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  • Michael Melfi Link BA in Business Administration, 2003

    Michael S. Melfi has joined the Bodman PLC firm at their Ann Arbor office.

  • Silverenia Kanoyton Link Doctor of Education, 2002

    Silverenia Kanoyton was honored by the Michigan Chronicle as a Woman of Excellence in April.

  • Shaniece Bennett Link BS in Business Administration, 2001

    Shaniece Bennett recently was chosen as facilitator for the financial sections of the National Program for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (GS10KSB) at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

  • Bill Solomonson Link Doctor of Philosophy, 2011

    Bill Solomonson was honored as the Keith A. Pretty 2016 Distinguished Online Faculty Member of the Year by the Alliance for Excellence in Online Education.

  • Salah H.R. Ali Link BS in Electrical Engineering, 2008

    Salah H.R. Ali, professor at the National Institute of Standards in Giza, Egypt, recently published his new book, Automotive Engine Technology.

  • Robert E.L. Wright Link Juris Doctor, 1980

    Robert E.L. Wright was presented the State Bar of Michigan Alternative Dispute Resolution section’s Distinguished Service Award in October 2016.

  • James Cowper Link Bachelor of Arts, 1982

    James Cowper, president of Contract Professionals, Inc., a veteran-owned business, testified last March before the Michigan House of Representatives on the issue of veteran unemployment.

  • Kathy Hunter Link MS in Nursing, 2016

    Kathy Hunter has become a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at The Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, where she develops psychiatric educational programming.

  • James M. Blaine Link Bachelor of Arts, 1971

    Jim Blaine has published a book of American history dealing with the 30 years leading up to the Civil War. "A Rope of Sand" is currently available on Amazon Books, BooKnackrh and Peach Media.

  • Wendye Mingo Link Doctor of Philosophy, 2013

    Wendye Mingo has joined The Kresge Foundation as managing director of information technology. She previously work in the financial services units at Mercedes-Benz and the former DaimlerChrysler Corporation. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and is a champion of helping young women and girls explore careers in IT.

  • Daniel Seftick Link BS in Chemical Engineering, 1971

    After his son was killed in 2011 in an avalanche in Grand Teton National Park, Daniel Seftick has devoted much time and energy to preserving his son Greg's legacy. Seftick recently published a memoir about his son's story called "Real Mountains." All proceeds from the book benefit nonprofit organizations that Seftick has partnered with in Greg's memory.

  • Shirley Bathgate Link MS in Library Science, 1978

    Shirley Bathgate is the author of the memoir "Challenged by Women ... and a Few Good Men," published by Archway in 2016. The book details Bathgate's experiences growing up in Detroit and her experiences with the men and women who challenged her, including her professors at Wayne State. Bathgate was a librarian and teacher in metro Detroit and retired as the protestant librarian in the philosophy, education and religion department at the Detroit Public Library.

  • Miroljub Djuric Link Bachelor of Arts, 1958

    Miroljub Djuric died on May 23, 2017. Born in Milosevac, Yugoslavia, he attended WSU while also working at GM's Fleetwood plant in Detroit. After graduation, he became partner, and later sole owner, of Detroit-based steel processing company Precision Slitting Service. Upon his retirement in 1995, Djuric divided his time between Northville, Michigan, and Palm Coast, Florida, where he enjoyed many games of golf in the company of good friends. He was active in the Free Serbian Orthodox Church and served two terms as its national lay leader. He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Velinka, and two children, Milton and Dora.

  • Jeffrey Jantz Link Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2013

    Jeffrey Jantz wrote his first children's book which will be published by Schiffer Publishing this fall. The book, "Gruel Snarl Draws a Wild Zugthing," is a production of Jantzer Studios where the fictional Dr. Jantzer is a mad sculptor and creative mastermind. Jeff Jantz is Dr. Jantzer's humble assistant. The book features 2-D and 3-D imagery, including modeling-clay character Gruel Snarl, who always finds his way into mischief.

  • Leanna R. Simon Link Master of Library Science, 2010

    Leanna R. Simon received a 2017 Emerging Leader Award from the American Association of Law Libraries. Simon is a reference librarian for law firm Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP.

  • Gail Milton Perks Link BS in Nursing, 1964

    Gail Milton Perks died March 30, 2017. She was an educator and an advocate for women. She worked as a teacher in the junior and senior high schools in Pontiac, and Rochester, Michigan. She remained close with her fellow graduates from the College of Nursing Class of 1964. The group came together recently to remember their beloved friend and make contributions to a nursing student scholarship in her memory.

  • Timberly Robinson Link Doctor of Education, 2016, BS in Biological Science, 1992

    Timberly Robinson was appointed executive director of the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council.

  • Frederick Mulhauser Link Master of Education, 1950, BA in Education, 1948

    Frederick Mulhauser died Jan. 17, 2017. He spent nearly his entire career at Wayne State. He was a student, professor, director of the Division of Health and Physical Education, athletic director and tennis coach for 25 years. He was an Athletic Hall of Fame inductee for the most conference wins in Wayne State's history.

  • John Telford Link Doctor of Education, 1968, Master of Education, 1961, Bachelor of Arts, 1958

    Dr. John Telford, a member of the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame, was on hand to present an award to fellow Hall of Fame member Elliot Tabron who was honored in June by the Detroit Track & Field Old Timers Association. Tabron is the WSU record-holder for the 100 and 200-meter dashes. He was ranked fifth in the world at 400 meters in 1985. Telford is WSU's 440-yard and 400-meter record holder. He was ranked 4th in the world at 440 yards in 1957.

  • Joel Michalek Link Doctor of Philosophy, 1973, MA in Applied Mathematics, 1967, Bachelor of Arts, 1966

    Joel Michalek is a professor of biostatistics at UT Health San Antonio. Since 2006, he has written protocols and grants, analyzed data and co-authored manuscripts arising from clinical studies in surgery, emergency medicine, cancer and pediatrics. Michalek also mentors students and residents. He is a member of the Protocol Review Committee for the Cancer Therapy and Research Center where he provides statistical guidance and co-authorship on CTRC investigator-initiated grants and protocols.

  • Lindsay Stoltman Evans Link Master of Education, 2008

    Lindsay Evans has been promoted to a marketing specialist for Lumsden McCormick a Buffalo, New York-based certified public accounting firm.

  • Debbie Lannen Link Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1977

    Debbie Lannen will serve as production manager for “If Not Now, When? An Evening of Musical Entertainment with Sharon K. Janda & Trio,” which will be performed in September at HopCat Detroit. Lannen also is the founder and artistic director of the MCP Still Got It Players South, an ensemble for senior actors in Orlando, Florida. She will direct the world premier of “Harry’s Angel,” by Arthur Keyser for the group this fall.

  • Melvyn Westreich Link Doctor of Medicine, 1970

    Melvyn Westreich is the author of "Murder in the Kollel." Westreich, trained in general and plastic surgery at Wayne State and was chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery of the Assaf HaRofeh Medical Center of the Sackler School of Medicine of Tel Aviv University in Israel. Since his retirement he has rekindled his love of all things literary and the result is his first novel, now available on Amazon. The story, set in Lansing, Michigan, is a fun, locked-door mystery that allows a glimpse in to the cloistered world of Ultra-Orthodox Judaism. Westreich has written numerous plays and short stories and is working on the sequel to “Murder in the Kollel.”

  • Helen Mayfield Link Master of Social Work, 1977

    Helen Mayfield is the author of "I Am Not Beneath the Law." The book, about her life experience and her work as an attorney in Texas, is available on Amazon. Mayfield also has worked as a social worker, marriage counselor, family therapist, hospital administrator and drug counselor.

  • Judith Arlene Bonser Link Bachelor of Arts, 1959

    Judith Arlene (Buerge) Bonser passed away in her home in Maryville, Tennessee, on May 25, 2017. She was 80 years old. As a student in Wayne State's journalism department, Bonser was a staff writer for the campus newspaper, "Daily Collegian." She is survived by her husband, Donald; daughter, Jody Bruce, '92; son, Joseph Parrinello Jr.; son-in-law Darrin Bruce and five grandchildren. Two of her grandsons are currently pursuing graduate studies at Wayne State.

  • Marie Delewsky Link Bachelor of Science, 1983

    Dr. Marie Delewsky received the 2017 President's Award from the Michigan Podiatric Medical Association for her dedication and service to the organization. She is employed by Michigan Healthcare Professionals, P.C., and is an associate in private practice at S.E.T. Foot care in Waterford, Michigan. She also is a Fellow of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons.

  • Brian K. Mitzel Link Bachelor of Arts, 2013

    Brian K. Mitzel joined the Bloomfield Hills office of Plunkett Cooney as a member of the law firm’s tort and litigation practice group.

  • C. Leslie Banas Link Juris Doctor, 1975

    C. Leslie Banas, an attorney and shareholder with Kemp Klein Law Firm, was included in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of real estate law. She also has been recognized as a DBusiness Top Lawyer and was named one of Crain's Detroit Business 100 Most Influential Women in Southeastern Michigan. Banas currently serves on the advisory board for the Urban Land Institute - Michigan and is a member of the Michigan Housing Council.

  • Ralph A. Castelli, Jr. Link Juris Doctor, 1977

    Ralph A. Castelli, Jr., an attorney and CEO of Kemp Klein Law Firm, was included in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of corporate law.

  • Brian R. Jenney Link Juris Doctor, 1999

    Brian R. Jenney, an attorney with Kemp Klein Law Firm, was included in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of elder law.

  • Amy A. Stawski Link Bachelor of Arts, 1974

    Amy A. Strawski, an attorney with Kemp Klein Law Firm, was included in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of family law.

  • Robert Z. Feldstein Link Bachelor of Arts, 1960

    Robert Z. Feldstein, an attorney and president of Robert Z. Feldstein, P.C., was included in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of family law. He is Of Counsel to Kemp Klein Law Firm. He has been honored by the publication for more than 20 consecutive years.

  • Susan Burkhart Link Juris Doctor, 1981

    Susan Burkhart, an attorney with Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP law firm, was selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of insurance law.

  • Dale Chidester Link Master of Science, 1973, Doctor of Philosophy, 1971

    Dale Chidester, age 73, died November 21, 2016, of brain cancer. Dr. Chidester worked as a chemist in the industry for 25 years. He taught at Temple University and Rider University and also held a research position at Princeton University. He moved to Sierra Vista in 2002 where he was an active member of the Cochise Amateur Radio Association (CARA) and through CARA did volunteer communications for Cochise County Search & Rescue and many community events. He is survived by his wife Nancy, son Edward (Min), daughter Cynthia Lerch (Christopher) and two grandchildren.

  • Lee Hornberger Link Master of Laws, 1982

    Lee Hornberger, a Traverse City, Michigan-based arbitrator and mediator, has been included in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of arbitration. He also has received the George N. Bashara, Jr. Award from the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan in recognition of exemplary service and the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • Jamilah Jackson Link Bachelor of Arts, 2015

    Jamilah Jackson was promoted to account executive at lovio george communications + design. She has been with the company since 2016 and has worked for clients including The Parade Company and University Prep Schools. While she was at Wayne State, Jackson was part of the Journalism Institute for Media Diversity and hosted her own show on WAYN Radio. She also serves as an advisor for Sister 2 Sister, a women's empowerment organization at WSU.

  • Jill Lublin Link Bachelor of Arts, 1983

    Jill Lublin is the author of 'The Profit of Kindness." She is an international speaker on the topics of radical influence, publicity, networking, kindness and referrals. She is the author of four best-selling books, including 'Get Noticed...Get Referalls.' Lublin is CEO of a strategic consulting firm with more than 20 years of experience. She teaches Publicity Crash Courses as both live events and webinars and consults and speaks all over the world.