An evening of tremendous generosity and heart-felt gratitude took place at the University of La Verne’s 2014 Scholarship Gala on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Hosted at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference...
Class notes, births and deaths reported by University of La Verne alumni.
Ken Michael ’59 operated a moving and storage business for 20 years. It is now owned and operated by his son, Mike. Ken also owned and operated an auction company for 28 years and is retired from that endeavor. He now does personal property appraisals and does benefit auctions. Ken and his wife, Chirra, live in the state of Washington and spend two months each winter in Thailand, her native land. Ken sends a hello to Peggy Redman and to Charlotte Moon.
Audrey Scholl Brewer ‘66 was a teacher for 46 years. She retired in June, 2011 and lives in Ohio. She and her husband like to travel and will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 14, 2014. They have one son and are in a double pinochle card group. She attends Ginhamsburg United Methodist Church.
Scanning family pictures is her major project at the time. As of now, she has 1,500 pictures scanned and has a lot of pictures left to scan — all of which will go on a CD for family members. She says she would love to hear from her 1962-63 roommates Nancy, Wanda, and Marilyn and anybody else from Miller Hall. She wishes God’s blessings to all with good health, happiness, and peace.
Bill King ’71 won his fourth consecutive national senior target archery championship in Cleveland , Ohio, July 2013.
Barbara Belmont ’77 was recently selected as an American Chemical Society Fellow for her contribution to her profession through promotion of STEM education and for her expertise in adhesives/coatings failure analysis and VOC analysis/regulations, and for her contribution to the ACS community by increasing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender visibility and inclusion at the ACS national level. Earlier this spring, she was awarded the 2013 Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) Undergraduate Analytical Research Program (UARP) grant to promote high-quality, innovative undergraduate research in the field of analytical chemistry. She is currently a part-time lecturer in the Chemistry and Biochemistry department at California State University, Dominguez Hills, as well as president of an independent consumer products testing laboratory.
Ken Neher ’78 is now a licensed producer in Washington and Oregon for Sterling Life Insurance, specializing in Medicare supplements and Cancer/Critical Condition insurance, after 18 years as Director of Funding and Donor development for Church of the Brethren, Inc. He just became a grandfather for the first time.
Carol Gardner ’79 married Michael Russello in August 2011. They reconnected in 2010 after 36 years.
Ron Levise ’81 teaches physical education in the Moreno Valley School District. In college, Ron was a starter on the Leopards football team all four of his years at La Verne and earned First Team All-SCIAC and Honorable Mention All-American honors for the 1980 season.
Virginia Lou Burnette-Fuller ’87 retired from Northrup Grumman Aircraft Division, where she was a Senior Material Control Analyst.
Venetria K. Patton ’90 had her fourth book, “The Grasp That Reaches Beyond the Grave: The Ancestral Call in Black Women’s Texts” (2013) published by the State University of New York Press and she is currently editing a second edition of “Background Readings for Teachers of American Literature” for Bedford/St. Martin’s Press.
Brian Lewis ’91 and his wife, Andrea, adopted a newborn baby boy in February of 2012. His name is Tyler Jacob Lewis. Brian has been a math teacher at Chaffey High School in Ontario, Calif., for the past 18 years. Since 1995, he has been the assistant varsity softball coach at San Dimas High School, which has won league titles 12 out of the past 13 years. In November, they were to move to Monrovia, Calif., where Tyler will have a yard in which to play.
Gerald K. Moore ’91 was recently promoted to Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Transportation Joint Security and Hazardous Materials Safety Office, West. He lives in Los Angeles.
Bill Battin ’95 was promoted to Senior Vice President of Marketing at FOX Sports. He lives in Redondo Beach with his wife, Kelly Snowden Battin ’97, Alexis, 8, Hailey, 5 and yellow lab Cooper, 10. The couple celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary in July.
Xochi (Martinez) Setlich ’98 ’00 and John Setlich ‘01 have opened a franchise business in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., called Massage Heights (www.massageheights.com), which they own and operate together.
Dennis M. Wong ‘99 works at Charter Business as an Enterprise Sales Engineer out of Northern California supporting the Northern and Central California (San Jose to San Luis Obispo area) territory.
Derek Keepers ‘06 says he enjoys receiving the VOICE magazine, as it is nice to keep up with how things are going at La Verne. In 2011, he started SwapServe, a website where people can sign up to volunteer with local non-profits and get free stuff from local businesses as a thank you. He says the company is a socially-conscious, for-profit company. www.SwapServe.com He invites e-mails at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rania Sanford ’09 sent greetings from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, there as a U.S. Speaker for a 10-day visit sponsored by the Department of State with the Higher Committee on Education Development. She said she works closely with colleagues at the Committee to evaluate and develop program, student services practices and student information system processes. HCED has numerous partnerships with universities in the United States, and has sent more than 1,000 high-achieving Iraqi students in all fields on fully-funded scholarships to study at master’s and doctoral programs in the U.S. She said the visit has been a wonderful experience at many levels- — from engaging with motivated Iraqi educators and staff, to appreciating the great work the U.S. Embassy staff is doing there to help Iraq get back on its feet.
Marcus Denerson ’12 recently completed an Emergency Medical Technician course at UCLA and is registered with the State of California as a Certified EMT. Marcus works for Glendora Unified School District at Glendora High School as Assistant Athletic Trainer. He is looking to further his education in graduate school.