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The following News and Notes will appear in the July 2012 Catalyst.

1940s

Marge Sass Bradley Scholl ’44 is the proud great-grandma of Jack (1 year) and Olivia (2 months). She recently visited Atlanta where she went to the world’s  best aquarium.  She then went to Warm Springs, Ga., to see F.D.R.’s  Little White House. She will be celebrating her 90th birthday with relatives and a big party!

 

1950s

Elaine Yiannis Avgerinos ‘50 writes that with the strange weather Iowa, and other places have had, they were lucky to have only a little basement flooding, no falling trees, etc. Elaine continues to be active in AAUW. She just gave a program of art and music at a retirement home and they were interested in ethnic heritages – this time the Greek school – so she was able to do a little exhibit and play some dance pieces.

Liz Kooner Kroetz ‘50 and husband  John are "stuck at home” because of eye problems. They boast about their three grandsons in Chicago, Boston, and Florida – wonderful places to visit – and they do!

Arlene Meenen Stacey ‘50 reports having a busy year – in January, Ar became the coordinator for the Village Store which is run entirely by volunteers. She and Bob have finally gotten their 50’ x 75’ garden planted. Ar added, "The Class of1950  will never forget the 100th birthday of the University and House on Hill!”

Dick Bonaguro ’50 writes that he will become a great-grandpa for the second time this fall. His daughter  Lynn is now living with him. This June, Dick is looking forward to the 65th anniversary of West High School Class of 1947.

Ann Rutledge Eby ‘50 is having quite a good year with the Hang Gallery, which changed hands in January.  Sons Jeff and Jay keep  in close touch with Ann. Jane Gray Nelson ‘50 and Ann took in the big museum shows this summer. Ann’s Boston terrier, Percy, gets Ann out to the park almost every day.

Sally Voss Trefz ‘50 and husband Clair Trefz ’50 have gotten their tomatoes planted.  They went to Phoenix on their vacation to help Clair’s sister – getting her will up-to-date, her bills in order, etc., and were finished by 6 p.m. She died at 7:00 the next morning, almost as if she was waiting to get things in order. One thing Sally and Clair learned was to be sure your directives are clear, up-to-date, and notarized.

Mary McClellan Tanton ‘50 and husband Bud welcomed  the birth of their first great-grandchild  in January. Mary and Bud continue to appreciate  the convenience and comfort of their retirement community.  Their long distance traveling is now limited and they are pleased to have so many family and friends nearby.

Lola Anderson Gustafson ’50, Mary Morgan Leatherby ‘50, Dorothy Busacker Westcott ‘50, Sally Voss Trefz ‘50, Dorothy Voss Baits ‘51 and Shirley Voss Henley Philon ‘50 continue to meet every other month. It’s a wonderful time to catch-up.

Sam Perone ’59 has been busy as a technical consultant and author after taking early retirement from San Jose State University in1999. Perone has published seven novels to date and is currently completing a memoir of academic life in the 1960s. Of his seven novels, four have won Book of the Year Finalist Awards and one an Editors’ Choice Award. His young adult thriller, "Youthanasia,” published in 2009, garnered awards from three different competitions. Perone’s most recent (2010) is an award-winning middle-grade illustrated novel, "Star of the Future.”In 2011, Perone was honored to present the 28th annual Amy-Mellon Lecture in Analytical Chemistry at Purdue University, where he had served as professor of chemistry during the 1960s and1970s. The talk was titled, "Analytical Chemistry and the Art of Multi-Tasking.”

 

1960s

Ronald Young ’62 retired recently after spending 46 years in the insurance business in all phases. His wife, Susan, passed away in 2010 so he is traveling quite a bit. He still plays a lot of golf! He has two children, Ken and Jennifer.

Ron Nedovich ’65 retired from Avon (Conn) School System after a 35-year career as a soccer coach, teacher and assistant principal. He also served as the Executive Director of the Conn Association of Student Councils for 22 years. He now resides in beautiful Naples, Florida.

 

1970s

Judge Joyce Williams Warren ’71 has been chosen as the "2012 Judge of the Year” from the National CASA Association. She received this very prestigious award in Washington, D.C., on June 11, 2012. Judge Joyce Williams Warren is an avid and passionate supporter of CASA in her courtroom and in the community. Beyond the courthouse, Judge Warren helps to recognize the contributions of CASA volunteers and encourages them in their efforts at the annual CASA Volunteer Recognition Banquet. Most recently, she spearheaded the Zero to Three pilot court team project, a systems-change initiative to improve how the courts, child welfare agencies and related child-serving organizations work together. Arkansas is now one of 10 Safe Babies Court Teams across the country. She has worked diligently to build bridges between CASA and other agencies and has helped ensure all agencies are collaborating to represent the best interest for all foster children.

Stephen Weeks ’73 graduated from UIC College of Dentistry in 1989 and completed his post-doctoral work in endodontics in 1994. He was in private practice from 1994–1997. Since 1997, Weeks has been full-time faculty endodontist at the UIC College of Dentistry. He still has a chance to see a few patients each week. To date, he’s given five presentations on electronic measurement of root canal length at the annual sessions to the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), and several at local dental meetings and study clubs. He has also taught his post-docs how to use apex locators, and was instrumental in getting theminto the pre-doctoral program at the dental school.

Brad Smith ‘74, his wife Jennifer and youngest daughter Emilyr ecently visited Michael Anthony ’74. They spent time touring Boston, eating Chinese, Japanese, lobster and fried clams. Well, they did other things too, but the food was the most important.

Deborah Monahan Hedges ’73 returned from nine years of living in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2006. She now resides in Salt Lake City and works for Discover Financial Services. She recently found the WRCR radio history site and loved it!

Barry Booth Smith ‘73 spent the first week of May on Martha’s Vineyard at his sister’s home. On May 5, Barry and his partner, John Hobbs, were married at the First Congregational Church in West Tisbury, Mass., on the Vineyard. A reception dinner followed at his sister’s house. Michael Anthony ‘74 and his spouse Carlos Tejera were present for the festivities. Barry and John have been together for 16 years. Barry is an executive at Leo Burnett, the large ad agency in Chicago. John is a United Church of Christ minister who leads the Church Of The Three Crosses in Chicago.

Michael Anthony ‘74 recently changed jobs. After 16 years at the corporate office of Iron Mountain in Boston, he is now the Manager of Software Quality Assurance at the TJX Companies in Wesborough, Mass. The TJX brands include Marshalls, HomeGoods and TJ Maxx. He’s grateful for the shopping discounts too!

 

1990s

Nara Goldman Dedrick ’95 moved to Austin, Texas, in May 2012 with her family after having been in Phoenix for the past 17 years. She looks forward to locating other Rockford University alumni in the Austin area. After her daughter starts Kindergarten in the fall, she will be searching for a job in the area of social services/behavioral health. The heat and humidity remind her of the days growing up in the suburbs of Chicago and the summers spent at RC.

Domenic Grisanzio ‘97 is the new chief financial officer at Patch Products, a toy and game manufacturer in Beloit, Wis. Grisanzio will be responsible for directing and managing all financial aspects of the company, as well as interpreting and communicating financial results to the company’s officers and board of directors.

Joanna Sharp ’99 has been named principal at Creekside Elementary School in Elgin. Sharp is, most recently, the principal at Dolton West No. 148 in Riverdale. She has been responsible for setting performance goals, aligning school resources and prioritizing activities based on vision and goals, recognizing patterns and trends, analyzing information to formulate policies and procedures, and using data to solve problems. She also is a former director of instructional services and high school assistant principal and teacher.

 

2000s

Santiago Reyes ’02 and Alegria Mateus ’96/’01 recently had a beautiful baby girl, Camila. Santiago is working for Intel Corp in Ecuador and Alegria is currently staying at home and taking care of their three daughters: Isabella (6), Gabriela (3) and Camila. The couple resides in Quito, Ecuador.

Laura Wilhelmi ’04 has been hired by Associated Bank as assistant vice president, portfolio manager. Wilhelmi, a member of the RC Alumni Association Board, is responsible for the underwriting, credit monitoring and portfolio management of regional commercial banking customers. She also recently graduated with her MBA from Northern Illinois University.

Tina Anderson ’05 and husband Scott welcomed a beautiful little girl named Audrey Christine Anderson to their family in January 2012.

Kara Simonson ’06 earned a medical degree from the University of Illinois in 2010. Simonson is an internal medicine and pediatrics resident at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and Ohio State University. She is engaged to Akira Wada with a September wedding planned.

Cesar Kenaan ’06 recently completed his Ph.D. at University of Michigan. His thesis work established a new approach to the identification of amino acid residues that mediate redox-partnerrecognition and demonstrated how these residues can be used to enhance cytochrome P450 activity which could be used in the bioengineering of P450s for commercial/industrial purposes. The thesis also provided valuable insights into the potential for protein-protein interactions in the cytochrome. His research resulted in eight publications in top tier journals. He was also the winner of the Great Lakes Drug Metabolism Discussion Group Oral Competition Award last May. Kenaan recently accepted the senior chemist position in the Analytics and Discovery Group at Kerry in Beloit, Wis.

Donellyn Dean ’07 received the 2011–2012 Educator of the Year award from the Frankfort Community High School Student Council. After 38 years in education, Dean has recently retired.

Cara Danielle Ulrich ‘08 is engaged to be married to Justin Robert Schroeder on August 18, 2012. Ulrich is currently employed as a first grade teacher in Rockford.

Meghan Porter ’08 is engaged to bemarried to Robert Schoenecker on August 18, 2012. Porter recently graduated from Creighton University with her doctoratein physical therapy, and has accepted a job in an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Phoenix, Ariz.

Stephanie Souza ’08 and Charlie Rasmann ’08 are engaged to be married on September 8, 2012.

Chelsea Slater ‘08 and Nick Colón ‘07 are engaged to be married on September 14. Slater is a registered nurse at Central Dupage Hospital in Winfield, Ill., and is also working on her Master’s of Science in Nursing at Rush University. Colón is employed as an Illinois State Trooper in the Chicago suburbs.

Megan Hofstetter ’09 and Robert Fritz ’07 were married on September 24, 2011. They are expecting their first child in July.

Hannah Stravers ’09 recently graduated from The New School with a masters in nonprofit management. She began work with St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y., in early July as the Health Educator with a specialty in Sexual Assault Prevention on campus. Before beginning her position with St. Johns University, Stravers finished up her professional housing position with The New School, and then went on a graduation vacation to the Dominican Republic.

Stephanie Gittler ’09 recently married Brian Garner at Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena, Ill. Gittler is a seventh grade social studies teacher at Carl Sandburg School in Freeport.

Anthony Risa ‘06/‘09 and Kika Young Risa‘08/‘09 married in 2010 and had baby Adelynn on February 10, 2012. She is also the granddaughter of RC board member Fred Young ’65.

Rebecca Pink ’09 recently played Penny, a lead role in the musical "Hairspray” at Drury Lane Theatre in Chicago, Ill.

2010s

Kristy Luck ’10 had an exhibition titled "Intimation(s)” at Kortman Gallery in Rockford in April. Luck is currently living and working in Chicago as well as pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Aaron Powers ’10 and Lindsay Morris Powers ’10 were married on June 16, 2012. Dean of Students Brad Knotts played the piano in the liturgy.

Erica Price ’12 has been hired by English First to teach in Moscow. Erica will be working primarily with children and teens– many of which will be prepping for future attendance in English speaking universities.

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