Tamara Roberts, a professor of music at the University of California-Berkeley, is co-editor of a special edition of the Journal on Popular Music Studies. “Michael Jackson in/as U.S. Popular Culture,” was co-edited by UC-Berkeley professor Brandi Catanese. The issue looks at Jackson’s profound impact on popular culture from many angles, and can be viewed at crg.berkeley.edu/content/jpms-mj • Woody W. Fischer was awarded the 2011 European Geophysics Young Scientists Award in Vienna.
10th Reunion: October 14–16, 2011!
Jill Snodgrass joined the faculty of Loyola University, Md., in July 2011 as assistant professor of pastoral counseling. She completed her Ph.D. from Claremont School of Theology in May 2010, and had been working as associate director of The Clinebell Institute. • Chelsey Kivland has been awarded a 2011 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. The fellowship is the nation’s largest and most prestigious award for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values. Each fellow receives a 12-month award of $25,000. Chelsey is now a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of Chicago. Her dissertation, “We Make the State: The Performance of Political Action in Port-au-Prince, Haiti,” examines the role expressive political action plays in constituting “the state” as an ethical ideal in Port-au-Prince.
Sean Owens has served as a flight surgeon for the U.S. Air Force at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., for the past three years. On July 1, he began an anesthesiology residency at Johns Hopkins. He and his wife, Amanda, just had their first child, Mackenzie Elizabeth, on May 19, 2011. “Yes, this summer it seems all my dreams are coming true at the same time,” Sean says.
Patricia Klempf received her doctor of medicine degree from The Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, May 20. She is beginning an orthopedic surgery residency at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix.
Grace Person ’04 graduated in May 2010, from Vermont Law School, with a master of environmental law and policy degree.
Blake Hansen graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a second lieutenant on March 18, 2011. He is currently attending The Basic School in Quantico, Va., for six months of training, and hopes to attend infantry school to become an infantry officer. • Sharon Milito, a fourth-grade teacher at Patrick Henry Elementary School in Colorado Springs School District 11, was named Earth Science Teacher of the Year in April 2011, by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Sharon received a $5,000 prize — half for her personal use, and half for the school for educational use under her supervision. Sharon says her teaching philosophy is based on the “Constructivist Learning Theory, which holds that children construct their own understanding through their experiences with the world around them.”
• Megan Fitzgibbons was named 2011 New Academic Librarian of the Year by the Canadian Association of College and University Libraries. The association said Megan “is an extraordinary new librarian who is strongly committed to research and professional activities.” She graduated from Dalhousie University with a master of library and information studies degree in 2007, when she became a liaison librarian at McGill University. • Peter Hudnut first tried slacklining at CC during his freshman year. “I’ve kept at it for the last decade,” he says, “and have taken slack lining to a place where few others do, the sandstone canyons and towers of Moab.” Peter spent two months bolting, rigging, and walking high lines in Moab. Two of the lines are longer than 150 feet, and one is more than 800 feet high.
5th Reunion: October 14–16, 2011!
James Ludwig didn’t know when he started pursuing his master’s of business degree at the University of Missouri that he would meet another CC grad. James met John Howe ’76, a professor of finance at the university. “I was running at the University Recreation Center — wearing my Colorado College Relay for Life shirt — when John noticed me and introduced himself,” James says. “He was kind enough to meet with me and support me through the entire two-year process of getting my MBA.” Since graduation, James has begun a career as a senior analyst with Ascension Health in Austin, Texas.
Sarah Lee Winstead has graduated from Northwestern University with a master of science degree in marital and family therapy. She lives with her husband, James, in the Bay Area, where she works at a nonprofit counseling practice, and James works as a landscape architect. • Sweetgrass Productions, a backcountry film crew, features the work of four CC graduates, plus a photographer from Montana. The crew — which includes director Nick Waggoner, producer Ben Sturgulewski, producer Zac Ramras, and director Yuki Miyazaki ’07 — has released a series of ski-and-snowboard documentaries. Their website describes their work this way: “We focus on the riding, we focus on the art, we focus on blending the two into what we call film, both form and content … Our films are based in this knowledge that there is more to a mountain than fresh snow and a big line; there are stories to be told.” • Justin Behravesh is working as a WorldTeach volunteer for a year in the Marshall Islands. After a month of training near the capital city of Majuro, Justin is living with a Marshallese host family in a rural town near the capital, and is teaching English. While he was earning his bachelor’s degree in sociology, Justin was a mentor and tutor for the North Boys Enrichment Program, and was an active member of a group dedicated to supporting members of the CC community who had been affected by sexual assault. He has served in AmeriCorps with SOS Outreach, a youth development program that uses skiing and snowboarding instruction as a means of fostering determination, character, and community.
Ellen Smucker has completed her master’s degree and is a Ph.D. candidate at the Shakespeare Institute, a school of the University of Birmingham, Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom. Ellen specializes in fashion and Shakespeare, and addressed the World Shakespeare Conference in July in Prague, Czech Republic.