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Alumni Achievements

David Swanger ’62

David Swanger ’62was recently selected as poet laureate of Santa Cruz County in central California. The honor is meant to allow an accomplished individual to share and promote poetry in the Santa Cruz County area. Swanger, a retired UC–Santa Cruz literature and philosophy professor, is no newcomer to poetry awards. The National Endowment for the [...]

Patricia Kenschaft ’61

Patricia Kenschaft ’61 was one of three resident environmentalists honored in October by Green Harmony Now and Mayor Jerry Fried by the dedication of a small park in Montclair, N.J. Kenschaft was recognized for her dedication to growing a garden free of chemicals and fertilizers and maintaining it without the use of power equipment. Her [...]

Robert Mueller ’68

Robert Mueller ’68, chief financial officer of the Delaware Valley Friends School—a Quaker college preparatory school for students with learning disabilities or differences in Paoli, Pa.—was honored last year with the first Philadelphia Area Independent School Business Officers Association (PAISBOA) Visionary Award. He received the award in recognition of his passionate leadership of the organization [...]

James Matheson ’92

James Matheson ’92, a composer currently serving as director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Composer Fellowship Program, won the Charles Ives Living Award, sponsored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, in December. According to an Academy news release, the purpose of the Ives Award, which provides a $200,000 grant over a two-year period, [...]

Charnelle Hicks ’88

Charnelle Hicks ’88 was recently appointed chairwoman of the Board of Directors for the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. The group’s focus is to improve the health of the Delaware Estuary, an ecosystem that spans Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. Hicks joined the group in 2006 and became its vice chairwoman just three years later. [...]

Daniel Gallant ’98

Daniel Gallant ’98, executive director of the Nuyorican Poets Café since spring 2008, had his monologues recently published in the anthology Best American Short Plays of 2009–2010. His play A Felony in Blue was performed at the Café in October. The play depicts a game of Texas Hold ’em between five gang bosses, the results [...]

John “Pat” Paterson ’53

John “Pat” Paterson ’53 and his wife Katherine Paterson collaborated to write The Flint Heart, which was named a “best book of the year” by Publishers Weekly in 2011. The authors retell a 1910 British fantasy of the same title by Eden Phillpotts, in which a heart-shaped stone, created during the Stone Age, possesses the [...]