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By Jonathan Pearson on Thursday, May 9th, 2013
As part of the Washington state Apple Blossom Festival, Doug Head (1967-70) was honored as Grand Marshal of the 2013 Stemilt Growers Grand Parade in Wenatchee.
The honor recognizes Head’s nearly three decades of service to the community. During that time, he has directed the Wenatchee Regional Office of the Children’s Home Society of Washington, which works to find loving homes for area children by connecting highly trained foster parents with emotionally and/or behaviorally troubled children.
An article in the Wenatchee World newspaper also cited the ongoing commitment of Head and his wife Lyn, in providing sponsorship and other support to children from Afghanistan.
Bradley University announced the awarding of a Fullbright Scholar Grant to Dr. Cecile Arquette (1987-89), Associate Professor of Teacher Education. Dr. Arquette’s scholarship will take her to the Pontifical Catholic University in Valparaiso, Chile next year. While at the university, she will be working with undergraduates studying to become English teachers. Dr. Arquette also hopes to build stronger ties between the two universities.
The student government board of Delaware Valley College does not name individuals to its prestigious Hall of Fame on an annual basis. Rather, the honor is bestowed only when someone meets the criteria of college loyalty, improving the student experience and improving the lives of others. This year, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Jim Diamond (1971-73) received that honor. A 1961 graduate, Diamond is former dean of agriculture. He also serves as an honorary trustee and national chair of the college’s planned giving committee.
In noting the honor, Diamond recognized his wife Betty Diamond, with whom he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chad. Speaking to phillyburbs.com, he said “I did not earn this honor alone. My wife, Betty, certainly played an important role in supporting me during my 47-year career that led to this award.”
The Hartford, Connecticut region of the YWCA appointed Monique Turner-Lopez (1991-93) as the organization’s new Chief Program Officer.
Turner-Lopez will be responsible for leading the implementation of a program vision that builds on the organization’s strengths, increases its capacity to address the emerging needs of women and families in greater Hartford and supports YWCA’s mission of empowering women and girls and eliminating racism. She comes to the organization with more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the City Wide Youth Coalition in New Haven.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) named Brittany Sickler (2009-12) as an economic development specialist for the North Dakota District Office in Fargo.
A native of Bismarck, Sickler will conduct marketing and outreach for the SBA in southeastern North Dakota. Prior to her Peace Corps service, she worked for ACCION USA in Miami as a marketing and outreach specialist.
The University of Missouri named Mike Burden (2006-08) as one of the recipients of this year’s International Engagement Awards. Burden, a senior information specialist in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), received the staff award. He was honored for his work in developing multimedia content for CAFNR that will help promote research and teaching. He has also taught journalism courses at MU and played an important role in coordinating the Third Goal International Film Festival held this past February.
Dr. David Edds (1977-79) was honored by Emporia State University as the 2013 Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor. Dr. Edds is a Professor of Biological Sciences, serving on the faculty at Emporia State since 1989.
The Cross award honors faculty for their scholarship, teaching and mentoring of students. A native of Kansas, Dr. Edds is extremely active within his community. He coaches youth soccer and baseball, organizes aquatic ecology summer camps for several organizations and supports the Emporia Area Regional Science and Engineering Fair.
Among other recognition associated with the award, Dr. Edds will be the speaker at university commencement ceremonies in December.
Sara Skiles (2010-12) has been hired to serve as a Community Outreach Coordinator for the non-profit organization, Mississippi Health Advocacy Program (MHAP). MHAP strives to be a strong, effective voice for improved health care for all throughout the state of Mississippi, especially those whose health is threatened by poverty, racism, malnutrition and violence. Working within the Health Help Mississippi division, Skiles is the outreach leader in 20 different Mississippi counties. She will work on health care advocacy and education, serving as a resource to Mississippians for their health care questions and concerns, with a focus on at-risk populations and lower socio-economic communities.
Kimberly Arth (1999-2001) is the new Director of the Angels Camp Museum in Angels Camp, California. The museum focuses on the history of the California gold rush. Arth comes to California from Arizona, where she worked as Education Manager at the Bead Museum in Glendale. Prior to that, she worked as an assistant at the Arizona State University Museum of Anthropology.
At Yale University, Peter Crumlish (1996-98) has been named the new Executive Director of Dwight Hall, a non-profit organization that features more than 85 student groups, engaging more than two-thirds of Yale’s undergraduate population in service and social justice activities. Crumlish recently served as Director of Resource Development for the Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven. He also serves on the boards of the Calvin Hill Day Care Center and the Congo Leadership Initiative.
Melinda Reed (1995-97) is the new Executive Director of the Friendship Center in Helena, Montana. The center provides a safe haven and broad range of support services at no charge for anyone who has suffered domestic violence and sexual abuse. Reed’s past work with non-governmental organizations includes employment with Mercy Corps and the American Refugee Committee.