Insight: Autumn 2007

Autumn 2007

Trackin' the Dawgs: Alumni Class Notes

Cindy Burke Cindy Burke
Burke Book

Food journalist and former professional chef Cindy Burke (Business '98) recently penned "To Buy or Not To Buy Organic" (Marlowe & Company). "Organic food can be so expensive; and hard to find, I always wondered if I was spending my money wisely," said Burke. "I decided to become informed, really informed, about the options-organic, conventional, local, sustainable-so I could choose the healthiest, safest food available." The book is the result of Burke's investigations.

Andrew Wahl (Liberal Studies '96) received a second Citation of Excellence from the Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon Awards, an international competition held by the United Nations; he is the only American cartoonist to earn that honor in each of the past two years. Wahl, who works as features editor and editorial cartoonist for The Wenatchee World, received the award for his cartoon "Checking the Gauge." An archive of his editorial cartoon work is available at

Sue Ambler (MEd '97) was named Chief Executive Officer of Workforce Development Council Snohomish County. Ambler had served as Interim CEO since June 2006 and has 27 years experience in public and private industry throughout the Puget Sound area, including 16 years in public K-12 and higher education.

Alisa Hunt (T-Cert. '01, MEd '06) and Nikko Linn (Liberal Studies '99, T-Cert. '01, MEd '06) both made presentations at the Washington Science Teachers Association and the Washington Organization for Teaching Development Joint Conference in Spokane. Hunt presented a session titled "Maximizing Science Field Experiences" while Linn presented a session titled, "Communication Circles - Science Literacy."

Jackie Ray (IAS '01) recently completed a Master's Degree from the UW Seattle Information School and accepted a position with the National Park Service in Newport, Ore. 

Caroline Lippert-Burrows (IAS '05) took third place in the adult poetry category at the 17th Annual Shoreline Arts Festival held in Shoreline in June. Her winning poem, "I Am Awake," was selected by internationally recognized poet, Hidaat Ephrem, and was written in 2003 in Professor Jeanne Heuving's, "Creative Writing-Poetry" class, BIS 310. ... After spending time in Brazil volunteering at an orphanage, Erin Jany (IAS '05) has been accepted to the Seattle University School of Law. Her focus will be International Law with an emphasis on Family Law. 

Courtney Burnett (IAS '06) was admitted to the Early Childhood Special Education Program at UW Seattle. She plans to focus on ages 0-3 and autism research. ... Giselle Carcamo (IAS '06) was accepted into the UW School of Social Work for autumn 2007. ... Robert McKell (MN '06) is Project Manager and Consultant for Epic Systems Corp. in Madison, Wisc.  He recently assisted Children's Healthcare of Atlanta as they made a live transition to a new healthcare software system.

Emily Bowerman Crandall (MAPS '07) has accepted a position as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. Emily and her husband will be heading to Asia in January 2008. Although the country has not yet been determined, the range of possibilities includes Cambodia, China, Mongolia, Thailand or the Philippines. Emily will partner with a local, national or international non-governmental organization, working in her host community on a variety of issues, possibly involving youth, social justice issues, economic development or the environment. ... Greg Matyas (IAS '07) has been accepted to George Washington University's Security Policy Studies Program. ...  Tyler Wilson (IAS '07) won "Best Cinematography" at the Microcinema Fest in Chicago for Blackout, a film he helped make. ... Paul Woods (IAS '07) was accepted to the UW Seattle Law School.