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alumni METRO DETROIT’S GUIDE TO FASHION, BEAUTY AND HOME


A Walking Contradiction


Krystle R. Bednark (BS09, MA10) was promoted to administrative and fi nancial specialist in the offi ce of university and development events at the University of Michigan. Bednark will also serve as a liaison to University leaders.


Amanda Decker-Skowronek (MS09) was hired as the fi rst ever director of operations for the track and fi eld programs at the University of Michigan.


David R. Schreiner (MS12), former lieutenant, retired from Canton Police Department after 27 years of service.


Yasmeen M. Prince (BSW13), upon completion of her master’s of social work at New York University, Prince accepted a social service internship at the Center for Urban Community Services in New York City.


Samantha O. Baugher (BS14) has accepted a position as a senior administrative assistant for cardiovascular medicine at the University of Michigan Health System.


Adam Z. Sonabend (BBA14), a former Eastern Michigan University catcher, has signed with the San Francisco Giants as a free agent.


Rachel Burford balances modeling, social work


Rachel Burford knows the


world of elegance and beauty and she knows about struggle and helping people to overcome their setbacks. Burford, a recent graduate from Eastern


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something to impress everyone.” Burford says that,


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LIVEN UP YOUR CHINA CABINET AND MORE… Walking As


contrary to stereotypes, her fellow models are quite connected and highly supportive of each other. They bond over the challenges of keeping fi t and slim and watching their diets. “It’s one big support


group,” she says. “Here in Detroit, we are really close knit.”


Last spring, Burford traveled to China for


Michigan University, brings forth those extremes almost daily in two vastly contrasting roles. She is one of Detroit’s up and coming models, most recently featured on the cover and as the main feature in the September 2014 issue of Styleline Magazine, which runs in the Detroit Free Press. And she observes the challenges people face


and the satisfaction of working with them in her other realm, as an operations specialist at the Delonis Homeless Shelter in Ann Arbor. “It’s combination of all my passions,” she says


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of her dual worlds. “It empowers me. It is why I got into social work. I want to inspire people, and I like being a walking contradiction. Modeling objectifi es you, while social work is all about empowering you.” Burford started to develop an interest in


modeling during high school, when she and her sister would enjoy playing around with makeup. She did her fi rst shoot during senior year, when she was a size 13 (she is a size 4 now). Her modeling involvement grew during


college and really accelerated upon graduation. She has appeared in various newspaper advertisements for beauty salons, along with other regional ads for bridal boutiques and a variety of commercials and catalogues. It’s hard work, where you often do shoots 4-5


days a week. “Versatility is No. 1,” she says of building a modeling portfolio. “You have got to have


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a screening of a fi lm she appeared in entitled “Sirens of Chrome,” based off a book written by Margery Krevsky, in which she plays a girl who’s wanted to be a model in the auto shows since her childhood. Despite the role, Burford does not aspire


to be an auto show model, adding, “I am into modeling for the expression and the art.” She says still draws on her experience at EMU,


where she served as a tour guide for four years. “I love my family. I am a big homebody,” she says. “But it only took about a week until Eastern felt


like home.”3 —Geoff Larcom


The Rachel Burford fi le Education: Graduated from EMU in


2013 with a B.A. in social work. Age: 22 High school: Lakeland White Lake High School in Lakeland, MI. Noteworthy: She was a Presidential Scholar at EMU. Growing up, she spent 14 years in the theater and in dance, which she says helps her in front of the camera as a model. Quote: “When you get in front of the camera, it’s a passion. I absolutely light up—the hair, the lighting—I become that person. All they have to do is put on the music, and I can go and connect with it.”


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