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- Carl Pope’53, Dacula, Ga., retired in 2011 from his position as regional sales manager with Seasafe, a manufacturer of fiberglass reinforced plastic products.
- Bob Virgil’56 and Gerry Sylte Virgil’57, Ballwin, Mo., received Washington University’s premier recognition for alumni and friends, the Robert S. Brookings Award. This award is selected and conferred by the university’s chancellor and board of trustees and recognizes Washington University alumni and benefactors who have exhibited a strong commitment to the institution both through their volunteer engagement and extraordinary generosity.
- In November 2021, Bill Putnam Jr.’65, Carthage, Mo., became the first person inducted into the Hall of Carthage Heroes, both as a citizen of distinction and as an athlete (swimming). In June 2021, Bill won three gold medals at the Missouri Senior Games for the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle swim and qualified for the National Senior Games in all three events.
- Jon Hershman’68 retired in 1998 as a stockbroker and moved to Florida. Jon says, “I owe a big debt of gratitude to econ professors Les McAllister and Jerry Gustafson. Together they lighted a passion for economics that lasted a lifetime. One of my goals was to retire early so my wife and I could spend time reading, gardening, cooking, enjoying wine and wineries, and traveling to museums to visit art exhibitions, including some Paris museums.” Jon and his wife of 39 years reside near Sarasota.
- Melanie Kananen Woodworth’70 and Douglas Woodworth’72 have relocated from Oregon, Wis., to Cincinnati, Ohio, to be closer to their daughter’s family after they both retired from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Dick Boisvert’72 and Deb Denig Boisvert’73, Deerfield, N.H., were in residence at Beloit as visiting curators of archaeology at the Logan Museum of Anthropology. Their appointment lasted for five weeks during the spring semester. Both retired in July 2018: Dick as state archaeologist of New Hampshire and Deb from work as a technology educator with long-term involvement in archaeology in the field and in the lab. Dick and Deb are sharing their time and expertise to catalog previously uncatalogued faunal material from the 1930 Logan-Saharan Expedition to Algeria conducted by Alonzo Pond (1918). They say they were delighted to return to find that the college community remains “vibrant and exciting.”
- Michael Rosen’74, Skokie, Ill., and Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is managing director of Chicago’s Rosalind Franklin University’s Innovation and Research Park and Helix 51 biomedical incubator, which was featured in the business section of the Chicago Tribune in March 2022. The story was about the large biocluster in Lake County, Ill., with 122 bioscience companies and 33,000 bioscience jobs. RFU’s new science park along the Wisconsin border is the only such park between northern Illinois and Milwaukee, Wis. It has two industry tenants and six RFU disease-based research centers, while the incubator has eight early-stage biotech companies.
- Kim Huckstadt’77, Maquoketa, Iowa, has been an assistant professor of educational leadership at the University of Northern Iowa since 2014. Kim says, “I have always been thankful for the experiences I had and the education I received at Beloit College.”
- After 35 years in special education, Sue Gallaghar’78, Olympia, Wash., is now running a program for low-income seniors in the South Puget Sound region of Washington State, which provides resources for a variety of needs within the organization and in the wider community.
- Mark Moffett’79, Greenport, N.Y., one of the world’s foremost ant experts who has been featured everywhere from National Geographic to Conan on TBS, wrote a moving tribute for The Skeptics Society about his Harvard graduate school mentor, the legendary biologist Edward O. Wilson, who died in December 2021.
- Cameron Murray’80 and Renee Heideman Murray’80 moved to New Zealand in May of this year to be close to their daughter, Rachel, and their grandson, Jay, born in 2020 in the city of Rotorua on the North Island.
- Melita Schaechter Tunnicliff’83, Bettendorf, Iowa, is director of the LeClaire Community Library in LeClaire, Iowa.
- Caroline Frankovich Ronten’84 retired and moved from Massachusetts to Spruce Head, Maine.
- In February 2020, Eric Klusman’85, Los Angeles, Calif., started working as a senior architect at Scopely, a game developer and entertainment company.
- Karen Frederick’86, Evanston, Ill., is super excited about Homecoming this year and notes that she also started a new gig in late April as director of customer advocacy at Icertis, a software company.
- Joe Breiter’89, Brainerd, Minn., a marketing executive with Widseth Architects and Engineers, has been elected chairman of the board of public television station Lakeland PBS, based in Bemidji, Minn.
- Erin McCluskey’97, Richmond, Calif., has been named the 2022 World Collage Day Poster and Cover Artist for Kolaj Magazine. World Collage Day is an annual, international celebration of collage held on the second Saturday of May. The magazine was published in May 2022. As an artist, Erin uses the name Erin McCluskey Wheeler.
- Lauren Lambertson Leeds’98, Lansing, Mich., has accepted the position of director of communications for the Michigan State Budget Office.
- After a 10-year career as a professor of anthropology, Amy Hubbard’02 made the leap to industry. She is now the director of research at Anthrotech, Inc., a company which provides human dimension data for product design. She lives in Dayton, Ohio, with her husband, Jared, and adorable pup, Olive.
- Meredith Hatcher Lagges’02 has been promoted to creative director at Epsilon, a division of the Publicis Groupe advertising agency. This is her fifth promotion with the company, which she joined as a proofreader in 2006. She resides in Oak Park, Ill., with her husband, Mark, and teenager, Jasper.
- La-Dreya Givhan’03 has moved to Mableton, Ga.
- Joe White’06, Brooklyn, N.Y., remains a musician, sound engineer, and writer, and just released an album of his radio opera “The Wagging Craze” on Brooklyn indie label Gold Bolus Recordings. Joe was scheduled to perform the work at the Prague Fringe Festival in May. During 2020, he was excited to collaborate with his partner, Gelsey Bell, on two sound walks: “Cairns,” which was named one of The New York Times’ “Best of 2020,” and “Meander,” which was commissioned by The Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
- Steve Harrison’07, Austin, Texas, and Erin Gurak’09 welcomed their son, Amos Henry Harrison, on Dec. 15, 2021. Amos will be in the Beloit College class of 2039.
- Nachiket Karnik’08, Saint Paul, Minn., graduated with an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and began working as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group’s Minneapolis office.
- Atiera Coleman’10, Chicago, Ill., has been hired as one of Rock County’s Equity Managers. In this role, Atiera will work with the county and community to remove systemic barriers that negatively impact residents.
- Joe Davis’10, South Pasadena, Calif., was named the lead play-by-play announcer for FOX Sports’ Major League Baseball coverage, which will make him the new voice of the league’s premier events, including the World Series. He is the play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- After witnessing a terrible tragedy in her community and having the building she called home evacuated due to unsafe conditions, Alicia Halvensleben’11, Waukesha, Wis., decided to run for the Common Council in the City of Waukesha. During this time, she bought a new home and had to have an unexpected surgery. Despite all of these challenges during her campaign, Alicia was elected to the Common Council.
- Daniel May’17, Washington, D.C., earned his Juris Doctor from Elon University School of Law in 2019 before becoming an attorney with Kase & Associates, a real estate law firm.
- After graduating from Beloit, Farhan Tahir’19 went on to complete his master’s degree at Texas A&M University, then moved back to his hometown of Lahore, Pakistan, to work in his family’s company, Haji Sons Group. Farhan is working to uplift smallholder farmers by giving them access to finance and quality inputs. Farhan has worked with the State Bank of Pakistan to help develop the country’s first electronic warehouse receipt payment system and has implemented it in the ecosystem of smallholder farmers.
- DaZha Creal’21 has relocated to Denver, Colo.
- Jamie Velasco’21 has moved to St. Louis, Mo.
- In January, Rose Williams’21, Whitewater, Wis., started working as a clinical research technician for Labcorp, a pharmaceutical research company.
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