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Alumni Buzz: August 31, 2011

by Chris Vilag, Published August 31, 2011

August 26

New LSSU Faculty bring talent, experience
“Kopitz holds a masters degree in communication studies from Eastern Michigan University.”

August 28

Livonia Student Achievers
“She is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and of Livonia Franklin High School.”

August 29

Crawford & Company Establishes Transportation Product Team
“He received a bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University and also attended law school before entering the insurance industry.”

Ypsi and Lincoln swim previews
“This is my first year as a high school coach,” Illescas said. “I have been coaching at the club level for four years and I swam for four years on the Eastern Michigan University Swim Team.”

August 30

Coker College adds 14 faculty members
“Assistant professor of English Karen Carpenter earned her Ph.D. in literacy studies from the University of Nevada, a Master of Education from the University of Nevada and a Bachelor of Science in special education from Eastern Michigan University.”


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.