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Cowell College

'69 Richard SHAFFER is attending Roswell Museum and Art Center in Roswell, N.M., on a residency grant as a senior artist in 2005—06.

'70 Sandra KATZMAN coauthored a monograph about North Korea and Japan, soon to be published in Japanese; now she is writing about learning Japanese.

'71 Father James GRAHAM presented his reconstruction and analysis of the "Byzantine Christian service of making brothers" at the ninth annual conference of the National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries in September 2003.

'73 Bruce FEINGOLD is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Walnut Creek, Calif.; a collection of his haiku was published this year by Red Moon Press; he lives in Berkeley with his wife, Madeline, also a psychologist, and his two teenage children.

'76 The fourth edition of Richard LEITER's book, National Survey of State Laws, won the 2003 Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award, the oldest award given by the American Association of Law Libraries; Leiter has been the director of the law library and professor at the University of Nebraska College of Law since 2000. Steve LIPKE is an art instructor at Mendocino College.

'78 James O'CALLAHAN was chosen recently as one of southern California's super lawyers by Los Angeles magazine and Law & Politics magazine.

'79 Pete PARKINSON is the director of the Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Department; he and his wife, Cecilia UDALL Parkinson (Cowell '89), live in Santa Rosa.

'80 Mark PADILLA has been named provost and vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at the University of North Carolina at Asheville; prior to this appointment, he had held the position of vice chancellor for academic affairs since coming to the campus in 2002.

'85 Elizabeth BURKE earned an M.F.A. in painting at Boston University and then for five years had her own business as a freelance editor and book designer; she found this work too lonely and went on to pursue a career in psychology, earning a master's in social work in 2003. Janet GROSSMAN is the author of Looking at Greek and Roman Stone Sculpture (J. Paul Getty Museum Publications, 2003) and is coeditor, with J. Podany and M. True, of History of Restoration of Ancient Stone Sculptures (Getty Trust Publications, 2003).

'87 Lucia Lynne SMALL teamed up with director/producer Maureen Foley (Home Before Dark) to produce her second feature film American Wake (, which had its world premiere at the Democratic National Convention July 28; all proceeds of the screening went to the Democratic Party.

'90 Albert CHANG works for the American Academy of Pediatrics as a preventive medicine educator and is a general pediatrician in Orange County; he received an award at the 2004 Injury Prevention Summit for his work in childhood injury prevention and for training the pediatric residents at UC Irvine and the Children's Hospital of Orange County. He appears regularly on a weekly PBS parenting program called Help Me Grow.

'96 Bruce ROCKWELL is living in San Francisco and working as a music educator and composer ( and as the director of the San Francisco Song Festival (; he was planning to marry his girlfriend in an outdoor ceremony in the Carneros region of Napa County in summer 2004.

'00 Gayle (Coleen) SCOTT earned an M.F.A. in costume design from Boston University in May 2004 and won a prestigious Kahn Award, which is given to one design student annually.

'01 Jane ROSENTHAL splits her time between being an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania and an evaluator for K-12 ESL and bilingual programs for the School District of Philadelphia.

Stevenson College

'69 Susan TRIMINGHAM is an artist and teaches art to adolescents in juvenile hall and to elementary schoolchildren through residencies with the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County SPECTRA art program; recently, she has become a mentor for the Bay Area California Arts Project's workshops and institutes.

'71 Jonathan KIRSCH, a book columnist for the Los Angeles Times and an attorney specializing in publishing law, is the author of God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism (Viking), his 10th book; his national book tour included an event at the Capitola Book Café.

'72 Karen LINDVALL-Larson has been the Latin American studies librarian at UC San Diego since 1975.

'77 Peter KOSENKO works for a software company, where he programs and does technical editing; in the last year, he has been writing guitar pieces and playing them at the UnUrban Coffee House in Santa Monica.

'78 Karl BROWN performed on his cousin Rusty Anderson's debut solo album, titled Undressing Underwater; he also built a web site documenting his former band, Automatic Pilot, with many mp3s at Dirk VANDER ENDE, under the pen name of Dirk Gerrit, has published an aviation crime thriller titled Sting of Justice; after serving 12 years in the U.S. Navy, Dirk is now a pilot for a commercial airline and lives in northern Kentucky.

'83 Sue BERG Lim is the mother of two-year-old twin boys and has recently received approval to share her job as senior environmental chemist at East Bay Municipal Utility District in Oakland.

'84 Shari ANDERSON Allison was one of the more than one million people who participated in the March for Women's Lives in Washington, D.C., on April 25; she is vice president of the Mesilla Valley, N.M., chapter of the National Organization for Women and president of the Tonali Legal Alliance of Women in Las Cruces, N.M. Shari recently had a significant victory in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, United States v. Lucio-Lucio, 347 F.3d 1202 (10th Cir. 2003).

'86 Stacy HANDELMAN Stark and her husband, Brian Stark, have a happy six-month-old baby, Sam; Stacy teaches kindergarten in Seattle.

'87 Katrina BLEDSOE finished a doctorate in psychology in 2002 and is now an assistant professor at the College of New Jersey in Ewing. After finishing a Ph.D. in oceanography at Scripps in 2000 and a postdoc in Amsterdam, P. Graham MORTYN is an assistant professor at Fresno State University with a two-year-old daughter; he's planning to take a research position in Spain at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

'89 Stephanie FISHKIN Dark and her husband, John DARK (Stevenson '89), live in Walnut Creek, Calif., with their two children, ages two and a half and five; John is the marketing manager for Globalstar Satellite Telephones, and Stephanie is taking a leave of absence from working full-time to raise the children, volunteer, and do part-time consulting in health research. Martha LONGSHORE recently published her fifth novel, Dark of the Moon, under the pseudonym of Tess Pendergrass; the novel is a romantic mystery set in northern California.

'90 Trisha KYNER married fellow sculptor David Friedheim in May; for the past three years they have been making collaborative sculpture with groups of adults and children under the name Grendel's Mother. In June they built a memorial sculpture with staff and clients of SkillQuest, a day-support program operated by the Department of Mental Retardation of the City of Virginia Beach. Trisha also exhibited her ceramic sculpture during the summer at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J.

'94 Susan MINTZ married Peter Schmitz in July 2003; she received an M.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1997 and is now pursuing an M.S. at Portland State University.

'99 Meredith OBENDORFER is in the M.B.A. program at San Jose State University while working full-time as a market research analyst for Seagate Technology in Scotts Valley.

'00 Judith BANDERMANN Randle received her M.A. in sociology at San Jose State University in 2003 and is now working toward a Ph.D. in jurisprudence and social policy at UC Berkeley.

'01 Colleen FLYNN earned her law degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles in May.

Crown College

'74 Richard HOGAN is the author of The Failure of Planning: Permitting Sprawl in San Diego Suburbs 1970-1999 (Ohio State University Press, 2003); he is an associate professor of sociology and American studies at Purdue University.

'77 Christopher FLICK is working as a sound editor in Los Angeles; in February he received the 2004 Motion Picture Sound Editors' Golden Reel Award as supervising foley editor on Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World; his screen credits can be found on the web at

'84 Erika FERGUSON Sueker has founded a progressive nonprofit elementary school as a community learning center for Golden, Colo.; her two children and 14 others attended the first year.

'86 Jennifer BUNDY is busy these days singing at church, guiding her sons through scouting adventures, and working as a first-grade teacher and beginning teacher-support provider, as well as being the assistant track coach for the district high school in Yuma, Ariz. She celebrated her 40th birthday in December 2003, is running three times a week, and planned to compete in some 10K races this past summer.

'90 Jason MIDDLEBROOK is an artist and has shown his work throughout the U.S. and Europe; he and his wife, Kate NEEDHAM (Porter '90), had a baby girl in July 2003; they live in New York. Eric STEFFENSEN is practicing as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Napa, Calif.

'92 Celeste DeWALD has been hired as the executive director of the California Museum Association; previously, she was the education director at the Steinbeck Center in Salinas.

'93 Jennifer WALTERS was awarded an Emmy as producer of the Best Daytime News Show for one of the ABC7 Morning News shows on KGO-TV, San Francisco.

'96 Caroline DINGLE has been awarded a Gates Scholarship to study for a Ph.D. in zoology at the University of Cambridge, England, beginning this fall; the scholarships are funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to educate leaders from around the world who will address inequities in global health and learning.

'98 Julie DURANT is living in the Sacramento area and recently purchased her first home.

'01 Erik WASHBURN is a medical student at UC Davis; he and Jessica HOWELL (Merrill '01), a Ph.D. candidate in English literature at UC Davis, are planning to get married.

'02 Lisa Marie REIFKE is working as an intern for the Nature Conservancy in Naples, Fla., where she is involved in the conservancy's education program. Heather SIUDZINSKI's boyfriend of four years proposed to her at the top of the Eiffel Tower on January 18; they are planning their wedding for this October.

Merrill College

'77 Barbara QUICK's fourth book, Even More/Todavia Mas, a bilingual picture book for children and their mothers, illustrated by Liz McGrath, has been published recently by Raven Tree Press; she's working on another book, The Commitment Dialogues, with Matthew McKay, which will be published by McGraw-Hill in February.

'79 Jill FEHLMAN works for San Diego Kaiser Permanente as a patient educator; she also collects antiques and has many fond memories of her days at UCSC.

'80 Zona GRAY-Blair teaches students with severe disabilities; she has received a grant to create a garden to develop authentic friendship between students with and without disabilities, which is also the topic of her master's project.

'85 David KORDUNER and his wife, Joan Krimston, welcomed Noah Ilan in August 2003; Noah joins brothers Zach (8) and Ben (5) in the Future Slugs Club. David continues to work in labor relations for Touchstone Television and ABC.

'90 Eric PESIK is an adjunct professor of law at Monterey College of Law and a corporate lawyer with Seagate Technology in Scotts Valley.

'96 Emilie CATE is a counselor at the Sonoma State University Counseling Center; she planned to complete her M.A. in counseling in May and begin doctoral studies in counseling psychology at the University of Oregon this fall. Friends may send e-mail to

'00 Christopher ALLEN currently has an office job and is a private tutor while working toward his teaching credential in high school English. Melissa BARTHELEMY is attending law school in San Francisco and misses the beauty and social activist environment at UCSC.

'01 Joseph SOLORIO is working on a master's degree in counselor education at San Jose State University.

'02 Coast Guard Ensign Michael NORRIS earned a position on the Commodore's List in January in recognition of flight and academic excellence as a student aviator during naval flight training.

Porter College

'74 Robert KUBEY is the director of the Center for Media Studies at Rutgers University and recently had his book, Creating Television: Conversations with the People Behind 50 Years of American Television, published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. In the book, Kubey mentions the influence that three UCSC psychology professors—Michael Kahn, Pavel Machotka, and Frank Barron—had on him in the early 1970s.

'76 Michael McLAUGHLIN is completing his second novel, "Gang of One"; he has written three books of poetry and was recently appointed 2004 Poet Laureate of San Luis Obispo, Calif., where he lives with his partner of four years and his 13-year-old trumpet-playing son.

'77 Thomas POSTER is acting (his agent is Howard Talent West) and working on the water as captain of a trawler.

'81 Tracey SCHUSTER is head of Special Collections and Visual Resources Reference at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles; she and her husband, Chris, were married in January and share their West Los Angeles home with their beautiful purebred Ragdoll kitten, Theo.

'82 Sarah ALLISON lives in Santa Rosa with her husband and daughter; she is an occupational therapist and director of rehabilitation with the geriatric population.

'84 Kristina JONES Carey lives in Terra Linda, Calif., and is a writer, gardener, and mother of a five-year-old. Angela BOCAGE Gilden has a solo practice in asylum law in Manhattan; she has teenage kids, is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and writes about marriage equality and the law for the ACLU and with her partner, Helen Richardson. She celebrated her Bat Mitzvah in 2002 and welcomes e-mail from old friends, especially fellow Leviathan alums, at

'88 Susan FLEISHER-Parker writes literature for a Santa Cruz company; she is married and has a baby daughter born in 2003.

'92 Susannah COPI and Jim DAVIS (Porter '91) were planning to be married in June; Susannah recently finished a documentary, titled Rue des Juifs, and Jim is in features publicity at Disney.

'98 Leslie HOLEMAN has been accepted to the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Adrienne MILLER received a B.S. in 1999 from UC Berkeley and an M.S. in 2001 from the University of Washington, both in civil and environmental engineering, after which she was a guest researcher for a year at the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology; now she lives in Berkeley and works with Native American water rights.

'01 Joseph DePAGE writes that he "spent last Saturday listening to old Dean Martin records and drinking dry martinis." MacKenzie SANTIAGO is living in Santa Cruz, paying his student loans, and breaking his back as a tow-truck driver; he writes that he has no time to surf or skate and is still looking for a girlfriend in Santa Cruz.

'02 Roland POSADAS is working as a senior editor/production director for 360 Media Group, which produces a series of automotive lifestyle DVDs; he is also in charge of developing a new men's-interest DVD series along the lines of "Maxim meets MTV."

Kresge College

'75 Bobbi HOOVER facilitates a twice-monthly support group for women whose breast cancer has metastasized for the Bay Area Breast Cancer Support Network; she has been doing this emotionally difficult work for over four years.

'76 Les FRIED and his wife, Riki RUDOLPH Fried (Cowell '80), have landed in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel, where they are raising Yoey (14), Elisheva (12), Avrami (10), and Avigayil (8); Sara (20) is a junior at UCSD; they can be reached at

'87 Elisa LYNCH is the global warming campaign director at Bluewater Network, where she cowrote and championed the California law to require reduced greenhouse gas pollution from passenger vehicles; she was planning to get married in March.

'96 Jennifer BERNSTEIN-Lewis has a wonderful husband and a daughter, Rebecca, and she works for Guide Dogs for the Blind ( managing several programs for the volunteer department; one of her memories of Kresge has been published in a book called It's a Chick Thing, edited by Ame Beanland; friends may reach her at

'97 Giorgia CUSCINO Diomedes was married in May 2003 and was expecting her first child in May; she has a master's in special education and is teaching in a high school in Los Angeles.

'99 Julie KUSHNER Marovish earned an M.A. in communication studies at California State University, Chico, in 2001; she and her husband, Eric Marovish, were expecting their first child in June.

'00 After receiving her M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Iowa in 2003, Genevieve KAPLAN is teaching English at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nev.

Oakes College

'90 Ralph PORRAS has been appointed assistant superintendent of Santa Cruz City Schools; prior to this appointment he was principal of Santa Cruz High School.

'95 Achelle ACEDERA Lara was married in September 2003 and is living in southern California, where she works as a contract manager at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

'96 Dawn THORNTON graduated from medical school in June and is beginning her residency in internal medicine in Philadelphia.

'03 Ashleigh LYMAN is working on a research vessel assessing coral reef health in the main Hawaiian island chain. Quressa ROBINSON is the volunteer coordinator at 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing center offering free services to children ages 8 to 18 in San Francisco. Dennis SOLIS is an editorial assistant with Freedom Press in Topanga, Calif., and a freelance writer.

College Eight

'77 Eric NEE was recently named editor of Stanford Lawyer magazine.

'80 Marney STROUD retired in 2001 after 32 years as a special education teacher in Monterey County; she divides her time between her Rancho de la Maestra in Calaveras County, Calif., and caretaking at Refugio de las Tortugas, along with serving as a planning commissioner in the City of Del Rey Oaks, Calif.

'81 Lisa GARBER delivered a paper at the April conference of the American Popular Culture Association based on her doctoral dissertation, titled "Women Who Ride: The Psyche of the Female Motorcyclist."

'84 After years spent as a field research assistant tracking wildlife from whales to weasels, Leslie OSBORN now lives in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and works in an Antarctic program.

'86 Karen DeBRAAL earned a master's degree in traditional Chinese medicine from Five Branches Institute in Santa Cruz in 1997; she moved to New Mexico last year, where she is working in a no-kill animal shelter.

'90 Charly RAY still lives on the Sioux River in northern Wisconsin with his wife, Julie Buckles; their family has grown to include nine sled dogs and toddler Caroline Sadie Ray; Charly is general manager of the Living Forest Cooperative, working for sustainable forestry.

'91 Stacy REISCHMAN is chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Southern Mississippi and writes she is still dancing. Dennis SULLIVAN is living in New York City and working as director of business and legal affairs for a television production company; he planned to be married this past summer.

'93 David FEDERICO is serving as a private consultant to Fortune 500 companies in security and data management; he is married with one child.

'95 Melissa BOES is living in San Francisco and working at Genentech; she founded and is serving as president of the San Francisco Chapter of the Association for Women in Science,

'96 The Journey, a film directed, coproduced, written, photographed, and edited by Edwin AVANESS, received the Milan International Film Festival Audience Award in November 2002; the film is a love story that takes place in Armenia in the early '90s—a period of tumultuous events in that nation's history.

'99 After five years as a biomedical researcher at UC San Francisco, Manuel BRAVO is back in school working toward a doctoral degree in pharmacy at UCSF. Jonathan SMITH has been an EMT/beach lifeguard for the City of Santa Cruz for the last four years; he was planning to begin paramedic school in Los Angeles in August.

'03 Rebecca HAMMAKER is a graduate student in math at Texas A&M University.

Graduate Studies

'87 Diane RAYOR (Ph.D., literature) is a full professor and chair of the Department of Classics at Grand Valley State University in Michigan; her fourth book, The Homeric Hymns: A Translation, with Introduction and Notes, was published by UC Press in February.

'92 Richard BEHL (Ph.D. Earth Sciences) was one of three professors at California State University, Long Beach, chosen to receive a 2003-04 Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award; an associate professor of geological sciences, Behl is involved in research on global climate change and on marine sedimentary rocks. Edward DIMENDBERG (Ph.D., history of consciousness) is the author of a new book, Film Noir and the Spaces of Modernity (Harvard University Press, 2004), which looks at the noir films of the '40s and '50s in tandem with historical developments in architecture, city planning, and modern communication systems; he teaches film and video studies, German studies, and architecture at the University of Michigan.

'94 Heather MIETZ Egli (certificate, education) is on the board of a Santa Cruz animal-advocacy nonprofit and very involved with several animal groups; she serves on the Staff Advisory Board at UCSC and is cochair of the campus's Women at Work Retreat.

'95 Beth HUFNAGEL (Ph.D., astronomy and astrophysics) has been promoted to associate professor in the Astronomy Department at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland.

'00 Helmut LANGERBEIN (Ph.D., history) is an associate professor of history at the University of Texas at Brownsville; he is the author of Hitler's Death Squads: The Logic of Mass Murder, published by Texas A&M University Press in 2003.

'02 David SHORTER (Ph.D., history of consciousness) is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Wesleyan University and has been hired as an assistant professor of folklore at Indiana University in Bloomington.

In Memoriam

Steven ALLISON (Kresge '76), a programmer analyst with Communications and Technology Services at UCSC, died of cancer in June; he was 55.

Eric DAUB (Stevenson '91), a physician, died in April; he is survived by his wife, Elizabeth DEAN Daub (Stevenson '89), and two children.

Eve DUNN Gorn (Stevenson '82), a dedicated family physician, wife, and mother of two, died of cancer at her home in Half Moon Bay in March; she was 43.

Lynette LINDEN (Merrill '72), who earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at MIT and was an active participant in UCSC alumni events, died of natural causes in April after a long battle with schizophrenia.

Daniel PECK (Oakes '78) died from metastatic cancer in December.



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