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*Paul Martinez ('03 M.Ed.) and *Anyah Martinez ('99, '04 M.S.), Denton, welcomed their first two children home in October. Their twin boys were born in August, 11 weeks early, and came home nine weeks later. Paul is an administrator at Navo Middle School. Anyah works in student life at Texas Woman's University.

Adam Rubenstein, Austin, and Gwen Olson Rubenstein welcomed their son, Anderson Bennett, in August. He joins his big sister, Ava Kristine.


Elizabeth Leggieri Bolt, Houston, is a recent graduate of South Texas College of Law in Houston. She is an attorney serving a two-year term as law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge David Hittner, Southern District of Texas, from 2007 to 2009. At UNT, she was a member of NT40 and an officer in Chi Omega.

Jacquelyn Fraley De La Fuente and Rick De La Fuente ('01), Coppell, announce the birth of their daughter, Avery Elizabeth, in October. She weighed 6 pounds, 9.7 ounces, and has brown hair and blue eyes. Rick is an accountant supervisor and Jacquelyn is a stay-at-home mom. They have a Chihuahua named Bailey.

Robbie Ryan, McKinney, is now a digital filmmaker with several shorts on the Internet. His first feature film, Kung Fu Girls Club, was released in November. It was shot throughout the North Texas area, including Denton.


Chris 'Tiger' Burrowes and Shawna Stroud Burrowes ('01), Richardson, welcomed their second baby, Sydney McKenzie, in September. Sydney joins her big sister, Kyndall Madison.


Kimberly Jolesch, Carrollton, graduated in December from Texas Woman's University with a master's in occupational therapy.

*Brad Schweig, Dallas, was appointed chair of the advisory board for Hillel, the Jewish student organization at UNT. He served as a student leader during his college years. He now is employed at Sunnyland Patio Furniture in Dallas.


*Danielle Champagne, Denton, assistant director of the Student Money Management Center at UNT, was named Outstanding New Professional by the Texas Association of College and University Personnel Administrators.

Casey Curry, Kennedale, earned a double M.B.A. in global business and strategy in December from the University of North Carolina and the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus EGADE. The bilingual program is offered jointly by the two universities.

Mirza Mirely, Scottsdale, Ariz., has started the Mirely Group, a live artist and event production company. Formerly the creative director for Orange Productions of Orlando, Fla., she is producing workshops for emerging artists and performers in the Phoenix area and will expand to Dallas-Fort Worth.

Eric Purdin and Wendy Davis Purdin ('99), Little Elm, celebrated the birth of their second child, Sasha Renee, in March 2007.

Scott Short (M.F.A.), Menomonie, Wisc., has been appointed program director for the B.F.A. in art at the University of Wisconsin at Stout. He is an assistant professor of multimedia design.


Rowdy Fuston, Carrollton, is celebrating four years with his wife, Lauren. They will lead their second student mission trip to Los Angeles this year to provide for homeless and inner-city kids. They have two dogs and a house in Carrollton.


*Rodney Bridgers, Red Oak, is corporate director of procurement for Strategic Equipment and Supply Corp., a foodservice distributor of commercial restaurant equipment and supplies with headquarters in Las Colinas. Previously, he was the supply chain manager for PrimeSource Foodservice Equipment.

*Sarah Hooker, Lewisville, passed a national certification exam to become a certified health education specialist. She has worked as the outreach coordinator for the Denton County Health Department since November 2006 and says she plans to continue her education at UNT in this field.

Larkin Page (Ph.D.), Dallas, joined the curriculum and instruction department of Texas A&M University at Commerce as an assistant professor. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in reading education and has three articles published in education journals.


Keri Pape, San Antonio, and Kim Kellner ('07), Lewisville, have joined Three Way Logistics as account managers. They are working to support the global movement of tradeshows. They were recruited by the president of Three Way Logistics, Craig Hogeland ('93).


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