Afghanistan, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Philippines, Tunisia, Ukraine
By JoAnna Haugen on Monday, June 18th, 2012
Orchard Park, NY, teacher and athletic director Anthony Agnello (72-74) received the 2011 Touchdown for Teachers grand prize. He was honored for his 40 years dedicated to education. Agnello continues to work on a number of projects related to Afghanistan, where he served in the Peace Corps. His student organization, Educational Outreach, in partnership with Friends of Afghanistan, substantially supported SOLA, which supports the construction of six schools for girls throughout the country. In addition, the organization is working with a steering committee of military mothers to send boxes of school supplies to Afghanistan.
Joan McKniff (63-64) was invited to the commemorative event marking the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War on Memorial Day in Washington, DC, as a distinguished guest. She served in Vietnam with the Red Cross from 1966-67.
Joseph Acaba (94-96) launched into space on May 14 for a four-month tour of duty aboard the Russian Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft as part of the team for Mission 31/32 to the International Space Station. He was selected as a mission specialist by NASA in 2004 and completed Astronaut Candidate Training in 2006. Acaba serves in the U.S. Marine Corps, Reserves, and was manager of the Caribbean Marine Research Center at Lee Stocking Island in the Exumas, Bahamas, at one point in time. His space flight experience includes STS-119 Discovery, the 125th shuttle flight, the 36th flight of Discovery and the 28th shuttle flight to the International Space Station. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California-Santa Barbara and his master’s degree from the University of Arizona. Acaba is a member of the International Technology Education Association, the Florida Association of Science Teachers and the Association of Space Explorers.
Dr. William Gilmer, Jr. (95-97), an ophthalmologist and cornea specialist, has joined the practice of Dean & Miller. He has his bachelor’s degree from Washington & Lee University and his medical degree from Georgetown University.
Jeanne E. McKay (95-97) originally trained in international studies specializing in community development and sustainable resources use. After working for the Rainforest Alliance’s Sustainable Agriculture program, she received her master’s degree in the UK where she also worked for the IUCN/SSC Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force as the international coordinator and as a consultant for the NGO Conservation International. A research associate at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), McKay is currently living in Indonesia where she is the DICE project manager for a UK Government Darwin Initiative conservation project based in West Sumatra.
Leah Laxamana (06-08) is one of the recipients of the 2012 Monarch Leadership Awards by the Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition in San Francisco. She recently started a leadership development and academic program with the National Urban Fellows, so she is currently in New York for the summer and then will be assigned to a nine-month mentorship with a nonprofit organization in the fall.
Dr. Ken Weaver (73-75) has been named as the new dean of The Teachers College at Emporia State University. He has been with the university for 26 years and is currently associate dean of the college. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Weaver has taught education and psychology classes and directed the Emporia State Honors Program and the 1992 Kansas Regents Honors Academy. He served as chair of the Department of Psychology and Special Education, and as associate dean and interim dean of The Teachers College. In 1999, Weaver was named the Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor. He received the 2002 Robert S. Daniel award for teaching excellence from APA’s Society for Teaching of Psychology and the 2006 Florence L. Denmark National Faculty Advisor Award from Psi Chi. Weaver is currently the president of the Kansas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of South Carolina and his doctorate degree from Columbia University.
The Independent Publishers Association awarded the book Answering Kennedy’s Call: Pioneering the Peace Corps in the Philippines with an IPPY Peacemaker Award. It was one of ten books chosen from more than 5,000 entries. Parker W. Borg, Maureen J. Carroll, Patricia MacDermot Kasdan and Stephen W. Wells (61-63) are the editors of the book, which is a collection of 110 essays from members of the first Peace Corps cohort to the Philippines in 1961, early staff and Filipino friends.
Trine University has promoted John Shannon, Ph.D., to vice president for academic affairs. He has been at Trine since 2007, serving as dean of the Jannen School of Arts and Sciences. He has served as interim vice president for academic affairs since late 2011. Prior to his work at Trine, Shannon was dean at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, Calif. He also worked as the director of the Intensive English Program at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Shannon studied as an undergraduate at the Universitat Tubingen in West Germany. He earned his master’s degree from Southern Illinois University and his doctorate degree from The Ohio State University.
Cristin Zeisler (02-04), a partner and director of pro bono services at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, is a recipient of the 2012 California Women’s Law Center Abby J. Leibman Pursuit of Justice Award. She joined the firm in 1999 and rejoined in 2005 after serving in the Peace Corps. In her current position, she coordinates and drives hundreds of projects each year. Zeisler serves on advisory committees for several national and local legal and community service organizations. She is also a member of the State Bar of California’s Legal Services Trust Fund Commission, the board of directors of OneJustice, the Association of Pro Bono Counsel and the California Pro Bono Coordinating Committee. She was named Bet Tzedek’s 2011 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, and she received the State Bar of California’s Wiley W. Manual Award for Pro Bono Legal Services for several years.