Alumni Notes



Follow along on Twitter @UNCBearsAlumni to read more alumni news and notes

Editor’s Note: Alumni Notes items are submitted by alumni and are not verified by the editors. While we welcome alumni news, UNC Magazine is not responsible for the information contained in these submissions.

May 01, 2017

Marion Siebert Jensen (BA ’64), Broomfield, published A Place to Call Home

David L. King (BA ’65, MA ’70), Del Mar, Calif., returned from his third humanitarian trip to Africa where he painted a mural for the Joy to the World Kindergarten in Namibia. His previous visits to Africa have included Namibia and Maseno, Kenya.

G. William “Bill” Yeagle (MA ’65), Butte, Mont., was inducted into the Montana Tech 2016 Hall of Fame class.

J. Rod Summitt (BA ’68), Colorado Springs, has a new publisher and website. He is working on three novels, all of which are set in a fictional area of Colorado.

Band of Brothers
World War II “Band of Brothers” hero Edward Tipper died at the age of 95. Tipper, who was featured in the book and HBO war series, earned his master’s degree from UNC, then Colorado State College of Education, following the war. He transitioned from military to civilian service and spent nearly 30 years as an educator in Iowa and Colorado. The public memorial ceremony will be held June 1, 2017, in Lakewood.

Fred G. Waiss (BA ’72), Prairie Du Chien, Wis., has published his first book. Just Lucky, Book 1: Friends and Enemies is set at UNC in the 1970s. Book 2 is set to be published in 2017.
Linda (Dumler) Scott (BS ’73), Centennial, retired after 43 years of nursing, including 16 years as a pediatric nurse practitioner.

Al Daher (BA ’75), Syracuse, N.Y., has received the Izaak Walton League (IWL) of America Honor Roll Award in recognition of his outstanding work performed in the field of conservation, public information and publicity. As a member of the IWL, Daher partnered with organizations from the public and private sector to help provide awareness about the history and reclamation of Onondaga Lake in Syracuse. He produced three films in the past 10 years highlighting Onondaga Lake as a recreational destination. Daher and his two brothers operate Mickey’s Bait and Tackle of North Syracuse.

Steven R. Helling (BA ’75), Colorado Springs, was appointed to the Colorado Springs Independent Ethics Commission for a three-year term.

Doug Weller (BA ’78), Lawrence, Kan., was named editorial design director of B Magazine, a quarterly publication of B the Change Media in Lawrence. (

Joanna “Jody” Fowler (BAE ’88), Eureka, Mo., was honored among 100 St. Louis-area educators to receive an Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. The award pays tribute to area educators for their achievements and dedication to the field of education.

Julie Smart (Ph.D. ’88), Logan, Utah, was presented with a 2016 Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Education award by the National Council on Rehabilitation Education and is writing a book titled A Disability Primer for Counselors.

Lisa K. Hoy (BA ’90), Huntington Beach, Calif., has taught first grade for 24 years. She recently returned from teaching internationally in Doha, Qatar, and Shanghai, China. She currently is working for the Orange Unified School District.

Gregory B. Elder (BA ’95), Adamstown, Pa., is currently the chief historian of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Elder previously served as the deputy defense intelligence officer for Homeland Defense, president’s daily briefing briefer and division senior intelligence analyst.

Jenifer Furda (BS ’97, MA ’00), Colorado Springs, has been named chief operating officer at the National Cybersecurity Center, a nonprofit organization providing collaborative cybersecurity knowledge and services to the nation.



Janice Sinden (BA ’97), Denver, was appointed to the UNC Board of Trustees by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.

Autumn (Hurlbert) Norman (BA ’02), Bozeman, Mont., has been cast as Portia in the first national tour of the musical Something Rotten.

Douglas T. Owens (DA ’03), Norfolk, Va., became the chairperson of the Old Dominion University Department of Music in June 2016. He continues to teach undergraduate and graduate music education courses and directs the ODU Jazz Orchestra.

Ryan R. Johnson (BS ’09), Colorado Springs, was promoted to the position of director of corporate gifts by USA Wrestling, the national governing body for wrestling in the United States.

Joshua Prewett (BME ’09), Colorado Springs, was named the new district manager of the Band and Orchestral Division at Yamaha Corporation of America following seven years working in education and the music industry. In 2015, Prewett was named Music & Arts Education Representative of the Year.

Alumnae test friendship with ‘Friend or Faux’
“It’s not how many friends we have, but how well we know them,” states the slogan of a new card game developed by alumnae Colleen Stalwick, Chrissy Fagerholt, Jodi Sagastume and Melissa Derby. The trio put their friendship to the test when they created the personally revealing card game “Friend or Faux.” Initially designed two years ago, the game has undergone different iterations based on the group’s testing and received a strong reception during the Chicago Toy and Game Fair. The group recently formed Easily Amused Productions LLC as the game’s maker and launched a kick-starter campaign in April.

For more information

Cody T. Havard (Ph.D. ’11), Collierville, Tenn., is an assistant professor of Sport Commerce in the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management at the University of Memphis and was named co-editor of the Journal of Amateur Sport effective July 1. Havard researches rivalry in sport and has developed the Sport Rivalry Fan Perception Scale (SRFPS) and identified Glory Out of Reflected Failure (GORFing).

Justin Hicks (BM ’11), Watertown, Mass., is recording video game soundtracks and singing on stage.

Cashelle Butler (BA ’14), Denver, will perform in the national tour of Mama Mia at Greeley’s Union Colony Civic Center in April.

Teya Patt (BA ’10), Seattle, Wash., recently appeared as a guest star on an episode of the ABC TV sitcom Fresh Off the Boat. Patt was also cast in a film titled Holly Star, which was written and directed by Michael Nickels and produced by Ed Burns.
Stephanie V. Woolman (BS ’16), Greeley, was commissioned as second lieutenant in the United States Air Force.

Stephanie V. Woolman (BS ’16), Greeley, was commissioned as second lieutenant in the United States Air Force.