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Arvidson book


P. Sven Arvidson has dedicated his latest book to former St. Mary's professor Henry Rosemont, Jr. Teaching Nonmajors: Advice for Liberal Arts Professors was published in July by SUNY Press. It delivers uncomplicated and useful techniques for better teaching to nonmajors in liberal arts courses. Sven teaches philosophy at Seattle University.

Vera Young

Vera Young was awarded the 2008 Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award in Charles County. Vera mentors educators, helps write curricula, creates staff development programs, and advises the state Education Department, in addition to teaching English at Westlake High. Her students and colleagues describe her as enthusiastic, energetic, passionate, motivating, well prepared, dynamic, dedicated, inspiring and awesome in their letters nominating her for this award.

Laurel Tringali Eierman was widowed on May 15, 2008. Her husband Charles "Chuck" Eierman, Jr. was 61 and died of a rare brain disease. Laurel has two stepchildren, Colleen (and her husband John) and Jarrod (and his wife Leah), as well as two grandchildren, Andrew (16) and Gabrielle (10).

Terri Carwile Wichtendahl was recently promoted to accounting manager for International Stem Cell Corporation, an Oceanside, California-based biotech research and development company. Terri is in its Walkersville, Maryland, office.


Niki Byram '86 kayaking at Deleon Springs, Florida.

Debra Goldsmith and Michael Scoggins were married July 15, 2005, and went on a cruise to the Bahamas for their honeymoon. She is a government resource teacher with Charles County public schools. They now have a "blended family" of four children and their spouses and six grandchildren.


Kim Summers probably didn't foresee that her teaching career would lead her down an environmental path, from one "green" school to another. She is the new principal of Leonardtown's Evergreen Elementary School, which will open in August 2009 as the first green school of its type in St. Mary's County.

This year, for the first time, alumni could camp on the grassy field by the Guam parking lot during the festivities following the 35th Annual Governor's Cup Yacht Race, enjoyed by the alumni, community and sailors. Alums camping

Peggy Fowler left her job as a biology teacher with Loudoun County, Virginia, public schools after seven years in 2007 to become the student ambassador program coordinator at Washington Dulles International Airport. She coordinates 20-30 high school and college students who serve as customer service agents at the airport. Peggy says, "It's been a nice switch from teaching!"

David Stevens and his wife, Heather O'Connell Stevens '91, celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary June 5th. They live in Bethesda, Maryland, and have two children (Austin 11, Shea 9). David is with the Congressional Stevens FamilyQuarterly. Heather is a homemaker and works part-time for Bradley Hills Presbyterian Nursery School. They keep in touch with many fellow alums and really miss St. Mary's. They hope to visit the campus soon.

Jamie Benoit, councilman in Anne Arundel County's 4th District, has worked hard since 2006 to increase commitment to public schools, teachers and the environment and create a more transparent government.

John B. Bratt's article "District Court Trial Practice" was recently published in Trial Reporter, the journal of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, Spring 2008. He is with Miller & Zois, LLC in Glen Burnie, Maryland, concentrating his practice on the representation of individuals injured by others' negligence.

Lauren Matukaitis Broyles successfully defended her Ph.D. in nursing at the University of Pittsburgh, which involved the impact of alcohol abuse on antiretroviral medication adherence in HIV/AIDS. This fall, she starts a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) at the Veterans Administration in Pittsburgh.

Rebecca Miller Klempner has just published her first book, A Dozen Daisies for Raizy. The story takes place on the Jewish holiday of Shavuot and targets children ages 3-6. Becca lives in California with her husband and children and is a homemaker.

Zubair Amir finished a Ph.D. program in English at Cornell University in 2004. He now lives in Wheaton, Illinois, near Chicago, and is an assistant professor of literature at Benedictine University after brief stints teaching at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, and at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

Laura Henry married Brad Stone from Dunkirk, Maryland, and became Laura Henry-Stone in December 2006. She graduated with her Ph.D. in sustainability education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in May 2008.

Sherri Catalano graduated in 2007 from University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She was admitted to practice in Colorado and is an associate in the Corporate, Securities & Finance Group in the Denver office of Hogan & Hartson, LLP. Prior to receiving her J.D. degree, she received her M.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Leana Pitkevits just got married and submitted this great photo of herself with five other St. Mary's alumnae. They were all friends in college and have stayed in touch since graduation. From left: Eliza Canty-Jones '98, Leana Pitkevits Houser '98, Barbara McLean Mantler '98, Marni Lindquist Kiernan '97, Jane Brown '98, and Samantha Wales '98. Leana says, "It is so awesome that we have stayed in touch, considering we are scattered all over the country from Oregon to Chicago to Connecticut to Baltimore." Leana and friends

Calvin Schermerhorn completed a Ph.D. at the University of Virginia in May and started a new job as assistant professor of history at Arizona State University this fall.