Class Notes

The Class Notes section is dedicated for alumni to share information about their accomplishments and milestones. Class Notes are a way for alumni to spread the word about a promotion, award/honor received, career move, wedding, birth announcement, etc. All Class Notes are posted online and are considered for publication use in all Alumni Relations publications. To submit a Class Note please log in to the Alumni Community.

Hannah Needham (MA 2007)

Hannah Needham (LAS '07) joined the Chicago law frim Ginsberg Jacobs LLC.

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Arbin Smith (MA 2000)

Arbin Smith (CMN '00) is senior director at the Hackett Group, a business management consulting firm.

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Julian Bauer (BUS 2008)

Bauer (BUS '08) published "The Hidden Saint: The 16th Century Church in Crisis," his fifth historical novel, in March. All of his fictional works deal with the lives of actual characters: Origen, St. Jerome, Emperor Augustus, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and St. Charles Borromeo. In June, he published his first nonfiction book, "Rock of the Apostles: A Brief History of Catholic Tradition," which received an imprimatur from the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

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Daniel Collins (THE 2001)

Daniel Collins (TTS '01) wrote the book and lyrics for "TREVOR: the Musical," which ran from Aug. 9 to Sept. 17 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre in Glencoe, Ill. The play is based on the Academy Award-winning film, which inspired the creation of the Trevor Project, the nation's only accredited crisis intervention and suicide prevention organization focused on saving young LGBTQ lives.

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Jeannie Andresen (CMN 2011)

Jeannie Andresen (CMN '11) is the director of internship development for Northwestern Mutual - Chicago. In her role Andersen expands the company's relationship on Chicago area campuses, recruits and develops program participants, and manages a team of campus recruiters and adviser leaders.

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Patricia Puetz (MED 2005, SNL 2001)

Patricia Puetz (SNL '01, MED '05) was named principal of Henking Elementary School in Glenview, Ill.

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Jay Deratany (JD 1987)

Jay Paul Deratany (JD '87) is the writer and lead proudcer of "The CiviliTy of Albert Cashier," which premiered at Stage 773 in Chicago from Aug. 31 to Oct. 15.

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Ashley Brazil (LAS 2011)

Ashley Brazil (LAS '11) is one of the recipients of the Windy City Times "30 Under 30 Awards," presented to 30 outstanding LGBT individuals (and allies) for substantial contributions to the Chicagoland LGBT community in the fields of entertainment, politics, health, activism, academics, sports or other areas.

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Paul Rand (MS 1993)

Paul Rand (LAS MS '93) was named vice president for communications at the University of Chicago.

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Evan Barker (CSH 2008)

Evan Barker (CSH '08) won the Illinois Native Plant Society's "Botanists Big Year" competition, in which participants were challenged to make the most research-grade native plant identifications throughout 2016. Barker won with 877 species.

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Alexsandra Sukhoy (CMN 1995)

Alex Sukhoy ('95) published "Date Your Career: The Longest Relationship of Your Life," a practical, how-to book on jump-starting your career.

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Johara El Harazin (MBA 2006, BUS 2003)

Johara Faradieh El Harazin (BUS '03, MBA '06) was promoted to chief investment officer at the Illinois State Board of Investment. She most recently served as deputy executive director.

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Dan Pawlowski (CMN 2016)

Dan Pawlowski (CMN '16) is the new sports editor for the Wakefield Daily Item (Mass.).

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Michael Noll (JD 2015)

Michael Noll (JD '15) is chief of operations at the recently-opened Gearhead Workspace, a do-it-yourself maintenance shop and educational center for car enthusiasts.

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Valerie Sherman (JD 2009)

Valerie Sherman (JD '09) was elected to the Palatine Public Library District board of library trustees. Sherman is an attorney and fundraiser who frequently volunteers for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust.

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Elias Broxham (MUS 2016)

Broxham (MUS '16), Elizabeth Weitnauer (MUS '16) and Owen Burton (MUS '16) formed the acoustic band Ask Your Folks in 2013. They were finalists in the 2016 Great American Song Contest. The trio's progressive original music draws on old-time, bluegrass, and folk elements.

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Russell Hartigan (BUS 1970)

Hartigan (BUS '70) was installed as president of the Illinois State Bar Association in June 2017. He is an arbitrator, lawyer and retired Cook County judge.

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Brandon Breaux (LAS 2005)

Breaux (LAS '05), a visual artist who made a name for himself collaborating with Chance the Rapper, had his work featured on Bud Light aluminum bottles sold in limited edition 8-packs in stores across Chicago and at Lollapalooza this summer. The Chicago-themed bottles feature a whimsical rendition of Chicago's cityscape, complete with the White Sox' exploding pinwheel scoreboard, the Wrigley marquee, a Blackhawks logo, the Chicago hot dog and a Lolla stage.

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Elizabeth Weitnauer (MUS 2016)

Weitnauer (MUS '16), Elias Broxham (MUS '16) and Owen Burton (MUS '16) formed the acoustic band Ask Your Folks in 2013. They were finalists in the 2016 Great American Song Contest. The trio's progressive original music draws on old-time, bluegrass, and folk elements.

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Frank Sodaro (MBA 1996)

Sodaro (MBA '96) was named senior vice president and deputy chief financial officer of Old Republic International Corporation, based in Chicago, in June 2017.

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