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Alumni Update Spring 2017

From new jobs to writing awards, read about what several CLA alumni have been up to recently.

  • Ann Neumann (English, '80) won the 2017 Ingrid Reti Literary Award for her essay that addresses a sense of natural and/or cultural place.

  • Tracy Ruiz (English, ’95) was featured in an article by The Reporter for receiving the Vacaville Unified School District Teacher of the Year award.

  • Ephraim Scott Sommers (English and Political Science, '06) published a new book of poems called “The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire,” which won the 2016 Patricia Bibby First Book Award from Tebot Bach Press.

  • Cory Morgan (History, ’03) was featured in an article in The Santa Clara Weekly for his position as a SCPD sergeant.

  • Silas Lyons (Journalism, ’96) was mentioned in a Record Searchlight article about his promotion to regional editing role in North Central California, leading the Record Searchlight as well as the Salinas Californian, Visalia Times-Delta, and Tulare Advance-Register.
  • Michelle Van Der Linden (Journalism, ’94) has been appointed the new spokesperson for Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. An article in The Voice of OC covers the story.
  • Mike Annuzzi (Music, '09) is a Silicon Valley-based music professional, who visits the Central Coast regularly. He was a featured artist at the 2017 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) convention at the Anaheim Convention Center.
  • Rose Doylemason (Music, ’16) is in the Wind Ensemble, Philharmonia and Brass Ensembles at UCLA while studying for her Masters in bass trombone performance. She will also be teaching two sections of "African American Music of the 60's: Motown."

  • Alexis Rubell (Music, ’16) accepted a full-time choir position at Edgewood Middle/High School in West Covina.

  • Corrie Stallings (Music, ’09) won first prize ($10K) in the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition and third place in the 2017 Giulio Gari Foundation International Vocal Competition that was held in New York.
  • Christina Lefevre Latner (MPP, '14) presented her paper, “Varieties of feminism in elections: The case of California,” at the 2017 Western Political Science Association conference in Vancouver, BC.
  • Katie Hoselton (Political Science, '14) is graduated this spring with her MA in International Economics and International Law from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) program.

  • Carlos Villacis (Political Science, '14) is now a federal contractor for the Department of Energy's Technologies Office in Washington, D.C. He graduated with his MA from George Washington in 2016.

  • Mitchell Haniger (Social Sciences, ’12) was featured in an article by Fan Rag Sports Network on his baseball career.
  • Kimberlee Vandenburg (Theatre, ’16) was accepted into Ohio University’s MFA Production Design & Technology program.


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