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    • 11/27/2019

      Victoria Wodarczyk MAT ’97 completed her doctor of education in organizational leadership in May 2019 from the School of Education at Brandman University in Irvine, California. Her dissertation, “Leading With Trust: A Phenomenological Study of the Strategies Leaders in Certified B Corporations Use to Build Trust With Their Employees,” was published in March 2019.

    • 08/02/2019

      May Wallace MAT ’04 is an artist in Portland. A series of her portraits depicting houseless friends and acquaintances was on display at the Seaside (Oregon) Library in August 2019. The portraits are intended to raise awareness of the impending climate change crisis, says Wallace. She depicts her subjects in full-body view going about their daily lives as well as in more surrealistic states, such as submerged beneath water or seated in a burning chair.

    • 09/03/2019

      Aron Steinke MAT ’10 is an elementary school teacher in the Portland area. He was recently interviewed about his graphic novel series, Mr. Wolf’s Class, on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Think Out Loud. In September 2019, he delivered a reading at Powell’s Books. He and his wife, Ariel Cohn BA ’05, won an Eisner Award in 2014 for their book The Zoo Box

    • 01/06/2020

      Kenney Polson EdS ’15 is a jazz saxophonist, educator, and composer in the Pacific Northwest. He spoke with Jazz in Europe magazine about how he found jazz, his career, and inspiration for his latest album, For Lovers Only.

    • 08/28/2019

      Abby Paffrath MAT ’11 is an artist and entrepreneur in Jackson, Wyoming. Through her company, Art 4 All, she designs items that feature her artwork. She frequently releases new designs and offers hats, “solar shirts,” hoodies, stickers, pins, and water bottles. She plans to create more shirts and bags and is also partnering with Jackson Company Croakies to design dog collars and leashes. Paffrath says she loves seeing people out in the world wearing her art but never tells people she’s the designer. 

    • 11/01/2019

      Ponny Kosmas MEd ’15 is a counselor at Woodstock Elementary School in Portland. He’s also the creator of the school’s unique Wellness Center, a friendly, comfortable addition to the administrative space of the school, where students are able to sign up for sessions with a counselor to talk, have a snack, or make some art.

    • 02/03/2020

      William P. Harper, Professional Licensure ’87, August 25, 2019, age 79. Harper was a teacher of physical education and health in Oregon and Washington, as well as a sports coach. He later served as principal of a small early elementary school. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Rose Mary; his children, Kristine and Paul; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

    • 08/30/2019

      Jennifer Carver MEd ’03 is the new principal at Tucker Maxon School, a Portland-based private school that specializes in education for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

    • 08/13/2019

      Roberto Aguilar MEd ’02, a counselor at Milwaukie (Oregon) High School, was featured in a recent story on KATU-TV about the importance of school counseling. Aguilar discussed what he believes makes a good counselor: “Quality school counselors are always genuine … they’re always giving 100 percent.”

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      Ruben Degollado MEd ’04 published his debut novel, which tells a story of love in the face of gang violence and broken homes. Slant Books, 2019. 174 pages.

      Posted 01/16/2020

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