Happy Birthday to Frances Schmoyer Derden, AB '33, of Austin, who crossed the century mark on Aug. 12! More than 150 friends and family attended her party. Born in Waco in 1911, Derden paid her way through Baylor by serving as principal of a one-room schoolhouse beginning at age 18. After graduating from Baylor, she met and married Albert Derden, JD '28, a future Texas congressman, and continued to teach for more than 40 years. The couple had two children: Zoe Ann and Albert Jr. After retirement and the passing of her husband, Derden spent time traveling, serving at a homeless shelter and raising money for AIDS patients. She mowed her own lawn until just a couple years ago, and she still lives alone and drives herself.
Phail-Dean (Deanie) Copeland Chastain, BBA '39, celebrated her 92nd birthday on Feb. 11. She retired from teaching in 1975 and volunteered for 25 years in two hospitals. An artist, she volunteers with Hidden Angels, a group that makes blankets for children and newborns. Every day she exercises for at least one hour. She plans on living to 106, having had an aunt live to 105. Her husband, Maurice Chastain, passed away in 2002 after 62 years of marriage. Chastain has three children, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Contact at 16 Sugar Creek Place, Woodway, TX 76712, [email protected] or 254-772-8921.
Mildred Moorman Busch, BM '40, taught piano one year at Baylor and 67 years in Amarillo, Texas, where she instructed more than 2,000 Amarillo citizens. After earning her master's degree in 1953, she married husband Ted in 1956; the couple has one daughter (Kathy) and one granddaughter (Katy). Busch retired in 2008. Contact at 3908 Kell Blvd. #161, Wichita Falls, TX 76309.
Dorothy O'Connor Moreland, BA '43, writes, "My daughter, Sonja Moreland Adams, BA '68, and son-in-law, Neal Adams, JD '70, attended [former U.S. Secretary of Defense] Robert Gates' retirement party in Washington, D.C. I'm proud!" Moreland's mother and aunt also graduated from Baylor. Contact at 4016 W. 7th St., Fort Worth, TX 76107-1622.
Edgar Burks, BA '45, celebrated his 90th birthday on March 17. On March 24, he and his wife, Linnie Jane, celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary. They served 30 years in Nigeria as missionaries of the International Mission Board. After retirement they have continued to serve at First Baptist Church, Springfield, Mo. Contact at 1933 S. Saratoga Ave., Springfield, MO 65804.
Dr. Paul W. Powell, BA '56, dean emeritus of George W. Truett Theological Seminary, received the Exemplary Service Medal from San Marcos Baptist Academy May 22. Powell was presented the award during the Academy's 103rd annual commencement, at which he also delivered the address to the Class of 2011.
Dr. F. Gregory Campbell, BA '60, has retired after 25 years as president of Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisc. Also a graduate of Emory and Yale, Campbell has been awarded two Fulbright grants (among other awards) and previously held administrative and/or faculty positions at Yale, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Chicago.
Allene Hightower Kleweno, BA '61, and husband Walter were inducted into the 2011 Silver Horizons Senior Hall of Fame. The couple was recognized for contributing countless hours as volunteers promoting the appreciation of nature and natural history, the performing and visual arts, breast cancer awareness and philanthropy. Contact at 2908 Calle Del Bosque NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104.
Genell Smith Dellin, BA '61, has penned a novel, Honey Grove (Berkeley, 336 pages), in which a granddaughter comes to the aide of her grandmother in an attempt to save the family farm. Contact at GenellDellin.com or [email protected]
Century 21 Judge Fite Company's commercial division, headed by Larry Harbour, BBA '62, earned the status of No. 1 commercial office in the Century 21 system in 2010. Harbour has been head of the division since 1999. Contact at 1805 Carmel Dr., Plano, TX 75075 or [email protected]
Jeffrey Bearden, BA '63, writes, "My wife Carol and I had our 50th anniversary on May 26. We have a son, two grandkids and six great-grandkids. I have been coaching for 46 years, the last 12 at San Jacinto Christian Academy in Amarillo. I have served as the AD, head football coach, assistant baseball coach and head girl's basketball coach. My girls have won state three out of the last four years. God has truly blessed us in our marriage and in my career." Contact at [email protected]
Mollie Carpenter Bedwell, BA '65, is retired and building a home east of Canyon, Texas. Daughters are Susan Bedwell Amos, BA '91 (see '91 note), and Catherine Bedwell, an engineer for Orbitz Construction. Grandaughter Ashley is a freshman at the University of Oklahoma. Grandsons Luke and Will attend Panhandle ISD schools in Panhandle, Texas. Contact at 3101 Antelope Ridge, Canyon, TX 79015 or [email protected]
Samuel L. Porter Jr., BM '65, MM '72, retired from full-time music ministry in 2009 after 60 years as a church organist. He is currently organist of First Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, Miss., and adjunct music professor at the University of Southern Mississippi. Contact at 818 Hillendale Dr., Hattiesburg, MS 39402 or [email protected]
John E. Miller, BA '67, published an article about commercial service agreements in the June 2011 issue of Contract Management magazine, funded by the National Contract Management Association. Over the last six years, Miller has published more than 20 professional articles. Contact at 202 Yoalana, Boerne, TX 78006, or at [email protected]
Fran Phillips, BA '69, has been elected as a board trustee for the Friends of the Dallas Public Library. She is also president of the board of directors for Keep Dallas Beautiful and a trustee of the Dallas Opera. Phillips is a member of the Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP Environmental Practice Group with a practice extending to all areas of environmental law and policy.
Ambassador Abelardo L. Valdez, JD '70, has been elected president of the Council of American Ambassadors. Valdez practices international law in Washington, D.C., and San Antonio. He is one of the original proponents and architects of the North American Free Trade Agreement and of a Western Hemisphere Free Trade Area, and served as an advisor on the NAFTA negotiations. Contact at 4810 Sedgwick St., NW, Washington, DC 20016 or [email protected]
Karen Faulkner Key, BA '71, was appointed to the Baylor Healthcare System Foundation Board in 2010. A money manager, Key obtained her MBA from SMU in 1983. She joined the Baylor University Hospital Foundation Board in 2010. Her husband, Donald, is a retired partner at Ernst & Young and is an adjunct instructor at SMU. Contact at 6615 Norway Rd., Dallas, TX 75230 or [email protected]
Phil Lewis, BBA '71, a CPA and I/S analytics manager, recently celebrated 30 years with Valero Energy. His wife, Denita S. Lewis, BSN '82, is a registered nurse and teaches in Boerne ISD. They reside in San Antonio and have three sons: Shane works for TXU in Dallas, Lane is studying at Texas State University and Jace is a Smithson Valley High School student.
Maudie Monroe, BSEd '72, is retired after 39 years in public education, the last 30 with Waco's Midway ISD. She was principal of Spring Valley Elementary for 18 years. Her husband, W.C. Monroe, is an Alumnus by Choice. Contact at 1028 Bosque Ridge Rd., Crawford, TX 76638.
Phyllis Leach, BA '73, has retired from 30 years of teaching, 22 in Crowley [Texas] ISD. From 1997-2011, she was the NHS Lead Advisor and AP English Language and Composition instructor at North Crowley HS. She and her husband, Mike, celebrated her retirement and 35 years of marriage in Key West, Fla., this past June. Contact at 6650 Bradbury Ct., Fort Worth, TX 76132 or [email protected]
Rev. Dr. Paul D. Owen, MA '73, PhD '77, writes, "My wife, Ella, died Sept. 12, 2010, following a two-year fight with cancer. I miss her very much and am thankful that I was able to have such a kind, caring person as my wife for more than 48 years. Our son, Daron, just completed his PhD in medical physics at Western University, London, Ontario. I am completing a five-month pastorate at Fonthill United Church replacing the minister who is on a a sabbatical. Afterward, I will be travelling to Australia to work with the Aborigines for a month prior to going to Belfast, Northern Ireland, where my wife was born." Contact at 2720 Mewburn Road, #21, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada L2J 4J5.
Nancy Cayce, BA '74, married Mike Cayce in 1986 and has a daughter, Marianne. She is currently working as the case manager for the Downtown Women's Center Transitional Housing, a program for homeless families and women recovering from drug and alcohol addictions. Contact at 2105 S. Monroe St., Amarillo, TX 79109 or at [email protected]
Beth Whitley Duke, BA '76, was named the 2011 Distinguished Alumna of Amarillo College. She is executive director of Center City of Amarillo, a Texas Main Street Program dedicated to the revitalization of the downtown area.
While on vacation in Colorado's Black Canyon National Park, Bob Rainey, BBA '76, Jeana Prueitt Rainey, BSEd '78, Beverly Radcliffe Barfield, BSEd '79, and Mark Barfield, BBA '79, couldn't resist showing their Baylor spirit. The Raineys make their home in Georgetown, Texas, and the Barfields reside in Colleyville, Texas.
Gary Flores, BS '78, of Bellaire, Texas, is chief of anesthesiology at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. On Feb. 1, he became president of Greater Houston Anesthesiology, a group comprised of 250 anesthesiologists and 200 nurse anesthetists.
Dr. Mark W. Muesse, BA '79, the W. J. Millard Professor of Religious Studies and director of the Asian Studies Program at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., recently published his new textbook, The Hindu Traditions: A Concise Introduction (Fortress Press, 240 pages). Last September, The Teaching Company released his series of 36 lectures entitled "Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad," a comparative study of their lives and teachings, available on DVD, CD and in print. Muesse is married to Dhammika Swarnamali; they have a first-grade daughter, Ariyana. Contact at [email protected]
Lisa Parker, BA '80, recently graduated with a Master of Education in School Counseling degree from Dallas Baptist University. She has already begun her new career as a school counselor and may be contacted via Facebook or at her new home: 1804 Oak Grove Dr., Arlington, TX 76013.
Dr. Sharon M. Shields, BSEd '80, MSEd '83, is one of five finalists for a statewide superintendent of the year award sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards. She is also the 2011 Region 12 Superintendent of the Year. Superintendent for Waco's La Vega ISD since 2006, Shields has served in various roles for La Vega ISD over the past 20 years. She has worked as an adjunct instructor for Baylor, principal and instructional leader for Waco ISD and educational specialist for ESC Region 12. She serves on the Board of the Bellmead and Waco chambers of commerce.
Lori Thombs, BS '81, of Columbia, Mo., was named a 2011 Fellow of the American Statistical Association, the nation's preeminent professional statistical society. Fellows are recognized for their outstanding professional contributions to and leadership in the field of statistical science.
President Barack Obama appointed Roland Garcia, BBA '81, to the United States Naval Academy's Board of Visitors, the institution's governing body. Garcia is a founding shareholder and management group member of the Houston office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Contact at [email protected]
Jeffery McLain, BA '82, has been elected as District IV trustee to the Council for Advancement and Support of Education Board of Trustees. He is vice president for development at the LSU Foundation in Baton Rouge, La., and has previously held advancement positions in the Texas Tech University System, the University of Texas and Baylor. Contact at [email protected]
David W. Ball, BS '83, will be the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Chemistry at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Co., for the upcoming academic school year. Ball's family will be moving with him, and all are excited. Contact at 462 Locklie Dr., Highland Heights, OH 44143 or [email protected]
Dr. Elizabeth B. Davis, BBA '84, Baylor's executive vice president and provost and professor of accounting, and Dr. Charles E. Davis, BU's Emerson O. Henke Chair of Accounting and The Walter Plumhoff Professor of Accounting, co-authored Managerial Accounting, Preliminary Edition (John Wiley and Sons, 752 pages). It focuses on the core concepts framed within the context of one company and its supply chain.
Jack Petry, BBA '84, MBA '85, and his wife, Paula, have recently purchased Sandia Sunrooms, a sunroom and patio cover distribution and installation business in Albuquerque, N.M. Contact at sandiasunrooms.com.
Randall Hawkins, BBA '86, MBA '87, and Amy Hill Hawkins, BBA '86, MTax '87, have three sons: Matthew (16), Andrew (15) and Michael (12). Randall is the CFO of GlobalSCAPE, and Amy "is still doing taxes from my Arthur Andersen days. We'd love to catch up with any ol' Bear acquaintance if you drop by in the San Antonio area," writes Amy. Contact at 304 Majestic Grove, San Antonio, TX 78258, [email protected] or [email protected]
Kelly Kidd, BA '86, has been named principal of Premier High School of Ft. Worth, a charter school. Contact at [email protected]
Debra Jersin Lane, BSEd '89, writes, "Our family recently moved to Shanghai, China. I am the principal of the Puxi Elementary School at the Shanghai American School. If there are Baylor alumni in Shanghai, please email us!" Contact at [email protected]
Dr. Durrell Dickens, BBA '89, completed his doctorate in educational leadership from Lamar University and is retiring from the Houston Police Department after 20 years of service. He has accepted a job at Galveston College, where he has been named criminal justice instructor and coordinator of their law enforcement academy. Contact at [email protected]
Betty Goff, BBA '90, graduated in May from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with her doctorate in Christian education, majoring in church growth and minoring in women's ministry. Goff hopes to work at a Christian college or university. Contact at [email protected]
Brady King, MA '90, has been named director of congressional affairs and senior advisor to the vice president of external affairs at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation in Washington, D.C. He has almost 20 years of legislative and government affairs experience. King arrived on Capitol Hill with former Rep. Chet Edwards (D-TX), and he has served six members of Congress during his tenure in the Capitol, including a stint as national security advisor to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and most recently as chief of staff to retired Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL). Contact at 5919 Wilmett Rd., Bethesda, MD 20817 or [email protected]
Brandon, BA '90, and Lee Anna Lackey, BSEd '91, of Houston, served 800 of Zambia's one million orphans this summer. Through Family Legacy Mission (founded by Greer Kendall, BBA '86), the Lackeys helped lead a week of camp. The Lackeys are raising funds for the Tree of Life orphanage in Lusaka, Zambia. To help, go to fathersheart.familylegacy.com, click on Ambassador Search and enter "Lackey" for the last name.
Susan Bedwell Amos, BA '91, of Panhandle, Texas, completed her master's degree in 2008 and has been teaching Spanish for three years at West Texas A&M University in Canyon. She and husband Michael stay busy with their work, church and two sons, Luke (15) and Will (14).
Susan S. Roberts, BBA '91, MTax '91, a partner with Sanford, Baumeister, & Frazier, PLLC, has been elected president of the Fort Worth Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Jay M. Hudkins, BSE '91, MA '92, received his doctorate in communications from Texas A&M in August. Hudkins and his wife, Danya Day, live in Russellville, Ark., where Jay works as an assistant professor in the Department of Speech, Theatre, and Journalism at Arkansas Tech University. Contact at 10 Live Oak Lane, Russellville, AR 72802 or [email protected]
Registered investment advisor representative Greg Kershner, BA '92, has joined the offices of Joel Adams -- Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. He has recently relocated to Black Mountain, N.C., from Irving, Texas.
Ken Van Cura, BM '93, MM '04, has been named pastor of worship and music at Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, Va. He has served at FBC Boerne [Texas] since 2008, and in other Texas churches since accepting the call to full-time worship ministry 11 years ago. Van Cura will lead worship in contemporary and blended services, including the Victory Hour, America's longest running Christian television broadcast. Van Cura is married to Cherie Johnson Van Cura, BBA '97, who is director of finance for Ernst & Young. They have two sons, Aidan (9) and Ashton (4). Contact at [email protected]
Chris Duke, BA '94, recently graduated with his doctorate in educational psychology from Texas A&M University. Duke is the director of curriculum and assessment at San Jacinto College in Houston, where he lives with his wife, Misty, and three daughters (10, 6 and 2). Contact at [email protected]
In 2010, Amy Fenton Lee, BBA '94, launched theinclusivechurch.com to help churches include children with special needs. Recently Outreach Magazine and ministry-to-children.com named Lee's website as a top resource for helping churches start a disability inclusion ministry. This year, Lee was invited to speak at the Orange Conference, the Childrens Pastor's Conferences, and Lifeway's Kids Ministry Conference. Contact at [email protected]
Dr. Michael Hunt, BA '95, of Pediatric Eye Specialists in Fort Worth, has been recognized in the New England Journal of Medicine for his role on an investigative team developing a new treatment for infants at risk for blindness due to premature birth. Retinopathy of prematurity, a leading cause of childhood blindness, is one of the most common complications of premature birth. The treatment is an injection designed as an alternative to laser therapy, which can have long-term side effects.
Kirk L. Pittard, BA '95, JD '99, was recently selected as one of the 19 Best Lawyers in Dallas in Appellate Law by D Magazine and was named a Texas Lawyer Rising Star for 2011, his seventh year in a row. Pittard is a partner at Kelly, Durham & Pittard, LLP in Dallas.
Andrea Drury, BMEd '96, has sung professionally with the Amarillo Opera, Kentucky Opera, Portland Opera, Oklahoma Mozart Festival, Santa Fe Symphony, and the Opera Theatre of Lucca, Italy. She is choral director at North High School in Evansville, Ind. Her choir has advanced to state in five of six years. She holds a master of vocal performance degree from Ohio State University. She and her husband, Thomas Drury, have two sons, David (5) and Samuel (2). Contact at 825 S Norman, Evansville, IN 47714 or [email protected]
Lawrence Sutton, BS '96, was named 2010 employee of the year at BNSF Railway for work on the Mechanical Best Way project. He was recently promoted to manager of Technology Services -- Safety and Locomotive Applications. He and his wife, Toni, reside in Corinth, Texas, with their daughters, Lauren (6) and Sophia (1). Contact at [email protected]
Hillary Hoffman-Peak, JD '97, of Alexandria, Va., recently published two novels, Wings of Hope and Cappuccino is the Answer for Job Dissatisfaction, for the Kindle. She's currently working on a legal thriller. Contact at [email protected]
Dr. Robert Zheng, EDD '98, recently was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor in the educational psychology department at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He has authored four books and published 40 publications in the areas of online learning, multimedia and cognition.
Matthew Wright, BA '98, received the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the American Bar Association for his work in the non-profit sector. His fundraising helped provide free mental healthcare for more than 12,000 soldiers and their families. Wright is the vice president for development at Scott & White Healthcare Foundation in Temple, Texas.
Tim Franklin, BSE '98, and his wife, Jo Girard Franklin, BSEd '98, have just moved to Canada for two years where Tim is senior manager for product planning for Nissan Canada. They have three children: Graham (6), Wesley (4) and Lidiyanna (1). Contact at [email protected]
Jody Flowers, BSEd '99, was named as the new principal at Waco Baptist Academy. He, his wife, Jamie, and two sons, Walt and Wyatt, are proud to be in Waco, having moved from the Dallas area.
After being turned away from a water park ride for having metal grommets on his swimshorts, Adam Hamilton, of Derby, Kan., created BUNKZ, a grommet cover intended for water park visitors, surfers and others who need to prevent grommets from scratching surfaces. Contact at mybunkz.com.
Col. Paula K. Underwood, MHA '01, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation's leading professional society for healthcare leaders. Underwood was the Commander of the Heidelberg Medical Activity and is transitioning to become the Deputy and Chief of Clinical Operations at the Europe Regional Medical Command in Heidelberg, Germany.
After completing medical school and a pediatric residency, Stephanie DeLeon, BA '02, and her family have settled in the Oklahoma City area. On faculty for the medical school at the University of Oklahoma, she's also the inpatient medical director at Children's Hospital. They welcomed Olivia Ann to the family in Oct. 2010. Big sister Abby is thrilled to wear her Baylor cheerleading outfit with her sister.
Dr. Aerial Avery, BA '02, and Christopher Shorter, BBA '03, have co-founded a minority-owned energy drink company in Houston called Blue Flame Energy Drink. Ten percent of all proceeds are donated back into the community through food drives, clothing assistance, youth scholarships and homeless services. Contact at 713-585-5773 or blueflameenergydrink.com.
Larry J. Frazier, PhD '02, of White Oak, Texas, has joined the faculty of LeTourneau University in Longview as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and professor of Biblical studies. He spent 10 years at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, N.C., where he served as associate provost and dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.
Actor and raconteur Clinton Pickens, BA '03, writes, "I recently finished my first beard. It was a fulfilling experience, though 'touch-and-go' at some points. I'm proud of the bristles, but I have plans to shave before the next Baylor wedding that I attend (which will be in approx. half an hour). I have no future plans for other facial hair, but I admit I've always dreamed of a sweet, sweet Steve Harvey or Sam Elliot 'stache, even though I fear I don't have the lip acreage to pull it off. Feel free to send me and my face congratulations through ClintonPickens.com."
Andy Wiltz, BBA '04, of Stilwell, Kan., married Angie Moxley on June 4 in Council Grove, Kan. Wiltz is a manager at Accenture, where he has worked since 2004. He was a Steering Committee member of Student Foundation in 2004 and a member of Student Government from 2000-03.
Christopher Small, BA '04, assistant principal of Nims Middle School in Tallahassee, Fla., wed Tamarrah H. Tarver on July 16. A member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, Small has been nominated as a Jackson Scholar by the University Council for Educational Administration through Florida State University. Contact at 2477 Talco Hills Dr., Tallahassee, FL 32303.
Cynthia Villarreal, BA '04, married Eric Gonzales on Dec. 31, 2010. They reside in Brownsville, Texas, and both work in the local school district. Cynthia is a licensed specialist in school psychology (LSSP).
Michael Bracken, BA '05, of Waco, contributed a chapter to the writing textbook Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction (Headline Books). A prolific and oft-published short-story writer, his chapter is "I Write Short Stories."Russell Duren, BSEd '05, graduated from a National Park Service law enforcement academy in Santa Rosa, Calif. He plans to concentrate on opportunities in Las Vegas, where he lives with his wife, Anina, and twin daughters, Alyssa and Kylie. Contact at [email protected]
Stefanie DeLeon, BSEd '07, was named 2011 Teacher of the Year at Waco's La Vega Junior High School. She started a school newspaper in 2009, which DeLeon says has created a positive school culture and helped the school's state assessment scores. She is looking for Baylor alumni to feature and donations of any older digital cameras. Contact at [email protected]
Brothers Noah Mortel (CEO), BBA '08, and Marc Mortel (president), BBA '11, cofounded Bazaarstuff.com, a site dedicated to providing the best online marketplace experience for college students on the web. More than 8,800 college networks are represented on the site, on which listings can be posted or searched for free. The Houston-based company was founded in 2010. Contact at [email protected]
Megan Reese, FCS '08, completed her master's degree in forensic psychology from the Chicago School of Psychology in 2010. After graduation, she worked for a year doing community outreach therapy near Boston. She has begun her doctorate in psychology with a forensic concentration at Pacific University in Oregon. Contact at [email protected]
Amanda Marie Gonzales, BBA '08, married Hunter Price Forestier on Feb. 5 in Houston. Amanda is a marketing manager, and Hunter is a nuclear medicine technologist and technical territory manager for the same medical imaging company. The couple resides in Houston.
Nicole Marrett, BA '09, recently started Radiant Cosmetics, a makeup line whose vision is to raise awareness and funds for human trafficking. Twenty percent of all profits go directly to Free The Captives, a Houston-based organization. The company is involved in ending human trafficking in Austin and Houston. Contact atradiantcosmetics.org.
Andrew S. Gerhards, BA '10, and Louise A. McCartney, BFA '09, were married June 10 in Katy, Texas. They bought their first home in Anaheim, Calif. Andrew is working at Disneyland and Louise is acting and modeling. "We met while working on Baylor professor Chris Hansen's Endings movie set. Thank you, Baylor, for bringing such joy into our lives and for bringing us together. God bless and sic 'em," Louise writes. Contact at [email protected].
Claire Jansen Landes, BA '09, married Jesse Landes on May 15 at Castle on the Lake in Jacksonville, Texas. She has a graduate teaching assistantship in English with Wichita State University beginning this fall semester. Contact at 931 Country Acres, Wichita, KS 67212 or [email protected]
Evan Miller, BS '09, married Kaleigh Simons, BA '10, on May 21 in Dallas. The couple resides in Plano, Texas. Evan is a science teacher for Quest Middle School, and Kaleigh is a sales representative.
Sarah L. Parker, BS '09, and Patrick D. Estes were married on May 7 at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Carrollton, Texas. They reside in The Colony.
John Anderson, PhD '10, is a visiting assistant professor of religion at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. Anderson has also been appointed chair of the program unit devoted to the book of Genesis for the Society of Biblical Literature and will be presenting his paper "The Unsettling God of Genesis: What and Whose Theology" at the group's annual meeting. He has recently published an article and book review, and his book, Jacob and the Divine Trickster: A Theology of Deception and YHWH's Fidelity to the Ancestral Promise in the Jacob Cycle, has recently been published (Eisenbrauns, 210 pages).
Jessica Fikani, BFA '11, and Tristan Vick, BBA '10, were married on June 11 in Kyle, Texas. Tristan works for PwC as a tax associate, and Jessica is a wedding and portrait photographer. They live in Dallas.