ODK - The Leader - Fall 2010

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Fall 2010

“To Recognize Leaders Among Leaders”



By David Olson and Jim Osteen

By Brian Baturin

ODK National Leader of the Year Joanna Calabrese

President Wallace Loh and wife, Barbara

ver the years, the Sigma Circle has selected 36 Leaders of the Year. Nine of these have gone on to be selected as the Regional Leader of the Year, and this year, Joanna Calabrese is the fourth Sigma

ith the announcement of President Dan Mote’s resignation last February, a 19-member presidential search committee composed of University faculty, alumni, and students, embarked on the

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Message from the President By Sigma Circle President, David Nelson Greetings ODK Alumni! y name is David Nelson and I am proud to serve as President of the Sigma Circle for the 2010-2011 academic year. I certainly hope this message finds you enjoying the changes that come with autumn. It is certainly an exciting time to be in ODK; the Sigma Circle is anxious to welcome Dr. Wallace Loh as the next President of the University on November 1st. Dr.


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Loh has committed himself to engaging directly with students and the Sigma Circle is looking forward to establishing a constructive and prolonged relationship with him. Even amidst a season of change, one of the University’s long running traditions stands resolute. The annual First Look Fair was held on September 15th and 16th. The First Look Fair is a terrific opportunity for students to learn more about the numerous clubs and organizations at the University, including ODK. Conversations I had with prospective applicants highlighted the outstanding achievements of some of the University’s top leaders. We are terribly excited about their stories and anticipate their involvement with ODK, whether it is as one of the “Top Ten Freshmen,” the “Sophomore Leader of the Year,” or as an applicant their Junior and Senior years. The Fall 2010 application process has come to a close and tapping is almost complete. We received over 200 applications this semester (one of our highest numbers in recent years) and the applicant pool, as usual, was very impressive. The Fall 2010 induction class is sure to be an outstanding cohort of campus leaders and we look forward to welcoming them into the Circle at the Initiation Ceremony on

December 5th in Memorial Chapel. On October 27th, the Sigma Circle will host its annual ODK Lecture Series featuring Sheryl WuDunn, one of the authors of this year’s First Year Book, Half the Sky. The ODK Lecture Series is a popular venue for students to engage with the First Year Book by interacting with its author. This program has seen continued success over the past several years. We would encourage all those who are able to return to campus on Saturday, October 30th, for the Homecoming football game against Wake Forest. Homecoming is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with friends and to reinvigorate your Terp pride. All of our programs and events during semester are, in large part, a testament to the alumni of the Sigma Circle. Without your tireless support, we would not be able to carry out our mission nor fulfill our responsibility to the University. We thank you greatly for your care and devotion. Please enjoy the rest of the season and be sure to keep in touch! Sincerely yours, David Nelson President

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pus activities. Her primary mark at the University of Maryland was in the area of sustainability. She served as Director of Environmental Affairs and Senior Vice President of the Student Government Association. In addition, Calabrese served as the President and Treasurer of Clean Energy for UMD, which has served as a focal point on campus for student advocacy around continued on page 5

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Message from the Faculty Secretary By Sigma Circle Faculty Secretary, Jim Osteen Greetings from College Park! very fall as I start the new school year, I wonder if this year's crop of ODK leaders will be as good as the ones I have worked with in the past. It never fails, however, that I am always pleasantly surprised that each year they seem to be better than ever. This year is no exception. We have a wonderful group of officers that are off and running with some great programming and with great ideas for improving the Sigma Circle. If you have not checked out the


newly redesigned web page for the Sigma Circle, I encourage you to do so soon (www.odk.umd.edu). MJ KursLasky has done a great job of putting a new look on it. This is the first major redesign of the site in over 10 years. We are all also very proud of our own winner of the Col. J. Logan Schutz ODK Leader of the Year, Joanna Calabrese. She went on to be selected the Regional Leader of the Year and the National Leader of the Year. Over the years we have selected 36 Leaders of the Year. Nine of these have gone on to be selected as the Province or Regional recipient, and Joanna is our fourth national winner. Congratulations Joanna! I hope everyone can join us for the

annual Homecoming reception before the football game. This is always a great time to reconnect with friends and colleagues from your days at College Park. An invitation has been sent to your home and a copy of it is included in this newsletter. As always, please keep us informed of any changes in your contact information and provide us with updates on what you are doing. It is easy to do when you visit www.odk.umd.edu; just scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the link for the contact form.

child. As a teenager, Loh travelled to the United States with, as he said at a welcome ceremony in August, his parents’ life savings - $200. Faced with this adversity, Loh graduated from Cornell University and Yale Law School before beginning his career as a professor and administrator. Chancellor Kirwan has described Loh as “an ideal individual to build upon [Mote’s] legacy.” This legacy was a key component in Loh’s remarks. After describing the University of Maryland as a rocket, he went on to compare Dr. Mote to a rocket booster that “boosted [the rocket] out to the high heavens.” However, Dr. Loh’s real goal during his time as president of this University is to form his own legacy. His remarks included reasons why the University of Maryland is great, but more importantly, how to make it even greater. Loh expressed many goals, among them retaining and recruiting top faculty members and creating new op-

portunities for students. While Dr. Loh’s presidency will not officially start until November 1st, he has not shied away from expressing his thoughts on issues currently affecting the campus. Loh recently commented on raucous student behavior during University sporting events, calling the behavior “simply not acceptable.” Although many students were initially upset by Loh’s remarks, this “straight-shooter” characteristic may prove necessary when lobbying for the University of Maryland and the College Park community as a whole. Perhaps an editorial in the University of Washington’s student newspaper said it best, “Loh's ability to make tough decisions in the face of opposition can be thought of as his greatest strength.” May Wallace Loh become a rocket booster of his own, launching the Terrapins further into the heavens. Welcome Dr. Loh!

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Loh continued from page 1 monumental task of finding a replacement. The committee was charged with finding someone who could build upon the successes achieved by President Mote during his twelve-year tenure. The search came to an end this past August when University System of Maryland Chancellor Brit Kirwan announced the appointment of Dr. Wallace Loh to the position. Coming to College Park after spending two years as Provost at the University of Iowa, Dr. Loh has held many positions within the walls of academia. Loh was the dean of the University of Washington Law School, an administrator at the University of Colorado - Boulder and at Seattle University, and has held professorships at many other institutions. These accomplishments are even more impressive when taking into account Dr. Loh’s unique and diverse upbringing. Born in Shanghai, President-designate Loh immigrated to Peru as a


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ODK 2010-11 Officers First Row Becca Hammer, Joanna Shieh, Lisa Crisalli, Jeanine Reyes; Second Row Brian Baturin, David Nelson, David Olson, Jim Osteen; not pictured,Tiffany Harvey, Bill Fourney.

SIGMA CIRCLE LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE By MJ Kurs Lasky arlier this fall, the Sigma Circle launched a new and improved website. After ten years of the website in its former state, it was time for some updates. In the time since the basketball teams moved from Cole Field House to the Comcast Center, we have celebrated numerous Maryland Days and the Sigma Circle has inducted 20 new classes. The website, which still resides at www.odk.umd.edu, includes a new look and feel and improved usability. One added feature is the blog on the main page which is the spot for the most current ODK information. Alumni can “Keep in Touch with ODK” by completing the contact form in the new Alumni section or by downloading other ODK Leader issues in the newsletter archive. Later this year, the website will be the place to see the new Fountain Photo Project. This exciting new feature will allow ODK members to find their name on the fountain by navigating through photographs of each of the tiles. Visitors can suggest ideas for the new website by emailing odkumd@gmail.com.



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GUENZLER-STEVENS APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF STAMP STUDENT UNION By Lisa Crisalli igma Circle member, Dr. Marsha Guenzler-Stevens was appointed early this semester to be the next Director of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union. Dr. Guenzler-Stevens joined the Division of Student Affairs in 1982 as Assistant Director of Campus Activities and has been in the Stamp Student Union as the Assistant Director of Development since 1987. Since her arrival at the University, Dr. Guenzler-Stevens has been “tireless in all she does for the University,” as stated by long-time colleague Dr. Linda Clement, Vice President for Student Affairs. Clement notes that Guenzler-Stevens has particularly touched the Veteran community, for whom she has been a strong advocate for accessibility of education. Other projects Marsha has worked on include the Memorial Chapel’s new Garden of Reflection and Remembrance, as well as being an ardent supporter of women’s leadership. In her new position, Dr. Guenzler-Stevens will oversee the operations of the Stamp Student Union. Guenzler-Stevens says that the opportunity to be attentive to the “broader picture” of Stamp is what excites her most about her new position. She hopes to support more cross-functional working teams and enhance the


Marsha Guenzler-Stevens on the steps of the Stamp Student Union

living-learning programs for off-campus freshman. She also appreciates the opportunity to collaborate with more community members and hopes to continue popular initiatives such as the Alternative Breaks program and Arts Purchase program, where students select art to display throughout the union. Long-time colleague and close friend Dr. Terry Zacker affectionately speaks of Dr. Guenzler-Stevens’s remarkable ability to touch people from the moment she meets them.

Zacker states that GuenzlerStevens’s “gift is her ability to move people, her passion for students, and for doing right... What stands out is that she always finds ways to drop everything and make you feel special.” Perhaps one of the most telling activities that attests to GuenzlerStevens’s passion for community building is a challenge that she often poses to students and co-workers alike. Dr. Guenzler-Stevens will note that so often today people become wrapped up in the day and forget about the human experience that she personally cherishes so dearly. In order to combat this and reclaim our interpersonal relationships, she challenges others to greet each person they meet as they cross campus. This often disarming practice exemplifies all that Dr. Guenzler-Stevens stands for, in showing that it often takes a simple action and interest in others to make the most genuine difference. The University of Maryland is privileged to have Dr. Marsha Guenzler-Stevens as a friend to all. The Sigma Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa formally announces our pride and send our congratulations to one of our own, Dr. Marsha Guenzler-Stevens, and wish her the best in her new position.

Calabrese continued from page 2 sustainability issues. Through her efforts in SGA and Clean Energy for UMD, Calabrese proposed the referendum that assessed an additional $12 in undergraduate student fees per semester to go toward making the campus more sustainable. While a student, she served as the sole undergraduate student on the

University of Maryland Sustainability Council, which was charged with advising the University President on fulfillment of the goals of the University’s Climate Action Plan and other matters related to sustainable practices on campus. Calabrese was honored as a finalist for the Harry S. Truman National


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RUSSELL SIMMONS AND SHERYL WUDUNN FEATURED IN ODK FALL LECTURE SERIES By Joanna Shieh he Sigma Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa is proud to be hosting two lectures for the Fall semester featuring media mogul Russell Simmons and first-year book author Sheryl WuDunn. The first lecture of the year, also known as the Drury G. Bagwell lecture in honor of the former Sigma Circle Faculty Secretary, featured media mogul and entrepreneur, Russell Simmons. USA Today recently named Simmons as one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People of the Past 25 Years,” calling him “a ‘hip-hop pioneer’ for his groundbreaking vision that has influenced music, fashion, finance, television and film, as well as the face of modern philanthropy. Simmons has brought the influence of hip-hop culture to every aspect of business and media since its birth in the late 1970s. His creation of the record label Def Jam Recordings with Rick Rubin in 1984 is thought by many to be what launched the cultural revolution known as hip-hop. Simmons has produced and managed some of the most talented people in the music business such as early hip-hop artists Kurtis Blow, Run DMC, Whodini and the Beastie Boys. He has also signed seminal figures like Jay Z, Foxy Brown and Ludacris to


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his label. Russell Simmons shared his dynamic story with the University of Maryland community on Wednesday, October 13 in the Grand Ballroom of the Stamp Student Union and the event was co-sponsored with Student Entertainment Events. The second lecture of the year, co-sponsored with the First Year Book Program, features Sheryl WuDunn, who co-wrote this year’s book, Half the Sky, with her husband

Nicholas D. Kristof. Half the Sky is a collection of courageous stories about women who have broken free from the struggles of oppression to become pioneers of human rights. WuDunn and Kristoff weave together a compelling story of how traditional cultures and customs have suppressed women throughout the ages. The book highlights heroic individuals who have fought to change the terrible circumstances that have burdened women for centuries, demonstrating how one person can make a difference in an entire community. The stories are supplemented by rigorous research to provide a thought-provoking and inspiring experience for the reader. WuDunn and Kristof are the first married couple to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism for their coverage of China as New York Times correspondents. They have also received the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement and other prizes including the George Polk and Overseas Press club awards. WuDunn will be speaking on Wednesday, October 27 at 3pm in the Hoff Theater of the Stamp Student Union. The event is free and open to the University of Maryland community.

Calabrese continued from page 5 Scholarship in the University’s Environmental Science and Policy Program. Joanna has had an extended level of involvement with the Sigma Circle of ODK. She was selected for membership in her junior year and jumped

right in to run for one of the Executive Officer positions. She was selected as the Leader of the Year in the Sigma Circle for 2010 and went on to become the Region Leader of the Year. Other National Leaders of the Year from the Sigma Circle include Marc


Solomon in 1994, Hillary Cherry in 1997, and Adam Chepenik in 2003.The Sigma Circle is proud to have Joanna Calabrese representing the University of Maryland as the 2010 ODK National Leader of the Year.

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Passing the Torch of Leadership to the Next Generation In the past year alumni and friends of the Sigma Circle donated a record amount to support the lecture program, scholarships, and other activities of Omicron Delta Kappa. For information on making a contribution, see the enclosed envelope. Stewards Of The Fountain Drury G. Bagwell Kathy Beardsley Sue Briggs Gordon and Dorothy England William Fourney Michael Freiman

Susan (Wachs) Goldberg Barry Gossett Marc Greenberg Richard L. Jaklitsch Paul Mandell Deven McGraw

Ann (Tatsios) Mowrey Dawn Nichols Phil Rever Phil and Joyce Schneider Wayne and Gail (Smelkinson) Willoughby Bruce J. Winter

Founders Circle Ken Brown Jane Henson

Lauren Mallon Russ O’Haver

Leaders Circle Stephen Brannan Kurt Kendall

Dirk Allen Michele Barone Hunn

Susan Leonard Bayly Walter R. Beam

Richard Koffenberger Jennifer Lee Cherie Letcher Joan Meixner Hillary and Doug Mintz Jim Osteen Walter Phillips, Jr. John E. Prevar Calliope Ratcliff Charles Rhudy Monica Russell

Col. J. Logan Schutz Dr. Morton B. Silberstein Jeanne Steffes Brooke and Matt Supple Joe Tydings Family Foundation Fred and Linda Vogelgesang Pedro Wasmer Becky Weir Edwin Whitney Joel Willcher

Kelly Kish Greg Lambard Alicia Luster Adrian Remsberg, Jr Judy and Stuart Rosenthal

Dr. James Smith Rennie Smith Jen Trombley

Debra Harris Mae Kinsman Culver S. Ladd, Ph.D. Annemarie Lee Walton Stephen Leslie George Moore

Ruth Newton Timmy Ruppersberger Jan V. Sengers Renee Winters Matthew Zanger

Supporters Circle James Beard Nikki A. Bethel Grant Lance Billingsley Albert and Delania Buehler Dr. John Dorsey Colonel Thomas Fields, USMC (Ret) Stephanie Gall Wendy Gelfand-Chaite John Giffen Marsha Guenzler-Stevens Jack Kaufman

Member Circle James Belt Paul Carlson Adam Chepenik Dr. Rayner Hesse Sherita Hill Golden, M.D.

Other Contributors To Sigma Circle: Paul Barrett Henri Bartholomot Marc Bresler Howard Dare Stephen Dubnoff Jeff Grim


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ODK Alumni Updates Thanks to all of you who keep us informed of your activities. If we haven't heard from you recently, drop us a note. As always, we particularly want to hear from those of you who graduated between 1927 and 1976. You may use the form on the back of the newsletter or send your updates on the web at www.odk.umd.edu. Please forgive us if the information below is a little dated. It is very difficult to have up-to-date news when we only publish our newsletter twice a year. But here is what we have and we hope you enjoy reading about your friends. Jim Kinsman '44 and wife, Mae '46, have been married 66 years and blessed with five children, 10 grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. They currently live in an Erickson Retirement Community in Baltimore, MD. Roger Cohill ’47 has held executive positions with Miller Chemical & Fertilizer Corp. (V.P.), Geigy Chemical Corp., Director Consumer Products Dept. (Director), ESSO Eastern Chemical Corp., Marketing Manager, Far East; and finally developed a pesticide and spraying equipment corporation, Agrotec Inc. as President and CEO. His studies and advisors at the University of Maryland played an important role in his endeavors and success. Now retired, he is living in a full service retirement community: Glen Arden in Goshen, NY, where he can be near several family members and enjoy the good life. Nick Kovalakides '61, after serving the University for 34 years as Head Track Coach, Campus Recreation Services Director and Campus Visitor Advocate, is enjoying his retirement on Longboat Key, a barrier island south of Tamps Bay. In May, he returned to College Park to celebrate with many of his teammates the life of his track coach and mentor, Jim Kehoe. In the Sarasota-Bradenton area, he continues to serve as a public address announcer for high school football and basketball games and occasionally tutors throwers on the

shot, discus and javelin. He's looking forward to his 50th class reunion during Homecoming 2011. James R. Clapper, ‘63, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be the Director of National Intelligence. James has served as Defense Undersecretary for Intelligence since 2007, having previously served as Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. He retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant General in 1995.

covered by The Diamondback in a terrific article this summer. Greg is the Director of Talent Resources and Corporate HR for Lennox International, Inc. in Dallas, Texas. [Congratulations, Greg on this well deserved honor for your many years of service.] Mike Freiman ’78 has been named to Barron magazine’s annual list of the Top 1000 Financial Advisors in America for the second straight year! Mike is the Senior Vice President for MorganStanley SmithBarney in Washington, DC.

Greg Hollen ’76 was awarded the “Palm Award” by his fraternity, Phi Kappa Tau, at the national convention this summer. The Palm Award is presented annually to an alum who shows outstanding service to the national organization. The award was

Mike Freiman '78 and Barry Gossett '61

Greg Hollen '76 celebrates being a Terp


Louis Magazzu ’79 is serving as head of the Democratic Party and Director of the Board of Chosen Freeholders for Cumberland County in New Jersey. He also has recently started a new energy company and serves as its president. Lou was re-

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LEADER He is finishing up his accounting degree (25 years after his first degree) and will be sitting for CPA exam soon.

cently on campus with his son, Joe, for a campus visitation program. Paul Nahay ’79 graduated UMCP with a Bachelor of Music in May ‘79, and with Master of Music in December ‘80. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts in June 1983 from Stanford University. He is the owner of Broadway Performance Systems, www.broadway-performance-systems.com.

Debbie Potter '87 was honored as one of Maryland's Top 100 women by the Maryland Daily Record. She continues to practice law with fellow ODKer, Rick Jaklitsch ’80. She is President of the University of Maryland Law School Alumni. She was also reappointed to another three year term on the University of Maryland College Park Board Of Trustees. You can often see her and her 8 year old daughter, Whitney, cheering on the Terps!

Eric Rock '82 was elected VP for Toastmasters Speakers Club and started teaching business and tourism at the City University of New York in his free time. Jim Osteen and Ann Tatsios Mowrey '86

Andy Johnson ’83, after graduating from Maryland, went to Syracuse University to get his masters, stayed 20 years, then moved with his wife to Reno, NV. But after 5 years in the desert, they've realized that they are really East Coasters, so they’re in the midst of making concrete plans to move back to the MD/DC area, where he is hoping to expand his professional network in the DC area. Andy has over 25 years experience in the field of production design, project management and in all phases of production - writing, conceptualizing, production design, videography, and graphics and animation. His work has been seen on national broadcast and cable networks, corporate boardrooms and retail shelves around the world. Andy started his own company, iMed Design (www.imed-design.com), in 2002 as a freelance design firm catering to the medical community. He has been recognized by his peers with numerous awards (ADDY’s, Telly Awards and the National Council on Family Relations Media Awards.) Welcome home, Andy!! Dallas Kennedy ’84 has completed a doctorate in physics from Stanford

(1989), had two postdoctoral fellowships, taught at the University of Florida, and moved to Boston, where he’s lived since 2000. He is currently a senior technical writer at a major software company. Burman Berger '85 just moved from North Potomac to the Rockville/North Bethesda area just so he could be closer to College Park!

Sheri Swackhamer '87 has settled in to her new position at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Lisa Carchedi ’89, following her service in the Army, began working in Austin, Texas in a residency psychiatry practice that is now affiliated with UT Southwestern. She was voted "Attending of the Year" by the residents in May 2010 and is in charge of the residency clerkship for medical

Debbie Potter and family at ceremony to honor the Top 100 Women in Maryland.


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is continuing her work in HIV advocacy, and specifically HIV prevention research advocacy and is currently Senior Program Manager at AVAC: Global Prevention for HIV Advocacy.

students from UTMB. David Horwitz, ’89 has been promoted and is now Community Manager and Director of Marketing for the Sleeter Group, accounting software and business experts that provide QuickBooks and other accounting software in Northern California.

Katharine Pawelko ’94 received the 2010 "Excellence in Education" award at Western Illinois University from the Graduate Students in the Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration Department.

Brian Le Gette ’89 is starting up another company, ZeroChroma (www.zerochroma.com) and enjoying spending time with his 3 year old daughter, Simone, and his ever-patient wife, Bronwyn. He is currently in search of a magic watch that stretches days to 29 or 30 hours, at least - although that would only be useful if he was the only one that could use it. Laurie Head Atkinson '90 and her husband, Jay, are the new top executives at AIS Network (www.aisn.net), a 17-year-old, Chicago-based IT company that they purchased earlier in the year and expanded this summer with the addition of a Reston office. AISN offers clients hosted SharePoint, Exchange and other software applications as well as fully managed hosting and IT disaster recovery capabilities.


Marc Solomon ’94 has a new position as Vice President of Product Management for Sourcefire, in the computer and network security industry.

2010 Miss Black USA Legacy-Shawnta Watson Walcott.

Congratulations Brad on your tremendous success. Shawnta Watson-Walcott '90 was the recipient of the first ever Miss Black USA Pageant Legacy Award for social justice, service, and academic achievement. Manju Chatani-Gada ’93 recently moved to the US from Ghana. She

Brad Federman ’90, is very excited that his new book, Employee Engagement: A Roadmap for Creating Profits, Optimizing Performance, and Increasing Loyalty, has far exceeded the publisher’s expectations for sales. Homewood Suites by Hilton purchased copies for every new GM and Macy’s bought copies for all of their top HR employees. The book can be purchased on Amazon.com. Brad is President of Katharine Pawelko ’94 and friends. Performancepoint, LLC.


Paul Mandell ’95 has stepped down from his day-to-day role as President of Clutch Group in order to pursue a new startup opportunity. He has remained as Vice Chair of the company, but is now the CEO of the Consero Group LLC, in Bethesda, Maryland. Paul also continues his extraordinary support for the University in many ways. Tina Cervasio (McKearney) '96 continues following the New York Knicks all over the NBA world as the Knicks Sideline Reporter for the MSG Network in New York City. Chris Wilcox may be the only Terp that has graced a Knicks roster since she started traveling with the team, but she takes pride in her debates with former Duke & UNC players. While the Knicks are her main assignment, Tina also hosts various shows, reports on the New York Liberty and Red Bulls broadcasts, and was nominated for a New York Emmy in 2010. After a 2 year stint in Boston covering the Red Sox (and one World Series ring on her finger later) Tina is thrilled to be a sports broadcast-

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er in NYC, just 8 miles from where she grew up in Nutley, NJ, doing EXACTLY what she studied to become while at UMCP.

Councilman for Gaithersburg, Maryland. Adam Chepenik ’03 just graduated with a dual master’s degree from Harvard Business School and Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. More importantly, he also just married Marissa Nafman ’02. Following their honeymoon, he joined The Blackstone Group's Financial Advisory and Restructuring practice.

GNA Garcia ’97 published an article in NACA's Campus Activities Programming magazine May issue titled "Teaching and Learning in the Real World: Trespassers Welcome." She is now entering her fifth and final year of PhD studies in educational psychology at the University of Connecticut. Sean Simone ’97 earned his Doctorate in Education Policy from the University of Maryland this past December. He is now working at the U.S. Department of Education for the National Center for Education Statistics as an Associate Research Scientist. Craig Tucci ’97, aka Michael Matucci, had his first feature film released last July, in New York City. Last Chance was screened at the New Filmmakers Summer Fest. Craig is

Brandon DeFrehn ’03 with wife, Lauren


David Thaw ’03 and new wife Kamilla Mamedova

the lead actor in this psychological thriller and received great reviews for his performance. He has also been in a couple of episodes of “Celebrity Ghost Stories” on television. Lance Governale ’99 has graduated from neurosurgery residency at Harvard / Brigham and Women's in June, “after seven long post medical school years.” Now, after one year of pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at Children's Hospital Boston, he’ll need to find a job! Lance has also been fortunate enough to have a daughter, Mia Rachel, born November 2009. Ryan Spiegel ‘00, and his wife Rachael, are expecting their first child in December, 2010. Congratulations and best wishes to both of you. Ryan is an attorney with Winston & Strawn in Washington, DC, and is also a City


Rebeccah Waterworth ’03 has completed her Ph.D. in Entomology at University of California at Riverside where she studied pheromones of insects and how to use pheromones to detect pest insects in nurseries producing ornamental plants in Southern California. Her plan is to remain within the same lab group as a postdoc and address additional research questions. Tamara El-Khoury Watson ’04 moved to North Carolina last year with husband, Brendan, a Ph.D. student at the University of North Carolina in the school of Journalism and Mass Communication. Tamara is the Development & Communications Manager at Community Home Trust, an affordable housing nonprofit. She and her husband just celebrated a year of marriage in June! Alden Gross '05 has recently been selected for a post doc at Harvard University and will be leaving for Harvard soon. Derrick Weatherspoon '05 has left his position at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe and has begun pursuit of his MBA at Harvard Business School. Diana Newsom '07 is enjoying her last year at University of Virginia

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School of Medicine and interviewing for residencies in pediatrics.

in Leadership & Community Service Learning.

Connie Iloh ’09 has made the decision to attend the University of Southern California for their Ph.D. program in Urban Education Policy with a concentration in Higher Education following her graduate work at Wake Forest University.

Joanna Calabrese '10 is the Sustainability Outreach Coordinator at Johns Hopkins University. She works with students and with various agencies in the Baltimore area related to the sustainability work at Hopkins. Joanna Calabrese was selected as the 2010 Omicron Delta Kappa National Leader of the Year.

Talia Sacks ’09 is currently working for the Discovery Channel and loving it. She says it is a great company and very fun environment but definitely misses the good old college days. Jared Albert ’10 has begun his studies at Georgetown Law this semester, and is doing well despite all the hard work. Rachel Blair ’10 is attending Johns Hopkins Medical School this year. Jenna Brager ’10 is currently in Americorps*VISTA, serving at the University of Maryland College Park

Rafael Green ’10 is currently working with YRC Logistics (Sterling, VA) in global import/export operations. Patrick Grzanka ’10 graduated in May from the University of Maryland with a Ph.D. in American Studies. In August, he officially his post as Associate Director of Honors Humanities at Maryland to join the faculty of Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. He is currently converting his dissertation in to a book that explores contemporary experiences of white

LEADER guilt in the United States. Elise Hawkins ’10 will be a Traveling Leadership Consultant for Zeta Tau Alpha, which entails traveling from chapter to chapter as a representative of the international organization and helping the collegiate members with whatever programming or training needs they have at that time. Robert Hughes ’10 will be working as a Post-Bacc Research Intern at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. After a year or two of scientific research, he hopes to pursue a career in academic medicine. Maria Jaunakais ’10 has begun her Doctoral Program in Audiology at UNC Chapel Hill. Melissa Kallas ’10 recently came to realize how much she loved air conditioning as she moved to Houston, Texas, following her graduation from Maryland in 2010. She is teaching science at Fonville Middle School as part of the program Teach for America. Heather Kerrick ’10 is working at Accenture in Reston, VA beginning this fall. Christina (Niki) Lau ’10 received a full scholarship from Shanghai University of Sport for one year of language and a 3-yr Master’s degree program. Her concentrations will likely be sports medicine/injury rehab and sports psychology. Mallory Maher ’10 spent her summer interning on Capitol Hill.

Col. J. Logan Schutz, Leader of the Year Joanna Calabrese, and Jim Osteen.


Alee Pagnotti ’10 has begun her studies at Vanderbilt University Law School. A recipient of the Chancellor's Scholarship to attend the

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school, she is very excited for the opportunity. Pooja Patel ’10 is starting Harvard Law School this fall. Mardy Shualy ’10 just finished up his summer fellowship and hopes to join the Peace Corps following the remainder of his summer travels. Nadine Simpson ’10 had an eventful trip after graduation when she was surprised by two volcanic eruptions, tropical storm Agatha, and a 120-foot sinkhole that kept her stuck in Guatemala an extra week. Luckily, she made it home safe.


Edward Tao ’10 began work this past July at GE Healthcare as a member of their Financial Management Program. Hannah Tolley '10 is attending the University Of Maryland School Of Nursing in the Clinical Nurse Leader Master's program. Vivian Wang ’10 is currently attending Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

ODK FACULTY, STAFF, AND HONORIS CAUSA UPDATES Marsha Guenzler-Stevens has been named the Director of the Stamp Student Union at Maryland. Since coming to the University, Marsha has held a variety of positions from Director of Greek Life to Director of

Student Activities. For the many hundreds of students on whom Marsha has had a positive influence, we wish her Congratulations and best wishes.

Dr. Lee Thornton has been named the Interim Associate Provost for Equity and Diversity at the University of Maryland.

IN MEMORIAM J. Allen Bowers ’49, passed away August 1. Allen had retired in 1976 as Manager of Program Operations at WETA public television in Washington, D.C., having previously worked at WMAR in Baltimore and WTTG in DC. He continued his dedication to the University of Maryland for many years after retirement by serving as a tutor in the Writing Center. Allen lived in Adelphi, Maryland with his wife of 55 years, Elizabeth. He is survived by three children and seven grandchildren. Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of a loyal member of Omicron Delta Kappa.


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