Antigua, Belize, Philippines, Benin, Ghana, India, Mali, Swaziland, Western Samoa
By JoAnna Haugen on Monday, June 11th, 2007
The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) has elected David M. Bressoud (71-73) as president of the organization. He will serve as president-elect next year and will assume his two-year role as president in 2009. Bressoud, Dewitt Wallace Professor in Mathematics and Computer Science at Macalester College in Minnesota, is an international expert in the area of analytic number theory. He has published a number of articles and books on the subject and is the recipient of a number of awards and honors in the field. Though Bressoud has been at Macalester since 1994, he previously taught at Penn State and has held visiting positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Minnesota, Université Louis Pasteur and the State College Area High School.
Rod Rylander (Philippines 88-90, Belize 00-02) has been actively practicing a sustainable lifestyle in the Earthaven Ecovillage located near Asheville, North Carolina. He is moving to Costa Rica to join with the Costa Rica International Center for Sustainability where he will co-create the Aristotle Gathering. The gathering will allow like-minded thinkers of sustainability to come together to participate in forums, classes, workshops, dining and entertainment. It is being held December 28, 2007 through January 24, 2008.
D.light Design, a company with roots as a class project at Stanford University, is launching its new product, the Forever-Bright. Sam Goldman is chief executive of the environmentally conscious company. The D.light Design is a small, white box that doubles as a light and power source that will last five years and is chargeable off of any power source. The back of the product houses power jacks which can be used to run other products. The D.light Design will launch in parts of India and Pakistan next month.
Dr. Cecile Windels and Dr. Christine Verna recently opened the Healthy Child, a medical facility for patients up to 21 years old. Windels most recently worked at Stamford Pediatrics Associates but opened her own practice in order to provide a smaller, more personal environment for her patients. A specialist in asthma, she is also an attending physician for Stamford Hospital and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Carrie Brown is raising money to provide the people of Ghana with marketable skills by teaching them photography. She intends to build the Kekelli School of Photography in Ghana where students will also be taught English and math. Brown spent 15 months in the country two years ago and taught photography to students ranging in age from 13 to 25. In 2002, she spent time with the nonprofit organization Cross Cultural Solutions training volunteers in Ghana and took enough photos to assemble a small book. She is a graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.
Don Axtell (65-67), one of Saskatchewan’s top tennis players, was recently inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. He won 39 provincial indoor and outdoor tennis championships in singles, doubles and mixed doubles in 33 years, and he also won Western Canadian titles and represented Canada in six international competitions. In addition to playing the game, Axtell has been actively involved in the administration of tennis in Saskatchewan. He has served as a coach and an instructor, and he has also volunteered on the boards of Tennis Saskatchewan and Tennis Canada.
University of Oregon doctoral student Ian Edwards (97-99) has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship. A student of anthropology, Edwards will travel to Mali to examine forces that influence commercialization of wildlife products in West Africa. He hopes to become a college professor in anthropology upon graduation.
For the last 16 years, Charlotte Kaltenstein has dedicated herself to volunteering with the Pikes Peak Library District. With more than 6,300 service hours under her belt, she has spent the equivalent of three years of full-time work in her position, but Kalternstein has done it without pay. She recently received a Volunteer Service Award signed by President Bush for her dedication.
Arthur Aaronson recently retired as principal of John Stark Regional High School in Weare, New Hampshire. He has signed a one-year contract to be an educational consultant to mentor principals in the public school system in Dubai. He served as principal at John Stark for eight years and has been in education for 40 years.