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“Although we bid adieu to our sailboat Capella a while back, we are still able to sail with friends through the New England destinations of Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Newport.”

—Mike Schaefer W’65 WG’66

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Celebrate Your Reunion, May 17–19, 2024!


Norma Podoszek Barretta FA’49, a 97-year-old practicing psychologist, traveled to Poland in September to give a seminar on medical hypnosis, her field of expertise. Her daughter Jolie writes that Norma is “one of the few practitioners of medical hypnosis in the world who is still able to help people who cannot tolerate anesthesia have successful surgery without pain.”

Celebrate Your Reunion, May 17–19, 2024!


Dr. Myron Allukian Jr. D’64 will be inducted into the Massachusetts chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame on October 28 as an Outstanding American inductee. He has the distinction of being the first dentist ever to be recognized in the 24-year history of this wrestling organization. He began wrestling during his freshman year at Tufts University in 1956, becoming captain and MVP his senior year, when he took second place at the New England AAU championships. Myron was the dental director for the City of Boston for 34 years and has been on the faculties of various schools of dental medicine (including Harvard, Boston University, and Tufts) and public health (including Harvard and Boston University).


Evelyn M. Cherpak G’65 is editor of a new book, Artists, Writers, and Diplomats’ Wives: Impressions of Women Travelers in Imperial Russia. The book presents the experiences of 16 European and North American women who lived and traveled in Russia during the 19th and 20th centuries. Evelyn has taught courses in Latin American history and the role of women in Latin America at Salve Regina University, the University of Rhode Island, and the Naval War College, where she also served as archivist and curator of special collections. This is her fifth book.

Mike Schaefer W’65 WG’66 writes, “Barbara and I are thankful for our good health and have been enjoying our post-pandemic travels. Although we bid adieu to our sailboat Capella a while back, we are still able to sail with friends through the New England destinations of Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Newport. We will be making our first trip abroad since the pandemic, ending up celebrating my 80th in Paris. (I think it’s my 80th—I stopped counting a few years back.) Looking forward to seeing many of you in the spring of 2025.”

Celebrate Your Reunion, May 17–19, 2024!


Andrew Beckerman C’69 writes, “I have been fortunate to receive a significant number of scholarships to attend public meetings and forums across Canada,” which have required answering questions in 200 words or less. “Most recently, last summer I received one of the government of Canada’s 75 full scholarships for HIV+ people to attend AIDS 2022.” During the conference, Andrew shared his experience as a peer researcher. “It was a coincidence that a reporter from The Advocate, which produces PLUS Magazine, was in the room. Three weeks later, he and the editor for PLUS Magazine called to inform me that they were placing me on PLUS Magazine’s 2022 list of 10 Most Amazing People Living with HIV ( My life in Canada: a series of coincidences that lead to opportunities. If the skill of ‘answer this question in 200 words or less,’ which is part of all government of Canada scholarship applications, was learned in a freshman English class at Penn, well I say, ‘Hurrah for the Red and the Blue!’”

Richard Cohen C’69 writes that he is still practicing psychiatry and living in Boca Raton, Florida. He recently played down an age division and won the Florida State Closed 70 and Over Tennis Championships and has recently published two articles in clinical psychiatric news. Richard invites alumni contact at [email protected].


Nicholas Canny Gr’71 has been honored by the history journal The William and Mary Quarterly with a ‘golden anniversary’ forum, introduced by Alison Games Gr’92, a history professor at Georgetown University. In the forum, four leading scholars discuss how their work has been inspired or influenced by a paper written by Nicholas 50 years ago and published in the October 1973 Quarterly, entitled “The Ideology of English Colonization: from Ireland to America.” In the recent issue, Nicholas explains how the original paper was shaped by his graduate experience in history at Penn where his work was supervised by the late Richard S. Dunn, the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor Emeritus [“Obituaries,” May|Jun 2022]. The entire forum appears in The William and Mary Quarterly’s July 2023 issue. The original paper helped launch his career as a historian, the high points of which he recalls were his election as president of the Royal Irish Academy (2008–11), as a fellow of the British Academy (2005), and as a member of the American Philosophical Society (2007).


Deborah R. Willig CW’72, managing partner at law firm Willig, Williams & Davidson, has been selected for inclusion in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. She has also been named to Lawdragon’s 2023 guide of 500 Leading Civil Rights and Plaintiff Employment Lawyers for her advocacy on behalf of workers. In August, she also received the 2023 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award from the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession. According to the release, “Deb was the first woman president of Temple University School of Law’s Student Bar Association; the first woman chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association; and the first woman to lead what has grown into one of the largest women-owned union-side law firms in the country. In addition, last year, Deb negotiated two historic union contracts, one for the National Women’s Soccer Players Association and one for AFSCME’s Philadelphia Museum of Art members.”


Charles E. Olander C’73 and Dianne Orpin Olander Nu’73 recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Charles is a retired US Air Force officer and Air Force Junior ROTC instructor, and Dianne is a retired labor and delivery nurse. At Penn, Charles was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, and Dianne was a member of Kappa Delta sorority.

Robert M. Steeg C’73 ASC’75, managing partner of Steeg Law Firm in New Orleans, was included in The Best Lawyers in America 2024 for Banking and Finance Law, Commercial Finance Law, Commercial Transactions/UCC Law, Corporate Law, and Real Estate Law (1995–2024). He is one of a select group of attorneys who has received this honor for more than 25 years.

Steve Williams C’73 GAr’75 WG’85 see Lennox E. Montrose W’74.

Celebrate Your Reunion, May 17–19, 2024!


Lennox E. Montrose W’74 is the composer, arranger, producer, and creator of the pop music stylings of vocalist Monty Guy, a showcase performer for “The Soirée,” held during Grammy weekend celebration events. Lennox’s work product was recently inducted in the Akademia’s Hall of Fame. He is a long-standing award-recipient member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers; the International Singer-Songwriters Association, and the Indie Collaborative. He’s also a 15-year voting member of the Recording Academy (known for its Grammy Awards). As an undergraduate, Lennox was a member of a pop music combo that included Glenn Bryan C’74 SW’76, Eric Harrison C’74, Steve Williams C’73 GAr’75 WG’85, and others, who performed in what he calls “the favorable and supportive venues of the Quad, Hill House, and the Penn Museum.” Many of Lennox’s compositions have received pop chart radio play listing and are currently featured on various internet platforms and websites.

Catherine H. Schein CW’74, an adjunct professor in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and a faculty member of the university’s Institute for Human Infections and Immunity, has published a new book, Conditionally Toxic Proteins. She writes, “The book is designed to introduce the concept of medically useful but conditionally toxic proteins to first-year medical students.”


Linda Kass PT’75 has released a third historical novel, Bessie, a portrait of the early life of 1945 Miss America, Bess Myerson. At age 21, Myerson became the first—and to date only—Jewish woman to be crowned as Miss America. Linda’s previous novels are Tasa’s Song and A Ritchie Boy. She is the founder and owner of Gramercy Books, an independent bookstore in Columbus, Ohio.


Robert C. Gibson C’76 writes, “I have been doubly blessed this summer with the births of my two granddaughters. Isabel Claudia arrived May 17 to my daughter Alexandra ‘Aly’ Gibson C’08 and her husband Matthew Marcucci C‘09; and Jacqueline Anne joined us shortly thereafter on June 16 to my daughter Lauren Gibson C’11 and her husband Christopher Jordan. Both grandchildren are looking forward to continuing the Penn tradition and becoming proud Quakers, Class of 2045!”


Jim Michaels C’77 has retired from his position as an attorney and senior official at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC, where he served for more than 34 years. At the time of his retirement, he was the associate director for consumer laws and regulations. He writes, “My final semester at Penn included a finance course, taken on a pass/fail basis. During final exam week, my casual attitude was noted by the exasperated professor, to whom I explained ‘I’m going to law school; it’s not like I’m ever going to work at the Federal Reserve Board.’ I’ve since learned that I just missed running into her at the Fed, where she also went to work after Penn until a few months before I arrived. In retirement, I’ve become active in community affairs in Montgomery County, Maryland, where my wife and I have resided since 1988. In Maryland’s 2022 primary election, I was elected to a four-year term on the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee and the State Democratic Central Committee. My work for the county Democratic Party has included cochairing both its Rules Committee and its Ballot Questions Committee. In July 2023, I was appointed by the Montgomery County Council to become chair of the county’s Charter Review Commission for a term ending in December 2026. Previously, I was appointed by the county executive as a member of the county’s Advisory Committee on Consumer Protection, where I served from 2019 to 2023, both as chair and vice chair.” 


Francis Gavin C’78 writes, “Forty-nine years ago, a group of young men came together in the lower Quad, Warwick in particular, and began to form bonds that grew strong during their tenure at dear old Pennsylvania, in a wonderful housing arrangement at 3940 Spruce Street and then off campus at 4040 Walnut Street. They named themselves the SPUDs. In August, nine of these men of advanced youth convened in Seattle from all over the country for the fourth biennial get-together where they often offered toasts with many a highball and recounted the glory, including their own, of dear ol’ Penn.” Fran shares that the group includes Jim Kaden C’78 of Texas, Ben Kemendo W’77 of Oklahoma, Eric Margolis of Massachusetts, Chuck Maser C’78 of Pennsylvania, Pete Merriman C’78 of Hawaii, Bob Reich PT’79 of California, Dave Rhoda W’90 of North Carolina, and Tom Walters C’78 of California, as well as Fran himself, who lives in New Jersey. He continues, “Interspersed among the toasts and highballs, the group dined well with dish selections under the guidance of Pete Merriman, a Beard-Award chef and restaurateur. After picking up as if it were 1978, and solving the problems of the world, [we] adjourned to meet again two years hence. After our time together, Pete Merriman, who lives in Lahaina, marshaled his restaurant resources to help feed those suffering from the wildfires in Maui. Anyone interested in supporting Pete can contribute to Monkeypod Whaler’s Village GoFundMe:”

Lawrence E. Oscar W’78 writes, “Jeanne Shatten (my wife) and I enjoyed a great visit to our home in Shaker Heights, Ohio, from Penn roommates (and now spouses) Cliff Pollan W’78 and Peggy Kriss C’79, who reside in Wellesley, Massachusetts. I also share that in July, I was elected a lifetime honorary director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, recognizing many years of service and leadership to the museum. I am currently a partner (formerly managing partner) at Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, a law firm with offices in Ohio, Illinois, Florida, and California.”

Celebrate Your Reunion, May 17–19, 2024!


Rabbi Marla Feldman C’79, recently retired executive director of Women of Reform Judaism, has published her first book, Biblical Women Speak: Hearing Their Voices through New and Ancient Midrash. The book employs midrash (interpretative techniques) to discover 10 biblical women’s stories from a female point of view. Each chapter brings alive a different biblical woman through a creative retelling of the woman’s story in her own voice, followed by traditional midrash and medieval commentaries as well as the author’s reflections on how these tales and interpretations are relevant for today. Marla credits her academic studies at Penn with sparking her lifelong affinity for Jewish texts and the study of midrash.

Peggy Kriss C’79 see Lawrence E. Oscar W’78.


Michael J. Feuer Gr’80, dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development and a professor of education policy at The George Washington University, has published a new book, Can Schools Save Democracy? Civic Education and the Common Good. From the book’s description: “Although schooling alone cannot save democracy, it must play a part. Feuer introduces a framework for educator preparation that emphasizes collective action, experiential learning, and partnerships between schools and their complex constituencies.”

Stephen Houston C’80, an archaeologist who teaches at Brown University, received the 2023 Orden del Pop, Guatemala’s lifetime award in service to its cultural patrimony. A MacArthur Fellow, Stephen had earlier received Guatemala’s highest decoration, the Order of the Quetzal, Grand Cross, from the president of that country. In 2023, he also gave the 72nd Andrew Mellon Lectures at the National Gallery of Art, which were designed “to bring to the people of the United States the results of the best contemporary thought and scholarship bearing upon the subject of the Fine Arts.”


Mike Bellissimo C’81 has joined the faculty of the School of Management and Leadership at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. His area of specialty is organizational behavior and leadership taught to second- and third-year cadets.

Helene Moriarty GNu’81 GrN’90, a professor of nursing at Villanova University and co-program director of VA Interprofessional Fellowship in Patient Safety at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, has received Villanova University’s Scholarly Achievement Award for 2023. The award recognizes excellence on the part of faculty for published research, scholarship, and/or creative expression and is given for accomplishments in the preceding three academic years.


Michael Lichtenstein Gr’82, a shareholder at the law firm Shulman Rogers, has authored two recent articles in Pratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy Law. “The Courts Inflict Pain on Mary Jane” was published in the journal’s June 2023 issue; and “When Can an Individual Close a Subchapter V Case After Plan Confirmation?” cowritten with Hope Gouterman, was published in the journal’s September 2023 issue. Michael was also recognized in The Best Lawyers in America’s 2024 edition for his work in bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law.

Celebrate Your Reunion, May 17–19, 2024!


Michael J. Acquaro-Mignogna C’84 has been elected 2024 vice president of the Appraisal Institute, a professional association of real estate appraisers. His one-year term begins January 1, after which he’ll serve as president-elect in 2025, president in 2026, and immediate past president in 2027. He holds the Appraisal Institute’s MAI, SRA, and AI-GRS designations and has served on the organization’s national board of directors since 2017. Mike cofounded Mid-Atlantic Valuation Group, a real estate valuation and consulting firm with offices in Wayne and York, Pennsylvania, in 2006. He and Marisa D’Orazio Mignogna W’84 celebrated their 37th anniversary in April and live in Radnor, Pennsylvania.

Sam Spiritos W’84, a shareholder at Shulman Rogers, has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America’s 2024 edition for his work in real estate law. Sam also practices mortgage banking foreclosure law.

Bob Wowk WG’84 is CFO of Toronto-based HydroGraph Clean Power, a commercial manufacturer of high-quality graphene and other nanomaterials through a patented detonation process. Bob shares that he has spent 30 years as a finance and business development executive, principally in the industrial gas business and renewable energy sectors, and has proven successful at scaling technology companies and leading multiple financing rounds in both public and private markets.


Dr. David B. Nash WG’86, a professor of health policy at Thomas Jefferson University and founding dean emeritus of the school’s College of Population Health, writes, “I am thrilled to report that we have published a special 25th anniversary edition of our very successful journal, Population Health Management. Our expert contributors to this anniversary issue represent some of the top thought leaders from around the nation.” The journal can be read at


Josephine L. McKee GFA’90 founded McKee Bird Publishing this year and is currently publishing her own books, including two novels and a book on color. She also illustrated and designed the book jackets. She writes, “Green Through a Leaf: A Novel is based on experiences in my childhood in Vermont, following the deaths of my father and two brothers. Gertrude: A Novel is about a woman working in New York City as an interiors colorist. Color in Seven Chapters: Color in Interiors is a hybrid book that includes research, as well as sections of writing on my experience working with color. Related fictional stories end each chapter. Color in Seven Chapters: Color in Interiors is for design students, those interested in color for interiors or as a subject in itself.” An earlier manuscript draft of Green Through a Leaf was shortlisted for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, judged by Barbara Kingsolver. For more information and to view the books, visit


Larry Hanauer C’91 has joined the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) as deputy director of its Intelligence Analyses Division. IDA is a nonprofit corporation that operates three federally funded research and development centers in the public interest.


Alison Games Gr’92 see Nicholas Canny Gr’71.


Elizabeth Burgess Dowdell Gr’93 is the 2023 recipient of the Villanova University Outstanding Faculty Research Award, which is presented to a faculty member who demonstrates superior standards of excellence in their research, scholarship, and contributions to their field. Elizabeth is a professor of nursing and coordinator of undergraduate research at Villanova University’s College of Nursing.

Paige Menton GEd’93 GEd’98 writes, “My first full-length poetry collection, Wrim, was published by Spuyten Duyvil this spring. I also self-published a children’s book, called She Held Her Breath in Wonder.”

Michael G. Sarafa G’93 has joined the law firm Butzel, based in Detroit, as counsel. He has 35 years of experience in business, law, finance, and public affairs.

Theodore Lewis Schmiechen EAS’93 has been awarded a US patent for a device he invented called SleepVibe. He writes, “SleepVibe promotes uninterrupted, deep, restorative sleep by providing customizable vibrational white noise directly to bedding and affected body part(s). It helps soothe pain caused by peripheral neuropathy, phantom nerve sensations from restless leg syndrome, and cancels vibrational noise that can wake up light sleepers. It may also help prevent deep vein thrombosis in the extremities. More information can be found at”

Gemini Wahhaj MTE’93 has written a new novel, The Children of This Madness. According to the publisher, it tells “a complex tale of modern Bengalis, one that illuminates the recent histories not only of Bangladesh, but America and Iraq. Told in multiple voices over successive eras, this is the story of Nasir Uddin and his daughter Beena, and the intersection of their distant, vastly different lives.” More information can be found at

Celebrate Your Reunion, May 17–19, 2024!


Edward L. Schnitzer C’94 has joined the law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP. He is a partner in the firm’s Capital Markets practice and Bankruptcy team in New York.


John Chung C’96 shares that he has a new role at Credence Financial Services as a mortgage loan originator and business development officer. His Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS) number is 2501704. John writes, “It is an incredible opportunity to be at the forefront of revolutionizing the mortgage lending experience. I feel so privileged collaborating with long-standing friends and esteemed professional colleagues.” John is eager to reconnect with fellow alumni and share experiences, insights, and ideas and invites alumni contact through his company’s website, “Please feel free to reach out if you would like to catch up or if there is anything I can assist you with in my new role. All inquiries are welcome!”

Matthew E. Daniels G’96 L’96, founder of the nonprofit Good of All and a chair of law and human rights at the Institute of World Politics, has developed a new curriculum for the faith community. According to the release, the video Bible study, Share the Dream: Shining a Light in a Divided World through Six Principles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “inspires and encourages viewers to transform their communities, cities and nations for Christ by embodying the biblical principles of love, conscience, freedom, justice, perseverance and hope.” More information can be found at In addition, Matthew coauthored an opinion piece with Andrew Young, former mayor of Atlanta and former US Ambassador to the United Nations, in the August 27 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, showing how Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech” can offer a path to a better future, even 60 years later.


Didem Ün Ateș EE’97 W’97 writes, “I recently joined Schneider Electric as vice president of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy and Innovation, and also became a fellow at the World Economic Forum’s AI Governance Alliance on Responsible Generative AI. In addition to defining Schneider’s AI/generative AI strategy and innovation roadmap, my charter covers strategic AI partnerships, startups/venture capital/private equity, academia, mergers and acquisitions, AI upskilling, and responsible and sustainable AI. If anyone would be interested in collaborating on responsible AI/generative AI or digital upskilling space, please reach out.”


Jeffrey Poirier C’00 writes, “I was just promoted to director of a new portfolio in the Center for Economic Opportunity at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. These investments will expand our work related to access to basic needs and navigation supports for youth and young adults and their families in our priority populations, as part of our work focused on employment, education, and financial stability.”

Salma Waheedi C’00, an attorney and lecturer at Harvard Law School, has been named the inaugural executive director of its Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World. She will help lead the program and shape its next generation of research, education, and policy initiatives, expanding academic and professional opportunities for students, and fostering new connections with stakeholders in the academic and policy communities.


Michael Frankel C’03 and Audrey Hutt Frankel C’04 are happy to announce the birth of their son, Henry, this past spring. Henry joins big sister, Laura, and big brother, Jordan, in Parkland, Florida, where the family moved from New York City two years ago. Audrey works for Microsoft doing advertising sales, and Michael is the managing partner of Ace Equities, a real estate investment fund.

Celebrate Your Reunion, May 17–19, 2024!


Audrey Hutt Frankel C’04 see Michael Frankel C’03.


Anne Haskell McGuire C’05 and her husband, Eric Haskell, welcomed their second child, Simon James Haskell, on August 18 in Boston. Big brother Andrew (20 months) is taking the new addition in stride, and all are doing well. The family again looks forward to introducing Simon to his special aunts and former High Rise East Room 609 residents, Allison Gutknecht C’05 and Nicole Oddo Smith C’05.


Jhanelle Graham Caldwell C’07 has been named to Lawyers of Color’s inaugural Wonderful Women list for 2023. Jhanelle is a partner at Goodell DeVries, where she practices in the firm’s Medical Malpractice and Product Liability Practice Groups.


Alexandra ‘Aly’ Gibson C’08 see Robert C. Gibson C’76.

Mike Schneider LPS’08 has published his first book, Mickey and the Teamsters: A Fight for Fair Unions at Disney. He writes, “[The book] tells the wacky but true story of the unusual marriage between the Teamsters union of truckers and Jimmy Hoffa and the costumed character performers at Walt Disney World, the standard bearers of childhood innocence. It’s a tale of corruption, a fight for union democracy, furry characters, and clean undergarments.” Mike has been a journalist for the Associated Press for three decades.

Celebrate Your Reunion, May 17–19, 2024!


Matthew Marcucci C’09 see Robert C. Gibson C’76.

Craig B. Merow Gr’09, a retired bioethicist who taught medical and veterinary ethics at Michigan State University and Temple University, has published a new book, The Ethics of Canine Care: Relationships Generate Responsibilities. According to Psychology Today, it’s “a fascinating new book” that “challenges each of us to think through our individual and collective moral responsibilities to dogs.” Craig writes, “I first began thinking about veterinary ethics as a bioethics student at Penn. Professor Autumn Fiester introduced me to the application of bioethical thinking to animal issues with her paper on the omega-3 pig.”


Nakita Reed GAr’10 GFA’10 has been promoted to senior associate in the Baltimore office of Quinn Evans, an architecture firm. She engages in transformative projects at the intersection of historic preservation, sustainable design, and equity such as the restoration of Baltimore Penn Station. She is also president of the Baltimore Architecture Foundation.

Christy Schuetze Gr’10 has written a new book, Spirit Wives and Church Mothers: Marriage, Survival, and Healing in Central Mozambique, based on her more than 20 years of fieldwork in the country. In the book, Christy, an associate professor of anthropology at Swarthmore College, explores how the growth of Pentecostal churches in central Mozambique occurred alongside a striking increase in so-called traditional religious practices such as spirit mediumship.


Lauren Gibson C’11 see Robert C. Gibson C’76.

Rosie Li C’11 G’11 GM’19 GM’21 and Kenneth D. Ginsburg C’14 W’14 were married on September 9 in Englewood, Colorado. David Cerny EAS’14, Jesse Jia EAS’14 W’14, Barbara Wei C’11, and Melissa Bratman C’11 were in the wedding party. Jacob Ruden C’15 officiated. Celebrants also included Julia Wong C’12, Courtney Dabney Hill C’15, Mazel Tetruashvily Winikor C’08 G’08, Wendy Cai C’13 W’13, Gabriel Nam C’11 GM’21, and Maya Shumyatcher C’14


Allison Lee W’13 writes, “On October 21, I’m getting married to Matthew Bonta in Wellington, Florida. We split time between our new home in Parkland, Florida, and New York City.”

Celebrate Your Reunion, May 17–19, 2024!


Kenneth D. Ginsburg C’14 W’14 see Rosie Li C’11 G’11 GM’19 GM’21.


John A. McCabe LPS’15, an author and Atomic Veteran, presented his paper “American Hibakusha” to the Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies 49th Annual Conference at Elizabethtown College, held September 30–October 1.


Dr. Jacob Charny M’17 has joined Dermatology Partners, in Philadelphia. Prior to this appointment, he worked in private practice in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.


Susanne Kerekes Gr’18 has been appointed assistant professor of religious studies at Trinity College. Her current research explores Buddhism, material religion, and contemporary religious practice in Thailand, especially those involving amulets, magic, and spirits. Susanne also serves as a faculty leader for the Lauder Institute’s Lauder Intercultural Venture program in Thailand.

Celebrate Your Reunion, May 17–19, 2024!


Dr. J. Connor Barnhart M’19 writes, “I am excited to announce the opening of my psychiatric practice, offering holistic mental health consultation in the San Francisco Bay area. After graduating from the Perelman School of Medicine, I completed my adult psychiatry residency at the University of California, San Francisco and have since been named to the board of the California State Association of Psychiatrists and elected to the general council of the Northern California Psychiatric Society. More information on my practice may be found at”


Matthew Weiss W’20 WG’21, an officer in the US Marine Corps, has written a new book, We Don’t Want YOU, Uncle Sam: Examining the Military Recruiting Crisis with Generation Z. From the press materials: “Through the use of personal life stories and macro analysis, this book explains why military recruiting in the United States is at an all-time low in order to suggest ways that American society and its leaders can fix this issue.” [“Expert Opinion,” this issue.]


Nicole M. Wolverton LPS’23 shares that her debut young adult horror novel, A Misfortune of Lake Monsters, has been acquired by CamCat Books for publication in July 2024. In describing the story, Nicole writes, “A high school senior’s college plans are disrupted when she is tapped to take over the family business of secretly impersonating her town’s infamous lake monster—only to discover a very real lake monster eating its way through the populace.”

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