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class notes Courtney Curatolo, SPA/BA ’99, was appointed director of public affairs and education at Planned Parenthood of Collier County. Curatolo is responsible for building community support for the organization through public affairs, advocacy, education, community outreach, and volunteer engagement. Evan Glass, SOC/BA ’99, was a candidate for the Montgomery County Council in Maryland’s Democratic primary on June 24, 2014. David Rosen, SPA/BA ’99, joined Bleacher Report in San Francisco as senior director of marketing. 2000s Katherine Belinski, SIS/BA ’01, was elected partner at the law firm of Nossaman LLP in Washington, D.C. Sarah Moss, SOC/BA ’01, is creator of the 2014 State of the Union bingo card, featured on the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog. She lives in Denver and manages community, legislative, and communications outreach for the Denver Fire Department. Tara Castillo, SIS/BA ’02, WCL/JD ’07, moderated a panel, “Key Policy and Operational Challenges to Outstanding RMBS,” at the annual American Securitization Forum Conference in Las Vegas on January 28, 2014. -2004- TIME CAPSULES TOP TUNE “Yeah!,” Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris TOP-GROSSING FLICK Shrek 2 IN THE NEWS Tsunami kills more than 200,000 in Asia; Massachusetts becomes the first state to legalize gay marriage; graphic images of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison go public FROM THE AU ARCHIVES The Eagle spotlights students residing in the “unluckiest rooms” on campus, including Anderson’s “Satan room.” “My roommates and I are from religious families,” says Deanna Niles. “We thought it would be funny to have mail sent to room 666.” AT THE HELM Nick Terzulli was 2004–2005 Student Confederation president; he’s now the director of business development at the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency. Sharon Foster, SOC/MA ’02, published her first e-book, Live Lightly: A Summer of Poetry, in April. The poetry in this collection is grouped into seven sections: change, inspiration, love lost, love found, the streets, humanity, and beauty. Michael Lamm, SIS/BA ’02, celebrated the first anniversary of his company, Corporate Advisory Solutions LLC, on May 1. The merchant bank, headquartered in Philadelphia, focuses on outsourced business services. L. Trenton Marsh, Kogod/BSBA ’02, won first place in New York University’s eighth annual MLK Oratorical Contest on February 3. Marsh’s original speech was titled “The Courage to Dream.” A PhD candidate studying social-psychology and urban education, Marsh is on an educational leave of absence from IBM Corporation, where he is a managing business consultant. Pamela Martin, SOC/BA ’03, and Joseph Popiolkowski, SPA/ BA ’05, welcomed their first child, Evelyn, in November. Kerri Anderson-Czerkas, SOC/ BA ’04, joined Keres Consulting Inc., a Native American–owned firm, to assist with the Native American Lands Environmental Mitigation Program. Mark Overman, SIS/MA ’05, and AU adjunct professor Sherry Mueller published the second edition of Working World: Careers in International Education, Exchange, and Development. Forrest Dunbar, SIS/BA, ’06, is running for congress in Alaska’s at-large congressional district. Nicole Zangara, CAS/BA ’06, author of Surviving Female KEEP YOUR FRIENDS IN THE LOOP. SEND YOUR UPDATES TO CLASSNOTES@ AMERICAN.EDU. Friendships, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, was quoted on and Caitlin McCann, SIS/BA ’07, and several AU alumni living in Buenos Aires volunteered with an organization called TECHO to build a house for a needy family. They raised the money to pay for the house, tools, and transportation and spent a weekend in a shantytown along with other volunteers. Kimberly Meyer, SIS/BA ’08, has been promoted to executive assistant at Avison Young in Boston. “Letting go— especially of a longtime friend— can be difficult. But it will leave more room in your life for people who are supportive and caring.” —Nicole Zangara, CAS/BA ’06, on the ebbs and flows of female friendships CONNECT alumniassociation. FOLLOW AmericanUAlum LIKE AmericanUAlum VIEW AmericanUAlum 40 AMERICAN MAGAZINE AUGUST 2014

teamwork SOMMER LOVE Joni Palew Sommer, CAS/BA ’67 + Gerry Sommer, CAS/BA ’66 They met on the steps of Mary Graydon Center on MAY 15, 1964, to arrange a carpool to a dance. She was being courted by his Zeta Beta Tau brother, and he had a date of his own. BUT SPARKS FLEW. “For some reason, I said, ‘Would you like to dance?’ And we’ve been dancing ever since,” Gerry says. Two days after their first spin around the dance floor, Gerry called Joni on the McDowell Hall lobby’s shared phone to ask for a date. The smitten twosome enjoyed evenings at the Marshall Hall amusement park on the Potomac River and dinners at the Charcoal Hearth on Wisconsin Avenue. They threw pennies in the fountain at the newly opened Dulles International Airport. “IT WAS A DESTINATION DATE,” Gerry says. When Gerry took evening classes at AU’s downtown campus, he used a CB radio to get in touch with Joni, and the two would grab a late-night bite at Hot Shoppes. HE POPPED THE QUESTION on Joni’s 21st birthday. “He gave me four boxes,” she recalls. “I kept opening the boxes, and at the very end, there was an engagement ring.” The Sommers settled in the Washington area, where he worked as a labor attorney for more than 40 years and she as an elementary school teacher in Montgomery County, Maryland. MARRIED FOR 47 YEARS, they have two daughters and four grandchildren. AND THEY’RE STILL DANCING. AMERICAN.EDU/ALUMNI 41