Class Notes (March 2011)

Joyce A. Baugh (SC ’79), a political science professor at Central Michigan University, authored The Detroit School Busing Case:  Milliken v. Bradley and the Controversy Over Desegregation, which is being published this month by the University Press of Kansas as part of its Landmark Law Cases and American Society series.

Frederick S. Lane (MA ’83) appeared on CBS News Sunday Morning on February 6 to discuss the history of privacy in American and his book (now in paperback), “American Privacy: The 400-Year History of Our Most Contested Right.” You can read more about his book on his Web site,, or watch the interview online:

Michelle Gavin (AZ ’95) was named “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Botswana.” For the last two years Michelle has been on the staff of the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs. Michelle met her husband David Bonfili (WV ’95) at Truman Scholar interviews. They are parents of a 2-year old daughter.

Jake Sullivan (MN ’97) will be soon be named the State Department’s Director of Policy and Planning:

Tico Almeida (WI ’98) wrote a guest blog piece, “President Obama Strengthens ENDA by Rejecting DOMA” for The Bilerico Project:

Kimberly Jones (CT ’99) was recently promoted to the position of Associate Vice President for Public Policy at the Council for Opportunity in Education in Washington, DC.

County of Hawai’i Mayor William P. Kenoi recently appointed Hawai’i-born Truman Scholar, Becky Kawaihae Simmons (HI ‘00), as his Deputy Director of the Office of Housing & Community Development.  Since winning the Truman Scholarship 10 years ago, Becky has worked in the healthcare, education and housing fields serving in administrative and executive positions at both nonprofit and government organizations.  “I am really excited to return home and contribute to Mayor’s vision for our county,” she said.  “After being away, I developed a world-view that makes me a better citizen of my hometown.” The Office of Housing & Community Development has an annual operations budget of $17 million and is staffed by 51 employees.

Lauren Finzer (CA ‘08) is finishing up a Fulbright Scholarship in New Delhi, where she has been researching how supermarkets are affecting fruit and vegetable supply chains and consumption. In July she will be heading back to the San Francisco Bay Area to look for a job in a social enterprise related to healthy, sustainable food.

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