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Mary Ann Peters ’72, CEO of the Carter Center, gave a talk on global health equity, ethics, and eradication as part of a series of talks presented by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan. Before joining The Carter Center, Ambassador Peters was provost of the U.S. Naval War College and served as dean of academics at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany. She spent more than 30 years as a career diplomat and will be speaking at SCU on April 19, at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.
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After a long career with United Way, Terry Grundy ’68 is teaching honors seminars in intellectual history at the University of Cincinnati. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the United Kingdom, where he and his wife, Jodine (Grantham) Grundy ’66, are frequently found. The couple’s 50th wedding anniversary is in 2018, and they are spending one month traveling abroad for each decade of their marriage.
Hemant Thapar ’73 M.S. ’75 has been awarded the School of Engineering’s Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award for his advancement of electrical and computer science and engineering and his service to the School of Engineering. Thapar is the chairman, CEO, and co-founder of OmniTier. He previously founded and led two successful startups, DataPath Systems and Link_A_Media Devices. Together, these startups delivered many “industry firsts” in controllers for data storage and data recovery and system-on-a-chip technologies, contributing to the shipment of over 100 million chips for hard disk drives and solid state drives. Thapar received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Purdue University. He is the recipient of three best paper awards and was elected an IEEE Fellow.
Steve Rychly ’73 has retired after 35 years in the technology industry. He and his wife live outside Chicago, Illinois. they have one son in the Chicago metropolitan area and one son in Houston, Texas.
Eric Lane ’73 is the San Antonio, Texas, chapter president of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and was elected the new chair of the organization’s National Leadership Council. Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group that educates Americans on the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom. Lane has been involved with Americans United for decades and has written numerous columns defending separation of church and state for newspapers both in and out of Texas.
Steve Czuleger ’73 was awarded a second Fulbright to teach in Albania in May 2018. This time he will be lecturing at the Albanian School for Magistrates and several other law schools in the country. Czuleger will be speaking on judicial ethics, judicial independence, and rule of law in the Balkan country. He is finishing his 30th year as a judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court and is the past presiding judge of that court.
Naomi Tuite ’74 is a retired math teacher, coach, and international baccalaureate (IB) coordinator.
John Cruden J.D. ’74 joined Beveridge & Diamond PC law firm as a principal. Previously, Cruden served as assistant attorney general in charge of the Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division under the Obama administration. He is also the president of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.
Marilyn Klinger ’75 writes, “I have opened up the Los Angeles office of the construction law boutique, SMTD Law. SMTD Law has offices in Orange County, Oakland, Phoenix, Arizona, and Los Angeles, California, and is one of the up-and-coming construction/surety/real estate law firms in California.”
Chris Hasney ’76 is a guest columnist for Scorecard, the digital magazine of American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) District 17.
Eldon P. Regua ’77 is a recent inductee into the Thomas P. Ryan “Hall of Fame” by the East Side Union School High School Education Foundation in San Jose.
Andy “Drew” Clark ’78 is a realtor associate with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Real Estate. He lives with his wife in Sedona, Arizona.
Comedy director Andy Ackerman ’78 is back on pilot duty, helming and executive producing Fam and Pandas In New York for CBS Studios. Fam centers on a woman whose respectable life with her new fiancé comes to a screeching halt upon the arrival of her half-sister. Pandas In New York shines a light on a family of Indian doctors who decide to arrange their youngest son’s life, unaware he’s made plans of his own. Ackerman also serves as director and executive producer of CBS’ upcoming comedy series Living Biblically.