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Photo above: Members of UNC’s Advertising Copywriting class met with Brad Ficek (BA-05), senior media planner on a field trip to Crispin Porter + Bogusky advertising agency in Boulder. Back row: Brad Ficek, Sydney Barnes, Mark Harro, Joseph Haury, Sawyere Monson, Austin Pond, and CP+B copywriter Brian Caruso. Front row: Abigail Donovan, Logan Vance, Alyssa Mazza and Lyndsi Ouellette.


Arthur White (BS-57), Worthington, Ohio, contributed to science, mathematics and science teacher education in more than 50 countries. He co-founded the International Consortium for Research in Science and Mathematics Education.


Jim Cantrell (MA-65) Bardstown, Ky., was among 14 artists from Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana invited to exhibit paintings at the “Water – A Bridge to Color” exhibit at the Richmond Art Museum in Richmond, Indiana, in January. He presented five of his works at the exhibit that was composed entirely of watercolor paintings.

Larry Plummer (BA-66), Kewanna, Ind., taught high school social studies until his retirement. Larry and his wife have two children and two grandchildren.

Dixie Periman (MA-67), Centennial, completed 45 years in special education, primarily serving Cherry Creek School District as special education coordinator, autism specialist and transition specialist. She continues to assist school districts and families in Colorado.

Charles “Chuck” Russell (BS-67, MA-68) and Judy (Mattingly) Russell (BS-66, EdS-67), Austin, Texas, have retired after Judy mixed motherhood, teaching preschool, working as administrative support with the Educational Testing Service, University of California and the University of Texas. Chuck taught visually impaired students in Monterey, Calif., then at the Texas School for the Blind, and eventually moved to administration in the Texas state department of education. During his last decade with the state department he served as its federal governmental relations and congressional liaison assigned in Washington, DC. Upon retiring, he consulted on federal governmental and congressional relations with offices in DC and Austin, working mainly with regional education research laboratories and comprehensive education centers.

Bill Bolles (BA-68), Bondurant, Iowa, retired in 2010 after a 46-year teaching career. He taught English and coached cross-country, basketball and track for 44 of those years in the Natrona County School District in Casper, Wyoming. Bill will be inducted into the National High School Coaches Hall of Fame in June.

Charles Shaeffer (BA-68, MA-72), Lakewood, is a member of the American Guild of Organists, a position he has held for 45 years. He has been the house organist at the Denver Scottish Rite Masonic Center since 1996. The November 2014 Organ Crawl, sponsored by the AGO and History Colorado, ended at the 1st Christian Science Church in Denver where Charles spoke about the unique 1925 Kimball orchestral organ and played a short recital.


Darrylinn Todd (BA-70), Chicago, retired in 2014 from the City Colleges of Chicago as the vice president of academic and student affairs-Malcom X College. She also held positions as the dean and associate dean for the Center of Distance Learning. Darrylinn is the owner of Cameron Global Consulting, which specializes in leadership and professional development in higher education and business. She has also worked with numerous clients in developing operational efficiencies and data solutions for education and business institutions. She earned an MAT from Oakland University (Rochester, Mich.) and an MBA and doctorate degrees from Northern Illinois University.

Angelo DiPaolo (BA-71) was posthumously inducted into the New Mexico Activities Association Hall of Fame. Known affectionately as “Dr. D,” Angelo was recognized for his dedication and contribution to interscholastic education as a teacher, coach and administrator. Angelo passed away in November.

Stock Schlueter (BA-71), Eureka, Calif., has painted landscapes, primarily in Northern California, for more than 45 years. He works only under natural light in his downtown Eureka studio and on location, and credits his success to his appreciation and connection with the natural world. Stock’s paintings were displayed at a solo exhibition at Humboldt State University First Street Gallery in late 2014.

Jack Arrowsmith (BA-73), Castle Rock, is the executive director of the Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA). Since leaving his professional career in education in 1980, Jack has held management positions in travel, insurance and publishing industries and he served as Public Trustee to Douglas County and Douglas County Clerk and Recorder.

Susan (Stelle) Mocny (BA-74), Aurora, Ill., teaches special education as a learning behavior specialist and as the Universal Coach for the Behavior Management System at East Aurora School District. She works with children at her church, participates in Habitat for Humanity and enjoys her grandchildren.

Wayne Melanson (EdS-75), Littleton, UNC professor emeritus of journalism and mass communications, taught a night class fall semester 2014 in advertising copywriting (page 26). “Contribution and insights in the professional world of advertising by successful UNC alumni enriched the class immeasurably,” Melanson says. “Their recent and rich experiences in the profession were both informational and inspirational. I am proud of their success and delighted that they were willing to give back to their alma mater.”

Kyle Boyd (BA-11), Colorado Springs, a copywriter with the Graham-Oleson advertising agency, spoke with the class via Facetime and shared his experiences in the profession. On a field trip to Crispin-Porter advertising agency in Boulder, students met with Bradley Ficek (BS-05), Erie, a senior media planner, who spoke about differences in agency culture and climate. Brad previously worked for ad agencies in Dallas. Keith Atzman (BA-11), Littleton, spoke to the class about his experience in a two-year post-graduate program in advertising at the Creative Circus in Atlanta and his advertising copywriting job at CSE, an Atlanta-based advertising agency. On a field trip to Karsh/Hagan, a Denver advertising agency,

Lindsey Mills (BA-11), Aurora, discussed her experience in the post-graduate Miami Advertising School and how a previous field trip to Karsh/Hagan convinced her that she would like to work there.

Charles Sarno (BA-75), Wantage, N.J., retired after 38 years of teaching and coaching in the Sussex-Wantage School District. Charles earned an MA in Integrative Education from Marywood College in Scranton, Penn. During his tenure he was chosen as his district’s nominee for the New Jersey Governor’s Teacher Recognition Program and Sussex-Wantage School District Teacher of the Year.

Don Shiverdecker (BA-76), Simla, retired eight years ago to his hobby ranch near Simla where he raises horses and donkeys.

Gregory Mohrman (BA-78), (right) Bel Air, Md., was selected as the new site project manager for the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant in Pueblo. Since 2010 Greg has held the position of director of Systems Engineering and Operations at Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives headquarters and previously was chief of the National Water Quality Laboratory at the U.S. Geological Survey in Denver. He has more than 35 years of experience in operations management and analytical chemistry.


H. Edward Camp (BA-83), San Francisco, Calif., is celebrating his 21st year in private practice in San Francisco. At his clinic, Ed Camp Chiropractic, he treats sports injuries and extremity rehabilitation. Ed enjoys skiing, windsurfing, stand-up paddling, and ballroom and Latin dancing.

Todd Schneider (BAE-87), Bullard, Texas, was named superintendent of Bullard Independent School District in December. During his 27 years in education, Todd has served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent. He and his wife Jan have three children.


J. Patrick O’Toole (BA-90), Asheville, N.C., founded Prospira Consulting, LLC, to provide prospect research, data analytics and database administration to non-profit organizations. He also offers instruction in Microsoft Office Suite applications and is a certified application specialist with MS Excel.

Carol (Fournier) Crittendon (BA-92), Sidney, Mont., is the publisher of the Sidney Herald. She has worked in the newspaper business for more than 18 years, most recently as the advertising director of the Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald.

Bethany Meyer (BA-92), Denver, is a realtor with John R. Wood Properties at its Marco Island, Florida, office. She is a member of the Naples Area Board of Realtors.

Frank Parker (BS-92), Denver, retired after more than 20 years in the nursing field.

Kent Solt (BA-92), Loveland, is a senior director for Guidepost Solutions’ diligence services group, where he works closely with investigation teams to provide research and data analytics.

James Carlin (MA-93), Manitou Springs, is the owner of Kinder Realm, where he designs and builds interactive structures and furniture that encourage cognitive study and fantasy for children and adolescents. James has also built science-based apparatuses for experimenting with basic physics. His shop and showroom are in Colorado Springs.

Larry Johnson (MPH-93), (right) Decatur, Ga., was re-elected for a fourth term to the DeKalb County (Georgia) Board of Commissioners. A long-term advocate of health and health-related initiatives, Larry spearheaded “DeKalb Walks…For the Health of It!” He was invited to be involved in First Lady Michelle Obama’s national “Let’s Move” campaign and continues to work in a number of leadership capacities with the Health Steering Committee of the National Association of Counties.

Michael Twinchek (BA-94), Hyattsville, Md., completed 20 years with the U.S. House of Representatives, serving on the Committee on Energy and Commerce, the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Homeland Security; and since 2002 as chief clerk on the Committee on Homeland Security.


Amy Kenyon (BA-02), Sarasota, Fla., is the founding partner of Kenyon Law Group, a law firm focused on helping consumers overcome financial obstacles and recover from injuries. She recently published an e-book, The Consumer Guide to Debt Settlement.

Justin Watada (BS-02), Greeley, was named the general manager of the Greeley Independence Stampede in December. Justin has eight years of service with the Stampede as director and assistant director of marketing. He previously worked for three years in the communications department for Greeley-Evans School District 6. The 2015 Greeley Stampede
will run June 25-July 5.

Elizabeth Savolt (BS-03), Reno, Nevada, teaches elementary physical education at Coral Academy of Science in Reno. She recently earned National Board Certification for Early/Middle Child Physical Education from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.

Chad Chisholm (BA-05, BA-08), (right) Denver, shot two featured articles for the February 2015 issue of Cowboys and Indians magazine, including 14 images for the “Colorado’s Wild Elk” and “The Fort” articles. Chad’s studio, Custom Creations Photography, is slated to open summer 2015.

Laura Riddle (MM-05), Texarkana, Ark., received a PhD in Education from Northcentral University in Prescott Valley, Ariz. She is a faculty member at the University of Arkansas-Cossatot in Ashdown, Arkansas, and is the Blackboard administrator.

Robert Mills (BA-06), New York City, is the stage manager with Spiegelworld’s Absinthe Tour Le Monde that recently launched an international tour in Australia.

Nathaniel “Nanz” Fudge (BS-08), Fort Lupton, is a licensed real estate broker. He works with CityScape Real Estate LLC, a full-service brokerage company that specializes in property management in the Denver metro area.

Maile Keller (BA-08), Phoenix, was selected as one of 200 artists throughout the world to exhibit her art work in the Parallax International Artist’s Fair in London, United Kingdom.

Matthew Parker (BA-08), Omaha, Neb., works for the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services in Lincoln as its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator.

Konrad Schlarbaum (BA-13), Colorado Springs, works as a sustainability coordinator at Pikes Peak Community College.

Degree Decoder: B.A. - Bachelor of Arts; B.S. - Bachelor of Science; B.M. - Bachelor of Music; B.M.E. - Bachelor of Music Education; L.C. - Limited Certificate; M.A. - Master of Arts; M.S. - Master of Science; M.A.T. - Master of Arts in Teaching; 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



OCTOBER 16-17, 2015

It’s more than a weekend.

It’s the excitement you bring and the pride you share.

It’s a celebration of your alumni experience.

Welcome home to UNC.