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April 29, 2016

Kenneth E. Roper (BA ’64), Olathe, Kan., retired after 44 years as a high school, university, and junior college physics and mathematics teacher.

Richard “Dick” E. Newman (BA ’66), Fayetteville, Ark., retired from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in 2014 after 42 years of teaching and coaching at the intercollegiate level.

Steven J. Durham (BA ’69), Colorado Springs, was elected to the Colorado State Board of Education in December 2014 and elected chairman Education in August 2015. Prior to this, Steve served three terms in the Colorado House of Representatives and two terms in the State Senate.

Carl Dean Morgenegg (BA ’70), Poughkeepsie, N.Y., retired advisory systems engineer from IBM Corp., after 41½ years. Carl also served as a mathematics teacher at Arvada West High School in Arvada.

Michael R. Lucas (BA ’73), Wasilla, Alaska, earned his second consecutive National Association of Flight Instructors Master Instructor accreditation. He has been a pilot in Alaska since 1985.

Ewin Michael Rosser (MA ’73), Aurora, was presented with the Colorado State University Lifetime Career Achievement Award given to alumni who have excelled in their business and civic careers. Mike has a long and prestigious career in mortgage banking, where he received numerous awards for his work.

Larry “Bucky” Hamlett (BS ’74, MA ’75), Spring Valley, Calif., is looking forward to a September 30 retirement date after 32 years as a State Farm agent in San Diego.

John D. Mabley (Ed.S ’75), Debford, Nova Scotia, recently returned to North America following a year working at the University of Gondar in Ethiopia on developing quality assurance standards.

Blues Bland (formerly Frank Bland) (BA ’76), Minneapolis, Minn., is a theatrical stage manager/technician in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area and owns Alternate Realities, which specializes in the sale of obscure sci-fi, fantasy, superhero videos, and collectible memorabilia.

Michael A. “Moe” Maiurro (BS ’79, MA ’81), Widefield, retired in 2011 from Fountain-Ft Carson SD #8 after 24 years teaching high school and coaching more than 50 different seasons of high school sports. Coach Moe is currently planning a 2,200 mile tribute bicycle ride from Fort Carson to Arlington National Cemetery. The cross country cycling journey, The 2016 Ride for Heroes, will begin May 1, and will honor three of his fallen former students who were killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Terry L. Vice (BA ’79) recently relocated to Wellington, New Zealand, to work at the U.S. Embassy.

Dana Michael Hagood (BA ‘81), Colorado Springs, is celebrating more than 30 years of HR leadership that includes staffing/sourcing, employee relations and conflict resolution; projects, benefits, leadership, culture shaping facilitating and he is SPHR certified.

Terri A. (Gardner) Maiurro (BA ‘81), Widefield, retired in 2014 from Widefield SD #3 after 32 years teaching primary grade students. Terri continues to volunteer two days a week at Weikel Elementary in her daughter, Beth’s, first grade classroom. Terri also spends time with her 2½ year old granddaughter, Elizabeth. Terry and husband, Mike, are planning a 35th anniversary trip to Alaska.

Colonel J. Junior Tilley (MS ‘81), Houston, Texas, a retired Air Force colonel, taught aerospace science for 11 years. Presently, financial services representative division leader for Primerica Financial Services and is preparing to open an office in Tyler, Texas.


Joel Collier (BAE ’87), Atlanta, Ga., was named director of personnel for the Atlanta Falcons.

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Daniel W. Wong (Ph.D. ’87), Starkville, Miss., is a professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations at Mississippi State University, where he served as department head from 2009 to 2014. He previously taught at the University of North Texas, San Jose State University, Hofstra University, University of Hawaii at Manoa, and East Carolina University. Recently, he published a book with his colleagues titled Counseling Individuals Through the Lifespan.

Karma Bevelhimer (BS ’93), Lawrenceville, Ga., was named vice president, Financial Services at National Vision, Inc.

Scott Foster (BA ’99), Bayonne, N.J., starred as the man in the shower for the Dollar Shave Club ad that debuted during Super Bowl 50.

Megan Van De Hey (BA ’99), Denver, appeared in the production of Tell Me on a Sunday at the Avenue Theatre in Denver.


Janet Houser (PhD ’00), Arvada, was named Regis University’s provost. According to Regis University President John Fitzgibbons, “Janet is a leader who will help us navigate the many challenges and opportunities facing private institutions of higher education in the coming year.”

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Matthew J. Thompson (BA ’00, MA ’08), Greeley, was hired as principal of Dos Rios Elementary School in Evans.

Nikki Tomlinson (BA ’02), Atlanta, Ga., received her first SAG Award nomination for her stunt work on The Walking Dead television series.

Eric David Scott (BA ’05), Jacksonville, Fla., is the director of public relations for North American Soccer League club, the Jacksonville Armada FC. His efforts in 2015, the club’s inaugural season, helped set two NASL attendance records.


Vincent Jackson: Salute to Service award
Former @UNCBEARSFB Player @VincentTJackson Named Salute to Service Award Winner. #GoUNCBears

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Aaron L. Young (BA ’06), New York, N.Y., and the current cast of Fiddler on the Roof went into the studio to produce a new revival cast recording for Fiddler.

Lincoln L. Hayes (BA ’07), Burlington, Vt., was cast in Lone Tree Films’ next feature Northland!

Ryan C. Jesse (BA ’07), New York, N.Y., is currently in the national tour of Dirty Dancing, and recently appeared at the Buell Theatre in Denver.

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Hanna Marie Hines ’08 stars in Lifetime TV romance series
Hannah Marie Hines, a 2008 graduate of UNC’s Theatre Arts program, stars in the new Lifetime TV digital series Fall Into Me — Measurements. When a wardrobe assistant (Hines) shows up for work on a movie set, she doesn’t know that she’s about to take measurements for an A-list actor who also happens to be her childhood classmate — and crush. Will he remember her? Watch Hines in all eight episodes available as streaming video on YouTube.

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William “Billy” Marshall, Jr. (BA ’08), Astoria, N.Y., recently appeared in an episode of the series Broad City.

Kimberly “Kimmy” DeRosa (BA ’09), Westminster, completed the master’s of Library Information Science degree at the University of Denver and accepted a position in technical services at the Auraria Library in Denver.

Paul D. Vella (BA ’09), Providence, R.I., is the Resident Assistant Stage Manager at the Public Theatre New York City.

Andrew J. Alber (BA ’10), Morrison, and Katherine E. Foote (BA ’15), Denver, are appearing in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Bug Theatre in Denver.

Keir S. Kirkegaard (BA ’10), Centennial, and Andrea “Andi” Davis (BA ’12), North Hollywood, Calif., recently booked Rock of Ages for Norwegian Cruise Lines.

DeShawn Harold Mitchell (BA ’10), Aurora, appeared in a recent episode of Blindspot on NBC Television.

Heather M. Washburn (BA ’10), Astoria, N.Y., was hired as a casting assistant at Binder Casting in NYC.

Stori Heleen (BA ’11), Littleton, is working at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts as a lighting designer in the Seawell Ballroom.

Daniel Everett Whisler (MM ’11), Satanta, Kan., is the 2015 winner of The American Prize in Conducting in the high school orchestra division for his work with the Youth Performing Arts School Philharmonia.

Rex M. Corr (Ed.S ’13), Parker, was promoted to principal at Castle View High School.


Aisha Danielle Jackson (BA ’13), New York, N.Y., was cast in the new Sara Bareilles musical Waitress. This is Aisha’s second Broadway show.

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Anna M. Landy (BA ’14), Sayre, Pa., was cast in the Utah Shakespeare festival productions of the musicals The Coconuts and Mary Poppins.

Jenna Moll Reyes (BA ’14), Aurora, is currently appearing in the Miner’s Alley production of 4000 Miles in Denver.

Eric A. Vera (MA ’14), Brownsville, Texas, left his post as artistic director at Camille Playhouse to enter the Ph.D. Program in Public Practice and Theatre in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin.

Sienna M. Burnett (BA ’15), Denver, published a book of poetry on Amazon Press titled Ocean Poems and Other Living Things.

Michael J. Despars (MA ’15), Long Beach, Calif., was recognized as Fullerton Union High School Teacher of the Year.

Phillip J. Foy (BS ’15), Otis, was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force on October 1, 2015.

Emily Johnson (BA ’15), Sammamish, Wash., was cast as Nancy in the TYA production of Fancy Nancy — The Musical at SecondStory Repertory in Seattle.


Cody McDavis (BS ‘15) was one of 10 people from across the country to receive a White House Champions of Change award for his contributions while at UNC and the “It’s on Us” national initiative to change college culture around sexual assault. Recipients were honored at an April 14 ceremony at the White House.

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Shauni Ruetz (BA ’15), Ontario, N.Y., was selected to compete in “New York’s Got Talent: Season 2!” Thirty four acts will compete over eight weeks.