Class Notes

16669843936_842827de30_k.jpg?itok=AXSf9t 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.

Decade: 2010s

Austin, Jeanie (Class of 2017) 1 month 6 days ago

Jeanie Austin (PhD '17) joined the newly formed Jail & Reentry Services program with San Francisco Public Library. In this capacity, they will provide direct library services within San Francisco jails as well as link recently released patrons to library resources.

Collie, Aaron (Class of 2010) 5 months 2 weeks ago

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.

Connick, Abigail (Class of 2017) 4 months 1 week ago

Abigail Connick (MS '17) has been appointed as special collections and technical services specialist at the California State University, Stanislaus Library.

Dapier, Jarrett (Class of 2015) 1 month 3 weeks ago

Jarrett Dapier (MS '15) recently sold his first picture book, which will be due out from Chronicle Books in 2020.

Davies, Mary Gen (Class of 2011) 2 months 2 weeks ago

Mary Gen Davies (MS '11) served on the 2018 Stonewall Book Awards - Children’s and Young Adult subcommittee.

Dubbs, Mary (Class of 2013) 3 months 4 weeks ago

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.

Greer, Graham (Class of 2014) 4 months 3 weeks ago

Graham Greer (MS '14) has accepted the position of reference librarian at The Newberry Library in Chicago.

Hallman, Shelby (Class of 2017) 2 months 1 week ago

Shelby Hallman (MS '17) was promoted to research librarian for engineering & entrepreneurship at North Carolina State University.

LaChance, William (Class of 2016) 1 month 3 days ago

Will LaChance (MS '16) (and his three animal children) moved to St. Louis and accepted a position as assistant branch manager at the Cliff Cave Branch of the St. Louis County Library.

Lockhart, Gerone (Class of 2016) 6 months 5 days ago

Gerone Lockhart (MS '16) became the theological librarian at Calvin College & Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

McCoy-Simmons, Casey (Marks-McCoy) (Class of 2014) 1 month 3 weeks ago

Casey (Marks-McCoy) McCoy-Simmons (MS '14) has been elected as director-at-large for the ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table for 2018-2020. She currently works as the program specialist at KidsTek, a non-profit teaching tech-literacy skills to K-12 grade students in the Denver Metro Area.

Miller, Jhani (Class of 2015) 1 month 1 week ago

Jhani Miller (MS '15) was promoted to library and information supervisor at the Ulmer Park Library Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library (NY).

Nelson, Ruth (Class of 2014) 5 months 1 week ago

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.

Phillips, Nancy Kim (Class of 2011) 3 months 3 days ago

Nancy Kim Phillips (MS '11) is the community engagement manager at the Skokie (IL) Public Library.

Riesenberger, Cameron (Class of 2016) 3 months 4 weeks ago

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.

Roberts, Sarah T. (Class of 2014) 3 weeks 6 days ago

Sarah T. Roberts (PhD '14) has been named a 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Roberts joins thirty other Carnegie Fellows from across the nation and will receive a $200,000 stipend from the Carnegie Corporation in support of her work.

Sarwark, Robert (Class of 2016) 2 months 3 weeks ago

Robert Sarwark (MS '16) was recently awarded the 2018-2019 Houghton Mifflin Visiting Fellowship in Publishing History at Harvard University’s Houghton Rare Book and Manuscript Library. He will continue to study and interpret works included on the Catholic Index of Forbidden Books, a project he began at the iSchool in 2015 for Assistant Professor Emily Knox’s IS502 course.

Sheridan, Helenmary (Class of 2015) 5 months 2 weeks ago

Helenmary Sheridan (MS '15) began a new position as the data services librarian for the Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh.

Stitt, Quinn (Class of 2016) 6 months 1 week ago

Quinn Stitt (MS '16) has accepted a position as a readers advisory/teen librarian at Berwyn (IL) Public Library, starting in January 2018.

Sullivan, Madison (Class of 2015) 2 months 1 day ago

Madison Sullivan (MS '15) has been elected as the member services director for the ALA New Members Round Table for 2018-2020. She is a business research and instruction librarian at the University of Washington in Seattle and a co-director of the board of the iSchool Alumni Association.

Youngstrum, Laura (Class of 2015) 3 months 4 weeks ago

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.

Decade: 2000s

Bradford, Robin (Class of 2000) 3 months 6 days ago

Robin Bradford (MS '00) was named a 2018 Mover & Shaker for advocacy by the Library Journal.

Caldara, Tara (Yoder) (Class of 2005) 1 month 1 week ago

Tara (Yoder) Caldara (MS '05) joined Lake Villa District Library (IL) as head of Adult Services, bringing twenty-one years of library experience specializing in technology and developing innovative services.

Elia, Anthony (Class of 2007) 2 months 4 days ago

Anthony Elia (MS '07) has been named J.S. Bridwell Foundation Endowed Librarian and director of Bridwell Library in the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, effective June 1, 2018.

German, Elizabeth (Beth) (Class of 2009) 2 months 1 week ago

Elizabeth (Beth) German (MS '09) was elected vice president/president-elect of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, in April 2018. 

Hartman, Rochelle (Class of 2008) 2 months 3 weeks ago

In 2018, Rochelle Hartman (MS '08) became the chair of the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries. She is also serving as councilor at large for the American Library Association for 2017-2019.

Hines, Samantha Schmehl (Class of 2003) 4 months 3 weeks ago

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.

Jeter, Melissa (Class of 2008) 2 months 3 weeks ago

Melissa Jeter (MS '08), adult services librarian of Toledo Lucas County Public Library, along with her coworker Linda Koss, grant specialist, Business Technology Services developed "Living Better, Spending Smarter," a financial literacy online reference guide. Due to their work, the Toledo Lucas County Public Library was named the 2018 winner of the Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Services, sponsored by ReferenceUSA.

Perry, Juliana (Class of 2009) 4 months 3 weeks ago

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.

White, Marijane (Class of 2008) 4 months 3 weeks ago

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.

Wightman, Rachel (Class of 2009) 3 months 1 week ago

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.

Decade: 1990s

Kern, Kathleen (Class of 1999) 3 months 2 weeks ago

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.

Kuhl, Jason (Class of 1999) 1 month 1 week ago

Jason Kuhl (MS '99) began his new role as director and CEO of Saint Charles City-County Library District (MO) in January 2018.

Leonard, Patt (Class of 1993) 5 months 1 week ago

Patt Leonard (MS '93) is now editor of the AzLA Newsletter of the Arizona Library Association.

Lipinski, Tomas (Class of 1998) 4 months 1 day ago

Tomas Lipinski (PhD '98) has received the 2018 GreyNet Award from GreyNet International, which recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of grey literature. 

Rudasill , Lynne M. (Class of 1991) 6 months 4 days ago

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.

Spasser, Mark (Class of 1998) 2 months 3 weeks ago

Dr. Mark A. Spasser (PhD '98) retired after more than twenty years in health sciences librarianship. He is a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

Decade: 1980s

Berger, Sid (Class of 1987) 3 months 2 days ago

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, held 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."

Burgh, Scott (Class of 1986) 2 months 2 weeks ago

Scott G. Burgh (MS '86) retired in June 2017 after 28 years as chief law librarian for the City of Chicago Department of Law Library.

Hansen, Irene (Class of 1988) 6 months 4 days ago

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.

Horcher, Ann-Marie (Class of 1981) 2 months 2 weeks ago

On March 1, Ann-Marie Horcher (MS '81) successfully defended her dissertation as part of her pursuit of a PhD in Information Systems with a concentration in security from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Horcher also became the program director of the cybersecurity certification offered by the College of Business Administration at Central Michigan University.

Decade: 1970s

Aldridge, Betsy Bowers (Class of 1976) 5 months 2 weeks ago

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.

Baldwin, Candice (Class of 1978) 6 months 4 days ago

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.

Widener, Michael (Class of 1974) 2 months 1 week ago

ABA Book Publications has released a second book by Michael Widener (MS '74), entitled Joint Tenancies: Property Leasing in Cannabis Commerce, an analytical look at landlord-tenant relations in this remarkable niche. Widener has published two dozen academic and trade publication articles while being an adjunct law professor and of counsel to his law firm. He is a zoning adjustment hearing officer for the City of Phoenix, and is a member of the Arizona State Liquor Board.

Decade: 1960s

McGoings, Michael C. (Class of 1967) 3 months 3 weeks ago

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.