Class notes


Dean G. Miller, Engr '51, published a short collection of poetry titled Allsides in early 2020. Since his retirement in 2011, he has published three books on spirituality: Jesus Says, The Wisemen and the Star, and Robert's Rules? ... or The Spirit Rules!: Defining the Eccentric Church.


Frank Levin, A&S '55, a Brown University professor emeritus of physics, has been teaching science courses for people without a science or math background in various lifelong learning institutes since 2002. He is excited to resume these courses as the COVID-19 pandemic recedes.


Charles Loughran, A&S '59, wrote Labor Arbitration Practice: An Advocate's Handbook, a book published by the American Bar Association in April. It is a guide for lawyers, employers, and union advocates who prepare and present labor arbitration cases.


Mark Monmonier, A&S '64, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geography and the Environment at Syracuse University, received the Chancellor's Citation for Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award. The honor recognizes those at Syracuse who have made extraordinary contributions to the undergraduate experience and research excellence, have fostered innovation, and have supported student veterans. Monmonier retired in May.


David Chanoff, A&S '65, co-authored A Watchman at the Gates: A Soldier's Journey From Berlin to Bosnia with Gen. George Joulwan, published by the University Press of Kentucky in May. The book chronicles Joulwan's career in the upper echelons of the armed forces. Present at both the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, he served multiple tours in Germany during the Cold War and two tours in Vietnam. As Nixon's White House deputy chief of staff, he was a firsthand witness to the last acts of the Watergate drama and was supreme allied commander of NATO forces in Europe during the Rwandan genocide and the Bosnian peacekeeping missions of the 1990s.


Menachem Rosensaft, A&S '71, '71 (MFA), associate executive vice president and general counsel of the World Jewish Congress and lecturer in the law of genocide at Columbia Law School, published a collection of poetry titled Poems Born in Bergen-Belsen with Kelsay Books. The poems reflect on the Holocaust, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the physical separation of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Veda Horton McNair, Ed '72 (MS), a trustee of Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, North Carolina, was awarded the 2021 I.E. Ready Award, the highest honor presented by the state's board of community colleges. The award was created in 1983 to recognize those who make significant contributions to theestablishment, development, or enhancement of the community college system.


Craig B. Mousin, A&S '73, ombudsperson of DePaul University since 2001, published "Health Inequity and Tent Court Injustice" in the March 2021 edition of AMA Journal of Ethics.


Richard Spinrad, A&S '75, was nominated by President Joe Biden to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Senate confirmed his nomination in June. Spinrad previously served as head of the agency's research office and as its chief scientist.


Stuart W. Davidson, A&S '79, partner at Willig, Williams & Davidson, was named among the 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for the 18th year in a row. A program of Thomson Reuters, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers is a peer-reviewed, independently researched rating service of outstanding lawyers who have been identified as attaining a high degree of professional achievement.


Scott M. Paul, Engr '80, an associate research physician in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the National Institutes of Health, was named a 2021 Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow by the National Academies of Practices, an interprofessional, nonprofit organization, with membership representing a range of health care professions willing to serve as advisers to health care policymakers in Congress and elsewhere.


Emmett F. McGee, A&S '81, was recognized in the 2021 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide ranking the leading law firms in the U.S. McGee is a principal in the Baltimore office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He represents employers in all aspects of employment law and human resources management, including employment discrimination, wage and hour issues, and affirmative action planning.


Dawn Newton, A&S '82 (MFA), recently published two books. Winded: A Memoir in Four Stages, released in 2019, chronicles her journey with stage IV lung cancer. The Remnants of Summer, released in May 2021, is a literary novel that explores the guilt and grief of 14-year-old Iris Merchant, who must deal with the aftermath of her younger brother's death in southeastern Michigan during the 1970s. Both books were published by Apprentice House Press of Loyola University Maryland.


Roderick K. King, Engr '87, became the University of Maryland Medical System's first chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer this summer. King will collaboratively develop a long-term road map for diversity, equity, and inclusion in accordance with the system's strategic plan. Previously, King served as CEO of the Florida Institute for Health Innovation and senior associate dean of diversity, inclusion, and community engagement at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where he was also the director of the MD/MPH program and an associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and the Department of Pediatrics.


Leela Breithaupt, Peab '93, '96 (MM), was appointed executive director of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. As the oldest American Bach choir, the group performs the works of Bach; participates in local, national, and international education and performances; and supports its Bel Canto Youth Chorus.

Timothy Hickman, Med '93 (PGF), HS '94, was named president-elect of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. He is the division director of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Houston Methodist Hospital and the medical director at CCRM Houston.

William Pae, A&S '93, earned his JD degree from Creighton University School of Law in May and plans to embark on a career in medical malpractice law.


Wes Unseld Jr., A&S '97, has been named the head coach of the Washington Wizards, where he began his career in the NBA as a personnel scout in 1997. Most recently, Unseld spent six seasons with the Denver Nuggets, including this past season as associate head coach. Prior to joining the Nuggets, he spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic and one season with the Golden State Warriors. A four-year member of the Johns Hopkins men's basketball team, Unseld was a two-time captain and helped Hopkins to 57 wins and the 1997 ECAC Championship.


Washington Garcia, Peab '98 (MM), '03 (DMA), was appointed dean of Stetson University School of Music in July. Garcia is Stetson's first Latin American dean. Previously, he was the founding director of the School of Music at University of Nebraska Omaha.


Barine Duman Majewska, A&S '02, a former intern in psilocybin studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, was promoted from associate attorney to counsel at the Denver office of national cannabis law firm Vicente Sederberg, where she is a leading member of the firm's entheogens and emerging therapies practice group.


Jennifer Gross Lara, Ed '03 (Cert), '07 (MS), a professor at Anne Arundel Community College, co-created the school's award–winning engagement coach training program. The program recently earned the highest level of accreditation from the International Coaching Federation and aims to make coach training affordable, accessible, and high quality.


Oluwakemi Tomobi, A&S '04, Ed '19 (MS), a research fellow at the Johns Hopkins Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and a professor of life sciences at Howard Community College, was selected for a 2021 Top 40 under 40 Leader in Health Award by the National Minority Quality Forum.


Amy C. Mason, Ed '05 (MS), principal at Madison County Elementary School in Gurley, Alabama, was selected as Alabama's 2021 National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. She will accept the award in Washington, D.C., in October along with the other state finalists from across the country.


Devin Gray, Peab '06, released an album titled Melt All the Guns in June in honor of the seventh annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

Nigel Pierce, Ed '06 (MS), a faculty member in the School of Education at North Carolina Central University, received NCCU's 2021 Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Chia-Jung Tsay, Peab '06 (MM), '06 (MM), an associate professor at University College London School of Management, was named one of the World's Best 40-Under-40 Business School Professors of 2021 by Poets & Quants, a media outlet that covers the graduate business education market.


Sarah A. Hoover, Peab '08 (DMA), associate dean for innovation, interdisciplinary partnerships, and community initiatives at the Peabody Institute, had her first book, Music as Care: Artistry in the Hospital Environment, published in May by Routledge. The book provides an overview of professional musicians working within the health care system and explores programs that bring music into the hospital environment.

Andrew L. Palmer, A&S '08 (MFA), published his debut novel, The Bachelor, with Hogarth Books in July. The coming-of-age tale engages with the intersection between romance, obsession, and reality TV.


A. Randol "Randie" Benedict, Ed '09 (MS), is the new assistant head of school at St. Anne's-Belfield School in Charlottesville, Virginia. She was previously the director of enrollment management at St. Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, Pennsylvania.

Mohan Dangi, Engr '09 (PhD), professor of environmental science and engineering at California State University, Fresno, received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Nepal for the 2021–22 academic year.

Craig Rosenblum, Engr '09, '10 (MMSE), was promoted to vice president and general manager of Himed, a global provider of biomaterials and biocompatible surface treatments of dental, spinal, and orthopedic medical devices.


Camille Delaney-McNeil, Peab '11 (MM), was appointed the director of the Judith and Thomas L. Beckmen YOLA Center at Inglewood, one of four sites of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's youth program, which serves 1,300 young musicians, providing them with free instruments, intensive music instruction, academic support, and leadership training.


Tia Price, Peab '14 (MM), is the first director of the Baltimore Digital Equity Coalition, which coordinates efforts to advance digital equity and close the digital divide in Baltimore. Price previously served as director of programs at Wide Angle Youth Media.


Mario Jovan Shaw, Ed '15 (MS), is the author of a new book, Inside Out: Live Authentically From the Inside Out. Grow Yourself and Grow Your Plants. This 30-day journal allows readers to rediscover their purpose while beginning their journey as a plant parent. Shaw is also the cofounder of Profound Gentlemen, a nonprofit that strategically recruits, develops, and sustains Black male educators who make a profound impact in the lives of students, specifically young Black males.


Davian Morgan, Ed '16 (MS), the vice principal of literacy at Ingenuity Prep Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., was a featured honoree in the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools' list of 30 Under 30 Changemakers. He is also the founder of Hopeful HoriSONS, a nonprofit program that provides academic and social emotional support as well as community service opportunities for students in the metro area. Most recently, he launched Hopeful HoriSONS' Black Boys Book Bunch—a virtual club for boys of color that builds literacy through conversations about books and current events while supporting the development skills needed to cope with tough feelings and trauma.


Kendra Thornton, Ed '17 (EdD), an independent content and curriculum consultant, had her first children's book, Oliver Orchid Meets Dandy Lion, published by Stillwater River Publications in May. The book follows Oliver Orchid, an anxious kitty whose fears cause him to miss out on fun adventures. When Oliver Orchid meets a resilient cub, Dandy Lion, he learns from their friendship that he must strengthen his "brave muscles" and move through his anxiety. By embracing mistakes and facing challenges, Oliver Orchid learns to use life's hurdles as building blocks.

Nicholas Ulm, Engr '17, a doctoral candidate in ocean and resource engineering at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, received an Ellen M. Koenig Award in May from the Honolulu Chapter of the ARCS Foundation, a nonprofit volunteer group working to advance science in America by providing unrestricted grants to outstanding U.S. graduate students in STEM fields. Ulm is working on a wave energy buoy inspired by the Halona Blowhole to optimize power production and provide a stable docking station for autonomous ocean-observing research vehicles.


Meg Murphy, Ed '19 (EdD), is the author of the new children's book Daddy Bakes Bread, available through Amazon. She was inspired to write the book after her husband started baking with the couple's 2-year-old daughter during the pandemic.

Joanne Rolls, Ed '19 (MS), '19 (Cert), associate clinical professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine, received the 2021 Publishing Award from the American Academy of Physician Assistants for her work as the lead author of the article "Curricular Approaches to Transgender Health in Physician Assistant Education," published in Academic Medicine.


Rohan Arcot, Ed '20 (MS), a clinical intern at Anne Arundel Counseling, won an essay contest co-sponsored by Chi Sigma Iota and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs for his essay, "Preparing Counselors for Telemental Health in a Pandemic Through Wellness, Social Connection, and Telemental Health Training."

Cierra Byrd, Peab '20 (MM), joined the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, which trains new generations of celebrated American and international opera singers.

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