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Belize, Philippines, India, Korea, Lesotho, Mozambique, Paraguay, Poland

By JoAnna Haugen on Monday, September 27th, 2010


Rod Rylander compiled The Checklist of Birds of Denton County, Texas as a biology student at the University of North Texas and has led birding tours in Mexico and Costa Rica. He owned and managed the Hummingbird Lodge Educational Center in Rockport, Texas, and led regular tours to the coastal islands and ranches. Rylander is currently in Belize helping the villagers of San Antonio Rio Hondo by creating a slow-paced learning experience for visitors who would like to learn about the local culture, Mayan history, Spanish language and the natural tropical world.


Lauren Brown (64-67) recently cycled across the United States to raise scholarship funds for children in India. He began his ride April 26 from his home in San Luis Obispo, Calif., and completed his journey in Washington, D.C., on August 9. Brown is a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind.


Peace Corps Writers has awarded the 2010 Maria Thomas Award to Clifford Garstang (76-77) for his book In An Uncharted Country. This is his first book.


Van Cura is currently the northwest regional services director for Catholic Charities at the Archdiocese of Chicago. In this position, he oversees the overall operations of the northwest office. Earlier in his career, Cura held a variety of executive management position, most recently as vice president of international information technology at the Alberto-Culver Company. He has a bachelor’s degree from Bradley University and a master’s degree from Loyola University.


Belinda Collias (07-09) launched The M.O.S.A. Project when she was serving as a Peace Corps volunteer. The organization is a program by which Americans can sponsor disadvantaged Basotho youth so they can attend high school. It also aids small children living with HIV and other community-building projects such as restoring rural elementary schools and building libraries.


David Bredhoff has partnered with Simon Deng, a member of the Shiluk tribe from southern Sudan, to spread the word about the Sudan Walk. The walk goes from New York to Washington, D.C., and is designed to promote the fight for democracy, freedom from genocide and the end to slavery in Sudan.


Ronald P. Roy (76-78) was recently recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in information technology and policy establishment. Roy is the president and chief executive officer of the Energy Federal Credit Union. He has a bachelor’s degree from Husson College (now Husson University) and is a member of the Credit Union Executives Society.


Joel Hathaway took over the position of principal at Erwin Middle School in North Carolina this year. He has worked for Buncombe County schools since 2001 and has been working as the assistant principal of Erwin Middle School since 2006.

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