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Alumni Buzz: July 27, 2011

by Chris Vilag, Published July 27, 2011

July 20

Metroparks appoints three as district park managers
"Lyons graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He also holds a Turfgrass Management Certificate from Michigan State University."

July 21

NU hires Mark Martin as financial aid director
"Martin earned a bachelor's degree from Ferris State University and a master's degree from Eastern Michigan University with a focus in information systems."

Landis chosen as Main Street manager
"She graduated from Whitehall High School in 2004, earned a bachelor's degree in history from Grand Valley State University and a master's degree in historic preservation from Eastern Michigan University."

July 22

Ypsilanti man wins U.S. Amateur qualifier at Boyne
"Jeppesen, a former Eastern Michigan University standout who plans on turning professional this fall, will compete in the U.S. Amateur scheduled for Aug. 22-28 at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. Erin Hills will host the 2017 U.S. Open."

Gallatin, Jacobson among candidates in city primary
"Jerry Gallatin; Bachelor's degree in education, Eastern Michigan University."

Huron Valley Travel Baseball Teams Hold Tryouts
"The Huron Valley 12U team will be coached by former Eastern Michigan University baseball player Paul Dreslinksi, who currently serves as a high school baseball coach at Novi Catholic Central High School."

July 23

FLAT ROCK: Long-time educator named as Bobcean Elementary School
"A resident of Flat Rock for 46 years, Steffen earned a bachelor's degree in early childhood from Eastern Michigan University. She also earned a master's degree from Eastern."

July 26

Coach wants players to be successful off the field
"In '88, he returned to his alma mater, Eastern Michigan University, where he spent three years as assistant head coach before coming to BG."

Seen and heard: The wide-ranging career of Ryan Drummond
"Onward to Michigan, where Drummond continued to perform, all the way through Eastern Michigan University."

ANN ARBOR: Dexter native Gail Balden to conduct writing workshop at Crazy Wisdom Bookstore (with audio)
"Balden left the Dexter area soon after graduating from Eastern Michigan University in 1965, living in various places, including Arizona, until finally settling down in Nehalem, Ore., a coastal town with a population of just 200."

July 28

Former EMU Golfer Bob Proben to Play in U.S. Senior Open
"Former Eastern Michigan University men's golf standout Bob Proben will play in the PGA's U.S. Senior Open, July 28 - 31, at Inverness Golf Club in Toledo, Ohio."


Class Notes

PJ Sheldon (BME74) has had her new book "Feathers & Gifts" published by Xlibris.

Alicia Aguirre (MA80) is a professor of advanced ESL , Latino literature and Spanish for heritage speakers classes at Canada College in Redwood City, Calif., where she is also the vice mayor.

David Ashton (BS80) has retired as the principal of Oakland Meadow School in Gwinnett County, Ga., after 31 years of service in education.

Shannon Janeczek (BA92) has started a publishing company, Publish Savvy, which teaches new and established authors publishing and marketing skills and provides editorial and proofreading services.

Eugene Hartford (BS94) has been appointed as the CEO of East Hartford Community HealthCare of East Hartford, Conn.

Sean Dykehouse (BS95) is part of a Wall Street global IT platform solutions provider, eBusinessware, Inc., as director of sales.

Karmiko Burton (BS96) has been given a Woman of the Year Award by The National Association of Professional Women for her work in the training and development field.

Nicole Van Bloem (BS98) has been promoted to park supervisor by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for Maybury State Park in Northville. 

Lauren Caris (MBA00) has been promoted to marketing director at Humantech, Inc., a workplace ergonomics consulting firm in Ann Arbor.

Joel Erby (BS00, MA05, MA08) has accepted the position of assistant director of Neuse Charter School K-12 in Smithfield, N.C.

Catherine Broadbent (MS01) has received SPHR certification and was promoted to senior human resource generalist at Michigan First Credit Union.

Monica Jones (BS01) has had her fifth book “Sweet Soliloquy” published by The Literary Loft.

David McNamara (MA06) has opened a full service real estate brokerage, Foxway Realty, specializing in residential real estate and property management within Washtenaw County.

Heather Laird (MPA07) is the founder of the Summer Arabic Institute, the only ESL/Arabic program in the country, and is now the president of the Arabic Institute Foundation, a nonprofit organization.

Nicole Bock (BS08) a latent fingerprint examiner of the Michigan State Police Forensic Lab in Northville has been promoted to detective sergeant.