microbrewery in Brooklyn, New York. Thompson and cofounder, Eric Feldman, hope to make Braven the first brewery in the Bushwick neighborhood in over 30 years. Darren Johnson, SPA/MSOD ’04, accepted the position of deputy director for the state of New Mexico’s Office of African American Affairs. Zachary Madden, SOC/ BA ’04, was named manager of internal communications for Heinz North America in August 2013. He oversees employee communications for Heinz’s 6,000 North American employees. To stay warm, we poured boiling water into bottles and put them in our sleeping bags. By morning, they were frozen.” —Toni Bacon, SPA/BA ’97, on Mount Everest’s subzero temperatures Sarah Bishop, Kogod/BSBA ’07, gave a talk on how people form authentic connections at TEDx London Business School. Zach Copeland, SOC/BA ’07; Charlie Wachtel, SOC/BA ’08; and Noah Baron, SOC/BA ’09, made news on Hollywood’s mostread industry news site, Deadline. com. The three Pi Kappa Phi brothers worked together on a web series called The Tinsel Zone, a satirical take on the entertainment industry from the view of the assistants. Copeland and Wachtel coproduced the series; Baron is an actor. Hector Lopez, SIS/MA ’07, was nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate on November 6, 2013, to become a brigadier general in the United States Army. He is assigned to eighth Army South Korea, where the international service skills he honed at AU will be well exercised. CONNECT alumniassociation. american.edu FOLLOW Twitter.com/ AmericanUAlum LIKE Facebook.com/ AmericanUAlum VIEW Flickr.com/photos/ AmericanUAlum 40 AMERICAN MAGAZINE APRIL 2014
teamwork SKY HIGH Ashley Rose Stumbaugh, Kogod/BSBA ’12 + Robert Maisano, SPA/BA ’13 In the summer of 2012, Maisano went to Tanzania on safari. When he returned, he asked his girlfriend, Stumbaugh, who he says “LOVES TAKING ANY TYPE OF CHALLENGE,” if she wanted to climb Mount Kilimanjaro—the highest mountain in Africa. She did. “I started taking the stairs at work,” the 23-year-old says. “At that time I worked on the 39th floor.” On June 1 they began the nontechnical climb to the top. Accompanied by two guides, two other climbers, and 13 porters, IT TOOK MORE THAN FIVE DAYS TO REACH THE SUMMIT. “We were hiking an average of six hours a day,” Stumbaugh says. “The guides kept telling us, ‘POLI POLI,’ WHICH MEANS ‘SLOWLY’ in Swahili. They don’t want you to exert yourself at high altitude.” On the last night, they awoke at 11 p.m. and set out for the top, 19,341 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL. Of the people who attempt it, just 40 percent actually reach the summit. “You hike through the night up the steepest part of the mountain,” Stumbaugh says. “At sunrise we had perfect conditions. OUR ENTIRE TEAM MADE IT. It was incredibly beautiful.” Less than two days later, they were back on the ground, hooked by having their heads in the clouds. “Our goal is to do all seven [of the tallest peaks on each continent] by the time we’re 30,” says Maisano, 23. DON’T BET AGAINST THEM. AMERICAN.EDU/ALUMNI 41