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Abrams, Brett

CAS/PhD '00 Archivist-Alum Uncovers History, Motives

Abramson, Gary

SPA/BA '68 Board Chairman, SPA/BA '68, Gives $2 Million to SOC and SIS Buildings

Accius II, Jean

SPA/PhD '08 Four New Members Selected for AU Alumni Board

Adams, Gina

SPA/BA '80 FedEx Exec Promotes Shipping

Agathoklis Murino, Andrea

SPA-CAS/BA '98 Antitrust Attorney Andrea Murino Brings Multi-Faceted Experience to Alumni Board

Ahlstrom, William

SIS/BA '66, SIS/MA '67 Ahlstrom Brings International Perspective to Multi-faceted Career

Ahmed, Sarah

SIS/MA '05 SIS Alumna Becomes a Party Animal

Al-Ghabra, Haneen

SOC/BA '03, SOC/MA '04 Al-Ghabra Takes Skills to Prime Minister's Office in Kuwait

Albrecht, Alex

CAS/BS '98 Young Alum Wins Two Webby Awards

Albrecht, Kathe

CAS/MA '89 Art Historian ’89 Shapes Visual World Using Technology

Aldridge, David

SOC/BA '87 Alums Trade Memories on Jeff Jones Show

Alexandria, Alyssia

CAS/BS '90 Animal Advocacy Wonk

Ali, Nur

SIS/BA '98 SIS Alumnus Nur Ali Followed his Dream and Traveled the Fast Track from SIS to NASCAR

Alim, Javaid

Kogod/MBA '08 Learning to Use Analytics, Tech to Empower Decisions

Allison, Kena

CAS/MAT '10 AU Alumna Wins Prestigious Teaching Award

Alper, Carolyn

CAS/BA '68 AU Museum Receives Gift to Support Washington Art

Alvarez, Ana-Cecilia

Kogod/BSBA '11 Fulbright Internship Grant is First of Its Kind for AU

Amos, Justine

SIS/BA '08 Alum, Peace Corps Volunteer Wins $25,000 Scholarship

Andersen, Rebecca

Kogod/BSBA '01 Kogod Alumna Named One to Watch

Andreanis, Cleopatra

SOC/BA '06 AU Students to Explore Careers in New York this January

Andrews, Todd

SOC/MA '95 Communication is Key to Success for Brown Alumni Officer

Antonuk, Alexa

SOC/BA '10 Recent SOC Grads Offer Advice in Panel Discussion

Archambault, Stephen

SPA/BA '90 Service-Minded Alumni Seek Offices Large and Small this Fall

Archer, Emma

CAS/MA '08 A Call to Service: Alumna Begins Career in Peace Corps

Argo, David

CAS/PhD ’83 David Argo, CAS/PhD ’83, Celebrates Historic Dissertation Submission

Argueta, Michelle

SIS/BA '05 SIS Alumna Turns Globetrotter

Arnold, Christina

SIS/BA '04 Truman and Cooke Scholar Hones Management Skills at SPA

Assimakopoulos, George

Kogod/MBA '95 MBA Alumnus Goes from Start-Up to Success

Augustine, Cynthia

CAS/BS '03 Alumna Cynthia Augustine Publishes Hello, Clawed! Children's Book

Bah, Sirah            
CAS/BS '19
Meet Sirah Bah, recipient of the 2015 AU Alumni Association Scholarship  

Bain, Aisha

SIS/MA '07Documenting Darfur: One Alumna's Journey  

Baker, Jim

Kogod/MBA '87, Kogod/MBA '91Navy Veteran, Two-Time Kogod Alumnus Planning Third Career  

Baldwin, Sydney

EMS/BA '16Alumni Spotlight: Sydney Baldwin  

Balmuth, Michael

CAS/BA '72Family Tradition Guides Balmuth to Retail Success  

Banks, Chris

SOC/BA '02DJ Chris Styles Credits AU for Big Start  

Banville, David

CAS/BS '99, CAS/MS '01, CAS/PhD '07Better Education for Rural Romania  

Barak, Maya

SPA Ph.D. Programs Announce Graduate Placements  

Barrett, Natasha

SOC/BA '00ABC's Natasha Barrett '00 Shares the News  

Barrett, Wes

SOC/MA '10Alum Finds Success on the White House Beat  

Barys, Jamie

SOC/BA '07Alumni Offer an Unconventional Introduction to Shanghai  

Baughan, Bristol

SIS/BA '03Filmmaker Baughan '03 Gets Green Light from DreamWorks Pictures  

Baynard, Carimanda

CAS/MA '10New Sociology '10 Grad Proves Persistence and Networking Pay Off  

Beaty, Kelly Smith

SOC/MA '05Kelly Smith Beaty, SOC/MA '05, Keeps her Cool in the Boardroom on "The Apprentice"  

Beasley, Sandra

CAS/MFA '04MFA Alum Reveals Writing Process, Inspiration                                       

Need Something New to Read?

Becker, Benjamin

SOC/BA '92Election 2012 Brings New Role for News Anchor  

 Bednarovsky, Craig

CAS/BA '91Alumni Business Built on Customer Service Provides Service that Dazzles  

Beeler, Nate

SOC/BA '02Drawn to Washington                                       

World of Wonks

Belan, Gary

SIS/MA '03Water, Water, Everywhere  

Belisle, Lauren

SOC/BA '10Recent SOC Grads Offer Advice in Panel Discussion  

Bell, Changa

Kogod/BS '07Alumnus Wants to Bring Yoga to Baltimore's Male Youth  

Bell, John

CAS/M.Ed. '73Alumnus' Foundation Provides Access to Care for Disabled Guatemalans  


SPA/MPP '12Alumni Maintain a Spirit of Service as AU Volunteers  

Bellegarde-Smith, Patrick

SIS/MA '70, SIS/PhD '77Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, SIS/MA '70, SIS/PhD '77  

Bellini, Jarrett

SOC/BA '01Humor Wonk's Talents Shine at CNN  

Benavides, Brandon

SOC/MA '04News Is 'Adrenaline Rush' for Emmy Winner Benavides  

Bender, Marc

SPA/BA '97Turning Leadership and Mentorship Into Success  

Benjamin, Esther

SIS/MA '92, CAS/MA '95Entrepreneur, Global Health Advocate Honored by their Alma Mater                                       

Esther Benjamin, SIS/MA '92, CAS/MA '95

Bennett, Tim

Kogod/BS '66Bennett Brings Experience, Excellence to Board

Bergel, Mark

CAS/MS '87, CAS/PhD '96A Day On, Not a Day Off - MLK Day of Service                                       

One Man's Passion Leads to A Wider Circle


Alumnus Mark Bergel Named CNN Hero

Berger, Helena

SPA/BS '81Alumna Finds Life Work Advocating for People with Disabilities  

Bernard, Dshawna

SPA/BA '11Alumni Spotlight: Dshawna Bernard, SPA/BA '11  

Bernstein, Stuart

Kogod/BSBA '60Ideas into Action. Action into Service. Continuing the Legacy.                                       

Waterfront Tower is Alum's Latest Real Estate Success

Bernstein, Wilma

CAS/BA '60Ideas into Action. Action into Service. Continuing the Legacy.  

Bhati, Avinash Singh

CAS/PhD '01Avinash Singh Bhati (PhD '01)  

Bilbray, James

SPA/BA '62, WCL/JD '64Nevadan James Bilbray Enjoys Long Government Career  

Block, Andy

SPA/BA '03Career Comes Full Circle for Alumni Board Member  

Bloom, Andrea

SOC/MFA '08Alumna's Emmy and Networking Skills Boost Career  

Bogaty, James

CAS/BA '76Bogaty '76 Toasts Library with Wine Tasting from his Virginia Vineyard  

Bongomin, Charles

SIS/MA '06You Can Go Home Again  

Boone, Grace

Kogod/BSBA '05Bay Area Boasts Fresh Faces to Lead Alumni  

Bormet, Matt

SPA/BA '03Bormet '03, Douglas '08, Bring New Energy, Talent to Young Alumni Board  

Boucicault, Marc    

CAS/MA '15Alumnus Strives to be the Change He Wants to See in Haiti  

Bourne, Marlene

SIS/MA '90Tour Guide to the Future  

Bowermaster, Jon

SOC/MA '77Environmental Activist, Filmmaker, and Author to Speak at AU                                       

Inaugural Alumni Book Club Series to Kick Off September 1

Bowser, Muriel

SPA/MPP '00AU Alumna Elected D.C. Mayor  

Boxley, Marlinda

Kogod/BSBA '81, WCL/JD '91Alumna publishes e-book on teaching and education  

Boyadzhiev, Hristo

Kogod/BSBA '08Alumni Startup Connects Expats Abroad and at Home  

Boyer, John

SPA/PhD '89John Boyer to Receive "Ripple of Hope" Award  

Brandt, Rainey Ransom

CAS/BGS '89 SPA/MS '90 CAS-SPA/PhD '93Rainey Ransom Brandt: Alumna Becomes D.C. Judge, Remains Committed to AU  

Bradford, Martina

CAS/BA '74Alumna Encourages Freshmen to Be Open to New Experiences  

Bradley, Melissa

Kogod/MBA '93Sustainability the Subject of DC Festival  

Brady, James

SOC/BA '892010 Alumni Achievement Awardee Brady '89 Breaks New Ground in Journalism                                       

Brady, '89, Building the Future of Online Journalism


Meet AU's Brightest Stars - the 2010 Alumni Award Winners


TBD, School of Communication Begin Partnership Featuring Workshops and Internships

Bragale, Charlie

SOC/BA '87Alumnus Creates Opportunities in Broacast for Brazilian Students                                    

Brat, Dave

CAS/Ph.D. '95From Economist and Professor to Congress  

Bratman, Eve

SIS/PhD '08Getting an Early Start  

Bridges, Justin

Kogod/BSBA '08Alumni Size Up Entrepreneurship in Fashion Industry  

Brinson, Stephanie

SOC/MA '09AU Students to Explore Careers in New York this January  

Brockett, Sarah

CAS/MA '07Sarah Brockett, CAS/MA '07  

Bromberg, Gidon

WCL/LLM '94Alumnus Brings Arabs and Israelis Together to Save the Dead Sea  

Brooke, J.C.

SIS/BA '95From the Beijing Olympics to the World Cup: SIS Alum Builds Career in China  

Brown, David

SIS/BA '66Three Deans, Three Legacies  

Brown, Sylvia

CAS/BA '65Brown Gives Back with Scholarship Fund  

Brownley, Julia

Kogod/MBA '79Meet the Alumni Who Won their Recent Election Bids  

Buckman, Dave

CAS/BA '94From AU to Second City: Buckman '94 Performs Improv, Produces Comedy Festival  

Bunch, Lonnie

CAS/BA '74, CAS/MA '76Point of View: Lonnie Bunch                                  
Alum to Bring National Museum of African American History and Culture to Life                            
AU Ties to the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Burbank, Joelle

SIS/BA '06A Capital Presence  

Burger, Jaclyn

SIS/MA '07Developing a Country, Developing a Career  

Burroughs, Timothy

SIS/MA '05A Champion for Climate Change  

Butler, Pat

SOC/MA '96Profile: Pat Butler  

Callahan, Rebecca

SOC/MA '91AU Alumna Recalls Powerful Katrina Experience        

Camerota, Alisyn

SOC/BA '88Success Suits Fox News' Camerota '88        

Campbell, Laura

SOC/BA '03Laura Campbell Returns Home        

Campbell, Timothy

CAS/MFA '0860 Alumni Artists Featured in Fall Exhibition at AU Museum        

Caprara, Anne

SPA/BA '01Alumna Talks About the '08 Campaign Trail in Colorado        

Carpenter, Anna

SIS/BA '07AU Alumna Starts Young        

Caruso, Christine

Kogod/BSBA '10Former AU Ambassador Leads the Way as Alumni Volunteer        

Casas, Laiza

SIS/BA '03, SIS/MA '05Doing Good at Home and Abroad        

Cascio, Michael

SOC/MA '73Alumni Net Four Emmys        

Recent SOC Grads Offer Advice in Panel Discussion

Case, Mike

SPA/BA '75Service-Minded Alumni Seek Offices Large and Small this Fall        

Cassell, Jack

SOC/BA '77Entrepreneur, Global Health Advocate Honored by their Alma Mater        

Centariczki, Rachel

SPA/BA '07Get Your Hands Dirty for a Good Cause        

Cerasoli, Robert

SPA/BA '69Former Inspector General Shares Nostalgic Side        

Once An Eagle, Always An Eagle: Alumni Award Winners and Miss D.C. Return to Campus

Cerny, Milton

CAS/BS '56, WCL/JD '59From Classmate to Mate, Romance Blossoms at AU        

Cerny, Patricia

CAS/BA '57From Classmate to Mate, Romance Blossoms at AU        

Challinor, Joan

CAS/MA '74, CAS/PhD '82Joan Challinor Looks to Past to Understand Present        

Chandran, J. Vincent

SIS/MIS '05, WCL/LLM '07Eight new members selected to join Alumni Board        

Charna Lynn, Karyl

SOC/MA '80, WCL/LLM '07Alumna achieves international recognition for opera journalism, research        

Chimner, Bernadette

SIS/BA '99High Test Scores Yield Results at Alumni-Owned Griffon Prep        

Choma, Russ

SOC/MA '09Choma '09 Blown Away by Own Success        

Chriss, Bradley

CAS/MFA '0860 Alumni Artists Featured in Fall Exhibition at AU Museum        

Christensen, Chelsey

CAS/MA '06, CAS/MS '09, CAS/PhD '09A Natural Reward        

Cipollone, Matt          

SOC/MFA '18FUTURE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Student Filmmaker Finds Calling at AU        

Clark, Richard T.

Kogod/MBA '70Merck Chairman Discusses Corporate Responsibility at Speaker Series        

Dean Presents Alumni Awards at Annual Dinner

Cohen, Lola

CAS/BA '68Acting from the Heart        

Cohen, Rachel

SPA/BA '04, WCL/JD '08Service-Minded Alumni Seek Offices Large and Small this Fall        

Colbert, Andrew

Kogod/BSBA '03Business School is a Marathon - and a Sprint        

Collins, Annemarie Kaim

CAS/MFA '87Art Matters        

Collins, Audrey

SPA/MA '69 Granddaughter of a slave, Justice Audrey Collins to receive the Beacon of Justice Award

Collins, Jennifer

SOC/BA '94New '94 Alumni Board Member Lends PR Expertise        

Collins, Katherine

CAS/MAT '10Math for America DC-style        

Commons, Gladys

Kogod/MPFM '79President Obama nominates Kogod alum for Navy post        

Conniff, Kelly

SOC/MA '09AU Alumna Hired as Social Media Editor for TIME        

Connors, Ben

SOC/BA '06Bridging the TV/Internet Gap at Al Jazeera English        

Consalvo, Jen

Kogod/MBA '01Alumna's Company Contributing to Global Charity Initiative        

Conyers, Zandria

WCL/JD '02Zandria Conyers, WCL/JD '02        

Cook, Carolyn

SOC/BA '90Alumna Takes on Congress in Fight for Women's Rights        

Cooper, Christopher

CAS/PhD '95Service-Minded Alumni Seek Offices Large and Small this Fall        

Corey, Jennifer

CAS/BA '09Opera out of the Box        

Once An Eagle, Always An Eagle: Alumni Award Winners and Miss D.C. Return to Campus


Opera Singer, Alumna Crowned Miss D.C.

Costello, Paul

CAS/MFA '97Alumnus Captures the Power of Storytelling        

Covington, David

CAS/BA '02Gotta Dance        

Crowe, Ray "West"

CAS/BA '66Hall of Fame Weekend Celebrates Standout Eagles        

Cruz, Ramon

SIS/BA '98Alumnus Leading the Charge for Environmental Protection in Puerto Rico        

Cunningham, Jessica

CAS/MAT '03Alumna honored for excellence is in education        

Dacanay, Robert

CAS/BA '79, CAS/MA '83, CAS/PhD '86From Psych PhD to CEO, Dacanay Says Key to Success is Experimentation      

Daly, Linda

CAS/BA '90Alumna's Book Chronicles Mom's Battle With Cancer                   

daPonte, George

SIS/MA '95Florida Mayors Greet Alumni, President Kerwin      

Davis, Cheryl

SOC/BA'05, CAS/BA '05Alumna Cheryl Davis, Founder of Spotlight Media Booking      

Davis, Daniel        

SIS/BA '13From Undocumented to Unstoppable      

Dawson, Elana

SPA/BA '03AU Grad Finishes Bar Exam While in Labor      

DeAngelis, Melissa

SOC/MA '08SOC Alumni Win Back-to-Back Oscars      

Defilippi, Karen

SIS/BA '05 Capitol Hill Gains Another AU Eagle

Della Volla, Wesley

SOC/BA '06Alumni Net Four Emmys      

Dennis, Gina

WCL/JD '03, Kogod/MBA '05Meet Green Entrepreneur and Executive Gina Dennis      

Desnoyers, Danielle

SOC/BA '08SOC Grad Freelances From Cairo for Associated Press      

Detwiler, Elizabeth

SIS/BA '07, SIS/MA '08A Capital Presence      

Dey, Anita

SIS/MA '00Keeping the Lines of Communication Open      

Diaz, Paul

Kogod/BSBA '84Paul Diaz: Health Care Built on Trust                   

Healthcare CEOs Headline Speaker Series


Paul Diaz, CEO of Kindred Healthcare, To Deliver Commencement Address

Dionne, Nicole

SIS/BA '07Nicole Dionne, SIS/BA '07      

Dix Lyons, Susan

CAS/BA '89Dalai Lama Honors AU Alumna      

Dodd, Tim

SPA/BA '03Public Service Wonk Shares Time and Energy at State, Local, and University Levels      

Dolan, Karen

CAS/MA '97Alum Galvanizes Global Peace Efforts      

Dominguez, Cari

SIS/BA '71, SIS/MA '77Glass Ceiling Smasher Credits Cupid with Career Start      

Dominguez, Trace

SOC/MA '10AU Students to Explore Careers in New York this January                    
Dominguez Distills Science with President Obama for DNews      

Donahue, Gilbert

SIS/BA '68Globe-Trotting Alumnus Puts Down Roots in Fairfax County      

Donohue, Kelsey        

WSPAlum in the White House      

Donovan, Thomas

SIS/BA '97, SIS/MA '98Eight new members selected to join Alumni Board      

Dorfman, Richard

CAS/BA '74On and Off the Field: Merging Practice and Passion      

Dorsey, Steve

SOC/BA '08More Than Just Luck      

Douglas, Caitlin

SOC/BA '08Bormet '03, Douglas '08, Bring New Energy, Talent to Young Alumni Board      

Douglas, Susan

CAS/BA '78A Capital Presence      

Dove, Michelle

CAS/MFA '10"Raising the Lot in a World of Good"      

Dovilla, Michael

SPA/MPA '99Meet the Alumni Who Won their Recent Election Bids      

Doyle, Kenya

CAS/MAT '08Alum Takes Students on Overseas Adventure      

Drummond, Peter

Kogod/BSBA '07Alumnus Shares College Spirit with Youth                   

Case Competition Puts Students at Helm of The Economist

Du Plain, Jan

SPA/BA '66PR Executive Sparks Connections Across Washington      

Duber, Marc

Kogod/BSBA '81Waterfront Tower is Alum's Latest Real Estate Success                   

Dean Presents Alumni Awards at Annual Dinner

Dunn, David

SIS/MA '74SIS Grads Who Became Ambassadors Share Insights      

Dunn, Sonya

SOC/MA '13From AU to Cannes: Alumna Sonya Dunn Thrives Behind the Camera      

Durgana, Davina       

SIS/Ph.D. '15Truth in Numbers: Alumna Combats Human Trafficking Through Statistics     

Faberman, Ed

SPA/BA '67New Alumni Board Member Built Aviation Career on the Ground        

Factor, Dean

Kogod/BSBA '87Class Notables: Dean Factor, Kogod/BSBA '87        

Faieta, Erika

SPA/BA '02Bay Area Boasts Fresh Faces to Lead Alumni        

Farhat, Sarah

SOC/MFA '09Young Alums Take Documentary to Cannes        

Farley, Hugh

WCL/JD '64SPA Alumni Sweep Seats in Elections Nationwide        

Fayfitch, Allison          

SIS/BA '07This Alumna is on the Right Track in the Railroad Industry        

Featherstone, Lanaea

SIS/MA '06Spanish MA Alum Wins Grant to Help Latino Community        

Feld, Alexander

Kogod/BSBA '10Case Competition Puts Students at Helm of The Economist        

Fensterman, Bob

Kogod/BSBA '81Alumni Couples Share Their Stories in Time for Valentine's        

Fensterman, Edie

Kogod/BSBA '81Alumni Couples Share Their Stories in Time for Valentine's        

Fernandez-Pereda, Cristina

SOC/MA '08International Student Launches US Career at SOC        

Ferrence, Carrie

SIS/BA '00SIS Alumna Changes Urban Grocery Store Industry as CEO and Co-Founder of Stockbox        

Ferris, Barbara

SPA/MPA '85Service-Minded Alumni Seek Offices Large and Small this Fall        

Ferroggiaro, Will

SIS/MA '04A Capital Presence        

Figart, Deborah

CAS/Ph.D. '86Decline and Fall of the Boardwalk Empire        

Fine, Mark

SOC/BA '00Meet the Mets Marketing Director, Alumnus Mark Fine        

Finland, Glen

CAS/MFA '06Alumna's book tells story of her autistic son's journey to independence        

Fish, Jennifer

CAS/PhD '03Professor-Alumna Team Present at International Conference        

Fitch, Bradford

SOC/MA '86From Freshmen Students to Freshmen Staffers        

Flavin, Jeanne

SPA/MS '91, CAS/PhD '95Beyond Abortion: Sociologist Surveys Law, Society        

Fleischmann, Alan

SIS/BA '87Obama Names Alumnus to Commission on Presidential Scholars        

Alan Fleischmann Receives AU's 2011 Cyrus A. Ansary Medal        


Fluker, Clarence

SOC/MA '02Alumnus Shows Dedication to Public Service        

Foster, Amy

SIS/BA '96Spinning Tales and Lyrics, Alumna Amy Foster is a Modern Troubadour        

Fox, Amy

SOC/BA '98, SOC/MA '05SOC Hosts Mentoring Program Finale Reception        

Franco, Jeff

SIS/MA '97, Kogod/MBA '05Give a Year, Change the World        

Franks, Jack

WCL/JD '89SPA Alumni Sweep Seats in Elections Nationwide        

Freeberg, Eric

SOC/BA '00Alumni Net Four Emmys        


SOC/BA '79   
Producer-Director Adam Friedman Discusses Documentary Featuring Meryl Streep       

Frueh, Anna

SOC-SIS/BA '07Lights, Camera, Interaction        

Fullem, Andrew

SIS/BA '88The Fighter        

Fuller, Erin

SPA/BA '93, SPA/MPA '94Erin M. Fuller        

From Classmate to Mate, Romance Blossoms at AU


Meet Erin Fuller, Alumni Board President

Fulton, Amanda

SPA-SOC/BA '09Alumna brings enthusiasm, experience to role as VP of the YAC