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Alumni Buzz: August 24, 2011

by Chris Vilag, Published August 24, 2011

August 17

New Elms Road Elementary Principal James Kitchen hopes to create a community atmosphere
"Kitchen earned his bachelor and master's degrees from Eastern Michigan University, where he also played football."

August 18

"Ken received a BSEE Degree from Detroit Institute of Technology and a Master's Degree from Eastern Michigan University."

August 19

Education foundation announces award recipients
"Karen had a year left to finish her degree but was offered the teaching position due to a shortage of teachers. She finished her degree at Eastern Michigan University during the summer while she was teaching."

August 20

Former Ypsilanti police officer Claude Jackson dies at age 53
"Jackson, who was born in St. Louis, Mo., in 1958, was a 1981 graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice."

August 22

EMU and Pakmode Media and Marketing Strengthen Partnership
"The relationship between Pakmode, owned by EMU graduates Bilal Saeed and Tim Adkins, and the EMU Athletic department began in 2010 and is a win-win for both organizations."

August 23

EMU Golf Represented in 111th Annual U.S. Amateur
"Jeppesen, the former Saline High School and Eastern Michigan University golfer, shot a 73 in the opening round at Erin Hills…"

MILAN: Milan school district gets two new principals, shifts some staff members to other positions
"Schmittou's credentials include a bachelor's degree in education from Central Michigan University, a master's degree in educational leadership and a doctorate in education from Eastern Michigan University."

Devcon Security Hires Greg Kemp as General Manager of Detroit South Branch
"Kemp earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing from Eastern Michigan University. He currently lives in Dexter, Mich."

August 24

LCCC women sports pioneers hold reunion
"..Rowe, who in 1966 was a recent graduate of Albion College with a master's degree from Eastern Michigan University."

American Electric Power honors its CEO, EMU graduate and regent Michael Morris, with $1.5 million gift to Eastern
"The American Electric Power Foundation has donated $1.5 million to Eastern Michigan University to fund an endowed chair in the College of Education. The gift honors Michael Morris, a two-time graduate of EMU who serves on the University's board of regents."


Class Notes

Patricia Cole (MA74) is retiring after 17 years as superintendent of Wyandotte Public Schools and 41 years of service in education.

ReGina Coles-Shamberger (BS79) is a new trustee to the board of directors for the Michigan Philharmonic.

Patricia Harney (BS79) has been appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Board of Pharmacy.

Curtis Krueger (BFA84) and September Krueger’s textile and photography art exhibit, “September and Curtis Krueger: A Passion for Birds”, was displayed in the Permanent Collection Gallery of the Community Council for the Arts in Kinston, N.C.

Jim Gibbons (MA88) is now the principal of Livonia Stevenson High School in the Livonia Public School District.

James Carnes (BS95) has joined the Toledo office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, as a litigation practice group partner.

Kimber Smail (BBA97) has joined the Southfield West office of Plante & Moran, PLLC, as a partner.

Chad Double (BS98) was chosen as  ‘Policeman of the Year’ by the Farmington Hills Optimist Club.

Matthew Pastron (BBA02, MBA04) is now a human resource generalist with the BlueCross BlueShield of S.C.

Mohamad-Ali Kolailat (BS03) owns and operates MAK Clinic in Dallas, TX, where he practices chiropractic medicine.

Alexander Milshteyn (BBA03) has been honored with “30 Under 30” recognition from Realtor Magazine of the National Association of Realtors for his work as an associate broker and Realtor with Edward Surovell Realtors in Ann Arbor.

Gina Oden (BS07) has been named general manager for the Jacksonville, Fla., branch of Devcon Security.

Michael Nagy (MBA08) has been promoted to the position of vendor services consultant by DTE Energy.