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Alumni Achievements

William Nelson IV ’56

William Nelson IV ’56, a Board member from 1993 to 2004, died Dec. 5. After receiving a B.A. in chemistry, Nelson received an MBA in finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1958 and a Ph.D. in economics from Rice University in 1965. He combined these three degrees as a chemist, first with [...]

Aundrea Kelley ’72

Aundrea Kelley ’72 was named vice president for academic affairs at Quincy College, a two-year college serving 4,600 students in Quincy and Plymouth, Mass. Kelley was deputy commissioner for P-16 policy (integrated education from preschool through a four-year degree) and collaborative initiatives at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE), which is the primary coordinating [...]

Chris Johnstone ’90

Chris Johnstone ’90 was awarded the prestigious Kato Prize by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel for his work strengthening United States–Japanese relations as director for Northeast Asia, Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy). Ryozo Kato, the award’s namesake and former Japanese ambassador to the United States, attended the ceremony. Johnstone was recognized for his efforts [...]

Chris Fecko ’98

Chris Fecko ’98 recently became the program manager for the Solar Photochemistry program at the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, the lead federal agency responsible for promoting fundamental research in energy science. Fecko will manage 12 of the 46 Energy Frontier Research Centers, each of which strives to discover new technologies that enable [...]

Kim Foote ’00

Kim Foote ’00 was one of 38 recipients of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for 2014. The $25,000 fellowship was awarded based on the strength of a manuscript, excerpted from her novel, Salt Water Sister, which explores the unlikely friendship of three women in 18th-century West Africa.
Foote has published fiction, essays, and [...]

Radiance Walters Harris ’06

Radiance Walters Harris was named one of the 2013 Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40 at the 88th Annual National Bar Association and IMPACT. Harris is a mid-level associate in the trademark, copyright, and media practice group at DLA Piper, a multinational law firm with offices around the globe. Harris focuses her practice on [...]

Reuben Canada ’99

Reuben Canada ’99 is the winner of the Specialty Food Associations 2013 My Story, My Ad contest. The prize provides him a full-page advertisement in top food-specialty trade magazines and other forms of social outreach to promote his all-natural, ginger-based beverage, Jin+Ja. Canada, a former patent attorney, began by experimenting in his kitchen to formulate [...]

Eman Quotah ’95

Eman Quotah ’95 received a 2013 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award for an excerpt from her manuscript, God’s Handwriting. The historical novel, set in 13th-century Baghdad, follows a calligrapher’s son and an orphan girl before and after the Mongol invasion. Quotah’s fiction has appeared in Pindeldyboz, Gargoyle, and Amazing Graces: Yet Another Collection [...]

David Arthur ’89

David Arthur ’89 was named the PPL Corp.’s new federal government relations vice president. Arthur, who was senior director of federal government relations for PPL, joined the company in 2009. During his 20-plus–year career in Washington D.C., he has also been a director of federal legislative affairs for the Calpine Corp. and a federal lobbyist. [...]

Meena Desai ’81

Meena Desai ’81 was appointed secretary of the Accreditation Association for the Ambulatory Health Care Board of Directors where she represents the American Society of Anesthesiologists. She is president and CEO of Nova Anesthesia Professional, overseeing all aspects of anesthesia operations and surgical integration at 15 surgical facilities, hospitals, and office sites. She also serves on [...]