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National cycling champion JAMES ANSITE is featured and pictured in a Long Beach Press-Telegram story on the growing use of Sport Kilt, a garment that enables cyclists, surfers and triathletes “to change their clothes discreetly in public view without risk of exposing their best kept secrets.”

RICHARD SHERMAN GORDON won in a special election for the San Mateo (Calif.) Board of Supervisors. He achieved 41 percent of the vote in the seven-way nonpartisan election. Gordon is a long-time member of USC Lambda Alumni Association and is openly gay.

LESTER C. “LES” JONES MBA has recently been cited by Tulare County with the presentation of a “proclamation for his outstanding service to Terra Bella, California, as its first mayor and his impressive record of service on the Terra Bella Town Council 1993-95.”

KASHMIRI L. MITTAL PhD has been awarded the Adhesives Age Award, presented by Adhesives Age magazine, and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Adhesives Award, given by ASTM Committee D-14 on Adhesives, for his work in the science and technology of adhesives.

DAVID SHIPMAN MA, PhD ’73, has been appointed vice president of marketing, North America, at Cimage Enterprise Systems, a technical document management firm based in the U.K.

CRAIG T. MIYAMOTO MA has been elected a director-at-large of the Public Relations Society of America. He is executive vice president of ProComm, the public relations company of Starr Seigle Communications, Hawaii’s largest independently owned communications agency.

RODNEY C. MOEN has been elected the assistant majority leader of the Wisconsin State Senate.

ROB OWENS MBA ’74, JD ’77, has become one of the owners and the president of a minor league baseball team, the Helena (Mont.) Brewers. The Helena franchise is an affiliate of the American League Milwaukee Brewers. Owens also continues to practice law in his firm, Owens & Gach Ray, located in Los Angeles.

RICHARD FERRIN DMA has been a violist and violinist with the Chicago Symphony since 1967. As a student at USC he studied in the master class of Jascha Heifetz. • RICHARD LESSER JD, senior partner in Hruska & Lesser PLC of California, Hawaii and Florida, was elected to the Diving Equipment and Marketing Associa-tion Board of Directors. Lesser is an avid sport and technical diver.

EDWARD POLL MBA is a consultant to attorneys on the business of law, drawing on his 25 years of experience in law practice and business. He has written numerous publications on the areas of solo and small-firm practice management.

GEORGE C. RUDOLPH recently moved the Rudolph Law Group to its new location in Costa Mesa, Calif. Rudolph is a graduate of Hastings College of Law. His firm specializes in a diverse range of civil litigation matters.

JOSEPH M. WILSON JD is principal of City College in Baltimore, Md. He’s a former college football coach, school board member and self-professed “recovering lawyer.”

CHERYL BOYD-WADDELL is the principal singer of the 10-member chamber ensemble, Thamyris. For four consecutive years the ensemble has received the ASCAP/ Chamber Music America award for “most adventurous programming.” Boyd-Waddell is currently director of vocal activities at Clayton College and State University, Georgia.

JIM GRAHAM MBA ’74 has obtained his “dream of five years,” Santa Margarita Ford, a new Ford dealership located in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. He has sold Ford cars and trucks since 1975.

TERI LOBREE-RITZER has been promoted to senior vice president international publicity by Buena Vista Interna-tional. She continues her responsibilities for strategies and supervision of publicity for the Walt Disney Co., Touchstone and Hollywood Pictures product in all markets outside North America.

GEORGE PATRICK MURPHY MPA ’76 recently returned from Hong Kong, where he served as vice president-Asia Pacific Business, to assume the role of vice president of sales and channel development-North America for Kimberly- Clark Corporations’ Away from Home Sector.

ILENE ROCKMAN MS, associate dean at Cal Poly’s Kennedy Library, was one of only 15 librarians and information specialists from the U.S. and Canada to be invited to the 1997 Senior Fellows Institute at the Long Island University’s Palmer School of Library and Information Science.

EASTER R. THOMPSON MA ’78, joined STG Marketing Communications, Inc. of Fairfax, Va., as vice president, public relations.

HEIDI YODOWITZ MBA ’79 has been elected controller of McKesson Corpora-tion, a provider of pharmaceutical and health care products and services based in San Francisco.

MILLICENT COX PhD is the author of The San Diego/Tijuana Economic Review. She is research economist for San Diego Dialogue, a division of the University of California, San Diego.

EMILY ELLSWORTH is music director of the Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus, which regularly performs with the Chicago Symphony and other orchestras.

RICHARD LEO GREGORY MS ’83 owns and operates an outpatient physical therapy practice specializing in orthopedic and sports rehabilitation in Woodinville, Wash.

WILLIAM Y. MILLIGAN is vice president-dispositions at Koll Investment Management in Newport Beach, Calif. He also serves on the board of directors for Second Harvest Food Bank in Orange County.

GARY MILLIMAN MPA has been named president of California Western Railroad, which operates passenger excursion and freight service between Fort Bragg and Willits, Calif. Milliman also serves on the board of directors of the North Coast Railroad Authority and Northwestern Pacific Railroad, and recently retired as city manager for Fort Bragg.

ROSCOE ANTHONY has joined SKB Corpora-tion as chief operating officer. SKB is a manufacturer of cases for all types of musical instruments and sporting goods headquartered in Orange, Calif.

JANET CLAYTON, vice president and editorial page editor at the Los Angeles Times, was honored by the USC Journalism Alumni Associa-tion for her outstanding achievements in the field of print journalism.

Navy Lt. Cmdr. WILLIAM C. GREEN PhD ’86 received a letter of commendation while assigned at Naval Air Station Island, San Diego. Green was recognized for his superior performance of duty.

MARIO JIMENEZ PharmD was named the 1996 Business-man of the Year by the Baldwin Park Chamber of Commerce. He also received a number of commendations, including one from California Governor Pete Wilson.

JOHN MOHR is senior vice president of Anything On Earth, a search and acquisition firm headquartered in San Francisco.

SUSAN L. ODER received a JD degree from Whittier Law School, where she was a teaching and research assistant. She will take the California bar examination and practice real estate law in Los Angeles.

RICK SCUDERI MS ’70, PhD ’77, director of Disabled Students Programs and Services at Los Angeles Mission College, was the co-recipient of the 1996 President’s Award from the California Association of Postsecondary Education and Disabilities.

E. CALVIN BEISNER saw two of his books published recently: Evangelical Heathenism? Examining Contemporary Revivalism (Canon Press) and “Jesus Only” Churches. He is an associate professor of interdisciplinary studies at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Ga.

JEFFERY L. FANTO was appointed and is serving as a magistrate in the 24th District Court, serving the communities of Allen Park and Melvindale, Mich. He continues to maintain his general law practice as well.

TIMOTHY GARRAND MA, PhD ’84, is the author of Writing for Multimedia, a book and CD-ROM. He has written professionally for feature films, television, multimedia and the World Wide Web.

PATRICIA POLIN JOHNSON has co-authored Our Family Is Divorcing – A Read-Aloud Book for Families Experiencing Divorce (Resource Publications, Inc.). Appropriate for four- to eight-year-olds, the book is also a referral source for divorcing parents.

DOUGLAS H. ROSE, a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy, graduated from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., and was awarded a Master of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies.

CHRISTINE TRUHE MS received her PhD in psychology from Rutgers University and is a consultant in career and organizational psychology in Summit, N.J. Truhe founded the Costa Rica Chapter of USC’s General Alumni Association in 1979.

JOHN A. GUTHRIE III is president of Laser Radio Corporation in Laramie, Wyo. He invites readers to visit the web site of the company, which he first defined in a 1977 USC/UCLA honors thesis: <>

LISA LANDWORTH and PHILIP J. DeBOLSKE are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their architectural firm, Landworth DeBolske Associates. The firm was founded with classmate DONNA JEAN BROWN ’78, who currently maintains private practice in Seattle, Wash.

RICHARD BONIN, a producer at CBS News, was honored by the USC Journalism Alumni Association for his outstanding achievements in broadcasting.

WILLIAM J. FREEMAN joined City National Bank as its director of strategic planning.

BOB GRAZIANO was named executive vice president of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has served as the organization’s vice president since 1987.

HEIDI HADSELL PhD, vice president for academic affairs at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, has been appointed director of the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Institute in Switzerland. She is the first woman to hold the position.

GREG HOLFORD MFA ’82 is now in his 16th year as the producer/director of Rock Theatre Productions. He is also directing and performing in other theaters, as well as arranging and conducting music for special events and performers such as John Tesh.

MARK W. JOHNSON was recently appointed vice president-marketing for West American Company, Inc., an Orange, Calif.-based integrated manufacturer of commercial and industrial rubber products.

ELIZABETH ABBOTT SIEGMUND ’81 was selected as Prosecutor of the Year by the California Organization of Police and Sheriffs for her service to the Los Angeles County District Attorney and to the Burbank Police Department.

LINDA M. SWICK is the owner and president of Inter-national Promotions, a North Hollywood, Calif.-based entertainment marketing company which represents corporate accounts and features their products in television and films.

Navy Lt. Cmdr. RAYMOND K. WYNNE recently participated in the 21st annual Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. Open to the public, the event is designed to promote harmony among civilians and military in the city.

ALAN K. BONDE joined Fiduciary Trust Company International of California as vice president. He will be responsible for new business development.

MICHAEL BOSACK MS is assigned to the U.S. Embassy Tokyo as the director, Army Technology Programs, Mutual Defense Assistance Office. A lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, Bosack was recently selected to attend a one-year course of study at the Japanese National Institute of Defense Studies in Tokyo.

DAVID D. BROOKS has been named executive vice president and branch manager of the Los Angeles office of Irvine, Calif.-based Anderson and Anderson Insurance Brokers Inc.

ROSS W. FEINBERG, partner in the Newport Beach, Calif., law firm Feldsott, Lee & Feinberg, has been elected president of the Community Associations Institute’s Orange County Regional Chapter for 1997.

CARLTON C. “BUTCH” HARPER MS has been named director of information services at Modine Manufactur-ing Company in Racine, Wis.

ROBERT J. MELUCCI MS was selected as Manager of the Year for 1996 at Huffy Corporation, a diversified manufacturer in Dayton, Ohio. He is vice president technology and information systems, Washington Inventory Service, a subsidiary of Huffy Corporation.

PAMELA BOURETTE SCHUUR, a partner at the law firm of Vandenberg, Newell, Curtis, Nelson and Schuur, was installed as 1997 vice president of the Long Beach Bar Association. She also recently received the Attorney of the Year Award presented by the Woman Lawyers of Long Beach.

PETER C. HALT has been reappointed to the board of directors of the Young Executives of America as vice president and program chair. Halt was also appointed to the board of directors of Allegro, a support organization for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Aria, which supports the L.A. Opera League.

MARIO S. KAHN MA has been promoted to senior manager-Asia at the trademark licensing department of Sunkist Growers. He was region manager-Europe and the Middle East. For the past four years, Kahn has also served on the board of Sunkist Soft Drinks International. • KAREN WONG JD ’86 has been appointed a partner in the Global Project Finance Group of the international law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.

K. CHRISTOPHER BRANCH opened his own law firm, Phillips & Branch, in Century City, Calif. He also serves on the board of directors for the Community Counseling Services and the Jonathan Art Foundation. He resides with his wife, ANNE BRANCH ’82, and their two sons, in La Cañada, Calif.

STEVEN R. TRAVERS signed a contract to rewrite a teleplay with the working title Bandit, based on a book by the same name.

GREG ANDERSON has been promoted to senior vice president operations for Universal Ogden Services, a remote site catering and logistics company headquartered in New Orleans. Anderson was a four-year starter and co-captain of the men’s water polo team at USC. He is married to ROBINE (FIENE) ANDERSON ’85.

JOHN GALLACHER MSW was recognized by United Airlines for his contribution in his area of expertise, trauma-site counseling. He was one of only two employees from the San Francisco division of the airline to be so honored.

MICHAEL ALAN GIN is councilman of Redondo Beach, Calif.

RODNEY LIBER has been hired by Manadaly Entertainment as producer of the feature motion picture Wild Things, to be filmed in Miami.

Violinist CAROLYN OSBORN MM is freelancing in Los Angeles studios and several orchestras (such as the Long Beach Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the LA Mozart Orchestra) and teaching at Pepperdine University.

ROBERT BALLO was director of photography for the feature film, Starving Artist, shot last summer in Boston. Ballo is an adjunct faculty member in the USC School of Cinema-Television.

CHRISTINE CARTER has been elected president of Allegro, a support group for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

KEN DALLARA recently graduated from law school and will be sitting for the California Bar.

MITCHELL GOLDSTONE is president and chief executive officer of 30 Minute Photos Etc., a retail photo imaging center in Irvine, Calif. The City of Irvine and the Irvine Chamber of Commerce recently named it “Business of the Year.”

KERRY A. QUIGLEY has been promoted to senior vice president at Great Western Bank.

has been promoted to program coordinator for two Phoenix television stations, KTVK 3-TV and KASW WB61. She lives in Chandler, Ariz., with her husband and daughter.

JOHN W. HAWTHORNE MS has been appointed director of admissions at Lincoln Technical Institute in Oak Lawn, Ill. He joined the institute after a career with the Navy, retiring at the rank of master chief petty officer.

RICHARD KO PharmD, PhD ’90, was featured in a Los Angeles Times article that described the potentially fatal consequences of using herbal remedies without any quality control of the product. Ko is a California health department chemist who specializes in ethnic medicine.

BRYAN B. MIN earned a master’s degree in systems engineering from Virginia Tech. He is now program manager for Digital Systems Research in San Diego.

LAURA L. MUELLER MSG ’96, MHA ’96, accepted a position with Newport Beach, Calif.-based Geri Care, a Medicare certified rehabilitation agency, as the wellness program coordinator.

ROBERT PAYAN has been promoted to senior associate, and ROBERT A. DOLLAR to associate, at Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo, Architects, Planners and Consultants.

KATHRYN J. SCARMATO has been appointed senior vice president at TRI Commercial-ONCOR International, a San Francisco-based commercial brokerage firm.

LORA YEN-WONG was promoted to vice president-personal banking manager for the First Interstate tower branch in downtown Los Angeles.

LANA N. BALLINGER-WILDER MBA runs Kaplan Educational Centers, the educational services subsidiary of the Washington Post, for central and northern Arizona.

MIKE FRANCE graduated from Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., with a master’s degree in electrical engineering. He has been selected for the Engineering Duty Officer Dolphin Program and will be involved in submarine maintenance in his next duty station at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, N. H.

GRANT GRAESSLE was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander, supply corps, in the Naval Reserves.

TOD A. BURNETT MBA is the City of Los Angeles’ newest Board of Public Works commissioner. His appointment was made by Mayor Richard Riordan and approved by the City Council.

STEVEN DANIEL MADRIGAL has been promoted to vice president in the business banking center division at Union Bank of California, based at the bank’s Beverly Hills office. He is a member of USC Associates.

ALAN ROBERTAZZI has been named copy editor/layout editor at the New York Times. Prior to the appointment he served in the same capacity at the Chicago Sun-Times.

TOSHIAKI SASAO PhD recently accepted a tenured faculty position as associate professor of psychology at International Christian University in Tokyo. He was formerly with UCLA and the UC Irvine College of Medicine.

RICHARD A. SULLIVAN MS was named general manager-Bar Product Manufacturing in the Steel Division of Carpenter Technology Corporation in Reading, Penn.

COLETTE WALKER was appointed production art assistant at Heron & Young Marketing Communications, Inc., in Bala Cynwyd, Penn. She is pursuing a master’s degree in art history from the University of Delaware.

KAREN E. DAVIS opened Sports Rehabilita-tion Specialists, an orthopedics and sports medicine clinic in Atlanta. During the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, Davis served as a physical therapist/athletic trainer at the beach volleyball venue.

SHAWN McCORMICK has been asked by the National Security Advisor to President Clinton to serve a second year as director for African Affairs at the National Security Council in the White House.

DAVID R. SIMON JD has been named president of CyberNation, a new 15-person media firm located in Santa Monica, Calif. The company specializes in breakthrough design in interactive media, including web sites, CD-ROMS and kiosks.

ERIC SCOTT BARNES founded Extensis Corporation, a graphics computer software company in Portland, Ore. The company employs 58 people.

SHANNON S. DAVIS CLARK is a flight test engineer at the F-15 Combined Test Force, 444th Flight Test Squadron, Edwards AFB, Calif. She has received two letters of commendation and five successive civilian performance awards.

LARRY COLSON MBA has been appointed vice president, human resources, at Woodland Hills, Calif.-based CareAmerica, a benefits company providing health plans, life insurance and workers’ compensation insurance.

MARK RISNER MPL ’93 earned his JD degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law, where he received the American Jurisprudence Award for Professional Responsibility. He has been admitted to the California Bar and is in the process of opening an office in Orange County.

Marine Capt. JOSEPH R. RIZZO MS participated in the evacuation of nearly 900 American and foreign citizens from Albania.

NEWEL LEE STAUS graduated from Loyola Law School, passed the California Bar exam and is a business affairs attorney at Buena Vista Television.

joined the Los Angeles Daily News as public relations manager. She has previously held similar positions at radio stations in Ventura County and Los Angeles.

CAMILLE ARNITA BORDERS graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She is doing her residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati.

MELINDA HENNES has started her own public relations company in West Hollywood.

JIM PATTON has been appointed director of business development for NewMark Merrill Properties, a diversified commercial real estate firm based in Woodland Hills, Calif.

MATTHEW S. FOY graduated from the School of Law at Santa Clara University, passed the state bar examination and is a practicing attorney with Branson, Fitzgerald & Howard in Redwood City, Calif.

ROBERT A. GERBER PharmD, MA ’96, accepted a position as outcome research scientist with Pfizer, Inc., Central Research, in Groton, Conn. His responsibilities include providing economic and humanistic research for pharmaceuticals in development.

HEATHER McDONALD is a stand-up comedienne and actress performing regularly at the Improv in Hollywood and Las Vegas. She is also a member of the Sunday Company at the Groundlings Theater in a sketch comedy and improvisation show.

LANSING D. McLOSKEY MM was a co-winner of the Charles Ives Center National Orchestra Competition and winner of the Bohemians Composition Prize and the Haugen Award for Scandinavian Studies. He was the only student selected to be one of the composers-in-residence at the 1996 Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

ROMI G. RUDOLPH, Esq., joined The Rudolph Law Group in Costa Mesa as director of client development. In her new position, she will continue to handle business litigation suits in addition to the firm’s public relations.

A benefit for STEPHANI VICTOR last November included a performance by comedian Howie Mandel, dinner and a silent auction. Victor was struck by an automobile in 1995 and lost both her legs. The funds raised from the benefit are assisting her with her rehabilitation.

CHUCK GARFIEN is an anchor on ESPNEWS Network, ESPN’s 24-hour sports network. He was previously sports director and anchor at WPBN-TV in Traverse City, Mich.

DENNIS JOHNSON has been promoted from publicity coordinator to publicist at Fox Sports West. He will be responsible for media relations for the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Kings and USC games.

ROBERT G. KOURY accepted an offer to become an associate attorney with the Portland (Ore.) offices of Lane Powell Spears Lubersky LLP and will be practicing in the real estate practice group.

JENNIFER (LANGAN) MINOW has been hired as a senior account executive at the Los Angeles office of Fleishman-Hillard, Inc., a St. Louis, Mo.-based public relations firm.

LISA LESLIE received a Silver Achievement award from the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles at an event which recognized leadership of women. Leslie is an Olympic gold medalist basketball player and a member of the new Women’s National Basketball Association team, the Los Angeles Sparks.

JESSE ALBERT was named general manager of Media Revolution, a Web design and interactive communications company located in Santa Monica, Calif. He will manage marketing campaigns for clients in the entertainment industry.

ROMAN EBRAHIM was a semi-finalist in the Wiley Rutledge Moot Court Competition at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. In the same competition, he won the Golden Quill award for highest team score on the written brief.

RICHARD C. MORENO received a JD degree from Whittier Law School in Los Angeles. As a student, he earned an American Jurisprudence Award – awarded to students who achieve the highest grade in a course – in the subject of immigration law.

CHRISTINA ERRIDGE is public relations manager for the food service and facilities division of Marriott International, Inc., headquartered in Washington, D.C.

DANA C.R. GRESS of Park City, Utah, was commissioned by The Prevailing Winds, a professional wood quintet in Salt Lake City, to compose a piece for their winter season. The composition, entitled Zephyr, was premiered at the Westminster College Jewett Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City.

SU YEONG KIM, after working as an analyst for Andersen Consulting in its Los Angeles office, is pursuing a PhD in human development at UC Davis.

ROBERT KURKJIAN was promoted to director of scheduling and special events for Richard Riordan, mayor of Los Angeles.

REYNA MANULKIN-TANNER served as an oralist on the Southwestern University School of Law Moot Court Honors Program team that captured the fourth place team award at the University of San Diego National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition.

LIV EISAMAN has launched her career in communications at the Fox Sports Network, headquartered in Los Angeles, as a production assistant.

JEFFRY L. HUFFMAN MHA, president and chief executive officer of USC Care Medical Group, Inc., was named by California Medicine magazine as among “California’s 100 Most Influential and Interesting Healthcare Leaders.” He is also a professor of urology and clinical associate professor of public administration at USC.

TAMI KAGAN-ABRAMS MA joined American Savings Bank, with headquarters in Irvine, Calif., as a training and design specialist in Southwest Training Delivery.

MOIRA NEDVED is scheduling assistant to Los Angeles Mayor Richard Reardon. She previously worked in the office of USC President Steven Sample.




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