Find out what's happening in the lives of your friends from days gone by. Publications, awards, marriages, retirements, moves, promotions, birth announcements—you're sure to come across news from someone you remember.
While you're here, don't forget to submit a Class Note and let old friends know what you've been up to. Don't be a stranger—we'd love to hear from you!
Alumni Class Notes will remain posted online for at least six months, and will be published in the next possible issue of the iSchool magazine, Intersections.
Emily Bayci (MS '14) was appointed to the 2019 (John) Newbery Award Selection Committee. From the books published the preceding year, the committee selects—within the terms, definitions, and criteria governing the award—the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
Karen Bonarek (MS '16) accepted a position at Downers Grove (IL) Public Library in January 2017. Her emphasis is on the library's flourishing graphic novel collection.
Dan Brackmann (MS '14) began a position as a reference librarian at the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Ann Matsushima Chiu (MS '15) is an electronic services and instruction librarian at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon. She is also the organizer of the Portland Zine Symposium.
Aaron Collie (MS '10) has accepted a digital library manager position for the Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research (FRASER) at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Collie previously served as the head of Digital Scholarship & Curation at Michigan State University.
Abigail Connick (MS '17) has been appointed as special collections and technical services specialist at the California State University, Stanislaus Library.
David E. Cox (MS '13) has been appointed to serve as the director of the Office for Student Learning at New Mexico Tech, combining library, tutorial, and research services together at the university.
Mary Dubbs (MS '13) is excited to begin service on the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) 2019 Newbery Award Committee. She celebrates one year in Youth Services at Hennepin County Library's North Regional Branch in Minneapolis this March.
Chris Flood (MS '12) is the business reference librarian at the St. Charles (IL) Public Library. She cochairs BIG (Business Interest Group, a Chicagoland SIG for business librarians); serves on the Business, Development and Education Committee for the Downtown St. Charles Partnership; is a Women's Business Council committee member for the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce; and is the vice president for the Kiwanis Club of St. Charles.
Graham Greer (MS '14) has accepted the position of reference librarian at The Newberry Library in Chicago.
Samantha (Pernicka) LeGrand (MS '15) is a librarian at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque.
Sarah Lindenbaum (MS '13) has started a position as visiting assistant professor and outreach librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.
Gerone Lockhart (MS '16) became the theological librarian at Calvin College & Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Nicolle Mazzola (MS '14) is the library media center director at Westgate School in Arlington Heights, Illinois. In September, she was appointed to the editorial board for Knowledge Quest, the professional journal of the American Association of School Librarians.
Casey (Marks-McCoy) McCoy-Simmons (MS '14) accepted a position as program specialist at KidsTek, a nonprofit providing tech literacy classes in underserved K-12 schools across the Denver Metro Area. In March 2017, she got married to a fellow Illinois alum.
Felicia Minard (MS '16) began as a teen librarian with Montgomery County Public Libraries in Bethesda, Maryland.
Gail Murray (MS '15) was promoted to technical coordinator at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, where she manages the statewide interlibrary loan platform.
Ruth D. Nelson (MS '14) was selected for the 2018 Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholars program, which invites Illinois writers, historians, folklorists, and musicians, among others, to share their expertise and enthusiasm with people throughout the state. Her selection as a Road Scholar was based on her book, "Searching for Marquette," which tells the story of Fr. Jacques Marquette, the seventeenth-century French Jesuit explorer, through monuments and artwork throughout the Midwest.
Perry Nigro (MS '17) began a new job as integrated library advisor for select classes in the Department of Art History at Northwestern University.
Nancy Kim Phillips (MS '11) is the community engagement manager at the Skokie (IL) Public Library.
Cameron Riesenberger (MS '16) was recently elected to a three-year term as chair of the Colorado Association of Libraries Children and Teen Services Division.
Susie (Woo) Rivera (MS '17) accepted a reference specialist position focusing on digital library services and 3D printing at Fondulac District Library in East Peoria, Illinois.
Ryan Ross (MS '10) has been named to News-Gazette Media's annual "Forty Under 40" list of young leaders in central Illinois. He is the U of I Alumni Association's coordinator of History and Traditions Programs and manager of the forthcoming University of Illinois Welcome Center.
Melissa Salrin (MS '10) recently became head of special collections and rare books at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. She had previously served as archivist and special collections librarian at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.
Helenmary Sheridan (MS '15) began a new position as the data services librarian for the Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh.
Ruth Slagle (MS '17) recently started a position as the public services librarian at the Baptist College of Florida in Graceville.
Katrina Spencer (MS '16) is the literatures & cultures librarian at Middlebury College in Vermont. As a member of the Reference and Instruction Team, among others, she serves the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, the multicultural student center, and the Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies Program. Her latest contribution to campus culture is a weekly column in the newspaper called "The Librarian Is In." She is also working on a Spotify playlist for Arabic language students and has developed a diverse array of thematic displays to celebrate commemorative months.
Quinn Stitt (MS '16) has accepted a position as a readers advisory/teen librarian at Berwyn (IL) Public Library, starting in January 2018.
Maura Stutzman (MS '16) began her career as the youth services and programming librarian at the Mahomet Public Library in July 2017.
Janet Swatscheno (MS '14) was selected to participate in the pilot of the SPARC Open Education Leadership Program, a new professional development initiative aimed at empowering open education leaders within academic libraries.
Laura (Fultz) Youngstrum (MS '15) has accepted the position of adult services librarian at the Reddick Public Library District in her hometown of Ottawa, Illinois, after serving for two and a half years as the library director for the Berlin (WI) Public Library.
Bryan Baldus (MS '00) began his position as a consulting database specialist for WorldCat metadata quality, global product management, at OCLC in Dublin, Ohio, on October 9, 2017.
Robin Bradford (MS '00) was named a 2018 Mover & Shaker for advocacy by the Library Journal.
Kelly Fisher (MS '03) is marking her 14th academic year as the public services librarian at Eureka College in Illinois where she is also an associate professor and Brightspace learning management system (LMS) administrator.
Diane Foote (MS '06) assumed her role as executive director of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) on November 14, 2017.
Leah Gregory (MS '04) is happily working in her dream library job in a middle school and is considering returning to school for high school certification or instructional technology.
Samantha Hines (MS '03) was named an inaugural member of ALA's Policy Corps. As a member of Policy Corps, she aims to develop strategies to advocate for community college and academic libraries and librarianship in her state and region as well as the nation.
Ela Darling (Rebecca Krznarich) (MS '08) was recently featured in Rolling Stone and The New York Times for her work pioneering adult livestream broadcasting in virtual reality.
Dallas Long (MS '02) received a Fulbright Specialist grant and spent September and October in Doha, Qatar, where he trained the access services staff at the Qatar National Library in preparation for the library's grand opening in November.
Heather Moulaison Sandy (MS '02) was elected secretary/treasurer of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE). She is an associate professor in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri.
Juliana Perry (MS '09) is now an IT project manager with Penn Medicine. She has found her LIS degree to be a great help in analyzing healthcare business processes and software.
Cathy Ritchie (CAS '00) is materials selection librarian at the Dallas (TX) Public Library, specializing in nonfiction. She also writes a monthly book review column for the Dallas/Fort Worth-area performing arts online magazine, Theater Jones.
Lisa C. Wallis (MS '01) was named acting dean of libraries for Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) on September 1, 2017. She has been with the NEIU Ronald Williams Library since January 2007.
In October 2017, Marijane White (MS '08) was appointed to the library faculty at Oregon Health & Science University as a linked data librarian and assistant professor.
Rachel Wightman (MS '09) was recently promoted to associate director for instruction and outreach at Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. She joined the library staff of Concordia in June 2017 as a reference and instruction librarian.
Nicole Wilhelms (MS '08) is the library manager of Southglenn and Castlewood Libraries at Arapahoe Libraries in Centennial, Colorado.
Christine Friese (MS '91) enjoys her job as assistant director at the Portsmouth (NH) Public Library. She is the VP/president-elect of the New Hampshire Library Association and continues to work on advocacy issues for libraries.
Kathleen Kern (MS '99) has been appointed incoming editor of Reference and User Services Quarterly, the journal of the Reference and User Services Association. She began as editor-designate in early February and will assume the position of editor on July 1, 2018.
Patt Leonard (MS '93) is now editor of the AzLA Newsletter of the Arizona Library Association.
Tomas Lipinski (PhD '98) has received the 2018 GreyNet Award from GreyNet International, which recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of grey literature.
James L. McMillan (MS '95), a senior technical support engineer for Idemia, has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society in Bethany, West Virginia.
Lynne Rudasill (MS '91) has been promoted to professor at the University of Illinois, where she serves as global studies librarian and political science subject specialist in the University Library.
Sidney Berger (MS '87) was the featured lecturer at the meeting sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of America and the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America in February 2018. The meeting, in conjunction with the annual ABAA book fair in Pasadena, commemorated the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and Berger spoke on "Frankenstein in the Popular Imagination."
Susan K. Burke (MS '88) has been named director of the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Oklahoma.
Irene Hansen (MS '88, CAS '95) recently moved to Fountain Hills, Arizona, to be near her sister and family. She served as a reference librarian for ten years at the Wisconsin Historical Society Library in Madison and hopes to find a reference and information services position in an Arizona library. She is very excited to enjoy warmer winters.
Kathryn (Kitty) Wrigley (MS '80) retired after 38 years with Hospital Sisters Health System, where she was director of libraries.
Betsy Bowers Aldridge (MS '76; PhD '92) is retiring from PACCAR Technical Library after over 23 years of service. Prior to that she worked as a librarian for the EPA, library director for Oklahoma Baptist University, and tenured assistant professor for East Central Oklahoma State University. She has served the Special Libraries Association as treasurer for the Transportation Division and chair of the Materials & Manufacturing Division. She is looking forward to having more time to focus on raising her 6-year-old grandson and reading just for fun.
Candice Baldwin (MS '78) retired in December as library director at Metropolitan Community College, Longview Campus Library, after working there almost 15 years. Since graduating from the University of Illinois, she has spent 28 years with community colleges, seven years with the federal government (U.S. Army) and five years with public libraries.
Lawrence A. D'Urso (MS '75) retired from the Mount Prospect Public Library on October 31 and is enjoying his new role as library patron instead of employee.
Neil Curtis LeMay (MS '76) is the newly elected president of the Catholic Library Association.
Anne Shimojima (MS '74) was featured as a new voice teller at the National Storytelling Festival in 2017 and recently released her first storytelling CD, Sakura Tales, with eleven Japanese folk tales.
Gail Bardhan (MS '69) retired in late-September after 40 years as the reference and research librarian for the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York.
Michael C. McGoings (MS '67) retired in July 2017 as the principal deputy chief immigration judge for the U. S. Immigration Court completing a federal government career of 47 years.