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

Bayci, Emily (Class of 2014) 4 months 4 days ago

Emily Bayci (MS '14) was appointed to the 2019 (John) Newbery Award Selection Committee. From the books published the preceding year, the committee selectswithin the terms, definitions, and criteria governing the awardthe most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Bonarek, Karen (Class of 2016) 4 months 9 hours ago

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.

Brackmann, Dan (Class of 2014) 4 months 2 weeks ago

Dan Brackmann (MS '14) began a position as a reference librarian at the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Chiu, Ann Matsushima (Class of 2015) 5 months 6 days ago

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. 

Collie, Aaron (Class of 2010) 1 month 3 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) 2 weeks 2 days ago

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

Cox, David E. (Class of 2013) 5 months 4 days ago

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.

Flood, Chris (Class of 2012) 4 months 1 day ago

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.

Greer, Graham (Class of 2014) 3 weeks 3 days ago

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

LeGrand, Samantha (Pernicka) (Class of 2015) 4 months 3 weeks ago

Samantha (Pernicka) LeGrand (MS '15) is a librarian at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque.

Lindenbaum, Sarah (Class of 2013) 5 months 4 days ago

Sarah Lindenbaum (MS '13) has started a position as visiting assistant professor and outreach librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.

Lockhart, Gerone (Class of 2016) 2 months 1 week ago

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

Mazzola, Nicolle (Class of 2014) 3 months 4 weeks ago

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.

McCoy-Simmons, Casey (Marks-McCoy) (Class of 2014) 2 weeks 2 days ago

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.

Minard, Felicia (Class of 2016) 4 months 1 week ago

Felicia Minard (MS '16) began as a teen librarian with Montgomery County Public Libraries in Bethesda, Maryland.

Murray, Gail (Class of 2015) 2 months 2 weeks ago

Gail Murray (MS '15) was promoted to technical coordinator at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, where she manages the statewide interlibrary loan platform.

Nelson, Ruth (Class of 2014) 1 month 2 weeks 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.

Nigro, Perry (Class of 2017) 4 months 1 week ago

Perry Nigro (MS '17) began a new job as integrated library advisor for select classes in the Department of Art History at Northwestern University.

Ransberger, Rebecca (Class of 2015) 6 months 1 week ago

Rebecca (Becky) Ransberger (MS '15) accepted the assistant manager position at the King Road Branch of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library in Toledo, Ohio.

Riesenberger, Cameron (Class of 2016) 1 day 8 hours 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.

Rivera, Susie (Woo) (Class of 2017) 2 months 2 weeks ago

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.

Ross, Ryan A. (Class of 2010) 4 months 1 week ago

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.

Salrin, Melissa (Class of 2010) 4 months 1 week ago

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.

Sheridan, Helenmary (Class of 2015) 1 month 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.

Slagle, Ruth (Class of 2017) 5 months 1 week ago

Ruth Slagle (MS '17) recently started a position as the public services librarian at the Baptist College of Florida in Graceville.

Spencer, Katrina (Class of 2016) 4 months 1 week ago

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. 

Stitt, Quinn (Class of 2016) 2 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.

Stutzman, Maura (Class of 2016) 5 months 1 week ago

Maura Stutzman (MS '16) began her career as the youth services and programming librarian at the Mahomet Public Library in July 2017.

Swatscheno, Janet (Class of 2014) 3 months 1 week ago

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.

Decade: 2000s

Baldus, Bryan (Class of 2000) 4 months 2 weeks ago

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.

Fisher, Kelly (Floster) (Class of 2003) 4 months 1 day ago

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.

Foote, Diane (Class of 2006) 2 months 3 weeks ago

Diane Foote (MS '06) assumed her role as executive director of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) on November 14, 2017.

Gregory, Leah (Class of 2004) 3 months 4 weeks ago

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.

Hines, Samantha Schmehl (Class of 2003) 3 weeks 3 days 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.

Krznarich, Rebecca (Class of 2008) 3 months 2 days ago

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.

Long, Dallas (Class of 2002) 2 months 2 weeks ago

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.

Miskewitch, Anne (Class of 2005) 5 months 2 weeks ago

Annie (Dougherty) Miskewitch (MS ’05) recently accepted the deputy director position at Schaumburg Township District Library. STDL has three locations with a central location and branches in Hanover Park and Hoffman Estates. The central location is the second largest physical public library in Illinois. Miskewitch previously worked at Chicago Public Library as a division chief for business, history, and sciences.

Moulaison Sandy, Heather (Class of 2002) 3 months 1 week ago

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.

Perry, Juliana (Class of 2009) 3 weeks 5 days 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.

Ritchie, Catherine (Class of 2000) 2 months 2 weeks ago

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.

Robertson, Deb (Class of 2000) 6 months 1 week ago

Deborah Robertson (MS '00) founded Gibson House Press, an independent press that publishes novels by musicians in the belief that songwriters and musicians of all kinds are connected to storytelling in a unique way. 

Thompson, Sara Q. (Class of 2009) 6 months 6 days ago

Sara Q. Thompson (MS '09) accepted a position as an adult services manager at the Deschutes Public Library in Bend, Oregon. For the past 5 years, Thompson was the solo librarian of a small academic library branch at the Oregon State University-Cascades in Bend, Oregon.

Wallis, Lisa C. (Class of 2001) 5 months 4 days ago

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.

Weible, Cherie (Class of 2000) 5 months 2 weeks ago

Cherié L. Weible (MS '00) was named interim associate university librarian for user services and associate dean of libraries at the University of Illinois Library on July 24, 2017. Weible has been employed with the Library since 1998.

White, Marijane (Class of 2008) 4 weeks 1 day 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.

Wilhelms, Nicole (Class of 2008) 2 months 2 weeks ago

Nicole Wilhelms (MS '08) is the library manager of Southglenn and Castlewood Libraries at Arapahoe Libraries in Centennial, Colorado.

Decade: 1990s

Friese, Christine (Class of 1991) 3 months 1 week ago

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.

Leonard, Patt (Class of 1993) 1 month 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 days 8 hours ago

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

McMillan, James L. (Class of 1995) 2 months 2 weeks ago

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.

Rudasill , Lynne M. (Class of 1991) 2 months 1 week 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.

Decade: 1980s

Burke, Susan K. (Class of 1988) 4 months 1 week ago

Susan K. Burke (MS '88) has been named director of the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

Hansen, Irene (Class of 1988) 2 months 1 week 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.

Wrigley, Kathryn (Class of 1980) 5 months 1 week ago

Kathryn (Kitty) Wrigley (MS '80) retired after 38 years with Hospital Sisters Health System, where she was director of libraries.

Decade: 1970s

Aldridge, Betsy Bowers (Class of 1976) 1 month 3 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) 2 months 1 week 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.

Campion Riley, Ann (Class of 1977) 5 months 4 weeks ago

Ann Campion Riley (MS '77) is now the vice provost and university librarian for University Libraries at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

D'Urso, Lawrence A. (Class of 1975) 3 months 2 weeks ago

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.

LeMay, Neil Curtis (Class of 1976) 4 months 4 weeks ago

Neil Curtis LeMay (MS '76) is the newly elected president of the Catholic Library Association.

Shimojima , Anne (Class of 1974) 2 months 4 weeks ago

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.

Decade: 1960s

Bardhan, Gail (Class of 1969) 4 months 4 weeks ago

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.

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