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Cowell College

'74 Gayle WILCOX is the assistant chief of the Volunteer Fire Department and an emergency medical technician with the volunteer ambulance service in Port Orford, Oregon.

'76 The April 2003 issue of The Sun magazine carried a profile of Timothy CONWAY and his work on engaged spirituality; Conway teaches at Santa Barbara City College and is the author of Women of Power and Grace: Nine Astonishing, Inspiring Luminaries of Our Time (Wake Up Press, 2000) and the upcoming book "Healing Our World: Urgent Solutions for Pressing Problems."

'77 James McCLINTOCK has been named University Professor in Polar and Marine Biology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham; he is an authority on marine chemical ecology and echinoderm biology.

'84 Coast Guard Reserve Lieutenant Commander Michael BEE won the 2003 Admiral Frederick C. Billard Intelligence Award, which recognizes the individual whose performance had the greatest impact on the Coast Guard in various areas related to intelligence or national security. In May 2003, Steven KATZMAN was appointed U.S. Trustee by the U.S. Department of Justice, a top job enforcing the nation's bankruptcy laws for the southern district of California and the districts of Hawaii, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands; he lives with his wife and three children in San Diego.

'85 Mark TEAGUE has illustrated more than 40 children's books, the latest of which he created with writer Jane Yolen. Titled How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? (Blue Sky Press, 2003), the book is a sequel to the popular How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?, and it has the same friendly dinosaurs who misbehaved at bedtime acting up in the doctor's office.

'92 May CHE received her law degree in May 2003 from Fordham University School of Law; she is now an assistant district attorney with the Bronx District Attorney's Office.

'96 Marvin (DIMACULANGAN) Schober, who works for the city of Los Angeles as a management analyst, won a nationwide contest to write Metallica's acceptance speech for the 31st annual American Music Awards (were they to win, which they didn't); his prize included red carpet treatment at the November 2003 event, which he attended with his first UCSC dorm mate, Damien VEN DER BERG.

'99 Christopher CHRISTIANSON is still paying off his student loans and painting houses—work that he could have done without a college education. "Let's just hope all's well that ends well," he writes.

Stevenson College

'69 Jennifer LAUGHEAD Robinson left bookkeeping for teaching in 2002 and has moved to the Nevada desert with her husband, Kim, to live off the grid and be energy self-sufficient.

'70 After teaching at St. Cloud State University for nine years, Michael FISKE is now chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, succeeding Chris O'CONNOR (Stevenson '84), who served as interim chair for two years. "Who else has two UCSC graduates on its mathematics faculty?" asks Fiske.

'71 In July 2003, then-California-governor Gray Davis appointed Maggie BARR to an 18-month position on the board of directors of the 14th District Agricultural Association (Santa Cruz County Fair); Barr works as a paralegal and manager at the office of Santa Cruz attorney Ian McPhail.

'74 Walter BOYES has been a consultant for a number of years and is now editor-in-chief and publisher of Control magazine (; he has published six books, sold one science fiction short story, and has a wife, two daughters, four dogs, and two cats. In addition, he volunteers as president of the CorgiAid Foundation and as a board member of

'77 Mitch HALPERN writes that his daughter says he's a great dad, and his wife says he's a great husband; he reports that he is still a good tennis player and loves visiting UCSC.

'82 Starting as a news reporter/ writer for wire and radio, Kimberly HUGHES spent three years at KBLX Radio and then 16 years doing national promotion for RCA and LOUD/Sony; she is now crossover editor at Hits magazine. Julie SPIEGLER works for Helium, a consulting firm on the San Mateo coast that has built a sophisticated database system for the San Francisco 49ers' defensive squad; the system manages scouting reports, tracks opponents' tendencies, and helps produce a weekly playbook.

'83 Sarah CREWE and her husband, Patrick Connor, adopted twin girls, born in May 2003.

'86 David HARROWER is living in Phoenix, working for an engineering company, and teaching computer and information science courses at a local junior college; he's been married for five years.

'87 Vince TROFIMOFF is a lecturer at California State University, San Marcos, where he teaches a wide variety of psychology courses; in his free time he still occasionally rocks out with Steve BOGUSIEWICZ (Stevenson '89).

'92 Amy EVERITT recently moved back to the Bay Area after a 10-year adventure in Vietnam, Washington, D.C., and grad school at UCSD; currently she is the political director at EdVoice and a Democratic political consultant. Marcia WALL is doing stand-up comedy in the French Quarter of New Orleans; friends may reach her at

'94 Darren LEVINE was ordained as a rabbi by Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion in May 2003 and got married one month later. Prior to entering rabbinical school, Levine had been a member of the U.S. men's volleyball team that won the bronze medal at the 1997 Maccabiah Games in Israel; he has also worked with Ethiopian immigrants in Jerusalem and served in the Israeli army.

'02 After graduation, Helen KILGALLEN spent four months in India putting her newly acquired Hindi skills to use; now she's back in the Central Valley, applying for the German master's program at California State University, Long Beach, and preparing herself for immersion in southern California culture. Andrew STANBRIDGE is spending a year in Chiang Mai, Thailand, as a Fulbright scholar, pursuing his photography career.

Crown College

'72 Marilyn GREEN is in her 17th year working on state and federal projects for Moorpark Unified School District; her older son, Alex, is a junior at UCSC, living at Oakes College, and her younger son, Nathaniel, is a freshman at Stanford.

'73 Charles LAWSON has been working on Middle East issues in the State Department, and for the last 10 years he has focused on water and environmental issues in the peace process.

'77 Aaron BERNSTEIN is a senior writer for Business Week magazine, coauthor of the book In the Company of Owners: The Truth about Stock Options (And Why Every Employee Should Have Them) (Basic Books, 2003), and author of Grounded: Frank Lorenzo and the Destruction of Eastern Airlines (Simon & Schuster, 1990). Maximiliano CUEVAS is living in Salinas and working as the CEO of Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas, which provides health care services to families in the Salinas Valley. Jerry RUIZ was recently honored by the Mexican American Bar Foundation with its 2003 Professional Achievement Award.

'78 John PETERSON, a physician specializing in pediatric psychiatry and an assistant professor of psychiatry in the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, was named to the list of "Top Doctors 2003" in the metropolitan Denver area by 5280: Denver's Mile-High Magazine.

'84 After many years and the assistance of medical science, Chris CANDELL and his wife are expecting their first child.

'85 Margaret SHIFFRAR, a professor of psychology at Rutgers University, has been awarded nearly $1 million from the National Eye Institute—part of the National Institutes of Health—to support her research on human visual perception.

'91 Carolyn SCHNEIDER Lewis and her husband, Dan Lewis, live in Roseville, Calif., with their two daughters, Deborah (2) and Rachel Ann (born in May 2003).

'94 Neil LASLETT works for Creative Associates International and is in Iraq setting up a secondary school system.

'96 Jeremy MARLEY graduated with a master's degree in environmental education from the University of New Mexico in December 2003; he is an environmental education resource specialist for the Bosque School in Albuquerque.

'00 Rachel BOPP writes that "UCSC taught me to be an extremely well rounded individual and made me see things I would normally overlook."

Merrill College

'74 Anita HEMPHILL McCormick won the 2003 Distinguished Lecturer Award at UCLA for outstanding contributions to the university as a lecturer in the Writing Programs.

'79 Ellen FITZPATRICK, an associate professor of economics and finance in the School of Business and Economics at Plattsburgh State University of New York, has received a Fulbright scholarship to study agricultural economics in Turkey for the 2003-04 academic year. Roberto NAJERA, a deputy public defender for Contra Costa County and a Harvard Law School graduate, successfully argued a statute-of-limitations case before the U.S. Supreme Court in spring 2003.

'90 Luis GUEVARA still lives in Austin, Texas, and he is now an academic adviser with the Center for Mexican American Studies and a recruitment assistant with the Graduate School at the University of Texas. Walter LEVISON is a consulting arborist, registered with the American Society of Consulting Arborists; he works out of Millbrae, Calif. Lia Scott PRICE lectured at UCSC in fall 2002 as part of the Kresge College class The Writing Life, a seminar that was part of the Distinguished Alumni Series; Price has written three novels: two supernatural thrillers and a "dark" romance. Joe ROZA recently defended his doctoral dissertation in history at the University of Washington; he lives in Seattle.

'91 After working as a corporate lawyer in Beijing, Andrea GOODMAN has taken a position as a junior officer in the political section of the U.S. Foreign Service of the State Department—the fulfillment of a long-standing dream begun when she studied Chinese at UCSC. In spring 2003 Jaxon (Daniel FITCH) Ravens undertook a 14-week bicycle journey across the U.S. following the Lewis and Clark trail from Washington, D.C., to Astoria, Ore.; the trip coincided with the bicentennial of the original journey taken by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark between 1803 and 1806.

'93 Elizabeth (Bets) BRAIT has been working on two master's degrees, one in social work and another in law and social policy, at Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and will graduate in 2004.

'97 Rebecca PFAEFFLE Lee has been teaching preschool in San Francisco for five years; she got married in August 2003, with her college housemate, Veronica DIAZ (Merrill '97), in attendance.

'02 Sarah COOPER is currently attending law school and planning her August 2004 wedding. Tammy DO is back in Sacramento and was planning to start a combined master's and teacher credential program at UC Davis in fall 2003; friends can reach her at

Porter College

'84 Karen KARAVATOS has recently become "of counsel" to Robinson, Calcagnie & Robinson in Newport Beach, Calif.; her practice focuses on representation of plaintiffs in litigation against tobacco companies.

'85 Dana La RUE recently returned from Normandie, France, where she painted murals in a 17th-century chateau; she is now teaching art in an elementary school in Mountain View, Calif.

'89 Jay FIENBERG is living in San Francisco with Anastasia Fuller and their cat, Nikita; he is working on an album of his music and developing an open source software project called the iCite net (

'92 John "Victor" VEYSEY manages the Bike Hut at San Francisco's Pier 40, where his staff and volunteers repair and rent bikes while training young people from impoverished neighborhoods in bike mechanics; he was profiled in a September 2003 article in the San Francisco Chronicle.

'93 After graduating from UC's Hastings College of the Law, Eric JOHNSON has settled in San Francisco and is a staff attorney for the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, where he specializes in criminal law.

'95 Emily HAOZOUS completed her master's degree in nursing from Yale University in May 2003 and received a scholarship from the Oncology Nursing Society to attend the society's annual congress that same month. After living in Montana for a while, Christeta HUMPHRY is back in the Monterey Bay Area working in Pajaro with a partially finished teaching credential; she would love to hear from fellow classmates at

'01 Ryan NOONAN entered the U.S. Air Force Officer Training School in February 2002 and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in May 2002; in August 2003, he graduated first in his class from specialized undergraduate pilot training and is now a pilot assigned to the F-16C Falcon at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. After taking a year off to take a job as a social worker at a nonprofit in Capitola, Mary PLATE is in law school in San Diego; friends may e-mail her at Devora Elyse ROGERS was a Fulbright Fellow in 2002-03, teaching English as a foreign language in Germany.

Kresge College

'83 Alaine PERRY is living in the Washington, D.C., area and working as a policy analyst; she would love to hear from old friends at

'85 Liz JANAPOL owns Ari's Organics in Encinitas, Calif., a produce stand carrying vegetables, fruits, and fresh herbs from a variety of certified organic sources.

'86 John NORRIS is doing conceptual art, ceramics, and participating in open source; visit his web site at

'88 Benyamin Bergmann LICHTENSTEIN has been appointed assistant professor of entrepreneurship in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse.

'89 Ben BERTRAM is an assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of Southern Maine; his first book, The Time Is Out of Joint: Skepticism in Shakespeare's England, is forthcoming from the University of Delaware Press. Bonnie HASSON was one of 50 child care teachers nationwide honored in 2003 by the TYLENOL & Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation for their commitment and dedication to young children; each winner received a $500 cash award and a $500 grant to implement a classroom project.

'90 Stephanie ASCH Alber lives with her husband and children in Florida and teaches English as a second language at Miami Dade Community College. In late 2003, Lydia ARIAUDO GRAGG's second play, Strangers in Hoboken, was produced by the City University of New York Theatre Department; she lives in New York.

'92 Kelly KOERNER received her J.D. from the University of La Verne in 2003; she is now working at the law offices of DaCorsi & Placencio in Woodland Hills, Calif.

'93 Joanna GOLDBERG is living in Oakland and working in San Francisco as director of human resources for the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation.

'96 Monica Ruth WHALEN recently returned from a visit with Peace Corps friends in Kenya; she is teaching English, social studies, and geography at Franklin High School in Los Angeles.

'98 After traveling between Eastern Europe and California for the past five years, Erica FALT has settled down in New York City and is a law student at Columbia University; she plans to marry her Macedonian sweetheart in September 2004. Janda WETHERINGTON is working on a documentary film on artists in Cuba, Jamaica, and Haiti.

'99 Claire HOFFMAN is in New York working on a master's degree at the Columbia School of Journalism; in summer 2003 she had a story published in the New York Times and subsequently was awarded an internship with the paper.

'01 Philip COFFIN is the director of education at the New York Restoration Project, a Manhattan nonprofit founded by Bette Midler that serves 1,200 second to eighth graders with outdoor science, gardening, biking, and boating programs; Philip lives in Harlem and is still playing drums in an R&B group.

Oakes College

'84 Rob HIGH is a distinguished engineer and the chief architect for the WebSphere Application Server product family at IBM in Austin, Texas; he has worked for IBM since 1981.

'92 Sharon ANOLIK was married in August 2003 and is an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University School of Law; she is also associate general counsel and chief privacy officer for Ask Jeeves.

'95 John GARCIA has earned his full professional teaching credential in social studies and was planning to begin a master's program in education in fall 2003; friends can drop him a line at

'98 Karessa HOLDEN married Chris Silvers in Malibu in October with all of her UCSC freshman roommates in attendance; Karessa is a fifth-grade teacher, and Chris is a photographer.

'02 Angela THIBODEAUX has formed an association for students at UCSC who want to experience traveling and studying in Africa before committing to an Education Abroad Program; called Ambassadors to Africa, the nonprofit association takes motivated students to Africa by fundraising.

'03 Alexis RAMOS, a Navy ensign, received his commission as a naval officer after completing Officer Candidate School at Naval Aviation Schools Command in Pensacola, Florida.

College Eight

'78 Paul HANDLEMAN is working in Washington, D.C. ("yes, the belly of the beast"), as a lawyer for the IRS; although he never thought he'd leave the Golden State, he and his partner, Peter, are comfortable on the East Coast and plan to stay there.

'81 Brenda VENDOUZIS Thompson and her husband, James THOMPSON (College Eight '80), have returned to the Monterey Bay Area after eight years overseas; Brenda is an information technology analyst at California State University, Monterey Bay, and James is teaching biology at Monterey Peninsula College.

'82 Marguerite SPRAGUE has published a book about life in the former Gold Rush boomtown of Bodie, California, titled Bodie's Gold: Tall Tales and True History from a California Mining Town (University of Nevada Press, 2003).

'83 Jennifer NOONE is an independent wildlife biologist, living in a small community in the Tehachapi Mountains of Kern County, Calif.; classmates may contact her at

'84 Steven TERRINI earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno, and is now working as a forensic psychologist for the California Department of Corrections.

'85 After more than a decade in Washington, D.C., where he worked for Defenders of Wildlife and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Bob FERRIS has returned to California and is the new executive director of the Community Environmental Council in Santa Barbara, the largest nonprofit environmental organization on the South Coast, with diverse programs in pollution prevention, watershed protection, and environmental education.

'87 Jon GUICE is raising venture capital for Point Power Systems, the first company bringing on-site wind power to the mainstream; he is married with kids and lives in the Bay Area; friends and interested investors may contact him at

'91 Elyssa ELDRIDGE and her husband live in Oakland, where she is staying home to care for their three-and-a-half-year-old daughter and baby son, born in September 2003.

'97 Paul FANNING is mortgage sales manager for ING DIRECT in Los Angeles.

'99 Kelly REICH is finishing a master's program at California State University, Fullerton, with plans to graduate in May 2004.

'00 Shelly MORGAN has moved to Chugiak, Alaska, where she is office administrator, executive assistant, and trustee-relations manager at the Nature Conservancy; she works with UCSC alum Rob BOSWORTH (College Eight '74).

'02 U.S. Army journalist Peter LIU has been serving with the coalition forces in Iraq since March 2003; his job is to educate the public about the positive role the U.S. military is playing and the things they do daily to help the Iraqi people.

Graduate Studies

'79 Alexander GONZALEZ (Ph.D., psychology) became president of California State University, Sacramento, in July 2003; prior to that, he served as president of California State University, San Marcos. Judith TOTMAN Parrish (Ph.D., Earth sciences) was appointed dean of the College of Science at the University of Idaho in June 2003; before she took this job she was associate dean of the College of Science at the University of Arizona, Tucson.

'82 UC Berkeley astronomer Geoff MARCY (Ph.D., astronomy) was profiled in the April 2003 issue of California Monthly, the Berkeley alumni magazine; Marcy and his team are among the world's foremost hunters of planets outside our solar system. Joe PALCA (Ph.D., psychology), science correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR), received a National Academies Communication Award for excellence in communicating science, engineering, and medicine to the general public; in October 2003, he interviewed his UCSC thesis adviser, professor emeritus of biology Ralph Berger, for an NPR story marking the 50th anniversary of the discovery of REM sleep.

'84 Candace FALK (Ph.D., history of consciousness) is the founder and director of the Emma Goldman Papers project at UC Berkeley. In January 2003, the New York Times brought worldwide attention to Falk with a story about how UC Berkeley was threatening to censor the project's fundraising letter for including antiwar quotes from Goldman at a time when the Bush administration was preparing for war.

'89 Vincent DiGIROLAMO (M.A., history) is an assistant professor in the History Department at Baruch College, City University of New York.

'91 Will ROSCOE (Ph.D., history of consciousness), an adjunct research faculty member of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, won a $2,000 Monette/Horwitz Trust Scholars Award in 2003. The awards recognize activism, research, and scholarship in combating homophobia.

'96 David SONNENFELD (Ph.D., sociology) has been granted tenure and promoted to associate professor in the Department of Community and Rural Sociology at Washington State University.

In Memoriam

Joshua CRAWFORD (Crown '97), who was working in the wine industry and pursuing his music, died August 31, 2003; he was 31.

Robert KNOWLES (Cowell '83), an award-winning news anchor and investigative reporter at WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina, died on May 13, 2003; he was 42. Knowles was a student commencement speaker at his Cowell College graduation.

David LESLIE (M.S., geology '81), an outdoorsman and avid sports fan who worked as a long-range land use planner for Deschutes County, Oregon, and was a founding member of the Deschutes Basin Land Trust, died May 26, 2003, of melanoma; he was 50.

Hiroyuki MORI (Crown '89), who was finishing graduate work at Caltech and worked as a researcher at UC San Francisco Medical Center, died of leukemia in July 2000; he was 36.

Felicia MURPHY (Merrill '84), who received her Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1992 from the University of Colorado at Boulder, died at home on May 30, 2003, after an eight-year fight with cancer.

Robert STRAND (Crown '70), a 30-year UCSC employee who worked as a computer programmer at McHenry Library for most of his career and retired in 1998, died on January 5, 2004; he was 55 years old.



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