Class notes


Class notes

Class Notes reflect submissions received from Sept. 13, 2017, to Jan. 16, 2018.

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Shirley English Forbing ’52 was honored with an award from the mayor’s office in El Cajon, Calif., for having established communities against substance abuse and writing grants in support of these communities totaling $13 million.


Charlene Rousey Bittick ’53 has led an interesting life in music and sacred drama, right up to age 83. She also worked in the business world, retiring from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. in 1994. She and husband Frank moved to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and, shortly after, met two Redlands alumni. That wasn’t as surprising as when they were in the Wales countryside in 1997 and found that the other two visitors were also Redlands alumni!

Rae McClellan Davies ’53 was thrilled to practice with the conductors from the School of Music faculty, including Jeff Rickard ’69, ’70, and sing in the Dec. 2, 2017, Feast of Lights. She attended the reception with Shirley Collins Rieger ’52 and connected with Chapel Choir alumni Fred Edwards ’54, Janet McLean Edwards ’55, Hugh Huntley ’52, Ed Irvin ’51, and his daughter, Ruth Ann Irvin Walker ’79. Many heart-warming, life-changing memories of J. William Jones’s unique teaching came to mind.

Nancy Page Griffin ’53 moved from Seattle to Columbia, Mo., to be near her older daughter and other family, including six grandkids. She recently retired from a long career as bass player with Seattle Symphony. She was on the Orchestra Panel for the National Endowment of the Arts and was chair of symphony players. She also spent many years competing in dog obedience with her standard and miniature poodles.

Bob Lage ’53 and Alice Cooper Lage ’53 report that all is well in their retirement home. In April, they traveled to Cooperstown and to the High Sierras in May, camping on the river with 17 family members. In July, they took their 11th annual fishing trip to Sandspit, British Columbia, spending four days fishing for salmon and halibut. They also flew to Atlanta twice to see their three great-grandkids.

Arnie McCalmont ’53 and Becky Wright McCalmont ’52 celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Dec. 27, 2017. Arnie has been flying his own plane for 70 years. Their son, Marc, is a 777 captain and their other son, Steve, is a competitive aerobatic pilot. Two grandsons are also pilots. Arnie had emergency spinal surgery this past July and has recovered fairly well.


Audrey Nichol Hauth ’55 and Luster Hauth ’53 celebrated the grand opening of the Luster E. & Audrey Nichol Hauth Communications Center at California State University, Long Beach, where Lus held a professorship for many years before retiring. They are still actively involved in campus activities, scholarships, and philanthropy.


Ed Brink ’56 participated in the special alumni reunion of the 70th annual Feast of Lights after attending for years. Ed enjoyed meeting Jeff Rickard ’69, ’70 after Jeff had returned to conduct a number specially commissioned for the occasion.

Kay Reese Matteson ’56 and Louis Matteson ’56 recently celebrated their 60th anniversary at a beach cabin in Washington state’s Puget Sound owned by daughter Kaycie Matteson Hersey ’86 and son-in-law Greg Hersey ’85.


Joe Mendoza ’57 received an honorary doctorate from California State University, Channel Islands for devoting his career to education, Ventura County’s most vulnerable migrant students, foster youth, the homeless, and many more noble causes.


This winter, the Class of 1958 is focused on its 60th Reunion on the weekend of May 18-20, 2018! Your classmates are counting on you to save the date and come to the reunion. Your 60th reunion committee of Buz Buster, Sally Jo Hansen Comings, Gordon Clopine, John Gustafsen, Dora Baker Haddy, John Knox, Chuck Lippincott, Loren Sanladerer, Sandy Reese Seat, Margie Moorehead Thomas, and Chuck Thorman are on duty to ensure a meaningful get-together. The spearhead leaders of the reunion committee are Sally Jo, Loren, Sandy, and Margie. If you have any suggestions for them (or other members of the committee), please send them to your class reporter (Gordon) who will make sure they hear from you directly! Please support our class gift at See you in May!


A perfect 80th birthday party celebration for the Class of 1959 was held during Homecoming weekend in October. Highlights included dinner in the Ann Peppers Building; a birthday lunch at the University Club; participation in the Forever Yours spectacular in Memorial Chapel; a picnic on the Quad; and brunch in the Irvine Commons! We are never too old to have fun, and it was great to renew friendships! Classmates in attendance were Bob Bender, Fred Bysshe, Lorraine Wiens Culton, Rudy Dew, Celia Webb Dudley, Clora Paiso Farley, Gary Gaiser, Pat Lucas Harasty, Sue Blackwell Hurlbut, Ron Johnson, Wayne Kirschenman, Judith Koon Klepfer, Bill Koenig, Beverly Tompkins LaFourcade, Barbara Hunt Mead, Tony Miller, Pat Morris, Margo Fry Roletto, Jim Smith, Marilyn Kerr Solter, and Wayne Weld-Martin. Others in attendance included spouses and significant others, plus alumni from other classes: Bob Erikson ’60, Jean Wagley Erikson ’61, Ken Hall ’60, Mary Kay Knaggs Jacobs ’60, Joan Habbick Kalin ’60, Sally Wieschendorff Morris ’61, and Judy Graves Smith ’60.

Marilyn Kerr Solter ’59 enjoyed having dinner with Stan Lamb ’59 and Sonya Davison Lamb ’60 between Christmas and New Year’s at the home of Sonya’s cousin. Stan and Sonya live in San Martin, Calif., with another home in Montana.


Curtis Cook ’60 and Ruth Ellis Cook ’60 traveled to Washington, D.C., earlier this year with their 15-year-old grandson, Jaylen. They explored museums, monuments, historic places, and the Newseum. A trip to Cuba, organized by Curtis’s sister, Susan Cook Lynch ’76, culminated their busy year. Ruth has published a second textbook; her publisher also wants to print the 10th edition of her first book.

Joan Habbick Kalin ’60 traveled to Israel, visiting the Caesarian Coast, Netanya, Mt. Carmel, Tiberias, Capernaum, Jerusalem, Mount of Olives, Wailing Wall, Masada, Dead Sea, and the Garden Tomb. It was an amazing adventure to an ancient world. Shalom!


Gay De Gero ’61 reports that had she not been a Theta at the U of R, she might never have found her authentic self. She has fond memories of her time at Redlands and with her fellow Thetas. She taught for 13 years and was a school psychologist for 22 years.

Linda de Vries ’61 joined a collective of 280 American singers from eight states to sing in the Berliner Dom. Under the direction of Maestro Helmuth Rilling, the performance commemorated the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation. Afterwards, her group went on to sing in Trebbin, Leipzig, and Prague. Linda was appointed to the Historic Resources Commission by the Whittier City Council. She was also selected to serve on the Adaptive Reuse Task Force of her church and continues to serve on the Whittier Conservancy Advisory Board.

David Hack ’61 and wife Pam Silverwood have published a memoir, She Will NOT Grow Out of It! Both retired from the U.S. government in Washington, D.C., and reside at Riderwood Village, Silver Spring, Md. David was a technology analyst in the Congressional Research Service of the U.S. Library of Congress. Pam was supervisor of speech pathology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where she treated, in addition to military personnel, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower and U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas.

Jan Hughes Knickerbocker ’61 is excited for her granddaughter, Cadyn Carr ’21, who is loving her first year at U of R and has made some amazing friends. Jan went on a Caribbean cruise in January and looks forward to a trip to the Kentucky Derby, Nashville, and Memphis in May. She will visit her grandson at Dartmouth on her way to Louisville. The highlight of December was marrying a wonderful man who had lost his wife about the same time she lost her husband.

Bill Plachy ’61 and Liz Drake Plachy ’61 live in El Dorado County to be close to their five grandchildren; but on hot summer days, they go to their cabin in Lake Tahoe. Liz is active in their community book and garden clubs. Since his retirement from San Francisco State University, Bill is the self-proclaimed “wine chemist” for the El Dorado Home Winemaking Club. He performs wine analysis for club members and gives occasional technical talks. Liz and Bill pick about 600 pounds of local grapes each year to make 200 bottles of red wine.

Clarice Giberson Wiggins ’61 is proud to announce that her husband, Harry, has been named “Man of the Year” by the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce. He is a community volunteer and served as scoutmaster of a Boy Scout troop that honored 13 Eagle Scouts over the span of 15 years. He has also served on the Salvation Army Board for 18 years and is a member of a community water board.

Mike Williams ’61 continues to practice medicine in the surgery clinic of the Ventura County Medical Center. He says that not working nights or weekends is like being retired. He gets to work with residents in family practice. He and his wife, Evelyn, just completed a kitchen remodel. Next time, he is just going to buy a bigger barbeque!

Robert Woods ’61 retired in March 2017 from Frontier Communications, where he most recently served as vice president of corporate marketing. He worked a total of 38 years in the telecommunications industry at various national companies. He will be spending his time with family at his homes in Kansas; Gold River, Calif.; and timeshares in Maui. His wife passed away in 2012.


Ellen Franklin Beans ’62 is actively involved in the civic affairs of Moraga, Calif., by publishing The MCN Link, an e-bulletin for its 17,000 residents. It announces town council meetings, college concerts, and service club events. She also organizes public meetings to explore use of the new 50 percent renewable energy program. She enjoys seeing her sister, Joyce Franklin Anderson ’63,
who lives nearby.

Bill Smith ’62 returned in November to the USA Pickleball Association National Championship in Casa Grande, Ariz., to win the men’s singles for the seventh time and the men’s doubles for the third time, all within the age 70-79 division.

Ann Stewart West ’62 highly recommends visiting Morocco for its exceptional history, culture, food, people, and scenery.


Sue Whitlo Clasen ’63 joined 41 other Mayflower descendants for a two-week historical site tour of England and Holland. She is a direct descendant of James Chilton, one of the signers of the Mayflower Compact. The 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing is in 2020.

Sandy McDaniel ’63 reports that two years ago she had open-heart surgery with a series of atrial fibrillation problems following the surgery. Since then, she has lost 30 pounds and now practices water aerobics, Silver Sneakers, tai chi, and yoga. She writes for The School News Roll Call and The Idaho Family magazines, and still lectures on parenting. Her three granddaughters in Idaho keep her busy, especially during fishing season, and she visits her fourth granddaughter in California whenever possible.

Norm Naylor ’63 has been honored by the Pellissippi State Community College for his voluntarism, financial commitment, and motivational leadership to the communities of Eastern Tennessee. Norm has even been granted an honorary “Hooray” degree from the college.

Harold Phillips ’63 thrives on his farm in Costa Rica. The Asian Institute of Technology has honored Harold for his research into shrimp hatchery feed. Harold developed a shrimp food that is made from algae and grown in aquariums to replace the wild and scarce Artemia. He invites visitors to his farm where the diving is good.

Mary Baptie Plimpton ’63 and husband Harlow were affected by the Tubbs fire in California recently. Mary’s family’s property is in Franz Valley, near Calistoga. They were without power for eight days and without phones for two weeks. They are happy to report that the house survived. Mary connected with someone who needed help and later found out that this person also knew her classmates Bob Bishop ’63, Mike Macon ’63, Don Rowland ’63, and Dave Utter ’63. You can never get too far from Redlands!

Ron Styn ’63 was awarded the Richard D. Huffman Judicial Civility Award from the San Diego chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. The award is given to those who conduct themselves in a manner that promotes respect for the judiciary and those who are a model of judicial temperament.

Steve Teele ’63 and Sue Stickney Teele ’64 are enjoying life to the max by traveling and playing. They have endowed a scholarship for a U of R student who is going into education. Their first recipient will graduate this spring with a master’s degree.

Jim Wieschendorff ’63 and Cathy Carter Wieschendorff ’66 survived the Tubbs fire in California. Their Santa Rosa home survived amid the incredible devastation.


David Graham ’65 writes the Theological Geography blog and maintains the Homeschooling Homepage—founded by Jerome Graham in 1994—at the Adwaitha Hermitage website. He also maintains the online presence of West Point Society of Washington and Puget Sound, belongs to the local rifle club, and reloads his ammunition. Last spring, he joined Kitsap Live Steamers. During the summer, he qualified as conductor on all consists (railroad carriages), and engineer on electric- or gasoline-powered consists. He has driven a steam locomotive, but is not qualified to move the public on steam-powered consists.

Sisters Carol Provost Gruber ’65 and Judy Provost Bonilla ’68 recently traveled to Cuba on a 10-day cruise around the entire island. As part of the government-required “people-to-people cultural exchange,” they visited artists’ studios, danced in a jazz club, attended a performance at the original Tropicana nightclub, and listened to local salsa, steel-drum bands, and a choir. Other highlights included taking a class, where they learned the proper way to smoke a Cuban cigar, and driving in a ’54 Chevy.

Katherine Terbeck Johnson ’65 and Henry Johnson ’64 volunteered in Dinuba, Calif., for a week packaging grains for international relief. Next was a trip to Paris and Normandy followed by a trip down the Danube from Prague to Budapest. In addition to adding a downstairs office to their home, they also enjoy lots of trips to the Bay Area to visit family. They took their oldest grandson, a high school senior, to the U of R for a tour, and he added it to his list! They continue to enjoy ongoing visits with many U of R friends.

Beverly Lynn ’65 visited Rigby, Idaho, for the total solar eclipse in August. They had a perfect view under a cloudless sky aided by her brother’s two solar telescopes. The eclipse was stunningly gorgeous.

Cecilia Banez Mondero ’65 was featured in her hometown magazine, The Osider, in Oceanside, where she’s quoted: “I’ve had a rich life with music, my husband, my sons, and my granddaughters. Teaching or sharing music is just who I am, and I don’t know a different way of expressing my soul.”


Wendell Johnson ’66 sends greetings from Cambodia, where he has lived the past three years in a “shop house,” 20 minutes from Angkor Wat. He works with a Cambodian NGO, Cambodian Self Help Demining. He has helped build 21 schools, where more than 2,000 students study. An annual highlight for Wendell is when U of R students come to Cambodia during May Term and visit him in Siem Reap.

Carleton Macy ’66 and Julia McLean Macy ’70 have retired from St. Paul, Minn., to Pacific Grove, Calif. Carleton continues to compose music and remains an active performer on French horn, recorders, mallet percussion, and bass drum. All of that often takes second place to enjoying the ocean, the culinary delights found on the Monterey Peninsula, and the affordable golf courses.

Sharon Uzzel Young ’66 and Randy Young ’66 have moved to Gig Harbor, Wash., from their longtime residence in Redmond. Sharon retired in 2015 as a mathematics education professor at Seattle Pacific University. Randy retired at the end of 2016 after over 40 years as an economic consultant to local governments throughout the United States. They invite classmates to visit them in Gig Harbor.


During Homecoming in October, the fall 1967 pledge class of Alpha Theta Phi had a 50th anniversary reunion. Many Thetas from the late ’60s and early ’70s attended, and it was a very fun gathering.


Nancy Bailey Franich ’68 writes to her class of 1968 members: “Don’t miss our fabulous 50th reunion the weekend of May 18-20. I assume you didn’t send me news for this column because you intend to see me in May! If you must miss this spectacular event, please do email an update beforehand, and I will share it with our classmates. Friends from the classes before and after us may also join us that weekend for the fun and fellowship.”

David Martin ’68 recently wrote Drafted to Vietnam about his real-life experience after graduating from U of R in three years and then being drafted in the U.S. Army. David is also professor emeritus at Auburn in Alabama.


Mary Nelson Hunt ’70 and Ken Hunt ’69 moved from Albuquerque, N.M., after living there for 44 years, and now reside in Coronado, Calif. Ken retired from his New Mexico law practice in June 2017.

Bill Lowman ’70 and wife Carolyn moved to Coronado, Calif., and are very involved in lawn bowling. On April 3, Bill will be receiving the Dean’s Medal from University of Nevada, Las Vegas College of Fine Art for his work as an art administrator.

Alice Mozley ’70 is moving from Vail, Colo., to Coronado, Calif., and will be neighbors with the Hunts and Lowmans. She has served as a U of R Trustee for 23 years. Currently, she is the chair of the Forever Yours campaign.

Maggie Bell Williams ’70 and husband David have recently relocated from Northern California to Indian Wells in Southern California.


Sherri Harrell Camps ’72 and husband Rich are both happily retired and keeping busier than when they were working! They are spending their time volunteering, partying with friends, and enjoying their vacation homes.

Don Davidson ’72 retired in 2017 from his position as director of communications at the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of California, Riverside. He and his wife, Deena, are preparing to relocate in the spring to Bellingham, Wash., to be closer to their family. Don continues to be active as a competitive cyclist and runner.

Mike Ewald ’72 retired as deputy court administrator at the Kern County Superior Court in Bakersfield and moved to Modesto with his wife of 42 years, Fran, to be closer to their five-year-old twin grandsons. He is working part-time as an employee relations coordinator for the City of Modesto, conducting internal investigations and other work in the human resources. Mike was head resident advisor at Anderson Hall and was editor of The Bulldog campus newspaper as a student.

Roger Lewis ’72 and Ken Morris ’72 met for lunch recently. They caught up on families, current events, and travel plans. Roger and his wife, Maureen, visited Alaska last summer. Ken and his wife, Janis, were on the East Coast for Thanksgiving. All the kids and grandchildren are doing fine.

Liz MacLean Spear ’72 and her husband, Steve, have just returned to the California coast after 43 years of marriage and moves. They both became Christians early in their relationship and once again look forward to settling into their new community in Grover Beach, where they are remodeling a cottage. They enjoy visits with their four kids and their spouses and are expecting a grandson. Liz’s Redlands years were so long ago but are so fresh in her memories!


Nathan Aipa ’76 is challenging all the men of North Hall and Chi Sigma Chi from the vintage (?!) years to contribute to our class notes. Nathan writes, “The rest of the frat guys can do the same. In the meantime, Happy New Year to all.”

Bruce Christensen ’76 has accepted Nathan Aipa’s challenge and sends in his first class note: “My wife, Rhonda, and I are celebrating our 36th anniversary. I met Rhonda Shelley 38 years ago (the Lord answered my prayers); we married in 1980. We just retired together, have bought a home in Palm Desert, and are enjoying golf and pickleball.”

Geoff Engel ’76 and wife Barbara continue to live in Davis, where they have been since 2004 after moving from Redlands when Geoff joined Marshall’s as a vice president and regional director for the California stores. Geoff retired in 2016 and enjoys family time and giving back to his communities through volunteering in a variety of ways. During 2017, they traveled to the Baltic states, Russia, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Scandinavia, Sweden, Germany, Budapest, Vienna, and Prague.

Steve Lloyd ’76 was deployed with the Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) CA-9 in Puerto Rico for more than two weeks as part of the Typhoon Maria disaster response. DMAT CA-9 is affiliated with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and based out of Los Angeles. Steve writes that being without cellphone service was strangely calming, but caused many different operational challenges. His assignment included flying with a crew on a Navy Seahawk helicopter to deliver some much-needed food and water to a shelter, which was set up in a village that was cut off from most of the island due to hurricane damage. This was likely his last hurrah with DMAT after more than 23 years on the team as a paramedic, a member of the operations group, and, most recently, a safety officer.

Rod MacAlister ’76, ’77 writes from Cape Town, South Africa. He and his wife Mary have lived in Cape Town for three years and love it. He is happy to advise or assist any U of R travelers, such as recent visitors Don McFarland ’76 and Becky Paxson McFarland ’79. Rod continues to work and lead Monetizing Gas Africa Inc., which is going strong.


Dan Munro ’79 has written a book, Casino Healthcare—The Health of a Nation: America’s Biggest Gamble.


Allison Moore Armstrong ’81 has three adult children, two living in Ann Arbor, Mich., and one living with her in Granite Bay, Calif. She travels and volunteers with the Friends of the Library and National Charity League. An avid oil painter, she has shown her works twice and has sold a few paintings. Sadly, her husband passed away in 2013.

Douglas DeWitt ’81, ’86 was recently named chair of the newly formed Department of Education Leadership and Graduate Studies in the Seidel School of Education at Salisbury University. He and his wife, Lori, live in Hebron, Md.

Baker Egerton ’81 and his wife, Marina, welcomed their first grandchild, Evelyn Egerton, on Dec. 7, 2017. Baker began a new job in October leading America’s Marketing at Schneider-Neureither & Partner AG. He is celebrating life after having his second open-heart surgery three years ago. He lives in Coatesville, Pa.

Gina Griffin Hurlbut ’81 loves hearing from our class. This time, she had to check a U.S. map for each classmate that sent news. She wants to remind everyone to send her notes for 2018!

Tim Roberts ’81 rarely comes to California but is enjoying life in Logan, Utah.

John Smeby ’81, a high school English teacher and school counselor for 34 years, has written his second book, Stories from the Classroom.


Tori Lee ’82 retired after 27 years of teaching in the Orange County area. After a few months of travel, along came the hurricane and flooding in Houston. Within two weeks, Tori was on a plane and dove right in with a volunteer organization, stripping houses so the rebuilding could begin. Then came Puerto Rico, where conditions were even worse than media descriptions. But Tori, with her faith by her side, day in and day out assisted those who had little to no assistance.


Laura Henry Luna ’83 has been living in Austin, Texas, since 1995 with her husband, David, and three cats. Their daughter, Sarah, and son, Michael, also live in Austin. She enjoys working at the Zachary Scott Theatre in the costume shop. She also works with Austin High School in its theatre departments as a vocal coach and music director; one of her biggest joys was as music director for productions of Into the Woods and Shrek.

David Seal ’83 continues HIV prevention research at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, where he is a professor, vice chair, and doctoral program director. He has also been actively involved in behavioral health workshops in partnership with multiple universities in Southeast Asia. His current research is with Syrians displaced in Lebanon due to the civil conflict and opioid users in rural Wisconsin.


Mike Hoyer ’87 is the national director for the American Youth Soccer Organization. He and his wife, Heather Merril-Hoyer ’87, have three children and just celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary.


Joni Henderson ’90 has a new job as chief partnerships officer at the Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation working on advancing Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials to find a therapy. Her oldest daughter, Jordan, will be playing soccer for Ohio State University in 2018, and her youngest daughter, Jesse, is playing basketball and running cross-country. Joni and her husband live in Fairfax, Va.


Travis Martinez ’94 was promoted to assistant police chief of the Redlands Police Department.


David “Jamey” Heiss ’95 filled in as editor-in-chief at the Record Gazette in Banning, Calif., for the last quarter of 2017.


Jen Hutton Heger ’96 became senior editor of US Weekly magazine.


Heather Pierce Sontag ’98 has recently released an action guide called Taming Your Inner Critic. She is an organizational expert, coach, and speaker. She works with overwhelmed moms, busy women, and successful entrepreneurs. Heather is a sought-after consultant and coach, helping people live fulfilled and organized lives. Heather has spoken for Genentech, ReBoot Accelerator, a variety of business associations, women’s groups, parenting organizations, and schools.


Seth Frederiksen ’01 became the office managing partner of the San Francisco office of Bryan Cave LLP. Frederiksen advises clients of all sizes—from early stage and growing technology companies to mature companies—on mergers and acquisitions, financings, and other complex business transactions.


Danielle Levine Andrus-Hughes ’03 and Jared Andrus-Hughes ’05 welcomed a son, Asher Andrus-Hughes, on Nov. 1, 2017. The couple married in March 2016 in Redondo Beach with many Delta sisters and Chi Sig alumni present. They also purchased a home on Redlands Street in Playa del Rey, Calif.

Andrea Feathers ’03 married Michael Parante on Aug. 26, 2017, in Los Angeles. Andrea is an associate at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, and Michael is a deputy public defender at the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Los Angeles. The couple honeymooned in Italy and Spain.

Laura Smolka Gallardo ’03 received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Service to the University of Redlands on Dec. 12, 2017. Laura is the director of donor relations and interim director of advancement communications at the U of R. She and her husband, Gabriel, love traveling and recently enjoyed trips to London, Cabo San Lucas, Paso Robles, and Sonoma.


Yarissa Millan ’06 has been selected to play the role of Sheila Franklin in the eight-month European tour of the musical Hair.


Tiffany Yuen ’07 is currently performing in Wedding Italiano at the Palace Theater in the Wisconsin Dells. During opening weekend, 1950s and 1960s pop star Frankie Avalon played the bride’s godfather. She plays Taylor Fresco, the groom’s sister.


Helena Rindone Stevens ’09, ’12 earned a Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision in 2015 and is working at Minnesota State University, Mankato, as an assistant professor of counseling. She just welcomed her second child, Olivia, to join Liam, age 7.


Matthew Hale ’10 and Caitlyn Kell Hale ’11 were married in Tequesquitengo, Mexico, on Feb. 18, 2017.


Luke Hilland ’13 and Janie Vail Hilland ’13, ’16 were married on Nov. 18, 2017, at the U of R Alumni House.


Emily Ramirez Andersen ’14 married Eliot Andersen on July 23, 2016, at Chelsea Old Town Hall in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in the United Kingdom. They have settled in the town of Teddington in Greater London.


Deandra Van Houten ’15 recently completed the intensive, 15-week fire academy at Crafton Hills College. She was selected to lead the 87th academy class by her fellow cadets. Van Houten is only the second female academy leader in the 35-year history of the program. The cadets graduated on Dec. 15, 2017.



Judy Smith Asbury ’76 is now director of marketing and communications for the Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Ore.


Gayle Brandeis ’90 has published The Art of Misdiagnosis: Surviving My Mother’s Suicide (Beacon Press).


Craig Colclough ’04 played the lead in Verdi’s Falstaff, directed by Academy Award-winner, Christoph Waltz.

Schools of Business and Education


Mike Rothmiller ’78 has written The Confederate Generals of America’s Civil War: A Photographic Portrait Book.


Janeil Austin ’98 is the president of Desert Screenwriters Guild Inc., a nonprofit, educational, public-benefit guild that seeks to encourage writers and develop all aspects of script to screen. She is also a member of the Greater Palm Springs Film Alliance and the Palm Springs Women in Film.

Alan Rode ’98 released a book titled Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film (University Press of Kentucky).


Brian McDaniel ’11 was named California Teacher of the Year for 2018. He teaches music (band and choir) to students in sixth through eighth grades at Painted Hills Middle School in Desert Hot Springs.


Walter “Stuart” Farfan ’14 has written Beauty Salon: Barber Shop Entrepreneur Essentials.


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