Janet Koch (BS84) has had her second mystery novel “Foul Play at the PTA” published through Penguin Group.
Rich Lepping (BBE84) has received the 2011 Friend and Advocate Award from the University
of Wisconsin Colleges of Wausau, Wis.
Tammy Steffen (BS84, MA91) is the new principal of Bobcean Elementary School in the Flat Rock Community School District.
Elmer Liimatta (MA85) has been selected by the UP State Commanders of various Veteran service organizations as the 2011 UP Veteran of the Year.
Tom Bruursema (BS86, MS92) has been promoted by NSF International to general manager of NSF Sustainability.
Patty Braden (BS87) is the new director of the Romulus public library.
Martha Farrell (MA87) has been named Teacher of the Year for her work as a Title I teacher at Whitehouse Primary School in the Anthony Wayne School District, Ohio.
AnnMarie Sanders (BS87) has joined Century Bank and Trust at their Coldwater office as a commercial loan officer.
Rhonda Foxworth (BBA88, MBA02) is now vice president and marketing department manager of Bank of Ann Arbor.
Lynn Klammer (MS88) has authored the sixth book, “Gotta Have God vol. 3”, in her series for preschoolers through Legacy Press.
Robin Long (BS88) is a teacher at Amerman Elementary School in the Northville Public School District and has received the Jim and Annette McConnell Elementary History Teacher of the Year award.
Rappelling for Research I
Alumna scales hotel for charity
f you are afraid of heights, you may find the idea of climbing down the side of a 28-story building—
even while attached to a rope—a little intimidating, if not downright crazy! But what if the act could save a loved one’s life? Meghan Garrity (BBA00) rappelled down the side of Chicago’s theWit Hotel, a 28-story building, in September, while friends and family watched from
Dale Moore (BS88) is the new principal of the Lapeer Ed-Tech Center in the Lapeer County Intermediate School District.
Leigh LaChine (BS90) has been elected to the board of directors for the Friends of Rickwood Field, America’s oldest baseball park, located in Birmingham, Ala.
Lawrence D’Angelo (BS91, MA96) was voted by his colleagues as Faculty Member of the Month at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.
Karen Lancendorfer (BS91) has received a Distinguished Teaching Award for her outstanding skill as an associate
professor of marketing and advertising at Western Michigan University.
Jim Musial (BS91) has been named the vice president of marketing for Nology Digital, a digital strategy company
located in Ann Arbor.
Brad O’Neill (BS91) is now the assistant principal of Hillsdale Middle School in the Northville Public School District.
Brian Egen (BS92) has been appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Historical Commission.
Paul Gmelin (MA92) is the new principal of Lakeland High School in the Huron Valley School District of White Lake.
Chris Brockman (MA95) has had his first book “Growing Up in Boom Times” published through AuthorHouse.
the ground. She was among more than 130 participants at this year’s Skyline Plunge! in Chicago. “I’m not afraid of heights, but I can
say, hanging off the side of a 28 story building in a harness gives you a very different perspective on heights,” says Garrity. The annual event is held by the
Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago (RHAMC). Each rapeller is asked to have a sponsorship of at least $1,000, which goes to help fight lung disease through research, advocacy and education. This year, the event raised more than $160,000 toward the cause. “Going back to my days at EMU as a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma, I’ve always enjoyed philanthropy projects and experiences,” she says Garrity herself has raised more than
$3,000 for the event. And, she says, the “funds are still rolling in.” Though she says she enjoys philanthropy, Garrity took the plunge to honor her father, who has been diagnosed with emphysema. “To have the opportunity to
raise money on behalf of my father and his disease while satisfying the thrill-seeker in me was amazing,” says Garrity. “Getting to see my proud papa cheering me on at the end made the experience one I will never forget.” —Leah Shutes
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