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    Summer 2015

PATRICK McPHARLIN, ’69 (Social Science), received the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Community Service Award. McPharlin was at MSUFCU for 41 years and retired as president and CEO in March.

STEWART COLE,’72 (Natural Science), DO’75 (Osteopathic Medicine), was listed on the Portland (Oregon) Monthly Magazine’s list of Top Doctors for the third consecutive year.

ELIZABETH EDELMAN, ’77 (Social Science), was named general counsel and compliance and privacy officer for RiverMend Health, in Marietta, GA.

REV. JAMES R. ROGERS, ’77, PhD ’90, (Education), has been appointed president of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, CA. Ordained as a Catholic priest, he is known now as Father Peter Rogers and belongs to the Dominican Order. The school trains Dominican seminary brothers to be priests.

LEO STEVENSON, ’78 (Business), was named to the 2015 Barron’s list of America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: State-by-State. Stevenson is a managing director of wealth management and senior portfolio manager at Merrill Lynch.

BRIAN KENT, ’80 (Engineering), joined Applied Research Associates, Inc., as senior scientist and science and technology lead for electromagnetic-, radio frequency- and
sensing- systems.

CHRISTOPHER WIGENT, MA ’86 (Education), was named executive director of the Michigan Association of School Administrators.

GINA DeLAPA, ’87 (Communication Arts and Sciences), just released her latest book, Stuff  You Already Know: And Every College Student Should. This is the second book in her series.

DON JONES, MBA ’90 (Business), founded MP Associates, LLP in Alhambra, CA, to provide domestic and international tax structuring, planning and compliance services. He has been a tax partner at three national tax and accounting firms in his 25-year career.

JIM BRANDELL, ’90 (James Madison), was named government policy advisor with the Dykema law firm in Washington, D.C.

JOSH COLE, ’90 (Business), has been appointed managing principal of the Crowe Horwath LLP’s national Performance Consulting Services.

ROSALEE RUSH, ’96, MA ’99 (Communication Arts and Sciences), was named an American Council on Education Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year. She is the assistant vice president for marketing and communications at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

MARK ROBERTS, ’98 (Engineering), is the new vice president of America’ Sales and Applications of Texas Instruments. He has worked with the company since 1998.  

CARL WINANS, ’98 (Communication Arts and Sciences), designed a new iPhone case that sticks to any smooth, flat surface using nano-suction material. Winans founded Mega Tiny Corp., which develops mobile accessories in partnership with Wannie Park.

LARRY JOHNSON, ’98 (Social Science), was named director of Shiawassee County Health Department in Corunna.

DAVID MILO HERRING, ’99 (Agriculture and Natural Resources), recently graced the cover of Maine Magazine. He is the executive director of Wolf Neck Farm in Newport, ME.

BRIAN MAXSON, ’02 (Arts and Letters), received a prestigious fellowship to study at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, Italy. Maxson is an associate professor of history and assistant dean of the School of Graduate Studies at East Tennessee State University.

RYAN DEVLIN, ’03 (Business), is an actor featured in numerous television shows, including Brothers and Sisters, Veronica Mars and Grey’s Anatomy. Devlin also co-created This Bar Saves Lives, a granola bar that, when purchased in the U.S., “funds one packet of life-saving food to a child in need.” He also is featured in the book Unselfish, released in May.

JOSEPH MARTIN, ’04, MS ’06 (Agriculture and Natural Resources), joined the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation as a program officer for its Flint-area grant-making team. Martin previously worked at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in Lansing.

ANTHONY PLUMMER, MS ’08, PhD ’11 (Engineering), received the Most Promising Engineer in Industry Award during the Black Engineer of the Year ceremonies during February in Washington, D.C.

KEVIN KIJEWSKI, JD ’10 (Law), was appointed as superintendent of the Archdiocese of Denver.

TERANCE JOHNSON, ’12 (Business), ANDREW MESTDAGH ’12 (Business), and
MARIO DiMERCURIO, ’13 (Communication Arts and Sciences), co-founded Original Stix in 2014, which recycles and repurposes thousands of hockey sticks into cell phone cases. The company is based in Detroit.

ABIGAIL LYNCH, PhD ’13 (Agriculture and Natural Resources), is a research fisheries biologist for the U.S. Geological Survey.?