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Class Notes - November 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.

Below are our most recent submissions:
 
Don Bowne (M.B.A., 1985) has been promoted to Service Manager with AlliedUniversal where he will oversee operations and client relations with VMware, Flextronics, HEB, and Home Depot, after serving eight months as Site Security Manager for VMware's two corporate campuses in Austin, Texas.
 
Rita Ciresi (M.F.A, 1988) is professor of English at the University of South Florida. Additionally, she is the author of the novels Bring Back My Body to MePink Slip, Blue Italian, and Remind Me Again Why I Married You, and two award-winning story collections, Sometimes I Dream in Italian and Mother Rocket. Her most recent novel, published under the pen name of Meg West, is the romantic comedy Love on Longboat Key.
 
Tom Henning (M.Ed., 1968) is a retired defense contractor who worked for IBM and Lockheed Martin. He was a member of the Penn State Pioneer Class of 1966 and has authored and published four books. He was the recipient of the American Legion, "Legionnaire of the Year" award in 2016 for his volunteer work with Wounded Warrior Retreat at Bull Run in Haymarket, Virginia.
 
Rick Johnson (M.P.A., 1969) is a retired Army Colonel. He previously served as vice president and chief technology officer at Lockheed Martin.
 
Karen Klein (M.S., 2000) is principal of Fulcrum Information Resources. She received the AIIP Connections Writers Award, sponsored by Information Today Inc., during the Association of Independent Information Professionals 31st annual conference held May 18-21, 2017, in New Orleans. The award is given to the writer of the best original article published in AIIP Connections each year. Karen wrote the article Collaborating for Success: Tips for Effective Teamwork, on her experience partnering with Michelle Rawl of Rawl Research, Inc. on a 10-month project for Legal Services Corporation, an independent non-profit established by Congress in 1974 to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans.
 
Victoria O'Donnell (M.A., 1962; Ph.D., 1968) is retired and is a Professor Emerita from Montana State University. The seventh edition of Propaganda and Persuasionby Jowett and O’Donnell will be out in 2018, and her other book Television Criticism, third edition, came out in 2017. Both books have national and international adoptions. “All thanks to a wonderful education from Penn State.”
 
Kenneth R. Thomas (M.Ed., 1965; D.Ed., 1969) has published two novels. The first, Seeds of the Vittoria, is a thriller about a secret ancient Spanish society and academic fraud. The second, The Phenom, is the story of a relief pitcher, who was the object of a fortune teller’s prediction when he was still in his troubled mother’s womb.

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