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1963

Ronald E. Aigotti, MD, South Bend, Ind., self-published his second novel, Out-Of-Country: The Untold Story of the Vietnam War’s Wounded Warriors.

1964

Anne M. Fangman, BSN, Port Ludlow, Wash., published a memoir, Mustard Every Monday. The book chronicles Fangman’s eight years as a Sister of Mercy, her time as a stewardess for Braniff International and her two years on the hospital ship the USS Hope.

1976

Daniel E. Monnat, JD, Wichita, Kan., of Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered, was honored by the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America for his legal expertise in criminal defense. Best Lawyers in America has honored Monnat every year since 1989. Monnat also was recognized among the region’s most distinguished criminal defense attorneys by Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers 2015.

1978

Richard K. Morgan Jr., MD, Ripon, Calif., was recognized for his outstanding clinical care in the Community-Based Outpatient Setting by the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in Livermore, Calif.

1979

Michael G. Lyon, BS’75, MD, Belmont, Calif., received the award for outstanding care by a subspecialist from the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in Livermore, Calif.

1980

Hon. Michael E. Groom, BA’77, JD, Arlington, Va., has retired as a judge of the Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board in Washington, D.C.

1983

Martin A. Diaz, BSBA’80, JD, Swisher, Iowa, was the recipient of the Iowa Association of Justice’s Verne Lawyer Outstanding Member Award in November 2015. The award recognized Diaz for seeking justice for injured Iowans, especially victims of medical negligence.

1985

Kathleen Liddell Arnold, BSPha, Snohomish, Wash., was appointed to the rank of clinical instructor at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy. Arnold has been a preceptor for the School of Pharmacy since 2007 for both IPPE (Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences) and APPE (Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences) students at EvergreenHealth Monroe Hospital.

David J. Ceci, BA, Staten Island, N.Y., was honored by the Staten Island Children’s Museum for contributing to the betterment of the lives of children and families on Staten Island. Ceci is a former president of the board of trustees of the museum and served as a trustee for 22 years.

1986

Paul F. Millus, BA’83, JD, Floral Park, N.Y., a member of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., and a part of the firm’s litigation and employment law departments, was named to the New York Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in the New York metro area for 2015.

1989

Mark Ostrowski, BSBA’86, JD, La Grange, Ill., was named the 2015 International Masters of Gaming Law North American Regulator of the Year. Ostrowski is the administrator of the Illinois Gaming Board.

1993

Anthony J. Cook, BA, Rochester, Minn., was the 2015 recipient of the Book of Golden Deeds Award presented by the Exchange Club of Rochester. The award recognizes those who give unselfishly for the betterment of their community.

1994

Linda Ash Richards, BA, Omaha, received the Ann Mactier Leadership for Learning Award at the 2015 Nebraska Association for School Boards Conference. Richards has served on the Ralston (Neb.) School Board for 20 years.

1996

Shad E. Sumrow, JD, Dallas, was selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers 2015. Sumrow is an attorney at Thompson & Knight LLP in Dallas.

1997

Stephen E. Carr, JD, Napa, Calif., is tax director at Treasury Wine Estates in Napa.

Brandi Buggi DiGiorgio, BSBA, Shawnee, Kan., was promoted to partner at MarksNelson LLC accounting and consulting firm in Kansas City, Mo.

Hon. Ryan W. Rosauer, BA, Junction City, Kan., was appointed district court judge in Kansas’ Eighth Judicial District by the Kansas governor in March 2015. Rosauer continues to serve as a judge advocate in the U.S. Army Reserves, where he was promoted to lieutenant colonel in May 2015.

1998

Stacy J. Fisher, DPT, Las Vegas, assistant professor at Touro University in Henderson, Nev., received the 2014 Healthcare Hero Award from Nevada Business Magazine.

1999

Peggy Dineen Reall, BA, Omaha, is director of marketing and public relations at the Omaha Community Playhouse.

2000

Amy K. McLaughlin, BA, Omaha, was selected for the Midlands Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Awards. McLaughlin is vice president for programs and operations at ICAN in Omaha.

2002

Bill J. Druffel, JD, Pullman, Wash., was promoted to major in the U.S. Army Reserves. Druffel currently serves as a judge advocate in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps in addition to his duties as chief deputy prosecuting attorney for Whitman County, Wash.

Dr. Angela Morrison Swan, BA, Litchfield Park, Ariz., professor of criminal justice at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, published “Masculine, Feminine, or Androgynous: The Influence of Gender Identity on Job Satisfaction Among Female Police Officers” in the journal Women & Criminal Justice.

2004

James B. “Brody” Deren, BS, Omaha, was selected for the Midlands Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Awards. Deren is president and co-founder of Dynamo, LLC, in Omaha.

2005

Lauren R. Goldstein, BA, Las Cruces, N.M., received her Ph.D. in rhetoric and professional communication in December 2015 from New Mexico State University.

Kathryn Hogan Gurnett, BS’79, MBA, Omaha, was the 2015 recipient of the Robert W. Lennon Award from the Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals. Gurnett is the compliance manager for Physicians Mutual Insurance Company in Omaha.

Justin W. High, BA’02, JD, and Frank Younes, BSBA’09, JD’11, Omaha, formed the partnership High & Younes, LLC, in 2012 and have purchased a new office building at 69th and Dodge streets in Omaha.

Marc T. Wisdom, MBA, Omaha, was selected for the Midlands Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Awards. Wisdom is president of First Westroads Bank in Omaha and is a member of the bank’s board of directors.

2006

Kristine M. Hull, MBA, Omaha, was selected for the Midlands Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Awards. Hull is chief financial officer for Heartland Family Service in Omaha.

2008

Erin Swanson Russell, BA’02, MA, Omaha, was selected for the Midlands Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Awards. Swanson Russell is vice president of development at Goodwill Industries, Inc. Serving Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa.

2011

Marianne M. Junck, MD, Oregon, Wis., completed her residency in dermatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin in June 2015. She has joined Affiliated Dermatologists, S.C., in Brookfield, Wis.

Frank Younes, BSBA’09, JD, and Justin W. High, BA’02, JD’05, Omaha, formed the partnership High & Younes, LLC, in 2012 and have purchased a new office building at 69th and Dodge streets in Omaha.

2012

Grant D. Klise, BA, Wichita, Kan., joined the law firm Triplett, Woolf & Garretson, LLC, in Wichita in November 2015.

2013

Mitchell F. Engel, JD, Kansas City, Mo., joined Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s Kansas City, Mo., office in October 2015.

Hannah E. O’Keefe, BA, Omaha, is serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps working at Advocates for Children of New York, Inc., in New York.

2014

Laura G. Jablonski, BSBA, St. Louis, is serving with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest working at St. André Bessette Catholic Church in Portland, Ore.

Stephen G. Kraus, BA, Colorado Springs, Colo., is serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps working at Catholic Charities Community Services in Phoenix.

Margaret L. O’Connor, BA, Ferndale, Wash., is serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps working at St. Francis Mission in St. Francis, S.D.

2015

Madeline M. Clarke, BS, Aberdeen, Wash., is serving with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest working at the YMCA of Grays Harbor in Aberdeen.

Taylor M. Hansen, BSBA, Norfolk, Neb., is serving with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest working at Heritage Living Center in Ashland, Mont.

Emma R. Hoppe, BS, Lincoln, Neb., is serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps working at the Community Asset Preservation Corporation in Newark, N.J.

Courtney J. Kern, BSW, Leawood, Kan., is serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps working at Akoyikoyi School in Chuuk, Micronesia.

Jay D. Koehn, BA’12, JD, Omaha, joined the law firm McGrath North Mullin & Kratz in December 2015 as part of its litigation group.

Joseph A. Kromrey, BS, Rochester, Minn., is serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps working at St. Martin’s in Albuquerque, N.M.

Erin K. McCarville, BA, Casa Grande, Ariz., is serving with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest working at Catholic Charities of Yakima in Wenatchee, Wash.

Kimberly A. Thies, BA, St. Louis, is serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps working at Catholic Charities Austin in Austin, Texas.

Theodore L. “Ted” Wheeler, MA’08, MFA, Omaha, has placed two books with publishers: Kings of Broken Things (a novel to be published in spring 2017 by Little A) and Bad Faith (a short story collection to be published in July 2016 by Queen’s Ferry Press). Wheeler also won a writing contest sponsored by the 1877 Society, a group of library enthusiasts and advocates in their 20s and 30s who support the Omaha Public Library Foundation. Wheeler won the fiction prize for his story “Violate the Leaves.”