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IOWA Alumni Magazine | March 2018
Class Notes March 2018

2010s

Rauf Arif (14PhD) is an assistant professor of journalism and electronic media at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

Carmen Maria Machado (12MFA), a writer in residence at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award in Fiction for her debut collection of short stories titled Her Body and Other Parties.

Virginia McCalmont (10BA) is an attorney at Greene Espel law firm in Minneapolis.

Michael D. Schulz (10BS) is an assistant professor of chemistry at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Gregs Thomopulos (10ScD), chairman emeritus of Stanley Consultants, an international consulting engineering firm, has been inducted into the 2017 class of the National Academy of Construction.

2000s

Jim Atty (05BBA, 09MHA), CEO of Waverly Health Center in Waverly, Iowa, has been named to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier’s “20 Under 40” list.

Shalini Hanoman Campbell (04BBA), finance and management director for BMO Capital Markets in Chicago, has been named the 2018 Alum of the Year by the UI Tippie College of Business.

Mary Fangman Francis (06MA), an associate professor and reference instruction librarian at Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota, has published a book titled The Fun of Motivation: Crossing the Threshold Concepts.

Leighton Smith (08MBA, 08JD) director of client services at Bergan KDV professional services from Coralville, has been named to Corridor Business Journal’s 2017 “Most Influential” list.

1990s

Tia Slinde Bagan (99BA) is the founder and chief innovative officer of Nutraphagia, a Chicago-based nutrition company.

Kim Werling Becicka (90BBA), vice president of continuing education and training services at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, has been named to Corridor Business Journal’s 2017 “Most Influential” list.

Doug Boysen (98MA, 98JD) is president and CEO of Samaritan Health Services in Corvallis, Oregon.

Eric Engelmann (97BBA), executive director of the New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative in Cedar Rapids, was named to Corridor Business Journal’s “Most Influential” list.

Melissa Fraterrigo (95BA), founder and executive director of the Lafayette Writers’ Studio in Lafayette, Indiana, is the author of a new novel, Glory Days.

Reginald Harris (94BBA, 97JD) is an executive assistant U.S. attorney in St. Louis.

Jon K. Lauck (95MA, 97PhD), adjunct professor of history and political science at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota, is the author of From Warm Center to Ragged Edge: The Erosion of Midwestern Literary and Historical Regionalism, 1920-1965.

Lura Parks McBride (93BBA), CEO of Van Meter, an electrical supply company in Cedar Rapids, has been named the “Corridor’s Most Influential Person” for 2017 by Corridor Business Journal.

Mark Nolte (98BS), president of the Iowa City Area Development Group, has been named to Corridor Business Journal’s 2017 “Most Influential” list.

Agelo Reppas (95BA, 95BS) is a partner with the BatesCarey law firm in Chicago.

Trevor Schauenberg (91BBA), president and CEO of the Americas Direct Segment of GE Capital in Chicago, has been named the 2018 Alum of the Year by the UI Tippie College of Business.

1980s

Nicolas AbouAssaly (89BBA, 92JD), a partner with the Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman law firm in Cedar Rapids and the mayor of Marion, Iowa, has been named to Corridor Business Journal’s 2017 “Most Influential” list.

Michael G. Caparon Jr. (85PhD), a professor of molecular microbiology at Washington University in St. Louis, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Chris Catney (86MA, 96PharmD) recently retired as a clinical assistant professor in the UI College of Pharmacy.

Helen Eddy (82BSPh) is director for the Polk County (Iowa) Health Department.

Joseph Faucher (85BA) of Calabasas, California, is director at Trucker Huss law firm in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

John Hardt (84BA, 88JD) is athletic director at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia.

Kelly Hayworth (83BBA, 85MBA), city administrator of Coralville, has been named to Corridor Business Journal’s 2017 “Most Influential” list.

Lana Abu-Hijleh (85BSE), director of Global Communities Palestine, received the John P. McNulty Prize for her work creating local youth councils in Palestine, Honduras, and Ukraine. 

Steven Leach (84BA, 87JD), a partner at Jones, Skelton and Hochuli law firm in Phoenix, is chairman of the board of directors for the Fiesta Bowl.

Brian Lott (86BA), chief communications officer of Mubadala Investment Company in Abu Dhabi, received a SABRE Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for his work in public relations.

Richard Masters (85BA, 88MA, 90MFA), professor of art at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, designed a new quarter produced by the U.S. Mint honoring Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin as part of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

Kelly Ortberg (82BSME)—chairman, president, and CEO of Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids—was named to Corridor Business Journal’s 2017 “Most Influential” list.

Sue Peabody (88MD, 93PhD), professor of history at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, is the author of Madeline’s Children: Family, Freedom, Secrets, and Lies in France’s Indian Ocean Colonies.

Daniel Tranel (81MA, 82PhD), a professor in the UI departments of neurology and psychological and brain sciences, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Mark S. Wiesner (80MS), a professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, has been inducted in the UI Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy.

1970s

Daniel D. Anderson (71BA) a UI mathematics professor, has been elected a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

Robert Cantwell (71PhD), professor emeritus of American studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, is the author of The Poetics of Tenderness: On Falling in Love.

Barbara Chiles (70BS), a member of the Mercer County School District Board of Education in Illinois, was named to State Senator Chuck Weaver’s education advisory committee.

Jack Evans (72MBA), president of the Hall-Perrine Foundation in Cedar Rapids, was named to Corridor Business Journal’s 2017 “Most Influential” list.

Brian E. Gardner (78JD) is executive vice president and general counsel of Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri.

Galen G. Howsare (78MA), a retired deputy executive director and CFO for the Iowa Association of School Boards, recently received the Friend of Iowa Association of School Business Officials award and was elected to the board of directors of Prevent Iowa Child Abuse.

Les Kuehl (78BSCE) recently retired as a structural and civil engineering competency leader from Deere and Company in Moline, Illinois.

Eric McCollum (74BA, 75MSW) is professor emeritus of human development at Virginia Tech’s campus in Falls Church, Virginia.

Chuck Peters (74BS, 80JD), chairman of Folience, a holding company in Cedar Rapids, was named to Corridor Business Journal’s 2017 “Most Influential” list.

1960s

Tom Cilek (69BBA, 72JD), senior vice president of West Bank in Iowa City, was named to Corridor Business Journal’s 2017 “Most Influential” list.

Janice Astolfi Reals Ellig (68BBA), CEO of the Ellig Group, an executive search advisory company in New York, served as chairwoman of the 2017 Breakfast of Corporate Champions presented by the Women’s Forum of New York.

John Irving (67MFA), a novelist and screenwriter, recently received the Des Moines Public Library Foundation’s 2017 Iowa Author Award.

1950s

Allen D. Anderson (59MA) is the author of two new books: a novel titled Abraham to Isaac and a memoir titled A Caddie’s Experience.

Allyn L. Mark (57BA, 61MD, 67R, 69F), a professor of internal medicine at the UI Carver College of Medicine, recently received the American Heart Association’s Excellence Award for Hypertension Research.

1940s

Elizabeth Catlett Mora (40MFA), the late artist and sculptor, had her work featured in a recent exhibition titled Wake Up in Glory at Burning in Water, a New York art gallery.

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