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Boayn "Brian" Griffen

Boyan "Brian" Griffen ('02 B.B.A, B.A.) recently became associate director of client risk at Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) in London, UK. Griffen provides advice and guidance in Corporate Markets - Sales & Derivatives Structuring. This part of LBG rovides banking and related services for major UK and multinational corporates and financial institutions.

Published: August 1, 2011 in College of Business

Brennan Hamilton

Brennan Hamilton ('95 M.S.E.), president and founder of GoPoint Technology, was awarded the 2010 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award for the GL1 Apple “Works With iPhone” automotive interface cable. The GL1 turns an iPod touch, iPhone or iPad into an automotive diagnostic tool that views trouble codes, turns off the check engine light and monitors electrical signals that go through a car’s computer. GoPoint Technology, located in Rochester Hills, MI, got its start three years ago and has since...

Published: August 1, 2011 in College of Engineering and Computer Science

Eftikhar Saleh

Eftikhar Saleh (’04 B.A.) and Steven Hernandez (’04 B.A.) were married in 2008.

Published: August 1, 2011 in School of Education, College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Kawthar Ali

Kawthar Ali (’07 B.A., '11 M.A.) will participate in the 2011 Teach for America Corps, working to ensure that all children in the Bay Area receive equal and excellent education.

Published: August 1, 2011 in School of Education

James Weeks

James Weeks (’73 B.S.A.) was named chief executive group chair for Vistage Michigan, a membership-based organization that provides business leaders with perspectives and innovative strategies. He is also a member at Tyrone Consulting Group, LLC, in Fenton, MI.

Published: August 1, 2011 in College of Business

Thom Madden

Thom Madden (’90 B.B.A.) was promoted to division controller and director of sponsored programs at University of Michigan. He has more than 20 years of experience in higher education in accounting, financial systems and business intelligence.

Published: August 1, 2011 in College of Business

Laurel Krueger

Laurel (Kolinski) Krueger ('96 B.A.) a corporate attorney who will complete her M.B.A. at UM-Dearborn in summer 2011, founded the children's T-shirt company Puppy & Bean. Inspiration for the company’s “simple T-shirts for complex creatures” came from her two sons, Nicholas, 7, and Owen, 2. The company was invited to participate in Jayneoni Moore’s annual celebrity gifting events, which supported several charities. Attendees of the gifting events included Chad Lowe (pictured), Tiffani...

Published: August 1, 2011 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Eric Ham

Eric Ham ('95 B.A.) recently launched The XII Project, a nonpartisan initiative designed to create a dialogue among thought leaders about key foreign policy and national security challenges facing the United States in the run-up to the 2012 presidential elections. The XII Project’s policy team aims to promote a substantive conversation on public policy issues that will have a real impact on America’s future at home and abroad. Ham brings significant foreign policy experience to the project,...

Published: August 1, 2011 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Charles Jenkins

Charles Jenkins (’68 B.B.A) is retired and living in Weeki Wachee, Fla., after a 40-year career in banking, most recently serving as senior vice president, national corporate group, First Hawaiian Bank.

Published: August 1, 2011 in College of Business

Steven Guarini

Steven Guarini (’84 B.B.A) has joined the board of directors and will serve as chair of the audit committee at Leader Dogs for the Blind. He is the current accounting and audit partner for Godfrey Hammel, Danneels & Company.

Published: August 1, 2011 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Nazneen Uddin

Nazneen Uddin (’07 B.A.), a medical student at U-M, was named a prestigious Luce Scholar. The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program developed to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15–18 Luce Scholars each year.

Published: August 1, 2011 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Gary Reggish

Gary Reggish (’91 B.S.) was named the 2010 Realtor of the Year by the Western Wayne/Oakland County Association of Realtors.

Published: August 1, 2011 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Maria Ploof

Maria Ploof (’06 B.A.) is a high school teacher at Southfield Christian School and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in language learning at Wayne State University.

Published: August 1, 2011 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Betz King

Betz King (’96 B.A.) has a psychotherapy private practice specializing in psycho-spiritual therapy, anxiety disorders and women’s empowerment.

Published: August 1, 2011 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Paul Kemp

Paul Kemp (’96 B.A.) had his work of speculative fiction, Crosscurrent, hit number 10 on The New York Times bestseller mass-market fiction list on Feb. 14, 2011.

Published: August 1, 2011 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Eric Hendricks

Eric Hendricks (’10 B.A.) has been accepted to law school at UC Berkley, Columbia and University of Michigan.

Published: August 1, 2011 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Elizabeth Haar

Elizabeth Haar (’87 B.S.) was recently named to Business Insurance magazine’s annual “Women to Watch” list, which recognizes individuals doing exceptional work in risk management, benefits management, commercial insurance and related fields. Haar serves as president and CEO of Accident Fund Holdings, Inc. in Lansing, MI.

Published: August 1, 2011 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Douglas Freed

Douglas Freed (’85 B.A.), director of enrollment development at Henry FordCommunity College, was selected as the 2010 Communicator of the Year for the Midwest District by the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR). He also received two Medallion Awards for marketing excellence in the radio advertisement series and brochure categories.

Published: August 1, 2011 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Jason Davis

Jason Davis (’09 B.A., ’11 M.P.A.) has joined UM-Dearborn’s Office of Alumni Relations as the assistant director of alumni engagement.

Published: August 1, 2011 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Alisha Cieslak

Alisha Cieslak (’06 B.A.) recently became legal counsel to Benteler Automotive at its North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, MI.  Benteler is an international automotive supplier with 23,000 employees worldwide. Cieslak will provide legal advice and guidance to Benteler’s North American operations, including its plants and divisions throughout Canada and Mexico.

Published: August 1, 2011 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Adam Cefai

Adam Cefai (’03 B.A.) was promoted to legal review manager at Business Intelligence Associates in Portage, MI.

Published: August 1, 2011 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Eric Brandt

Eric Brandt (’09 B.S.), a medical student and researcher at Case Western Reserve, had an article published in the January/February issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion in which he calls on the FDA to revise its policies so that food labels more accurately reflect trans-fat content.

Published: August 1, 2011 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Kim Berman

Kim Berman (’77 B.S.) is celebrating the 15th year of her business, Ink Squared, which specializes in medical, scientific and technical writing services.

Published: August 1, 2011 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Susan Avery

Susy Avery (’80 B.A.) was appointed executive director of the Michigan Women’s Commission by Governor Rick Snyder. Avery was honored as UM-Dearborn’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 1995.

Published: August 1, 2011 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Lynn Alexander

Lynn Alexander (’97 B.A., ’00 M.P.A.) was appointed poet laureate of the City of St. Clair, MI.  She also serves as vice president of the Community Foundation of St. Clair County.

Published: August 1, 2011 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Kristin Michalski

Kristin Michalski ('09 B.A.) recently graduated from University of Michigan School of Social Work and received a masters of social work with a specialist in aging certificate. One of her papers (Hypersexuality in Individuals with Dementia) was also recently accepted for publication in The Michigan Journal of Social Work and Social Welfare.

Published: July 26, 2011 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Daniel Schwalm

Daniel Schwalm ('00 B.B.A.) has been appointed assistant Warren County attorney.  The Warren County Attorney's Office is located in Indianola, Iowa, 18 miles south of downtown Des Moines.  He will be responsible for prosecuting the county's vehicular homicide and drunken driving matters.

 

Published: July 26, 2011 in College of Business

Oscar Sousa

Oscar Sousa ('78 B.A.) currently successful general agent at AAA Michigan is a multiple winner of AAA President Elite Designation.

Published: June 3, 2011 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

John Babcock

John Babcock ('82 B.S.A.), partner at the law firm of Wall Esleeck Babcock LLP in Winston-Salem, has been named one of North Carolina’s 2011 “Super Lawyers” by his peers.  Babcock, who is also listed in Best Lawyers in America, has been included in the Super Lawyers every year since 2007. Super Lawyers is an annual listing of outstanding attorneys who have received a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Published: May 3, 2011 in College of Business

Hoda Amine

Hoda Amine ('86 B.A.) received from NASW (Nat Assoc of Soc Workers) the was awarded the National Association of Social Workers' 2011 Michigan Social Worker of the Year Award at their program in April. Dr. Amine is director of Dearborn Counseling Services.

Published: May 3, 2011 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Rebecca Davies

Rebecca Davies ('91 B.S.A.) has joined the Detroit office of Butzel Long law firm as a shareholder, where she focuses her practice in the areas of employment law and comerical litigation.

 

Published: May 3, 2011 in College of Business

David Malhalab

David Malhalab ('76 B.G.S.) recently participated as a panelist in the Fox2-Detroit news segment Let It Rip: Detroit Police Moonlighting as Security Guards.

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Published: May 3, 2011 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Janice Halkyard

Janice Halkyard ('74 B.A.) was recently promoted to assistant regional director for the Detroit Passport Agency in the U.S. Departrment of State.

Published: May 3, 2011 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Michael Gillespie

Michael Gillespie ('01 B.A.) completed and defended his dissertation in July 2010 and earned his Ph.D. at Western Michigan University.  he is currently assistant professor of sociology at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

Published: May 3, 2011 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

William Kroppe

William Kroppe ('99 M.S.E.) has joined Vestas Wind Systems, the global leader in wind turbine design, sales and production.  He is leading a startup of a new R&D center in the Boulder, Colorado area, where the goal is to reduce the cost of wind energy through new wind turbine designs.

Published: May 3, 2011 in College of Engineering and Computer Science

Amenia Bussell

Amenia Bussell ('04 B.A.) has been promoted from Program Manager for the HIMSS EHR Association to Sr. Manager, for the HIMSS Corporate Relations team.

Published: May 3, 2011 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

David Anderson

David C. Anderson ('94 B.A.) a partner at Collins, Einhorn, Farrell & Ulanoff P.C. in Southfield, was re-elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Oakland County Bar Association, the largest voluntary bar association in the state of Michigan.

Published: December 16, 2010 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

David Baggett

David Baggett ('88 B.A.) recently assembled a team of champion scholars to consider numerous philosophical issues within the sport of tennis for the new publication Tennis and Philosophy: What The Racket Is All About by University Press of Kentucky. Profiles of tennis greats including John McEnroe, Roger Federer, the Williams sisters and Arthur Ashe are paired with pertinent topics, from the ethics of rage to the role of rivalry.

Published: December 16, 2010 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Rick Cassar

Rick Cassar ('80 B.A.) recently started a business counseling first-time freshmen on college success after a 25-year career as a community college counselor, professor and department chair. Counselors at FreshmanSuccess.com help students to be aware of, and avoid, the pitfalls they face as they go away to college for the first time.

Published: December 16, 2010 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Carolyn Esau

Carolyn Esau ('88 B.A.) had her novella, “Mr. Darcy’s Christmas Carol,” published as part of a new anthology, A Darcy Christmas by Sourcebook. Esau, who writes under the pen name Carolyn Eberhart, wrote of Darcy (a main character in Jane Austen’s classic novel, Pride and Prejudice) encountering ghosts of Christmas past, present and future who show him his life if pride were to keep him from his one true love.

Published: December 16, 2010 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Andrew Galuszka

Andrew Galuszka ('09 B.A.) was recently sworn in as a police officer with the Dearborn Police Department.

Published: December 16, 2010 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Sue Hachem

Sue Hachem ('04 B.A.) has joined the Southfield-based law firm of Hubbell DuVall PLLC as Attorney of Counsel. She is a 2008 graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

Published: December 16, 2010 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Mary Anderson Johnson

Mary Anderson Johnson (’84 B.A.) went on to earn her M.A. (‘89) and Ph.D. (‘94) from the University of New Mexico. Her husband of over 50 years, Paul Johnson, died of leukemia in 2006. She and James Hanks were married Oct. 18, 2009, and live in Pendleton, Oregon.

Published: December 16, 2010 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

James Lesniak

James G. Lesniak ('77 B.A.) recently retired from Gale, a division of Cengage Learning, after 29.5 years of service.

Published: December 16, 2010 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Abdullateef Muhiuddin

Abdullateef Muhiuddin (Muhi), (’09 B.A.) is working as an associate development officer at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, a nonprofit think tank that focuses on U.S. foreign and domestic policy.

Published: December 16, 2010 in College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Kurt Osborne

Kurt Osborne ('02 M.S.E.) recently was recognized with the Application of the Year Award, Green Engineering Award, and Automotive Category Winner at the National Instruments Graphical System Design Achievement Award for his work at Ford Motor Company.

Published: December 16, 2010 in College of Engineering and Computer Science

Kristin McDonough

Kristin McDonough (’10 B.B.A.) has joined the Office of Institutional Advancement at UM-Dearborn as the development coordinator.

Published: December 16, 2010 in College of Business

Michael Royce

Michael J. Royce (’83 P.D.), a consultant with Albion Associates of Clarkston, MI., was named a winner of the 2010 Forest R. McFarland Award by SAE International. The McFarland award recognizes individuals for outstanding contributions to the SAE Engineering Meetings Board and the development and dissemination of information, or for contributions in facilitating or enhancing the interchange of technical information. Royce, who has been an active member of SAE since 1965, served on the...

Published: December 16, 2010 in College of Business

Michael Porter

Michael Porter ('75 B.B.A.) will become the chief executive officer of Think Detroit PAL in January 2011 after retiring from DTE Energy, where he has served as vice president of corporate communications for the past 13 years. Think Detroit PAL is one of the largest nonprofit urban youth leadership programs in the nation, and serves nearly 12,000 youth annually. He is a member of UM-Dearborn's College of Business board of advisors, is chairman of the board of directors for the University of...

Published: December 16, 2010 in College of Business

Bradley Brennan

Bradley Brennan (’10 B.B.A.) is believed to be the youngest Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Michigan. Brennan was recently notified he passed all four sections of the challenging CPA exam the first time he took them, at age 20 and 7 months. Brennan is working as a tax accountant in the Detroit office of Ernst & Young. He is also involved in the Michigan Association of CPAs and the UM-Dearborn COB Alumni Affiliate. The CPA exam consists of four separate tests: auditing...

Published: December 16, 2010 in College of Business

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