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Katie A. Collins (BS10) was awarded the 2013 Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship.

Benjamin E. Kaszeta (BS10) is an assistant coach for the women’s volleyball team at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. Keszeta also served as volunteer assistant coach at EMU from 2009- 2010.

Thomas M. Gore (MS11) has been hired by Hanger Clinic as a clinician in Orthotics and Prosthetics.

Alexis Boyden (CBSA12) is the new assistant principal of the Ypsilanti Community High School. Boyden spent the past seven years as a department chair and teacher consultant at Ann Arbor’s Skyline High School.

Bo J. Kinder (BS12) is an assistant baseball coach at Heartland Community College in Normall, IL.

Corey A. Watman (BBA12) has been drafted fourth overall in the Canadian Football League by the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Troy M Woloszyk (BS12) has been hired by Beach Properties of Hilton Head Island, a premier vacation rental company.

Jacqueline S. Craig (BBA13) has been promoted from her EMU student internship position at the Michigan Business Connection in Ann Arbor to Financial Analyst. MBC is part of an ongoing intern partnership with EMU.

Andy Leon Mulumba Kabaluapa (BBA13) was drafted second overall in the Canadian Football League by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Taking a Stand

Dannielle Kostrab-Boyd (BS97) received the 2012 Seedling Award from the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence for her advocacy for children who are victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

She’s served as a Child Advocacy Center program

coordinator and therapist at Sexual Assault Services, a department of Bronson Battle Creek for nearly 15 years. Prior to working at SAS, she worked as a part-time resident care worker and volunteer community editor at a domestic violence shelter in Ohio.

While attending EMU, Kostrab-Boyd completed an

internship at HAVEN, a non-profit organization for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

“During my internship, my passion for working in the field of domestic and sexual violence strengthened,” Kostrab-Boyd says. “I knew I wanted to continue to work toward advocating for children and women dealing with interpersonal violence.”

She’s looking forward to continuing her work with SAS, as well as pursuing a doctoral degree in the future. She resides in Battle Creek with her three children.

—Princess Gabbara

Big Hit Off-Broadway

Erik B. Abbott-Main (BS06) is performing in an off- Broadway production entitled, “Sleep No More.” It’s a production by the London-based company, Punchdrunk, that combines characters from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” with the look and feel of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rebecca.”

“As a performer, the challenge of ‘Sleep No More’ is an

exciting one,” Abbott-Main says. “It requires a great deal of fluidity between acting, dancing and improvisation—all forms of advanced training that I am thankful to have received at EMU.”

The Grand Blanc native began his training in the arts in high school, where he learned a technique known as “mask characterization,” in which actors and actresses wear masks and must develop characters by relying solely on the actions of their bodies instead of dialogue and storylines. The masks hide their faces, allowing them to create a personality and probe deeper into themselves.

When he’s not busy auditioning for roles, Abbott-Main finds time to give back to his alma mater:

From 2001-2004, he staged musical productions with his former high school instructor, Denise Botzki, and he created work with 12 EMU student dancers for the annual Faculty and Guest Artist Concert.

—Princess Gabbara

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