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Sheila Tunstall McKenna was presented with a game ball at the conclusion of this year’s girls basketball season at Attleboro High School, which was opened in 1962 and where Ms. McKenna was the first girls basketball coach. In September, a new $250 million school opened, replacing the 1962 building.

Jean Ciborowski Fahey took part in a signing event for her book, I'll Build You a Bookcase, in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, in June.

Susan Flint was appointed vice president of clinical operations at Alzheon, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company.  

Gayle Cameron, last of the five original Massachusetts Gaming Commission commissioners, left her position after 10 years.

Linda D. Midland joined The Registry for College and University Presidents as an administrator to Registry Advisory Services (RAS). In her new role as director of marketing and RAS operations, she will be looking to expand her responsibilities in marketing through media relations, direct marketing programs and the continued branding of The Registry while managing the ongoing operations function of RAS.

Craig Kesselheim, G’81, who graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in biology, spent his career in education wearing many hats, primarily in Wyoming and Maine. He retired two years ago and lives happily in coastal Maine. He is grateful for the graduate education he received at Bridgewater State and remembers some favorite professors, in particular, Dr. Elizabeth Cirino, who taught ecology, and Dr. Walter Hewitson, whose real-time chalk board illustrations of plant morphology are artistically legendary in Mr. Kesselheim’s mind’s eye. He said he admires the growth and impact of BSU since his years as a student.

Dr. Mary E. Yakimowski, professor and director of the Educational and Organization Leadership Doctoral Program at Samford University in Alabama, was elected chair of the 25,000-member American Educational Research Association’s Classroom Assessment Special Interest Group. The theme of her tenure with the group is “Refresh, Rebuild, and Extend.”

Paul Lambert was elected vice president of the New England Historical Association for 2022-2023, effective May 31. He is a member of the history faculty at Nichols College in Dudley, where he began teaching in 1995.

Jenn Grunzweig Alvarez traded in shovels and snowblowers for sweet tea and barbeque and now lives in Georgia. She is an athletic trainer/physician extender and clinical manager for Emory Healthcare in Atlanta.

Nicholas M. Garofolo played the role of Dave Slade in the film Feeding on the Living, which won best Sci-Fi Film at the Hollywood Monthly Film Festival.

Jonathan Harper was named director of athletics at Rivier University, located in Nashua, New Hampshire. He will provide leadership for the Department of Athletics and oversee all aspects of intercollegiate athletics for the university’s 15 NCAA Division III programs.

Frances Sharon graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree at the age of 72. Since then, five books of her poetry have been published, and now at 95, she is excited her sixth book of poetry is now in the hands of her publisher. Her books are available at the Turner Free Library in Randolph.

Mark Climo, after teaching at a middle school, last year began teaching math at Palm Beach Gardens High School in Florida and also serves as the school's varsity basketball team’s head coach. When he arrived at his new classroom and introduced himself to his colleagues, he learned that four of the 10 math teachers are BSU graduates.

Alicen McGowan, G’11, who earned a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in mental health, has published two books under the name AJ McGowan. Titled We Hid Under the Table and We Survived in Spite of the Systems, they were described by a University of Chicago professor as seminal works in the field of child maltreatment.

Missouri “Lila” Bethel was accepted into the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Eric Derenski is serving in the U.S. Navy after graduating from the Naval Nuclear Power program.

Stephen Natola, G’21, was hired right after graduating from BSU by the Walpole Zoning Board of Appeals, where he deals with 40B housing developments, zoning and land use.

Thomas “Tommy” Southern, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice at BSU, graduated from the Northern Essex Community College Police Academy and is a full-time police officer in Peabody.

Eric Santos, better known as Ewreckage, had his song “Crystal Blue” debut at number one on the iTunes Portugal Singles Chart, while also staying in the top five for the week of April 18.

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