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By JoAnna Haugen on Monday, October 22nd, 2007
Pat Nyhan recently published Zigzag: A Working Woman’s Life in Changing Times, a memoir about how Nyhan fought society’s changing expectations of women to gain a fulfilling working life. She is a former reporter for The Maine Sunday Telegram/Portland Press Herald and Maine Times. Nyhan is also the co-author of Let the Good Times Roll! A Guide to Cajun & Zyedeco Music. She currently teaches adult immigrants in Portland, Maine.
David Newman (79-81) recently joined the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry to head its department of forest and natural resources management. He most recently worked at the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources where he served as associate dean of academic affairs.
Pat Wand (63-65) was recently named to supervise the Center for Teaching and Learning at Zayed University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The center provides instructional design, technology and training for faculty at the university. Wand was previously librarian at American University and is a member of the NPCA Board of Directors.
Kate Runyon (97-98) recently took over as interim executive director of the Triangle Foundation in Livonia, Mich. The organization works with civil rights, advocacy and anti-violence issues as they relate to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered population. Runyon will be in the position for one year.
Elizabeth Furlong, J.D., Ph.D., R.N. (66-68) of Omaha, Neb., was recently selected by the National Institutes of Health to serve as one of six new members on the 21-member Council of Public Representatives. The Council is an advisory committee on health issues relevant to the public. She is an associate professor at Creighton University’s School of Nursing and a faculty associate in the university’s Center for Health Policy and Ethics. With four decades of experience in community health nursing to her name, Furlong has received numerous awards for her work, including the Omicron Delta Kappa Teaching for Tomorrow Award, the Mary Lucretia Award and two dean’s awards for excellence.
Hennepin County Library in Minneapolis, Minn., recently brought on Lydia Poor as its new African outreach liaison. In her position, Poor works to connect African immigrants with library services to make the move to Minnesota easier. Prior to moving to the United States, Poor helped create and establish Sharing Links for resources among various local and international volunteer groups. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human services-training and development and a master’s degree in public and nonprofit administration.
Fourth-grade teacher Vince Floriani (83-85) was recognized as one of USA Today’s All-USA Teacher Team. The team honors twenty kindergarten through twelfth-grade teachers who are outstanding educators. Floriani teaches at Claxton Elementary School in Asheville, N.C., but has also worked in an underserved school in the Baltimore area.
Stanislaus County Assessor Doug Harms was honored with the California County’s annual Equal Rights Award. The award is given to county employees for their work in promoting equal rights. Harms has been with the county assessor’s office for 25 years. He serves as co-chairman of the Rotary Club’s International Committee.
The Episcopal Church has named Elizabeth Beach-Hacking (83-85) as its United Thank Offering (UTO) Coordinator. Beach-Hacking has S.T.M. and M.Div. degrees from Genera Theological Seminary in New York City. Additionally, she holds a B.S. in finance and marketing and an M.S. in international education and development management. She has worked with numerous congregations on strategic planning, mutual ministry review, conflict management and other issues. UTO is a partner of the Episcopal Church which focuses on addressing human needs and expanding mission and ministry.
U.S. President George W. Bush recently appointed Dan Mozena (74-76) as the sixth U.S. ambassador to Angola. He has most recently been working as director of the Department for Southern African Affairs. Mozena also served as counselor minister in Lusaka, Zambia, and was deputy director for Southern African affairs during the transition of the apartheid regime in South Africa.