Azerbaijan, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Nepal, Thailand, Togo
By JoAnna Haugen on Friday, June 8th, 2012
Illinois Wesleyan University graduate Teresa Sherman (09-11) has been awarded a Fulbright grant to teach in Turkey. While there, she plans to participate in secondary projects within the community as well. Sherman is one of 1,600 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2012-2013 academic year as part of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
Arlan Brown (64-66) was inducted into the Indianola High School Wall of Distinction. A biology teacher at the high school from 1962-63 and 1966-2000, Brown was recognized as a notable educator. He graduated from Simpson College and taught at Mount Ayr and the University of Colorado as well. Arlan worked with the USAID-NEA Teach Corps and was commissioned to write the science curriculum in grades 7-12 for Nepal. He currently works at Walmart and volunteers with Amanda the Panda Grief Counseling and Camps.
Rob MacWhorter (64-66) is the new supervisor of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. A 34-year veteran of the U.S. Forest Service, MacWhorter began his career as a forester and district silviculturist in Klamath Falls. His positions over the years include time at the Eldorado, Deschutes, Mount Hood National Forest, Ochoco, Fremont, Plumas and Dixie National Forests. He also worked for a while in the agency’s Washington, D.C., office. MacWhorter is a graduate of West Virginia University.
The Vermont Law School board of trustees has appointed Marc Mihaly (69-71) as VLS’ eighth president and dean. He joined VLS in 2004 and has been working as the associate dean for the environmental programs, director of the Environmental Law Center and a professor of law. Prior to his service with VLS, he worked in the environmental unit of the California attorney general’s office and with the San Mateo County Legal Aid Society. Mihaly cofounded Shute, Mihaly and Weinberger in San Francisco, and he served as a managing partner for 17 years. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and his law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California in Berkeley.
The Morris County Historical Society has named Edward G. Engelbart (65-67) to its Board of Trustees. He is currently on the Township of Pequannock Town Council and served as mayor there in 2000, 2005 and 2010. Last year he was appointed town historian. Engelbart served for eight years as a member of the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund Advisory Review Board, and he is currently co-historian of the First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains, a member of the church’s cemetery commission and a former member of its 275th anniversary committee. Engelbart taught social studies in the Ramapo-Indian Hills Regional High School District for 34 years. He received his bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University and his master’s degree from the University of Maryland.
Shelby Steinhauer (2004) is one of ten finalists for Georgia Teacher of the Year. Named the Fulton County 2012 Teacher of the Year, Steinhauer is a French teacher at Milton High School and is recognized for her experience and philosophy of teaching and learning.
Pam Elardo (83-85) is president of the Living Earth Institute, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping international communities protect their health and environment through the development of sustainable water resources. For the past twelve years, LEI has carried out projects in central and southeastern Nepal, Central America and Africa that target communities often overlooked by traditional aid organizations. Elardo is also currently the director of the King County wastewater treatment division in Seattle.
The University of Redlands has named Collin Tong as the recipient of its 2012 Distinguished Alumni Service Award for outstanding achievement in public service. He is a Seattle-based freelance journalist and contributing writer for Crosscut Public Media and the New York Times. He is also a co-author of a forthcoming book, Profiles in Caregiving: Journeys with Alzheimer’s Disease, an anthology of original essays by sixteen authors.
Victoria Tifft (08-10), president and CEO of ClinicalRM, was named “Small Business Person of the Year” at National Small Business Week in Washington, DC. When she returned from her Peace Corps service, Tifft helped create the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research Clinical Trial Center and launched her firm, ClinicalRM, which supports the development of FDA-regulated medicines and devices for government and commercial customers.