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American Magazine: August 2014

1960s Robert Angle,

1960s Robert Angle, Kogod/BS ’65, and Hu Di, SIS/MS ’11, met at a volunteer service program in Beard’s Fork, Virginia, and discovered their AU connection over dinner. They were pleased to find that two alumni separated by half a century shared the same passion for volunteerism and global citizenship. -1964- TIME CAPSULES TOP TUNE: “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” the Beatles TOP-GROSSING FLICK Goldfinger IN THE NEWS Activist Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa; three civil rights workers are murdered in Mississippi; The Beatles appear on The Ed Sullivan Show FROM THE AU ARCHIVES Students are outraged when Cleaves Cafeteria hikes prices for milk, apples, hard-boiled eggs, and other snack favorites to 15 cents. The stomach ache-inducing beef goulash also draws ire. AT THE HELM Barry Yeskel was 1964–1965 Student Association president; he’s now a real estate broker in New York and New Jersey. “Sharon Stone, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and many more donated more than 300 handbags, making this our most successful year ever.” —Janet Janjigian, SOC/MA ’73, on the 11th annual Lupus L.A. Hollywood Bag Ladies Lunch, which raised more than $400,000 for patient advocacy programs and research Esther Greenfield, CAS/BA ’65, authored the forthcoming Tough Men in Hard Places, a collection of rare black-and-white photos from the Western Colorado Power Company that chronicles the story of the men who brought electricity to rural areas of the state. Published by West Winds Press/ Graphic Arts Books, the book is due on shelves September 2. 1970s Maria Tadd, CAS/BA ’70, wrote Happiness Is Growing Old at Home, a resource for seniors and those with aging loved ones. The book has been endorsed by gerontologists Christiane Northrup, Larry Dossey, and Norman Shealy. UPDATE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS AT ALUMNIASSOCIATION. AMERICAN.EDU/ UPDATEEMAIL. Dennis Lucey, Kogod/MBA ’72, cochaired the American-Ireland National Gala on March 13, honoring Vice President Joseph Biden. The event raised more than $1 million for peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education, and community development programs in Ireland. Michael Mercer, CAS/BA ’72, is author of Hire the Best and Avoid the Rest, now in its 13th edition. Companies across North America assess job applicants using Mercer’s three preemployment tests. James Winkler, SOC/BA ’72, is editor of Creating the Future, a collection of University of Toledo (UT) president Lloyd Jacobs’ writings and addresses. Jacobs was a driving force behind the 2006 merger of UT and Medical University of -1974- TIME CAPSULES TOP-GROSSING FLICK The Towering Inferno IN THE NEWS Richard Nixon becomes the first American president to resign; People magazine debuts with Mia Farrow on the cover; Patty Hearst is kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army FROM THE AU ARCHIVES AU installs parking meters behind the Letts-Anderson complex. Students complain that they now must shell out a dime per hour to park—on top of $20 for an annual permit. AT THE HELM Rick Baker was 1974–1975 Student Confederation president; he’s now senior vice president of Regions Bank in Memphis, Tennessee. Ohio, a freestanding academic health science center. Winkler is also one of four editors of A Community of Scholars: Recollections of the Early Years of the Medical College of Ohio, which was published in 2011. Noah Hanft, SPA/BA ’73, was appointed president and CEO of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution. Janet Janjigian, SOC/MA ’73, and Danielle Gelber, SIS/MA ’82, hosted the Lupus L.A. Hollywood Bag Ladies Lunch on November 15, 2013. The annual event, which 36 AMERICAN MAGAZINE AUGUST 2014

class notes features an auction of celebrity handbags, raises awareness and money for lupus research. John Schalestock, CAS/BA ’74, was a finalist in the 2013 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. Dark Swans and Painted Faces: A Tale of the Vietnam War is about a Marine Force Recon team’s secret assassination mission. David Nolan, SPA/MPA ’75, coauthored Quest for Freedom: The Scots-Irish Presbyterian Rebellions for Political and Religious Freedom. Chuck Wheeler, SPA/BA ’79, was elected treasurer of the McHenry County Republican Party Central Committee in Illinois. 1980s Kimberly Willson-St. Clair, CAS/MA ’80, and three other librarians won the Association of College and Research Libraries’ 2014 Instruction Section Innovation Award for their work on the software Library DIY. Glen Bolger, SPA/BS ’85, reunited with other alumni to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the AU-Leeds exchange program with the University of Leeds. In attendance were Stephen Daoust, SPA/BA ’85, Josefina DeVarona O’Sullivan, SPA/ BS ’85, and Mary Hoffman Holtschneider, SPA/BS ’85, SPA/MPA ’86. Dawn Du Verney, SPA/BA ’85, was appointed cochair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s Criminal Litigation Committee. -1989- TIME CAPSULES TOP TUNE “Look Away,” Chicago TOP-GROSSING FLICK Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade IN THE NEWS Islamic militants put a price on Salman Rushdie’s head after the publication of Satanic Verses; the Berlin Wall falls; ruptured tanker Exxon Valdez sends 11 million gallons of crude oil gushing into Alaska’s Prince William Sound FROM THE AU ARCHIVES Fifteen members of AU for Choice stage a rush-hour rally outside Domino’s Pizza in Dupont Circle to protest the company’s contributions to Operation Rescue, an antiabortion group. AT THE HELM Jim Akers was 1989–1990 Student Confederation president; he’s now the vice president and global head of indirect procurement at Teva Pharmaceuticals in New York City. Guy Enderle, Kogod/BSBA ’85, gathered with eight AU alumni for a five-day trip down the Grand Canyon over Labor Day 2013. The group included alumni from the classes of ’85, ’86, and ’87. Benjamin McCarty, SIS/BA ’86, and his legal support team received the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of General Counsel Excellence Award for legal assistance in the response to Hurricane Sandy. McCarty is an attorney with the U.S. Coast Guard First District in Boston. Mark Bergel, CAS/MS ’87, CAS/ PhD ’96, founder of A Wider Circle, a D.C. nonprofit that helps impoverished families furnish their homes, was named a 2014 CNN Hero. 1990s Mehrzad Boroujerdi, SIS/PhD ’90, associate professor of political science at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, is among four recipients of the O’Hanley Scholars Award. She will receive three years’ worth of supplemental financial support for teaching and research. Michael Lally, SIS/BA ’90, a career senior foreign service officer, was promoted to minister counselor in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Global Markets Division. He and his family are currently assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. In summer 2014, he will be the department’s executive deputy assistant secretary for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, based in KNOW ABOUT UPCOMING EVENTS. VISIT AMERICAN.EDU/ ALUMNI/EVENTS. Washington, D.C. michael.lally@ Jose Negron Fernandez, Kogod/BSBA ’92, was appointed secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation of Puerto Rico in January. Devorah Rosenzweig, CAS/BA ’93, and her husband Monte Rosenzweig had their 10th child. She divides her time between raising her children, working parttime with her husband in his insurance office on Long Island, and volunteering at one of her kids’ schools. Emilie Cortes, Kogod/BSBA ’96, has received lots of press for her new endeavor, Call of the Wild Adventures for women. In January, Cortes and Call of the Wild were featured in the Bend, Oregon, TV show myWindow. In February, she was interviewed for a new online course at Stanford University. In March, Cortes was nominated as a local MUSE for the 2014 MUSE Conference in Bend. “Our goal is to end poverty, to go out of business. We owe it to people who are born into poverty to make this the social movement that ending slavery was.” —Mark Bergel, CAS/MS ’87, CAS/PhD ’96, founder of A Wider Circle, who vowed never to sleep on a bed again (opting for the couch or floor instead) until every poor person in the country has one too AMERICAN.EDU/ALUMNI 37