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Chaparral 2011-2012: MILESTONES



Sarah Bederman completed the Disneyland Half Marathon in just under 2:30 on Sunday, September 3. She trained with Team in Training and raised $2250 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Richard Cortes co-authored a book called Undocumented Latino College Students: Their Socioemotional and Academic Experiences.  See link for more info.

Dennis Doyle's son Austin graduated from CSUN Northridge in May with a BA in Art: Digital Animation. Besides looking for work, he is playing mandolin and guitar on the side for some gigs with Dennis, who has released a new CD "Irish Songbook" available now on iTunes, and in the Growing Tree shop in Montrose. Austin also did the CD cover design. Dennis's daughter Grace graduated from Bishop Alemany High School and was accepted into the BM Music Performance: Vocal  program at CSUN Northridge. She auditioned and got into the top ensemble on campus, the Northridge Singers, due to tour Europe in the summer. Grace sang back-up on several tracks of the "Irish Songbook" CD.

This summer Jeanette Farr directed the world premiere production of To the New Girl From the Former Mrs. _____ Sound Advice for my Husband’s New Wife or Mistress by Samantha Macher for Skypilot Theatre in the NoHo Arts District. It had sold-out performances and garnered positive reviews from the LA Weekly, LA Times,, and the Tolucan Times.

Jessica Gillooly and her husband, Greg, would like to announce that their daughter, Heather, is engaged to her college sweetheart. They are to marry in May, 2012 in the Seattle area.

Nancy McLees’ daughter, Julia, and her husband, Nick, had a baby boy named Avery Edward on June 16, 2011. They are all thrilled!

Leigh Podgorski's latest novel has just been published on Smashwords and Kindle. Desert Wolf and Act of Grace explore the intriguing paranormal universe of Luke Stone as he battles his nemesis, black magician Armand Jacobi in the heart of Death Valley, tracks lost children, and solves a 250-year-old New England mystery swirling with murder, witchcraft, and retribution to save the life of his newly beloved Beth Rutledge. And don't forget to look for her debut novel, The Women Debrowska, that follows 250 years of Polish history and the story of one Polish family, also available on Smashwords, Kindle, and Amazon.

Maria Shufeldt applied and received a grant from the Foundation to establish a campus garden. The Environmental Affairs Committee is working with her to organize a group of interested staff and students to help develop this exciting project. Interested persons can contact Maria at ext. 5335 or Merrilee Ahaus at ext. 5112.

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In Memory of Michael Lao

In Memory of Michael Lao

In memory of her beloved husband Michael Lao, Faye Lao celebrated his joyous life with family, friends, colleagues, and students. The celebration took place on Michael’s birthday, Sunday, October 9th in Pasadena at the Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church in the Ross Chapel.
Michael would have been 62 in earth years, but is timeless in spirit!

Michael loved fruit trees and rose bushes.

We will miss you, Michael.

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