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Bob Couch (MA-66), Kerrville, Texas, published Yellowstone: A Fishing Guide’s Diary--98 Days of Adventure, which is available at the Yellowstone National Park Archives. The book was based on Bob’s notes while serving as a fishing guide on Yellowstone Lake in 1959. (Town Creek Publications 2012)

Marcia (Paulsen) Washburn (BA-71, MA 76), Brush, wrote a music appreciation course, Beethoven Who? Family Fun with Music. It targets parents who have no formal musical training and teaches the elements of music through activities and games. It uniquely features more than 300 links to online listening selections. Marcia operates a piano studio, has published seven books and speaks nationally and internationally on parenting topics. (Building Tomorrow’s Generation 2012)

Can I Kayak, Daddy? by Joyce Duggan Autrey (BA-72), Ketchikan, Alaska, is a beginning chapter book about a young girl with Down Syndrome who is anxiously waiting growing up so she can learn to kayak. Joyce’s daughter Bonny, who is now an active adult, was the inspiration for the book. Joyce writes poetry and prose, teaches private music lessons and enjoys family adventures in the Great Outdoors of Alaska. (Word Press April 2012)

Nowhere Yet is the first novel of contemporary fiction written by Edward Cozza (BA-79), Encinitas, Calif. Edward’s travel to nearly all fifty states and four continents has given him the opportunity to experience different cultures, view the land and enjoy the diversity of language and conversation. (Pinot Dog 2012)

Lisa (Sandborn) Haight (BS-82), Cascade, published Tall Tales from Pikes Peak – Mostly True Stories of Hill Climb Racing. The book includes little known behind-the-scenes stories, photos and anecdotes about the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. (self-published)

The Marble Queen by Stephanie Blake (BA-96), Castle Rock, is a middle-grade novel that tells the story of a young girl in 1959 who learns there are no rules when it comes to love, friendship and family. Stephanie is married with three sons and is a certified phlebotomist whose favorite job is writing for kids. (Amazon Children’s Publishing December 2012)

Sketches on a Napkin was written by retired UNC faculty member Carol Fortino who lives in Beulah. Carol also published When the Bus Stops, a book of poems and works of various artists, and two novels—The Rings of Hubris and The Driver. (Outskirts Press)

Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics at UNC John Ryan has published his first book. The Genesis of Argument Structure follows the acquisition of argument structure and the verb phrase from the earliest stages of language production of one monolingual child learning Peninsular Spanish. (Lambert Academic Publishing Jan 12)

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Degree Decoder: B.A. - Bachelor of Arts; B.S. - Bachelor of Science; B.M. - Bachelor of Music; B.M.E. - Bachelor of Music Education; M.A. - Master of Arts; M.S. - Master of Science; M.M. - Master of Music; M.P.H. - Master of Public Health; Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy; Psy.D. - Doctor of Psychology; Ed.D. - Doctor of Education; D.A. - Doctor of Arts; D.N.P.-Doctor of Nursing Practice; Ed.S. - Educational Specialist


Book Excerpt

From My Off-Season With the Denver Broncos: Building a Championship Team (While Nobody’s Watching) by Loren Landow with Mike Klis:

Who is Loren Landow?

He didn’t know himself during his freshman year at the University of Northern Colorado. Growing up in Westminster, and skating by at Westminster High School, Landow picked UNC for the noblest of reasons.

“I got in?” he said, smiling. “I wasn’t a great student in high school.”

He changed that in college. …Northern Colorado brought out the serious student in Landow.

He started pulling good grades as a freshman but still was undecided about his field of study until he took a career-path course that one day gave its students a 600-question questionnaire.

The results: Loren needed to be a teacher of athletics.

— Loren Landow (BA-96) has gone on to train more than 400 professional athletes including former NFL player Aaron Smith who starred at UNC and Olympians including Missy Franklin. He is director of performance enhancement at the highly regarded Steadman Hawkins Clinic Denver and also consults with professional organizations. His book details his work as the “unofficial trainer” for the Broncos in 2011, when a labor dispute between NFL owners and players forced a preseason work stoppage.

Excerpt reprinted with permission from Taylor Trade Publishing, a division of Rowman & Littlefield.

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