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Class Notes - March 2017

All Graduate School alumni are invited to submit your announcements of career achievements, updates, or any other news of general interest that you would like to share.  Following are our most recent submissions:

David Barnes (M.H.A., 2012) is now the associate director of practice management with Anesthesia Service Medical Group in San Diego, California.

Ravi Bollina, (M.S., 2002 and Ph.D., 2005) is an associate professor at the School of Engineering Sciences at Mahindra Ecole Centrale, India.

Jennifer Dodd (M.B.A., 2016) is the director of administration and operations, TWU Local 100 - NYCTA Training and Upgrading Fund and Child Care Fund.

Robert Elias (Ph.D., 1981) has now been a professor of politics for more than 25 years at the University of San Francisco, where he is a Dean's Scholar and directs the Legal Studies program. His ninth and most recent book is The Empire Strikes Out: How Baseball Sold U.S. Foreign Policy & Promoted the American Way Abroad (The New Press). Professor Elias previously taught at the University of Maryland and the University of California, Berkeley.

Mitch Kern (M.F.A., 2002) is an associate professor of photography for the Alberta College of Art and Design. Kern was able to convert a vintage fiberglass camping trailer into a mobile camera obscura. The camera obscura operates upon the same principle as the human eye and helps viewers understand the science of perception and perceptual adaptation. Watch the video.

Mariya Kossidi (M.Ed., 2013) is currently involved in the UNIWORK project "Strengthening Career Centers in Central Asia Higher Education Institutions to empower graduates in obtaining and creating quality employment" in the framework of the Tempus (Erasmus) program. She welcomes educators and practitioners from other countries, and to stay in touch and share knowledge, expertise and take action. From March 2014 - July 2015, she was the chief expert of the Department of Analysis and Management, Bologna Process and Academic Mobility Center, Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and in Fall 2015, Kossidi was invited to join KAZGUU University in Kazakhstan as a manager for academic development, department of post higher education and international relations.

(Alice) Renee Mims Payne (M.A., 1977) retired in 2010 and is now living in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She enjoys volunteering with a number of community organizations and traveling. Payne was an Extension (4-H) Educator in Dauphin County, PA for 11 years and spent over 22 years as a graduate admissions Counselor/Associate Dean at Penn State Harrisburg and Shippensburg University.

Guneet Sethi (M.S., 2004, Ph.D., 2010) was promoted to a senior manager position in Reliability Engineering at Amazon. He is responsible for product hardware reliability of Kindle Readers, Amazon Echo and Fire Tablet devices made by Amazon. His team is hiring. Please send him a note on LinkedIn if you are interested in hardware reliability engineering role.

Walter Shroyer (M.F.A, 1983) is in his 26th year of teaching art at Bluefield College. His functional ceramic pieces can be found at Heartwood in Abingdon, Virginia.

Jeffrey A. Stone (Ph.D., 2010) was promoted to senior instructor of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at Penn State.

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